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Friday, September 13, 2019

God's Plan for Less Conflict and More Peace!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Although many people get in conflict—much more than they want, few people love it. The truth is that if anyone loves conflict, they've got a problem. Peace, harmony, and unity through the promotion of love, kindness, and preferring one another should be the desire of anyone’s heart. Pause and think for a moment. Is it yours? Is working toward peace, harmony, and unity through the promotion of love, kindness, and preferring one another a rudder in your life? This is something we are exhorted to learn to live by through the instruction of God’s Word. Peace, harmony, and unity are something more than just a nice thing to pursue. It should become a desire and core value shaped within you by the Holy Spirit as He teaches you how to live Christ-like.

Today I want to present to you a simple truth that will lead to more peace in your life. If you would first incorporate it within the belief system of your heart, and then begin to practice it in your life, you would see more peace in your daily dealings. The reason being is that it is a principle of God motivated by love and a desire for peace.

In 1 Kings we read that King Solomon had just died. During his reign, his kingdom had experienced 40 years of peace which may have been the longest and most peaceful reign of any king ever. His son Rehoboam had begun to take over. He wanted advice about making a change in how the kingdom was run. The people wanted to know what kind of a king he was going to be. They were a tired people. King Solomon had taxed the people hard and worked them hard. Rehoboam went to his young advisers—men that he had grown up with who had little to no experience but were promoted like he was to this new position. He also went to his older advisers—wise men that had served for a great many years under his father with a deep base of experience and wisdom.

We read in 1 Kings 12:9-11 NLT, “What is your advice?" he asked them. "How should I answer these people who want me to lighten the burdens imposed by my father?" The young men replied, "This is what you should tell those complainers: 'My little finger is thicker than my father's waist—if you think he was hard on you, just wait and see what I'll be like! Yes, my father was harsh on you, but I'll be even harsher! My father used whips on you, but I'll use scorpions!'" This was cruel and uncompassionate advice from  inexperienced, cocky, and egotistical novices gloating in their new power.

The older advisers gave Rehoboam contrary advice. “The older counselors replied, "If you are willing to serve the people today and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects." 1 Kings 12:7 This is not the advice that Rehoboam took but it is the advice that would have won over the people and the kingdom. He refused it and instead listened to his young advisers taking the advice that doomed his kingdom and reign.

Proverbs 15:1 NIV tells us, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.” It’s more than just the gentle answer that has true results. It’s the gentle answer that comes not as a manipulative tactic, but from a sincere and caring heart that desires unity and peace and the best for others.

Some people have simply fallen into the disastrous habit of anger and bitter responses from a mind that thinks and expects the worse. Others respond from an unbridled ego that seems to foolishly love conflict and get joy out of flexing their muscles, stoking the fires that provoke anger and enjoying it like its a game! It's sick but many people are sick in their minds in this way.

This should not be the case of a Christian. If you are a lover of God, then you have the Holy Spirit instructing you to be a person that truly wants to love, serve, and help people. When conflict arises, let the Spirit of God arise within you. Instead of defensively sparring back, pause, ask for God's grace in a momentary prayer, and give a reasonable and gentle answer. Answer as one that takes into consideration what the other person is trying to get across. If you will be considerate of their position and make concessions and work with them wherever you can, then you will not only turn away wrath, you will have people that over time, develop respect for you, and are more loyal and willing to work with you. And you'll experience much greater peace and harmony in your life. The ones that don't, avoid working with! There hearts are probably hard and nothing except prayer will help them. Romans 12:18 (NIV) says, "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." This is saying to sincerely do your best. But you can't control what others do.

Completely avoiding conflict never resolves anything but dealing with it in a godly way is God's expectation for us! Some points of conflict are too great to deal with at the moment. Bathing situations in prayer can turn situations where they can eventually be worked through. Prayer is a key part of conflict resolution in God's World. But avoiding conflict because you are afraid will seldom produce faith-filled prayer that results in resolution. Avoidance because of fear will only delay and sometimes allow a situation to grow worse.

When your heart has been transformed by God to sincerely want things to work out with people, and you have a heart to serve people and make adjustments where necessary, then you can kindly but boldly approach difficult situations and conflict and work through them. You can because your heart is not stubborn, you are not selfish just to get your way, but rather, your heart desires to work toward the best resolve possible. When you've learned this, you have begun to become a master communicator! As I said, not everyone you work with will be compromising or agreeable. Sometimes conflict resolution goes horribly. But if you've followed God direction and made the effort to work kindly with others, then you can know you've done your part and be in peace about it!

