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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Have Peace! Trust God to Make Things Fair!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I talk to Christians who do business daily in the workplace, I hear of problems they often face because of their Christianity. Because of their faith in God, they feel compelled by the Word of God to live honestly and uprightly. But, they also feel that because of it, they're competing on an uneven playing field. The world doesn't deal with honesty and fairness. Do the contrary, the world too often deals with lies, under-the-table dealings, corruption, and does business in ways that are outside of the law. Yet Christians are expected to have integrity and do what is upright and honest. So, they ask, How is that fair? 

And then there are Christians who work hard and trust in God for their promotion and advancement while other people play "politics" and play up to the boss. The list of ways worldly people compete unfairly is never-ending.

Too often we try to find fair out there but the truth is,  fair isn't out there. Fair isn't available because we live in a sin-defiled world. We live in a world run by the god of this world—Satan. He is the corrupter of anything and all that would be fair. Most of the world lies and cheats because they feel it's the norm and the standard it takes to get by. Christians have to work harder at remaining pure while the world parties on, not paying attention to or caring about God's standard for moral relationships or ethical thinking and behavior. Then what can really seem unfair is that it looks like they get away with it! Trust me no one gets away with anything! God is watching!

As Christians, God does want us to abide by His Word and do what's right. The Apostle Paul set the example for us. He says in 1 Thessalonians 2:3-4 NIV,  "For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted.... We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts."

God wants us to be trustworthy with the truth - trusting Him for the results. He will ultimately work things out in a just and fair way in accordance with His plan and purpose. He will make things fair. Proverbs 2:7-9 NIV says, "The Lord... holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones. Then you will understand what is RIGHT AND JUST AND FAIRevery good path.” If you are looking for fair in life, remember that in this world, fairness is only available from God. He alone has the knowledge of absolutes, right and wrong, and all necessary details. For us, much of fairness is a matter of perspective. We all simply do the best we can with the information we have. 


There are some perceived injustices that God alone understandsusually having to do with reasons of His mercy to reach others. Some justice may be delayed until the final Day of Judgment. Then all injustices will be made right. But don't think that His mercy leaves you holding the bag if injustice. 


As Christians, it can seem like we are going to end up on the short end of the stick. Don't let the devil talk you into that lie. That's not faith and we can not allow ourselves to think like that. Have peace and trust God to make things fair! Always act honestly and no matter what anyone else does, just do what's right. Petition the Lord and He will help make things work for you. The fact is, WE have what some could call, an unfair advantage. We are God's children and we have His love, power, authority, supernatural favor and help, and many precious promises to help us in our time of need. That more than balances the scales!

Psalms 103:6 (NLT) "The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly"

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Higher Standard of Living For a Higher Calling

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by Pastor Tim Burt


You have probably heard these words spoken somewhere along the road of life. “… to whom much is given, much will be required…” You may or may not have known that these are words are from Luke chapter 12:48

If you are a Christian, you are because you made a choice and decision to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. The moment you made that decision, the opportunity for your life to take a radical change in direction happened. Whether that radical change happened or not was and still is up to you.

When you made the to decision to accept Jesus Christ into your heart, a miracle happened. You were born againnot from your mother's womb, but spiritually by God. Through Jesus, God immediately reconciled you to Himself. He washed your sins away, filled you with His Holy Spirit, and your eyes were instantly opened to begin to see Bible scripture more clearly and to see life through His eyes. That launched the ultimate opportunity for change within you. To the degree that you pursue God is the degree you experience change. At no time does God usurp your will or make you do anything! He is there and waiting for you to call upon Him to help you learn of His ways and receive His influence upon your heart and life. Helping you grow and mature so that you can help others is His will for your life. It is a higher standard God is calling you to. Will you answer that call?
The moment you become a Christian, you receive something greater than any gift ever given to mankindthe gift and privilege of intimately fellowshipping with God. If that wasn't enough, you've been given the promise of eternal life. If that wasn't enough, you've been given precious promises of protection, provision, wisdom and help from God.  And if that isn't enough, you've been given God’s love and power to transform your thinking, your character, and how you walk out life. But even more importantly, you are given the ministry of being able to touch others with God’s love. You've been made ministers of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (TLB) puts it like this: "When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun! All these new things are from God who brought us back to himself through what Christ Jesus did. And God has given us the privilege of urging everyone to come into his favor and be reconciled to him."

