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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Pastor Tim and Renee's 2016 Ministry Update


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by Pastor Tim Burt
This month we met with the board of our ministry to give them the report of what we accomplished this past year.  One of the board members expressed "I'm blown away he was at how much two people could accomplish with so little."  The following two notes are from the report of pages of comments from our Website, our subscribed readers and my Twitter follower that we've received this past year.
Pastor Tim - Fresh Manna is filled with love. I feel it from your writings. I know this love comes from your love of Our Father and Our Savior Jesus Christ. Only a heart full of the knowledge of the greatness of His Love has such a desire to share with everyone the joy of knowing what God can do. And you sir have the gift of putting into words how your heart feels. God Bless you. I look forward to reading everyday. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Teresa
In December, I was able to reach over 4 million people's Twitter timelines directly. The viral effect from retweets reaches multiple millions more and is mind-boggling. The Lord has helped my effectiveness and I praise Him for it. We are excited about what we do and it drives us. This coming May, we retiring from 32 years of ministry at the church we've pastored at all these years. In doing so, we are fired up and entering our next session of life focused even more on what God has given us through our efforts online, through Twitter, through ministering events, mission trips and supporting the mission field. Although the words seem to begin to say, it is our desire to "Reach the World" with God's good news and promises! We promise to serve faithfully and with great stewardship so that your investment in the gospel through us bears great fruit. And just so you know, we do not personally take a penny for ourselves!  We pray Gods blessing upon you and pray that you and your loved ones have a most wonderful Christmas and New Year.

I (Renee) took a group of seven women, who attend my weekly bible study, on mission to Peru. It was a beautiful way for us to not just talk about our faith, but to put it into action. I could write a book about all of the experiences that so touched our hearts. I want to share about one of them with you.
 On one of the days, we assembled wheelchairs to give to three people who were in desperate need of one. We then set out to deliver them. It took a very long time to deliver830 the first two, and by then it was late in the day. But we still had one more wheelchair to deliver, to a woman whose home was up a mountain!
The roads were very rough, and the higher up we drove, the worse it got. In fact, on one especially narrow, steep road, the tires starting slipping. I saw our driver make the sign of the cross. Needless to say, that didn’t build our confidence that we’d get there in one piece, but we kept going. It was like being in a huge maze, while we kept going higher up the mountain and feeling more lost all the time. 
836Miraculously (and I mean miraculously), we finally got to the house where Nelda lived.  I’ll never forget the smile on her face when we walked in.  She was so happy we’d come with her wheelchair. But first, she wanted to tell us how thankful she was for her home. 
It had only three rooms, with a few pieces of old, broken down furniture. It was “decorated” with pictures from magazines attached to the plywood walls. But she told us how much God had blessed her. She was especially thankful to have electricity for lights. She pointed to the single lightbulb hanging from the ceiling above us.  She was as thankful for it as if it was a chandelier hanging there. 832
She went on to tell us her story. She was 72, and five years ago, she'd had a stroke. It had left her unable to walk or talk. The doctor said she would never talk again. So she said that she did the only thing she could do. She hummed praises to Jesus all day long.
The verse she lived by was Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”  The only strength she had was to hum.  So she just kept humming to Jesus, until one day, miraculously she was able to talk again.  None of her neighbors could believe it. They all wanted her to tell them how she could suddenly speak again. 
So she began to preach to everyone who would listen to her about the goodness of God.  She also would pray for them if they were sick, so God would heal them like He had healed her. Because God had not only healed her voice but her body too! 
834-4The paralysis was now on just one side of her body, but she was only able to take a few steps at a time. So she was so happy to get a wheelchair, so she could go to a nearby park to talk to more people about Jesus. We all agreed we’d never met someone more with such an endearing, pure heart like Nelda! 
Well, finally we got her into her wheelchair, and I wish you could’ve seen her face! It was shining with pure joy. We thought that surely heaven had sent us to bless HER. But then she shared about a dream she’d had, and we realized heaven had sent us to her, so WE would be blessed by her! 
In her dream, God had given her a jar of honey and told her, “Eat. This honey is for you.”  The next thing she knew, she was surrounded by honey bees who were so happy she was enjoying the honey.  She could feel their love in her dream, but she didn’t really understand what it all meant. renees-2016-peru-outreach-picture-1
She went on to tell us that now she knew that the honey in the dream was her wheelchair… and we were her honey bees. She said she could feel our love, just like she had in the dream. Needless to say, we were all in tears by now. Not one of us was in a hurry to leave. We were savoring the beauty of that moment.  We had thought we were bringing something to Nelda that would change her life, but meeting her had changed our lives too. 
This is just one example of how your giving is impacting lives with the love of God. So thank you from the bottom of our hearts for both your prayer support and financial support this past year.  We’re praying you have the most wonderful Christmas and a New Year filled with the goodness of God!
Renee and I use this page to bring you periodic updates on what we are doing to reach the world. How do we accomplish that? We do so through Twitter, literally reaching millions each month, through this website, and through hands-on mission work. For the first 15 years, we paid for all expenses on our own, with little exception. Because of the growth we've experienced, we now invite our readers to donate or partner with us in our efforts to reach the world with the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Thank you for your consideration. Whether you partner with us or not, please know that we pray for all of our readers each and every day. We pray you have a wonderfully blessed New Year! 
Our sincere love and thanks,
Pastors Tim & Renee Burt
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Friday, December 23, 2016

