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Friday, November 30, 2018

An Inspirational Story: The Joy That Selfless Kindness Brings to Others

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Mitch and Ramona live on a Minnesota lake. One day Mitch had an idea. Their lake was froze over as all lakes do in Minnesota. It was also covered with snow as is also the case with Minnesota lakes. As he was looking out the window overlooking the lake, he had a thought. I'd like to get a four-wheeler and put a plow on it. I'll plow a path all the way around the lake and a couple of ice rinks for people to use. If I did, people would get outside and go for walks and have a place for some fun activity.  

As he shared this idea with his wife Ramona, her first thought was, Does this boy just want another toy or is he serious? She knew her good man loved the people on this lake and supported Mitch in the dream. It didn't take Mitch long to find a used 4 wheeler and get a plow on it.

He got it home, went down to the lake, and began to learn the reality of his commitment—plowing as 3 mile path around the lake and keep it plowed throughout the multiple snowfalls over the course of a Minnesota winter. He would soon learn that there was a skill-set to be learned to snowplowing on ice with a four-wheeler. That was an adventure in itself. Mitch eventually mastered that skill and before long, behold—there was a wide walking path around the lake with three ice rinks that he had plowed in different areas.

Remember the movie, Field of Dreams—Build it and they will come? Well that is exactly what happened. The community of lake home owners and people from the neighbor began to use the path and enjoy a winter on the lake like they hadn't before. And oh how grateful they were!

Some of those in the homeowners association put together an invite for everyone to come out and enjoy the weather. Caribou coffee, hot chocolate, marshmallows, and other various goodies along with a mobile fire pit were brought to the event—and oh how the neighborhood came out! There was 80-100 adults and children, maybe more, that had come along with a number of dogs that were also able to enjoy the event. People didn't just stay for a few minutes. Many stayed for hours. People were meeting their neighbors, pointing out what house they lived in, and getting to know each other, eating many of the food dishes people brought, skating and playing hockey and more. After a few weeks of brutally cold weather, this had turned out to be a gorgeous day in the mid 30's, probably feeling almost tropical to the crowd out there. The snow was perfect for building a snow man or a fun snow-ball fight for the kids—both which happened! It was a celebration of pure community such as you seldom see.

Person after person reached out to Mitch and Ramona to thank them, not only for plowing the path, but for actually keeping it up. Mitch had become a cult-hero but Ramona was not left out. People knew that without her supporting him this wouldn't have happened. For Mitch and Ramona, it was simply an extension of who they are. Taking care of people is what they do for a living. As owners of Provident Home Healthcare, their company takes care of people 24 hours a day 7 days a week. And that should be a part of this story. As their close friend, I know first-hand of the long hours they put in day after day. They rarely take a complete day off. So to make this kind of commitment for the sake of their neighbors only amplified their actions of kindness.

I talked to many people there that day. Sharon, a middle age woman who has lived on the lake for a very long time had already walked around the lake twice that day. She spilled over with the appreciation. She said, In all the many years I've lived on this lake, I've never seen this happen. It's brought an entire new level of appreciation for the lake. I am enjoying it this winter like I never have and I've gotten to know or speak to so many more neighbors. I'm so thankful to them. And these kinds of statements were repeated to me over and over as I met and talked with the people there that day. To me, this is a story about selfless kindness for the sake of others that brings such profound joy. That was what I saw on the faces of people all day. Joy! This day demonstrated Romans 12:10 to me which says, "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another..."

This precious couple had been kindly and affectionately putting others before themselves and the neighborhood all came out on this day to share their thanks and appreciation for it! Wouldn't it be wonderful if neighborhoods could once again be filled with people who think about how to selflessly be a blessing to each other?

John 13:34 (NLT) "So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Take Authority Over Fear and Tormenting Thoughts!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

About eight years ago, my daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters answered the call on their life and moved to Peru as missionaries.  Prior to that, they owned the house next door to us, had worked with us in ministry for over a decade, and were a part of our daily life. We often had dinner together. Our granddaughters were over all the time. Our lives were interwoven. Suddenly they were gone! On the day we brought them out to the airport to say goodbye, my heart was ripped out! They would be far away and in another country. I couldn't imagine life without them nearby and I can honestly say that it was one of the most difficult times I have ever walked through in my life.  When people brought it up, it took over a year before I could even complete a sentence talking about it. My eyes would well up with tears and I couldn't choke the words out. It almost felt like a death.