Luke 12:48 (TLB) says, "...Much is required from those to whom much is given, for their responsibility is greater." Those words made me think about the privilege of being a Christian and the responsibility to step up to the calling. I could see God was calling Christians to live life by a higher standard for the sake of those around them. This mean that I'd have to pursue God and lean on Him to make the changes to accommodate that higher standard required of me for the sake of others.

As a Christian, God gives us boundaries for living but not the law of the Old Testament. He says there is a higher law. It’s called the royal law of love. It transcends laws because it’s not about What can I get away with? It’s about From a position of love and caring, how can I best live my life God’s way to be a light and example and blessing to others? It’s a selfless lifestyle motivated by lovenot personal selfishness and self-indulgence. James 2:8 NIV says, “If you really keep the royal law... you are doing right.”

Over the years, I have found that there has been much I do and don’t do because of the example it sets for others. Should I really be concerned about that? Well in examining that question I think of 1 Corinthians 10:24 (NLT) "Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others." Most people don't think that way but God is asking you to think that way. He is asking you to live a higher standard so that others will see Jesus in you that the seed of His love may be planted in them! It's the greatest life you can live! It's a higher standard of living for a higher calling!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Heart of Memorial Day

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Since Memorial Day is coming up, I thought it would be appropriate to share this video with you so there was time enough to forward it to others.

This video has a way to make this special day, "Memorial Day," more real to those that may not have directly served their country by active duty in the military!

I never did but have the greatest admiration and appreciation to God and to those that did give their life defending our freedom! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Psalm 110:3 (NLT) "In that day of battle,your people will serve you willingly.Arrayed in holy garments,your vigor will be renewed each day like the morning dew."





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Pastor Tim Burt

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Friday, May 26, 2017

The Legend of the Cherokee Indian Youth's Rite of Passage

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I am reposting this by popular request! I hope it's a blessing to you! ~ Pastor Tim

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him an leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone.


Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come
into manhood on his own.

The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him . Maybe even some human might do him harm.

The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold.


It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him.

He had been at watch
the entire night, protecting his son from harm.


We, too, are never
alone.

Even when we
don't know it, God is watching over us, Sitting on the stump beside us.

When trouble comes,
all we have to do is reach out to Him.


Moral of the story:

Just because you can't see God,

Doesn't mean He is not there.

"For we walk by faith, not by sight."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Faith in God's Promises is Life-Changing!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Have you ever hear the words Do you promise? Yes I promise. Promises are made daily and universally.  What is a promise?

One dictionary says, Promise: A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow: an assurance creating an expectation.   Of courses you're familiar with this word. Do you or have you used it often? More importantly, have you kept the promises or assurances given to those you've made them to?

Husbands and wives promise to keep their love for their spouses. Companies promise Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back! Dads and moms promise If you behave, we’ll take you out for a special treat. Have you ever heard of a politician that hasn’t made promises? How often have you heard the question, Do you promise not to tell anyone else? Jonathan Swift is quoted as saying, Promises and pie-crusts were made to be broken.

Maybe broken promises seem to be the way of man. Maybe that is why people have so little faith in them. It seems as though modern day promises are just words that create a little higher expectationbut listened to by those with guarded hearts from having experienced to many broken promises. Broken promises may be the way of far too many people but they are not the way of God.

When we read in the Bible of God speaking, one Hebrew word used is dabar. It carries the meaning to speak, to declare. When the Bible says that God promised, this is often the word used. In other words, God’s Word is always a promise. He does not lie. He is incapable of lying and what He says IS what He promises and it will come to pass. Learn this and put your faith in this truth concerning His Word, and it will change your life!

Now can you imagine having a face-to-face encounter with Almighty God Himself? This did occasionally happen between God and those He was establishing a promise to. Sometimes He would appear in a dream as He did to Jacob. We read about it in Genesis 28:10-15 (NLT.)

“Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone for a pillow and lay down to sleep. As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from earth to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down on it. At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, "I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I will give it to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will cover the land from east to west and from north to south. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. What's more, I will be with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. I will someday bring you safely back to this land. I will be with you constantly until I have finished giving you everything I have promised." 

This promise to Jacob was first made to his grandfather Abraham. It was to be to Abraham and his descendants. It was carried to Abraham's son Isaac and then to Isaac’s son Jacob. God here said here that it would carry on to Jacob’s descendants—in other words all the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. How would you feel if He called your name? How would you feel if you heard that? Would it be life changing? Would you treat it like any other promise that you’ve ever heard and take with a grain of salt, or would you esteem it and put all your faith in it? Would it change your confidence and how you approach your day-to-day experience?

The promise made to Abraham and then Jacob and then to all his future descendants was a promise to be received by faith. The promise was not just to descendants by blood lineage but by faith – to those who would believe and take God at His Word. It’s reaching through the portals of time to you now. Galatians 3:26-29 reveals this saying; “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus… There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. “

This is saying that what God promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be ours by faith today. And again, what was that promise? Well a part of it was this: “What's more, I will be with you, and I will protect you wherever you go….I will be with you constantly until I have finished giving you everything I have promised." (Genesis 28:15) 

As you go about your day today, meditate on God being with you, protecting you, and working toward fulfilling all His promises made to you through His Word. Exercise your faith and actively believe them! Speak them over you! Declare them over yourself! We are exhorted to do this very thing in Hebrews 6:12. “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Satan will always try to oppose them and talk you out of them but your faith can and will overcome any opposition if you don’t let go.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV) "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Be Aware Of or Lose These Precious Gifts From God

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by Pastor Tim Burt



There is a common occurrence in life that most adults are aware of. It’s an experience most have been guilty of. That experience happened when they passed through a season of their life—the teenage through young adulthood years. That was the period where their parents began to grow unintelligent and out of touch with reality while they become brilliantly wise about all aspects of life. Do you remember those years? Do you remember what you were like?

It was amazing how when I got married and began to have children, my parents suddenly had this transformation and became wonderfully smart and wise again! Yeah right! The truth is, I'm embarrassed for those years of depreciating my parent’s wisdom while exalting my own. For me, the thing that most snapped me out of this delusional stage was having children. It was at that point that I began to grow in my understanding and appreciation for what love and responsibility was truly all about. It was at that time that my love and appreciation for all that my parents sacrificed for me, and all they put up with concerning me, began to skyrocket.

Do you think this is the only season of life this happens? It’s not. It's called familiarity and it breeds contempt instead of appreciation and honor for those who have loved and helped us. If we don’t understand and guard against it, we will make the mistake of under-appreciating those that we should appreciate and honor again and again.

Jesus begins to help us see how this could happen again through His words in Luke 4:24 NIV. “I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.” Jesus spoke two very key words that deserve your full attention. First He said, “I tell you the truth…” When Jesus says something is the truth, He is not saying it lightly because everything He says is truth. He is saying this is an absolute truth you must take seriously—you can take it to the bank—no ands, ifs, or buts. Secondly, He said the word “no” as in “no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.” The word no means just what you think no means. It means none—no exception.

He is saying that without exception, there is this experience of familiarity—knowing someone so well and for so long, that at some point the experience of depreciating respect and appreciation for those who have had a profound influence in your life, happens! There are those—parents, siblings, bosses, co-workers etc.—who you've become familiar with (or overly used to) who've helped you but to some degree, you've lost respect and appreciation for. And let me say this one more time. It happens without exception.

Jesus was speaking of Himself but also of an experience of life. Jesus grew up in his own hometown and community and those that grew up with him knew him well. He was a carpenter’s son. He was the son of Joseph and Mary. They’d known him all his life. They knew his strengths, and their perspective of his weaknesses. How could he suddenly proclaim himself to be the son of God? He became the prophet in his own home town and because they knew him so well, they couldn’t see him in this new light.

