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Monday, July 09, 2018

Those "God, I Don't Understand" Moments

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by Pastor Tim Burt

First, a special note from Pastor Tim: As most of you know, I write Fresh Manna four times a week and seldom ever take a break from writing. The last time I did was when we were on the mission field in Peru last January. After today, I will be on a two-week break. Not because we are taking a vacation but because my daughter and her husband and two daughters who are missionaries in Peru, are coming today to be with us for the next two weeks. As missionaries in Peru, they are not allowed to make any kind of income by law. That means they have to come here once a year to raise supportand to speak in the churches and visit with those that support them. And since there are a part of the missions work we do through Tim and Renee Burt Ministries, we will be laying out our outreach plans for the next 12 months. We'll enjoy every second we have together but there will be much work to accomplish while they are here. Renee and I need to be focused on being with them and helping them so I'll be taking a two-week break from writing. I hope you know how much we love all of you and pray for you each day. And for those that have supported the mission work we do in Peru, Africa, and India on the ground, and in reaching on average of 4 plus million people through Twitter and my blog daily, our sincerest thank you. If you go to the archives on the website, you can find plenty of past posts to read that will bless you as though I wrote them that morning. The Holy Spirit knows in advance what you need! Thanks for your prayers and understanding. We'll be praying for you! Back to writing July 23rd.

And Now Today's Blog: Those "God, I Don't Understand" Moments 

I'm sure that most of us at one time or another have uttered the words, God, I don't understand what's going on! Why is this happening? When hurt or disappointment is present and questions that you can't get answers to come, then beware! Why? Because the whys have the potential to confuse and undermine your faith. I’m not saying that asking God about things you don’t understand is bad. No, to the contrary, that is a good thing to do!
Sometimes when we ask God questions, we are inadvertently asking them out loud to the world or to people who don’t know God. The answers they come up can cause hurt upon hurt! Dude, are you crazy? Why do you believe this God stuff to begin with? If God did exist, then He's crazy because this world is crazy and He isn't doing  anything about it! 

Statements such as this create hurt upon hurt. They fuel doubt to the faith you're struggling with because of the difficult times you are going through. And they don't offer any answers so you are stuck with your nagging questions that add to your confusion and work to undermine your faith. You can’t force or simply figure out answers to questions that only God knows the answers to.

Some time ago we prayed for a couple who was pregnant with child that had received an evil report. We prayed with them and stood in faith with them. When the child was born, everything was wonderful. It was declared by the doctor as a miracle. Another time later, we were asked to pray for another couple that likewise had received an evil report. We also stood in faith with them. When their child was born, it lived for less than an hour. It was a painful and sad experience. The good experiences cause us to rejoice. The painful experiences lead us to the God, I don't understand what is going on! Why is this happening? questions.  They work to discourage our faith.

David was a man God has promised to bless. He was told by the prophet Samuel that he would be the next King of Israel. Yet, it seemed like he went through one troubling event after another. The King he has served faithfully—King Saul, had become jealous of him and sent troops after David to find and kill him. How could this all make sense?

David was human just like you and I. He experienced those God, I don't understand what is going on! Why is this happening? moments. David cried out to God, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help?" Psalms 22:1 (NLT) Deep down David knew that God was with him. He had seen God deliver him time and time again. But even David had his moments of discouragement that led to asking Why?

If you've ever heard ridiculous answers to difficult God questions, you know that they never settle well within you. They almost have the ability to make you mad because they make God look insane or evil—like He doesn't know what He's doing. I remember a pastor once explaining at a funeral that this young lawyer who died, did so because God needed another lawyer in Heaven so He took him. I knew that this ridiculous answer made the family mad and spiritually confused others. God is not in cohorts with the devil. The book of Job does not teach that even though some teach it that way. (That is another teaching for another day.)

