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Monday, July 15, 2019

Let God Refresh Your Life With New Things!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Ever feel like you’re boring or stuck in a monotonous rut? I suppose there could be a variety of definitions of what a rut is. When I think of a rut, I think of two things: repetition in what I’m doing, and doing something that isn't what I want to do most. Repetition in itself isn't bad. Actually a fair amount of routine helps us develop a more disciplined life.

I remember back when our children were school-age and began summer vacation. Most all our routine flew out the window. It felt good for a short time, but by the end of summer vacation we couldn't wait for the kids to get back in school so we had some routine again. Initially we struggled getting back into that routine, but it didn't take long for it to feel good. I would get my daily disciplines back and it always felt good.

I like having my daily routines, but like anyone, we enjoy spice in our life. We like the things that we insert into our life that add flavor such as date nights, being with friends, events and gatherings, vacations, and the change ups and spices of life that make life more interesting. Repetition isn't bad to me unless as long as it serves a good purpose in my like and helps me achieve my goals and desires. But the repetition of meaningless and unfruitful things only makes me feel like I'm in a rut. The logical thinking would be Well, just break out of it!  If it were that easy, then none of us would be in a rut for long.

The Apostle Paul described his ruts like this in Romans 7:15 & 18-19 NLT. “I don't understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate... No matter which way I turn, I can't make myself do right. I want to, but I can't. When I want to do good, I don't. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway.” Paul went on to describe that this is how he acted when He was living carnally.

Paul went on to say that as Christians we cannot allow ourself to think we are trapped by carnal thinking and behavior. That was a part of our old life and nature before we received Jesus. The Bibles says that as believers, we have become sons (children) of God. We've received His nature, His Spirit, and the Bible says we have His mind, the mind of Christ. Because of that, we can break out of ruts and instead through the power of the Holy Spirit, make the changes we seek God for that He then leads us in. We can escape from ruts! As Romans 8:9 NLT says, “But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them are not Christians at all.”)

Whenever I’m in a rut, I meditate on this truth. I have the Spirit of God living in me, therefore I am not controlled by any sinful nature, nor am I bound by habit or stuck in what I am doing! By the power of the Holy Spirit, I can change things up whenever I deem necessary!  There is something else I do. I have done this in various forms over my 42 years as a Christian. It has helped me more than anything else I can point to. It has helped strengthen me in spirit so that I could rid myself of the bad in my routine and replace it with the good. So what is it? I have communed with God early before ever starting anything else in my day. As I wake up, I begin to commune with God, mediating on His promises and who He says I am.

Psalm 5:3 NIV says, “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 143:8 NLT says, “Let me hear of your unfailing love to me in the morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I have come to you in prayer.” And Isaiah 50:4 says, “The Sovereign Lord has given me His words of wisdom, so that I know what to say to all these weary ones. Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will."


I commune with God in the morning before anything else. I talk with Him and let His Word speak to me. I talk over my day with Him and ask Him to use me and let me be a light for Him. I ask Him to strengthen me to make changes that are good and necessary. I ask Him to strengthen me do to what I know God wants me to do. And in this place of communing, God’s strength comes and my confidence in Him helping me grows.  It is in those quiet times with the Lord that I am better able to know what needs to change and find the daily strength to change it. Ruts suffocate our life, but Spirit led changes feels so good! Try it!

Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland"

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, July 12, 2019

The Man on the Fence An Inspirational Story

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I am reposting this story by request. I pray it will bless you and challenge your heart! ~ Pastor Tim 

The Man on the Fence - A Parable (Author Unknown)

There was a large group of people gathered. On one side of the group stood a man, Jesus. On the other side stood another, Satan. Separating them was a fence running through the group.

Both Jesus and Satan began calling to people in the group.

One by one, each having made up his or her own mind, went to either Jesus or Satan. This kept going for a time.

Soon enough, Jesus had gathered around him, a group of people from the larger crowd, as did Satan.

One man joined neither group. He climbed the fence that was there and sat on it.

Jesus and his people left and disappeared, and so too did Satan and his people.

The man on the fence sat alone.

As this man sat, Satan came back, looking for something which he appeared to have lost. The man said, "Have you lost something?" Satan looked straight at him and replied, "No, come with me."

