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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Judgment Seat of Christ and You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever been busy and in your communication with someone, needed them to get to the bottom line? The bottom line is simply the nudge for the need to get to the point that needs to be made.

We see the Bible refer to a bottom line statement in Ecclesiastes 12:11-14 (NLT). It reads like this:  “A wise teacher's words spur students to action and emphasize important truths. The collected sayings of the wise are like guidance from a shepherd. But, my child, be warned: There is no end of books written to hold opinions ready to be expressed. Studying them can go on forever and become very exhausting! Here is my final conclusion: (THE BOTTOM LINE) Fear God and obey His commands, for this is the duty of every person. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.”   

The bottom line is to “Fear (reverence) God and obey His commands.” We’ve been told that this is our duty and our bottom line. We have been told that one day, everything we do—in secret or in public will be measured and judged by God good or bad.

Our sins our forgiven and washed away by the blood of Jesus. They won’t condemn us. But everything we do in this life will be measured in terms of whether we had a right heart-motivation in the good things we did in life. This will happen at the believer’s judgment—the judgment seat of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:10 (NLT2) "For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body." That is where all we do will be judged. We see more about this in

1 Corinthians 3:11-15 (NLT) “... Everyone's work will be put through the fire to see whether or not it keeps its value. If the work survives the fire, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builders themselves will be saved, but like someone escaping through a wall of flames.”  These verses are referring to our good works that were not motivated for right reasons for from a pure heart. They will be burned up.

When we are united with Jesus, we won’t feel fear or condemnation. We’ll experience joy unspeakable. But our lives (not the sin, but the good we’ve done) will be judged and rewarded, and those rewards will carry into our eternity with the Lord.

So the bottom line is to walk through life with a reverence for God and His ways! This is our duty. As a Christian, do you think you are doing that? Do you think you are reverencing the Lord and obeying His ways? In Colossians Chapter 3, the Apostle Paul had given us the bottom line for living a moral and godly life. These guidelines direct our thinking and the Holy Spirit strengthens us as we meditate and pray for God's grace and help so that we do live from a pure heart of love toward God and people and so that we won't forfeit our rewards in Heaven.

Colossians 3:5-16 (NLT) “So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires. Don't be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry. God's terrible anger will come upon those who do such things. You used to do them when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don't lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you. In this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and He lives in all of us.  Since God chose you to be the holy people whom He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use His words to teach and counsel each other.” 

The Christian life is not a show to live out before others, pretending to be one way and living another. That's what the hypocrites who Jesus judged, did! He called them out for their fake life. God is looking for sincere love and pure motivation! God sees it all. He gives you time to work it out. He gives you His grace and the Holy Spirit to embrace His word so that you life right and serve God and others with a pure motivation.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV) says, "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing."  These verses are saying, if you seem to be super spiritual but you don't have love for people, and you do things for wrong motives—for show instead of a pure heart, then all the good you did and effort you put forth will have been worth nothing. They will hold no reward for you in Heaven.

So the point today is this: center your life around God. Don't make Him an add-on obligation to your life. Love and reverence God. Know your life is short in the framework of eternity. Love and serve God and others with a pure heart and enjoy this life in Christ that He has given you. Embrace it in sincerity! Feel it! Make it count! And because you do when you get to the judgement seat of Christ, every second of your life in Him will have counted for something and rewarded you for eternity!

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV) "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, February 25, 2019

The Primary Way God Brings Blessing Into Your Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Many years ago, Renee and I were invited to participate in an anniversary celebration by the daughter of great friends whom we love dearly. It was happening in an expensive restaurant and were responsible for covering our own costs. The problem was, at that time, we had four small children and no discretionary income. We simply could not afford to go. But we felt we had to, to honor these people.These were wonderful and dear friends. We asked God to help us. We ordered the cheapest things on the menu and water to drink. Even then, it was more than we could afford. We were torn between wanting to be there for our friends and the financially tight spot we were in.