The loss of them being in our lives was devastating to me! I suddenly found myself under an attack of mental warfare incomparable to anything I had ever experienced. At times I would stop and pay attention to what was going though my mind. I could see ridiculously irrational thoughts that were exaggerated and fear producing. I won’t even repeat them here but they were bad. They were an attack from the enemy of my soul and they were meant to knock me off my course in serving God and create life-threatening discouragement and depression. That was Satan’s goal, but it was not going to happen!

Fear is a very real thing. 1 John 4:18 (NKJV) says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment…” God doesn't want us to be the victim of fear. Satan would like to control our lives with it. Fear is the strategy of a terrorist—Satan being the father of them all. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” God does not want us to be controlled by fear. He wants us to become overcomers of fear. 1 John 4:4 (NKJV) says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He (Jesus) who is in you is greater than he (Satan and every demonic spirit) who is in the world.”

The Bible speaks of strongholds. If you want to understand what that is, try to remember back in your childhood or at some point in your life when someone wrapped and locked their arms around you from behind and you couldn't move.  That is what a demonic stronghold works to do—paralyze you in fear in the realm of your imagination. Satan tries to flood your mind with thoughts that produce paralyzing fear. The goal is to lead its victim to every wrong imagination possible with the hope of destroying that person’s faith and getting them to abandon their trust in God.

God has given us spiritual authority over these strongholds and over your own mind. God wants us to demolish those kinds of strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV) says, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” He is saying that we are not going to overcome fear, terror, or depression with drugs or with guns or earthly weapons. The weapons of our warfare are God’s word believed and spoken in faith. Because of the Holy Spirit within you, you have power over those strongholds—power to demolish them. How do we do that? The next verse tells us saying “...casting down mental arguments and imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NKJV)

This verse says we cast out what is contrary to God’s Word and we bring every one of our thoughts into captivity. In other words, we take authority over our thought-life and bring it under our control!

I have learned over the years that I tear down demonic imaginations by taking authority over my own mind—the mind that God gave me for His purposes—not Satan’s. I rebuke and cast out thoughts I know are wrong—whatever they are. Get out in Jesus name! are familiar words I've spoken a thousand times. I replace those thoughts with the truth and promise of God’s word saying things like, I have the mind of Christ, the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and with God for me, who can be against me? Greater is He that is in me, than he (every demonic spirit) that is in the world. I resist the devil. Flee now in Jesus name. These are ways we take authority over those strongholds. When the truth and promise of God becomes our stronghold, we are living safe in God’s stronghold.

1 Corinthians 2:16 (NLT) reminds us, "But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ." The stronghold of God and the Hebrew word it comes from implies an impenetrable fortress of God—a safe place. "The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 21:1 (NIV)  We are not to become subject to Satan’s strongholds of fear and terrorism. We are to take every thought captive and put God’s thoughts on the throne of our mind. This is how we begin to have the mind of Christ. This is where we learn to overcome our fears and take dominion over our thought-life.

The onslaught of warfare from my children moving was a battle for about two and a half days, but then it was over. It was still tough for a year. I missed them every day. But, I knew that God makes every season of life rich! That would be the case for Renee and I and for my daughter's family!  And now looking back, that is exactly what happened. They are being used in a glorious way and exactly where God wants them, and our lives are filled serving God through our ministry AND with new grandchildren here to spend time with.

Satan will always try to create fear in our life. God has given us His word, His promises, and His authority to demolish it! Your part is having faith and using your authority. God's word is quick and powerful and always does it's part! So as God teaches us in His Word, James 4:7 (NKJV) "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." I pray that you also will demolish thoughts that produce fear and torment in your life! Trusting God and having His peace is His will for you!

Psalm 18:2-3 (NLT) “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my Savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold. I will call on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, for He saves me from my enemies.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Reducing the Number of Relational Regrets in Your Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When you were a kid, did you ever have one of those moments where you did something that got you in trouble? And then you heard your dad or mom say, What were you thinking? You’re smarter than that! I had them growing up and I had one of those days two weeks ago.

