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Friday, August 31, 2018

The Power of Words

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by Pastor Tim Burt

God's word has so much to say about the power of words and the words we speak. In forgetting this, we often become careless with them. They can tear down or build up. They can transform a moment. They can transform an entire life.  I've posted this before but felt impressed to repost this again this weekend! I pray that it moves your heart!

Psalms 19:14 NKJV  "Let the WORDS OF MY MOUTH, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength, and my Redeemer"

There is a powerful message on the power of words in this very short video!



If your tongue has power, you have power. You can frame your world with acceptable words that please God and create life and blessing for others, or you can spill words that bring hurt. God’s will is always to bring life!

Proverbs 18:20-21 NIV "From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled; and with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Stop and Crush Anxiety in Your Life and Soar!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Do you ever have days where you feel anxious? Where you find yourself worrying—maybe even terrified over the circumstances that try to hang over your life like a cloudy sky that never clears? I know that I've gone through seasons of life where I have felt this way and found it difficult to keep my mind out of the worry zone.

aaad6-hardshipMaybe you know that the Bible tells us that worrying accomplishes nothing positive. Luke 12:25-26 “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not! And if worry can't do little things like that, what's the use of worrying over bigger things?”

The truth is worrying only steals from us. It steals sleep. It distracts us from the leading of the Holy Spirit and attempts to diminish God's promises into just words. Anxiety can cause stress that manifests itself in multiple symptoms of sickness. It will lead to discouragement and could take you all the way to depression or worse. It can cause you to want to isolate yourself and tune out from people and life. That can lead to a lack of interaction with other Christians who would otherwise be a source of godly encouragement, reminding you of God’s love and care that we all desperately need. Bottom line: worrying is the pits no matter what it is you are worrying about.
Have you also noticed that you usually worry about something that you are afraid of losing or trying to hold on to. That could be relationships, a job, or a diversity of things.
6a01156fdba8bb970b015436849db3970c-320wiDo you remember the story in Exodus, when the Lord led the Israelites out from the most horrible circumstances under Pharaoh’s repression? The Lord took them out of a miserable place, miraculously led by fire and a cloud. He split the Red Sea. He destroyed Pharaoh’s army. He rained down supernatural angel food—manna from Heaven. He caused water to flow from a rock. Their clothes and footwear supernaturally did not wear out the entire time they were in the desert—40 years! God continuously provided for them. They had little so they had little to protect. And their worries were strictly from their imagination about what they didn't have.

Generations later, it happened again. They had only existed as a nation and people because of God and now once again they had forgotten God. They no longer prayed in sincere faith and trust to Him for help. If they did, they went right back to worry—a sign their prayers contained no faith and trust. They worried and tried anything and everything to fix their own problems and drifted from the God who had loved them so dearly to begin with.
Through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord rebuked the children of Israel for letting worry steal their relationship with Him. Through Jeremiah the Lord said, “This is what the Lord says: "What sin did your ancestors find in me that led them to stray so far? They worshiped foolish idols, only to become foolish themselves. They did not ask, 'Where is the Lord who brought us safely out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness—a land of deserts and pits, of drought and death, where no one lives or even travels?' "And when I brought you into a fruitful land to enjoy its bounty and goodness, you defiled my land and corrupted the inheritance I had promised you. The priests did not ask, 'Where is the Lord?' The judges ignored me, the rulers turned against me, and the prophets spoke in the name of Baal, wasting their time on nonsense.” Jeremiah 2:5-8 (NLT)be anxious for nothing
I woke up very early this morning suddenly feeling anxious about a situation in my life. My mind was overly active and I could not return to sleep. I thought about these scriptures. I awoke, got on my knees, and began to worship the Lord and pray. I told the Lord, I am not going to let cares and worries drive me to this place. I cast this mountain of worry into the sea. You love me. You care for me. You are the one that helps and protects me. With thanksgiving I prayed verses from this chapter expressing my thanks for taking my life from a pit and leading me to a good place in Him. I prayed, Lord, I had nothing. Everything I have and every good thing in my life is because of you. I refuse to dishonor you by worrying. I will draw near in worship to you—the one who loves and cares for me. The clouds lifted. The anxiety I felt was crushed like a bug. God's promises resounded loudly and my heart was refreshed. My faith was strengthened and my day launched with joy!