If I make unreasonable demands for answers God is not ready to give me, I'll end up over analyzing and intellectualizing everything and creating false answers that will confuse me and lead me away from God. When asking God questions, its important to do so with a reverential and child-like faith. What do I mean by that? A Why God question  is often provoked at a time of pain or confusion. A loving Father would comfort a child with the explanation they were able to understand. That might be a partial answer if the child couldn't grasp the full answer at their level of maturity. But he would eventually give that child the answers they need as they became able to comprehend them. You may be an adult but your spiritual maturity might not be able to grasp the answers God would give you because He speaks and teaches us through His Word.

So, as you ask Why?, you need to read His Word asking the Lord to show you the answers you seek. You need to accept His timing in giving you the answers you seek. They might not immediately come. Only He can give you the answers to those difficult questions that could otherwise be confusing to your faith and understanding of Him. It is the Holy Spirit who teaches us the ways and heart of God. So, the thing to do when those questions arise is, ask the Lord and then tell the Lord you will patiently await the answer. He will eventually give you that answer. It is His promise.
Jeremiah 33:3 (NLT2) "Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come."  Some answers will come quickly, and some will come over time. Either way, the Lord is faithful to answer your questions through His Word. Approaching difficult questions in this way will help you patiently wait in peace and bring you insight and understanding from the heart of God. So cast doubts into the sea! Know that because of Jesus, God is always for you. Trust the Lord who is a comforting and perfect Father. He'll help you heal as you move forward!

Job 42:1-6 (NLT2) "...Job replied...Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me... I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, July 06, 2018

Moving Mountain Sized Problems Out of Your Life!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

As I write to you today, I know that there are those of you that have issues or problems that are so huge, they feel like mountains in your life. The bigness and weight of them might feel like more than you can bear. Satan loves to magnify problems in our life, and when situations become that big, they strip us of almost all hope. Proverbs 13:12 NKJV says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” When our heart becomes sick, we start thinking wrong. We can become desperate, confused, and have thoughts that lead to more wrong actions—ultimately making problems worse.

Worldly people without God, have no remedy for this kind of burden and hopelessness. There are many people walking around today, with what they feel are mountain size problems, burying them in despair. Although the world has no remedy, Jesus does! He says in John 16:33 (RSV), "I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." 

The world does not expect mountains to move for them. Mountains are just that—immovable. That is except to Jesus! He expects mountains to move for Him. That is what makes Him able to overcome the world. He gives us words such as we see in Mark 11:22-24 (NKJV) "Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them."

Without the help of the Holy Spirit who brings revelation and insight, those words only confuse us. "Speak to a mountain to be removed and cast in the sea." Really? We argue in unbelief, He must have made a mistake. He couldn’t have meant what He said. But, when we read all these words of Jesus, our spirit is sparked with hope and rightly so! We can pray for the mountain to be moved and it will? Yes! Remember, Jesus said, “But take heart! I have overcome the world." When Jesus says, “Take heart…” He means take hold of this hope and take it deep in your heart. He then says, Speak to that mountain in faith! Go speak to the mountain and tell it to move! You are not of this world because you belong to God. Why else would God tell you to speak to a mountain? Who from this world would do that?

Then Jesus says, “I assure you…” What does that mean? It means He wants you to be sure you know that what He is saying to you is truth! He says, “I assure you that you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea and your command will be obeyed.” Jesus isn’t looking in a mirror saying this to Himself. He is saying this to His disciples. He is saying this to you!

He continues saying,  All that's required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. Listen to Me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it. Of course He is speaking of things that are according to His will, but, hopefully that is most things you pray for! He follows with something very important for you to take care of first, before you try to move this mountain. He wants your heart to cleansed and pure. He says in, Mark 11:25 (NKJV) "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses."

Unforgiveness will keep a mountain planted. Sincere repentance of sin and forgiveness of others will allow you to put mountain moving words and faith to your situation.

Proverbs 13:12 NLT says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” but it finishes by saying, “but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.” Jesus said, “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” That means there is hope for you and for your mountain to be moved. I have stood many times in faith in prayer with one of my prayer partners speaking to issues and problems the size of mountains. We have stood in patience and faith and seen mountains move again and again. Some took time and others, quickly or not so long!  Impossibilities become possibilities in God. Speak to yours keeping Jesus first words in mind… “Have faith in God.”