A gal driving in the lane next to me was on her cell phone, weaving around like she was drunk. She was driving dangerously slow and paying almost no attention to traffic. She was just a head of me in the lane to the right. As I was pulling along side of her car, she suddenly began a quick lane change without looking and came an inch from slamming into me. I saw it coming, laid my hand on the horn, and pulled way over to avoid her. Had there been a car in the oncoming lane to my left, I would have been squashed between two cars. The Lord protected me but I was angry. I leaned on my horn, yelling at her to get off her cell phone and pay attention to what she was doing. I also gave her a look that could kill!  As I thought about it later, I had regret. My behavior was wrong despite what she did. I thought, What was I thinking? God protected me. Maybe she was from my church. Not much of a witness Tim! I apologized to the Lord. I should have done better!

The devil and life deliver the opportunities to get into the flesh when it comes to dealing with people. You do get in trouble with people from time to time right? When you do, you don’t want to hear that voice in your head that says, What were you thinking? Why did you react like that? You’re smarter than that! Whether it's someone close to you or a stranger, the devil would like to get you to set your godly character aside and say or do something that reminds you of how you used to act prior to making Jesus your Savior and Lord. He likes to get in the middle of relationships and get us to “flesh out.”

We all hate it when we say or do things we regret. But what we don’t think about is that Satan actively works to get people riled up so they will “flesh out” and say or do regrettable things. This is one of his devices! That is why the Apostle Paul reminds us to not be ignorant of the devils devices and that it's his intent to help us ruin relationships. “For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)

Again,  this is why the Apostle Paul said we can’t be ignorant of and why forgiveness and mercy are such necessary components of our daily life. 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 (NLT) says, “…And when I forgive him (for whatever is to be forgiven), I do so with Christ's authority for your benefit, so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are very familiar with his evil schemes.” If you understand that this is very real and something Satan uses to undermine your character, then you’ll NOT let him outsmart you!

One time I got a message from someone I worked with. This person was very mad because something that happened in my department had affected him negatively. He had a right to be upset. It was a mistake that I could see would cause him problems. Had I acted defensively, I would have responded wrongly and we could have become upset with each other. Instead I responded in the way the Lord showed me long ago. Proverbs 15:1 says “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.” 

Even though one of my employees made the mistake, and it was just that, a mistake—it was still my responsibility to make sure it didn't happen.  I immediately and sincerely apologized for the oversight. I explained the error, assured him it was not intentional and that if I could have undo the mistake I would do so. I also reminded this person how much I valued our relationship. His response was in godly character and also soft and forgiving. The devil had no entrance because we both know his schemes and managed it God's way!

The devil does what the devil does—work to create relational schisms. We should work toward helping him achieve a losing record. You can’t always control another person, but with God's help, you can get it right most of the time yourself. Be reminded by the precious wisdom of Proverbs 26:20 NIV, “Without wood a fire goes out…”  Be humble, gentle, willing to apologize and/or forgive, and you will be smart in the way the Lord and your parents wanted you to be! And you won't have to later listen to that voice that says, What were you thinking? You’re smarter than that!

2 Cor. 2: 11 (NLT) “… Satan will not outsmart us. For we are very familiar with his evil schemes.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Imperfect Christians Reaching Imperfect Sinners

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by Pastor Tim Burt


One of the more difficult paradoxes that one lives with as a Christian, is to hate sin—something that often makes us look like we are judgmental and can't stand the person who has the foul mouth, sinful lifestyle, or perverted outlook on life. Is that the way it has to be for a Christian who hates sin? Is that the way they are? Not at all! We are called to hate sin, yet be loving and merciful to sinners (knowing we're one of them and have our own issues) so that we might win them to Jesus.

When I think of the verse Romans 12:9 (NIV) that says, "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good," I remember an incident that happened just two weeks after I gave my life to the Lord in 1977. I was brand new in the Lord and at the age of 24, was just beginning to read the Bible for the first time in my life. I knew nothing about God’s Word and consequently, had barely changed my carnal behavior. The only thing I can say, is that I felt the Holy Spirit because for the first time in years, my conscience was sensitized and I cared about doing the right thing when someone instructed me what that was. But, I was still ignorantly carnal because I had not even attended a Bible teaching church yet.