Crush the worthless anxiety trying to come on you and let your trust in God soar! 
Philip. 4:6 (NIV)  "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Part Two: Downloading Wisdom From Those Gone Before You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I talked with you yesterday about the importance of younger people to look to parents, older mentors and associates— those they trust to obtain wisdom for things they have not yet walked through but surely will—to save them from the pitfalls of inexperience that lie ahead.

Being naive can be a strength and a weakness at the same time. A great part of being young as you look at the world ahead, is that it's yours to conquer. Maybe you work to having an attitude of I can accomplish anything if I put my mind to it! And as a Christian, there are scriptures that are quoted and put out there to encourage that attitude such as Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." This scripture is encouraging beyond words and we should hold it within our hearts every day. But it's also important to know that this scripture is true for those pursing God's will and within the boundaries of godly living laid out in His word. It doesn't apply to pursuing worldly pursuits that are unethical, criminal, immoral—outside of God's boundaries and His plan for your life.

Being younger and naive can be a strength for the right reasons of being energetic, not knowing all the obstacles you'll face in life, and having a pure and innocent confidence and faith in God.  People who've been beaten down by life and whose faith has become weak, stop trying to accomplish anything great because pressing through obstacles has been painful and wearing. They often live their life in survival mode. So the goal for younger people is to look to those who have pressed through, who have kept their faith strong, and who have wisdom without discouragement to share with those who have not walked through what yet lies ahead.  If I may be bluntly honest, to live life without mentors is stupid. To have and appreciate mentors and learn from their wisdom is brilliant and part of the plan of God.  If you read the story of Daniel, you'll see that he was a mentor to three younger men. Daniels influence upon their life not only caused them to be greatly successful and influential, but also saved their lives!

Younger people sometimes think of their parents as interfering—and sometimes they are! But more than not, parents haven't learned how to transition from the parent/child relationship to the parent/friend relationship with their child. Parents have no right to meddle in their adult children's lives. They can speak into their adult children's lives if they've built the kind of friendship with their children that makes their children want to keep listening to their parents. But this kind of relationship is built by letting go and letting your children figure out their life. Where parents rightfully had control over their children as they were growing up, they lost as they become adults. It's now their world to figure out. Whether a parent has any say in their adult children's lives or not depends on how respectful they are to their children when that door is open. Parents that do not tread respectfully will have very little influence upon their adult children.

To those of you reading that are younger, I would say this: You absolutely want wisdom! Proverbs 4:7 (NIV) says, "Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding." Wisdom is all around you. Measure the lives and fruit of those who have lived longer than you beginning with your parents, and those God has placed in your life. If they have great fruit, then you can know that there are things you can learn from them. And you can know that the older they get, the more they desire to impart their knowledge and wisdom to you. Remember that experience is a great part of wisdom and their years past have provided that for them.

I've heard some say, If I talk with older people they begin to reminisce and never stop talking. That may be partially true. The way to conquer that is to know what questions and wisdom you desire to ask and be specific in your questions. You'll figure out how to navigate that. Unless you are surrounded by aimless people and you know if you are, then know there are people around you with a wealth of wisdom. Ask God to lead you to them and know they desire to share their wisdom with you! They want to download it to you before they leave this earth! You don't want them to talk forever and they may or may not want you to capitalize their time. You can go with a plan and adapt as you go.

People are always looking for answers. What they don't know is that they are surrounded by people with answers. When we cry out to God for answers He does provide them. Sometimes and most often He will speak to you through His Word. That is why Bible reading is so critical to a Christian's life. Sometimes He will speak through His Word but that might come through the mouth of a Pastor or spiritual leader. Sometimes it will come when you are praying—God will speak to you through the still small voice of the Holy Spirit within you. You have to be listening and paying attention. Other times God will speak to you through people in your life. Because you are searching for knowledge and wisdom and praying to the Lord about it, He will put the right people in your path. And when He does speak to you through one of these ways, are you going to listen? Are you going to take it in? That was the biggest problem God had to deal with regarding His people. This is why Jesus said repeatedly, Luke 8:8 (NLT) “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” Hearing and learning from what you hear is a choice. You have to choose to open your heart and listen to those that bear good fruit, and then apply it in your own. Hearing God's wisdom is to protect you from what you should avoid and pitfalls that lie ahead, and to help you learn those things that will usher blessing to your life. Proverbs 20:12 (NLT) says, "Ears to hear and eyes to see—both are gifts from the Lord." God wants you to see life through His eyes and hear His ways!