At that time, I had started a company, pioneering a product the world had never seen before. The cost of it all was taking a great toll on our lives. It was taking every penny we had and then some to get it done. We really needed an investor to help us to the next level. That night at dinner, we sat with a lovely couple who in the middle of a conversation, seemed to randomly tell us about her brother who was looking to invest significant money into something with significant potential. At that moment, it was like a flash of lightning! I instantly knew that was a word from God. I got his name and number. Just a short time after that, we met him and he became a partner in my company. Just months later, our product was massed produced and the world was introduced to the first commercial infant changing table you now see in public bathrooms around the world. Parents now change babies daily on our fold-down tables in public restrooms everywhere. Who would have known God would work in our lives through a dinner we could not afford.

Did you know that the primary way God brings blessing into your life is through people? We knew that. Renee and I had seen it happen in our lives over and over again. And we saw it that night!  It's the truth. God uses people as messengers of blessing. The primary way God brings blessing to our lives is through people. Read your Bible. You'll see that this is true! And that means, if you want to receive the blessings that God has for you, you better learn to love and enjoy people—that includes you introverts! If you don't, you will isolate yourself from and avoid the very people who God might be bringing to you to bless you. Oh, and by the way, He’ll use people you would have never expected to bless you—probably even more than the ones that you did expect. God even occasionally sends angels that look like people to bring blessing to you. Hebrews 13:2 says, "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."

How do people bring blessing? They may bring flowers, a gift, a meal or a helping hand. They may lend or give you resources that you were in need of. They may bring words of encouragement or edification. They may bring godly advice or counsel, or even a supernatural word of wisdom that comes from the heart of God through their mouth—maybe providing just the answer or direction you were looking for. They may bring love and comfort when you are hurting or great joy and laughter when you really need a fun distraction. As I look back at every juncture of blessing in my life, God has used people to bring what I needed.

Most people today are moving at such a fast pace! Meaningful relationships take a back seat to busy agendas. I have a suggestion to help you get refreshed in loving people. Take time out to have people moments. Come to work 15 minutes early with the sole purpose of having time to bump into someone and catching up on life together. Make little pockets of time to stop and talk with people just to be interested in and to listen to what is going on in their life. You would be surprised how awesome it can be and how refreshed you can become in loving people. When you slow things down just a bit with the purpose of spending non-agenda time talking with and caring for people, it will be easier to walk out John 15:12 "This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you." It makes it so much easier to love people when you actually have time to love them! Profound huh?

And somewhere along those encounters, you will see the hand of God bring blessing into your life—through people. Why not let your life be rich with godly relationships and see for yourself?

John 6:9 (NKJV) "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Use This Mighty Power Within You

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by Pastor Tim Burt

As people travel around the world, it's possible for them to see and visit temple ruins—temples of pagan gods that eroded to almost nothing over the years. Any temple of a pagan god will eventually erode to nothing because it was created without God’s blessing and will be subject to nature’s erosion. That should not be the case with you! Don’t you become a broken down temple. Jesus privileged you with the honor of being empowered as mighty in spirit because of the Holy Spirit living in you! Let me explain.

In Mark chapter 11, we read the story of Jesus being with His disciples in the temple. He was upset! The temple of God had become a place of commerce, selling sacrificial animals and the exchanging of Roman money for Temple money to purchase those animals. This is not what God had ever intended. This could be done outside the temple. Jesus in righteous indignation turned over the money-changers tables and proclaimed, "My Temple will be called a place of prayer for all nations,' but you have turned it into a den of thieves." (Mark 11:17 NKJV)  God's house was supposed to have been a house of prayer, not a place of corruption and usury.

Jesus died and arose from the dead initiating the new and everlasting covenant for us. Through it we could be forgiven of sins and reconciled to God as we repented of our sins, and received Jesus as our Lord and Savior. There was also another change initiated through this New Covenant. No longer would there be just one temple for mankind to come to, to worship God. Those who received Jesus as their Savior would literally become the temple of God. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." The revelation to us is this: the temple of God, that was at one time, a place where people met and sacrificed animals to God, has now changed locations! WE are now the temple of God’s Holy Spirit! And you remember what Jesus said the temple was supposed to be? He said it was a to be a House of Prayer! As a Christian, you are that temple with the Holy Spirit living within you... and you are to be a house of prayer !

