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Friday, May 31, 2019

The Ticket

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I am reposting this thought provoking story by request. I hope you enjoy it! More importantly, I hope it makes you remember your Christian witness is not a game! When we talk of a second chance, it usually means pain has been experienced through the first one. ~ Pastor Tim 

Which one are you in these verses - the wise or the mocker?  
Proverbs 9:7-8 (NLT) "Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt.  So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you." 

The Ticket (Author Unknown) 

Jack took a long look at his speedometer before slowing down: 73 in a 55 zone. The flashing red in his rear view mirror insisted he pull over quickly, but Jack let the car coast. Fourth time in as many months. How could a guy get caught so often? When his car had slowed to 10 miles an hour, Jack pulled over, but only partially. Let the cop worry about the potential traffic hazard. Maybe some other car will tweak his backside with a mirror.

He slumped into his seat, the collar of his trench coat covering his ears. He tapped the steering wheel, doing his best to look bored, his eyes on the mirror. The cop was stepping out of his car, the big pad in hand.Bob? Bob from church? Jack sunk farther into his trench coat. This was worse than the coming ticket. A Christian cop catching a guy from his own church. A guy who happened to be a little eager to get home after a long day at the office. A guy he was about to play golf with tomorrow.

Jack was tempted to leave the window shut long enough to gain the psychological edge but decided on a different tack. Jumping out of the car, he approached a man he saw every Sunday, a man he'd never seen in uniform.

"Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting you like this."

"Hello, Jack." No smile.

"Guess you caught me red-handed in a rush to see my wife and kids."

'Yeah, I guess." Bob seemed uncertain. Good.

"I've seen some long days at the office lately. I'm afraid I bent the rules a bit-just this once." Jack toed at a pebble on the pavement. "Diane said something about roast beef and potatoes tonight. Know what I mean?"

"I know what you mean. I also know that you have a reputation in our precinct."

Ouch. This was not going in the right direction. Time to change tactics.

"What'd you clock me at?"

"Seventy-one. Would you sit back in your car, please?"

"Now wait a minute here, Bob. I checked as soon as I saw you. I was barely nudging 65."

The lie seemed to come easier with every ticket.

"Please, Jack, in the car."

Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-open door. Slamming it shut, he stared at the dashboard. He was in no rush to open the window. The minutes ticked by. Bob scribbled away on the pad. Why hadn't he asked for a driver's license? Whatever the reason, it would be a month of Sundays before Jack ever sat near this cop again. A tap on the door jerked his head to the left. There was Bob, a folded paper in hand. Jack rolled down the window a mere two inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip.

"Thanks." Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice. Bob returned to his car without a word.

Jack watched his retreat in the mirror, bottom teeth scratching his upper lip. When Bob vanished inside his car, Jack unfolded the sheet of paper. How much was this one going to cost? Wait a minute. What was this? Some kind of joke? Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read:

Dear Jack, Once upon a time I had a daughter. She was six when killed by a car. You guessed it - a speeding driver. A fine and three months in jail, and the man was free. Free to hug his daughters. All three of them. I only had one, and I'm going to have to wait until heaven before I can ever hug her again. A thousand times I've tried to forgive that man. A thousand times I thought I had, Maybe I did, but I need to do it again. Even now. Pray for me. And be careful. My son is all I have left.
Bob

Jack shifted uncomfortably in his trench coat. Then he twisted around in time to see Bob's car pull away and head down the road. Jack watched until it disappeared. A full 15 minutes later, he, too, pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for forgiveness and hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived.

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Transforming a Bad Day to a Great Day!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Ever have a bad day?  Who hasn't?  What do you do on those kinds of days? Throw in the towel? Quit? Give up? Compound it by self-indulgent fleshly pleasure that only makes things worse?

If I ever have a day I wish I could reboot or do over, that's my cue to begin a new day right then. I do so by reminding myself that the circumstances I'm in are temporary, and that God He has a plan and purpose for my life that He wants me to walk out. To understand this as a Christian, is one life's greatest blessings. The Bible calls it one of life's mysteries that He has revealed to those who love Him and have received Jesus as their Savior! God has had a plan and purpose for our lives before He even created us! 2 Timothy 1:9-10 (NLT) reveals this truth saying, "For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was His plan from before the beginning of time—to show us His grace through Christ Jesus. And now He has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News."