So, my point through these two posts is that the knowledge and wisdom you need is more readily available that you know. Although the Internet provides more information that anyone could have ever thought possible, the knowledge and wisdom and the stories and feelings that come from experience are within older generations around you. There are those around you that you can trust that will be used of God to give you direction, guidance, and the help you need. It begins by seeking God and praying, and then observing and honoring those who bear fruit around you—including your parents!  They have things that are valuable that they desire to download to you!

Proverbs 16:16 (NLT) "How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Part One: Downloading Wisdom From Those Gone Before You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I stopped in to see a buddy of my at his business. I had a book to give him to take on his vacation. He had me come back to his office and have a cup of coffee while he took care of a few things. He was leaving the next day for a 10-day vacation and scrambling to make sure he had everything done before he left. He spoke with a number of his employees to make sure he had downloaded all the information they would need to know in case anything came up while he was gone. As he finished this process, I could see the relief on his face and his smile grow. He was ready to leave. Downloading was complete!

Today and tomorrow I want to write to anyone who is smart and perceptive enough to understand that there are those who are older than you, who have been where you are headed in life, and have great insight and wisdom to help you navigate life—IF you will tap into them. This might include your parents, mentors, or those you've simply observed as bearing great fruit in their life in various areas from parenting, to finance, to the practical day-to-day projects or goals you desire to accomplish. They have something powerful to offer you that can save you from heartbreak and unnecessary pitfalls and trials—IF you can get past your pride and ask them.

Some might be better than others in communicating the wisdom they've gained, but you'll learn who those are. And even if they aren't the best in their communication style, they can be a valuable resource to you if you'll pull from them. And learn and know this truth: the older they get, the more they want to download the wisdom they have to you, about God, family, life, and all the things wisdom could be gained in! Taking them to coffee with your thought-out list of questions, will often be some of the best money and time spent that you've ever experienced. And because you're hungry enough to want to learn, you will have favor with them, and they will want to help you. By the grace of God, my life has always overflowed with these kinds of people. The nuggets of wisdom they've downloaded to me have helped me avoid countless pitfalls and made my life so much richer.

Renee and I are presently living in this experience now more than ever. We have four married children in their 30's—all with their own children. They look for insight and wisdom. I have younger business friends who often look for insight and wisdom because of my past business experiences. We retired from 35 years of pastoring last year, and in our current ministry, we are doing mission work around the world, preaching and teaching in churches, and helping younger senior pastors think through goals, objectives and decisions they are making for the future of their churches. This is an ongoing part of our life and we think those that who are humble enough to seek that wisdom are those that will experience the most success with joy, in their years to come.

A wonderful family pastor—a precious friend of mine, Jeff Zaugg, has launched a brilliant podcast called #DADawesome, https://dadawesome.org  He weekly interviews everyday dads. He interviews younger ones about their current struggles and successes, and dads who are older with adult children and grandchildren who have the hindsight and godly wisdom to look back and share what worked and what didn't work in their lives. It is powerfully encouraging to the younger men (and all men) tuning in to gain wisdom. It's become one of my favorite weekly podcasts to listen to. There are many resources like this available today in addition to the good people you are surrounded by that would speak into your life.

Every single one of us should eagerly desire wisdom! God's word cries out to us to seek it! Proverbs 4:7 (NIV) says, "Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding." 

Wisdom is all around you. Measure the lives and fruit of those who have traveled the road you are going to take beginning with your parents and those God has placed in your life. If they have great fruit, then you can know that there are many things you can learn from them. And you can know that the older they get, the more they desire to impart their knowledge and wisdom to you! Remember that experience is a great part of wisdom and their years past have provided that for them to share with you! More tomorrow.