One of the greatest revelations and privileges given to a believer is to understand that sin no longer has power over you. You aren't a slave to anything. To the contrary, you are mighty! Sin doesn't have power over you! Fear doesn't have power over you! Circumstances don't have power over you! You have God in you, with you, and for you! You need to look in the mirror and say that to yourself.  Jesus has made me mighty by His Spirit. I am the temple of His Spirit!  You have the mighty power of God working in you and through you. Read these next words and let them blow you away! Especially the last verse about God's power at work within you!

Ephesians 3:17-20 (NKJV) "that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints (a believer in Christ) what is the width and length and depth and height-- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us"

Did you see that? "According to the power that works in us."  We aren't to cower before God in our inadequacies. It's not about us. It's about Him and His will. It's about the work He did within us. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Because of the finished work of the cross. we come boldly in prayer before God. Jesus made us worthy and lets us approach His throne room in prayer with confidence!  Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) says, "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

This is what Jesus' death and resurrection paid for and the work it did within us. So, be a vessel for God. Pray and have confidence God is using you to change circumstances. Pray about everything because prayer changes everything! No matter what circumstances look like, be a pray-er and trust God to do mighty and marvelous things through your faith in Him working through your prayers. You are a house of prayer!

Ephesians 1:19 (NLT) “I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of His power for us who believe Him.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Tongue of the Wise or A Defensive Wrecking Ball?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

The advertisement copy might read: Can be more deadly than snakebite. Can be more terrifying than feeding an alligator. Can do more damage than a wrecking ball. What is it? The Retort.  Retort is defined in the dictionary this way: to make a reply, especially a quick, sarcastic, scathing one, to present a counter argument, to verbally retaliate.

At the age of 25, I was a budding Christian and newly married manand immature one at that! Like any marriage, there were times where I would correct Renee on something and there were times when she would correct me on something. What is it about a man's ego, that it can be so easily bruised? As I said, I was immature and because of it, often got defensive and would be guilty of lobbing back a retort. Those little retorts sparked battles that we didn't really want to have. Retorts come spontaneously without premeditation. They are too often, sharp and cutting. From some people, they can be as deadly as a match to a gas can. And they too often slip out of our mouth as a defensive response to something that was said to us that was truthful, yet not meant to be an attack. Oh these evil mindless viperous retorts…

Our spouse might try to point out something that we said or did that was inappropriate or that could have been handled in another wayand then comes our retort. We think, They don't understand. They don't know why we said or did what we did—even if it wasn't appropriate. The retort has been launched and now the battle begins. We try to justify our words or actions and shore up a defense protecting our position, knowing deep down inside they are right and we blew it. Rather than be quiet and listen—rather than reflect and begin to open our heart to what they said, we let that cursed retort slip out.

Those retorts hurt and sometimes provoke those who are only trying to help us. When retorts escape our mouth, the battle begins. The bullets and bombs fly. The cutting and hurtful remarks hit the target. The tears are shed. I'm sure at this point the devil is excited for the way his plot has turned out.

God doesn't want us to fail and destroy people we love and respect. He wants us to grow up and become aware of our weaknesses so we can learn to receive His help in resisting the temptation to retort. James 3:5 (TLB) says, "So also the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A great forest can be set on fire by one tiny spark. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness, and poisons every part of the body. And the tongue is set on fire by hell itself and can turn our whole lives into a blazing flame of destruction and disaster. Men have trained, or can train, every kind of animal or bird that lives and every kind of reptile and fish, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is always ready to pour out its deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our heavenly Father, and sometimes it breaks out into curses against men who are made like God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Dear brothers, surely this is not right!"

If you ever get defensive (and your spouse or friend will surely affirm if you do,) then you probably launch retorts from time-to-time. Defensiveness and retorts go hand-in-hand. In our own self we can't seem to find the strength to hold them back. That is what the scriptures in James confirm—we are incapable without God's help, to control our tongue! Retorts happen and inflict pain. Only by yielding to the Holy Spirit within us can we learn to keep our tongue under control.