At this time in my new Christian walk, I remember sitting at the back of an airplane. I was a flight attendant and we had just landed in Detroit. All the passengers had gotten off the plan and our next flight was not leaving for four hours. Myself and two other flight attendants sat around talking about what we were doing the upcoming weekend. As I was telling them of my plans, one of the pilots strolled to the back of the plane where we were and started to listen to our conversation. This pilot had earlier mentioned to me that he was a Christian. I told him that I was one also—that a flight attendant had just helped me receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior two weeks before. But as I said, I was ignorant of God's Word and had no idea yet of what God expected of me.

Now as this pilot listened to my weekend plans, his face contorted in shock. I was telling the flight attendant that I was throwing a stag party for my best friend who was getting married. I told her that I had kegs of beer and a stripper coming. She was laughing (she was not a Christian.) The pilot looked dumbfounded. He looked mad. I thought you were a Christian? he yelled angrily at me. I just looked up at him sincerely and naively trying to figure out what he was so mad about. I am, I said. How can you call yourself a Christian and be having a drinking party with a stripper? What kind of Christian are you? I told him I was a Christian who was excited about Jesus! I couldn't figure out what he was so hot about. That was the truth! (I had so much to learn!) He had flames in his eyes and stormed off!

The reason I was this blinded and naive was because my mind was completely unrenewed to the Word of God. I knew nothing. I didn't know that what I was doing was wrong. I had barely begun reading the Bible and was struggling to understand what I was reading. Perhaps I should have somehow known or figured it out, but I didn’t and I didn’t have anyone mentoring me, nor had I ever attended a Bible teaching church yet.

About a year later I understood what that pilot was so mad about. He truly hated sin and obviously my plans for a stag party were not Christlike. But, he was anything but gentle with me and he missed a golden opportunity. All it would have taken was just asking a few questions and he would have learned I was a brand new Christian. At that point he could have sat me down for coffee with a Bible and shown me a few things that would have helped me make better decisions right away. I wanted to do what was right. I would have been a sponge! I just didn't know better at the point in my new Christian walk.

I've never forgotten that incident. Not because I was mad at the pilot. That part makes me laugh. No, I haven't forgotten because I have learned that many people who call themselves Christian, aren't. They were raised in a religious home but have never read the Bible and have not known to make Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior of their lives. They don't have the Bible or the Holy Spirit directing their life. Other Christians I've met just haven't learned that much about the Bible.

As Christians, Jude 1:22-23 TLB helps define part of our assignment on this earth. “Try to help those who argue against you. Be merciful to those who doubt. Save some by snatching them as from the very flames of hell itself. And as for others, help them to find the Lord by being kind to them, but be careful that you yourselves aren't pulled along into their sins. Hate every trace of their sin while being merciful to them as sinners.”

Many who call themselves Christians just aren't schooled in the Bible and in God's ways. But, we can help them grow in a revelation of God, His love, and His Word. That's why I write Fresh Manna and Tweet scriptures on Twitter. It helps those who are searching for truth engage. I can help them learn to love the Jesus they really want to know! I've found that many people want to do the right thing. They just need to be taught and encouraged from someone who has mercy and knows how to engage them in love. Helping others grow in the knowledge of God's Word has been truly one of the greatest joys of my life. Condemning people who live sinful lives doesn't work. Either they know they live a sinful life and they could care less what you think, or they are just ignorant of what Jesus has done for them and of how God desires them to live. Opening their eyes to the blessings of living for God is the start of their life-changing experience.

We are to hate sin! We are also to love the sinner! Take what you know and give it away. But do so with patience, mercy, and love. Do so and it will come back to bless you in your life.

Psalm 45:7 (NIV) "You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Message

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by Pastor Tim Burt

May God’s richest blessings fill your heart and lives through the love of Jesus!  Happy Thanksgiving to All!  Renee and I are so very thankful for you! 

1 Chronicles 16:8 "Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people"


It seems as though there has been a great effort made over the last decade to hinder anyone from a child on up from freely talking about Almighty God whom we are thankful to for every good thing in our life.

A poem on Thanksgiving from a child in school today might read like this:

Thanks You Know Who…
The pilgrims came here seeking freedom of you know what.
When they landed, they gave thanks to you know who.
Because of them, we can worship each Sunday, you know where.