James 1:5 (NIV) "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him..."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Feeling Fear While Choosing Faith

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Note from Pastor Tim: This morning's Fresh Manna was written by my daughter, Stephanie Gutierrez. She and her husband and are pastors and missionaries along with their two daughters (my granddaughters of course) in the developing country of Peru. Poverty is steep and the country relatively poor. As non-Peruvian citizens, they are not allowed to make an income in Peru. And so they survive as missionaries by support from churches and individuals. This and other mission work are an extension of what we do through Tim and Renee Burt Ministries. I hope you'll be blessed by her post today!

Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
- Matthew 26:38-39

I woke up at 4:30 AM to go the bathroom, and when I lifted up the faucet handle to turn on the water to wash my hands, all I heard was a dry, scratching, hollow sound. And all I saw was nothing. No water. Not a drop.

To give you some background, our house has had more water issues than “Carter’s got liver pills,” as my grandma says. Whether it has been the tubes busting, the water tank frying out, the water company shutting off the neighborhood water, or a city sewage backup, we have lost water for sometimes hours, sometimes days on end, so many times I can’t count. And no matter how many times it happens, most times it still initially throws me for a loop.

In those moments, I feel panicky, powerless, angry, frustrated and honestly, flat-out terrified.

All these water-less moments came to a head in 2017 when Lima, which usually gets less than half an inch of water a year, got more than ten times that. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes, many died, and nearly the entire city lost water to their homes and businesses for roughly five days.

I will never forget the fear and uncertainty we all felt.

Toilets couldn’t be flushed. Showers couldn’t be taken. Priority was just finding water to drink. And it got to the point that grocery stores ran out of water to sell. I remember the joy of, after driving to three different supermarkets, finally finding one would sell me two 7 liters.

Understandably, I’ve never looked at water the same way.

We haven’t lost water since then, thankfully. A year and half with no water issues has been glorious. Until the other day.

And that morning, at 4:30 AM, all of the emotions came flooding back. My heart began pounding. My body began trembling. My mind began racing.

Even though logically, I knew everything would eventually be ok, my body couldn’t seem to be convinced. And neither could my emotions.

I crawled back into bed and lay there for the next two hours, weaving in and out of water nightmares, quietly repeating over and over to myself, “You’re not in danger. You’re not in danger.”

When I finally couldn’t take laying there anymore and got out of bed, I felt so frustrated with myself. I’ve been through this before! I know we will survive! It might take a while––maybe even a few days––to find a solution, but we will. So WHY AM I FEELING THESE EMOTIONS?! Do I not trust God to take care of me?

Right then, I realized something. Something I’ve subconsciously believed for years but never was really aware of.

I believed that the mature Christian life was devoid of negative emotions. Sure, we mature Christians can and should experience joy, faith, and peace––but anger, fear, and sadness? Those were for the newbies and faint of heart.

It sounds ridiculously to that say out loud. And I certainly never would have counseled anyone that way, but for some reason, I believed it was true for me.

The anxiety I felt that morning I saw as a sign of weakness. A sign of my lack of faith. Because if I really had trusted God, I would have just reacted like this: “Oh, the water went out again? No big deal. God’s got this. I’m not worried a bit! Been here, done this before.”

That is how SO DESPERATELY I wished I had reacted! I did get to a place of peace several hours later, but I wished I had walked in perfect peace from the moment I had realized what was happening. But I didn’t, and I felt like a failure.

The Christian life isn’t the emotionless life. It’s not the robotic life, the plastic, cartoon-perfect life. It’s a REAL life. The real, perfect Jesus filtered through the real, imperfect me.

No, Jesus doesn’t want me to live in panic or fear. Of course, he wants me to trust him, because he sees the big picture and knows I’ll be ok. But he also understands me.

And feeling fear while choosing faith doesn't make me weak. It makes me strong.

Jesus, when in the Garden of Gethsamane, with beads of anxiety rolling down his face and thoughts whirling around in his mind, chose faith.

The acknowledgement of the intense feelings we are experiencing can make the decision to trust, despite our emotions, even that much more powerful.

And each time I choose to trust, with the beads of anxiety rolling, I grow in that trust. I am maturing. I am learning. I am seeing how God is greater than my feelings, wiser than my thoughts, and so much bigger than my fears.

Feelings may come but they don’t define me, they don’t control me, and they don’t decide for me. I won’t pretend they aren’t there; instead I will acknowledge them and then choose despite them.

In fear, I choose faith. In sadness, I choose joy. In desperation, I choose hope.

Yes, I feel. But then, I decide.

