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Monday, September 30, 2019

Control Your Tongue or Crash!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

On February 24, 2010, a trainer was killed by an Orca Killer Whale in front of a live audience at Sea World in Orlando, Florida.  There are numerous stories of trainers who have been killed or mauled by the animals they were trying to train. Some creatures simply cannot be completely trained or controlled. Your tongue is one of them. James 3:8-10 (NKJV) "But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so." 

One thing we all learn quickly in life is that if we don't learn to control our tongue, we'll crash, cause pain, and experience pain! But didn't we just read that "...no man can control the tongue...?" That is true! Not in your own effort you can't. It can be tamed, but just not by us! The tongue can only be tamed by leaning upon and yielding to the help of the Holy Spirit. Psalm 39:1 NIV says, "I said, "I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence." 

When David spoke of muzzling his mouth, he was talking about the difficulty of not retorting back and saying things that will draw you where you don't want to go. This is especially true when you are talking to what may be an unreasonable person. And especially if that person knows how to push your buttons! We've all been in that position. You think, I am just going to keep my mouth shut. There is no reasoning with this person. Then suddenly, everything you didn't want to say spews our your mouth. And just like that, the damage has been done and there is no undoing it!

Biting your tongue is a good plan when trying to communicate something difficult with a person that won't listen, doesn't think logical, or won't hear a perspective beyond their own. (You better make sure that you aren’t the unreasonable and stubborn person!) And remember, just because you've determined to keep your mouth shut, doesn't mean that it's easy or possible. We all have those failures in our past! And we may as well agree with God's word that no man can tame the tongue. The sooner that we do, the sooner we can pray and enlist the help of the Holy Spirit to gain a control that He helps empower you with!

We can learn from David's experience in a time like this. He was in a negative situation with someone he perceived as wicked. Psalm 39:1 NIV says, "I said, I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence."

David wanted to muzzle his mouth but didn't quite succeed. Psalms 39:2-3 continues saying, "But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish increased. My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue…"

Did you see what happened? David lost control at the end and got drawn into speaking words he didn't want to say. He started out with the good intention of managing his tongue, like we all do, but soon caved because he let his emotions get in the way. God teaches us to lean on and yield to the instruction of the Holy Spirit instead of caving into emotionally charged spewing words. If we do, then God can continue to help us gain strength and perspective.

At times like this we need to not lose sight of "The Big Picture." It's critical to step back and look at a perspective that's bigger than your own, for the good of all. That happened to David here and if you look closely, you can almost hear the Holy Spirit directing David. I believe God was trying to get through to David saying, David, don’t get drawn into this with your mouth. Put this into perspective by looking at the big picture! This is a little deal in the light of all there is and all that I have for you. Don't sin with your mouth and forfeit the big picture. Why do I think this is what God was ministering to David? Because of the thoughts and prayer that David then lifted to God in the midst of this verbal conflict. David lifted his heart and prayed, "Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath."(Psalm 39:4-5)

Don't you think that's a funny thought to be thinking in the midst of conversational turmoil with someone? That is what's going on here. David is flaming mad at someone and God shows him the big picture to escape the temptation of saying something he'd regret. I can imagine that inward voice of the Spirit of God saying something like, Relax David. I love you. Life is quick. I want you to walk with me and love life. There are so many things that are so much more important than this! Chill out and seek my strength through pray. I'll work on this situation for you. Just walk in love. Hear their perspective and then let go of it for now. They think they have won because you are keeping quiet. Winning isn't the key thing. Following after love and peace as you pursue my best and my plan is! Trust me I'll lead you and I will be working through this situation as you pray. But, don't lose your peace! 

With David, God used the big picture to help reduce the scope of an inflated battle. He used the big picture to remind him how quick life is and not to forfeit it. It's good counsel for us all. In tough situations, if we stay in faith and keep our love walk and care for the person we seem to be battling with, then we can know the Lord is working in our behalf. Love does cover a multitude of sins. Love will bring you out of this kind of situation as a winner!

Proverbs 26:20 "Without wood, the fire goes out..." 

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Enjoy a Good Laugh! Diligent... or Not So Diligent Hands

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by Pastor Tim Burt

You wouldn't think that God would have to talk about faithfulness and diligence in the Bible. You might assume that doing things well is common sense right?   Hmmm. I guess we need God's Word to remind us!

Proverbs 12:24 (NKJV) "The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor"

Have a good laugh!

 Contractor of the Year Award - Finalists

How does this even get past the planning phase?  

"Houston, we have a problem!"  


Good for cleaning the countertop? Maybe not!  

Always good to measure twice!

