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Friday, January 31, 2020

In Times of Trouble, Anxiety or Peace?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever faced a disaster? I have just two weeks ago. We had just returned from a Peru missions trip. I had been awake for over 48 hours straight, as I could not sleep on the plane ride home. I went to bed at about 8pm the night of returning home, collapsing into bed. I woke up about two hours later to go to the bathroom. I evidently went to wash my hands after and didn't turn off the faucet. I did this in the dark and was barely coherent. I went back to bed with the faucet running. When I woke up again a few hours later, I had flooded our bathroom and about three other rooms from water running through the ceiling to the rooms below. I stayed awake the rest of the night doing damage control until I could get a hold of the insurance company and get some help. I had created a disaster. It was overwhelming to say the least. And it was an elephant of a problem to fix! I'm still working through it day-by-day as I write this.

Have you ever experienced seemingly disastrous circumstances? I pray not, but if you have, it's a good time to take an honest measurement of your heart condition. What’s there? Fear? Anxiety? Discouragement? Depression? Hopelessness? Faith? Peace? Trust? What's going on within you concerning what you face now? Are you at peace? Are you trusting God and walking things out in that trust a step at a time? Do you have confidence that God is with you and helping you? Or, are you struggling with anxiety and fear?

What does God want for you? What is His will for you throughout a difficult situation? That's a question that needs to be answered, settled and immovable in your heart. Does God want you in anxiety and fear? 1 John 4:18 (NKJV) says, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love."

Through this verse, God is telling you that fear isn’t to be a part of your life because fear is a demonic force. The word fear is associated with torment and a fear of punishment. God is love and love drives out fear and torment. You're made perfect in love when you know that Jesus paid the punishment for your sins and so, no matter what is going on in your life, HE'S NOT PUNISHING YOU!

Anxiety is not from God. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

In order to not be anxious, you really need your heart immovable in three things: God’s love for you, what Jesus accomplished for you, and knowing what He has promised you today! If a barrage of negative circumstances and evil reports are tormenting your mind and emotions, then you don’t know these things. If you don't, it will result in fear and anxiety having dominion over you! This is why the Apostle Paul said to “guard your heart and mind – in Christ Jesus.” In other words, in trusting in His love for you! This is how fear is defeated! It’s not something you can manipulate. It’s not a magic formula! It’s a heart revelation of His love made perfect in you. It creates trust and immovable faith!

Paul talks about how that's created! He says, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17 (NKJV) In other words, faith builds in our heart by hearing God's instruction and promises and a revelation of His love for us over and over and over again. And then Paul says, “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you have learned, heard from, and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9  NLT)

Know that Paul isn’t just telling us to think about “nice” things. The Greek words mean take a personal inventory of your thoughts and see if they line up with what God is telling you to set your mind on. He's telling us that thought the study of God's word, we are to get a grip on the love He has for you and what He promises to you through His covenant with you! His promises are your inheritance in Christ, but if you don’t know what they are, how can they benefit you?

Remember that if there was a target for you to aim for, and there is, it's to live in God’s supernatural peace in difficult times. That peace comes from having trust in God’s love and forgiveness and help toward you! That is not a formula! That is a relationship! And that's why Paul said “present your prayers and requests to God with thanksgiving.” You will only truly thank Him if you believe it to be the truth! That is the measurement of your faith!

So, for the past few weeks, we've had an elephant of a disaster to face. You know that the only way to eat an elephant is a bite at a time. I praise God that what was in my heart was this: the Lord will take what the devil meant for evil and turn it for good. Each day we make progress in getting our house back to normal. We're beginning to see the end. Things will be better than they were before. We've prayed through every step. God has helped us at every step. And we found our hearts were full of His peace and trust. The anxiety didn't last even a day. I praise God that after all these years, Renee and I have matured to that place in Him. I give Him glory for that and thank Jesus for His love and promises that created such peace!

Galatians 3:29 (NLT) “And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises God gave to him belong to you.”

