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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

God's Perfect Plan For Your Spiritual Development!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

A Message From Pastor Tim: This will be my last post until November 5th.  Renee and I are heading out on a missions trip to Peru to minister the gospel and to meet the needs of people! Feel free to dive into the archive and read some past posts. They will bless you. We'll be praying for you daily and if you would, please pray over every aspect of our trip. And if you want to contribute to those that are destitute, please feel free to donate on this site. Every penny goes straight to helping people! Last week we were able to give 100 blankets and God's word to homeless people in India. They were so thankful! And so are we! Reaching the world! 

Most Christians think they have spiritually grown up and become mature! The truth is, most (yes I said most) haven't!

Every good parent wants their child to mature and grow up to live a good and significant life. Every good Christian parent wants their child to spiritually mature and grow up, not only to have a significant life, but a life fulfilling their God-given destiny—loving and serving Him one day at a time.

Remember that we are created in the Lord’s image and we are at our best when we try to emulate Him. The Lord wants us to grow up serving Him. He created something called the churchpeople group who know Jesus as Savior, and as a place and atmosphere to help that happen. Ephesians 1:22-23 (NLT) says, “And God has put all things under the authority of Christ, and He gave Him him this authority for the benefit of the church. And the church is His body…” If you are a believer, you are a part of the body of Christ. Jesus loves the church! Ephesians 5:25 (KJV) says, “…Christ loves the church and give His life for it.” Those of us who believe, are all a part of God's church—the universal church inclusive of all believers of Jesus Christ. He also wants us to be a part of the local church—a local community of believers that grow and interact together and influence those in their world for Him.

God goes on in His Word to say that He gave and put within the church, leaders (like parents to children) to help us grow up and spiritually mature. Ephesians. 4:12-13 (NLT) says, “…to prepare and equip God's people to do His work and help build up His church, the body of Christ, until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature and full-grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.”

One of the ways God helps that is critical in developing our spiritual growth and maturity, is to learn to serve others—His plan, in and through the local church. When we work side-by-side and in unison with others in and through the local church, it forces us to learn to work together to accomplish His will and develop spiritual character as the Holy Spirit transforms our lives into the image of Him.  It can at times be difficult because people are people—even when they're Christians. They still at times act out with unchristian attitudes and behaviors. Why? Because each of us is a work in progress. You might expect every kind of behavior from unbelievers in the workplace because they don’t know the Lord. But you have a higher expectation from Christians. And yet, Christians—each and every one, are a work in progress with differently levels of maturity, and will at times, do or say something to hurt you—including the Pastor!

When this happens—Christians hurting you—why would you keep on? You would because you understand they are a work in progress as you yourself are—even your Pastor. You want them to be patience with you, so you show mercy and be patient as God transforms their life. This forces you to develop Christian character. You have to learn to be forgiving, to overlook offences, to walk in love—literally to develop every Christian attribute that God’s Word says we should grow in and put on. You may quit your job when you are disgruntled, and some may leave their spouse, but God doesn't want you to quit being a part of His church and serving His plan. It is part of His maturing process for your life. And a powerful benefit of growing in this, is developing an I will not quit attitude. God teaches us that if we learn to abandon the constant temptation to quit at time of adversity, and removed it from our vocabulary when it comes to God and the church, we'll instead learn to persevere and become a winner! Galatians 6:9 (NIV) "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." 

Think about this: spouses fight, children fight, quarrels happen all the time, but because you are a family, you work it out a day at a time while learning to walk in love as your goal. That’s how it is in the local church. This is God's will. But if you didn't know that, you'd quit and miss out on the plan that He has to help spiritually mature you!

If you read the story of Moses, you see that he had to manage all of God’s people. They were spiritually undeveloped and immature—a whiny, ornery, sometimes rebellious bunch. But God still loved them and Moses still had to work with them. There were times where Moses wanted to quit. Yet he didn't because He loved God and loved the people and knew he had to persevere while praying and interceding for them.

One day God spoke words to Moses that each of us would long to hear from Him. He said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33:17) This was the same as God proclaiming He was Moses's friend. Then God revealed Himself to Moses in a special way. Serving God from a pure heart has its special moments and rewards from God.

Learning to serve God’s plan by serving others through the local church is a significant part of God’s plan to mature us. We are family. We don’t quit that plan, we realize that it’s God’s plan to help us grow up and mature with godly character.