 Apparently, you don’t want anyone seeing your face,
but everything else is okay?


The oak seat is a nice touch, don't you think?





And the purpose for the door is?



Maybe if you had arms like an Orangutan...


Solved by a brilliant problem solver…

Making the throne, a throne!

That would be the half-bath listed in the real estate listing...


Proverbs 10:4 (NIV) "Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth."


Hope you had a good laugh!  

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Know Who You Are and Your Purpose in Life!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Who are you? Do you remember back in your teenage years when you'd meet a new friend and begin the process of mutual discovery? I would want to get to know who this person was and likewise they would want to know who I was. When I think back to my answers of who I said I was, I’m sure there was some truth mixed with the dreams of who I hoped to become.

I can’t tell you who you are. I hope you are able to tell me. For me, in learning to honestly discover who I was, I had to learn to discover who God made me to be, and then how God desired me to live. But even before that, I had to know who God was and what our relationship was to be. That isn't what I'll focus on today but to keep it short and simple, let me just say that I learned that God loved me so intensely that He sent Jesus to die for the punishment of my sins. And He loved me to much that He made a way for me to have a personal, intimate relationship with Him. Just park for a minute and reflect on that. It's mind-blowing that the God of this universe could love each and every one of us that much. The more I grew in this confidence of His love for me, the more I wanted to love Him and live for Him!  And this is where I could begin to build my foundation on who God created me to be.

The more I learned and meditated on God's promises to watch over me, bless me, and protect me as I would walk in His ways, the greater my trust. I learned that the Bible was His voice and guidance to the boundaries that would transform my life in how to live for Him, and strengthen me from the temptations and destructive places the enemy of my soul would try to lure me into. This revelation and insight launched me into a transforming path of life and opened the eyes of my heart to understand who God wanted me to be. And from that point, I began to become who God wanted me to be. It was exciting because I knew it was His path, His will, and I could trust the Lord would enable me to becoming the person I was to become.

Who does God say we are to be? Let's start here. Hosea 14:1-2 (NIV) says, "Return O Israel to the LORD your God. Your sins have been your downfall! Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: "Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips."

This verse starts off with Hosea the prophet speaking God’s words directly to His people. He addresses them, “O Israel.” This word "Israel," the name God gave Jacob, literally means The power and strength to lead as God. This is how God addressed them. This is what He named these people—“Israel” meaning You are the people who I established a covenant with, who I gave power and strength to lead as God would in the earth. Think about that! That is what God named these people! Why? Because they were to become His influencers—His leaders to represent Him and His ways in the earth. They were to be the people group God was raising up, and the light to tell and show the world God’s ways and God’s power in the earth. Just like anyone might, they struggled to believe that God would want to use them like this. They felt so ordinary, and often seemed so carnal in their thinking and actions that they wondered, How could this be possible? That will be the same question you struggle with when you think about God using you! How could this be possible?

Israel—the Jewish people, answered the Who did God create me to be? question from who they thought they were, rather than who God said He created and covenanted with them to be. They saw themselves as ordinary people who sinned and weren't capable of much more than the carnal world around them. They, like all of us at times, just wanted to fit in. That's what peer pressure sucks you into. People don't want you to be different. The world wants you to fit in with it's carnal thinking and ways. But when you are called to be God's people and have a purpose and life God wants you to live out, you aren't going to fit in with the world. The world doesn't know God's standards. The world does not know or understand God's ways or moral compass. The world has a narcissist—all about me attitude toward life. If fitting in is the track you want to run on, you'll never be who God wants you to be. You'll never live in the fullness of His blessing. You'll never be the light to those around you that God desires and created you to be. They didn't and so they ended up in a backslidden state entangled in sin, idolatry, and living far outside of God’s will for them—just like those in the world around them. And it was a curse and made them miserable! Instead of representing God with lives of power and influence, they became slaves to those around them and lived a life filled with sin and complacency. They became a joke to the world.

What did God say to them? “O Israel, return to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity (sin)…” God was crying out for them to come back to be who He created them to be. He then said, “Take words with you, And return to the LORD…” “Take words” means Accept these words or Take my counsel. He told them, “Return to Me.” He then told them how. He said, “Say to Him (Say to God,) Take away all iniquity; Receive us graciously.” God is the one who at this point said, “Ask me to take away your sins and receive us graciously....” Grace is the undeserved forgiveness and blessing of God, given from His heart of love and mercy as a free gift to us! Wow!

He then told them one more powerful thing to do. He told them to say, “That we may offer the sacrifice of our lips.” That meant they would begin to praise Him for everything He was, for everything He had done in the past for His people, and for all He yet promised to do. He wanted them to acknowledge that they were special and had a special calling upon their life. He wanted them to know His grace would help them do what they could not do in their own strength—live strong for Him! He wanted them to acknowledge and "say it" it to stir their hearts toward who they truly were created to be!