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

God's Power Working in You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Renee and I would tell you that Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV) has been a foundational verse in our life. It says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” I learned that verse early on in my Christian walk and it greatly helped my faith.

At that time, I was a young man and a young Christian. I had a beautiful wife I believed God hand-picked for me as a gift, and four beautiful young children each just two years apart. I remember feeling like the richest man in the world! Was that because I had a lot of money? Not at all! We were financially poor at that time. But I felt rich because I always dreamed of being a husband and father and now I was living it!

We all loved each other and enjoyed life together. We had no extra money. None!  We could barely pay our bills. But our life wasn't about money. It was about our love for God, our love for each other, and trying to bring God’s love to this world. That was what mattered. But we, like anyone else, did face the financial obligations and needs that everyone else did. And the cares of them would often try to get into our heads and thought-life and bring us down. But as often as that happened, to the very best of our ability we would try to practice 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) that said, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." When the devil tried to build fear through cares, we would carry then right back to the throne of God and lay that at Jesus feet, daily!

I worked hard to provide for our family—literally three jobs for the first 13 years of our marriage.  And Renee worked hard to make our home and family atmosphere special and fun. But, we could have felt as overwhelmed as anyone over all the thoughts and cares that presented themselves.

When our family was young, it was normal for me to wonder, God, how is this all going to work out? How am I going to afford to put them through school, and braces, and clothes, and college and on and on? Sometimes when I was discouraged, I’d think, I’m not smart enough or skilled enough to provide for my family. The Lord would remind me to lay those cares at the altar and remember that Jesus gave His life so we could expect His blessing and help. And again. this is where we learned to love and embrace Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV). “Now to Him (Jesus) who is able to do exceedingly abundantly ABOVE ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK, according to the power that works in us…” 

“The power that works in us” is our child-like faith in the fact that Jesus intimately loves and cares for us and desires to help in every step of our life as we would pray, asking in faith, and then trusting Him no matter what the circumstances look like. I don’t know about you, but I never stop being dependent upon Him. I need His help every day! If God's a crutch, then I have one under each arm! I do because have that precious promise that He will do “exceedingly abundantly above all that I can ask or think.” 

As we look back, God has truly gone far beyond what we ever imagined or could have asked. We are so thankful to Him! Not just for helping and taking care of us, but for allowing us to know Him and have this place of faith where we could cast our cares and trust Him. His Word is so rich with His promises and love to us. He is such an intimate and loving God. And that's why to this day, we cast our cares unto Him and trust He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all what we can ask or think, according to the power that works in us!

Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, January 27, 2020

God's Grace and Strength to Defeat Sin in Your Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt

People that sincerely desire to become conformed to the image of Jesus, have the most potential to experience His empowering grace. Grace is not only the mercy of God in your life, but it is also the supernatural help that comes from Him. Grace is the source of His power to do those things that you cannot do in your own strength in order to become partakers of His divine nature which is God's will for you!  

The devil loves when we've become enslaved to sin. He loves to see people become habitual liars. He loves to see people enslaved to pornography and in bondage to sexual immorality, smitten with sexual disease and trapped in losing relationships through the lust of sex. He loves to see people trapped in addictions that destroy their life or habits that waste their time doing nothing profitable instead of using their God-given gifts with great dedication, faithfulness, and commitment. Satan loves to see people waste or abuse their finances on alcohol and drugs, and through gambling or reckless spending—digging a deeper and deeper hole that feels impossible to climb out of! He loves to inflict people with disease. And in all of this, Satan loves to get them to believe that it’s God’s will to teach them something. After all, who is going to fight what they believe is God’s will?