We've all been hurt by other Christians and we've all probably hurt other Christians. But, like family, we hang in there, forgive and have mercy on each other, and purpose to do better as we grow and mature. We all hope to grow up together to bless the Lord and influence this world with the gospel of Jesus, and with His loving touch operating in and through us. When we do so, we will be the ones that benefit the most from His glorious plan! And will have grown up and become His friend!

Ephesians 4:13 (MSG) "until we're all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God's Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Managing Those Times When You Feel Overwhelmed

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you felt overwhelmed lately? Most of experience times where we feel that way. Renee's 92-year old mother fell and broke hip a couple of weeks ago and she has needed to spend almost every day with her since. And since those times are not planned but suddenly appear in your life, they can overwhelm your schedule with busyness and emotional exhaustion. And that can spill over to those around you. Over the years, the Lord has taught us a couple of simple but powerful teaches tips to remember in dealing with those times.

The first thing the Lord has taught us that has helped us immensely is, don't keep thinking about everything that you see lying ahead. You really don't know all that is ahead. Instead, just focus on the present and what you are dealing with in the moment. Some days are so busy that you have to take them on a half-day or even just one activity or appointment at a time. God gives grace for everything one step at a time!

Secondly, God helps us manage the feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed out by sitting down and praying through everything we are going through together. Renee and I make time to do this. When we do, it's incredible how much weight feels lifted from our shoulders! He instructed the children of Israel to become dependent daily on Him for manna. Manna is the Word of God—the promises of God’s word to each and every believer of Jesus Christ. God is in covenant with you. Your faith in His promises can supernaturally bring His grace to the moment and lift you above your daily cares and worries. When you take some quiet time to be with Him and suddenly you find yourself reading Psalm 61:2-3 (NLT) that says, “From the ends of the earth, I will cry to you for help, for my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for You are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me” and you know the Lord led you to those verses to encourage and strengthen you, it makes you smile! You know you've experienced His grace. We know the Lord cares for us and the details of our lives and we know that when we pray for grace, the Lord gives it liberally.  Every time we see that grace materialize in our life, we smile, look up, and say Thank you Lord. You are so merciful, kind and faithful! Thank you for your grace!  

Times of feeling exhausted and overwhelmed may come, but just pausing to acknowledge the love of the Lord and His care for you, brings  supernatural refreshing. These two simple things have helped us to intimately experience Him at a time when the devil is trying to blow us up! All of this is the grace of God that you need to keep you feeling empowered and equipped as you press forward in Him!

Hebrews 4:16 (NLT2) "So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Are You Influencing For God or the Devil? Good Question!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

This morning I read a quote from a great evangelist who said, I don't look for scriptures to appease my flesh. I look for them to crucify it. I have such a great appreciation for that statement because the Word of God has such transforming power. It can help transform our thinking and behavior to be more Christlike; something that will not only bless our life but the lives of those our life touches. Therefore, I want my life pricked and challenged by God’s Word.

One of the more challenging and life changing verses that I've ever read comes from Matthew 18:7. "How terrible it will be for anyone who causes others to sin. Temptation to do wrong is inevitable, but how terrible it will be for the person who does the tempting.”

As a new Christian and growing believer, I was challenged by my first Christian mentor to understand how important it is to not be a stumbling block to others. My mentor said, You will find that you will try to justify hanging on to certain behaviors, attitudes, or vices. I won’t tell you what they are because that is the work of the Holy Spirit. The Lord will reveal them to you through His Word. You’ll then have a decision to make. Will you humble yourself like an obedient child, follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and make the changes He is asking you to make, or will you try to justify yourself? You will find that the change the Lord is asking you to make will affect more than just yourself. It will directly or indirectly affect others. If they see you cling to your old ways, they’ll take it as justification to do the same. If they see that God has done a work in you, it has the potential to minister to them and influence them toward a life in Christ. They will think about the changes they see in you and if their heart is open, it will open the door for God to work in their life. So, as God’s Word speaks to you, you’ll face choices. You’ll either cling to fleshy or carnal behaviors and attitudes causing you to be a stumbling block to others and hindering your own spiritual growth, or you’ll let God work in you and let the power of the Holy Spirit transform an area of your life.

That was powerful counsel but the scriptures pricked my heart at an even greater level as I read God's word regarding it. Matthew 18:4-6 NLT says, “Therefore, anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who trusts in me to stumble, it would be better for that person to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.”

