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Friday, June 28, 2019

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

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by Pastor Tim Burt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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

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by Pastor Tim Burt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, June 24, 2019

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

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by Pastor Tim Burt

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


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

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

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

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

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, June 21, 2019

An Inspirational Story: "The Spoon That Feed"

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by Pastor Tim Burt

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

The Spoon That Feeds
(Author Unknown)

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

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

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

The Lord said, "You have seen Hell."

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

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

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

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

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

You Better Understand This Secret About You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I remember when I was a kid; we would turn out the lights and hide in our basement playing hide and seek. It was pitch black and scary.

I remember once being out camping with a group of friends on a very dark windy stormy night. The rain put out our campfire and our flashlights lost power. Even though we were just a few feet apart from each other, it was so dark we couldn't see anything! We had to leave the campsite and we couldn't see the trees, bushes, the ground, or each other. It was a terrifying experience.

Darkness works in movie theaters, for sleeping, for seeing stars clearly and a few other things, but beyond that, the darkness generally creates a sense of fear or at the least, discomfort.  We live in a world where Satan continually works to introduce ever-increasing levels of spiritual darkness. The world is getting darker. Acceptance by mankind of things that used to be seen as dark is fresh evidence of that! Profanity, sexual immorality, perverse behaviors, and materials of the occult, are now accepted as normal and everyday. How do people feel about it? Some are naive or blinded and accept it as the norm or just don't think about it at all. Others sense the world getting darker. Deep inside they know the world seems to be more increasingly overcome with evil. They don't like it but they don't know how to identify this darkness nor do they know what to do about it.

If we as Christians, recognize that this is happening, we can take advantage of it for Jesus. There is one thing you can always count on that is absolutely true and unchanging – people don’t like darkness and desire to gravitate toward light.

Philippians 2:15 NLT says, "...so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.”

If you love Jesus and are living for Him, you are that source of light. People sense something different about you. Those that don't hate God and are drawn to it. I hope you understand that. You may not think you are much of a light, but even the tiniest light in a dark room, is easy to see. And so are you! As they are attracted to you, are you ready and equipped? Can you share something with them about the source of your light? Do you have a "light manual" (the Bible) that you could give to them? Can you tell them about this light named Jesus in you and how He led you out of darkness? 1 Pet 3:15 says, “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...”


I was outside one night recently. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the stars were so bright. I could only hold in awe the handiwork of God. You and I are that handiwork of God to those trapped in the darkness of this world. When you carry Him in your heart and let Him shine through you, then don't be surprised to find out that people are watching you and are drawn to you. Sometimes it's important to share your testimony of what Jesus did for you and other times it's important just to let people see God’s love in action through your life, your love, and through the kindness of Jesus working in you! They'll come to gaze more. Be ready and when the time is right, let them know the source what it is they sense in you! There can be a few areas where darkness works, but for the most part, people want to come out from it and move toward the light. So let your light shine!

Matthew 5:16 (NLT) "In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Your Life-changing Approach to Being a Blessing!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Has this ever happened to you? A friend tells you he's lost his job due to down-sizing. Now they're in trouble because they can't pay their mortgage and are in fear of losing their house. What can you do about it? You don't have thousands of dollars to give them. The problem is too big and you think, there is nothing I can do to help them except sympathize.  A different friend just got in a car accident. Her car was totaled and she's without car until she can get back on her feet and hammer it out with the insurance company. What can you do about that? Someone tells you they've been diagnosed with Leukemia and you feel horrible but what can you do? Someone comes to work distraught because their furnace went out and they need a new one. You don’t have that kind of money to help them. So what can you do? Nothing?

We are often surrounded with people's over-sized problem. They seem to big for us to begin to address in any meaningful way, and so we end up doing nothing.

The majority of people have an all or nothing approach. What we have to come to grips with is that God is mighty. Our willingness to do something, coupled with our faith in God to help with what we cannot do, often leads to a touch of God’s love that has great and even miraculous impact.

I love this verse from the Message Translation in II Corinthians 8:10-11 MSG. It has actually changed my thinking in a profound way. It led to and resulting in me changing my approach to helping others who are experiencing troubled times. It's not an all or nothing approach.  Read this and you'll see.  It says, “... do you do what you can, not what you can't.”  I love this thought!  "Do what you can, not what you can't."  If we are willing to do what we can, and ask God to do what we can't, the plan of God and miracles happen.