This can happen anywhere. We know children can become so familiar with their parents, that they lose the ability to appreciate their parent’s wisdom and experience.  Employees can become so familiar with their boss that they begin to depreciate the wisdom their boss has. They lose sight that their boss or company owner may have worked hard to get where they are and still have great wisdom to learn from.

Husbands and wives can become so familiar with each other and with each other’s faults and weaknesses that they become blinded to the wonderful things that attracted each other to begin with.

Friends can become so familiar with each other that they take each other for granted and at some point, begin to see too much of the ‘less that great attributes,’ losing sight of their good attributes. We see this in Job 19:14 (NKJV) "My relatives have failed, And my close friends have forgotten me." And in Psalm 41:9 NLT “Even my own familiar friend, the one I trusted completely, the one who shared my food, has turned against me.”

People can even become familiar with God—so much so, that He becomes just another figure in their life and not the one they respect and reverence as Almighty God!

Years ago I had these friends—a couple who both worked at the same company for a very long time. They had been there for many years and had become very familiar with the owner of the company. Over time, to them he had become someone who was at one time brilliant, but now making a lot of stupid decisions. In their minds, they had become smarter than him. They had exalted themselves and depreciated him. This led to their quitting to go live out their personal brilliance trying to replicate what he had built, only in their own way. A year later, they had discovered they weren’t so smart. They didn’t have all the answers. They couldn’t duplicate what they thought they had learned and known. They began to humble themselves and an amazing thing happened. As they did, they began to appreciate their former boss once again. They began to remember and reminisce about how smart he was. They eventually asked to meet with him and when they did, they told him the story of their own arrogance and how sorry they were. They asked if he’d hire them back. He did and their outlook was refreshed and renewed.

There are no perfect people out there. When you become familiar—when you start to know someone so well that you can see their faults and imperfections —you’ll either see more or you’ll work to look past them and focus on their strengths and wisdom and the good in them. You'll hold them in their place of honor. You’ll guard that and not let familiarity steal it. Philippians 2:3-4 says, “...Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don't think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.”

Whether it’s Almighty God, your parents, your boss, your spouse, your friend, or whoever it is that had an influence in the success of your life, work to remember and always see the good in them. Value their strengths remembering that you've benefited from them and there is more to learn. Honor them by overlooking their imperfections knowing you have your own. In doing so, you’ll keep something precious and valuable in your life. This is a precious lesson to learn.

Romans 13:7 (NIV) "Give everyone what you owe him... if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Can You Discern Between God and the Devil?

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When something goes wrong in your life, you may have heard that thought creep in saying God brought this on me, or, God allowed this because of what I did. You may have had some well-meaning person or pastor say that God allows bad things to happen to teach us life-lessons. When Satan seduces you with these kinds of thoughts, it's because his nature is evil and it's what he does! We are supposed to know the difference between his lying evils from the depth of God's goodness. Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." 

If Satan is anything, he is a liar. He is an accuser. He is a deceiver. His goal is always to deceive you into thinking God is mad at you, against you, and doing things to hurt you. Let me show you this truth through scripture. Jesus while speaking of Satan says, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

Satan has a plan. It is to deceive as much of mankind concerning God and God’s nature as possible. His ultimate goal? To eventually deceive mankind into waging war against God. Until the very end of the last days, Satan is and will work in the earth to accomplish this task. You might think, “How does he wage this war?” He does it in this way. First he promotes false religion—anything outside of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Secondly, he promotes deception causing strife and division—getting people to hate each other through politics racism, gossip—any possible way! Thirdly, he promotes a literal war against God. You may ask, “How can he promote a war against God whom we can’t see?” He will do that by promoting a war against Israel. A war against Israel is a war against God.

In the last days, he will work to turn many of the nations against Israel and entice them to war surrounding Israel to destroy her. This is in the works and is happening through Iran, terrorism, through the UN, and on college campuses with propaganda against Israel on a full-time scale even now! When this literal war happens—and it will, this is where Jesus will finally deal with Satan.