Our Christmas Greeting to You

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Renee and I will now be on vacation with our children and their families until January 3rd. I will resume writing then. You can still come back and read often as there are many past posts to read and be taught and inspired by. You can read them by going to the Fresh Manna Archives the homepage. So please do so!  Renee and I pray that each and every one of you may experience the most blessed Christmas season ever! We pray for God’s love and the message of Jesus to pour out upon you and those endeared to your heart!  Merry Christmas from the Burts!

As we approach the end of this year, we hope you'll remember us in your prayers, and if you've been touched by Fresh Manna, then also in your end of the year giving. Fresh Manna has been read in over 196 countries and through Twitter, I am now virally reaching millions each week. We are about to enter our 17th year of working to "Reach the World With God's Love" online and on the mission field. Thank you in advance for your part of that effort! You can read more about it here. ~ Pastor Tim & Renee

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Faith That Changed the Word: A Christmas Message

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Luke 1:38 (NKJV) Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word..."  

A woman radiant with an indescribable beauty that was the touch of Heaven upon a human life. Her beauty formed within from her great love for the Lord and her constant and ever-present desire to live for Him.   And he, a man’s man. Not a man-pleaser, but a man whose countenance was strong and protective. A man who also loved God, hungering to know Him and sense His voice through the scriptures. This was Joseph and Mary. They were engaged and believed their impending marriage to be the perfect will of God. As much as either of them loved God—together, they would be a greater force of His love and influence as they became one flesh.
They longed to live for God and do His will. And then His will came in a demonstrative way that most would never experience. Mary was visited by an angel! Luke 1:26-37 (NLT) In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God… For nothing is impossible with God.”
How did Mary respond to this incomprehensible event and declaration pronounced over her?  We see her amazing faith-filled response in Luke 1:38. (NKJV) Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
Those words, “Let it be to me according to your word “ are some of the most faith-filled words ever spoken on earth. They were witnessed by the angels and heard from the throne of God.  They were the kind of words spoken by Abraham, Moses, and David. They were sincere, faith-filled wordsthe kind of words that bring God’s desires into manifestation in this earth. From that moment, the seed of God’s word impregnated Mary with the child Jesus.
That is what the seed of the Word of God has the capacity to do within us. It has the ability to impregnate us with hope and truth that in-turn produces faith to believe. That faith becomes the bridge for God’s promises to become our miracle, just as it was for Mary!  Mary believed and immediately knew to go share what God had done with one who had also been touched by the Lordwith Elizabeth. Both would experience the result of their faith. As the angel Gabriel said, “For nothing is impossible with God.”
As believers, we are not bound by the earthly discouragements that come fast and furious in this defiled world. We have a book filled with letters from the heart of Goda Father’s covenant promises to His children.  The words are supernatural. When loved and embraced the way Mary embraced God’s word delivered to her through Gabriel, they can lift you out of disappointment and hopelessness in a moment's time. They can take you from the pit to the mountaintop of hope and encouragement in an instant of time.

You are not alone. You are loved by the God of this universe and by His Son who gave His life for you. If you will allow Him, He’ll personalize that love and warm your heart with hope! Embrace Him and His Word, as words spoken directly from His heart to yours.  

Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV) “The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

God's Most Important Words Ever Spoken or Heard

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A Special Note from Pastor Tim:  We pray that you have a glorious Christmas with your loved ones! We are praying daily for you! As we approach the end of this year, we hope you'll remember us in your prayers, and if you've been touched by Fresh Manna, then also in your end of the year giving. Fresh Manna has been read in over 196 countries and through Twitter, I am now able to virally reach millions each week. And we have an impact on the mission field. Thank you in advance for your part of that effort! You can read more about it here. ~ Pastor Tim & Renee  

God’s Most Important Words Ever Spoken or Heard

The Christmas story is not like any other story told throughout the annals of time.  It is not just a collection of creative words that make up a great seasonal story.  It is not a story from just one of the countless books written in the earth over time. They are the precise, accurate, and declaration of words from God revealing His love, purpose and plan for restoring mankind to Himself through His only Son Jesus!

The words of man spoken and written over time are innumerable, forgettable, and at best, carry specs of truth. The Lord is not casual with words like we are. It is what makes the Bible—the word of God, absolute and trustworthy to believe. It why Jesus said in Luke 21:33 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away."

When the angelic host of Heaven pronounced the birth of the new-born Savior to the shepherds, their words were not casual but carried profound meaning and power. The words, “Glory to God in the Highest,” are literal words that exalt God in the highest expression of any collection of words in the Bible. The remainder of the words, “…and on earth peace, good will toward men,” carry this literal meaning: “to all those upon this earth, I offer you peace (meaning prosperity, quietness, and rest in your heart, and purpose in life with pleasure and satisfaction) to all who will have faith in His Son, Jesus the Christ.” This is the literal meaning of those glorious words sung by the heavenly choir of angels. This was and is God’s best and is available to us all through the gateway of faith in Jesus.

Again the words “…good will toward men,” is thee entry point to a restored relationship with God. It is God's good will in giving man a fresh start and new beginning. This is what Jesus meant when He announced, to get into Heaven, "You must be born again!" That is why Jesus came—to restore fallen mankind, to His Heavenly Father through His birth, death, and resurrection. It is thee entry point to faith in God through His Son Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 11:6 TLB says it like this: “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.” Faith in these words being true is thee entry point of a supernatural peace that can only come from knowing that God loves you and cares for you. It is thee entry point of true prosperity—not measured in dollars and cents, but measured in the joy that comes with having a life rich in purpose—that purpose being a touch of Jesus' love every day to the people and the world around you!

Jesus did not come to condemn any human being. John 3:17 says, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it. God isn't out to condemn anyone. To the contrary, Jesus is God's gift and plan for restoration. Jesus is God's gift of eternal life. Jesus' gift of the Holy Spirit to live within us is His gift of restoring the eyesight of our heart so that we may see life and life's purpose through God's eyes. Condemnation and damnation is the choice that is left when Jesus is refused and rejected. God did not create any other way for mankind to be forgiven or receive His love.

The story of Christmas is not a story or gospel of condemnation. It is a story and gospel of the love of God reaching in restoration to the heart of man—through a baby—His Son born into the earth. It is His plan. It is a gift. And it is His Word and promise to us all! It is what the shepherds heard and through faith, went to behold and believe. Not just words spoken to them, but God's Word—thee spoken and proclaimed word of a new life, a new peace, freedom from sin, and the gift of eternal life by His grace! And because the shepherds believed His Word, peace came and still does!

And because the powerful Word of God lives on today, every word of God should breath promise and life into your every situation, day-by-day and moment-by-moment throughout your life. Is that you? If it is, you will have a Merry Christmas now and always!

Luke 2:15 (NKJV) "So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, December 19, 2016

"The Feeding Trough" A Christmas Message by Pastor Tim


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by Pastor Tim Burt


Luke 2:4-5 (NIV) “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.”

Joseph and Mary loved each other. They were excited in their new engagement and dreamed of serving God together as one. They knew of the depth of their love for God and hoped that His blessing would be mighty upon their life because of their love for Him. But the looks, the whispering and gossip—it seemed as though the reputation of living righteously before the Lord all their life had been trashed in the eyes of others and they were glad to get away from it. 

This journey was long and difficult for Mary. She was so pregnant and uncomfortable. Lord, if I am carrying your Son, is there anything special to help us that comes with this honor? It seemed to be the opposite. No room to stay anywhere. Lord, how can this be? You’ve led us here and I am about to give birth to your child. Surely you have a special place for this to happen. As they drew closer and were finishing this hard long journey to Bethlehem, they talked trying to make sense of what God was doing in their lives. It was so difficult to understand. Their minds could hardly comprehend Gabriel's revelation concerning the virgin birth of the son of God.