A heart to serve and a favorable answer is a heart that sincerely and respectfully takes in the interests and concerns of others. It’s the heart endeavoring for agreement and harmony where possible. And it will lead to less conflict and more peace!

1 Kings 12:7 "If you are willing to serve the people today and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Making Every Day A Better Day!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Renee and I had returned home from an international missions trip! When we got home, two of our bags did not arrive with us. One of the airline personal—an extremely pleasant and kind man worked toward helping us track down our bags. I was struggling to keep a good attitude because I had experienced this kind of problem with this airline before. But knew I needed to lean on the Lord, pray, and trust things would work out. I managed to stay reasonably calm, and by the grace of God, I managed to keep a good attitude through the process.  This kind man's attitude and effort really did help me. He modeled the love of God with his godly countenance and diligent effort!

As you obviously know, in life, some days simply feel better than others. No matter how a day goes, you will feel best about a day when it’s a day that you've given your best effort and with a good attitude.

Giving your best effort is a godly principle and helps you live without regret. Ecclesiastes 9:10 NLT says, “Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.” What this verse is saying is, live life giving your best because you won’t be able to recapture the moment and do it over.

Proverbs 31:27-29 (NIV) says to the wife and mother that has learned to give her best, “She carefully watches all that goes on in her household and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!"

Proverbs 12:11 (NIV) exhorts the person who diligently works hard saying, “He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.”

Each and every day, we get up and do a routine of things we are called to do. Sometimes things go well while other days make you feel like you’re pushing a boulder up a hill. Regardless, giving it your best helps you live without regret and having a good attitude will help even a not-so-good day feel much better than it actually was.
I was watching a gentleman at our church serve people yesterday. I've talked with him many times and his diligent effort and attitude never fails to bless me. He truly considers it an honor to serve people and God—and it shows.

I see him in the verses in Colossians 3:22-24 (NIV) that say, “Those of you that serve under others, obey those who are over you in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Obey them willingly because of your reverent fear of the Lord. ‘Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and the (ultimate) Master you are serving is Christ.”

I hope each of us will fulfill those verses today and let us not forget that on 9-11 2001, the world watched thousands of these kinds of hero's living this kind of life by laying their life down for others!

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, September 09, 2019

When Self-Doubts Come, Do This!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Renee and I were recently having a nice discussion over dinner—sharing our heart and catching each other up on our efforts to reach and touch more people for the Lord. As we talked, we discovered that we had each gone through a brief period of self-doubt. Everyone who loves the Lord and wants to be used by Him, experiences self-doubts from time-to-time. We do our best juggling the challenges of life we face and hopefully give it our best, and yet we don't always feel like we are as effective as we want to be for the Lord. It's in those times that the self-doubt show up!

Self-doubt seems to be triggered by seeing lesser results than hoped for, or little feed-back from those you are trying to help. That's when the attack of fiery darts to the heart comes. Does anybody even appreciate what I'm trying to do? What am I doing? Why am I doing this? Does anyone really  care? Am I a good person? Do I really have anything to say that people want to hear? Am I a good spouse? Am I a good parent? What do my kids really think of me? And on and on. Give place to Satan's fiery arrows and they will keep on coming and go further than you could imagine!

Renee and I know the Word of God. We're mature enough to recognize the source of these thoughts. They're an attack from the enemy of our soul. We know what we should do with them. We are to cast them down in Jesus name! We are to focus on the depth of God's love toward us, and on being the love of God to those around us! We stay focused on working hard at everything God has given us to put our hand to. We are to pray for continuing wisdom and help from Him! This isn't about us. It's about doing His will! We do not let these darts of self-doubt become seeds in our heart to grow. That would lead us to of the wrong places. And for that reason, entertaining them is not an option.

In the desert, Satan tried them on Jesus. “If you are the son of God…” He was trying to get Jesus to doubt who He was. Yes Satan was stupid enough to think that might work. Understanding that he tries, we must be aware of that fact that if he'll try to bring self-doubt to Jesus, he'll try to bring it to us!