There's a Bible story of a person that could have said, I am sorry, but there is NOTHING I can do.  Instead, this person thought, What can I do? and offered what they could do. This person's response and God's help, paved the answer to a troubling situation! In the story of Jesus' birth, we read, “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7 (NKJV) From those words: “because there was no room for them in the inn,” has come the sub-story of an innkeeper whose place was fully occupied from people that were traveling to their own home town because of a census being taken. Mary and Joseph desperately needed a place to stay because she was about to give birth. The innkeeper was sorry but he had no place for them to stay. As we picture this, we imagine Joseph pleading with the innkeeper. The innkeeper suddenly moves over from the all-or-nothing, to the here-is-what-I-can-do, and offers them the stable where Jesus is then born. The innkeeper didn't get stuck on what he couldn't do, which was make a room available to them in the inn. Instead he found what he could do, which was to give them usage of the stable. That decision—that small gesture was a part of a great and mighty event that furthered the plan of God and helped Joseph and Mary so very much. It even made the pages of the Bible and is a story known by countless people through the ages!

We all know the things we can’t do. They seem obvious! The question is, What is it that we can do? Can you share a promise from God’s Word to a discouraged person and pray with them? Can you bless someone with a $10 gift coffee card and a note to help brighten their day? Can you make a meal for someone or bring a plate of cookies? Can you patiently be a listening ear to someone who just needs to air out their thoughts? Can you then take their hand and pray with them? What can you do? As the verse says, "...do what you can, not what you can't."  If you begin to use this approach—thinking about what you can do and praying for God to do His part, it can result in powerful help and change for the person in need. You learn to quit thinking about what you can’t do and instead adjust your thoughts to think about what you can do!

If this has spoken to your heart in some way today, then take the ride. I challenge you! Next time you sense someone needing help, pause and lift your heart to Heaven and pray, Lord, Please show me what I can do to help. Even if it's encouragement and sincere prayer, don't think of that as insignificant. To the contrary, sincere heart-felt intercession for a friend and letting them know you are praying for them is powerful! When you learn to make the life-change of thinking about what you can do instead of what you can't, you and those in need around you will be mightily blessed! And frankly, you'll be a changed person!

II Corinthians 8:10-11 MSG. “… Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can't.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, June 14, 2019

The Coal Basket Bible

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I am reposting this wonderful inspirational story by request! I pray it blesses you! ~ Pastor Tim 

Coal Basket BibleAuthor unknown


The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.

One day the grandson asked, "Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon a s I close the book What good does reading the Bible do?"

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, "Take this coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water."  
The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, "You will have to move a little faster next time," and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. 

This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was "impossible to carry water in a basket," and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You're just not trying hard enough," and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that at even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got very far. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, "See Papa, it's useless!"



"So you think it is useless?" The old man said, "Look at the basket." The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean. "Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out. That is the work of God in our lives. To change us from the inside out and to slowly transform us into the image of His son."

Epheisans 5:25-26 “…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word…”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Restoring Feeling to a Hardened Heart

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Besides Pastoring, I'm a Master Gardener and absolutely love gardening. I have a fairly large garden and it takes me about two months of steady dedication in the Spring to get it where I want it. I usually wear thin gloves when gardening but even so, my hands get dirty and I'm constantly washing them. By the time Summer has arrived, the skin on my hands gets pretty rough and hard. I have to lotion them repeatedly to get my skin back to normal. If I didn't, they'd remain hardened.

I wish all it took to get a hardened heart soft toward God was to apply lotion to it, but that's not the case. When people harden their heart toward God, it's happened because they've wandered from Him. This has been happening since God created man.  The following verse is was spoken by a prophet named Azariah. He was speaking to the king about the hardness of the people's hearts toward God. He was trying to help them come back to God. We read in 2 Chronicles 15:2 (NIV) "He went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you."  

What I am about to say is not contradicting scripture but giving you insight to God’s word. It appears that the verse we just read says “if you forsake Him, He will forsake you,” yet Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) says that God will “never leave us nor forsake us.” So are these scriptures contradicting each other? The answer is absolutely not! In the Old Testament, the Hebrew verb for “forsake” is a causative verb that implies God 'will allow you' to walk away from Him as a choice of your own free will. He will not interfere with your choices as much as He'd love for you to stay close to Him. Love always give free will! And when that happens, He is not forsaking you. He will simply feel further from you because you've allowed distance and feelings to diminish. That happens in marriage all the time.

So why would someone make a choice to walk away from God? Most people don’t. Backsliding from God usually starts with two mistakes: people prioritizing most things before God, and giving into small wrong choices that violate their conscience. Problems cry for attention distracting you from the One who knows how to solve your problems. And carnal behaviors are never satisfied and always hunger and call for more. And so the yielding to these temptations soon becomes habit and the new norm. Before you know it, God has taken a back seat and Bible reading and prayer becomes an obligation and after-thought at best—even non-existent. This is the beginning of a gradual hardening of one’s heart toward God. Hardening of the heart results in the blinding of the eyes of that person’s understanding. The clarity of seeing life through God's eyes with the help of the Holy Spirit begins to cloud and diminish. That ability is soon gone and you are left only seeing an ugly world without God that leads you down an entirely wrong path of making your own way through life. You'll crash and burn!