The devil tries to orchestrate trouble so you'll be discouraged, give up, and throw your life away! God persuades you to seek Him, reboot through prayer, and remind yourself of His plan for you! Remembering that God has a plan and a purpose for you each and every day, stirs the desire in you to walk worthy of it. Colossians 1:10 NKJV reminds us, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

Instead of letting the hard days discourage me, I let them remind me that despite all my flaws, Jesus has always had a plan for me and kindly made me righteous as a gift of His grace. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) says, “God made him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Jesus paid the price so that we could be made righteous in God's eyes. He put a robe of righteousness on upon each of us who believe so that we’d be clean in His eyes. Isaiah 61:10 (NIV) says “I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For He has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels.” 

These verses remind us that through Jesus, God has done the spiritual work that allows us to be His child, adopted into His family by grace—His gift, not our efforts. We are made perfect in His eyes. He sees our white robe of righteousness that is a statement that we belong to Him forever! God chooses to see us washed through Jesus despite our inadequacies and failures.

The Holy Spirit helps us in our day-to-day makeover—the transformation and developing of godly thinking, attitude, motivation, words and conduct.  Knowing these things, I make a renewed decision today and every day to have a life of strong faith fueled by the revelation of God’s love that I am His child. I must forgive myself after I've asked Him to forgive me. I must forgive others as He has forgiven me. I must love others and do what's right no matter what anyone else does to me because I am a person who has a purpose! I am to be the light and influence of Jesus to them—today! And so are you!

And so I think about something from God's word that lifts me up. I go to the Bible and put my eyes on it. I lift my heart and thank God for it. And then I am geared up and ready to encourage someone else with that precious truth from God's Word that just encouraged me.

Did you know that is exactly God's day-today plan?  Isaiah 50:4 (NLT2) reveals this! "The Sovereign LORD has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to His will." Do you see it? It says God speaks to you and gives you His wisdom to encourage you. He gives it to also encourage the weary. I promise you there is always someone around you that is weary! There is your daily plan and purpose and it's powerful! It just happened to me yesterday. One of my readers wrote me saying, I'm depressed. I am a broken person. I wrote her back saying, Jean, have you ever brought a dented can of soup or vegetables, etc? Though the can might look dented, what's inside is great! You ARE NOT damaged goods! You are the adopted daughter of God through Jesus Christ! That should make you shout with joy!  She immediately felt better! It's great when God encourages your heart, but when you then share it to encourage someone else's heart, it lights your fire and makes your day!

We may have bad days or bumps in the road, but we can cast out discouragement and set our eyes upon Him and the magnificent gift of having a purpose-filled life. We can move forward with excitement and joy getting our eyes off ourselves and instead reaching out to those around us. This is where joy and strength comes from and how we will arise again and again. This is what we do on or after a bad day! We remember! We remember who we are in Jesus and our life's purpose! Now get up and go shine!

Isaiah 50:4 (NLT2)  "The Sovereign LORD has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to His will."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Destroying Anxiety in Your Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Do you ever wake up or go to bed feeling anxious? Do you ever catch yourself worrying—maybe even terrified over circumstances that hang over you like a thundering sky? Years ago, in my early walk with God, I went through seasons of life where I felt anxious from things I allowed myself to worry about.

Maybe you know that the Bible tells us that worrying accomplishes absolutely  nothing positive! Luke 12:25-26 NLT says, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not! And if worry can't do little things like that, what's the use of worrying over bigger things?”

The truth is worrying only steals from us. It steals sleep. It distracts us from God’s voice and promises. It clouds clear thinking, and often leads to irrational impulses! It can make us irritable, and bring out the worst of our character—especially around those we love. It can cause stress that manifests itself as sickness. It can even lead to discouragement, depression or worse. It leads some to isolate themselves from others which results in a lack of interaction with other Christians who would otherwise be a source of godly encouragement. God wants you around others Christians so they can be led by Him to remind you of His love and care. Bottom line: worrying is the pits and produced nothing good!

Have you also noticed that you usually worry about something that you are afraid of losing and trying to hold on to. That could be people, a job, or a diversity of things.

Do you remember the story in Exodus, when the Lord led the Israelites out from the most horrific circumstances under Pharaoh’s repression? They were crying out to God and that is why He raised up Moses and sent him to help them! The Lord took them out of this captivity, miraculously leading them by fire and a cloud. He split the Red Sea. He destroyed Pharaoh’s army. He rained down supernatural angel food—manna from Heaven. He caused water to flow from a rock. Their clothes and footwear supernaturally lasted without wearing out the entire 40 years they were in the desert! God continuously provided for them. They had little, so they had little to protect. Their worries were strictly from their imagination because God was taking care of them.