My esteem has never been built upon confidence in myself. I know my shortcomings, my failings, and the areas of my life that need help. I know the limitations of my own ability. Before Jesus, my own ego and self-confidence produced a reckless and miserable life. So much for trusting in myself! But with Jesus and the revelation of His love and desire to help and work in me, I’ve grown in confidence—not confidence in myself but confidence in His faithfulness and love to always be with me and always help me! As Proverbs 14:26 NKJV says, "In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence and it is in this place that those who belong to Him will find refuge."

When Jesus was attacked and dragged off from the garden of Gethsemane, all his disciples panicked and abandoned him. All of them! But Jesus said that He wasn’t alone—that His Father had not abandoned Him. That is the lesson we all need to learn. That is the confidence I have gained over the course of my life in Jesus. God will not abandon me!

In our discussion that night, Renee and I reminded each other that we've both encountered very special and intimate touches of God’s love and encouragement in those moments of self-doubt. We both had storie of how when those moments came and the fiery darts hit, that as we talked to God, He always sent people across our path right at the perfect moment to encourage us and put those lies where they belongin the pit! I’d preach a message that I just wasn’t sure hit the mark. Doubt would come. For 24 hours the fiery darts would come saying things like What are you doing? What makes you think you can preach to begin with? Give this Pastor thing up! It’s not your calling. I'd pray to the Lord about it and suddenly I’d get three emails and two voicemails from people who just had to let me know how much my message had spoken to their heart and changed their life and how extremely thankful they were! Renee told me she had experienced exactly the same thing. It’s that love of God reaching out to encourage us when the enemy of our soul tries to fill our mind and heart with self-doubt!

In the book of Judges, we read about Gideon. The people were crying out for God to help them. God sent an angel to Gideon. Why Gideon? I’m confident because of Gideon’s heart. God is always seeking the hearts of those who will live wholeheartedly for Him and serve Him. And so He sent an angel to Gideon. Gideon was a very humble man—not a confident in himself. But God was confident in him! God knew his heart! An angel came and spoke what God knew about Gideon's heart to him"The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!" (Judges 6:12)  Gideon experienced moments of self-doubt but God encouraged his heart continuously! It helped Gideon’s confidence and strengthened him in spirit so that he could obey and helps bring deliverance to God's people. Satan was hoping to stop that!

We can ask God to encourage us in ways that only He could make happen. God knows that the enemy tries to discourage us and doubt ourself so we will lose heart and quit or give up. He brings the promises of His word to encourage us and uses others whether it be people or angels to encourage us in our faith. He touches our lives in ways that restore our strength and confidence to be used by Him. When you go through moments of self-doubt, just ask God to help you and then have faith He will. He is faithful and you will be encouraged!

Psalm 27:13-14  "I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!"

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, September 06, 2019

This is a Leader's Most Powerful Tool of Leadership!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

No one loves the feeling of guilt. I think it would be accurate to say that most people hate it. We push guilt aside, we bury guilt, and we will try to do any and everything we can to get rid of guilt. People just plain hate guilt. The problem is, if a person doesn't know the Lord, they can never get rid of guilt. Oh they may try. They may suppress their feelings about guilt. They may bury them. They may try to drown them in alcohol or drugs or some other way. But the spirit of a man knows when it is not clean before the Lord. When the spirit of a man is not free from sin, guilt is present. Guilt feelings can create defensive attitudes leading to dysfunctional thinking and behaviors. That's why it is so imperative to be free from it.

God wants to free us all from that guilt and pain. The following two verses reveal this truth in the most powerful way! First we see that God is not out to get us, but to save us. He sent His only begotten Son Jesus, purely out of His love for us! John 3:17 (NIV) says, "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." He isn't out to get us or bring condemnation which means found guilty. To the contrary, He wants to wash our sins away!

Secondly God has proven His love for us while we were still in a sinful state. That's how great His love is for us! Romans 5:8-9 (NIV) says, "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by the sacrifice of His death and blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through Jesus Christ!"

You see God isn't looking to point the finger. He isn't looking for condemnation and guilt. He says we have been justified, or you could say, declared not guilty. And that is His gift from Himself to us. We are saved from wrath! We are not guilty. When a person repents from their sin and receives Jesus as their Savior, God immediately removes sin and guilt and makes them blameless. This is a gift and miracle that no human being is worthy of.