(Oh, and the water problem was fixed later on that evening. *breathes sigh of relief)

Psalm 42:5 (NLT2) "Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Staying On Track With God

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I was driving on a freshly paved highway in Northern Minnesota. On both sides of many Minnesota roads, they create small bumps the shape of piano keys. If you weren't paying attention and started to veer off the road, you’d hit these bumps which are loud and vibrate your car. They’d quickly get your attention and you'd be back to the center of your lane in a snap.

As Christians, we have something similar, only better! We have the gentle and loving voice of God’s Holy Spirit nudging us like a loving parent. If we’d pay attention to the leading of the Holy Spirit instead of acting like the little child mesmerized by the TV or a video game who doesn't hear a thing your saying, we would hear the voice of the Lord or sense His prompting. If we had great reverence for God—whom we know we should revere—we’d stay in His perfect will. We all have the potential to wander and hit or go of the side of the road in your Christian walk, and many of us have. Once we can admit it, then we have the ability to return to His perfect will.

Not everyone goes astray because of willful sin. Sometimes poor decisions or slothfulness and procrastination get us there. Procrastination is such a thief! The things people put off are most often small things that would raise the quality of their life and bring them greater satisfaction, inner peace and joy. The reasons we put things off are most often born out of fear or laziness and they rob us! Sometimes God is leading, nudging, or prompting you to get a task done or to reach out to someone with an act of kindness. If you procrastinate out of fear or laziness, you’ll never discover why. Learning to recognize God’s voice, obeying it, and learning to be diligent instead of being lazy, helps build godly character. It helps you experience satisfaction in knowing that you are disciplined in following your heart to do what you know you should. Overcoming fears through faith in God’s help accomplishes the same. Beyond that, there can be hidden blessings in obeying those promptings.

A while back I caught myself continually thinking about cleaning out this drawer in my dresser. It’s a catch-all drawer. (Yes, I have a junk drawer. It’s the resting place for many of the odd things that have no normal place to be put.) Anyway, I could not shake the impression to clean out this drawer. I spent about forty-five minutes cleaning it out and filled a waste can. While cleaning it I found my missing reading glasses and two other lost items I had been searching for. I was so blessed to find them! I knew that was why God wanted me to clean that drawer. I was so thankful I did not procrastinate doing it.

What are you putting off? Is it visiting your parents, going to church, doing your exercises, cleaning that closet or laundry room, writing in your journal, reading your Bible and praying, or writing that note or thank you card? Can you understand that procrastination of any kind steals from the character development of revering and obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit. And it steals the joy that you would otherwise experience in doing them! And procrastination in general can become a character flaw that steals a blessing God has working to get to you, and even worse, that contributes to you actually wandering away from God and your life in Him.

When Nicodemus faced Jesus, he wanted to procrastinate or put off what he knew in his heart he should do—accept Jesus’ word as truth. Jesus confronted Nicodemus and will confront you too. (Maybe He's doing so right now!) Don’t procrastinate. Don’t be lazy. Don’t put off what God's been speaking to you about! As the saying goes, Just do it!

Proverbs 6:4 (NLT)  "Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Have the Faith of a Leader! Here's How!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

The Bible is full of covenant promises from God that reach from the Old Testament all the way into the life of every believer today. I hope you know that God does not want His promises to be treated as, Maybe I will believe them and maybe I won't. He wants us to place an unwavering faith in them because He is a God of covenant and He does not lie. Hebrew 11:6 tells us that "...without faith it is impossible to please God." Have you ever wondered, Why can’t we please God without faith? We can't because unbelief unchecked has the potential to take a Christian with a bad attitude and offended imagination all the way to rebellion.

God had promised Abraham's descendants a Promised Land of milk and honey! It was rich land that would be a blessing to them. He entered into covenant with Abraham and this was the promise He made to him and his descendants. That meant He was going to fulfill it. But they did not believe Him. Deuteronomy 1:26-28 NIV. “But you were unwilling to go up; you REBELLED against the command of the LORD your God. You grumbled in your tents and said, "The LORD hates us; so He brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us. Where can we go? Our brothers have made us lose heart. They say, 'The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there.'"