The man said, "But I sat on the fence. I chose neither you nor him." Satan said, "That's okay; I own the fence."

Matthew 12:30 (NIV) Jesus said, "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Crushing Fear With Overcoming Faith!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

One Friday evening, my granddaughter Madeline who was six years old at the time, spent the night at our house. She's was an early bird, full of fun and life in the morning. She wanted to play hide and seek and read a Bible story so I restructured my morning to accommodate these serious priorities.

That morning, she brought me a story book to read to her. It was about a little boy who was afraid of getting a shot at the doctor’s office. I read her the story. She then asked me to read the Bible story of the young boy named David who had the courage to fight Goliath because God had helped him defeat a lion and a bear as a boy. When you read the story of David and Goliath you can see that David was different from every other soldier. When he heard the voice of the enemy mocking God, righteous indignation rose up on the inside of him and out came the words, 1 Samuel 17:26 "Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?" His indignation and words led him to action. When David revealed what he wanted to do, he didn't get a lot of support. 1 Samuel 17:33 says, "Don't be ridiculous!" Saul replied. "There is no way you can go against this Philistine. You are only a boy, and he has been in the army since he was a boy!"

This lack of support didn't stop David. He had faced threatening situations his entire life. He defeated them one by one because he learned to depend and lean on the Lord in each situation. And in each situation the grace of God and His wisdom manifest in David's life. God strengthened David in overcoming his fears so that he could defeat the enemies in his life. When he came face-to-face with Goliath, David responded, "You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord Almighty—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone will know that the Lord does not need weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not ours. The Lord will give you to us!" 1 Samuel 17:45-47

We have all faced fears from situations that masquerade as Goliaths in our life. They try to overwhelm our thought-life far too frequently. They try to rob us of our sleep. They try to paint ugly pictures of doom and gloom. They try to steal all our hope and faith in God. One of the gifts of the Spirit taught in 1 Corinthians 12 is the gift of faith. This isn't just our normal faith in God. This is supernatural faith that comes as a gift from God during terrifying times and keeps you in this bubble of faith and trust. It is a gift. It comes by God's grace as a gift of mercy. It is not always present. It’s not but that isn't because God doesn't want to help us. He also wants us to learn to be like David—strong in faith and trust.

Why had David’s faith and trust in God grown so strong? Experience! David learned to face his fears and lean on God again and again. His trust in God had grown deep and rock solid. David explains why to Saul before defeating Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:34-37. “David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." Saul said to David, "Go, and the Lord be with you." 

Fears can feel complicated or we can uncomplicate them. We can simply state what they are to the Lord, lay them at His feet, ask Him to show us how to defeat them, and let the Lord speak to our heart through His Word. Then as we do what He instructs and leads us to do, trusting Him, our faith and trust over time grows stronger and stronger. We also will defeat the Goliaths—the fears that surface in our life over and over again. Fears will always attempt to invade our life. Laying them at Jesus' feet in faith and trust of the Lord is what will defeat them as we trust Him. And we also will grow stronger and stronger for Him!

2 Samuel 22:31-34 "As for God, his way is perfect. All the Lord's promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection. For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock? God is my strong fortress; He has made my way safe. He makes me as surefooted as a deer, leading me safely along the mountain heights."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, July 08, 2019

Shed Desperation For Expectation!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

34 Years ago when Renee and I were starting the Small Group ministry at our church, the Lord spoke something to my heart. He spoke it to me like a father giving his son godly advice.  At that time, I had been laying out a master plan for our small groups system at church. I had spent six months seeking God, praying and thinking about it. It was unique from what other churches had been doing and there were no systems like it—no models to pattern it after. Most churches were following cell group systems which were the trend of that day. We had gone that route years earlier but didn't feel it was the best fit for our church. We instead prayed over a small group system that was more compatible with our culture and goals.

