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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Two Godly Cures for Our Societies Woes: Part One

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by Pastor Tim Burt



America is in crisis over many things at this moment. I'll mention two of those that stand out today. First and foremost, Christians are suffering from Bible illiteracy and intimacy with God more than anytime I've ever seen. Because of technology, most Bible believing churches flash the scriptures preached, on the screen. This has resulted in many Christians not bringing their Bible to church because they don't feel the need to bring them. They hear scriptures but don't remember them and don't study them out later on. Christians today are often walking around thinking they know their Bible, but when challenged or needing to talk about scripture with Bible opposers, they find themselves inept in doing so. And, they don't have enough scripture in their heart to be a restraining force against the many temptations that face them today! Pastors better figure this out soon and create some solutions because, although they preach to their congregation to read their Bible daily, data shows that most don't. When Christians don't know their Bible, they don't reverence God's word and live by it.  This has resulted in many Christians living as worldly as people in the world. It is a crisis!

Secondly, Christians do not show proper reverence to God and His Word. They lack respect for God and His word and consequently, lack respect for their fellow-man and how they deal with him. Reverencing and respecting God means respecting your fellow-man! I believe that most every Christian would agree that the giving of and showing of respect, to their spouse, children, friends, boss, and co-workers, as well as to those in authority is taught by God's word as critical to the human and Christian experience. As Christians we should give and show respect without prejudice. Even when evil hate groups come into play, there is a way to lawfully and respectfully oppose them and even change laws to restrain them. When those in authority are bombarded with hundreds of phone calls, it's amazing what happens! People are to receive and give respect to one another even when they disagree with their opinion, choices, or lifestyles. No one respects an outright evil person. But, putting that aside, people do not have to agree or condone wrong or evil behaviors of people, but they should show respect to every human being as someone created by God. When hatred is boiling, the truth that "God wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth," vanishes! In heightened and emotional moments, you'll notice that if the core value of giving respect isn't developed within you, then at the time when things go wrong, your lack of respect will lead you to say and do all the wrong things. Love and respect must become pillars for our society in order that we become a respectful and respected nation walking in as much unity as possible.

1 Thessalonians 5:12 (NIV) says, “Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.” The word “respect” in this verse means to know or have a right perception of another.  Going deeper it means to come to know and understand someone so that you don’t prejudge or mischaracterize who people are and why they do what they do. It implies getting to know and understand the good in those around you. In this verse it especially implies getting to know what those in spiritual authority over you do, while appreciating the hard work and pressure it takes to walk as a leader.  The verse continues; 1 Thessalonians 5:13 (NIV) "Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other."

Everywhere I go I treat people who serve me with great respect whether they be the server in a restaurant, a receptionist, a cashier—whoever serves me.  I especially do that with my wife and children.  It is always appropriate do give kind respect. When I don't like laws, I call and write and communicate with those in authority respectfully. This has nothing to do with what I think they deserve or how they are presently acting. It is simply the right thing to do and what God wants me to do. And don't miss this: When respect is given and executed consistently, it will influence those that serve and help you in your life. You will help them and overall, you will see that it will come back to bless you!

Too often we think we should give honor and respect only when we feel that someone deserves it. God gave you love, which encompasses much more than respect, when you were a sinner and did not deserve it. That is what Jesus modeled. That is what love does. Giving love only when someone deserves it is shallow and would be dependent in our knowing someone well enough to make judgments about what they deserve.  Respect comes first. We give kind respect to all. When we do, consistently and always, to all, then we will see God’s power operating through it and coming back to us in our lives.

Our society is in crisis! An intimate relationship with God and His word, and showing sincere respect for one another will go along way in bring healing and blessing to you and to all!

Romans 12:10 (NLT) "Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring (respecting) each other."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The New You That is Waiting!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Renee and I learned a very valuable lesson when we sold our first home. It was our first house—a wonderful but small house that we lived in for 14 years. When our family grew to six in size and the children’s bodies grew bigger, we ran out of room. We put our house up for sale and began the quest of looking for a new one.

Before we could sell our  home, we had local code requirements we had to meet. The housing inspector came to inspect it and made a list of everything that had to be fixed before it could be sold. The list had about ten items that had to be brought to code. We had to spend some money and knock off each task on the fix list. Then we were advised by the realtor to spruce up some areas of the house to make it more sellable. It definitely took some finance and sweat equity. When we were done, we thought Wow, this place looks and feels a lot better. Well the house sold quickly and so we only got to live in it for one more month. We left that house thinking, We put money and a whole lot of sweat into that houseall for someone else. They were really minor renovations that we could have done years ago and enjoyed for ourselves. Lesson learned! We’ll never do that again. It was crazy that we put up with all those little inconveniences for so long when it only took a week to fix them all! Insanity!