Ouch! These words from Jesus made me realize how serious not being a stumbling block to others is. It helped me realize that my life is not my own. I don’t just live it for myself. My life is to represent God's Word to be read by others. God wants change in me not just for myself, but also because it can benefit others by example. Jesus went on to say that if I am doing something that is unprofitable, then I need to pluck it out of my life because if I didn't, it could affect me and others much more negatively than I could ever imagine. I try to think through this truth in every aspect of my life.

I often see others today who I presume are young Christians attempting to learn about Jesus and God's Word, and share what they learn with others in Social Media. I have seen countless pages of those on Twitter or Facebook who on one hand, share Bible verses but also share thoughts or humor laced with profanity or sexual thoughts and images. I know they aren't trying to violate God's Word. But, because of their immaturity in the Lord, they don't realize how confusing that is to others that they want to share Jesus with. Are Bible verses, profanity, and sexual thoughts and images lumped all together okay with God? Ephesians 4:21-24 (NLT) says "Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from Him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Holy Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy."

The answer is no. They don't realize what they are doing because they haven't matured to that place in Christ to know that what they are saying and posting is causing others to think all of it is okay when it's not! That is causing others to stumble! My hunch would be that most don't know better because they are unchurched, without a mentor, and barely read their Bible. They are schooled mostly by things they read in Social Media. What they need to learn is that God wants sin and wrong behaviors to drop from our lives and His ways to surface in their thinking and behavior. The Holy Spirit will help that happen for those the seek God. He will help us to avoid being a stumbling block to others. Over time He'll help us become an influence and example of how to live for Jesus and become more Christlike day by day.

And so... As the evangelist said, “I don't look for scriptures to appease my flesh. I look for them to crucify it." I don’t want to be appeased. I want it to be transformed!

2 Cor. 5:15 “Jesus died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live to please themselves. Instead, they will live to please Christ, who died and was raised for them.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 19, 2018

An Inspirational Story and A Little Humor! The Master's Hands

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I am reposting an inspirational story and a little humor by request. I pray it inspires you and makes you chuckle! Have a blessed weekend! ~ Pastor Tim 

The Master's Hands  (Author Unknown)

Wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano, a mother took the small boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her. Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked "NO ADMITTANCE."When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that her son was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."
At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear, "Don't quit. Keep playing." Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running oligatio. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was mesmerized.That's the way it is with God. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren't exactly graceful flowing music. But with the hand of the Master, our life's work truly can be beautiful.

John 15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

A Little Humor – The Pentecostal Dog

A Baptist preacher and his wife decided to get a new dog. Ever mindful of the congregation, they knew the dog must also be a Baptist. They visited kennel after kennel and explained their needs. Finally, they found a kennel whose owner assured them he had just the dog they wanted.

The owner brought the dog to meet the pastor and his wife. "Fetch the Bible," he commanded. The dog bounded to the bookshelf, scrutinized the books, located the Bible, and brought it to the owner. "Now find Psalm 23," he commanded. The dog dropped the Bible to the floor, and showing dexterity with his paws, leafed through and finding the correct passage, pointed to it with his paw. The pastor and his wife were very impressed and purchased the dog.

That evening, a group of church members came to visit. The pastor and his wife began to show off the dog, having him locate several Bible verses. The visitors were very impressed! . One man asked, "Can he do regular dog tricks, too?" "I haven't tried yet," the pastor replied. He pointed his finger at the dog. "HEEL!" the pastor commanded. The dog immediately jumped on a chair, placed one paw on the pastor's forehead and began to howl. The pastor looked at his wife in shock and said, "Good Lord! He's Pentecostal!"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Rewarding Life God Wants You to Live!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Let me share a simple truth. When you're younger, life seems long. When you get older, it feels like time has sped by and life is short. God’s Word amplifies this truth. Psalm 144:4 NLT says, “For we are like a breath of air; our days are like a passing shadow.” Job 14:2 NLT says “Like a flower, we blossom for a moment and then wither. Like the shadow of a passing cloud, we quickly disappear.” Psalm 39:4 NLT says, “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away.”

Jesus taught, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” (Matt 24:35 KJV) When Jesus said this, He was speaking literally. One day this world as we know it will be changed by Him—but His Words will never change. We can count on His every word. We can count on His every promise! We can count on the instruction of His Word. We can count on thing things He has said will come to pass in the future. Life goes by in a blur but His Word is like the Rock that never changes. It's dependable and forever. One day we will look back and reflect on how short life was and think about whether we got caught up in that which does not matter, or if we lived it for Him.