Now, having said that, let me get to today's point. God didn't send Jesus to get rid of guilt so that we could put each other back under it. He wants us to help people get free from guilt. Receiving Jesus is a miraculous step with instant results—the promise and gift of eternal life. Learning to live the Christian walk is a process. Everyone is in a different place in that process. We don't want to put guilt trips on people because they don't live up to our expectations. We don't want to look for whom to blame in every situation where something goes wrong. We don't want to focus on blame at all. Some people are blamers. Something goes wrong and the first thing they do, is try to figure out whom they can blame for whats wrong. Is the economy bad? Is our national problems the President's fault? Our teenage is going astray. Is it dad's fault or is it moms or is it the schools or maybe the friend they are hanging out with?

When our lives weren't right and we were covered in our own sins, Jesus wasn't out to condemn or find blame. He was solution-oriented and He led the way. He took our punishment upon Himself. Then He showed love and pointed out the right path—be merciful, forgiving, and solution-oriented. Imagine if we were like that. A husband and wife get into a fight and instead of looking to blame each other the husband just sucks it up and says, Honey, you're probably right. I'm sorry. What do you think we can do to fix this? Imagine he does this even though he could be right. He has taken the lead. His heart is saying, Look honey; it's not important that I'm right and you are wrong. It's important that I protect my love for you and we just find a solution to this situation. He doesn't blame. He doesn't pin guilt. He washes her like Jesus washed us.

Many marriages, relationships, and situations are ruined because they focus on faults and lay guilt for what each other is doing wrong, or is not doing right! It's much more profitable and God's way of doing something when we show mercy and grace when something's gone wrong. It's more profitable when through that mercy and grace, a couple kindly embraces each other and says, What can I do to better to avoid this next time?  And if someone does repeat it? Show more mercy and grace because the truth is, most people do accidentally repeat offenses. Changing your ways is hard but you get there when you work for it! Always remember that you as an individual repeat mistakes yet rely daily on God's mercy and grace for yourself. So follow His example. Show more mercy and more grace while again, focusing on not casting blame but working toward an amicable solution. Its better when we wash each other's feet. It's better when we overlook offenses and cleanse each other from sin and guilt. It's better when our motivation is to protect the love and relationship between each other. Blaming solves nothing and is motivated to get rid of your own guilt. Understand that and don't cave to it. Being solution oriented, leading with the mercy and grace of God helps accomplish progress and puts a stake in guilt and condemnation.

The same goes with children. Don't lay guilt on them. Free them up. Help them understand what works better. Understanding of wrong ways brings transformation. Guilt locks in bad behavior leading to avoidance and eventually attitude and behavioral problems. Wash them with your love and point them in the right direction. Love, instruction, correction mixed with mercy and grace that washes and continually forgives, is POWERFUL in it's working where holding on to offense and placing blame and fault is the path to destroying all that's good. Ephesians 1:4 says  that God, through what Jesus did, made us "holy and without blame before Him in love."

Prov 17:9 NKJV says, “He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends." Can you bring this principle of removing guilt and covering an offense into your marriage, into your parenting, and into your workplace? The Holy Spirit can teach you how. When you lead with mercy and grace and wash their guilt and look for solutions instead of guilt, you become a powerful vessel of God. You becomes like Jesus!

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

God's Plan For Draining the Pain in Your Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When you think about the word “hurt” what comes to mind? Do you think pain? Do you think of an ache in your body? Do you think of a time or incident where you were physically suffering—maybe even right now? Who hasn’t experienced aches or pains or circumstances that have caused physical pain? Yet I can’t help but wonder; have people experienced more emotional pain than physical pain? Anxiety and fear is like an inner pain. It hurts and you wish it would go away. Unresolved problems or relational schisms create a lot of inner pain and hurt. As I think back, there has been much more of this than physical pain in my life.

As I look around, I see so many hurting people. Let me qualify this. I see a lot of wonderful people with absolutely over the top attitudes that are working through tough times. They keep their smiles. They're making lemonade out of lemons. They're doing their best in difficult life situations. But they are also carrying around a lot of hurt—the pressures and stress from trying to make it through challenging times.