When the time was drawing near to launch the vision of it, I began to pray over the leadership I would raise up for it. One morning while praying about it, I felt these words from the Lord impressed upon my heart. He said, You are not desperate! That's all He said but when those words were spoken, I knew in my heart what He meant by them. He did not want me to get ahead of myself just to achieve goals and hurt my efforts by raising people up into leadership that weren't prepared for it. The Lord was telling me, You are not desperate concerning your leadership so don’t act like it. Pray for me to give you the cream of the crop for leadership and over time, you will see that I will give you exactly that. And the Lord did exactly that. He gave me an amazing group of people that learned and grew and matured and were faithful. They became the leaders that served under me—many of them for the next 30 plus years. Many of them are still going strong today!

The Lord spoke one other thing to me that day. Since then, it has guided me through all my efforts in all I have done over the years, with amazing grace and patience. He spoke the words from Zechariah 4:10 (NLT) "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin..."  

I learned that starting small gives you an opportunity to learn what you are doing, adjust your path and efforts as they need tweaking, and help you work through the mistakes everyone makes when attempting something new for the first time. In the small beginnings, there are fewer people to hurt or see you make those mistakes. That is a grace from God!

God had taught me at an earlier time in my life that He would equip me to do the things He wanted me to do. Hebrews 13:20 (NLT) says, “And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus... equip you with all you need for doing His will.” Over time, I knew that this did not just pertain to ministry, but to every area of my life. No matter what I had need of, God would equip me for the things He called me to do. I would seek Him for the equipping I needed. And from that point, if I ever felt anxious and less than confident about what I was attempting, I would remember that the Lord promised to equip me, and I would remember those words from the Lord, I am not desperate!

As we read God's word, we see people in the Bible who are in desperate places or situations in their life—just like we do in the lives of those around us. We ourselves experience feelings and moments of desperation. I know in those times, the Lord wants us to shout, I am not desperate. We aren't because the Lord is our provider. He is the one that shows us where our provision is. He is the one who equips us for every good thing!

When Abraham was called by God to offer Isaac as a sacrifice, Abraham knew God had promised Isaac as his heritage. So, even though this sacrifice did not make sense, he knew God would provide. Even though it was his own son, he would not allow himself to be desperate. And we know the ending. God provided at that very moment of sacrifice, Abraham’s provision—a ram in the thicket to take Issac's place. And because of that, Abraham named that place accordingly as we read in Genesis 22:14. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh;  The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided."  Those words Jehovah-jireh literally means, God who will show you were your provision is. Is trust in this fact important? Absolutely! Because because Abraham trusted God and was willing to offer Issac in obedience, God offered up Jesus for us!

We are not desperate! We may at times experience very real and difficult circumstances that attempt to terrorize our heart. But because our heart and life if focused on what God wants us to do, God is with us! He is our deliverer and He is our provider. It is He that shows us were our provision is and equips us for everything He has called us to do! Trust that and lean on that as you seek God in faith for your equipping and needs!

Hebrews 13:20 (NLT)  “And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus... equip you with all you need for doing His will.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

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

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Happy 4th of July! God Bless America! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benjamin Franklin
Signer of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence

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

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

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

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

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

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, July 01, 2019

When Trouble Comes, Do You Have Real Faith or Wishbone Faith?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Are you safe? Do you feel safe? Are you under attack? Does your life feel under attack in some area? Are you in trouble? Do you believe that God wants to protect you? Should you believe that? Whatever your answers are to any of these questions, know this as a truth: You desire to be safe. You want to be protected. You desire for God to protect you. How can I say that? It’s easy! First, you know it. Secondly, God has put that desire within all of us. There are hundreds of scriptures revolving around man’s desire for protection and God’s willingness to be our refuge and help in times of trouble. God is the one—the only one who can fulfill that desire, and it can only be fulfilled through the exercise of your faith in His promises through Jesus Christ.

You may have prayed or cried out for help recently. You may have prayed for God's protection over you or your children or perhaps over your travels. In praying for His protection, it's possible that you may have prayed a wishbone prayer. What is a wishbone prayer? It’s a prayer requesting something but having no real faith that God will do it. It is a prayer that isn’t really rooted in knowing what God wants for you. It’s a prayer not rooted in faith. It’s rooted in the equivalent of the expectation you would have for a wish to come true when you break a wishbone. It’s really a prayer of unbelief. 