Generations later, it happened again. They only existed as a nation and people because of God, and now they had forgotten God. They worried and tried anything and everything to fix their own problems. They became their own god and drifted from the one who loved them so dearly to begin with.

Through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord rebuked the children of Israel for letting worry steal their relationship with Him. Through Jeremiah the Lord said, “This is what the Lord says: "What sin did your ancestors find in me that led them to stray so far? They worshiped foolish idols, only to become foolish themselves. They did not ask, 'Where is the Lord who brought us safely out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness—a land of deserts and pits, of drought and death, where no one lives or even travels?' "And when I brought you into a fruitful land to enjoy its bounty and goodness, you defiled my land and corrupted the inheritance I had promised you. The priests did not ask, 'Where is the Lord?' The judges ignored me, the rulers turned against me, and the prophets spoke in the name of Baal, wasting their time on nonsense.” Jeremiah 2:5-8 (NLT)


In the early days of my Christian walk, I let worry have place in my life. My mind was often over-active and I struggled to have good sleep. I would read and reread these scriptures from Jeremiah, letting them correct me and comfort me. They revealed that God wanted us to lean on Him and not ourselves. I would get on my knees, and began to worship the Lord and pray. I would tell the Lord, I am not going to let cares and worries have any place in my mind, imagination or heart. I rebuke them in Jesus name. I refuse to let worry have any place in my life! You have given me a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. A sound mind is a worry-free mind! Lord, I thank you that you love me, care for me, and are the one that helps and protects me. I thank you for leading me to green pastures and still waters. I thank you for showing me and leading me to the solutions for my life, and for the miracles for situations you do not want me to handle myself.  Lord, I had nothing. Everything I have and every good thing in my life is because of you. I refuse to dishonor you by worrying. I will draw near in worship to you, the one who loves and cares for me. 

Worries may try to come, but when I let this be my heart and prayer, The clouds part, the sun shines, anxieties are busted and my heart is restored, refreshed, and my faith strengthened! It's His will for you also!

Philippians. 4:6 (NIV)"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, May 24, 2019

An Inspirational Story: My Gift Named Addie

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by Pastor Tim Burt

This past week, a friend of mine shared a story that left me laughing and smiling throughout the day! I asked her if I cold share it with you. I hope you'll love it and laugh like I did! Enjoy ~ Pastor Tim 

My Gift Named Addie
by Jessica Puccini

Something that I’ve struggled with almost all my life is my confidence! Because I’m super extroverted I can put on a pretty good mask—but inside I am wanting to hide. God gave me an amazing gift. He knew exactly what I needed in my life. A clear sign that I don’t need to listen to the lies anymore! This gift is my sweet little girl Addie, miss Attitude!

She is such a strong and courageous young girl. She's so confident and sure of herself. She will take down all the lies of the enemy! I’m telling you...

The other day at the park, a young boy was bullying my Addie and two of her sweet friends. Addie stood her ground. She told me that she asked the boy if he was a Christian—because she is a Christian and never uses that sort of language, and that she treats others the way she would want to be treated, and that we should love our neighbors... She then told him that God is always watching and that he should get to the store and buy himself the Holy Bible and get Jesus in his heart. Then she said Ask your mom to take you to church! My dad is a Pastor so we go to Substance church you should get yourself there.... and on and on she went. Then she found herself the biggest boy in the park and asked him to be their body guard! 😂 I’m dead serious! This kid was in 5th grade and like three times the other boy’s size! I was dying!! 😂 Side note... I will be working with my girl on how to properly witness 🤣 but I love her attitude! It’s sort of a love hate 🙃

Psalm 8:2 (NIV) "From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger."


In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Powerful Influence of Godly Character

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by Pastor Tim Burt

One of the richest and most rewarding parts of a Christian’s life is the development of godly character through the power of the Holy Spirit. Some people never develop much character because it takes hard work. The crux of it is the transformation of personal weaknesses to character strengths. It’s the building of attributes rooted in one’s heart, which becomes the rock-solid foundation of moral and ethical thinking and response based upon God’s Word. It’s the place where great hope, great faith, and great confidence and trust in God’s promises reside. It’s what turns a person from someone lost and fearful to a confident warrior of life. David was such a person. And you can be!