It is from this place that Who am I? becomes more clear. Psalms 95:7 (NIV) says, “For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts...” He is telling them to accept this call upon their lives!

If Jesus has become your Lord, then like Israel, you are His people. You aren’t just another guy or gal on the block or in the workplace. You are someone who God established a covenant with through Jesus Christ. God gives you power and strength through His Holy Spirit, to grow, mature, and influences others for Him—eventually becoming a leader for Him in your local church and in the world around you. Is this hard to believe? Most things God reveals to us about who we are in Him are difficult to believe! But, as you believe in this truth, and as you walk the journey of living as an influencer for Him, you will see that it is the only way you could have truly discovered and experienced it—by walking it out! This won't happen quickly but it will happen! And it's how you discover who are you and what your purpose is! So know that you were called by God as His own through Jesus Christ. Know that His name for Israel and for you is The power and strength to lead (influence) as God. Be that light and influence for God to the degree you can, today and everyday! Say who you are! Praise Him for who He is! Praise Him for who He made you to be! Say it in praise! And then be who you were created to be!

Isaiah 43:1 (NLT) "But now, O Israel, the Lord who created you says: Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Don't Let This Wrecking Ball Wreck You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Do you ever get discouraged? Who doesn't? Does discouragement ever result in anything good? Does it ever please God?

Discouragement is the beginning symptom of hopelessnessa place you don't want to come to. Discouragement is a warning sign. It's like the symptoms you feel before sickness hits. They warn you that your body is under attack and that you need to resist it. When discouragement comes, it's time to encourage your heart in the Lord. If not it could grow to hopelessness—Satan's greatest tool designed to get you to give up your faith and hope in God's love and involvement in your life. That's displeasing to God and a wrecking ball slamming your life. Hebrews 10:38 (NIV) says, "But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him." 

In Jeremiah 18:12, we see that the Lord is not pleased with His people. He's not pleased because they have quit trusting Him. That doesn't happen quickly. It comes from experiencing disappointmentsan unmet expectation here and another there. Those disappointments over time resulted in His people drifting away from Him. Some stopped paying attention to His ways and drifted over to other gods because He was not moving fast enough or answering prayers in the way they wanted. Others stopped thinking about any god whatsoever. They ended up leaning on themselves for their own wisdom in everything. Leaning on yourself alone for the answers and solutions to your life is a wrecking ball that will cause your life to crumble and fall!

In Jeremiah 18:12 (TLB) we can listen in on what the Lord says to them. He is repeating their own wordsechoing what is coming from their hearts and mouths. "Don't waste your breath. This is hopeless. We have no intention whatever of doing what God says. We will continue to live as we want to, free from any restraint, full of stubbornness and wickedness!"

All of us come up against tough situations at some time or another. Many of us have been in tough situations for a long time. It's easy to get discouraged at times like that. But hopelessness has to be resisted. We have to have faith that God loves us deeply. That He desires to and will show us and make a way. No one that has faith in God's Word and truly seeks Him becomes hopeless. He reveals Himself to the one who lives by faith and who is a seeker of God. When you have faith, the eyes of your heart see God in ways that those who do not live by faith, can see. God does not live in the shadows. He is not hidden. He is not far away. God reveals Himself to a seeker. He reveals Himself through His Word, through a Pastor, through prayer, through answers to prayer, and through other seekers of God.

Draw near to God today. Cry to Him from your heart, but not out of hopelessness or desperation. Cry to God from a spirit of faith knowing He loves you, cares for you, and desires to help and lead you! Ask Him to lead you through His Word and speak to your heart. James 4:8 (NKJV) says, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you..." He is our blessed hope in all things! As Psalms 9:10 (NKJV) says, "Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you."

Discouragement leads to hopelessness which is a wrecking ball in your life. Instead of letting it wreck you, why don't you wreck the devil by having great faith in God. Faith pleases God! Faith helps you see God moving in your life and keeps your heart encouraged in the darkest times! Seek Him through His Word and prayer and have expectation—not that He'll resolve every issue in one swooping miracle. But that He will lead and guide you into better place of answers and miracles helping you know and experience the depth of His love toward you! 

Psalm 46:1 (NIV) "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Treasures That Make Your Home Rich

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by Pastor Tim Burt

The other day Renee made this comment to me that cracked me up! She said, Remember when we were young and had nothing? We worked so hard to get stuff for our home. And then after about 25 years our home was filled with stuff. She continued, And now I am working to get rid of stuff. We have so much stuff in this house we don't need!