God knows how much we need spiritual renovation. And the truth is, with God's help, we can make those little fixes. Satan tries to amplify them in our mind and make them seem impossible. Most aren't big and the grace of God is supernatural to help! God is ready and willing to help us make them now! God wants us to experience spiritual renovation day-by-day. That is what 2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV) says! “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”

This is a verse to meditate on. The Holy Spirit will bring deeper insight if you do. It’s important to note that the cost of not experiencing a daily renovation in your heart —“being renewed day by day,” is that you will lose heart. You will get discouraged, become apathetic and lethargic, and learn to live with stupid thoughts, habits, and destructive behaviors that erode the blessed life God wants you to experience. Between personal health, relationships, the workplace, the bad news of the world, and the persecution that comes from being a vibrant Christian, discouragement finds its way into our lives. That's why we need to be “inwardly renewed day by day.”

Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) says, “For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires…” The Word of God sorts through all the tangled mess of our minds and gets down to the nitty-gritty. It exposes wrong thoughts and attitudes and brings right thinking and promise to us. Psalms 19:7 says, “Gods Word and precepts are perfect, reviving – bring new life to the soul.” That's what we need to be inwardly renovated - "new life to the soul." God’s Word always has the power to renovate and renew us from the inside out. Psalm 19:8 (NIV) says, “The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. “

With giving your life to Christ, comes a precious promise that says God will make everything in your life new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) says, "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" God will not override your own free will to renovate you. You'll have to make that decision for yourself. But, God is there ready to help you and His word speaks life, power, and promise into your life to supply the spiritual strength to do so. Your temperament, your attitudes, your thinking and behaviors are ready for you to begin that transformation. Don't wait. Begin now and enjoy the benefits early on of a better you through Christ Jesus!

Jeremiah 31:3-4 (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. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt...”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Anchored Faith Builds Strong Godly Leaders

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by Pastor Tim Burt


There are things you believe in your life. Some of them are based on solid concrete facts, and others, on things you've heard and just believed. It is the strong beliefs in your life that have shaped your life thus far. And then there are those who avoid any strong beliefs because they have led to occasional conflict which they want to avoid at all costs. People without strong belief systems are usually somewhat apathetic.

That is one reason why apathy is so bad. Apathy is defined as an absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement; a lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting. Apathy doesn’t give a rip about what happens. Consequently it works to undermine or destroy faith or sincere heart belief—the passion or state of heart that pleases God. Hebrews 11:6 reminds us, “...without faith it is impossible to please God…”                                                             

Many people become apathetic because they hate conflict and would rather avoid having any strong beliefs or values because they can’t stand the forms of persecution that come from others who disagree with them. It’s easier to utter the catch words of the day, “I don’t care” or “whatever.” Apathetic people are never leaders and often lousy followers. They just try to get through life without conflict.

When you believe something strongly—when something becomes a deeply rooted conviction, it will anchor your heart, emotions, and imaginations. The sum of all your collective convictions produce core values which in turn will guide your life. Those convictions and values will affect how and what you think, what you say, and how you act. That is why you better have your beliefs anchored in true knowledge and fact. Many people anchor their beliefs in what they consider to be true knowledge—science. The problem is that science is always changing. The world was flat. The world is round. The world has one galaxy. The world is endless galaxies that are still forming to this day. Science is really only the progressive revelation by discovery of what exists. Science is always changing, never stationary, and never entirely agreed upon. Yet people anchor their beliefs on what science reveals thereby affecting what they think, what they say, and how they act. They often say, I only believe what I can see or scientifically prove. That statement is basis for of self-deception.

There is not a person on this planet that doesn’t exercise faith in something or someone without verifiable evidence. Everyone exercises faith. You do every time you drive over a bridge or get on an airplane. You exercise faith that the bridge won’t collapse or the airplane won't fall out of the sky—that you will get to your destination. You tell someone you will be at your destination at a certain time on a certain flight. That is faith. There is no verifiable evidence of that statement. It is speaking concretely about something in the future. I will be in San Diego on flight 891 at 10:30 am. See you then. It leads you to buy a ticket and it leads you to tell people you will be traveling. It leads you to board an airplane. You have exercised faith numerous times. Everyone is a person of faith and it does affect their daily thinking, saying, and doing.