Slavery to sin is what Jesus came to destroy. 1 John 3:8 NKJV says “...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

In our desire to change and become more like Jesus, it is God's grace—His supernatural help, that gives us the strength to break free from sinful patterns that we've become enslaved to. The first chord of bondage that has to be broken, is the lie that we are enslaved to sin! We are not! When you received Jesus as your Savior, Satan's power over you was broken. That truth is empowering and acknowledging it is the first step of taking back your life. Then we discover through God's word that we have His power within us—the power that sets us free and position us to discover the ability to live an entirely new life of godly desires. His grace gives us the inward strength to say yes to that which is good, and no to that which we know the Lord would have us say no to. This is the meaning behind 2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV, "God's divine power has given us EVERYTHING we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may PARTICIPATE IN THE DIVINE NATURE and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." 
As long as we sincerely seek God’s help and believe in the power of the Holy Spirit within us, we will experience a change in our thinking and experience an inner strength from God that helps us fulfill our personal journals with testimonies of His miracles and faithfulness.

When you decide to make changes, it would be foolish to think that the devil will simply let go without a fight. Habits, which become mental strongholds, will try to get you to repeat what you have repeated over and over for so long. But it won’t have the same strength to hold you in bondage—not when you walk in the revelation that God gives you abundant grace and peace enabling you to participate in His divine nature. Temptation is Satan's game and he will bring it on. The difference will be this: when at that moment you look for God’s grace within you and lean upon it—God help me—you will sense it's presence by faith. You just need to make the decision to receive it and walk in it. The temptations will no longer have the same power over you. You will be able so say no and let it mean no. You'll have the strength to walk away from it and do something good and appropriate instead. You'll make better choices. You'll pick godly friends. His Word will speak in a greater way to your heart! And, you begin to make the devil pay! Do that! Make the devil pay! It’s about that time, you'll come to realize you've changed because your faith is appreciating and embracing God's abundant grace and power. That's the freedom Jesus died for—for His grace and strength to give you back your life! In his strength, you can become more like Jesus and experience more and more of His divine nature through the Holy Spirit within you. It will be a force for the devil to recon with as you purposely live for God in this earth!

Romans 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one manAdam, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign and triumph over sin and death through the one man, Jesus Christ.

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Get a Grip on Your Anger Before it Becomes Sin

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by Pastor Tim Burt

When I was a young man and newly married, I was at a different emotional level. I was young. I was immature. I was a new Christian just beginning to learn the Bible and seeking God about the changes He wanted me to make in my life. I sincerely wanted to be a great husband but was fully aware that I was making plenty of mistakes and failing miserably. I wore my emotions on my sleeve and would too often feel provoked by my new wife who was also young and immature. There were times I would periodically erupt like a volcano. I am ashamed of those days. I thank God for His transforming word and the ever-present help of the Holy Spirit who helped me completely change and mature. And I am so glad that those years are now so far in the past.

Anger's a valid and God-given emotion, but one that has a boundary whose line can too easily be crossed. We are instructed in Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV) “In your anger do not sin…” This verse is instructional and insightful. God clearly teaches us that anger in itself is not sin, but that it can be carried to the point of sin. If we continue to read, we also find out that when anger does cross its boundary, it can give the devil a foothold. The Greek word for foothold literally means “giving the devil occupancya place to dwell.”

For some people, their anger not only crosses the line of inappropriateness into sinning, but they are practically inviting the devil to sit down at their table and sign a long-term lease to live with them. How does that happen?

Anger unrestrained will lead to all kinds of outbursts that cause regret. People that sin in their anger seldom stay on the issue they are angry over. They're quickly drawn into the archive of past offenses and bring them into their thought-life, heated words and anger. This causes anger to swell like the beginning of a volcano. As anger gets worse, clear thinking has left the room and irrational thinking which provokes more anger, leads to rage! Unbridled anger or rage leads to irrational behavior that can then lead into every kind of evil, including dangerous behaviours. James 3:16 KJV says it like this, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”

As words begin to erupt from this anger, they begin to flow like lava and the devil now has a foothold. The words will be destructive and do damage to anyone in its path. In many cases, those words do long term damage that people may or may not recover from. If they do recover, they leave scars in the memory banks that only Jesus can remove through supernatural forgiveness. And at that point, anger takes dominance over clear thinking and the devil has taken up residence—he has a foothold in your life.