Mary and Joseph were real people—human, like you and I. They loved God and yet they had to walk out their faith moment-by-moment, like you and I. And so they did. Although they were blessed and God was with them at every step, they had those moments like you and I do, where the thought comes, Lord, where are you in all this?  He was there. They had to constantly remind each other of this just like we need to. That is one of the greatest blessings of marriage and Christian friendship. They provide the opportunity needed to remind and encourage each other in the promises the Lord makes to us throughout His Word. And so they recited together, "The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me..." (Psalms 28:7 (NLT))

More of the story…

Luke 2:6-7 (NIV) “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
Just think; Jesus was wrapped in strips of cloth and laid in a manager—an animal feeding trough.  I hope you understand how significant this is! It is because being feeding is such an important part of the plan of God. Jesus was laid in the trough. Feed is what is usually in the trough. Jesus, who laid in the feeding trough, would become the one who would eternally and continuously feeds us through His Word to the degree we would seek Him.

As Jesus walked out His earthly ministry, His teachings would bring the listeners that were hungry for God, revelation and insight of God and His plan for man. And it would be the feeding of His Word that would bring the souls of mankind true joy and peace.

We see this in John 6:35 (NIV) “Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

We read more in John 6:31-35 (NKJV)  “Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He (Jesus) who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." Then they said to Him, "Lord, give us this bread always." And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” And as God would plan it, Jesus was born in Bethlehem which means The House of Bread.

Jesus said we’d live not just by natural bread but by His Words.  But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." Luke 4:4 (NKJV)

As you think about Christmas, remember Jesus in the manager. Let that remind you that He came into this world to feed us His truth, His insight. and His instruction for living so that we could live uprightly and blessed as overcomers over the trials and tribulations this sin-tainted world tries to destroy our life with!

This is what Joseph and Mary did. With faith in God's promises and by His grace, they walked out each moment step-by-step and day-by-day. Their lives were marked with the reassurance of His love including signs and wonders as they lived by faith and trust in Him. That faith and trust was fueled by His word—Jesus the Word that was first placed in the manager—the feeding trough!

Matthew 4:4 (NIV) Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"  


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, December 16, 2016

God is Calling You to Receive His Help!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A Special Note from Pastor Tim:  We pray that you have a glorious Christmas with your loved ones! We are praying daily for you! As we approach the end of this year, we hope you'll remember us in your prayers, and if you've been touched by Fresh Manna, then also in your end of the year giving. Fresh Manna has been read in over 196 countries and through Twitter, I am now able to virally reach millions each week. And we have an impact on the mission field. Thank you in advance for your part of that effort! You can read more about it here. ~ Pastor Tim & Renee 

The Throne Room of Grace

39 years ago and prior to my receiving Jesus personally as my Lord and my Savior, I held an ignorant belief. I ignorantly believed that Almighty God was high in Heaven on His throne having to respond to billions of people. He couldn't possibly think about or care about all that I was concerned with. He was up there. I was down here. He was busy. I was insignificant. My thinking was, I’ll bother Him only in extreme emergencies and even then, I won’t get my hopes up too high. That was ignorant and wrong thinking formed through the ideas and input of others and my own imagination. Hosea 4:6 says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." My ignorant thinking had nothing to do with the reality of whom God is, how He thinks, or how He works in our life. That kind of ignorance hurts and robs us of the knowledge of God that He wants us to know and that under-girds our faith.

It is almost automatic to feel inadequate in the presence of God. In every Bible instance, everyone always has. But He does not want us to feel that way! That’s why I love the verse Hebrews 4:16 NIV that says, "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." This throne is God's throne. It is something as a believer, that we can approach with confidence—not the feeling of inadequacy. Prior to receiving Jesus as our personal Savior, we did not have this available to us. But as a believer, we now do!

Before Jesus died on the cross for our sins, man was separated from God by sin. We couldn’t enter into His presence. When Jesus paid the price for sin, the barrier of sin between God and man was removed. We only had to do two things. First, receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord, and secondly, His sacrifice for our sins as a gift of His love. If we did so, we could then enter God's presence forevermore. Then this truth would become true for us. Isaiah 43:25-27 (NIV) "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more."