Moses instructed the people to go into the promised land per God's instructions. Some of the leaders did not trust God and consequently spilled their fear and unbelief to the rest of the people. They would not go in. Instead of trusting God’s promise that He’d help them defeat the enemies living in their promise land, they all expressed their fears and unbelief. When fear is voiced it grows! When fear is voiced by many, it becomes crippling! God spoke to them and He told them that not believing was rebelling. “But you were unwilling to go up; you REBELLED against the command of the LORD your God.” Rebellion is serious business. The Bible says rebellion is the same as witchcraft, or you could say that rebellion opens the doors to unleashing the devil and his devices to deceive and destroy us.

In the book of Samuel, we read a story about David when he was in a very difficult spot. He and his army of men had just returned home from a long campaign of defeating their enemies. When they were approaching home, they could see their town was burning. They quickly discovered that the enemy plundered their people and had taken all of their possessions as well as their wives and children. David was discouraged and so were his men. They were so discouraged that they cried and cried hard. They were so discouraged and furious, they wanted to blame someone. They turned their anger toward their leader David and momentarily rebelled, wanting to stone him. David resisted the discouragement he personally felt and got alone with God. 1 Samuel 30:6 NKJV says “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” 
Did you see what David did when everyone else was discouraged and slipping into rebellion?   “...but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”  What we should we do when we get discouraged? Not cry. Not slip into unbelief and fear which just gives place to the devil. We, like David, should encourage our own heart in the Lord. We should encourage our heart with the promises of God’s Word. Then encourage the hearts of those around us. That's what David did. His men were about to rebel against him. David remembered who His God was and the promises of His covenant with them. David encouraged his own heart and then his men. The rest of the story is one fabulous miracle. They went out to make the enemy pay. They found the enemy and destroyed them. They got all their possessions back plus their wives, children and the riches of their enemies!

We can't afford to be discouraged. Hebrews 6:12 NLT affirms this truth saying, "We do not want you to become sluggish, stupid, or dull concerning your faith but instead imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised."

Discouragement is for people who don't know God and His covenant promises. We have many promises of supernatural help from God. He is always there for us! Always! If we will do what David did, encouraging our own heart, then we will stop the devil in his tracks, be a source of encouragement to others, and experience the same miracle-working deliverance and help that David received.

Bless you today as you encourage yourself and through faith and patience, inherit what God has for you!

Psalm 46:1 NIV  God is our refuge and strength, an  ever-present help in trouble."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, August 20, 2018

A Fix From God That We All Need!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I was on a short trip north, taking a drive to a location that was three hours away. It's a trip I drive a few times a year and look forward to. I do because I love the rare opportunity to have three hours of quiet-time. My life is a busy one and to have quiet time is something I often have to schedule into my life. Even then, like yours, it's often interrupted. So when I have times like this where I know I won't be interrupted, they are a gift to me.

I am probably a little different from most people I know in the respect that when I am in my car, I love the quiet. I seldom turn on the radio. Although I love Christian music of all kinds and have a wonderful sound system that came with my car, I seldom use it. I don't because as much as I love music, and I do, I have fallen in love with the quietness of my car to spent time with the Lord and to pray whenever I have the chance.

Psalms 46:10 NLT says, Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

The words "Be still" in this verse, don't just mean don't move. They mean to lean upon and to take hold of meaning to recognize our own weaknesses and become comfortable with our dependency upon God. Those that are, often become faith-filled pillars like many Bible characters such as Abraham.

Do you remember ever talking with someone and sharing something that they needed to hear that would really help them, but they keep interrupting you? You respond, Will you please be quiet and listen to me? I am trying to tell you something. I am trying to help you! That is the implication behind these words "Be still and know that I am God." 

When God says those words, "Be still and know that I am God," He's saying, Lean on me! Take hold of the fact that the God of the universe is your God. He's saying, One day, every nation will come to this reality and know it for themselves. When that day comes, I will be honored by all for who I am. Since you know me now through Jesus Christ, be still and lean on me and learn of me. Bring your cares to me. Bring your petitions to me. Lay them at my feet and because of your faith in my love for you, leave them there. Trust me and honor and praise me now for who I amfor I am your God. Because this is what He wants, Psalms 130:5 (NIV) speaks loudly to me. "I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope."