May we please, on this Thanksgiving, remember one of our past great leaders who had no reservations about speaking of the thanks and prayer due to Almighty God who has blessed our nation.

These are the words of President Abraham Lincoln, April 30, 1863


"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, the many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

With this attitude, may we plan something with those we love, to give bold repentance and thanksgiving to our God who has blessed our great nation and is the only one who can put it back on track!" - President Abraham Lincoln, April 30, 1863 




Psalm 94:17 (NLT) "Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Moving From Too Much Anger to Owning a Godly Temperament

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by Pastor Tim Burt

One day in the local section of the newspaper, there was a mugshot picture of this guy that looked very scary. He had brutally raped and killed a woman and did things I would rather not describe. She had rented him a room in her home and it eventually led to this tragic moment. I don't know what the reason was for this woman renting out a room. It might have been her gift of hospitality or it could have been out of financial need, or some other reason. Regardless, it was sad that she allowed this depraved devilish man to have even a minute of occupancy in her home. It cost her, her life.

Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV) says, "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold." 

That word foothold is a Greek word meaning "limited occupancy"—letting someone live in a place for a while. That is what we give the devil when we let the sun go down in our anger. We give the devil occupancy in our mind and heart. Why would we do that? Why would we give occupancy to a devil that only knows how to destroy? The thought of me voluntarily giving the devil any place in my life would be equal to letting that criminal mentioned above, stay in my home. I can’t let it happen!

When we give the devil occupancy, it affects everything in our life. Why does God tell us not to let the sun go down in our anger? God knows that anger from unresolved issues takes root and grows. It grows into a deeper rooted anger called bitterness. And it doesn't stop there unless you unroot it with God's help.  If you don't, it continues to grow deeper and spread like cancer. How does it grow? It grows by you replaying the issues that have made you angry, over and over in your mind. Rooted anger, which is what you have when you don't deal with it quickly, is much harder to pull up and deal with later. So, the answer is, never let it root in you to begin with!

Anger is not sin when kept in check. It is actually a God-given emotion. We are to use our anger toward the enemy of our soul and his efforts to move us out of our love walk. Romans 6:12 (NKJV) says, "Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts." 


What do you think of when you think of the word reign? You may think of it as one who rules like a King. That is the literal meaning of this Greek word. A king is one who reigns. He is one who has authority. The king of your mind and emotions is you! The one who has all authority over Satan, sin, anger, and every evil work of the enemy is you! This verse says, “do not let sin reign” implying you have a say, or even more importantly, that you have the God-given authority and power of God through His Holy Spirit within you, to deal with it! It that is a new revelation to you, love it! Embrace it! You have power over it!

We need to keep anger contained and take a bigger assessment of all that is going on around us. We need to ask ourself, Am I really needing to feel this mad or am I in a bad mood for some reason? Did I get enough sleep? Am I tired and crabby? Am I making a mountain out of a molehill? Am I taking myself and this situation way to seriously or can I just chill? Do I love the person I am angry with and do I really want to hurt them with sinful anger?

The foundational truth of our Christianity is found in Romans 5:8 (NKJV) "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

Jesus forgave all our sins and transgressions from the start. He had every right to be angry yet it was love that prevailed and why Jesus gave His life for us! It's time for us to transfer that same forgiveness to others. Initially, it isn't generally easy. But it is always right! But you don't know what he/she has done to me!, are the words that normally follow. My response is this: You don't know all the offenses you've committed against the Lord, but I am sure they are more than what that person has done to you!  I have found that when I obey the Lord by faith, and forgive and move past the offense that made me angry—by faith, my mind and emotions soon respond accordingly, follow and line up with God's heart. I feel better because I know I have obeyed God.

I have found that for different situations I have had to develop plans to diffuse anger and develop strategies for working through it. There are some things you will be able to kindly address and work through and others you won't!  Poor drivers in traffic isn't something you can address. You have to let go and know that they are like rain on your picnic—something you have no control over so just move on and navigate it. You'll have to deal with your anger. You need to deal with issues with your spouse or friend in faith by love. Love gives place to guidance by the Holy Spirit. It immediately unroots anger and the devil. Purposing to reign in your life by choosing to ignore the mole hills and instead show love and forgiveness instead of anger, blame, and accusation, will improve your life 1,000 percent.