When Jesus gave His life as a sacrifice for us, He cleansed us from our sins. He removed the flaws and blemishes of our life that make us feel shame and inadequate in His presence. He removed the veil of separation that sin creates between us and God. This is what is meant when we read Hebrews 4:16 NIV that says, "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

I am told to approach the throne room of God prepared to boldly receive mercy, and to ask God for His grace—His supernatural help for living my life out before Him. I can do this boldly because I live by faith in the fact that Jesus has washed my sins away and put His robe of righteousness on me. Because of Jesus, God sees me as righteous because of what Jesus did, not because of my own worthiness. When you stop to spend time with God and pray, you may feel woefully unclean and woefully inadequate. But if you did, you'd be rejecting what Jesus did for you. It is His gift to you. My thoughts and actions too often fall short of what they should be. I am humbled in His presence. His loving me despite my shortcomings, and His sacrifice that cleanses me from unrighteousness, makes me love Him that much more. It makes me want to live according to the instruction of His word. And my love for Him continues to grow knowing that He desires to help me, love me, and continually offer His grace—His mercy and supernatural help. I may have walked ignorant of what God did for me and has offered me at one point in my life, but never again!

God alone is God because of His ability to love and help countless billions of people—each one personally and with great affection—and all at the same time. That is what makes Him God. We don't need an appointment with God. He is not too busy. We aren't inadequate—we are acceptable and His beloved. And we are invited anytime and always to His "the throne of grace." Glory to God!

Philippians 4:6 (TLB) "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Valuing and Protecting Your Relationships

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A friend of mine was telling me about a surprise blessing that fell into their lap. They had received delightful news from their bank. Evidently the bank had gone through some routine self-auditing and found a mistake in which it owed them some money from charges on a loan that they should not have been charged for. They unexpectedly received a nice chunk of change back. Praise God for their thorough record-keeping. In some cases, it's great and necessary for great record keeping. In marriages and relationships, record keeping might cause great harm.

God's Word has counsel for us regarding record keeping in relationships. We see it in 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NIV. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” It says that love keeps no recordno accounting process of wrongs! The literal Greek words means “think no evil” and the literal definitions say, “Keep no inventory of the evil, worthless, deprived things someone has done to you.” If you have ever had to work in a job where you’ve had to take inventory, you know that you have to keep a record of every little item on the shelf. When someone has hurt us, it seems as though Satan is right there to increase the capability of our memory because we can keep inventory of all the ways someone has hurt us.

God says, “Love keeps no recordno accounting process of wrongs!” Why do you think that is? I'll tell you. God doesn't want us keeping a record of wrongs because if we did, there would never be a relationship that would survive—not one!

In new relationships there is excitement and discovery. Even though everyone has faults and quirks, grace seems to blind us of them when it comes to new people we like. As time passes, the newness of a relationship wears off, stories are repeated and conversations aren't quite as exciting or fresh. Familiarity takes over and faults surface. Eventually the faults become noted idiosyncrasies and the relationship faces opportunity to deteriorate. If one begins to note and start inventorying those faults, they grow. It won't  be long before that relationship loses the value it once held. This is common in marriages and consequently,  far too many deteriorate and fail. The same is true in friendships. This is why God says, love doesn't record them!

We could all be guilty of having a list of faults that if recorded would make us look like a monster. As a matter of fact, many people are secretly fearful that someone is making note of their faults and telling them to others. Part of our motivation in not talking about someone else’s faults is because we don't want someone focusing and blabbing ours! Proverbs 16:28 (TLB) says "An evil man sows strife; gossip separates the best of friends."

Most every person I know that has valuable things, takes steps to protect and ensure them. God has a plan to help protect and insure relationships that are valuable to you. He says to not keep a record of wrongs and don't verbalize the faults and idiosyncrasies of those you love. Just except that everyone has them and learn to embrace their uniqueness to the degree you can. What you can't, talk through and work through with the goal of protecting the relationship. Looking past them and appreciating the good you first saw in others will help you over and over and over again! Value those God has brought into your life, don't erode your love for them!