Life is full of distractions. Satan works to fill our lives with distractions. Our heart gets caught up in living for entertainment, achievements for personal glory, politics and pride to lead our hearts in division, and to make sin and self-gratification appealing—all for the purpose of distracting us. Satan tries to draw us in so that God and His Word take a backseat and move to the background—often neglected until crisis reminds us how much we need Him. All this for the purpose of causing us to forget about the plan and purpose God put us on this earth for.

The Apostle Paul spoke about it when he was teaching single people of the blessing and advantage they could have if they would stay focused on serving the Lord. He taught them that marriage is good, but has it's natural distractions—making marriage work, having children, needing to provide for a family, etc.. (He was not demeaning marriage by any means. Just discussing the reality of distractions within a marriage.) In 1 Corinthians 7:30-35 (NLT) the Apostle Paul said, "Happiness or sadness or wealth should not keep anyone from doing God's work. Those in frequent contact with the things of the world should make good use of them without becoming attached to them, for this world and all it contains will pass away. In everything you do, I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord's work and thinking how to please Him. But a married man can't do that as well. He has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife. His interests are divided. In the same way, a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be more devoted to the Lord in body and in spirit, while the married woman must be concerned about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband. I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.”

This isn't a discourse by Paul about not getting married. And he is not saying that if you are married, will you be less spiritual or pleasing to God. It’s about understanding that life is short, the world competes for your heart, and life is chuck-full of distractions that seem to grab too much of our time and attention. For far too many, living for God gets pushed way back on the priority list when it should be the main thing—the core value of your life.

Thank God you can live your life wholeheartedly for the Lord whether married or single. I’m married, have four children and seven grandchildren. Our lives are still filled with ministry work. The need to help people know God never ends. The world tries to draw me in too. I try never to lose sight of the fact that time passes quickly. Most of the things the world places importance on really don’t matter much. My life was given to me as a gift to serve God. What I do for Him from a sincere heart will never lose its reward in this life or in the life to come. For that reason, I desire to let my fast-moving life not be distracted, but instead filled with ways to exalt the love of Jesus and find ways to influence others with that touch of His love. When that is your heart, He always leads you in that way and opens that door and equips you with the grace—His supernatural help to accomplish His will. It is God's number one priority to help all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the saving grace and love of Jesus! That is what counts most to Him. But His blessing our life and efforts do not take a back seat to Him. They come with the prioritizing of our life for Him. So... let's not be distracted but put God and His will and purpose first-place in our lives. Then when we look back and see how we lived life, it will be with a smile and rich memories in Him!

Matthew 16:27 “For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father's glory with His angels, and then He will reward each person according to what he has done.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dogs, Worship, and Intimacy With God

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by Pastor Tim Burt

The world is filled with dog lovers. In my childhood, we always had one in our family. My grandchildren love theirs. My granddaughter sent me a picture of her painting her dog's toenails while he laid perfectly still letting her do so. No wonder dogs are so lovable. Like children, they are a great deal of work, but also like little children, they have this incredible innocence. And the traits that most dog-lovers universally love in dogs is the endless out-pouring of love, loyalty, and bond with their masters.

In John chapter four, we read a story about Jesus encountering a Samaritan woman at a well. After engaging in conversation with Jesus, she knew that there was something special about Him. Supposing He was a prophet, she switched gears and began to seek answers to spiritual questions—one of them being, Where is the right place to worship God—our mountain or Jerusalem? Jesus told her that it would soon be understood that it wasn't about worshiping God in a particular location, but about worshipping God in our heart—everywhere and all the time. He spoke these words: "Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks." (John 4:23 NIV) 

Learning to worship God has two effects on your life that are immeasurable. The first is, worship creates an intimacy in your relationship with God that can be more beautiful than anything you will ever experience on this earth. Secondly, it accelerates our personal life's transformation in becoming Christ-like.

What is worship and how do we worship God? Countless sermons have been preached and books written and on this subject. For me to help you understand in the limited space I here would be difficult. But the Holy Spirit will continue to help you if you ask Him to.

The word worship in the above verse is the Greek word proskyneo. It means to prostrate oneself in reverence and adoration to. The picture that this word also paints is that of a dog licking his masters hand and of a dog wagging its tail and whining for its master’s attention. This is an accurate picture of worship. Not that we are dogs in any sense, but in this way—understanding that dogs know their master. There is never any question about that. Dogs also seek the approval of their master. Dogs want to please their master. Dogs have an attitude of dependency upon their master. And dogs want to be loved by their master.