Satan will manifest himself through a person he literally possesses in human form that scripture calls “the beast” also known as the anti-Christ, and through one called “the false prophet.” They will be two human beings that Satan possesses and uses to draw the kings or world leaders into a war against Israel. When that happens, Jesus will literally come on a white horse with His angelic hosts of Heaven and His saints and He will defeat the beast and the false prophet—casting them and Satan into the lake of fire and the bottomless pit.
We read this in Revelation 19:11-20 (NLT) “Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. And the one sitting on the horse was named Faithful and True. For He judges fairly and then goes to war. His eyes were bright like flames of fire, and on His head were many crowns. A name was written on Him, and only He knew what it meant. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From His mouth came a sharp sword, and with it he struck down the nations. He ruled them with an iron rod, and He trod the winepress of the fierce wrath of almighty God. On His robe and thigh was written this title: King of kings and Lord of lords…Then I saw the beast gathering the kings of the earth and their armies in order to fight against the one sitting on the horse and His army. And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came out of the mouth of the one riding the white horse…”

Rev. 20:1-2 (NLT) “Then I saw an angel come down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon—that old serpent, the Devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years…”


Okay. You are probably wondering, why did I tell you all this? I told you all this to amplify that Satan is a deceiver. He is the deceiver of the earth. He is against you. Jesus is the truth, the life, and the way. He is not just for you but abundantly for you. Don't let anyone tell you different! When something bad happens, Satan the deceiver will whisper, God is doing this to you because you blew it. It’s a lie. God loves you and is always working to draw you closer to Him and wants to help you in every area of your life. He wants to help you put your life on His course of blessing and not the world's course of sin and death. It takes our faith in this truth for that to happen. Jesus responds to faith!

Jesus already paid the price for your sin. It is His love that draws you. God’s will is to bless you. Your faith which draws His blessing will never be greater than your steadfast belief that God is for you! That is why it’s critical for you to know God is for you. It is in having that assurance of His love that leads you to run to Him and not from Him. That assurance destroys Satan’s lie that God has produced something bad in your life. When you believe in God’s unfailing love, then you will become one that believes and does this: Isaiah 63:7 “I will mention the loving kindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, and according to the multitude of His loving-kindnesses” You will because you will experience it first hand!

When we blow it, God does want you to come and repent and turn from it, but He is for you—not lobbing trouble and hardship at you! Know this and run to Him. Ask Him to help you, instruct you, transform you, and bless you! That is His will for your life! Your belief in this is equal to your faith to receive it. So believe it!

John 10:10 (NKJV) "The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Let This Dog Remind You How

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If dogs can do it, why can’t we? Jesus was our model to live out our life being led by God’s Spirit as directed through prayer. Praying in faith according to God’s Word is the most powerful force in the earth. Maybe a dog can remind us of that!

Luke 18:1 "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and never grow weary."

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In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

So You Can See God & His Ways More Clearly

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A while back, I had a guy in my office who wanted to talk about his marriage. Actually his marriage was over. It was his third marriage that had failed. He said his wife wanted out! It didn't take long to see that he wasn't all that broken up over it. He actually talked about what a great guy and catch he was and if they couldn't figure that out, he was better off without them. For a while I questioned why he was in my office. He wasn't asking for advice.
He didn't seem depressed. Then I realized why he was there. He needed to justify why this was a good move and how stupid these women had been to let go of someone like him. I could tell he wanted some affirmation to that fact but it wasn't something he would get from me. I was contemplating telling him he was drowning in his own pride when the Lord brought Proverbs 23:9 (NLT) to mind which says, "Don’t waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice."

Pride is such an ugly thing. We all fight it at times. Even the person that has low self-esteem or a poor self-image will occasionally exhibit displays of pride. Why do people have high and lofty opinions of themselves? Is it because of how they look? If their appearance is pleasant to the eye, that’s a gift from God. God should be praised and thanksgiving should be felt—not pride. Is it because of their IQ? If they have great intelligence, that is a gift from God and they should be praising God with a heart of thanksgiving—not feeling pride. Is it because they have made wise decisions that have worked and born great fruit and success? Is it because their great abilities help them in their achievements? Abilities and wisdom are a gift from God. As James 1:17 (NLT) says, "Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens..." They should be thanking Him for it.