Gods wisdom tells us the danger in letting our anger cross the boundaries of inappropriateness. Proverbs 27:4 (NIV) says, “Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming…” Prov 14:17 (NIV) says, “A quick-tempered man does foolish things…  Jails are filled with people that have become the victim of their own anger.
So what is God's plan to overcome and manage anger appropriately? You need to take on God’s temperament. Psalms 103:8 (KJV) reveals, “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” God isn't expecting people to meet His perfection. He had Jesus come and do that. Jesus was the only one who could. God is driven by love to help people make progress with great patience.

To keep anger from turning to rage, limit yourself to how much you think about or mull offenses over. Ask yourself: Am I making a mountain out of a molehill? There's a good chance you are! If so, don't! Let go of it. When angered, pause your thinking and evaluate it. Speak few words about it as words fuel angers growth. Pray and ask God to help you forgive. Think about why you like or love that person. Seek forgiveness for your own personal faults at the time of your anger toward someone else. Finally, pray for that person from a spirit of love and faith with the sincere desire to help them. If you don't feel like it, do it anyway by faith because God instructs you to. When you do this, you'll find that your emotions will follow your faith. The other person may or may not respond right to your efforts but regardless, do what's right and the situation will keep from getting worse. It most likely will get better. And you'll get stronger at controlling your emotions and anger. Practice this continually and God will do a work in you and change your character in this area and help you mature.  And in the big picture, like me, you'll be so glad—and be so blessed!

Proverbs 16:32 (NIV) "Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city." 

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Are We Really Living In the Last Days?

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by Pastor Tim Burt

With every day that passes, we get a day closer to the second coming of Jesus Christ. The season of time His second coming will happen in, is called the last days. How long are the last days? Is it that time now? Will He be coming back soon? Those questions are difficult to speculate upon for the simple reason that time outside of the earth is not the same as time we experience day-to-day.

After Jesus' death and resurrection, Peter was in the midst of a move of God. The Holy Spirit had come upon all the disciples and as a result, they were speaking in tongues.  Crowds grew to see what was happening and Peter brought definition to it saying it was the fulfillment of a prophetic word from the prophet Joel. Acts 2:16-17 (NLT) "...what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people..." This happened close to 2,000 years ago yet Peter said it was a sign of the last days.  Peter later gave insight to understanding time through God's eyes. 2 Peter 3:8 (NLT) "But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day." Peter taught us that a thousand years is like a day in God's eyes. So that means about two days in God's time has passed since this event Peter was describing.

We are in the last days but it's hard to speculate in our perception of time when Jesus will come back. Regardless, there is one thing you can be sure about, God wants us to plan like it won't happen for 100 years but live like it could come tomorrow.  We must live in a godly fashion that helps people distinguish between the world's lifestyle and God's plan for us. Colossians 3:7-10 (NLT) "You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.  Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him." 

We must also plan and be about God's business influencing as many people as possible with the love of Jesus Christ—yet not frantically, but purposely, patiently, and steadily through prayer and action.  And we must remember that God is doing something too! He is pouring out His Spirit on ALL flesh—upon all people—even when it doesn't look like it. They may seem hardened. They may seem cold toward God, but you can trust that God is working to reach them and would like to use you as part of His work in their life. The Bible teaches that God is patient for mankind to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. His mercy is great. He hates Satan. He sent Jesus to pay for our redemption. He hates evil yet is patient for man to come to Him. And He is pouring out His Spirit. James 5:7-8 (NLT) "Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You too must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near." 

Yes, He is patient, but there will come a day just as the door of the ark closed for Noah, so God's patience will come end and Jesus will return. The Bible has a lot to say about those days—the last days. In  Timothy 3:1 (NLT) it says, "You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times." The Greek Word difficult means perilous—many hard things going on in the earth. But it means even more. It means that what is going on—the evil and lack of living for God will reduce the strength of His people to resist the evil that tempts them. The pressure of evil will diminish the Christian's strength to do what they know in their hearts they should do. It then describes what many will become like in these last days—descriptions that are not good, of which I will give you just one: “People will be… lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.”