I hope you know this but whether you are consciously aware of it or not, you are always looking for answers and help. There are decisions and answers you need—big and small, on a regular basis. There are continuously things you desire to do and do well. There are choices you have to make ever before you. You need help—God's help with all that! At least if your smart you know that.  And then you are surrounded by people who are hurting and confused and depressed. People looking for help and for answers and direction for their life that are always before you. It's God's plan to shape you into that godly man or woman who not only makes right decisions and does good things, but also has answers, help, and the wisdom of God for others.

And people need your prayers. More than you could ever know. We all see difficult things happen to people around us. What you don't see is when bad things didn't happen to people—because you've prayed for them! What you don't see is the reason why good things happened to people—because you prayed for them! James 5:16 (NLT) says, "...pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results." 

It is for this reason I like to take hold of quiet-time opportunities and meditate on the Lord and lean on Him. Waiting on the Lord is not just sitting silent. Its talking with God and sharing your heart or questions with Him. It is being quiet and letting God speak to your heart through His word. Sometimes it will inspire you to action and other times to praying and interceding for others. No man or woman can meet this need in your life. It can only be filled by spending quiet time with God. It also fuels and creates great desire in my prayer-life to pray in faith for others.

Be the boss of your life. Quit allowing everything to dictate your schedule. Create some quiet time with the Lord whenever you can whether it's three hours on a long drive, or three minutes between appointments. It becomes addictive, powerful, and refreshing and its the one fix God wants us all to partake of!

Isaiah 40:31 (NLT) "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, August 17, 2018

The Power of God's Gifting Working In and Through You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When Jesus saved you and I, He gave us eternal life. But He gave us more than that. He left us with a quest—the quest to become Christ-like so that we could be a blessing and a light to the world around us. We see this in 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) "But we all... beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." 

When the Bible says to be conformed to the image of Christ, and a man or woman wants to have a greater revelation of that image, two passages of scripture that are often looked to for greater insight are Proverbs 31 and Psalm 112. I have always loved Psalm 112. It is to a man what Proverbs 31 is to a woman. In both cases they are templates and paint the reflection of what any man or woman would desire to see themselves become through Christ.

I meditate on the verses of Psalm 112 time and time again. I have never read these verses without gaining strength and a renewed vigor as to the kind of person God desires me to be. Let me make it clear that these verses are by no means for men only. They are much about strength of character, integrity and identity in the Lord. Those qualities are universal to men or women alike.

Psalms 112:1,9 (NLT) says, "Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who (reverentially) fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands... They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor."

The words "shares freely and gives generously with those in need" show us that Christ-like character developed in a person. This statement is often thought of and interpreted as one who gives monetary or material gifts to those that are lacking. That is a proper interpretation but the application does not stop there. This person sharing with others is one that acts instinctively out of the core of his or her being. Just as he finds it necessary to breath, so is it also a part of him or herself to give something to others. The reason it would be shallow to think in terms of just monetary or material is because God has endowed us with gifts that go beyond the monetary or material.

The majority of people experience times when their ability to give monetary or material gifts is limited. But Romans 12:6 says “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” The Bible tells us that by the grace of God, He has endowed us with various giftings and talents. These are very precious gifts. An example of just one type of gifting mentioned is the gift of mercy.

I think that most of us have had occasions where we’ve done something stupid or been woefully inadequate at an assigned task. At times like that, we often feel discouraged and beat ourselves up. Just about that time, God will send a mercy motivated person along who does everything in their power to comfort you, remind you of God’s love and forgiveness, and encourage you with kind and exhorting words. You would have a great appreciation for this gift freely given to you called mercy. All the various talents and abilities that God has provided us with, are gifts that can be freely given to others.
Every time someone volunteers to serve you in church in any capacity, such as when you bring your child into a church's children's ministry classroom, you are being blessed by people who are freely giving their gifts to bless others. They minister to your child so that you yourself can be ministered to without distraction.

God has endowed each of us with gifts to bless other lives. And those gifts go far beyond the four walls of a church. They reach out to those we are surrounded by every single day. As we begin to open our eyes and see the needs of those around us, we can open our hearts and let God draw those gifts out.