Is it initially easy, even with God's help? Not usually. But will it change you as a person as you purpose to do so? Absolutely! Learning this has helped me and literally transformed me into another person. My temperament is even keel and I now know how to work through real issues when they arise, in an appropriate manner! I refuse to give Satan any "limited occupancy" in my life or home. I refuse to hinder my intimate relationship with God over bitterness and unforgiveness. I refuse to let the devil eat my lunch because I’m being lazy and let anger happen. The cost is too high and people are too precious! And God has been so merciful to me! And He has been to you also!

Proverbs 19:11 (NKJV)  “The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, November 19, 2018

The Boldness of Principal Jody McLeod

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I am reposting this by request. I pray that it will bless and inspire you! Enjoy ~ Pastor Tim

I Mark 8:38 “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."

The Boldness of Principal Jody McLeod


This is a statement that was read over the PA system at the football game at Roane County High School, Kingston, Tennessee, by school Principal, Jody McLeod.


"It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football games, to say a prayer and play the National Anthem, to honor God and Country."

Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a Prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law. As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it "an alternate lifestyle," and if someone is offended, that's OK.

I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing condoms and calling it, "safe sex." If someone is offended, that's OK.

I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a "viable means of birth control." If someone is offended, no problem...

I can designate a school day as "Earth Day" and involve students in activities to worship religiously and praise the goddess "Mother Earth" and call it "ecology."

I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that depicts people with strong, traditional Christian convictions as "simple minded" and "ignorant" and call it "enlightenment."

However, if anyone uses this facility to honor GOD and to ask HIM to Bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, then Federal Case Law is violated.

This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, diabolical. Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone, except GOD and HIS Commandments. Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules with which they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, and at worst, hypocritical... I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally. I certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression.

For this reason, I shall "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's," and refrain from praying at this time. "However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank GOD and ask HIM, in the name of JESUS, to Bless this event, please feel free to do so. As far as I know, that's not against the law----yet."

One by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands with one another and began to pray.
They prayed in the stands. They prayed in the team huddles. They prayed at the concession stand and they prayed in the Announcer's Box!

The only place they didn't pray was in the Supreme Court of the United States of America - the Seat of "Justice" in the "one nation, under GOD."

Somehow, Kingston, Tennessee remembered what so many have forgotten. We are given the Freedom OF Religion, not the Freedom FROM Religion. Praise GOD that HIS remnant remains!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Some Humor to Make You Laugh!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

A little humor is good for the soul.  Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) says, "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." So how about a little bit of humor this weekend?  Enjoy! ~ Pastor Tim

Bob's Awesome Relationship with God

Bob, an 85-year-old man, goes in to see the Doctor for his annual physical. All of his tests come back with normal results.

The doctor says, Bob, everything looks great. How are you doing mentally and emotionally? Are you at peace with God? 

Bob replies, God and I have an absolutely awesome relationship! He knows I have poor eyesight, so he's fixed it so when I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, poof! The light goes on. When I'm done, poof! The light goes off. 

Wow, that's incredible, the doctor says.

A little later in the day, the doctor calls Bob's wife, Sandy.  Hi Sandy, I just wanted to let you know that all of Bob's test results have come back and Bob is doing fine! While I've got you on the phone, I have to ask you about the awesome relationship Bob says he has with God. He says God has provided some supernatural help for him. Is it true that he gets up during the night and, poof! The light goes on in the bathroom and when he's done, poof! The light goes off?  That sounds so amazing. Is it just like Bob says?  

Oh my God! Sandy exclaims. He's peeing in the refrigerator again!



Call the Doctor

A Lutheran pastor was presenting a children's sermon before the entire congregation with the kids gathered around him up at the altar. During the sermon, he asked the children, Do any of you know what the resurrection was?

Now, asking questions during children's sermons is crucial, but at the same time, asking children questions in front of a congregation can also be very dangerous.

Having asked the children if they knew the meaning of the resurrection, a little boy raised his hand. The pastor called on him and the little boy said, I heard on TV that if you have a resurrection that lasts more than four hours you are supposed to call the doctor.