1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV) "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

A Special Hero of America

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Kosher Fireworks

How a Jewish man Saved America and the Fourth of July by Dr. Richard Booker


In 1975 the United States Postal Department issued a stamp honoring a man named Haym Salomon for his contribution to the cause of the American Revolution. This stamp was uniquely printed on the front and the back. On the glue side of the stamp, the following words were printed in pale, green ink.

“Financial Hero - Businessman and broker Haym Salomon was responsible for raising most of the money needed to finance the American Revolution and later to save the new nation from collapse.” I personally have one of these stamps. Historians who have studied the story of Haym Salomon all agree that without his “contribution to the cause” there would be no America today.

Haym Salomon bought and sold financial papers to raise money for Robert Morris who was the Superintendent of Finance for the Continental Congress. He believed that America would be a safe haven for the Jews. But this son of a rabbi, also believed that one day in the future, Jerusalem would rise from the dust, the Jews would return to their ancient homeland, and Israel and Jerusalem would once again be the home of the wandering Jew. Salomon determined to do all that he could to finance the Revolution so that America could survive until that future time when his people would once again fill the streets of Jerusalem.

From one crisis to the next, Robert Morris went to Haym Salomon for help, and Salomon always responded. Haym Salomon gave his entire personal fortune of over $800,000 to the cause of the Revolution. This debt was never repaid. He died sick and penniless at the age of 45, January 6, 1785, leaving behind a young widow, Rachel, and four children all under the age of seven.

Rachel tried for months after Haym’s death to collect on personal loans that he had made to Robert Morris, to the Congress and others. She was requested to turn all her securities and certificates over to the State Treasurer of Pennsylvania for evaluation. After several months she made further inquiries and was informed that all of the papers relating to her inheritance had been lost.

Haym Salomon was buried in Mikveh Israel Cemetery in Philadelphia in a grave which is now unmarked. Since we don’t know which his grave is, we cannot even pay our respects at his graveside nor erect a marker.

But the story of Haym Salomon doesn’t end with an unmarked grave. There is a plaque on a brick wall bordering the cemetery that was placed by Haym’s great-grandson, William Salomon in 1917. It says, “To the Memory of Haym Salomon … interred in this Cemetery the location of the grave being now unknown ….”

Was it just a coincidence that the year this plaque was erected was the same year of the Balfour Declaration issued by the British which begins, “His majesty’s Government views with favor the establishing in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”?

Was it just a coincidence that in 1975 when the U.S. Postal Department issued the stamp honoring Haym Salomon, that same year the Israeli government issued a stamp honoring Harry Truman, the American president who was the first head of state to recognize Israel?

As Haym Salomon believed, America has been that safe haven for the Jewish people and Israel has been reborn. As we celebrate America, may we remember the great debt we owe to Haym Salomon. While we may not be able to repay him personally, we can honor him by standing firm in our support and prayers for a strong and secure Israel and a united Jerusalem under the rule of Haym’s Salomon’s spiritual descendants, the Jewish people. Happy Fourth of July!

Dr. Richard Booker is President of Sounds of the Trumpet, Inc., and the Founder/Director of the Institute for Hebraic-Christian Studies in Woodlands, TX. He may be contacted at, shofarprb@aol.com

John 15:13 (NLT) "There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

4th of July: Live Out Your Freedom God's Way!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Happy 4th of July! God Bless America! 

We live in a nation that has greater freedom than any other nation upon the earth. Freedom isn't free and a price higher than we could ever comprehend or appreciate was paid for it. This nation was liberated for us by men and women that loved God and desired a country where they could freely worship Him. They gave and staked their lives on this vision and dream put in their hearts by God. I am talking about those that pioneered this land and our religious freedom long before we had a military to defend this country. I thank God for and will never forget those who were willing to lay down all to pioneer the vision to live in this country with the liberty to freely worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

The first freedoms that were established and defended in this nation were the opportunities to worship the Lord Jesus Christ from the heart, freedom to read God's Holy Scriptures, freedom to learn of the God of the Bible and the salvation that He provided for mankind, freedom to learn with the opportunity to know and love Him beyond dead religious structure that renders God's Word void of life and life-changing power, and freedom to dare to believe that the promises that God promised to the eternal offspring of Abraham by faith“us who believe,” would be today's recipients of God's supernatural touch and miraculous power.