The Bible says that “God richly gives us all things to enjoy.”  He doesn't mind if we have things and enjoy them, but He doesn't want things to have us—to dominate our thinking creating a craving for pleasures of every kind that only diminish and supplant our craving and love for Him and His plans.

Can we return to our knees? Can we honestly open and examine our heart before God? Can we ask Him to strengthen us to live for Him so that we see evidence of it in our life? Things are okay only when our focus is God and His plan is the guiding force of our life. If we return to our knees with sincerity, openness, and repentance if necessary, then He can refresh our love and impart His strength and a renewed focus to live for Him. When this happens, we are living how God wanted us to live in the last days—soberly, alert, and purposeful to reach those God calls His precious fruit of the earth—those who God is patiently waiting for!

1 Peter 1:13 (NLT2) "So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, January 20, 2020

About Those Nudges and Pokes From God Part Two

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by Pastor Tim Burt

You've said this right? I love you Jesus with all my heart! I live for You! You are my Lord! If you've said this and you believe this is your heart, then learn to do this on a consistent basis. Let your heart be nudged and poked by God! As I said, in Part One, when you get those nudges and pokes from God, embrace them! It's His love, not condemnation, and He's reaching to help you not condemn you. Those pokes are to help you become all He has planned for you in this life. He's trying to be active in your life to lead you toward patterns of thinking and behaviors that usher in blessing, and away from those things that work destruction your life!   

For those who don’t adopt this attitude, Proverbs 26:12 NKJV will be their lifeIt says, “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” This person may think they love Jesus but if they won’t pay attention to the nudges and pokes of God, or worse yet, if they feel them and harden their heart toward them, then they box out changes God desires to lead them in and they’ll experience very little transformation, hindering the blessing God wants for them.

God’s Word is powerful!  Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) says, "For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires." When your reading His word and He speaks and pokes your heart, those words that poked your heart have great power when paid attention and acted upon. They are a word from God for you at that moment. Stop when you feel them. Pay attention! The power to help you change, is never stronger than obedience to those nudges in that moment.

God’s Word has the inherent ability to bring transformation to our lives if...  if we will put faith in the promise of God’s Holy Spirit strengthening us to make those changes. I remember early in my Christian walk. The Lord was poking and nudging me about about a few different things. (He had a lot of work to do in me.)  He was poking me about exhorting others instead of being jealous, and about being more patient and kind instead of impatient and angry. He said, You never need to be jealous of someone else's success. I have enough for everyone. You success will be unique to your talents and gifting. So, be an encourager, an exhorter, and truly happy for the success of others. You'll reap that back when your time comes! And then He said, Be patient and kind with people. You'll be shocked at how much you love that change in your character and life when impatience and anger is gone. I listened to those nudges from God. I walked into the bathroom and looked in the mirror and said, Jesus, You've already forgiven me and your Holy Spirit is changing me. I thank you that I am patient and kind. I thank you that I am jealous of no one but a sincere exhorter of everyone. I would say this over and over again in my heart, especially when I felt like I was stumbling in these areas. I'd speak these things to remind myself of the work God was doing in me. Over time, they became the new me that God had transformed.

The Apostle Paul teaches us in Galatians 5:22-26 TLB,  “But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there. If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit's leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or irritate one another, or be jealous of one another." 
Simply having knowledge about God and His Word can become a place of pride. They hypocrites of Jesus' day knew God's word but they bore no fruit. They were full of pride! Though they had knowledge, God could not do a thing in them. 1 Corinthians 8:1 says, “…Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” Putting actions to the pokes and nudges from God will result in transformation and the fruit of the Spirit over time. It’s about what we do, not what we say.

So let’s not just know about the fruit of the Spirit. Let's let it be developed in us! Spiritual maturity is developed within you when the fruit of the Spirit has become your character. That only happens over time, and through embracing the poke and nudges that alert us so that we can respond to them! Embrace them and they will result in a new you and an entire new level of God's blessing in your life.