Unbelief is a problem. Unbelief hinders God answering prayers. We read in Mark 6:5-6 that Jesus Himself was hindered through unbelief. Mark 6:5-6 (NLT) says, “And because of their unbelief, He (Jesus) could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And He was amazed at their unbelief.”

God’s Word is full of secrets. The Apostle Paul often called them mysteries. These secrets are truths and promises that the world thinks are fables, myths, or whatever—anything but truth. The Apostle Paul and others were being used of God to help those that believed in Jesus, come to understand the secrets of God as we see in 1 Corinthians 4:1(NLT).  “… as mere servants of Christ we have been put in charge of explaining God's secrets.”  It isn’t that God wants His ways to be secret. It is just that He won’t reveal His truths to those that would mock and trample them in unbelief and greed. As Jesus said, “Don't give what is holy to unholy people. Don't give pearls to swine! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.” (Matthew 7:6 NLT)

When you understand what God wants for you; when you come to know His Will for you; then it's much easier to stand in sincere faith to what you know He wants for you. Your faith will change the very trouble-filled circumstances. As 1 John 5:14-15 (RSV) says, "And this is the confidence which we have in him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of Him." 

What a powerful secret to learn! This is what brings God’s life-changing power into our lives. It not only changes our circumstances, it changes us! It changes our way of thinking and our character. It turns us into people that truly trust God and have great faith!

So again, what is it that God wants for us? What is His will toward us? Well, we see in numerous places that first, He promised to help them out of the troubled place they were in, and then to protect them. We see that all the way from the Israelites in Egypt to Paul and Silas in prison.

When the Israelites cried out to God for help, God brought help through the person of Moses. God promised to deliver them from trouble, prosper them, and protect them if they’d trust in Him. We read it in Deuteronomy. 6:22-25 NIV. “Before our eyes the Lord sent miraculous signs and wonders… But He brought us out from there (their place of trouble,) to bring us in and give us the land that He promised on oath to our forefathers. The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive (protected,) as is the case today...”
The key to these promises manifesting in the lives of the Israelites coming out of Egypt was that they had to believe in and trust in Him. That is also our key. God promises that if we obey Him in our lifestyle and have faith—real faith, not wishbone faith—and trust in Him and what He promises us, He will protect us. We see these promises over and over in God’s Word. Psalms 9:9-10 (NKJV) says, "The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You."

The Bible tells us that God is not a respecter of persons. That means His promises apply to us all. We are also told that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. That means He still feels the same about us today as He has toward all His children always! He loves us and wants His best for us!

Psalm 34:7 (NLT) “For the angel of the Lord guards all who fear Him, and He rescues them.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Are You Familiar With God's Mighty Power Working in You?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Luke 10:19 "Behold, I give unto you power..."

I’m sure that you, like me, have read many inspirational and motivational stories over the years. Children today are told stories all the time followed by the words You can do anything if you put your mind to it! I like that people are inspired. It’s better than being told You are good for nothing and you won’t amount to anything. Positive and encouraging words spoken over others is something God's word encourages us to do. But, those words are meant to be rooted in God's word with the promise of the Holy Spirit working in us and helping lead us in reaching our dreams. That is where the power to overcome obstacles and discouragement comes from! To think we can do anything that is significant in His eyes without His guidance and power is futile thinking. The only power available in this world it the power of God.

Before you give your life to Jesus Christ, God’s Word makes it clear that you are stuck in Satan’s grip and power. No one wants to hear that. You might think, How could that be possible? I’m not under Satan’s power. I remember thinking that when someone was sharing Jesus with me before I gave my life to Him. God’s Word makes it clear that when we receive Jesus into our hearts as Lord and Savior—we change kingdoms and are rescued from Satan’s power and brought under and given God’s power. Colossians 1:13 says, “God who has delivered us from Satan’s power, the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son Jesus...” And then Acts 1:8 reveals our new source of power saying,“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses…”