God wants to help us with things we need help with in our life. The primary way He will speak to and correct us, is through His Word. Proverbs 3:11-12 (TLB)  "... do not resent it when God chastens and corrects you, for his punishment is proof of his love. Just as a father punishes a son he delights in to make him better, so the Lord corrects you." We read, pray, and meditate on His Word and His Word corrects our heart. Initially we can feel condemned but God is never trying to condemn us. Only to correct and help us. He already sent Jesus to wash us clean. You'll find that the more you let God's word correct you, the more willing you are to let others who love you, speak into you life. As that happens, you begin to listen and stop lobbing retorts!

Defensiveness is a nullifier. It nullifies the opportunity to learn and grow. Proverbs 12:1 (NKJV) says, "Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid." Developing godly character means we have to change these kinds of negative qualities in our life.

Correction is seldom easy to receive from anyone, but as Proverbs 15:28 (NKJV) says, The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil. God desires for us to learn to use our tongue wisely! That means studying how to listen and answer with grace! When we understand God uses those closest to us to help us, and we, with the help of the Holy Spirit learn to restrain our lips and listen to what is being said, then we can begin to be students of how to respond appropriately instead of defensively.

I can thankfully say that I have learned to control my tongue (for the most part) and listen to Renee and those close to me if they have something to say. I've learned that it will probably help me catch something I was missing and become a better person with each small changebeginning with the end of retorts from my mouth!

Proverbs 12:18 (NIV) "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Know Your Life's True Calling!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Last week, Renee and I were out-of-town. It seemed like it snowed every day while we were gone. Coming home to that much snow is a shock but it's what you sign up for when you live in Minnesota! Snow is a part of life here and if you want to live here, then you have to get used to it. The only thing that's hard is when it comes this early and stays late—making it a long winter!

Sometimes different seasons of our life can feel like a long winter. Economic hardship, sickness or disease, relational issues, or political seasons that make this entire world seem like it’s gone crazy. It gets to people and it can get to you or I if we let it. We can’t. God wants us to keep focused on why He brought us into this world.

We have a purpose in this earth and a very finite amount of time to walk it out. What is that purpose? It's to be an influence for Jesus Christ in any and all the ways we can be. Our lives are to be a written epistle that mankind can read. The Apostle Paul said it like this: “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ…written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God…" 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 (NKJV)

Our lives can make a difference, impacting and influencing others. If we do it right, opportunities to share the love of Jesus Christ with others will come! When it doesn't, you've still had the opportunity to touch someone with the love of God and don't ever think for one moment that God doesn't use that. He does in ways you'll never know or realize!  Jesus has instructed us to “let our light shine before men.” Is that the focus and centralized intent of your day? For many and maybe most, I'd say it's not! Yet God wants it be.

Life passes so quickly and each day presents so many opportunities to get distracted and discouraged. We can’t afford to! We have to move on because lives are at stake. We might not be in Iraq or Afghanistan fighting a war, but we are in this world fighting a war for souls. Even your simple smile, your kind words, and gentle actions have the potential to allow someone to see Jesus in you and leave them wanting more. That is God's intent for our daily purpose. Let His love and light shine so strong, that they are affected wanting more!
Last week a man called me. He wanted to know If I would meet him for coffee. I didn't know what it was about, but I said yes. I was motivated to meet with him because he had been a great blessing to me in a particular area of ministry and I wanted to know him better. When we sat down, I just let him talk. He proceeded to share some of the kindest words I’d ever had anyone speak to me. He said he had watched me closely for a long time. He made it his goal to try to emulate what he saw in me. He said it transformed his life. Wow! I was humbled and blown away. I immediately told him how imperfect and flawed I was and that it was Jesus in me he was seeing. He knew that but wanted to thank me for being the best example I could be.

He’d been watching. What a thought. It wasn't the first time someone has told me that. A man who was suicidal called me once. He was going to kill himself when suddenly he said he thought of me. He searched for a way to find my phone number and then called me. He asked if we could talk and I said Yes. His first words were, I've been watching you… I invited him over and Renee and I sat at talked with him for three hours. I invited him to receive Jesus as His Lord and Savior and he did immediately! Now he lives wholeheartedly for the Lord. He became a great leader under my leadership and has impacted so many life. This has been an experience I've had over and over in my life. All because I purposed to be a light and an influence.