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, January 17, 2020

About Those Pokes From God - Part One

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by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you realized that people often speak higher of themselves than what they actually live out. We all have areas in our life where we esteem ourselves or view ourselves as more developed and mature than we truly are. The truth is, we all have shortcomings that reveal our need to spiritually grow and mature. Ignoring that truth leads to stagnation, while being aware of it keeps you pressing and developing in God's evolving plan and purpose for your life.

We see an example of what people say they’ll do vs. what they'll actually do play out in a parable Jesus told in Matthew 21:28-32 NIV.  "What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work today in the vineyard.' 'I will not,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. "Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, 'I will, sir,' but he did not go. "Which of the two did what his father wanted?" "The first," they answered. Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.”

Nothing Jesus teaches is for the purpose of producing condemnation guilt, or shame. Jesus already took care of that. It's about the mercy and grace of God and developing and maturing in who He's called you to be—letting His Holy Spirit help you develop in that daily! What He says is written to prick your heart, challenge you, and move your forward in your thinking, maturing, and life-choices. If you can feel that poke, it means that your heart's not hard which is good news! It's sensitive enough to feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit and note that need for change. Remember, Jesus told the religious leaders of His day that they were stagnant and everyone else was passing them up in their spiritual growth.

Each and every one of us is in need of ongoing change in our life. We all need the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to help us become more like Jesus. Hopefully, you've figured out by now that we will never attain perfection or be perfectly like Jesus in this life. That's why Jesus came and paid the penalty for the sins and imperfections. Our faith in Jesus and in His sacrifice of taking the punishment for our sins is what makes us righteous before our Heavenly Father. Our faith in what Jesus did is what makes us spotless in God’s eyes. What a magnificent thing that is! But, we still see our own imperfections and flaws and areas of needed change. Jesus cares about them and desires transformation within us because otherwise, they work to hinder our blessing and effectiveness in influencing others for the Lord.

Still dealing with anger? Or jealousy? Or unforgiveness? Or sexual improprieties? Or lack of restraint? 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV, speaks of the need for this ongoing transformation saying, “And we who …all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." This verse reminds us of the need to experience life-long transformation that will come only with the help of the Holy Spirit within us. So, we don’t beat ourselves up but we do take honest assessments of the need for transformation as the Holy Spirit convicts and shows us. And we walk with the understanding that since His poke is love, you'll feel them ALL your life! And that's a good thing! So when you get thoses pokes from God, embrace them! It's His love, not condemnation, reaching to help you become all He has planned for you in this life!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

Philippians 1:6 (NLT2) "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns." In His love,
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Inspirational: Doing Life God's Way / A Tribute to Savaughn Jordan

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by Pastor Tim Burt

No one is excluded from experiencing troubles in their life. Not Renee and I. Not anyone. Psalm 34:19 (NKJV) says, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all."  

We live in a sin-defiled world. The consequences of those sins ripple around the world and touch everyone's world. So what happens when trouble touches your life? Do you panic? Do you crumble? Do you worry? Do you want to hide? Do you bury your head in the sand? Do you drown yourself in booze or medicate the pain away? Do you contemplate taking your life? None of these things help anything! They make whatever setback you've experienced worse.  God has a better plan. Love Him and trust Him through it all.

Yesterday I went to the funeral of a friend of mine. He was a precious 26 year-old man that everyone loved. There were between 1500 to 2000 people that came to his funeral—a beautiful funeral with over a dozen people sharing about his life. He'd lost his mother when he was a boy. Having a wonderful older brother and relatives that loved him, and his deep love for the Lord were his saving grace. But his life was full of chaos. He moved here and there and had almost no natural resources to survive. Yet He did! In the middle of chaos, he found a way to thrive. He would eventually have his own motto in life which was: #growthinchaos. He slept in many homes, ate the meals many provided, and accepted the help of the many who would fall in love with him. And oh how so very many did! They did because Savaughn had something to give everyone from a well that never seemed to run dry. His love for the Lord was infectious and anyone who spent time with him was changed by it. He had a love for singing (and a voice like an angel) that flowed from him always. His girlfriend even said that sang in his sleep. He had a love for people that after Jesus, was more important to him than any possession. And he was fun! His fun spirit and infectious laugh lifted everyone's heart! Since he had no possessions, loving people was his entire life, and this made his life richer than most everyone's!