A man begins paying attention to women that isn't his wife. A woman gets tired of her husband and begins dreaming of building an independent life. That man clicks on a porn site and masturbates. The woman goes out on a night with the girls and does and thinks things she knows are outside of the godly boundaries she had previously established. Those initial wrong actions bring guilt and conviction. But, they become repeated and soon the conviction is replaced with a hard and calloused heart. I’ve seen a lot of that lately. I’ve seen people backslide from God playing with the fire of the world’s ways.  If you don’t acknowledge and turn from it, you will become the person on a course that eventually crashes and burns. Some people hit bottom and cry out to God and some are so steeped in their own pride, they stay blinded.

King Asa listened to the prophet Azariah. He knew what the prophet said was the truth. He opened up his heart and let Azariah’s words penetrate and soften his heart. He immediately became encouraged for himself and for his people. The desire to seek and draw close to the Lord was relit within him. 2 Chronicles 15:12 NIV tells us what they did to get it right! "They entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul."

Romans 12:1 NIV tells us, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship." The reason we are called to be a living sacrifice is because when you begin to seek God to soften your heart, it is often an act of faith that your flesh doesn't want to do and that your mind struggles with. You may get on your knees and pray and cry out to God but you might not feel a thing. The hardness of your heart may have dulled your emotions toward God. Even so, this is the way to start! Get on your knees and pray. Cry out to God sincerely and ask Him to restore a tender heart toward you. Confess your sins to Him openly. Then read His word and let it speak to you. Begin to thank Him for who He is and all He has done for you. Go to church, sit under the teaching of the Word of God and praise God with others!

Don’t wait until you hit the skids and crash and burn. If you’ve made wrong choices, then let the prophet Azariah still speak through the pages of God’s word to your heart today, "and the people of God entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul." That is what we do to soften our heart. Then we put our faith in the grace of God and believe that the supernaturally supply of His Spirit is there to help us make the changes that are needed. In time, your heart will become soft again. You will hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and will be able to obey the Lord. You will be sensitized and once again notice and see God working in your life.

Our hands can get dry and calloused and we lotion them until we get them back. Our hearts can get calloused but, by recognizing it and repenting of it and drawing close to Him, it will lead to the lotioning of our heart by His tender grace and mercy. Your love for God will refreshed and your heart soft once again. So, draw on Him for grace and strength to say NO to the no's of our flesh and YES to the yes' of God. Be blessed as you seek Him and experience a close, a real, and an intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Trust me, He is calling out to you today!

Isaiah 55:6 (NIV) "Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while he is near." 

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, June 10, 2019

God has Good Plans For Your Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt

For the first 23 years of my life, my knowledge of God consisted of what people—many people from many backgrounds—told me about Him. It resulted in a very confused perspective on my part of who God was. And everything I believed about Him was really just made up from the minds and imaginations of men. Until one day, I met this woman who shared Jesus with me, helped me pray and receive Him as my Savior, and then encouraged me to start reading the Bible. She promised me that the Holy Spirit who now lived in me would begin to help me understand the Bible. It was mind-boggling to come to understand that God reveals Himself to us. It was from that place that my questions of God were answered one by one.

Do you have questions about Him? Do you know and believe that God positively wants good for you? Because if He does and He is God, then that would affect your view of Him, your love for Him and your expectation or faith in Him. Faith is expectation—what you believe or expect something is or will be.

God has made promises to those who become His and they are expressed throughout the Bible. If you ask the Holy Spirit to reveal them to you as you read, you will see them often. As you do, you need to remember that the promises of God become ours through our faith in Him. He will manifest them in our lives as we have faith in what He promises us. That is why Hebrews 11:6 NLT says to us, “So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that there is a God and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:1 TLB gives us a review of what faith is supposed to accomplish saying, “What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.” 

Noah was mocked for over 100 years while building an Ark in obedience to God. God had told, warned, and promised Noah that there was going to be a rain that would destroy the world. He then gave Noah instruction on how to save his and his family’s life. He was allowed to tell others but no one else would believe his words. Maybe they thought he was crazy. Maybe they'd think you were crazy if you believed God's word. I promise you it happens. Believing what God says is what faith is all about. You have the choice to believe or not believe. Noah believed what the Lord promised despite the fact that it had never rained on the earth yet. That's faith! People thought He was crazy but Noah knew and believed God’s promise. Consequently, because of his faith, he and his family alone were saved.

Moses believed what God promised again and again. He was used to lead and save the lives of all the Israelites who had faith and followed him out of Egypt. In their flight from Egypt, they came to the edge of the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army pursuing them close behind. Moses’ faith in obeying God led to the Red Sea splitting and saving them all. Faith brings the impossible promises of God into our lives. Faith matters, brings the presence of God, and changes everything.