This is why it’s so important to establish your faith in the truth of God’s Word. Let it shape what you think, what you say, and what you do. Unlike science, God never changes. People may create gods. People may mischaracterize and misunderstand God but that is not His doing or fault. God Himself never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Malachi 3:6 says, “For I am the LORD, I change not…”

God’s Word tells us that our lives are shaped by what believe, say, and act on today. God modeled it for us from the beginning. Hebrews 11:3 says, “By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

Of all things to put your faith in, it's the Word of God, His love toward you, and His instruction and promises that build conviction, core values, and anchor our heart.

Have faith in God’s promises! As 2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ…” Speak them by faith as God spoke. Let your faith—what you believe, become what you think, say, and act on.

Let what God promises you affect your thoughts, your words, and your actions. Anchored faith is what produces strong godly leaders. But it's critical that your faith be established in the unchanging truth of God's word! Let His word, truth, and promises anchor your leadership and then use it to influence others for God!

Hebrews 6:19 (TLB) "This certain hope of being saved is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls, connecting us with God himself behind the sacred curtains of heaven" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, August 11, 2017

The Daffodil Principle

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Isa 28:9-10 "Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little"

Subject: THE DAFFODIL PRINCIPAL  Author Unknown

Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come see he daffodils before they are over." I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead. "I will come next Tuesday, " I promised, a little reluctantly, on her third call. Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and so I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house and hugged and greeted my grandchildren, I said, "Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in the clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see bad enough to drive another inch!" My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all the time, Mother." 

"Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I'm heading for home!" I assured her. "I was hoping you'd take me over to the garage to pick up my car." "How far will we have to drive?" "Just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "I'll drive. I'm used to this." After several minutes, I had to ask, "Where are we going? This isn't the way to the garage!" "We're going to my garage the long way," Carolyn smiled, " by way of the daffodils." "Carolyn," I said sternly, "please turn around." "It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience." 

After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a  small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign that read, "Daffodil Garden." We got out of the car and each took a child’s hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, we turned a corner of the path, and I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it down over the mountain peak and slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns-great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, saffron, and butter yellow. Each different-colored variety was planted as a group so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers. "But who has done this?" I asked Carolyn. "It's just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home." Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house that looked small and modest in the midst of all that glory.  

We walked up to the house. On the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking" was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. "50,000 bulbs," it read. The second answer was, "One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and very little brain." The third answer was, "Began in 1958."  

There it was, The Daffodil Principle. For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun-one bulb at a time-to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Still, just planting one bulb at a time, year after year, had changed the world. This unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. She had created something of indescribable magnificence, beauty, and inspiration.

The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration. That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time--often just one baby-step at a time--and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world. 
"It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years. Just think what I might have been able to achieve!" My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said.


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Don't Let Your Heart Become Tainted. Keep It Pure!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I was in a recently in a shopping mall and walked into a sunglasses store. I was trying to find a pair I really liked. It seemed like they had endless options. They had many different kinds and colors of lenses that each created a different hue. As I peered through them, it was interesting to see how different things around me looked depending on the filter of the lens.

Life is like that. People observe life through many different filters. We see things through the lens on of our heart. We each have our own and they have been tinted by life experiences. Unfortunately, too many people see things through filters shaped by hurt, disappointment, and broken trust. If we see things through tainted filters of pain, everything we see and perceive becomes slightly off.

As a young Pastor, I had a friendship with another Pastor in town. He was very good at leading people to Christ. Over time, and as I came to know him better, I realized that He was a very broken man. He had been deeply hurt over the years and it affected his lens and how he saw everything. He became somewhat callous and cynicalqualities that are not very fitting for a Pastor. He eventually became addicted to pain killers and had to leave the ministry. Prior to that time, I felt it important to help him, yet somewhat pull back so that I would not be infected by his tainted views. Relationships can influence us positively or negatively. God's word warns us to be cautious in our associations as seen in Proverbs 22:24-25 (NIV) “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.”

Hurt in your life does change your perspective and color the lens shaping your perspective and attitude. It gives you a false perspective. Too often, people that are hurting don’t realize it. They think everyone else is the problem, when the problem is with them.