I was recently talking to a man whose life had diminished drastically from disease. He had lost almost half his body weight over the past six months and could barely walk. He had lost most of his strength. The little walking he did, was to go outside of his house and have a cigarette. Despite all his health issues, he could not quit. I see this continuously when I to a hospital to visit someone. I always see hospital workers standing outside having a cigarette break. They know first-hand the damage cigarettes do to people because they care for them daily. If you were to research stats on the amount of money gambled and lost each year, the amount of money spent on alcohol and recreational drugs and the addictions and the problems and deaths they’ve caused, if you will look into the amount of money spent on cigarettes and the health issues and deaths they have caused, if you will look into the amount of money it takes police to catch, prosecute, and jail or imprison criminals, or the amount of money spent on our military to defend our country from enemies, you will find that we squander, waste, and spend the majority of the world’s wealth—literally trillions of dollars on evil or the protection from it. Surely this world is under Satan’s grip and his power. People don’t have the power do to do anything they want. They don’t even have the power to stop evil thinking and actions in their lives without the power of Jesus.

To most people the thought of power is comic-book—more of a fantasy, a super-hero movie or game, but not something adults generally give all that much thought to. God wanted us not only to know of His power, but to experience it at the most base level of our lives. He wanted us to experience the power to make sound godly moment-by-moment decisions with the courage and strength to carry them out. Remember that the next time you begin something as simple as a diet! How many people quit a diet in a day? God's power, the only real power, is needed!

Think of power in this way. Think of it as the supernatural and inward strength of God working within you to actually live godly and upright in thought and actions in a world of corruption and evil. Think of it as the power bringing you courage and boldness to stand up for your faith in God and what you believe. Think of it as the supernatural power of God working behind the scenes to work through your prayers and to guide your steps and life. Think of it as the strength of restraint from God to say yes to right choices and no to temptations!

"Behold, I give unto you power..." If you are a believer, God has made His power available to you and within you! If you walk in faith believing in it because you know God promises it to you, then it becomes tangible to you. To be inspired is good, but motivation can be a flash in the pan—quick in coming and quick in departing. Faith in God's power working within you should become the core of your belief system and a blessing and strength that you draw from and experience day by day!

2 Peter 1:3-4 (NKJV) "...His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." 

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Part Two: God's Warning, Don't Neglect These Things!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I've experienced something lately that I don't ever remember experiencing to this degree. It's unthankfulness, ungratefulness, and a spirit of entitlement. I'm not going to write specifically about these attitudes now, but I have to say that they're deadly, destructive, and dangerous. Tim, your saying these attitudes are that bad? The answer is yes! Probably worse than I could find words for. And these attitudes blind your heart from the depth of God's love and seeing all He has done and is doing in your life. They blind you and turn you to looking at what you don't have instead of what you do. These attitudes are like the train to a miserable life that also fuel detrimental side-effects impacting all society. These attitudes wear down the most giving and selfless people who live to serve others and make other's lives better. Selfless people are the salt of the earth. Life on earth would be miserable without them! And these horrific attitudes (which on the surface seem so insignificant), wear good people down! And why am I bringing them up here? Because these horrible attitudes start with neglect—neglecting God.

Do you want to know what the polar opposite of neglect is? It's appreciation, thankfulness, and concerning God, worship. It's these three heart attitudes toward God and then toward others, (excluding the worship of man), that help keep you from neglect and help you learn to live as Jesus said, "A servant to all..."

What does neglect look like? Like the picture I painted of the beautiful garden—something beautiful, neglected, taken over by weeds, and almost dying. That’s what neglect does. Our relationship with Jesus could be a beautiful and wonderful relationship but neglect can make it feel dead. Significant relationships can suffer. Your life can start to look like an overgrown weed patch where the beauty is overtaken by the weeds. Neglect comes from the family of lazy, procrastination, and indifference and will lead you to attitudes of unthankfulness, ungratefulness, and a spirit of entitlement.