Unlike a physical pain that attempts to linger whether we like it or not, the inner pain is something we can and need to drain from our life each day. Like a bathtub filled with dirty water, we need to drain the cares, worries, anxieties, and inner hurts from our lives daily. How can that happen? It couldn’t unless it was a supernatural thing. With Jesus as your Lord, with His Holy Spirit as your helper, and with the promises of His Word, you can experience that help from God to pull the plug on your inner hurts each day. It is a supernatural thing. Only the Lord can do this and only God’s Word carries the power to speak to your heart and accomplish this! It does take faith though. You have to follow the instruction of God’s Word to drain this daily swamp. These are our instructions:

First:1 Peter 5:6 (NLT) "So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor."  There is power in humility. You're not as in control of your life as you may think you are. If you truly believe God is there for you, then trust him patiently to turn things around. Understand that it may take time. Humility keeps you trusting in God. Pride makes you want to fix it yourself and fix it now! Have fun with that! The choice is up to you, but God is telling you to humble yourself under His mighty power.

Second: 1 Peter 5:7 (RSV) "Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you." Have faith that God loves and cares for you. Each day drain those hurts by casting them unto the Lord. I personally envision laying them at His feet and walking away. Then praise Him for His love for you and that He cares for you. Don't distrust that. Jesus already proved it. He gave you His best. He'll continue to help you walk out your life with blessing if you'll trust Him. Through your faith and patience, you will see Him turn things around.

Thirdly: 1 Peter 5:8-9 (NLT) "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same or worse kinds of suffering. The Lord wants us to understand that the devil works to prey upon those who fall to his lies and deceits. Don't be one of them. You are not without God, therefore you are not without His love and help!" You can either take God's counsel and be aware of how the devil tries to hurt and discourage you and let the Lord show you how to resist it, or you can become the devil's victim. Jesus gave you the power over your enemy! Use it and declare it in the name of Jesus!

A while back I received some bad news and had a fitful sleep. Enough was enough! I got up and drained the pain! God’s Word did exactly what I knew it would. It lifted me right into that truth that encouraged me and uplifted me and removed the pain“For He cares what happens to me.” (1 Peter 5:7) He will do the same for you! Daily, if you drain the pain!

Lament. 3:22-25  (NLT) “The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By His mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, "The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him!" The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek Him.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Does the Lord Let the Wicked Prosper?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

There's this guy named George. He lives in a mansion—about 4.5 million worth of real estate in a swank California neighborhood. His community of homes is surrounded with a combination brick gate and wrought iron fence. He has three luxury cars, an in-ground swimming pool, and more adult toys that you can imagine. George likes to mock Christians. He says they are weak and use God as a crutch. He boasts about how he's worked hard for everything he's got and doesn't need God for anything! He's on his third gorgeous looking wife and treats her like he did the others—as a controlling jerk. He's of the opinion that they're lucky to be married to him because of his good looks, talents, and provision he's made available to them. Things do seem to go George's way. He seems to get richer and richer. Some guys think that for him to keep trading up on wives for another that's prettier and younger than the last, is not a bad deal.

There are many difficult things to bear in life but it seems that one of the hardest for Christians is when they see arrogant and prideful people like George seem to prosper and be blessed while they themselves struggle—financially or otherwise. Jeremiah spoke about it in Jeremiah 12:1 (NIV) "You are always righteous, O LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?" 

The book of Job shares the same expression of sorrow. Job 21:7 and 13 (NIV) "Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?... They spend their years in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace."

Doesn't the Word of God say that His children are the ones who should be blessed? Why does it seem like evil people prosper and why does it bother Christians so much?

We are in instructed by Jesus in Matthew 5:44-45 to: "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."

We are taught that the Lord lets His goodness touch the lives of those who don't know Him and even those who reject Him. Why? Because He wants them to know that there is a God that loves them. You might not have thought about this, but there is something that happens inside of a person when some wonderful goodness touches their life.

As Christians, when great goodness happens, we yearn to thank God. When God allows blessing to touch the life of the sinful or the wicked—especially when they deny the existence of God, they have a dilemma. They want to thank someone and they know deep down, that someone is God. If they say they don't believe in Him, they try to redirect those feelings of thanks somewhere else. I assure you that the thanks they feel wants to go upward toward Heaven.