Jesus Himself, who knew no sin, became the scapegoat of our sin to clothe us with His cloak of righteousness. The result? When the Father looked upon us from His Heavenly throne, He would see blood bought, washed children made righteous and adopted into His family.

This is the libertythe most awesome liberty known to mankind. We must cherish, honor, and with great diligenceprayerfully guard it with our hearts. For when we allow it to become devalued by taking it for granted, then we begin to lose sight of its true meaning and value. If we take it for granted as a ‘right’ and forget that it was divinely given to this nation by Almighty God as a privilege, we’ll lose it. Contrary to what some might imagine, it is a privilege that can be lost. When we as a nation wrongfully uses our freedom to focus solely upon our self and our own personal happiness instead of being lifted and empowered to help others, it’s in danger. We become tainted by the focus of self that can only enslave us once again to the yoke of bondage and the power of sin.

I will always praise God for the courageous men and women who continue to live selfless lives so that this dream can continue to remain real for future generations. They do so because they understand true liberty. Our lives are surrounded by selfless people today. They are surrounded by those who faithfully make sacrifices to touch lives with God’s love and the power of the gospel. Our lives are surrounded by those of our military who fight for our country and for our freedom. Our lives are surrounded by those in public service who often face great danger so that we may live safer lives. Our lives are surrounded by selfless people who live unnoticed while they gladly serve others with random acts of kindness at the expense of their own time and resources.

Be blessed and thankful for the abundance of everything that God has allowed us to experience in the United States of America. It is a gift and privilege. It is the liberty that God has bestowed upon us that can be lost when it becomes forgotten. Let’s remember it and value it. Let us thank God for it and pray for those who lead our nation. Let's let our freedom forever ring with His Praise!

Benjamin Franklin
Signer of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.

I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that "except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service.
Benjamin Franklin

Source: Benjamin Franklin, The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, Jared Sparks, editor (Boston: Tappan, Whittemore and Mason, 1840), Vol. X, p. 297, April 17, 1787.

Galatians 5:13-14 (NLT) ”For you have been called to live in freedom—not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, July 02, 2018

A Humorous 4th of July Parable

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Parable For The 4th of July (author unknown)

Once, in the 1820's, a little boy called Sam was playing in the yard behind his house. During his pretend fighting game, he knocked over the outhouse. 


Now Sam was upset and worried that he would get into trouble so he ran into the woods and didn't come out until after got dark. When he arrived back home, his pappy was waiting for him. 

He asked suspiciously, "Son, did you knock over the outhouse this afternoon?"

"No, pappy," Sam lied. "Well, let me tell you a story," said the father. "Once, not that long ago, Mr Washington received a shiny new axe from his father. 


Excited, he tried it out on a tree, swiftly cutting it down. But as he looked at the tree, with dismay he realized it was his mother's favorite cherry tree," his pappy paused." just like you, he ran into the woods. When he returned, his pappy asked, 'George, did you cut down the cherry tree?' George answered with, 'Father, I cannot tell a lie. I did indeed chop down the tree.' 

Then his father said, 'Well, since you were honest with me, you are spared from punishment. I hope you have learned your lesson. So," the Sam's father asked again," did you knock down the outhouse?"

"Pappy, I cannot tell a lie any more." said the little boy. "I did indeed knock down the outhouse."

Then his pappy father spanked Sam boy red, white, and blue. The boy whimpered, "Pappy, I told you the truth! Why did you spank me?"

Pappy answered, "Because George Washington's father wasn't in the tree when he chopped it down!"


John Adams 2nd U.S. President and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."




Psalm 33:12 "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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