In the past two years, I spent time with two different men that were dealing with some discontentment with our church and in their life. In both cases, neither of them was involved in serving others or giving the supply from their God-given gifting. Both were lacking in meaningful relationships in the church. There were things that happened that tainted their filter and gave them a false perspective. Because of that they kept the church and the people in it at an arm’s length, and kept from being involved. In each case, I invited them to participate in a few things with me where they made some great relationships and ended up using their gifting. Before long, everything changed! They loved the church, the people, and enjoyed the sermons more than ever before. Their marriages improved, their jobs became more successful, and life was simply seen through more pure eyes.

Getting rid of old hurts, forgiving, and moving forward toward a purpose-filled life for the Lord can do that. Miraculous things can happen when we follow God’s plan. Forgiving, healing, and moving forward is a part of God's plan. I’ve talked with people who brag about being opinionated or cynical, or sarcastic. These are people that are hurting and I guarantee you their filters are tainted. They are affecting others when they actually think they're funny or are helping others. They can be like a person carrying a communicable disease. Their negative influence infects those close to them.

Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT reminds us of how much we all need God's mercy and how powerful and mighty it is to receive and to give it out in our life. It is what brings daily healing. It is what keeps our lens clear and our heart pure. It helps us start each day afresh—even when we’ve really blown it the day before. It allows us to forgive ourself, and to then in turn forgive others. It says,"The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, "The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!" 

Putting on the right glasses with the right filter that will keep your heart pure is to live a life of overlooking offense and offering constant forgiveness and mercy. We ourselves must receive God's mercy afresh each day.

Jeremiah 17:14 (NLT) says, "Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone." Luke 6:37 (NLT) says, "Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven." If you live this way, the Lord will help keep your heart right with Him and with the world around you. You’ll see the world through His eyes of love and mercy.

James 3:17-18 “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace-loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is FULL of MERCY and good deeds"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Do You Really Understand That God is For You?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever had a wrong perception of someone? Personally, I hate it when I get the wrong perception of a person. I was at a conference a few years back. I met this guy who introduced himself to me. We had a very pleasant conversation and I remember walking away thinking, I'd like to get to know that person better.  I mentioned meeting him to a couple of other people, sharing what a nice guy he seemed to be. They immediately painted a bad picture of him to me. It shocked me because the picture did not match what I had experienced. I found out over time, that he was a great guy and the other two people who painted him not-so-nice, were jealous of him.  

It happens in life. People judge or size-up someone for various reasons and too quickly allow a wrong perception to be formed. I think we all hate when we do that and feel embarrassed when we are so wrong in what we thought.


People do this with God all the time. They have a wrong perception of Him. It's because they don't know Him through the knowledge of His Word. They might not know God except through what they have figured out or have been told by others. No offence but figuring out God for yourself is ridiculous! If you could figure out God, then He wouldn't be God. And if you think you can figure out everything about God, you are really creating your own god. God reveals Himself to those that hunger and seek to know Him. Jeremiah 29:13 NIV says, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." 

God does not want to be figured out. God can't be figured out with the human mind. That is what false religion and cults are born from—figuring out with the human intellect who and what God is. How prideful and vain that is! The human mind cannot begin to fathom the majesty of God. Job had been guilty of figuring out God and God corrected him saying,  “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? ...Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much..." Job 38:2-4 (NLT)

How does God reveal Himself and to whom does He? For starters, God reveals Himself to those who, through a cry of the heart pray, God, if you are real, I sincerely want to know. If Jesus is your Son I really want to know. Please help me to know you! That simple prayer sincerely spoken will solicit God's heart and a response will surely come. God will reveal Himself in countless ways that look like a series of coincidences. They aren't. Eventually you'll hear someone preaching or teaching from the Bible and God can and will reveal Himself. You'll conclude God is speaking to you. But, most of those ways are visible only to the heart that is seeking Him. He does not reveal Himself to the mocker or indifferent! As Jesus said, "Do not cast your pearls before swine."

When a person receives Jesus as their Lord and Savior, He immediately sends the Holy Spirit to live within their heart. The Holy Spirit opens the eyes of their understanding and they begin to see life though God's eyes. And then God reveals Himself and answers to life's mysteries, and of Himself and His will. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (TLB) says, "But the man who isn’t a Christian can’t understand and can’t accept these thoughts from God, which the Holy Spirit teaches us. They sound foolish to him because only those who have the Holy Spirit within them can understand what the Holy Spirit means. Others just can’t take it in."

When you haven’t come to know and understand the depth of God’s love, mercy, and grace, you easily formulate false ideas and perceptions of who He is. It may even pervert your faith, instead causing you to fear of Him.