Life is too short to get discouraged, distracted, and depressed. I learned the hard way that all those things are a product of focusing on me, myself, and I. God, in His goodness and grace, has allowed each of us to have influence in the lives of others—even possibly leading them to eternal life through Jesus. What an honor and a privilege. Stuff, toys, and things do not make my life rich. Money, power, carnal fun and entertainment do not make my life rich. Being used of God and seeing lives saved, transformed, and filled with purpose make my life rich. Having godly loving relationships makes my life rich. When I am focused on me, it’s feels like that long, never-ending winter. When I am focused on being a light before man, my life becomes energized and directed by Almighty God Himself.

Jesus said, "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV) 

When letting your light shine before men is what drives your life, your entire life will be better. You'll become a better person because your character will be transformed by God. Your relationships will be better because you've moved from being selfish to selfless! And the icing on the cake is this: you'll sense and feel more of God’s presence, His love, and His help in your life. Even hard times become good times and every season becomes a better one. Even winter!

1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) “But 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, February 15, 2019

God's Promised Benefit-Plan For You

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I was talking to a gentleman who was upset over decreasing work benefits. He’s paying more for his health insurance. It’s not covering his eyeglasses any more. He lost his dental plan. He even spoke of car and gas benefits he used to get, that went away. He was reminiscing over the good old days when his benefits were abundant. He finished the conversation finished saying, I use to take benefits for granted but I sure don't anymore! 

God's word says that living for Him comes with benefits. I don't think God's people take His benefits for granted. I think the majority of God's people don't even know God has promised us benefits! God cares about benefits and what He promises never decreases! 
Psalms 103:2 (NKJV) says, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits..." 

From the time God instructed Moses and then Joshua to enter the promised land of blessing, He told them He would be there to help them. He told them there would be supernatural benefits of His help and blessing, if they would trust Him, and keep steadfast in their faith in Him. His first benefit would be this: “I’ll go before you, be with you, and not fail or abandon you.” That was God's exhortation through Moses to Joshua. Deuteronomy 31:7-8 "And Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong, courageous, and firm, for you shall go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to possess it. It is the Lord who goes before you; He will go with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you." 

God’s benefits did not stop with Moses and Joshua and those who first entered into the Promised Land. They extend to us today! John 10:10 teaches us that the devil is on a daily mission to kill, steal, and destroy our lives. God’s benefits redeem what the enemy has taken from us! They are a part of His grace and come to us through our believing in them
through faith! Romans 5:2 NIV says, "through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand..." Fear, the state people are often in, in difficult times, doesn't access these benefits. It stops them. The benefits are accessed by faith—not fear! And it isn't about deserving them. Another translation calls them an undeserved privilege! We read this in Romans 5:2 (NLT2) saying, "Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand..."

Go to your Bible and read Psalm 103. It reveals God’s heart and deep love. His words are the expression of the perfect exchange of hearts—our heart with His heart—our heart blessing God in adoration for who He is, and God blessing us with the promise of His benefits expressed in Psalm 103. This isn't some kind of poetic passage. They are God’s promise of blessings waiting for you to take hold of and believe by faith! God's Word is filled with these promised blessings as your personal benefits from God. Are you even aware of them? See what they are and what they promise. He wants them for you!

Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV) "Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." 

God wants to fill your life with His benefits, and this is what you should extend your faith toward. They won’t change during changing economies or as corporations and businesses tighten their belt. They come from a higher place!

Have you ever sat and looked out the window toward the sky and thanked Him in advance and contrary to any negative circumstances for these blessing in your life? Have you ever looked up and worshiped Him for who He is? Stand strong in faith, in worship, and in thanksgiving as you honor and bless Him. Open your heart to receive all His benefits by faith.


