The Harbor Pilot

Filed under: Thoughts from Dr. Jim — Dr. Jim Burgdorf at 2:18 pm on Saturday, February 3, 2018

Note: John the Baptist was an utterly unique soul unlike anyone else in the Bible who came on the scene for a brief span of time for a specific & vital task that only one with his unique manner and boldness could accomplish.   

(Though I hesitate to suggest a biblical comparison, the parallel is apparent and compelling)    [This is a paraphrased adaptation formed from the influences of 7 translations of these passages – i.e. a really amplified version (RAV)]

Does this adaptation remind you of anyone?

Matthew 11:7 KJV As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began talking about him to the crowds.

:7 RAV What kind of person did you expect him to be in this wilderness? …One weak, spineless, swayed by every wind of suggestion or discussion– by every pole? 8. You expected him to act like a man dressed in expensive clothes and living in a palace, 9. like a leader by your estimation.

10. More than that, he is leading down a new path and charting a new, God ordained course. 11. While his position is great, yet he is, in many ways, like the least person in the empire. 12. This is a day when the new path must be advanced by forceful, intense men and women powerfully blazing this new trail! 13. Before he appeared, for years people have looked forward to this day and present time.

14. Accept him as a trail-blazer, as one needed and expected for this time and season. 15. Hear me carefully and understand. 16. This generation has become like complaining children, 17. ‘…He didn’t dance to our music. He refused to comply as we directed!’

18. He didn’t do things like you wished or were accustomed… and you declared him driven by evil and compelled by vile, evil purposes. 19. Yet, on the other hand, when one came following expected patterns, you accused him of every kind of excess. Wisdom is justified, vindicated and proven right by its results!

Note: A “harbor pilot” maneuvers ships through congested or dangerous waterways – one who boards the ship with the experience to navigate the tight channel or harbor – and then returns the helm to a conventional and customary ship’s captain.   Selah. \o/

No Apartments in Heaven

Filed under: Thoughts from Dr. Jim — Dr. Jim Burgdorf at 11:06 am on Saturday, February 11, 2017


Yes, Heaven is real. Indeed, it is already there. Heaven’s final design and dimensions are already set (Rev.21:16).

Imagine this scenario – suddenly so many souls are saved and the end-time harvest is so fruitful that heaven runs out of room! Wow. Maybe God has to throw up a couple high-rise apartment complexes in the corner of Heaven to handle the overflow. No chance, you say? …No emergency-housing contingency plans or last-minute tent villages? …No cabins-in-the-corner? We trust God’s foresight, right?

When God calculated, weighed, balanced and fashioned this earth, He engineered it with the same accuracy! He didn’t miscalculate in the smallest fraction. In no way did He underestimate the human component of His creation. He didn’t misjudge our consumption rates or wasteful stewardship of the resources He created within this earth any more than He’s underestimated heaven’s dimensions.

Though the thick haze covering Delhi or Beijing or (as some think) even the ‘emissions’ of the vast Amarillo, Texas cattle feed-lots may signal an abuse of our stewardship, here’s the core issue. No, we won’t catastrophically destroy God’s creation. Mankind’s blunders won’t destroy the ozone layer or deforest the rain-forests or drain the earth of crude or prompt global warming or the next ice-age, etc… Nothing we do will catch God by surprise!

Point is, we don’t have to fear – any more than we should stop witnessing to avoid the risk of overcrowding heaven. While we doubtlessly are stewards of His creation, fear is not part of the equation.

I agree that we each shoulder responsibility as a steward but that responsibility includes no fear motivation whatsoever. He perfectly designed and constructed this earth entirely for us—to house, sustain and provide beauty and enjoyment for you and me. …And His calculations are completely trustworthy! God fully anticipated the impact the fallen state of man would have on His original creation! Thus, if fear is the motivator behind the argument, it’s a lie!

As society shouts that we are devastatingly draining the earth of oxygen and crude (or that a 9-year old can require surgery to correct being mistakenly assigned the wrong gender at conception), this is all the equivalent of heaven running out of space due to God’s poor planning and foresight.

Don’t worry! (Fear not.) Selah. \o/

Jim Signature

Isa 45:18 NKJV For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.

Psa 115:16 AMP The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, but the earth has He given to the children of men.