A short time ago I was in a restaurant with some friends having breakfast. A gentleman overheard us talking about God. He was in a very difficult place in his life and came over to our table to ask us to pray for him. I shared Jesus with him and he asked Jesus to be His Lord and Savior right then and there. We then prayed about his needs. After the breakfast, I gave him some books to help him in his Christian walk that I always keep in supply in my car. I also invited him to church. He has been coming ever since and his life has been utterly transformed by the power of God. He didn't need money, he needed prayer and Jesus. We stopped what we were doing and God's gifting in us, met his needs.

You are surrounded every day by people in need! Ask God to use you, pay attention, and respond as you are led by the Holy Spirit. There is NOTHING more exciting that being used by God to freely give from the treasure of gifts that He has placed within you! This is a part of what helps us become transformed into the image of God over time. Ready to experience some transforming? Be available and pay attention to how God uses you and your gifts today!

Romans 12:6 (NIV) "We have different gifts, according to the grace given us...."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Leading, Encouraging, and Inspiration of God's Promises

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Every day I write Fresh Manna, it's my prayer that I've taught you something, encouraged your heart, and inspired you to have faith in God's love and word so that it works mightily in you, and extends to others through you. Today is no exception. Today I want to share with you, one of my favorite Bible stories. It's one of my favorite because it represents the depth of God's love and grace toward each one of us, and because it reveals His love and promises, extending all through time into our lives today. The story is when God revealed and established a covenant with Abram (soon to be called Abraham.) God did so in stages, revealing a little of His plan at a time. Why? I believe this is God's pattern with man. When we know too much, we get ahead of ourselves and God, and let our imagination lead us rather than God directing our steps, a step at a time.

In Genesis chapter 15 God comes and speaks to Abram about establishing a covenant with him. Abraham had just finished a traumatic experience rescuing his nephew Lot from a king. God had helped him accomplish this but I'm sure this experience had been difficult to calm down from. He was most likely thinking about how he could have lost his life and was thinking about how he still had no heir yet. Now God comes and speaks these words to Abram. Genesis 15:1 (NKJV) "After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward." God then continues to tell Abram how He will give him an heir that will lead to countless descendants. (This is why God tells us secrets in small doses. Even God's smallest promises are mind-blowing.)  And then God does something to initiate this covenant that is something we should think about every day or our life! I'll show you and then explain.

Genesis 15:8-12 & 17 (NLT2)
8  But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, how can I be sure that I will actually possess it?”
9  The LORD told him, “Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
10  So Abram presented all these to him and killed them. Then he cut each animal down the middle and laid the halves side by side; he did not, however, cut the birds in half.
11  Some vultures swooped down to eat the carcasses, but Abram chased them away.
12  As the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a terrifying darkness came down over him.

17  After the sun went down and darkness fell, Abram saw a smoking firepot and a flaming torch pass between the halves of the carcasses.


This sacrifice was how God taught them to establish a covenant in those days. Both parties were supposed to walk through the sacrifice and that represented that they were both responsible for their part. If you go back and read these verses you see that God put Abram to sleep and then walked through the sacrifice Himself. (He was the smoking firepot and flaming torch.) Why did God walk through the sacrifice without Abram? Because He knew that man was incapable of fulfilling the sacrifice. God knows we all fail, all fall short, all sin, and consequently feel unworthy walking away from God. God walking through this alone was Him saying that He would be responsible for this everlasting covenant. All he wanted Abram was to sincerely do the best he could.

This represented the depth of God's love, His mercy, His grace, and the fact that God would do for us what we could not do ourselves. This was the foretaste of Jesus being the sacrifice for our sins. This was the beginning of God restoring us to Himself. This was the beginning of a world of supernatural grace, help, and promise to deliver us from this wicked and evil world. God would create promised blessing to those that love Him and would do their best to walk in His ways.

As you read through this chapter and then through chapter 17, you'll see God reveals more and more about this covenant. That is what God does. He gives you His instruction and promises to create desire to lead you. He does this in doses so that you can respond to them and be encouraged, taught, inspired, and led by them day-by-day.

And then we read in the book of Galatians, this amazing truth and promise. Galatians 3:28-29 (NLT2) "There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you."

This verse is telling us that all those promises God made to Abraham are reaching into our lives today through Jesus Christ. They still deliver, help, lead, and bless us as we learn and put our faith in them! I hope this inspires and encourages you today. It sure does me! God bless you.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NLT2) "For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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