It took over ten minutes for the congregation to settle down enough from their laughter for the worship service to be continued.

Three Nuns at a Met's Game

Three nuns were at Citi Field taking in a Mets game.

Three men were sitting directly behind the nuns and because their habits were partially blocking their view, the men decided to badger the nuns hoping they would get annoyed enough to move to some other seats.

In a very loud voice the first guy said I think I'm gonna move to Utah, there are only 100 nuns living there.  Then the second guy spoke up and said I wanna go to Montana, there are only 50 nuns there. Then the third guy said I wanna go to Idaho, I hear there are only 25 nuns there.  

The Mother Superior turned around, looked at the men and in a very sweet and calm voice said, Why don't you all go to hell... there aren't any nuns there.

Proverbs 15:13 (MSG) "A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face..."

Smile and have a blessed weekend!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

God's Blessing or the Devil's Curse, Which Are You Accepting?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I remember back to the days when I would watch Christian childrens videos with my kids. Our favorite at that time were of Gospel Bill, produced by Willie George—truly one of the best ministries reaching children that there was at that time.  Gospel Bill was a sheriff and El Diablo was a villain (the devil) that never actually spoke. In one episode, there was a knock on the door of the sheriff's office. Gospel Bill, the sheriff, opened the door and there stood El Diablo holding a number of packages. He kept trying to give them to Gospel Bill. Each package had a word written on every side of them. One package had the word Cares all over it. Another one had the word Worries on each side of it. Another was marked Sickness and another was marked Disease. Another package was marked Lack and another Poverty, and so on.

El Diablo would try to hand Gospel Bill these packages. In 2 Corinthians 2:11 (NLT) God says we should know the schemes of the devil "...so that Satan will not outsmart us...we are familiar with his evil schemes." Gospel Bill surely did and so he would not accept these packages from El Diablo. He told El Diablo, You aren't fooling me El Diablo. These packages aren't meant for any of God's children. You take them back and get out of my life!

That video helped my kids get it! They were learning to reject every care, worry and fear that the enemy would try to get us to accept. Renee and I and the kids had fun talking about this and what we should do. We made the decision that we would reject every package we could see the devil was trying to get us to open and keep as our own. It was hilarious and eye-opening how easily the kids could identify some of those packages and call them out before us. Mom, you look worried! Did you reject the devil's worry package? Then one of them would yell out, Go lay it at the feet of Jesus. He died to carry and take them for us! It's amazing how much easier children can sometimes grasp spiritual truths over adults!

Galatians 3:13 (NIV) tells us, “But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When Jesus hung on the cross, He took upon Himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." Those packages represented the curse of what is in this earth and we are told here that Jesus took that curse upon Himself to redeem us from it! WE AREN'T CURSED! WE ARE BLESSED! The scriptures go on from there to say that Jesus became that curse so that we could receive His blessings and promises.Galatians 3:29 (NLT) “And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises (Blessings) God gave to him belong to you.”

When our family was young, it was normal for me to have the thought and wonder, God how is this all going to work out? How am I going to afford to put them through school, and braces, and clothes, and college and on and on? I’d think, I’m not smart enough or skilled enough to provide for my family. The Lord would remind me to lay those things at His feet and remember that Jesus gave His life so we could expect His blessing and help. And again as Ephesian 3:20 (NKJV) says, “Now to Him (Jesus) who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…”

“The power that works in us...” is our faith in the fact that Jesus intimately loves and cares for us and desires to help in every step of our life. I don’t know about you, but I never stopped being dependent upon Him. I need His help every day. And every day I lean on His precious promise that says He will do “exceedingly abundantly above all that I can ask or think.”

Renee and have been reflecting on how God has helped us and blessed us through all the years. He has truly gone far beyond what we could have ever imagined or asked. We are so thankful to Lord. Not just for helping and taking care of us, but for allowing us to know Him and have this place of faith where we can cast our cares and trust Him.

And so, it's usually fun when a delivery truck shows up at the door with a package for us. But, when it's El Diablo and those packages are marked with things that steal your hope and faith, be like Gospel Bill and return them to the sender! They aren't for you! You have God's Word which is rich with His promise and love to you. He is such a personal, intimate, and loving God because of Jesus Christ our Lord!

Psalms 55:22 (NLT) "Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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