His brother managed to get him into a wonderful Christian school after the death of his mother, thinking that it would be the only stable thing in his life. I suspect that the school took a risk and scholarshipped him to help, only to become the true benefactor of the relationship. He was a light and joy around the school. He turned out to be an excellent athlete and basketball player helping his team become a championship team. He became part of a school worship team. He was now surrounded by friends and families that absolutely loved him. Upon graduation from high school, he entered a church ministry internship program that he thrived in. The friendships formed there would help elevate his life to an entire new level. He eventually became the worship leader/pastor who would help you enter the presence of God in worship like no other. His voice was beautiful, his passion and love for God ever-present, and the love of God shining through always!

And then one day out of nowhere came a seizure, the hospital and death. It took the legs out from underneath everyone and the breath away from us all. His celebration of life service was one of the most beautiful I've ever attended and it was a sea of people who all had been touched in profound ways by this wonderful young man's life.

As we all listened to over a dozen people testify of the impact of Savaughn's life, I believe all felt challenged. God, worship, and people were Savaughn's life. Things mattered nothing to him. Growing and learning and trusting God through the chaos was what He believed and modeled from the time he was a boy! Sincerely and selflessly loving people were his continuous example. Impacting lives with the love of Jesus is what he lived for so well. And he gave us one more person besides Jesus to look to how to do that.

Psalm 34:19 (NKJV) says, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all. The chaos of sin and life will bring trouble at times to us all. Some more than others. But trusting God to bring us through, will strengthen us and walk us to the other side of them. And if we can do it like Savaughn, with deep love and passion, a song in our heart, and the joy of the Lord as our strength, then we just might notice the chaos and troubling time less and less and instead, continue to love and impact others through all circumstances of life! #GrowthInChaos

2 Corinthians 2:14 (NLT2) "But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume."

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, January 13, 2020

The Promise of God's Goodness in our Lives!

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by Pastor Tim Burt

I'd assume most people have read the story of Noah's Ark. Even when I had never yet read the Bible, I knew that story from some place in my childhood. I was reading it with my granddaughter again this morning.  It's actually one of the most amazing historical stories in all human history.

First of all, why did it even happen? It seems so brutal! It happened because evil was manifesting throughout the entire earth and in the live of almost all people. God knew it was not going to get better but, He is a God of mercy. God was trying to give the people that lived in the day, the freedom and opportunity to make right choices and live righteously. Over the 100 year time-period the ark being built, God was calling them to change. It was His offering of love and mercy and the opportunity to turn their evil hearts back to Him. But instead, they did just the opposite. With the exception of Noah and his family, the people had become ever more evil. God knew what only He could know. That despite His love and influence, they would not change. How can we know that's true—that they would never turn from evil? Because during the entire time-period that Noah built the arc, he preached to them of God's righteousness and called for them to turn from their sin. They never did and never would. And so God had to end it with a flood with only Noah and his family escaping. To this day, it's the most tragic event mankind has ever experienced. The only reason it hasn't happened again, is because Jesus paid the price for our unrighteousness that has washed the sins away of all those who would receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

I was thinking about the sign and promise that God left behind. You can be sure that Noah shared the story with those born after the flood—the new inhabitants of the earth. If they heard that God destroyed the earth with a flood, then every time it begin to rain, it could have created a wave of fear wondering if God was going to do it again. But, they didn't have to fear that. They didn't because God left a sign and a promise—the rainbow. He left it to remind and assure them that the earth would never be destroyed by a flood again. 

Genesis 9:11-16 (NIV) "I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth." And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."

Whenever you see a rainbow, let it become a God moment. Be reminded that His promise given way back then is still being show to remind us of His promise reaching us today!