For those that don't deny the Lord but who just haven't thought much about Him, or for those who have avoided Him, they do often lift thanks to God but then it makes them feel guilty. They feel this way because they know they aren't right with Him. The goodness or blessing they feel is God’s strategy to help them reevaluate their relationship with Him hopefully leading them to seek Him. Romans 2:4 TLB reveals this truth. “Don't you realize how patient God is being with you? Or don't you care? Can't you see that He has been waiting all this time without punishing you, to give you time to turn from your sin? His kindness is meant to lead you to repentance."

The goodness of God touches sinners and the wicked so that they will be drawn toward repentance and consider God's love. He did the same with you and me. The Bible says in Romans 5:8 (TLB)
"But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." In other words, He poured out His love on us when we didn't deserve it. (You might have forgotten that YOU were the wicked at that point in time.)

When God's goodness touches the Christian's life, it is called blessing. When God's goodness touches the sinner's life, it is called the ”goodness and mercy of God." It will feel like a blessing to them but it is not actually a blessing. Blessings are reserved for God's people. It is simply God's goodness and mercy. God is trying to get a hold of them, but He won’t keep trying forever.

God loves all men and is trying to reach them through the things that impact their heart. And yet, it isn't endless. It will come to an end, and if they don't turn to the Lord they will reach the end no one wants to face.

Because we as Christians know the Lord, we are rich in blessing. God is good to us and wants to bless us. We just need to remember who we are and stay focused on His will for our lives. God will take care of them. Let's not be jealous because without Him they are naked and poor while, we are rich in blessing!

Psalm 73:18-19 (NLT2) "Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction. In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors."



In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

God's Plan for a World Drowning in Disrespect

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by Pastor Tim Burt

The world we are living in today seems to be the most toxic world mankind has ever lived in. At least in our lifetimes, there has never been more toxic words and and greater disrespect shown to our fellow man than now. Let's face it. Politicians, comedians, news commentators and now, most of mankind degrade those in authority daily. It's easy to do. It's also a trap that helps infect our thinking and spark our own words of foolishness. Vice-President Mike Pence is one of those rare individuals that doesn't do this and is a wonderful role model for what I am going to discuss here today!

In God's eyes, every individual should be treated with respect. Even when they may not, in our opinion, deserve it. You mind instantly think of those who you couldn't possibly imagine respecting. But there's your key. I am not talking about respecting people. I am talking about showing respect to people. There's a difference! I believe you will see that as you read the verses that surround 1 Peter 2:17 which says, “Show proper respect to everyone…” Let's take a look.

1 Peter 2:13-23 NLT “Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God and honor the king. Servants, submit yourselves to those in authority with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive punishment for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps. "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to Him who judges justly.”

God instructs us do show respect for His sake! He can move in and through our lives when we do! He can help change the world through us when we do! God’s word teaches us that it’s important to show respect to every individual, even when they appear to be totally unrespectable.

First of all, it’s the right thing by God's instruction, and because in doing so, you protect yourself and your heart from becoming just like those that won't listen to God. Always showing respect to others promotes the development of great and godly character within you. It molds a leadership quality within you that is rare today. You become a person that truly reflects the love of God. We all hear stories of how God loves us despite how we act. When you treat someone with respect that is seemingly undeserving of it, you’ve show them a quality of love that God has shown us—even when we don’t deserve it!
Treating others with respect also helps keep a bridge in place with people who seem less worthy of respect—so that you might continue to influence their life. If you read about Joseph and Daniel and Nehemiah, you'll see three leaders and role models that lived this way. If you connect the dots, you'd realize that this proper attitude of showing respect helped create the favor that positioned them rise to the top and influence their world! That is what you are on this earth for—to influence others with the love of God in all the ways you can! Your hope should always be that your words and actions become seeds planted that eventually open the heart of others to the message of the love of Jesus, and to imparting godly influence.

Another reason to show respect is that it helps protect your faith. At times when you want to disrespect someone, it’s usually because of some wrong or bad thing they’ve done or said. That's a tempting time to let ungodly and disrespectful words flow. If someone has done or said something bad that would want to make you speak disrespectfully against them, then you would probably want them to change their ways. If you want them to change, you are the one needed to pray for them. Others might dislike them so much, they wouldn't consider praying for them. Maybe they can't stand the sight of them or even feel hate for them. If you pray for them but speak against them, there will be no faith behind your words. Your prayer of faith for someone needing to change is undermined by your words against them. It's like planting a plant and then digging it right back up! Prayers for someone, accompanied by words against them, are basically pointless. They become faithless prayers that bear no fruit.