Some believe God is mad at them and wants to strike them down or punish them with judgment or destruction because of something they’ve done wrong. God is just and nothing escapes His sight, but God isn't out to get anyone. He desires to draw us into reconciliation and forgiveness of sin. That is what Jesus died for. He wants to help us to understand His love and see life through His eyes. Then we will want to live for Him. But, for far too many, instead of drawing close to God in faith because of knowing His mercy and love, they are deceived into thinking every little thing going wrong in their life is God’s doing because He is mad at them. They fear Him and pull back from Him. Some believe that God made them sick to teach them a lesson or as a judgment for their sin. They have taken Satan’s attacks and destruction and attributed as God's doing. Now that's a false and wrong perception. It will affect their faith. If they think God wants them sick, then they surely won't look to Him for help or to minister healing to them.

Is a wrong perception of God stealing your faith? When you are going through a hard time, do you begin to wonder or doubt if God cares or loves you? Do you question if He wants to help you?

Luke 18:7-8 (NLT) "... So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to Him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, He will grant justice to them quickly..."

God makes it clear. The problem is not with Him. It boils down to this. Do we really know Him? Have we taken the time to know and become intimate with Him so that we do know of His mercy and goodness? Or, has a wrong perception because of a lack of seeking and getting to know Him for who He really is, stolen your faith? Do you only know what others say the Bible says, or have you learned to read it for yourself?  Seek Jesus! He loves you! He is constantly trying to reach you. He wants to help you! Open your eyes and pay attention and you'll see. As Hebrews 13:6 says, "So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Worth Remembering During the Storms of Life

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by Pastor Tim Burt


"During the Storms of Life" (Author Unknown)

Years ago, I was enthralled as I listened to a pastor who for several years had faithfully served the church. His executive responsibilities had taken him all over this country. As he concluded his message, he told of one of the most frightening yet thought-provoking experiences of his life.

He had been on a long flight. The first warning of the approaching problems came when the sign on the airplane flashed on: "Fasten your seat belts." Then, after a while, a calm voice said, "We shall not be serving the beverages at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence. Please be sure your seat belt is fastened."
As he looked around the aircraft, it became obvious that many of the passengers were becoming apprehensive. Later, the voice of the announcer said, "We are so sorry that we are unable to serve the meal at this time. The turbulence is still ahead of us." And then the storm broke. The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightening lit up the darkening skies, and within moments that great plane was like a cork tossed around on a celestial ocean. One moment the airplane was lifted on terrific currents of air; the next, it dropped as if it were about to crash.

The pastor confessed that he shared the discomfort and fear of those around him. He said, "As I looked around the plane, I could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and alarmed. Some were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were wondering if they would make it through the storm. And then, I suddenly saw a girl to whom the storm meant nothing. She had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat on her seat and was reading a book. Everything within her small world was calm and orderly. Sometimes she closed her eyes, then she would read again; then she would straighten her legs, but worry and fear were not in her world. When the plane was being buffeted by the terrible storm, when it lurched this way and that, as it rose and fell with frightening severity, when all the adults were scared half to death, that marvelous child was completely composed and unafraid."

The minister could hardly believe his eyes.
It was not surprising therefore, that when the plane finally reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to disembark, he lingered to speak to the girl whom he had watched for such a long time.

Having commented about the storm and behavior of the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid. The sweet child replied, "Sir, my Dad is the pilot, and he is taking me home." - Author Unknown -

Galatians 4:6 (MSG) "You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, "Papa! Father!"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, August 04, 2017

Being a Giver: A Life Changing Core Value

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Have you ever been in a financially tight spot? You are not alone. Most  everyone has been at some point. What's the godly and right way to respond to the pressure that financial difficulties can bring? Actually, I believe the answer is setting a core value for life that you consistently execute long before you get to that place. There are many places to build character into your life. Being a giver is a character quality that will set you free in ways you could never otherwise know.

When I was a young Christian, I started hearing about the importance of giving and being a giver. Prior to becoming a Christian, I never saw myself as cheap. I think I was reasonably generous. The problem was, I was 24 years old and totally irresponsible with money. I gave away what didn’t even belong to me by bouncing checks and credit card debt.