Psa 89:11 AMP The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; the world and all that is in it, You have founded them.

Heb 2:8 AMP For You have put everything in subjection under his feet. Now in putting everything in subjection to man, He left nothing outside [of man’s] control.

Christmas Blessings!

Filed under: Past Thoughts from Dr. Jim — Dr. Jim Burgdorf at 9:40 am on Saturday, December 24, 2016



We pray this is a peace-filled and joyous Christmas and holiday season for each of you, our loved ones and dear ministry friends, as together we celebrate our Prince of Peace!

We love and appreciate you, especially during this season of celebration and we pray that 2017 is the year of your greatest triumphs yet.

The best is yet to come!

Joyous Christmas blessings from and the Burgdorf family. \o/

Thanksgiving Blessings!

Filed under: Past Thoughts from Dr. Jim — Dr. Jim Burgdorf at 12:28 pm on Friday, November 25, 2016


The Election – 2 Thoughts

Filed under: Past Thoughts from Dr. Jim — Dr. Jim Burgdorf at 11:23 am on Friday, November 11, 2016

jim burgdorfThe election is behind us. It’s over. As I’ve pondered the startling outcome and watched the news coverage of both the resulting elation and despair, I urgently felt the need to underscore again the principles advocated in last week’s SelahGram. With a few small additions, following is that message.

Whomever you vote[d] for, you know in your heart that many of the opposing party’s concerns are valid. Undoubtedly, neither of the principal candidates is flawless. Furthermore, each of us, regardless of your vote, is praying the person America (collectively) elects turns out to fulfill more of the good expectations than the bad. …To uphold truth and justice and somehow become a champion of biblical values.

I have 2 thoughts to add to the equation.

First, Nebuchadnezzar and Cyrus. God said of Nebuchadnezzar, who took captive and enslaved the nation of Judah, “Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant…,” Jer.27:6. Of Cyrus, the king of Persia, who similarly subjugated God’s people, God said, “…That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure,” Isa. 4:28. In Isa.45:1, God further stated, “Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus…”

The point is, God is more than able to fashion any leader’s actions toward fulfilling God’s own purposes, if we pray to that end! (2Chr.7:14)

Second, as we transition to a new season in our nation, among the greatest challenges across America right now is the spirit of division. It is indeed a spiritual force. The root problem is not a racial divide or a gender divide. Nor is it the have’s against the have-not’s, labor vs management , red states against blue, elites and upper-class against working-class or middle-America heartland against the progressive fringes. All share the same root – a single spiritual problem!

Every believer is called to one particular ministry. You are anointed for the ministry of reconciliation! …Accept that mantle! 2Corinthians says that God has “given to us the ministry of reconciliation …and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. …He has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ.” (2Cor. 5:18, 19)

The thing about the whole-armor of God: if any part is missing, it’s not whole. A vital portion of this armor is: “…And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Eph. 6:15

Rom. 10:15 says, “…As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Also Isa.52 / Nah.1)

Whatever name was checked on your ballot, today we believe the selected individual is God’s servant and will be guided (knowingly or otherwise) by God’s hand. Furthermore, it is your and my individual responsibility to personally acknowledge and minister reconciliation and the gospel of peace to our divided country. Amen. Selah. \o/

Biblical Voting Guidelines

Filed under: Past Thoughts from Dr. Jim — Dr. Jim Burgdorf at 12:01 pm on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Biblical Voting Guidelines

14 current voting and societal issues that the Bible directly addresses.
The Bible offers specific direction for our voting & leadership choices. Since our nation’s birth, the Holy Bible has been the primary resource from which her founding documents were drafted.

While five of the Ten Commandments directly speak to basic character and social issues, these 14 topics deal with present-day concerns.

In truth, the whole of our U. S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence were fashioned on Biblical principle and statute. Our founding documents established the fundamentals of the Republic such as representative democracy, three co-equal branches of government, freedom of speech, no taxation without representation, military, immigration, etc.

The essentials of both founding documents were drawn from John Locke’s two Treatise(s) of Civil Government, which together contain 1500 Bible references.