David would face troubles in his life time and time again. Each and every time he did, he would instinctively turn to the Lord first for help before any action was taken. Listen to his words. 1 Samuel 17:33-37 (NLT) "Don't be ridiculous!" Saul replied. "There is no way you can go against this Philistine. You are only a boy, and he has been in the army since he was a boy!" But David persisted. "I have been taking care of my father's sheep," he said. "When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and take the lamb from its mouth…. The Lord who saved me from the claws of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!" This heart and attitude of faith was the working of David’s character development.

Hardship and searching for God’s plan were consistently present in David’s life. Because David knew of the depth of God's love, and that God was for him, instead of being derailed and discouraged, it only caused him to lean harder on the Lord. Those are the kind of responses that build godly character. David, like us, experienced periods of time in his life where he didn’t know what to do or what the Lord wanted him to do. There were times he had to take life day-by-day as his words reveal in 1 Samuel 22:3 (NIV). “From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, "Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you UNTIL I LEARN WHAT THE LORD WILL DO FOR ME?”

Truth be told, most people get mad at God during difficult times. They want Him to be the genie that magically makes their problems go away. Many whine and complain during difficult times and abandon God because they think God has abandoned them. David didn’t yield to any of those attitudes. When the going got tough, he pressed in. He got stronger. And because he did, they were the greatest times in David’s life and the times of David’s greatest influence.

At that time of dropping his parents off with the King of Moab, God sent David his new team of men that would help him and fight alongside of him. Do you want to know what they were like? It's almost humorous! They are described in 1 Samuel 22:1-2 (NIV) “David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father's household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him.”

If you were the VP of Human Resources and had to hire 400 people to work in a new division of your company, is this who you’d hire? Would you hire 400 applicants that were in debt, distressed, and discontent? I think not. But that’s who God sent to David because David was the real deal. He had developed godly character and leadership and was ready to impart it to others. God knew that David was ready to help transform these 400 men into men after God's own heart.

As you read through the chapters that follow in your Bible, you come to discover that these men become great warriors like David. They developed godly character and learned to trust God. They also, like David, killed a number of Goliaths—real Goliaths, relatives of the original.

David shined in the hardest of times. He mentored and developed others in the hardest of times. He did so because whether he was alone or with an army of mighty men, he knew where his strength and help came from. It was the core of his character. It was what He taught his distressed, in debt, and discontented men that  transformed them into warriors of God.

As you continue your day today, understand that trouble comes to everyone's life and know this; when you purpose to stand strong in faith and prayer knowing that God is working behind the scenes in your behalf to turn what the devil meant for evil, for good—that it is the greatest time of character development in you. And as it was for David, it becomes a great power and gift of influence within you. This is how world-changers are made!

Psalm 33:16-22  (NLT) “The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior. Don't count on your warhorse to give you victory—for all its strength, it cannot save you. But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine. We depend on the Lord alone to save us. Only he can help us, protecting us like a shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we are trusting in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 20, 2019

God's Divine Provision For You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When Renee and I were first married, we both had great jobs that paid decent money. Then we began to have children and Renee decided she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. I was happy about that and pledged in my heart to do whatever it took to support our family. We had great faith in God and trusted that as long as I was willing to work hard, God would help provide for everything we needed.

My confidence was not in myself. Confidence in myself would have left me terrified! My confidence was in the promise of God's Word. We had always tithed and brought offerings to church. We had never missed. We were glad to do so. As 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NKJV) says, "So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver."

We were cheerful givers. Beyond church, we gave to the ministries that truly fed our spirit. Though our finances were tight, we knew that sacrificial giving as an expression of our love and trust in Him would strengthen our faith in His provision.

People have funny ideas when it comes to how God provides. People often think it's going to show up at their door—special delivery from an angel on a chariot. Don't get me wrong, provision can and does show up in supernatural ways. We've had more than a few of those miraculous angelic deliveries over the years. We read that God used ravens to feed Elijah when Elijah was about doing God's business. 1 Kings 17:4 (NKJV) "And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there." 

We read about Jesus getting tax money in a very supernatural way. Matt 17:27 (NIV) Jesus said to Peter, "... go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours." Peter had been fishing for many years yet I'm sure had never seen this before. Provision can come like this. The Bible tells more stories of supernatural provision than you could ever imagine. God does want us to have our faith in Him for supernatural provision. If you are leaning on God for it, you are more likely to be paying attention to His voice, to His direction, and to obey His leading. Do this and you will grow in intimacy and expectancy of Him working in your life.