There are many successful people that think their success was self-achieved. There are others who are humble enough to look back and see it was God’s helping hand that brought them to a good place. Pride blinds one from seeing and understanding that God is the source of what is good in their life which in turn blinds them from glorifying and thanking God. Instead they glory in themself.

Pride elevates one to feelings and thoughts of a high or inordinate opinion of their own importance and achievement creating feelings of superiority over others. Pride is more blinding that physical blindness. Pride makes one foolish and unaware of its existence, repulsing most everyone in their life that is subject to it. Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace...”  This is why the Apostle Paul instructs us to beware in Romans 12:3 (NLT). "...I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us."

In James 4:6, we read, “...God opposes the proud but gives grace (His supernatural mercy, help, and intervention) to the humble." The key to true and sincere humility that opens the door to more and more grace from God is to be thankful to Him for every good thing in your life! It will change your outlook on everything. It will refresh your love for God. It will change your approach to everything in life. You will become one who glorifies God sincerely for the goodness He brings and you'll see His hand in your life in ways you never could!

Proverbs 3:34 (NIV) "He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Beauty of Godly Sorry That Brings Restoration

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by Pastor Tim Burt


When I was about 20 years old, I was working for a corporation that I really enjoyed working at. Within this corporation, they had a system that allowed you to move around and work various jobs within different departments. It was one of the best benefits of working for this company. If you got tired of working in one area and needed a change, you could look at some of the other jobs posted and the most senior person that bid for it was able to get it. Over my five years there, I think I worked in every department. I had fun getting to know people all over the company. I loved the experience of learning a diversity of jobs. The jobs carried different hours and schedules so you could change up your life. For me, it was a great place to work that broadened my work experience.

One day it was pointed out to me by management that I had a very positive quality I wasn’t even aware of. Whenever a new person came on staff or transferred into the department I was working in, they said I seemed to reach out and meet and greet them and help them get oriented to the area and their job. I didn’t think about it. It was just like breathing, something that felt appropriate to do.

The top boss was a man who had been promoted from within and someone I had worked closely with for over a year. He was about 25 years older than me and became like a big brother. We really enjoyed each other's friendship. I was thrilled when he was promoted. Unbeknownst to me, He and other managers had noticed how I worked with other employees and had wanted to move me into management. They felt I was great at working with people and had developed a very broad base of the workings of all the departments.

I had long hair at the time. Not super long but below my collar yet not resting on my shoulders. My friend who had become my boss knew that he was about to ask me to step into management but knew that I’d have to move beyond our friendship to respect his authority. He tested me knowing that if I couldn’t, it would never work out. He asked me to get a haircut cutting my hair above my shirt collar. I had no idea he was thinking about moving me into management. I said I would cut my hair but then didn’t. He asked me two weeks later and I said I would but I didn’t. This went on for a couple of months and it was starting to strain our relationship. He had the right to make me get a haircut but it was rarely enforced anywhere else and I couldn’t figure out why he was picking on me. It was souring our relationship but it was really my fault.

One day he gave me an ultimatum. Get the haircut within two days or be fired. I just couldn’t believe he was serious. I knew that I was well liked by all and that they valued my efforts on the job, so I ignored his request again. Two days later, he fired me. I was absolutely shocked. I couldn’t believe it nor could any one else there. I had to leave the premises and not come back. It sent me in a mental tailspin. I cried. I got mad. I cried more. And then I began to break. I began to look inside my heart and over the entire experience. I wasn’t a Christian at this time, but most people in any crisis end up talking to God whether they admit they believe in Him or not. I could see I had disrespected him amongst the employees with my defiance and attitude of indifference. I was truly sorry.

I went back to him to apologize (with my hair cut short) but it was too late in his eyes. I went to my regional manager who I knew really liked me. I sat down with him, confessed my sins, told him I was sincerely sorry and begged him to give me another chance and give me my job back. He intervened and did.

I sincerely apologized to my boss and let everyone else know my attitude had been wrong. A year later they offered me a transfer and huge promotion for a management job that would have made me the youngest person to ever hold that level of management and responsibility.