When I met Renee, I learned quickly that she was very skilled at managing her finances. She taught me how to balance my check book and helped me think through being more prudent in the management of my finances. The Lord helped me in so many ways! Breaking impulsive spending habits was the first. I didn’t realize it was a stronghold in my life that was until I tried to stop. There were times where I almost felt depressed because I couldn't spend money (that I didn't have anyway.) Within a year, I had really started to change how I managed finances. In learning to be prudent with money, I also had to learn to be a giver—a responsible one. I couldn’t spend or give what I did not have. I learned to put tithing at the top of my budget, (not out of legalism or obligation, but out of desire and love for the Lord.) I then learned to live within my means. (Your flesh never feels comfortable with that!) And then along with that, I learned to be a giver.

Renee and I gave and sowed seed. We gave our tithe at church. We bought and gave Bibles to people we shared Jesus with. We gave money to people in need or ministries that spoke to our heart and taught us, (whatever we could and whether the amount we could give seemed insignificant or not.) We also developed an ongoing rule for our lives: if we hadn’t worn or used something for a year (with few exceptions) then we gave it away to someone in need. We sowed a lot!
Being a giver is fun and satisfying to your soul. This might sound weird to some, but something powerful and supernatural happens when you let this transformation happen within you! It's like money loses its hold over you and generosity becomes a part of your nature—even a passion!  "Live to Give" What a godly quality to have within you!

Knowing and personally experiencing the promise and wisdom of God's Word became a core value of our lives. Proverbs 11:24 NIV says, “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly (is stingy,) but comes to poverty.”  We purposed to become the ones who gave freely! We knew what Jesus promised in Luke 6:38 NLT. “If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you."  Yes God promised to give back to us but that was never our motivation for giving. We knew God was trying to teach us how to becomes stewards of what He gave us, AND generous givers that trusted Him in our giving. As 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NKJV) says, "...for God loves a cheerful giver." 

The Apostle Paul brought insight to giving where Jesus left off in 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 NLT, saying, “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, "Godly people give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will never be forgotten." For God is the one who gives seed to the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, He will give you many opportunities to do good, and He will produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched so that you can give even more generously. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will break out in thanksgiving to God.”

Renee and I didn't learn this lesson when we had great amounts of extra discretionary income. We began to practice this when she became a stay-at-home mom and we had cut our income in half. We didn't think this was some get-rich-quick scheme. We had faith that because we had tithed and always given generously, God would provide our needs. When we felt our backs were up against the wall, we put our knees to the floor and thanked God for the promise of His Word. We rejected fear, professed our faith. thanked Him for His grace, and did the best we could in being diligent. God did the “exceeding abundantly beyond what we can ask or think” in our lives in numerous and miraculous ways.

This is a life of faith and as Hebrews 10:38 “The just shall live by faith…” Be a giver and you’ll already know how to trust God and respond to His leading with confidence in times of financial hardship and famine.

2 Corinthians 8:12 (NLT) "Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

A Gift From God to You—Supernatural Wisdom

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by Pastor Tim Burt


It is a good thing to desire to grow in wisdom. It is wisdom that helps us consistently make good decisions and live our life out prudently and reverently before the Lord. Wisdom ultimately comes from God. Because people want to grow in wisdom and make wise decisions, they seek advice. Seeking advice is advisable but critical that it comes from the right persons. If not, you''ll find that bad advice is abundant and cheap. Proverbs 29:11 says, "A fool utters his entire mind: but a wise man keeps it in till afterwards." And Proverbs 26:12 says "See a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope of a fool than of him."

It seems like you can always find someone to tell you what to do. That is not the purpose of advice. Advice is to help you gather facts, information, insights, and the wisdom of others so that you can weigh them before the Lord in prayer and let Him lead you into good and wise decisions. It's important to really think about who you take advice from.

When you go on the quest to pray and seek God's wisdom, you'll find that God has a way of speaking His wisdom to you through various sources of godly people who know His Word - the Bible! It could be through your Pastor's message in church, through a Christian book you read, through a trusted friend over coffee, or through someone or somebody you least expect, suddenly! Godly counsel and advice that imparts wisdom from God’s word is the backbone of wisdom building.
Wisdom is the product of the following: the getting of knowledge, developing understanding of that knowledge, then the experiential understanding that comes from putting what you’ve learned to work, and finally the continued growth of knowledge and experience over the seasons of your life that become wisdom. This is the primary way wisdom is gained. But, there is another way wisdom comes and that is by the grace of God. It can be a supernatural impartation of what to do—wisdom, that comes suddenly from the heart of God as a gift! What I mean by that is that there are times where we need wisdom in an area where we’ve not grown in knowledge, understanding, and experience. That happens in parenting all the time! We've not been there before and we need to know what to do. God would normally have you seek Him in prayer and His word for wisdom, but, there are times when, by God's grace, He shows you what to do, giving you wisdom you couldn't possibly have known on your own. This is the operation of the gift of the Spirit called the word of wisdom. 1 Corinthians 12:8 reveals this saying, "For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom..."