Proverbs 17:9 (NLT)"Disregarding another person's faults preserves love; telling about them separates close friends."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

I Am So Flawed Lord. Am I Really a Christian?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I received a feedback response from a person that happened to come across my Fresh Manna website. He read what I had written about the love of Jesus Christ and responded in very negative and inappropriate way—a way that I could not reprint here. He evidently had been raised in a Christian home but was hurt by people in his life, pulled back from most, became discouraged, and started to befriend people who were very antagonistic to God and Christianity. And thus, he spewed horrible things in a feedback reply to me. I responded to him in this way:

Dear ____, First let me say, that despite how you think or feel, you are deeply loved of God. You are so loved, that God offered the life of His only son Jesus, to pay the price for my sins and yours—something He did so that He could be reunited with you! The depth of that kind of love is almost unfathomable. His love for you hasn't changed. He still loves you and wants to draw you back to Him. It's obvious that you are disappointed, let down, and hurt by Christians and others in your life. Regardless of whatever story that is, people are all flawedChristians and non-Christians alike and are have the potential to hurt one-another. We all do at one time or another. But, Jesus didn't hurt you. I just want you to know that! I am not mad about what you said. I do not judge you. I love you in the Lord and I'll pray for you. God bless you sincerely! Pastor Tim 

I am thankful to the Lord that my response touched his heart. He sent back a letter of apology and explanation of why he initially responded the way he did. I was right. He had been hurt along the way and felt that he was a disappointment to God and didn’t measure up—that he'd never be good enough. He made this statement: I don’t think I have what it takes to be a Christian.

I am sure that there are many people who feel this way. It's this very feeling that makes Christianity—what Jesus did for us, such a powerful gift! We could never measure up; not one of us! The person that thinks he is good enough and lives so purely that he could earn his way into Heaven by being good enough—this person is steeped in self-righteousness and pride. The Bible says that not one of us could enter into His glory (into Heaven and His presence) by our own merit. We are to try to live our best before Him and seek the Lord’s help daily. But it is called a gift of salvation because that is what it is—a gift! We can’t pay for it or earn it. Jesus paid for it and He is the one who made it a gift!

When Jesus offered us Himself, He promised another gift that would come with our salvation—the gift of His His Holy Spirit. When you receive Jesus you also receive His Holy Spirit comes to live within you. The Holy Spirit is the teacher and power of God working in you. You may have little confidence in yourself, but you can have full confidence in the Holy Spirit in you! It means you are not limited to personal change and accomplishment in your own strength. It means you can believe and trust in the power of God at work in you. Ephesians 3:7 NIV says, "...by the gift of God's grace given me by the effective working of HIS POWER!" 


What is Paul saying here? He says that this grace has “effective working power!” He is saying that just as it was the grace of God—God’s willingness to forgive and give you eternal life through Jesus Christ, so is it God's grace and the power of the Holy Spirit enabling you to walk it out.

We don't stand before God with sin in our own worthiness. We all know our flaws. We stand before God draped in a robe of His righteousness given to us from Jesus. It is God's righteousness given to you that helps you stand before God so that you have what it takes. It is not your ability to be perfect before God. That is what makes the gospel so precious. We can't do it alone but we can do it because of God’s effectual power working within us. Grasp this truth and you'll stop thinking,  I don’t have what it takes to be a Christian. You’ll believe that Jesus made you worthy by His doing not yours. And then you can put your faithnot in yourself, but in the power of the Holy Spirit living and working within you! You will have His effectual working power within you!

We all know our imperfections, faults, and mistakes. We live in God's love and mercy to us despite them. Likewise, we have to have that same forgiveness and mercy toward those who fail us in our life. They aren't perfect either. It's why Jesus said, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." Matthew 5:7 (NKJV) We are all a work in progress, thankful to God for His mercy and grace toward us! Freely we have received! So let us freely give!

Romans 4:7-8 (NIV) "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, December 12, 2016

God Wants To Help You in Everything Always!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


A while back, I was in my home office working when my computer starting acting like it was having a nervous breakdown. I've become savvy enough in my computer skills to trouble shoot a few things, only nothing I tried this time seemed to work. This was a problem because I had some important work and serious deadlines and did not have time to waste. I was feeling pressure. There is nothing like pressure to solicit wrong emotions and actions. And so, it triggered my auto-response: God cares about what I care about, so stop and pray.

I stopped and put my head down and asked the Lord, What should I do?  In Matthew 18:19 Jesus teaches us of the power of agreement saying, "Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth concerning anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven."

I called Renee into the room. She came and I took her hand. We prayed in agreement taking authority over this situation."Lord, in Jesus name, I rebuke every principality and power and ruler of the darkness trying to hinder me from finishing my work." (Ephesians 6:11) I continued to pray, Lord, help me resolve this situation and show me if there is anything I can do! This is what I do in crisis situations. I stop and consult the Lord asking, What should I do? I think through the actions I need to take making make sure I've done everything I know to do. And finally, I take authority over every attack and device Satan would use to hinder the progress God wants me to make.