Whether you understand this or not, everything in the heavens and earth—any and all things that were created, were created by God to teach us about Himself. Everything was created to point us to God’s magnificence, supremacy, power, and majesty. Words simply cannot properly describe God’s greatness. But, from micro-organisms, to nature around us, to the stars and galaxies—they were all created to reveal not just science, but insights to us about God that reveal His majesty!

Dogs actually help us understand what people often fail to acknowledge—that we all have a master. God is our God. Jesus is our Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to help us know Him and His ways, and to equip us to live our life for Him. We worship Him because of who He is. We worship Him because of His love toward us. We worship Him to acknowledge our need for His help and instruction, leading us in every thought, word, action, and facet of life.

When we're willing to humble ourselves to this revelation, and prostrate our hearts in worship to Him, something happens. Our heart begins to become properly aligned in humility and dependency for Him. The gift of His righteousness through Jesus, cloaks our unworthiness and unrighteousness so that we can draw closer in thankfulness and appreciation. A closeness and intimacy begins to form within us that only causes us to hunger for more. As we draw closer, strength to obey the leading of the Spirit of God increases and strength of spirit to resist temptation and refrain from fleshly activity surges. The word of God begins to open up to us as never before and deliver greater understanding and insight to things that remain mysteries to others. Transformation is accelerated because the desires and lust of sin lose their grip—repelling anything that might detract from our relationship with Him.

1 Chronicles. 16:28-30 (NLT) says, “O nations of the world, recognize the Lord, recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. Give to the Lord the glory He deserves! Bring your offering and come to worship Him. Worship the Lord in all His holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before Him.”

If you have never really tried or known how to worship the Lord, don’t let that stop you. Don’t let the awkwardness of your initial efforts stop you. You were created to worship Him and it is within your DNA to worship the Lord. Greater intimacy is there for you to have. And remember... Jesus said that this is the time! "Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks." (John 4:23 NIV)  There is a vast supply of beautiful worship music in any Christian bookstore or online to help you if you need help. Many churches today take praise and worship to an entirely new level. It will come easily and naturally in a very short period of time if you are sincere. Open up the Bible to the Psalms and read how David worshipped God. Launch from there, ask the Holy Spirit to lead you, and your life and intimacy with the Lord will never be the same!

Psalm 103:1 NKJV “Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!“

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, October 15, 2018

God's Most Exciting Way to Transform and Bless You

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by Pastor Tim Burt

A picture recently triggered an old memory that made me laugh. When my kids were young our life was crazy busy. (Actually, it's always been that way.) Anyway, to make sure we'd get a break for us and the kids, we'd all (kids included) save our change and coupon savings money for a weekend getaway in a hotel with a pool. The kids would swim and play all weekend and love it more than going to Disney! On the drive to where we were going, we'd stop in a grocery store or gas station and I'd let each of my four children pick out three candy treats that I paid for! They's all look up at me with a big smile and in harmony say, THANK YOU DAD! They knew this moment was coming and it was one of the highlight moments of their trip! The second we were back in the car, they'd be digging into their first treat. It was at this point that I strategically tested their giving nature. I'd put my hand out and say, can I have a couple of those? Two of them would easily share. One of them was more hesitant but did. And the other one didn't want to share. He'd look up at me and say, Dad, you just bought these for us. Why didn't you buy one for yourself? I'd say, I didn't want to buy a whole box or bag of candy and was just hoping you'd share a couple with me. I'd continue, I bought those for you and yet you won't share a couple with me? Sometimes he did but grudgingly, and sometimes he didn't.  This opened the door for a discussion on learning to be a generous giver!

2 Corinthians 9:7 (NLT) says, "You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” This verse reveals that God wants us to become those who learn to give generously and cheerfully. The main reason people don't is because they think they will have less and be deprived of something by giving what they have. God's Word reveals the opposite. It indicates over and over that the supernatural power of God is most involved with those that have learned to give cheerfully and by faith, so that when they do, God will become involved in meeting their needs. Look at these two verses and see if you can see it.

Proverbs 11:24 (NIV) says, "One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty." Imagine that! You give more freely (because you trust God and have become a generous giver) and you end up with more. Mr. Stingy doesn't give and he ends up with less. Hmm!