But, there is another way that God will bring supernatural provision into your life. We learn from it in Genesis chapter 22. In this chapter we read when God asked Abraham to offer up his only son Isaac to Him. Abraham had developed great faith in God. He knew that God had promised Him a heritage of family through his son Isaac—a heritage that would be in number as the stars of the sky. He knew it! God had promised it to him. If Isaac was dead this couldn't happen. So although I'm sure in his natural mind he was confused as to how this would work out, He trusted God even if it meant that God would raise Isaac from the dead. Abraham brought Isaac, put him on the altar and was about to kill him when an angel stopped him. Genesis 22:10-12 “And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, "Here am I." And he said, "Lay not your hand upon the lad, neither do you anything unto him: for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me."

Abraham is the father of our faith. When He was willing to hold nothing back from God including his only son, he had completed the covenant that Abraham was in with God. Now God was able to give His only Son Jesus for us! Through Jesus, God completed the covenant that makes us partakers of Abraham's inheritance today.

Abraham obeyed God and blessing followed his life. When Abraham was stopped, God had provided an offering in place of Isaac. We see it in the next verse. Genesis 22:13-14 (KJV) "And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering instead of his son.” God had provided a ram and Abraham called that place "Jehovah-jireh... In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen." Let me give you another translation of this verse that will help you gain greater insight and show you what I want you to see today. The literal Hebrew translation of these words says, "Jehovah-jireh, the mountain of the LORD who shows me where my provision is."

Although supernatural blessing does occasionally just show up in our lives, God more often shows us where the provision that He has provided for us is. Abraham had to go and get the ram out of the thicket. He also still had to prepare it as an offering to the Lord. As we walk by faith, God will show us where our provision is. We will have to go get it. That could happen in a number of ways. He’ll lead you to employment opportunities, give you the opportunity to be promoted, or have you give or do something for someone else as seed for your own life. There are countless ways He might show you. It won’t be magic and you’ll most often have to work hard, but He will lead you to provision.

At one point in our life, at a time of financial desperation, we were praying for increase in our income. Shortly thereafter I was offered to take on a position at work that I was afraid I would fail at. I was about to say no when the Lord reminded me I had been praying for increase. He spoke to my heart and said, Here is your provision!  I said yes to the position and there was this wonderful gal working in the department who knew the position and walked me seamlessly through it. I loved it and it resulted in a significant increase in our income! It was God speaking to my heart showing me this was my provision and giving me courage to overcome my fear and accept the challenge that resulted in this increase. That may not seem like a miracle to some, but it was to me!

He wants you to have expectation for provision of all kinds. It is your inherited right through Jesus. He does not provide it so you can simply consume that increase upon your own lust. He is not a genie for your every whim! But He is your provider and will show you where your provision is! You'll have to be diligent in the opportunity! He provides it to help meet your needs, and so that you may learn to become a cheerful giver into His plan for the Good News of Jesus Christ to be reach all people. Ask Him to show you were your provision is!

Deuteronomy 8:18 (NIV) “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, May 17, 2019

A Story of God's Protection

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Psalm 91:11 (NKJV) "For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways."

His Promise of Protection
Author Unknown

Diane, a young university student home for summer break, had gone to visit her some of her close friends. As they caught up on each other’s life, afternoon quickly became night time.

She ended up staying much longer than she had planned and now had to walk back home in the dark. She wasn't afraid because it was a small town and she lived only a few blocks away.

As she walked along under the tall elm trees, Diane began to pray and ask the Lord to keep her safe from harm and danger. Desiring to get home hurriedly, she decided to take a short cut through an alley. Halfway down the alley she noticed a man standing at the end as though he were waiting for her.

She became uneasy but continued to pray thanking God for always watching over her and surrounding her with His angels. As she prayed, a comforting feeling of quietness and security wrapped around her as though someone was walking with her. When she reached the end of the alley, she walked right past the man and arrived home safely.

The following day, she read in the newspaper that a young girl had been raped in the same alley just twenty minutes after she had walked through it. Feeling overwhelmed by this tragedy and the fact that it could have been her, she began to weep and thank the Lord for her safety.