Download your FREE 4-page PDF of the Bible’s perspective of current issues such as marriage, gender, the unborn, entitlements, military, the right to bear arms, etc. …And remember, voting is not just a right or privilege, to the Christian, it is a duty. Selah. \o/

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Lobbying God

Filed under: Thoughts from Dr. Jim — Dr. Jim Burgdorf at 9:15 pm on Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mar.11:15 NLT When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people buying and selling animals for sacrifices. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves, 16 and He stopped everyone from using the Temple as a marketplace. 17 He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”

What was so wrong in vss.15,16 that triggered the anger of vs.17? Why was commerce so distasteful to Jesus, especially if some directly related to temple rite? Technically, it provided a needed service (sacrificial lambs without blemish were specially raised & not plentiful) — people were actually benefiting. Shouldn’t this be a good thing? I know there was some price gouging going on but this discussion goes much deeper than a concern for exploitive trade practices.

Interestingly, Jesus immediately contrasts this as directly conflicting with the fundamental purpose of God’s house which He identifies as prayer!

Was Jesus denouncing any connection between business and the church? Was He saying don’t depend on the marketplace for your everyday needs — just pray? Or …if you need groceries, bring your list to the Lord? Actually, a list most closely reflects many opinions of the role of prayer in the life of the church and the believer (which is where this gets interesting).

The Mk.11 (Mt.21, Lk.19) references are all quoting Isaiah 56. Yet, while most “prayer” discussions highlight petitions and lists, the Isa. 56 passage has an entirely different perspective. 56:7 has nothing to do with a list of petitions & requests. It’s a discussion of worship – that even outcasts and outsiders are welcomed to have audience with God when their heart is toward worship.

Isa 56:6 NLT “I will also bless the foreigners who commit themselves to the LORD, who serve Him and love His name, who worship Him… 7 … and will fill them with joy in My house of prayer. I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices, because My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

The essence of prayer (and the “House of Prayer”) is not soliciting … lobbying for our list of appeals. It is an offering to God! Jesus’ statement was not to define the church as our “court of appeals” but as a joy-filled house of worship!

…What if you discovered a “No Soliciting” sign on your prayer room door?

What if…? Many would be utterly confused.  Am I somehow disqualifying making our petitions known or coming boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy…? NO. Indeed, petition and appeal is an authorized part of our prayer lives but not the core, the heart. It is not the defining feature of prayer or the house of prayer.

The word Prayer (House of Prayer) Proseuche, which Jesus uses, does not mean a petition but the original Greek actually means an earnest face-to-face encounter, worship. Related terms are used in James 5 (…any afflicted, let him pray), Acts 16 (At midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises) and Ph.4:6 distinguishes (…in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving…).

Thankfully, there is not a petition-ban on our prayer closets! Remember though, that’s not why they’re there! Remember also, God did not call it His house of spiritual guidance or trainging or preaching… it is His house of worship. Selah.\o/

Are You a Truth-Seeker?

Filed under: Past Thoughts from Dr. Jim — Dr. Jim Burgdorf at 10:10 pm on Thursday, July 19, 2012

Most who follow God, fit into one of two groups. I was recently pondering these two typical perspectives the Word describes — not including the casual observer, spectator & devoted bystander group.

There are those who are contented with an enthusiastic, fervent approach to some spiritual things, but without a depth of knowledge of the Word. There are even more folks who willingly accumulate spiritual knowledge (and often pride themselves in their wisdom) yet without any accompanying fire or real passion for the Lord.

Rom 10:2 AMP speaks of those who “have a zeal and enthusiasm for God, but it is not enlightened and according to [correct and vital] knowledge.” Yet, we also know that zealous, fervent fire is required, as Paul underscores 2 chapters later, “Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.” (Rom 12:11 AMP)

Similarly, while we know the vital nature of spiritual knowledge, there are many who are “…ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the Truth,” 2Tim.3:7. The AMP says: “forever inquiring and getting information, but are never able to arrive at a recognition and knowledge of the Truth.”  (Described 2 vss before as a powerless “form of godliness.”)  […forever gathering info, but never knowing personally and intimately the Truth.]

Neither is exclusive. Neither is acceptable in and of itself, apart from the vital accompaniment of the other.

This thought process brought me to this Acts 18:25 reference to the ministry of Apollos. “He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and burning with spiritual zeal, he spoke and taught diligently and accurately the things concerning Jesus…”  Note the balance of instruction and firediligence and accuracy. The marriage of knowledge/spiritual training with fervency/passion is vital to the life of every believer (worshiper).