And in Luke 6:38 (NLT) Jesus said, "Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”  

God also teaches us in Psalm 112 about the character of "the righteous person" meaning in this case, one who has godly character developed within him/her in the area of giving. Psalms 112:9 (NLT) says, "They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor." 

When trying to teach my children about the importance of sharing and giving, I tried to help them understand a concept that was difficult for them. You wouldn't think it would be difficult but it was. I tried to help them understand that when they shared with me, that I was always able to supply them with more. If they ran out, that was something I could help with because I had the resources to do so.  The stingy would think, if you have the resources, why don't you get your own. The generous would think, He blessed us and I am going to bless him back. He is always kind to give to me! 

If you'd ask god about this, the Lord would reveal that this same truth is also true when we give tithes and offerings to God or when we give to the needs of others because we feel compelled to by the Lord. When we understand that God is our Heavenly Father and that He loves a cheerful giver, then we begin to live in His supernatural economy. We don't give to get. We give with the pure motive of being cheerful givers knowing that when we give, we give not only to the one in need, but in our heart, making it a sacrifice to God knowing He meets all of our needs. This is the kind of heart God blesses over and over and over again. In story of the widow's mite, in Luke chapter 21, the little that she had, she gave. Why? Because she trusted God and knew that anything she had, came from God anyway.  2 Corinthians 9:10 (NLT2) reveals this truth saying, "For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, He will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you."

The gifts that we are to scatter generously are not limited to monetary or material things. Each one of us has a deep well of riches—talents, skills, time and help, edification, a listening ear, and more within us. As we share resources and gifts liberally to those around us, God transform us to become cheerful, generous, instinctive givers who produces "a great harvest of generosity in you!"   It is in this exercise of faith that we learn the revelation of Proverbs 11:25 (NIV) "A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." 

My children are now all adults who have become generous and cheerful givers and each of them is very blessed in their life. They have learned the blessing of sacrificially giving to God and others! As we learn this, it will help shape our heart to be like God's—the ultimate giver who gave the greatest of all gifts, Jesus!

Romans 8:32 (NIV) "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, October 12, 2018

How God Helps You With Your Problems

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by Pastor Tim Burt

We have all seen it at some time, a person doing a magic trick. He takes the coin in his left hand. He squeezes and blows on it. He opens it and the coin is gone. He opens his other hand and there it is. That is called magic, the art of illusion. God does not do magic. We don’t hand Him our problems where He takes them in His hand, squeezes and blows on them, and they are suddenly gone. That’s illusion but God is about SOLUTION.

Too many of the problems that we experience, we've contributed to creating. For example, marriage problems don’t just happen. We do things God's word or the Holy Spirit warn us not to do. I'm sure most of us don't disobey God defiantly, but we listen more to our fleshly desires than following the impression of the Holy Spirit who is trying to lead us. Regardless of our motivation or justification behind our disobedience, we create problems.

When problems turn into crisis situations, people often pray out of desperation. In those times, they are looking more for a magician than they are God. I say that because they want God to wave His wand and make their problems vanish! There are many in this world that offer illusionary solutions (for a fee) but God is not one of them. If problems are born out of our dysfunctional character, God's solution is going to be to help transform us so that we don't repeat creating these problems again and again. Oh don't get me wrong. God's mercy and compassion is great. He will help us in a multitude of ways to get to a better place, but beyond that, God is all about transformation! He is interested in transforming us. He wants to align our thinking, how we speak, and how we behave to His Word. He wants to transform our attitudes and motives. He wants to help purge our selfish ways and teach us to become a vessel of His love. He wants to teach us how to have a servant attitude so that we will become more conformed to the image of Jesus Christ—our role model in selflessness. Every word Jesus spoke leads to transformation. That doesn't mean becoming Mother Theresa. It means learning to prefer others over yourself, and from a sincere heart.

So let me illustrate how that happens. Think of God wanting to transform you as you read this scripture. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NIV) says, "May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul (your mind and emotions) and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."  

If you were anything like me when I first read this years ago, you might have responded, Blameless? Who me? I’m as close to blameless and holy as I am to Jupiter. That’s how I felt when I first read this verse. So, let me break it down. You are a three-part being. You are a spirit. You have a soul (your mind and emotions,) and you live in a body. When you gave your life to Jesus, He made your spirit new. It was instantly transformed. The blood of Jesus washed your sins away and God put a white robe of righteousness upon you. Isaiah 61:10 (NLT) says, “I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For He has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in His wedding suit or a bride with her jewels.”