She knew she had to do something to help this young woman to she decided to go to the police station. She felt she could recognize the man, so she told them her story. The police asked her if she would be willing to look at a lineup to see if she could identify the man. She agreed and immediately pointed out the man she had seen in the alley the night before. When the man was told he had been identified, he immediately broke down and confessed.

The officer thanked Diane for her bravery and asked if there was anything they could do for her. She asked if they would ask the man one question. Diane was curious as to why he had not attacked her. When the policeman asked him, he answered, “Because she wasn't alone. She had two tall men walking on either side of her."

Psalms 34:7 (NIV) The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and He delivers them.

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

God's Special Title For You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

May I ask you a question that would require an honest answer? Have you ever had the thought, even if just once, I wonder how people tolerate me? Hopefully, no one thinks that way of us, but let’s face it, we all know we've had our moments where we've not been at our best. Sometimes we've been a pain in someone's rear end! We usually know when that is. And so we wonder...

How do you think that might look to God? He is holy. He is blameless. He is majesty. He is perfect in every way imaginable. No wonder the Bible tells us that even on our very best day, our own righteousness is like filthy rags compared to the Lord. Isaiah 64:6 NKJV says, "But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are like filthy rags..."

If this is true, and it is, then how do we stand a chance before the Lord? If we are like an unclean thing, why would He love us, listen to us, or hear and answer our prayers? The answer is simple and has everything to do with the incomparable and incomprehensible love of God toward us. The Bible says that through our belief and faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and as our Savior who died to take the punishment for our sins, He cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Because of our faith in Jesus, the sacrifice of His blood acts like the perfect laundry detergent that washes or the ultimate paint brush that covers every sin and all our filthiness, and instead makes us “white as snow.”  Isaiah 1:18 (NIV) says it like this: "Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." 

Because of this incomprehensible truth, God’s inspired word, the Bible, doesn't condemn us or belittle us reminding us that we might look like filthy rags. No, instead God prepared another name for those who make Jesus their Savior. He called us saints. The Apostle Paul and others use this term throughout the New Testament referring to those who have become believers—to those who have become followers of Jesus Christ. I know that in some religious circles that term is reserved for people like Mother Teresa or a person that seems to have lived holier than anyone else. But the truth is, God doesn't reserve it for just a few. His amazing love honors us as His children with this undeserved title. Remember when the father covered the prodigal son with a robe and put sandals and a ring on his finger? That's the image of what God did for us! He calls you and I saints and it's not based on our own righteousness but upon what Jesus did for us! We see that in Ephesians 1:18 (NIV) when Paul was praying for the believers in Ephesus! He wrote them, "I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints..." 

The word saint in the Bible comes from a Greek word that means to have been consecrated  or set apart as belonging to the Lord as His children. It also means to have been made blameless or without sin before God! That is God’s doing, not ours.

God reveals to us in His word, that as Christians, He wants us to become transformed in godly character and integrity through His Word. But, we are fully aware that trying to be holy is a lifetime effort and the process of transformation comes with more stumbles and failures than we care to admit. I promise you that the holiest appearing man on the planet today has still fallen short! Our short comings and stumbling does not make us intolerable to God. Holiness is God’s gift to us through Jesus Christ. It is what makes us more than tolerable in His eyes. It makes us blameless in His sight! And that is precisely why He calls us saints. We are those who have been sanctified by Jesus' blood and sacrifice and made right  and blameless in God's eyes. It’s also why He does hear and answer our prayers—because we have been made His children and His saints through faith in Jesus Christ! This is what is revealed in Colossians 1:22. (NLT) "Yet now God has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault." Can you see the power and depth of God's love in order that He did this for you? This is the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Do you know what the revelation of this truth should do for each of us? It should make us thankful beyond words! It should make us ever-aware of God’s grace and kindness and love toward us. When we are aware of just how kind God is and thankful for it, it helps strengthen and encourage us in the very behaviors that would simulate holiness. And that is how the transformation of our heart, our attitude, and our life happens. The power of His love creates a transforming love, and a desire from within to live for Him!

And so saints, God confirms this precious truth and gift to encourage us by saying: 1 Corinthians 1:2, 8-9 NKJV/NLT.  "I am writing to God’s church… to you who have been called by God to be His saints - His own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as He did for all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours… who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."