In His Word, God is never redundant. ‘Instructed and burning’, ‘diligently and accurately’ are not just meaningless repetitions for added emphasis – they are exclusive references to the two vital aspects of our spiritual lives. …They that hunger and thirst …shall be filled! [Hunger for the meat of the Word / thirst for the flow of the Spirit.] Sitting at His feet and hearing the Word. These all directly parallel the John 4 “spirit and truth” discussion.

Are you a truth-seeker? To God, that’s not enough. He is seeking worshipers who worship Him in spirit and in truth

Joh 4:23 NLT But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” Jesus turns a discussion about worship from a physical perspective (location – worship at this mountain or Jerusalem) into a personal, spiritual encounter. This is how true worshipers must approach Him.

There is a crucial relationship between recognizing and acknowledging Him as God (growing in His precepts, character and attributes) and passionately encountering Him as Abba. From my perspective, many today have an appetite for “revelation” (truth-seekers) yet minimize (or worse) the ‘spirit connection’, the fire, the “emotional” connection (any impassioned “emotional display”).

This is why true wisdom must be rooted in worship – the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge! Selah! \o/

Shouldn’t Church Prepare Us For Heaven?

Filed under: Thoughts from Dr. Jim — Dr. Jim Burgdorf at 4:43 pm on Saturday, March 31, 2012

   Heaven’s center-stage will not be filled with orators. The centerpiece and attraction of our Heaven-experience will not be a star-studded lineup of the spiritual voices and icons of the ages. ‘…Tomorrow afternoon will feature D.L.Moody, followed by Billy Graham, 45 min. w/ James the Apostle, then Charles Spurgeon, Abraham and Charles Finney.’ Wow, what a selection! …Can’t wait!

   No! For many, this is their perspective of church — a showcase for eloquence, simply a platform for articulate, persuasive and motivating lecture. …Or at the very least, an arena for distributing and propagating beneficial information.

  Yet, heaven won’t be anything like this. Heaven’s heartbeat, the atmosphere at its core, will be thunderously different! Its heartbeat and the joy of heaven will be all about “giving” not “receiving”! 

   God’s primary intent for the church is not as a mechanism to introduce us to compelling speech and convincing arguments … simply an instrument to keep parishioners better informed about God and kingdom principles. His foremost desire is as an incubator to prepare us for the lifestyle of heaven—a giving, not receiving perspective.

   I’m reasonably sure heaven will include an education process (orientation) for every participant and for many this will require rapid and significant growth. We will all suddenly have “doctrinal revelation& perfect clarification (illumination) of things we’ve been so doctrinally sure of. Eph.2:7 speaks of us being the example of His grace, “that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

   Doubtlessly, our spiritual growth process begins here. However as with heaven, we must learn to see church from a giving not just receiving perspective—from a passion to worship, not merely to be better informed (equipped). Indeed, it is better to give than to receive and this is not money-talk; it’s worshiper-talk. We were born to be givers! Selah.\o/

Apology… (If this is your favorite song)

Filed under: Past Thoughts from Dr. Jim — Dr. Jim Burgdorf at 7:47 am on Friday, September 30, 2011

>When I find a song I enjoy, I tend to listen to it endlessly. I was on my 5th or 6th pass thru one the other day — you know the song — the one about needing a revelation… and not having a clue of what to do …great song – great feel – great hook – well constructed – good band & good music!

While it certainly seemed to capture and articulate things I’ve felt before, as I pondered, a revelation came. It dawned on me—here’s a clue, Jim! It’s like a lamp to my feet, a beacon, a light to my path … and it’s always profitable for correction, instruction, reproof… Wow.

One fairly obvious clue: whenever you pray, a. enter your secret place, b. shut the door, and c. commune with Father! If I accomplish that, Mt.6:6 guarantees me this result: Father will always respond and reward! I mean, it’s not like, “Lord, could You give me a better clue?!”

Don’t get too angry with me. There’s an clear reason why I was listening for the fifth successive time. My “revelation search” was in full stride when the light came on – again. ‘Jim… Jim…, just find the secret place and shut the door!’ Amen! Selah. \o/

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