2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV) "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God." 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Infection of Disappointment vs the Power of Encouragement

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Last week, I received a really sweet note from a young man that touched my heart. He said, Pastor Burt, we don't know each other but you've been a mentor to me through Fresh Manna for the past couple of years. My friend and I read and talk about every one of your posts and they have helped us become better men because of it! I can't begin to tell you how much that blessed my heart!

Ministers of the gospel, motivational speakers, and countless communicators from different fields, all and often communicate an important truth: everyone’s life has significance! That is true because we were all ultimately created by God to experience a meaningful and significant life with a destiny to fulfill. I know that the plan for every individual has been tainted by the sin and evil that exists in this earth but, that is what creates even greater opportunity for us to walk out a significant life. We are needed and can be salt! Jesus said, "You are the salt of the earth..."Matthew 5:13 (NKJV)  We can bring flavor to this earth. One of those ways we can be salt, is to constantly keep our eyes open and see and catch the good that people doopenly acknowledging and encouraging them in the continuation of it. What a paradigm shift that would be knowing we live in a world where people more often catch and comment on the bad people do!

We all desire to be noticed. We all desire to be appreciated for our efforts. We all desire to be encouraged in the job we do. This is true whether we clean toilets, educate children, run heavy machinery, work in healthcare, defend the public, or run a corporation. Those that are best being the salt of the earth are those that realize they can be used of God, to touch someone's life with His love and encouragement.

Moses was truly one of the greatest leaders of all time. It could be said that it was discouragement that actually contributed to cutting his destiny short and kept him from finishing one of his greatest dreams—physically entering into the promised land. Discouragement is as powerful in the negative as encouragement is in the positive.

In the first chapter of Deuteronomy, Moses, who was close to the end of his life, began to give his final words to those that would step up and lead the people into the Promised Land—the land that God had promised them. He started out by telling them, that what was only an eleven-day journey, ended up taking them over 40 years. Kind of a mind-blowing thought isn't it? That’s what happens to grumblers who only see the cup half empty. They miss God's direction in their life and cast away their faith, giving up on God's promises, resulting in endlessly wandering through a life of discouragement.

Moses told them that this was itit was now time to actually go into the Promised Land. In Deuteronomy 1:8 NLT, he says, "I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants."  Moses went on to tell them the history of the past 40 years of God’s promises and of their failures to obey God’s leading. Deuteronomy 1:26-27 says, "But you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God and refused to go in. You murmured and complained in your tents…"

Now He was speaking to the next generation commanding them to go in. There were going to be serious challengesthe greatest being the overcoming of their personal fears and instead, trusting God in the face of adversity. Moses encouraged them, "But I said to you, 'Don't be shocked or afraid! The Lord your God is going before you. He will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt. And you saw how the Lord your God cared for you again and again here in the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child. Now he has brought you to this place." Deuteronomy. 1:29-31 NLT.

The previous generation didn't trust God and were always discouraged. What finally happened was that their lack of trust in God and in Moses, ultimately had an effect on him. Their discouragement eventually jumped on Moses. At one point Moses failed in trusting God and ended up disobeying Him. The result? Deuteronomy 1:37-38 "And the Lord was also angry with me (Moses) because of you. He said to me, 'You will never enter the Promised Land! Instead, your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will lead the people into the land.”

Why am I telling you all this? Because discouragement was like a contagious disease amongst these people. It jumped from one to another and repeatedly took the wind out of their sails. It turned an eleven day journey into a 40 year walk. Discouragement is so powerfully bad that even infected one of the greatest leaders of all history.

Moses was a great leader. He did have a short lapsesomething great leaders cannot afford because of all the lives they affect. But even so, he came back to his greatness and came back to driving home a message to the people regarding the leader that would take over! He said, “Encourage Joshua.” "Joshua son of Nun, will lead the people into the land. Encourage him as he prepares to enter it." (Deuteronomy 1:38) As the story continues, Moses repeatedly encouraged Joshua and encouraged the people to encourage Joshua!

Encouragement isn't empty Ra-ra cheers. No, encouragement is based on a strong foundation of faith in the promises of God. Their job was to be salt to each other! To remind each other of God's promises and encourage them in it!