When we finished praying, I felt impressed to do something I hadn't previously done. I had already rebooted my computer turning it off and on a couple of times, but with no results. This time I unplugged the power cord for a couple of minutes. When I re-plugged the computer and turned it back on, it worked perfectly.

Why would I dare to believe that God would care about such things and help me? Because He does love and care for me and wants to be involved in the details of my life! All good and loving parents have this instinct. We do because it's God's instinct passed on to us! He is our spiritual Father. Matthew 7:11 NKJV we see Jesus instruct us in this truth. "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?" And this truth is reinforced again in Philippians 4:6. “Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

These verses and more make it clear that God cares about the details of our life. God’s Word continuously teaches us this. Psalms 55:22 (NLT) says, "Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall."

Cares come in life. But the good news is, God cares for you. If that is not embedded in your heart, spend time praying and seeing this truth in God's word and let it become so! Have confidence and faith that God cares. Have confidence and faith that He will rescue you but don't box Him in! His grace will top your expectations!

Psalms 91:14 (NLT) "The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Do You Ever Struggle With Trusting God?

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by Pastor Tim Burt



Throughout all Biblical times, God’s people have struggled with believing God really loves them. They struggled with the thought that the God of the universe would intimately care about them. They struggled believing He would always be with them, would continue to love them despite their faults, would watch over and protect them, and would care and help them in the details of their life. They struggled with these thoughts then and people still struggle with them now. I guess not that much has changed! 

People desiring provision and protection isn’t new. When God’s people cried out to Him for it, God brought help through the person of Moses. God promised to deliver them from trouble, prosper them, and protect them if they’d trust in Him. We read this in Deuteronomy 6:22-25 NLT. “Before our eyes the Lord sent miraculous signs and wonders… But He brought us out from there (their place of trouble,) to bring us in and give us the land that He promised on oath to our forefathers. The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive (protected,) as is the case today…”

When God first used Moses to bring them from Egypt, He made it clear that He wanted to bless them and bring them into a better place—a place called "the Promised Land." God’s people hadn’t been to this land yet. They really didn’t know how great it was or what to expect. Nor did they really understand all God desired to do for them IF they would trust and put their faith in Him. Every time they saw the supernatural power of God intervene, it affected and blessed their lives in some way. God brought protection—the parting of the Red Sea and the drowning of Pharaoh’s armies. He brought provision—water from a rock and food—a sea of quail that flew right into their camp and manna—angel food from Heaven. He brought treasures—all the Egyptians gave the Israelites an abundance of jewels, silver, and gold as they left Egypt because of the Lord’s doing. They were also left with the riches of every people they defeated by God's hand. They had seen God’s miraculous hand again and again. When these miracles were fresh, they had faith. As soon as any kind of hardship came, they abandoned their faith and whined to Moses and God.

They always wanted to see Him move in the form of magnificent eye-popping miracles. If they didn’t see God move in some demonstrative miraculous way as they faced their day-to-day problems, then they turned their back on Him and abandoned their faith.

People still do that today. They bargain with God and pray more out of desperation than an unwavering faith-based upon their confidence of His love and trust in what He has promised. God was upset with them. Could they only have faith if He did these kinds of miracles every day? Children have more faith than that!

God promises that if we obey Him in our life style and have faith and trust in Him, then our faith in what He promises us, will result in provision and protection. That doesn't mean we don't face troubles. Remember that Satan is your adversary and against you. Psalm 34:19 (NKJV) says, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all."

 It does mean that through your faith, God will see you through the trouble. We see these promises over and over in God’s Word. Psalm 9:9-10 NKJV says, “The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, O Lord, have never abandoned anyone who searches for You.” We see this again in Psalm 37:39 NIV “The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble.” And again in Psalm 34:7 (TLB) “For the Angel of the Lord guards and rescues all who reverence him.”

His promises apply to us all. Faith pleases God (Hebrews 11:6). Your confident faith through Jesus Christ is the bridge to all promise and miracles of God. What a powerful secret to learn! This is what brings God’s life-changing power into our lives. It not only changes our circumstances, it changes us! It changes our way of thinking and our character. It transforms us into people who truly trust God and have sincere faith! He wants us to learn and know His will so that promises of protection and blessing can be ours through faith!

1 John 5:14-15 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of Him.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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