Showing respect—especially when it doesn't seem like it's deserved, is a crowbar in the hand of God to influence a disrespectful person's life for the good. Respect and honoring, coupled with kindness, is the most powerful set of tools of influence. If anything softens and helps touch a person's heart, they will.

Some people are hard to take. Change could seem impossible in their life. But if there was anyone to have an influence and be a part of their change, it would be the person who steadfastly uses their God-given tools of influence—respect, kindness and prayer! It would serve the world well!

1 Peter 1:22 (NLT) "You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart." 

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Lives Depend Upon You!


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by Pastor Tim Burt

At the age of 24, I was seeking to know God. I grew up with questions about God I could never answer. I wanted to know in my heart that God existed and if so, what did He want or expect from me. At that time, I felt like I had read numerous books and perspectives on God and religion. Honestly, all they did was confuse me and make me wonder if it was possible to know anything about God for sure. Then one day, God arranged for me to bump into an amazingly kind person named Sharon that had answers to my questions. She filled in all the blanks I had about Jesus and helped me understand what He did for me—that He took the punishment I deserved for my sins upon Himself and offered to exchange them for forgiveness and eternal life with Him—this as a free gift that I only had to personally receive. I wanted to receive it. I knew I couldn't be good enough to please God on my own! She helped me pray and I sincerely asked Jesus to forgive me of all my sins, wash them away, and become my Lord and Savior. 

That day, my life changed forever. I started reading the Bible and it began to come alive to me. I started attending a Bible-teaching church and met many Sharons—people who kindly answered the multitude of questions I had, and help me understand more. In didn't take long before I could see God leading me down a path of blessing and transforming my entire life.

The reason Jesus was able to reveal Himself to me was because I was seeking Him. Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) says, "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. " But it was also because of Sharon, a light and a person who was able and willing to share the knowledge and love of Jesus with me. I will never ever be able to repay her for her willingness to take the time with me that day. It was the greatest gift ever given to me and the greatest day of my life.
Do you know why this happened in the first place? Because Sharon was being a light. She was different from anyone I had met. Upbeat. Kind. She had a positive attitude. She was confident in who she was. Because she was this way, it led me to asking her, Sharon, what makes you so happy? Her answer let us to talking about Jesus and me receiving Him. She left the most incredible impression on me and why it is so important to be a light!

Jesus taught His disciples, "The harvest is ripe". What did He mean by that? He meant that we would always have people around us who were seeking the truth about God. They would be in our midst whether we knew it or not. They're confused like you were. They want to know who is living it, not just talking it. And so they are watching you to see if you are the real deal! Are they seeing Jesus in you? God is using our witness as a tool to help reveal Himself to them. God has asked us to be a light to the world. A light can be seen. We must be different enough in our love, kindness, and lifestyle that others would suspect a difference and would see our light. And when that moment comes, we need to be ready to plant a seed, water a seed that’s already been planted in them, or harvest someone's efforts and lead those who are ready, to receive Jesus as Savior. It's the greatest gift of love you'll ever give any person. You might be the one who plants the seed. You might be the one who waters the seed already planted in them. Or you might be the one to lead them to the Lord in prayer! Sharon harvested me! You have people around you who are wanting to know God. So be a light! Pray God help you be one today and everyday! Develop this heart and it will change the entire course of your life!

1 Peter 3:15 “In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, August 23, 2019

The Barber - An Inspirational Story

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

The Barber 
Author Unknown

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation. They talked about so many things and various subjects. When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said: "I don't believe that God exists." 

"Why do you say that?" asked the customer.

"Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn't exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can't imagine loving a God who would allow all of these things."

The customer thought for a moment, but didn't respond because he didn't want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop.

Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and un-kept. The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber: "You know what? Barbers do not exist."

"How can you say that?" asked the surprised barber. "I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!"

"No!" the customer exclaimed. "Barbers don't exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside."

"Ah, but barbers DO exist! What happens is, people do not come to me."

"Exactly!" affirmed the customer. "That's the point! God, too, DOES exist! What happens is, people don't go to Him."

Jeremiah 29:13 (NKJV) "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." 

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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