Eventually, most people come to the conclusion that homes are about so much more than stuff. A home is my daily life's atmosphere that I live in. And of all that I have, nothing has ever been more important that the great and loving relationships that have filled it. That's what I think of when I read Proverbs 24:3-4 (NIV) "By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures."  I don't believe that God is talking about the stuff in our houses in these verses. He is talking about people—people who are like rare and beautiful treasures—each one unique in what makes them beautiful. The wisdom of God helps us to value people and the blessing that they are to our life. When we come to realize that, we have learned how to build a beautiful home!

God wants our home and life to be filled with great acquaintances and wonderful relationships.  The devil, the enemy of our soul, wants the opposite. If he could, he'd see to it that we destroyed every relationship we've ever valued. He knows that if we did that, we would have destroyed the most valuable part of our life.  The Bible teaches us that we should not be ignorant of the devils devices. Satan has strategies. He works to spark doubts regarding those we love, and fill us with paranoia, suspicion of intent and motive, conflict, anger, and division between those we love and are closest to.  When that happens, it becomes the undoing of those beautiful and rare treasures that fill your life and home.

God's not ignorant of this and so He reminds us, that people aren't the problem. The enemy of our soul is. Ephesians 6:12 (NLT) "For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places." Satan is a liar and he works toward destroying relationships. This is why God says homes are built by wisdom. It takes the wisdom of God to know how precious people are to our life, and to treat them like rare and valuable treasures. I promise you that if you had a priceless vase or artifact in your home, you'd go to great lengths to protect it. And that's what a wise person does to protect all good things that make up his/her home.

As a believer of Jesus Christ, we do not worry about the devil. We take authority over him as Jesus did. Using the name of Jesus, we cast him out of every situation where we see he has reared his ugly head. I am telling you all this not as a lesson in spiritual authority. I am helping you become aware of his strategies. That way, when conflict comes, instead of reacting to it, you’ll put your thoughts and tongue on pause, and lean on the Holy Spirit so you can restrain yourself and deal with it with God's love and kindness! When we can see that the devil is trying to create conflict, we can stop a potential fight or offense that would otherwise take root in our heart. We can pause and recognize that he just wants to divide us all off from each other. We have to quit expecting people to be perfect. You might think, I don't expect people to be perfect, but your words and actions might reflect otherwise. We have to quit expecting people to be what we want them to be. This is common especially amongst siblings. We have to instead appreciate them for who they are because if we do, life will be better and greater love will flow. If we look for the good in them, if we will see it and say it and edify them instead of fighting them, we will grow together in love.

Whether communicating with your spouse or your teenager, or a relative or coworker, there can be countless opportunities for even the best of communicators to lose their patience and end up in conflict. Learning how to effectively handle them is more than just technique. We all need the Holy Spirit to help us identify and understand our irritation or provoke buttons.  When you know and are aware of them, then as you lean on the Holy Spirit for help, He’ll help you keep control and teach and strengthen you to try to communicate in the most effective way. He’ll help you see things from their perspective. He’ll help you have mercy and overlook offense. He’ll even strengthen your resilience to speak kindly when someone is treating you like a total jerk—if you will lean on Him in those times. I know this can sound impossible but I promise you it's not. As you say, I care about this person. He/she is a treasure in my life. Devil you will not divide this person off from me, then this would be wisdom in action in your life. Eventually you will get better at it. In time with the Lord's help you can become great at it.


Most every kind of conflict is born out of misunderstanding and can be resolved amicably when people learn how to speak truth kindly. Unfortunately, what most people do is avoid dealing with conflict because they are poor at keeping their emotions in check. They walk away mad from each other. Then they build negative momentum by talking bad about the other person while justifying their position.

You may have no idea how flippant negative words spoken against the very ones you love, not only hurt them, but also hurt your own heart. When you do that, you devalue them. Over time, your spoken negative words cause you to lose your emotional love and caring heart. Learning how to work through conflict will help you to stop saying those hurtful things and instead, do more to protect your relationships.

People were meant to be rare and beautiful treasures that fill the rooms of our (life) house. We all have quirks. We must overlook theirs and hopefully they will overlook ours. Then God by His Holy Spirit will work to restore us to paths of kindness, love, and compassion. When we learn to love people through God's eyes, we learn to love life and build our home or life surroundings with the things that count the most—with people who are beautiful and rare treasures!

Proverbs 18:24 (NKJV) "A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." 

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, September 13, 2019

God's Plan for Less Conflict and More Peace!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Making Every Day A Better Day!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, September 09, 2019

When Self-Doubts Come, Do This!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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