The story of Nehemiah is a story of neglect. But, it has a good turn as it becomes a story of revival and passion. God's people had neglected God, His word, and His ways. They developed the attitudes I described above. Eventually, those attitudes lead to the destruction of Jerusalem as it was torn down and it's leaders, led off to captivity. That attitude prevailed for over 70 years and no one did anything about it until God moved on the heart of two men—Nehemiah and Ezra the priest. They knew the neglect of Jerusalem could not go on. They repented and prayed for God's help. God miraculously enabled them. Those two men's prayers and passion led to the stirring of others. They drew others into their zeal knowing it was the will of God, and together they fought passionately for what they new God wanted. They miraculously by God's help, rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem and reestablished the city, temple worship, and the home of the Jews—all in record time despite suffering every tactic of the devil thrown at them to give up. They then made a pledge to God saying, "The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine and oil to the storerooms where the articles for the sanctuary are kept and where the ministering priests, the gatekeepers and the singers stay. "We will not neglect the house of our God." Nehemiah 10:39 (NIV)

Have you been neglecting God? Have you been displaying attitudes of unthankfulness, ungratefulness, and entitlement toward God and others in your life that God has pointed out to you more than once? How can we neglect something significant and think it won't make a difference? Only deception produces that kind of thinking.

So what's the solution? Ask God to show you and make you aware of what you've neglecting beginning with Him. Meditate on it and as God shows you, let thankfulness, gratefulness, and appreciation grow in your heart. Let them bubble up and manifest as actions and doings in your life. Express that thanks! Show that thanks! Let gratefulness bubble up and spill from you continuously. The grace of God will lead you to action and dismantle neglect. That in turn will result in a new level of joy and thanksgiving to your life that is almost indescribable and will touch others around you! You'll become that salt of the earth. You'll begin to look like that beautiful garden!

Matthew 23:23 (NLT) “... do not neglect the more important things."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Part One: God's Warning, Don't Neglect These Things!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Not far from my home is a house that used to be owned by a couple whom were tremendous gardeners. I heard that he worked for a nursery and it was obvious that he and his wife knew what they were doing from the constant display of beautiful flowers blooming each season. It was a delight to see every time I'd pass their house on one of my long runs.


One Spring, I noticed something different about their house. I began to wonder if something had changed. I wondered if they had moved. The house wasn't looking as it had in past years.  The flower gardens were full of weeds. I saw the neighbor next-door out in their front yard and and asked if the same people lived there and if they were all right. He told me that they had moved and he had new neighbors. They were not gardeners and neglected the gardens because they simply weren't interested, nor knew what to do. Each year that went by, the garden looked worse and worse until the weeds overtook and killed most of it. It was so sad. If a picture could ever be painted of neglect and it's outcome, this was the picture!

God has something to say about neglect. He says we shouldn't neglect reading His word. It helps us come to know His will, His character, and  His voice to our heart. He also says we shouldn't  neglect gathering together in the church, as the church. This is where as the body of Christ, we hear God's word taught, we learn together, become community together, and strengthen each other's as we reach the world with the love of Jesus. God says we shouldn't neglect wise counsel to protect us from our own prideful thinking or stubborn ways. He says we shouldn't neglect the spiritual gifts—those talents and abilities within us to touch others with His love. His word teaches us that we shouldn't neglect godly relationships and friendships, knowing that they are a part of His plan to become voices and examples to keep us in check and anchored in living a life for Him. And He with great warning we shouldn't neglect our salvation—ridding our lives of sinful ways, and staying in intimate relationship with Him as we live with purpose-filled lives for Him. He says don’t neglect it because if you do, how will you escape the life and its consequences you were heading toward before Jesus rescued you?

Check yourself and ask, Am I neglecting any these areas that God has told me to fill my life with so that I may life life to the fullest in Him? If so, tell the Lord your sorry and ask Him to help you establish, not neglect those areas, and turn the garden of your life into the beautiful one that everyone wants to behold! More in Part Two tomorrow... 

Hebrews 2:3 (The Message Bible) says, "It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we've heard so that we don't drift off. If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and nobody got away with anything, do you think we can risk neglecting this latest message, this magnificent salvation?"

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, June 21, 2019

An Inspirational Story: "The Spoon That Feed"

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I am reposting this inspiring story by request! I hope it will be a blessing to you and remind you of something critically important! ~ Pastor Tim 

The Spoon That Feeds
(Author Unknown)

A man was having a conversation with the Lord one day. He said, "Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like."

The Lord led the man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the man's mouth water.

The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.

The Lord said, "You have seen Hell."

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the man's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The man said, "I don't understand."

"It is simple" said the Lord, "it requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other. While the greedy think only of themselves."

Gal 5:13 “For you have been called to live in freedom--not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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