Let me tell you something I hope you'll never forget. There is always a way to encourage people! When you become one that does, those that you encourage will never forget it. You will help them and they will remember it. If not immediately, then eventually! 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT says, "So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing." It is a powerful force and one you want to be known for! It’s within you, so ask God to help you develop in it. Be salt! Be an encourager. See the best in people and remind them of who God made them to be. Do so and you'll be a standout, and the salt of the earth giving flavor to the life of others! By doing so, you will help nudge people to fulfill their significant life and destiny, and bring significance to your own.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Live For Today!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Live for Today  (Author Unknown)

There are two days in every week that we should not worry about; two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension. One is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.

Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the power in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed nor can we erase a single word we've said for yesterday is gone! Of course this is the very reason Jesus taught this truth in Matthew 6:27 (NIV) "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"

The other day we shouldn't worry about is tomorrow with its impossible adversaries, its burden, its hopeful promise and poor performance.

Tomorrow is beyond our control and tomorrow's sun will rise either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, however it will rise and until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow for it is yet unborn. And this is the very reason Jesus taught this truth in Matthew 6:34 (NLT) “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

This leaves only one day - today. Any person can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we break down. It is not the experience of today that drives people to despair, it is the remorse of bitterness for something which happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.

So therefore . . . live and enjoy one day at a time and that day is today.

Psalms 118:24 (NIV) “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, February 08, 2019

If the Rapture Suddenly Came Would You Be Caught Off-Guard?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I suddenly woke up! Something didn't seem right. There was too much light coming in the window. I looked at the clock. It was 7:00 am. I was in shock. My alarm should have gone off at 6:00 am. I reached for it but it wasn't turned on. I had forgotten to set it. I looked for Renee. She was already gone. Renee had left out-of-town to visit one of our sons and His family. I wasn't able to accompany here.

She set her alarm for 5:00 a.m. I was going to get up with her but I was in such a deep sleep, she didn't want to wake me. She thought I needed the sleep. Now she was gone and I didn't get to say goodbye or pray with her before she left. It felt so weird. I had immediate pains of missing her. I was caught off-guard.

A few years ago, my dad had called me late one night. My mom had a heart-attack. The ambulance was on the way and he wanted me to come get him and go with him to the hospital. Renee and I jumped in the car in seconds, picked him up and took him to the hospital. Mom never did recover consciousness.  She died two days later. I never got to say goodbye to her. I was caught off-guard.

Many years ago in my airline career, I was on a flight that nearly collided with another jet. It was a near-miss I survived, but I assure you, that day I thought about how close my life was to being over. I was caught off-guard but that day changed my life.

Yesterday, I found out that an old friend I hadn't see in over 20 years died in a motorcycle accident. He was a great guy and I just couldn't stop thinking about how his wife and family and all of us were caught off-guard.

There are things that happen suddenly in life. When they do, they usually catch us off guard. Had I been caught in that mid-air plane collision, I would have not been ready to meet the Lord. When my mom suddenly died, I so wanted one more last conversation to tell her how much I loved her. When Renee went out-of-town without waking me, I was caught off guard and missed praying with her and kissing her goodbye. And my friend, I'll have to wait until Heaven to see him again.

God doesn't want us to be off caught off guard—especially about the second coming of Jesus. It could happen at any time or it could be a number of years. Jesus said that no one knows the day or hour but, one day there will be, in the twinkling of an eye, the rapture of the church and all believers will be gone. 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 (NLT)  reveals, “For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus comes, God will bring back with Jesus all the Christians who have died. I can tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not rise to meet him ahead of those who are in their graves. For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the call of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, all the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with Him forever. So comfort and encourage each other with these words”

As you can see from the last verse, these words are to bring us comfort, not make us paranoid. If you are ready, then you won't be paranoid. We want to be ready when the Lord comes. Jesus makes ready, those who've repented of their sinful life and received Him personally as their Lord and Savior and had their sins washed away. Have you taken that step? Have you turned from your life of sin and given your life to Jesus making Him your Lord and Savior? If He comes back soon and the trumpet blows are you ready or will you be caught off-guard?