Look in the mirror today and say, Hi Saint _____. Do so not to promote pride or humor. Do so to realize the reality and working of God’s love, and to encourage your heart that He is working mightily in you so that you don't feel disgusted with yourself when you're failing or falling short. Let His love make you thankful and desirous to repent and try again. That in itself is an empowering force! And also to fill your heart with thanksgiving for Jesus' great sacrifice to make us holy and blameless so that we might be called the children and saints of God.

Hebrews 6:10 (NKJV) "For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints (His people,) and do minister." 

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Faith and Hope, Knowing the Difference is Critical!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

One Sunday morning, a young woman introduced herself to me in the lobby of the church after the service. Her name was Angela. I asked her if she had ever been to the church before. She told me she had never been to any church in her entire life. This was her very first time. I told her that I didn't even know what that felt like since I had been going to church the majority of my life. I asked if she would describe what the experience was like for her. She had difficulty explaining what she felt. She was trying to find the words to tell me that she could feel something special and that she was very excited to come back. She had tears of joy running down her face.

I asked her if she understood who Jesus was and what He did for her. She knew who He was but had not made the connection of what He had done for her. I asked her if she knew what would happen to here if she were to die that day? She didn't really know. She hoped she would go to Heaven. I asked her how old she was. She told me she was 23. I asked her, Do you know you’re 23 or do you hope you’re 23? She gave me a puzzled look and said, I know I am 23!  I asked her what city she lived in. She told me. I asked her, Do you hope you live in that city or do you know you do?  Wondering where this was leading, she again said, I know I live there. I asked her name again. She told me. I asked, Do you know your name is Angela or do you hope it is? She said, I know it is.

Angela, I said, Do you see the difference between knowing and hoping? You don’t hope your age. You know it. You don’t hope your address, you know it. You don’t hope you name, you know it. There is a huge difference between hoping and knowing. If you said you hoped you name was Angela, people would thing there is something wrong with you. I then told her, Jesus didn't set aside His deity, come to be born in this earth, and live a rejected life to be falsely accused, beaten, tortured, crucified, and go to Hell so that you would HOPE you might go to Heaven. He did this so you could KNOW you are going to Heaven.

I opened a Bible and took her to 1 John 5:13 NKJV and read her this verse: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may KNOW that you have eternal life…” I told her, God inspired these written words so that you would KNOW, not HOPE, you have eternal life. Jesus paid the price for your sins and He offers to wash them away and make you His child, cleansed from all sin and prepared for Heaven. Wouldn't you rather know that than hope that? She did want to know that. I asked her if I could lead her in a prayer of salvation—accepting Jesus as Her personal Savior. Then she would know! She wanted to and together we prayed. Tears flowed down her face as Renee, my wife, and I held her hands and led her in a prayer.

I gave her a Bible and told her I would help her get connected in relationships that would help her grow in the Lord. She was beaming so bright she could have been mistaken for a lighthouse.

Today, I want to leave you with this thought: Faith is knowing, not hoping! Hope will draw our heart and emotions to the throne room of God’s grace. It is important for that reason. But hope is not knowing. Faith believes in God's promises to us, knowing that they still reach into each of our lives today!  Faith is knowing and knowing in faith will usher God's promises into your life—beginning with the promise of eternal life in Heaven.

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." 

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In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

25 Things My Mom Taught Me

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by Pastor Tim Burt


1. My Mom taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.

"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My Mom taught me RELIGION.

"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My Mom taught me about TIME TRAVEL.

"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

4. My Mom taught me LOGIC.

"Because I said so, that's why."

5. My Mom taught me MORE LOGIC.

"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

6. My Mom taught me FORESIGHT.

"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My Mom taught me IRONY.

"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My Mom taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.

"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My Mom taught me about CONTORTIONISM.

"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10. My Mom taught me about PATIENCE.

"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My Mom taught me about WEATHER.

"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My Mom taught me about HYPOCRISY.

"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My Mom taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.

"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

14. My Mom taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My Mom taught me about ENVY.

"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My Mom taught me about ANTICIPATION.

"Just wait until we get home."

17. My Mom taught me about RECEIVING.

"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My Mom taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.

"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, They are going to freeze that way."

19. My Mom taught me ESP.

"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"
20. My Mom taught me HUMOR.

"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My Mom taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.

"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My Mom taught me GENETICS.

"You're just like your father."

23. My Mom taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My Mom taught me WISDOM.

"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

25. And my favorite: My Mom taught me about JUSTICE.

"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"

I did and Mom was right, they did.


Maybe they should read this list too.


In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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