What Jesus did for you is a gift. You can’t earn it. That robe covers your flaws. God knew you’d have flaws. He knew Satan had tried to corrupt and destroy you and that the transformation of your thinking, speaking, and behavior would take time. He purposed to cover you with this robe so that when He looked upon you, He’d see you washed and cleansed from sin by His blood—dressed in His robe of righteousness robe which He purchased for you with His shed blood. He forgave you of all your sins and then put this robe upon you when you gave your life to Him and became born again. Romans 5:9 (NIV) says,"Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through Him!"

You are a spirit, soul, and body and your spirit is to take lead of your life. You soul and body weren't made to lead you in life. They will take you to problem land. They are corrupted and haven’t been instantly changed. Your spirit has the capability of hearing from the Spirit of God. Your mind doesn't. Your mind is assigned to take its lead from your spirit. What you hear from God by your spirit is what you teach your mind to think.

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 (NLT) says, “Yet when I am among mature Christians, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world… No, the wisdom we speak of is the secret wisdom of God… But we know these things because God has revealed them to us by His Spirit… And God has actually given us His Spirit (not the world's spirit) so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us….But people who aren't Christians can't understand these truths from God's Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them because only those who have the Spirit can understand what the Spirit means. We who have the Spirit understand these things, but others can't understand us at all….but we can understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ."

You have many thoughts you think about every day. You talk to yourself about many things. Your conscience is engaged in that conversation. Your conscience isn't your spirit. Your conscience is a part of your soul—your mind and emotions. Before you gave your life to Jesus, your conscience was trained by the many voices of the world that spoke into your life. But when you gave your life to Jesus, the Holy Spirit took residence within you, and that’s who is now supposed to teach and transform your conscience and thinking. That is what is meant by the verse Romans 12:2 (NLT) “Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is.” 

This transformation will take time. It will because you will have to make the personal decision to hear and obey God’s voice speaking to you through the scriptures. And you will have to make the decision to change. He won’t make you. So how fast you change depends on your willingness to seek and to listen to the voice of God. It won’t be magic. It will be a process. God in His mercy and grace will wash and forgive you of your sins when you blow it and repent.

Listening and obeying repeatedly over time is what will cause your character transformation. Hardship isn't from God. It's from this sin-defiled world and the enemy's attacks on your life. When we look to God in hardship and let Him lead us out of it, we remember we don't want to go through it gain and remember, learn, and grow in character. We learn to follow God's word and leading and that obedience minimizes problems and instead leads us to the blessing and joy of following Him. If God just did the magic and took the problems you created away, then you would not be transformed into Christ’s image and you’d repeat those stupid mistakes and sins over and over again. He is interested in the transformation of your spirit, soul and body! While this is happening, He’ll always be by your side to speak to you and lead you—if you will listen! He’ll listen to every prayer, and help you in every step. And you will change!

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT) "... And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Why Fail in Your Own Strength? Let God Strengthen You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Psalms 28:8 (NIV) says, " The LORD is the strength of his people..." Another version says "The Lord gives His people strength."  I don’t know about you but I need it! When I try to accomplish life and goals in my own strength, I fail or fall short. When I try to accomplish life and goals in my strength, it makes me feel like a failure. Why would I bother trying to get anything done in my own strength when God offers me His strength and power?

Psalm 73:26 NIV says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." 2 Corinthians 1:21 NIV says, “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ.  Psalm 84:5 NIV says, “Blessed are those whose strength is in you…” Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) says, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Can you see what God's word is trying to tell us again and again? God's word promises us that He will be our strength!

One day I was reading a Bible story book to my granddaughter, I paused and asked her, Macy, what is it called when someone talks to Jesus? She looked up to me and said, That’s called prayer Papa. She was absolutely right! We may not be able to walk up to Jesus face to face, but we can and are encouraged to come to Him just the same. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” We are exhorted to come to Him with confidence. That’s the same as faith. It pleases God. When we lean on the promises of God, we think and say, This sickness, this problem, this cursed thing is of the devil. It’s not God’s will. God is my strength. He is my healer. He is my deliverer. I am His. He has told me to come to His throne room. He makes me stand firm in my faith. And as we just read, “The Lord is the strength of His people..." 