Don't be that person. Don't be caught off-guard. Make Jesus your Lord and Savior today! If you aren't sure how, click here so that you will be ready! Your life will never be the same!

Romans 13:12-14 (NLT) "The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So don't live in darkness. Get rid of your evil deeds. Shed them like dirty clothes. Clothe yourselves with the armor of right living, as those who live in the light. We should be decent and true in everything we do, so that everyone can approve of our behavior. Don't participate in wild parties and getting drunk, or in adultery and immoral living, or in fighting and jealousy. But let the Lord Jesus Christ take control of you, and don't think of ways to indulge your evil desires."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Turning Battles Into Love and Respect

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever heard the expression, pick your battles? Great truth resides within that statement and it is what God is trying to teach us in Ephesians 5:21(NIV)  Husbands and wives are instructed: "Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ." I've talked about this in the past but feel impressed to do so again today.

People usually misunderstand this word submit perceiving it as if it's talking about turning yourself over to be dominated by someone. This verse is really teaching us that as husbands and wives, we need to learn to adapt to each other with whole-hearted respect out of love and reverence to each other, and to God.

Let me share some of Renee’s and my adapting. When Renee gets into bed at night, she does not go to sleep until after she has spent a fair amount of reading time. We’ll pray together and then she usually reads until she's ready to fall asleep. She reads because she loves to read, but also to mentally disconnect from a busy mind. Because I fall asleep quickly and she likes to read, we've adapted how we go to bed so that it works perfectly for us. This is the process of respecting and adapting (or submitting) out of love for each other.

Renee wakes groggy up in the morning but the wheels of her mind begin to turn immediately. It actually helps her wake up. She gets up, puts on the coffee, and heads off to pray,  and then calls her mother to say good morning. She does this almost daily. She puts the thoughts of the pending day aside and instead focuses on the Word, prayer, and often journaling her thoughts from the Lord.

I wake up fairly alert in the morning. I wake up thanking the Lord for being my Savior and Lord of my life. I then, most often, slip into praying in tongues, or creating a melody and song of worship to the Lord. It was something I purposed to learn to do many years ago that has become instinctive for me today. I then go get my 20-30 minute workout in and get showered and ready for my day. I then head off to my place of prayer and quiet time with the Lord that prepares me to write Fresh Manna. We each love our separate morning routines and have adapted to giving each other space for them. We want each other to get off to a good day and support each other in it. We then sit down for some short face-time talking and praying together, and then it’s off to what's on our work schedule for the day. When our children were younger, our routine was completely different but helpful and respectful to the needs of each other.

When I come in the front door of our home, Renee likes me to put my shoes in the coat-closet. I used to always leave them out. I've adapted. I ask her not to hang her purse on our closet door handle. She's adapted. She doesn't want me shaking my hands after I wash them because I splash the mirror. She wants me to use the hand towel. I've adapted. I ask her to keep her cell phone on and answer it when I call so I can get a hold of her. She’s adapted!  I could go on and on but here’s the point: we try to understand what helps and is important to each other and adapt so that we bless each other—not work against each other. In a young marriage, couple often battle over these things trying to create some sense of dominance. That's immature and really hurts the relationship. Adapting is better!

God tells us to submit or adapt to each other in the context of instructing men and women how to love each other. God does not expect anyone to adapt to rudeness, disrespect, or slothful habits. We all have our little idiosyncrasies or needs that could drive each other crazy. It is often our spouse, through the process of adapting, that helps us overcome those. And we mind less if we help each other with great respect and love for each other, in doing so.

Adapting, loving, and appreciating each other makes life with each other pleasant and defuses many potential battles that Satan would like to seduce you to enter. (He loves strife.) Learning to adapt because you love your spouse and making changes to bless them, is the execution of love. Do it and you will find much more love and joy in your lives and love bank. You will also find that you have rid yourself of a multitude of stupid and insignificant battles forever! Hallelujah! Oh yes, and one more thing: you’ll find that this principle works with everyone—not just your spouse!

1 Corinthians 10:33 (NLT) I, too, try to please (be agreeable and adapt to) everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me..."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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