Jesus told Peter to go fishing to get tax money from the fish of a month. Only weird faith people put themselves in this position because THEY DO believe God. He fished and got the money!

Noah saw the rain come. Moses saw the Red Sea part. Peter got the money from the mouth of a fish.

As each of us read through the Bible, we read with different challenges and obstacles at work in our lives. We have a diversity of needs and requests for help from God. Therefore God is going to speak His promise to your heart that builds your faith and expectation in a way you would understand. As you grow in your faith, you will learn that His promises become more real than any circumstance you face, and to stand strong in the face of them. It's important to know that God wants good for you. He wants you to believe that He will make a way to help you no matter what your situation is. We are not talking about God being a genie. We are talking about a loving God who knows the beginning, the end and everything in between. It is He who answers every prayer in it's time to those who walk in faith! If you see the promise, you have the opportunity to stand against an army of negative circumstances like Moses did. Some will mock you. Fear will attack you. But God’s promise will sustain you and see you through. God wants good for you!

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, June 07, 2019

The Cycle of Success

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I am reposting this funny post by request and hope it will you bring you a fresh laugh for your weekend! God bless you! Pastor Tim 

Psalms 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

The Cycle of Success  (author unknown) 

SUCCESS IS:

At age 3 success is . . . Not piddling in your pants.

At age 12 success is . . . Having friends.

At age 16 success is . . . Having a driver's license.

At age 35 success is . . . Having money.

At age 50 success is . . . Having money saved

At age 75 success is . . . Having a drivers license.

At age 80 success is . . . Having friends.

At age 85 success is . . . Not piddling in your pants.

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Refreshed and Strengthened Daily

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I was 25 years old. I wasn't a religious person although I found myself often wondering if there really was a God and if so, how would I know? Thinking about that was a ball of confusion in my head. What I did know was that my life was flushing down the toilet. I had too many close calls with death. I could see no way out of this destructive pattern I seemed trapped in. I knew in my heart it would never lead me to the life I really wanted. To the contrary, I knew it was going to kill me. But then one day, this amazingly sweet person shared the love of Jesus with me. She helped me pray and ask Jesus to forgive me of all my sins and to be my Lord and Savior. Although I prayed that prayer and meant every word, I had no idea of the changes that would begin from that moment in my life. When I woke up the next morning, I felt like a different person. Although I didn't know of or anything about the Holy Spirit, I came to understand that He came to live within me the moment I prayed that prayer. And I could tell something was different. All I could think about was wanting to understand more. This gal who told me about Jesus and prayed with me, told me about a Bible-teaching church to go to. She said that little by little my flurry of questions would be answered.

One Wednesday night, with a house full of guys who came over to my house to play cards, smoke pot and drink beer, I said to them, Hey guys, I'll see you later. Don't wreck the house. I am going somewhere. They looked at me confused! I said, I am going to check out this church someone told me about. They were sure I was putting them on but I wasn't. I walked out the door and found the church.

When I heard my first sermon preached from a pulpit in 1978, it was about the how Jesus and His Word—the Bible, could change your life. At that point in time, I had never read a Bible. I really didn't understand what happened to me when I prayed the prayer that day. I was told my sins were forgiven and I would go to Heaven and be with Jesus when I died, but that was a spiritual truth I could hardly believe. I felt so undeserving! But then the Pastor began to teach from the Bible. How do I describe it? It was like I had been in a desert and so thirsty that I thought I might die from thirst. And suddenly this man is giving me an ice-cold drink that's helping me understand life through God's eyes. He read from John 7:37-38 (TLB) "... Jesus shouted to the crowds, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water shall flow from the inmost being of anyone who believes in me."

That was what was happening to me. Every scripture I heard was like a drink of water quenching my thirst of life's ten thousand questions. The jig-saw puzzle of questions I had about life were being put together one-by-one. And with each scripture, a drink of living water from Jesus that would bring understanding and joy and peace!

If you are a believer, then you have the Holy Spirit. He is in you to help you receive that drink of living water. But you have to give place to the Word of God. People don't read the Bible or prioritize it in their life much. They treat the words read your Bible like an obligation and you know how your flesh wants to resist obligations. But it's not that! It's a drink of living water that helps you come to know the Lord, His will for your life, His master plan for mankind, the depth of His love for you, and the promise of being intimately involved in helping you live your life! It's not an obligation! It's a drink of living water that gives the best of life and brings wisdom and peace, and power to your soul!  So read your Bible. It will speak to you if you ask God to speak to you through it. And you'll have your drink of living water and be refreshed and strengthened when you do!

John 10:10-11 (TLB) "... My purpose is to give life in all its fullness. I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep"

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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