Leaning on Jesus takes faith. Praying for miracles takes faith. It’s not like breaking a wishbone, finding a four-leaf cover, listening to a motivator or reading a horoscope or fortune cookie that says something nice—all which accomplish less than nothing! It’s about having faith in Jesus as the strength and power of your life for every circumstance—including in the face of adversity and a negative report! It's knowing "I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."Philippians 4:13 (NLT).
You may get weak-kneed and tempted to crumble in the face of adversity, but, that is why God wants us to lean on him to be our strength! Lean on Him, think of this precious promise, and draw His strength by faith now! Then accomplish what He has given you to do!

Psalm 68:35 NLT “God is awesome in His sanctuary. The God of Israel gives power and strength to His people."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

You're No Wimp! You're To Be As Bold As A Lion!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When I was in the fourth grade and nine years old, I was one of the smallest boys in school. The smallest boy in school is typically going to get picked on just because he's an easy target. I worked out some by doing push-ups and lifting weights so that I wasn't a complete pushover, but just my size made me feel like I was wearing a sign that said I'm the smallest guy around, come pick on me.

One of my very best friends in school happened to be the biggest and strongest kid in school in that age group. We were always together at school. Consequently, for anyone to get to me, they had to go through him. I knew that I was safe just because of him. I wasn't stupid. I didn't take advantage of the situation and antagonize guys because I had a big friend. I was simply grateful that I did. I was extremely grateful for his friendship, first just because he was a great friend, but secondly, because by just being with me, he saved me from bullies and a lot of trouble.

That's really the way it is with the Lord. We live in a world defiled by Satan and sin. He is everyone's bully although to call Satan a bully would be to understate his evil. I'd compare him to a deviate, drive-by shooter, sociopath, psychopath, murderer... well you get the picture—the one who indiscriminately hates and works to destroy anyone. Jesus described him as the one who has come "to kill, steal, and destroy." The Lord is our friend who is there to help us!

I recently heard a well-known Bible teacher on television say that God brings and allows adversity to test and grow our strength, character, and faith. I highly respect this person and his ministry but on this one point, he is very wrong. God never brought adversity in the Garden of Eden to Adam and Eve, nor would it have come if they hadn't lusted for what they could not have. But they did lust for what was not permissible and consequently death (and everything leading up to death) came to us all because of sin.

We read in Romans 5:12 TLB,  "When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned."  Sin brought enough adversity for a life-time to each person. Sin has defiled the earth and mankind and created more adversity than any of us could bare to experience. God doesn't have to bring adversity to us. It comes like weeds in a garden or lawn—with no effort or help from anyone. You never plant weeds but they somehow come. And because they do, people expend great effort to remove or kill weeds in the garden and lawn. Likewise, like weeds, we need to resist the trouble from Satan that comes at us in life. It's not people we fight. According to Ephesians 6:12 (TLB), "For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies—the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world." 

All sin is rooted in lust and self-concern from wrong selfish choices. The ugly consequences of sin have touched all of our lives. It is the source of every evil in the world, and that evil spills over into our lives creating a world of adversity. Like weeds in a garden, it just somehow comes.

Jesus is the big friend we have in life. His Holy Spirit lives within us. He helps us become "…strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!" (Ephesians 6:10) Though sin came to all men and made us weak and Satan's prey to be picked on, Jesus brought us righteousness to help us be as "bold as a lion!"

Romans 5: 15-17 TLB says, "...And what a difference between our sin and God's generous gift of forgiveness. For this one man, Adam, brought death to many through his sin. But this other man, Jesus Christ, brought forgiveness to many through God's bountiful gift. And the result of God's gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man's sin. For Adam's sin led to condemnation, but we have the free gift of being accepted by God, even though we are guilty of many sins. The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God's wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.” 

1 Peter 5:8
says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour." Satan impersonates a lion, but WE ARE TO BECOME AS BOLD AS A LION! Satan will seek whom he may devour (those that don't know how to resist him.) We are to become the righteous that are as bold as a lion and tell him to flee in Jesus name! Read in your Bibles what demons did when Jesus showed up on the scene. They should cower when they see your boldness! A wicked or slothful man will flee or cave at the first sign of trouble or symptom of sickness. When I feel the attack of the enemy working against me in my life, I remember to roar!

We have a big friend named Jesus! The righteous will lift their head and roar saying, I resist and rebuke you Satan. I reject your efforts to hurt my life. I rebuke you so flee in Jesus name!

Proverbs 28:1 NIV, "The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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