As a Christian, I look back on that experience and it reminds me of 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV). It says, "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”  

May people get stuck in the problems they've created because they will not look deep inside, examine their hearts, and own up to their faults. They pridefully defend their wrong actions. But for the person that does feel and show remorse, this is the beginning of what godly sorrow means. This is step one. But it can’t stop there. It must lead to repentance—not just trying to get out of trouble or past the problem. Repentance means coming to the recognition of what was wrong, and with sincere regret and sorrow, admitting, taking responsibility for, and committing to change the grievance.

I know that when things get tough because of wrong choices and mistakes we’ve made, we want instant forgiveness and restoration. God wants to redeem and deliver us but He also wants to make sure we have sincerely learned and turned from the cause of our self-inflicted woes.

 Isaiah 57:15 says, “The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: "I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.”

Pride is the greatest enemy you will ever will ever face. It wants to blind you and keep you on the wrong path that God is trying to speak to you about and lead you out of.  Sincere humility and sorrow opens the floodgates of your heart to hear from God. Forgiveness and restoration starts at this place!

1 Peter 5:5 (NIV) "...God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Monday, May 15, 2017

God's Cause and God's Rewards For Believers!

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by Pastor Tim Burt


Over the years, I've seen a multitude of people involved with good causes. I've seen people spend enormous amounts of time organizing, communicating, and soliciting funds for causes.

I’ve seen those who work to raise money for research to fight diseases, to save the whales, to protest the wearing of fur, to save animals, and more. There seems to be a never-ending list of causes. I wonder how many Christians really focus on the ultimate cause God has assigned us to as His children—the cause of saving people from a destiny in Hell and instead receiving Jesus’ free gift of eternal life in Heaven?

The Bible speaks of two judgments of God after death. One is called the Great White Throne Judgment. It is the judgment of all those who would not receive God's gift to mankind—Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Jesus died to take away their sins and give them eternal life. People that reject this gift of Jesus don’t realize what they are rejecting. We as Christians do. We know how desperately they need the Lord. When people reject Jesus, they reject God's gift, thereby dying in their sins without resolution for them. Revelation NIV 20:11-12 says, Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it...And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.

People get mad at the thought of God judging people but the truth is, Hell was created for Satan and fallen angels—not man. God made provision for man’s eternity through Jesus. If they choose to reject this gracious provision of God, then they have instead chosen to follow Satan to his destiny, and consequently theirs.

When Jesus is your Savior, you aren’t judged for your sins—they are forgiven. Instead, by God’s grace, your name is written in the book of life. When you’ve haven’t received Jesus, your name will not be in that book and you will be judged for every sin you’ve ever committed. Hell is that judgment. No one who really understands this truth would fail to accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness and eternal life. Romans 4:7-8  NIV says, "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him." Hebrews 8:12 NIV says, "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." Psalm 103:12 NKJV "As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us." Now this is thee cause of all causes! Consequently, it’s imperative that of all things we focus and support, we reach out and support this eternally life-changing good news of this gracious gift of God!

The second judgement mentioned after death is the judgment for those who have received Jesus Christ as their Savior. It isn't a judgment about our sins since a believer's sins have been washed away. This judgment is called the Judgment Seat of Christ. It will be about the rewards believers receive for the things they did from a right motivation to further the gospel and touch others with God’s love. We will stand before Jesus to review all of the causes or things we did to serve His purposes—not the world's list or view of good works, or our own. Those things done from a pure heart and right motivation and not for self-glory or personal agenda will be considered like gold, or silver, or precious stones. The Apostle Paul described it like this: 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 (NLT) "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.  Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw.  But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward.  But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames."

When David spoke up of the need to shut Goliath’s mouth and defeat him, he said,  “…Is there not a cause?" (1 Samuel 17:29 NKJV) There are many good causes to fight for in this life, but do any save the life of a person for all eternity? Do any have the promised reward from God for serving His cause? I am not saying we shouldn’t be involved in good causes. I am only saying that we should put the ultimate cause, letting the world know of the love and gift of Jesus at the top of our list! If we do, not only will the Lord reward us, but someone will be thanking Jesus and you for the rest of eternity. That is a perspective and cause to think about!

Psalms 119:74 (NLT) "May all who reverence You find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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