Solomon was the recipient of this kind of wisdom at the beginning of his kingly reign. He was a young man and a new king, inexperienced in his new role. Two women were brought before him both claiming to be mother of the same child. One was obviously lying. What wisdom and experience could this new and young king have to discern how to get to the truth? The answer is none. Solomon leaned completely on the Lord for the wisdom he needed and because of it, we see God give him the word of wisdom. 1 Kings 3:23-28 NIV we read, Solomon said, "This one says, 'My son is alive and your son is dead,' while that one says, 'No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.'" Then the king said, "Bring me a sword." So they brought a sword for the king. He then gave an order: "Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other." The woman whose son was alive was filled with compassion for her son and said to the king, "Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don't kill him!" But the other said, "Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!" Then the king gave his ruling: "Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother." When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice."

This was wisdom outside of the natural progression of getting wisdom. It was supernatural and a gift of God's grace to accomplish the task God had given Solomon. We can always believe for God's grace for wisdom when we are executing something He has put in our heart to do.

There are times when we will need exactly this kind of wisdom—supernaturally, void of previous experience. That will be the exception, not the rule. As I said, God prefers that we learn His word and grow in wisdom so that it becomes deeply rooted in us. He promises to help you have wisdom and now you know that even when you’ve not had time to gain wisdom in an area, He is still there to supernaturally help you have wisdom!

James 1:5 (NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

What God Wants to Do Through You!

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by Pastor Tim Burt



Listen to these words describing God’s greatness and mighty power.

Jeremiah 32:18-20 TLB “…You are the great and powerful God, the Lord Almighty. You have all wisdom and do great and mighty miracles. You are very aware of the conduct of all people, and you reward them according to their deeds. You performed miraculous signs and wonders in the land of Egypt—things still remembered to this day! And you have continued to do great miracles in Israel and all around the world. You have made your name very great, as it is today.”

God is great and mighty! In Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV it says: “Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you do not know.” When you read these words, it should stir you up to seek and pursue the great and mighty things God wants to show you. You are made in the image of God and you have it in your DNA to do great and mighty things. But, if you don’t get God’s insight to what "great and mighty" is, you’ll confuse it with worldly accomplishment and never know the blessing behind what He really meant.

God alone is God. The Bible tells us that He alone raises up and brings down Kings and those in authority. He alone made the Heavens and the earth and all within it. He alone could create something as complex as the human body or the galaxies we can now gaze into through the Hubble telescope. Man’s efforts are crude in comparison.
God has His great and mighty—that which He desires us to do. The great and mighty He has for us isn’t about satisfying our pride or ego or lust for riches or power. It’s not about accomplishments motivated by the desire of man’s praise. Doing great and mighty things has to do with obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit that brings the touch of God to those around us. Jesus demonstrated that for us.

Jesus came not only to reconcile us to God, but also to demonstrate great and mighty things—impacting others with  the message and touch of God’s love. His motivation was born from pure love which He demonstrated through personal sacrifice and selflessness.from His birth to the cross. He demonstrated great mercy and compassion that led to the touch of God that constantly changed, redirected, and healed lives. He showed us what great and mighty things means and how to walk it out in our day-to-day life. We may not be raising someone from the dead or seeing someone healed every time we pray for them, but we can pray in faith and we will see God move through our prayers. And we will sometimes see unexplainable miracles that we know were the hand of God!

An unbeliever can serve in a homeless shelter and do other good works just like a believer can. But an unbeliever can’t do good works accompanied by prayer and God's anointing through faith that bring His supernatural touch. Good works are good and a blessing to all by all, but prayer, power, and God's anointing is the touch from God that only you as a believer can give. It's what Jesus brought upon this earth and left with us to give. Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." John 14:12 (NIV)  

I watch the great and mighty in action all the time through people in our church. While a young woman was going through cancer treatment, I watched people bring her family meals, love and words of encouragement from God's Word and promises, standing with her in prayer. She is healed and doing great now.