God has left us so many promises! Whether we see some kind of a sign or not, He wants them to bring us hope, promise, encouragement, and assurance! We don't need to overthink them. Just embrace them and let each one be like putting fresh batteries in our faith-pack—reminding us that His promises cannot fail. They freshen and strengthen our faith and remind us of His mercy and grace so we can turn from evil and begin to live for Him. In doing so, we can live confident lives assured of His love and participation in our life as we pray and seek Him. And so that we can experience the fullness of His peace and love through Jesus Christ our Lord, today!

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Feeling Spiritually Dry? God Wants To Fill Your Tank

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Something stupid that I grew out of and matured in a long time ago, is letting my car run out of gas. Why do people ever do that to begin with? Why did I? I guess when I was younger it was primarily for two reasons. A lack of money to buy gas, and procrastination. Lacking the finances to buy gas can be difficult for anyone. Procrastination, well that's another story. That's about growing up and maturing. I am so glad I don’t do that anymore because it often created painful and unnecessary hardships and inconvenience.

Just as there are painful and unnecessary hardships from running out of gas in your car, there are painful and unnecessary hardships in the Christian life from not filling up our spirit. Most, and I mean most Christians do not daily fill up on the Word of God. They may have learned to fill the gas tanks of their car, but have become dull to filling the most important fuel tank of all—the fuel tank of their spirit. Ephesians 5:18 (NLT2) says, "Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit." 

Our spirit does have a fuel tank and it needs to be filled! Jesus reveals in John 6:31-33 that there was two kinds of fuel for our human existence—natural food and spiritual food. Jesus said “Our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! As the Scriptures say, 'Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.' I assure you, Moses didn't give them bread from Heaven. My Father did. And now He offers you the true bread from Heaven. The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."

Jesus said there were two kinds of bread. The manna—the food that God supplied and fed them within the desert, and the spiritual bread—the “true bread of God that comes down from Heaven and gives lifelife to the world.” Jesus says He is that bread in John 6:51. “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; this bread is my flesh, offered so the world may live." To those that didn’t understand Jesus or hadn’t heard some of the other things that He said, that might have sounded cannibalistic. It wasn’t. When He said “this bread is my flesh." He was saying that the bread was His Word. He was the living and breathing Word of God.

We see this in John 1:1 and verse 14. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… and the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” Here we see that Jesus and His Word are one and the same. We may not have Him here in the flesh with us, but we do have the very same thing He was asking His followers to feed on – His words.

Isaiah the prophet gives another great illustration regarding how God feels about physical nourishment vs. spiritual nourishment. These words were pointing to Jesus being the bread we eat.

Isaiah 55:2-3 NLT “Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen and I will tell you where to get food that is good for the soul! Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, for the life of your soul is at stake. I am ready to make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the mercies and unfailing love that I promised to David.”

What you may or may not realize is that God created you first and foremost as a spirit being. I know we live in this physical world but, your earthly body and this physical world will both one day be replaced. Your spirit will live for ever. That’s why the nourishment of it is so critical. That’s why prayerfully spending time in the Word of God is so important. You are feeding on Jesus—on His Word which is the true life and substance of your existence.

Research says that only 45% of Christians read their Bible during the week! Jesus taught in Matthew 6:11 that when we pray, we are to pray “Give us this day our daily bread.” Since Jesus is that bread—the Word of God, what He was teaching was this; “When you pray, ask the Father to speak to your heart—to impart truth and life to you daily.”

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. (Luke 4:4-5) Reading the Bible on occasion—will not supply all of the Word from Heaven that you are to take into your heart.

Should I let you in on a secret? When you read the Word of God, whether you read a little or a lot, ask God to speak to you through it. When you see God speaking promises to His children, receive it for yourself. That is what the Bible is—a Word of Promise! Hebrews 6:12 NIV “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”

What is it that you are needing help from God so desperately for? Is it wisdom or help or healing? Is it resources or provision? Do you know what He promises You? God wants to fill your spirit with promises daily so that you will know Him as your loving Father who intimately cares for you. He wants you to experience and personally be touched by His marvelous works. As Isaiah 50:4 (NLT) says, "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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