During a cold Minnesota winter I watched a man skilled in heating and air conditioning fix the furnace of a family who’d been without heat—not for money, but out of the love of God within his heart. He helped them, prayed with them, and fixed their furnace. They were moved to tears and encouraged in their heart! I watched a family motivated purely by the love of God make a decision to set aside a significant amount of money each month so that at year’s end they could give to families in need at Christmas. I watched hundreds of people deliver wonderful Thanksgiving baskets of food to people in need in the community along with a message of God’s love. I've worked with people serving meals to the homeless. Renee's brought women on the mission field to bring supplies to and pray with the sick, the poor, the homeless and those devastated by disaster. These people often became part of a church family! I recently had someone tell me that when I had prayed for the excruciating pain in their arm and shoulder, a few days later they were completely healed, This was after months of pain.

These are all touches of God's love and considered great and mighty by God.  They won’t make headlines in the newspaper, but they will make headlines in the hearts of those they touch. They come at the hand of godly compassion, sacrifice, and time. They are the great and mighty thing that God puts in our heart when we pay attention. They are what make our heart and life rich in blessing. Life's richness and greatest meaning and blessing comes not from getting, but from giving the touch of Jesus' love in all the ways He leads us to, day in and day out!

Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)   “Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, July 31, 2017

It's Not Over Devil. God Has My Blessing in Mind

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by Pastor Tim Burt


We face many situations in our lives where those around us are discussing and trying to predict the outcome of the difficult situations we face. Sometimes the circumstances look bleak and everyone including the devil wants to predict the outcome. They’re predicting Your toast! You’ve lost this one.

Sometimes it looks like it is over and that we have lost. When hard circumstances look me in the face and the fear of failure tries to come upon me, I get into and meditate on the promises of God's Word. I come away again and again renewed and saying, Don’t count on it devil. It’s not over! God has my blessing in mind! 

Abraham and Sara were written off. Many must have thought or said to them, It’s over! There won’t be any children for you two. Abraham was old, yet God told Abraham He would give him a flesh and blood son. When God tells you something, it’s not like when others tell you something. God does not and cannot lie. Romans 3:3-4 (NLT) says it like this: “…just because some people their promises, does that mean God will break His promises? Of course not! Though everyone else in the world is a liar, God is true.” 

Numbers 23:19 (NLT) further tells us, “God is not a man, that He should lie. He is not a human, that He should change His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it through?"

We need to learn that nothing that God promises is over until He has said it is. We need to remember that God does His part and we do ours. It's our part to believe, follow and obey His leading, and trust in His promises! That is why we have to become one who says, It’s not over devil! God has my blessing in mind! For Abraham, God made Him a promise—and unimaginable promise! To most if not all, the thought of it coming true seemed insane. Every natural circumstance had said it was over, but not to Abraham. What was impossible to Abraham was God’s ability to lie. He couldn’t and Abraham knew it. Therefore he had faith in His God whom he knew was the one and only true God—the God of the impossible.

Romans 4:18-21 NLT reminds us, "Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb."

Circumstances to rob our faith don’t get worse than what Abraham faced.  Even so, he knew that because of the promise of God, It wasn't over. God had His blessing in mind! He may not have understood how, but He knew that God was true to His Word.

Romans 4:20-22 NLT continues saying,  “Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything He promised. And because of Abraham's faith, God declared him to be righteous.“

What is it that the devil is trying to steal from you? Even if the circumstances look like the devil has succeeded, has God spoken a promise to you? Are you letting God’s Word be so intimate, alive, and personal to you that it has made you grit your teeth, shake your fist at the devil and say, Devil, you obviously don’t know my God. You future is laid before you and it’s less than bleak. To the contrary, mine is blessed of God, and, this situation is not over! God has my blessing in mind! God will decide and determine when that is and I know this—I will be on the victory side!

Do you know God's promises? If not, it's time to learn them. It's time to declare them. It's time to sing them and pray them and rejoice in them. Forgive those around you that have their doubts. They might not know God like you do. Turn off the nightly news that robs your faith and open up the Word of God. Let your eyes feast on His promises and let them lift you back up into a place of faith in God!

Psalm 9:9 NKJV says, “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble." And, Psalm 46:1 NLT, "God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble." And, Psalms 37:39 NKJV, "But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: He is their strength in the time of trouble."

I thank God that the devil is defeated and the Lord is exalted and His Word prevails in our lives—by faith!  Learn to say, It’s not over devil. God has got my blessing in mind! Let your faith grow strong like Abraham’s and let God be true and every man (and circumstance) be a liar. Just stand strong no matter how long it takes and know that God has your blessing and testimony coming!

Romans 4:20 (NLT) "Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God” 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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