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January 18, 2019, 10:48 AM

Be a Blessing


Church Family,

Here take this, Do you need any help, I want to give this to you, These are all phrases that I used to always reject. I would say things like, Oh I can’t accept that gift, I’ve got all this work(and then complain that I didn’t have any help later), and there are others who need this more.

I struggled to accept gifts, helps, and provisions. I still struggle, but then someone lovingly told me that I was ROBBING THEM OF THEIR BLESSING.

Genesis 33:9-11 But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.” 10Jacob said, “No, please, if I have found favor in your sight, then accept my present from my hand. For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God, and you have accepted me. 11Please accept my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.” Thus he urged him, and he took it.

It is hard, but remember you are not rejecting the offering, you are rejecting the person’s blessing. Be a blessing to others and let others be a blessing to you.

Reminders:

1) This week’s bible verse is 2 Timothy 4:7

2) Pray for the youth winter trip

3) January 27th is the deadline to express your desire to go to Toronto

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




January 16, 2019, 8:58 AM

Focus: He Married the Wrong Girl


Church Family,

One of the most puzzling questions I have about someone in the Bible is, “How did Jacob marry what should’ve been his sister in law and not realize it till the next day?” (I know it was dark but come on!)

Genesis 29:18 Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”

Genesis 29:21-23 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” 22So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast. 23But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her.

2 Things:

  1. When your focus is on the flesh you are bound to stop paying attention to the most important details of your life. Jacob was so focused on the night with his wife, that he didn’t make sure it was the right daughter.
  2. Tradition can destroy you and the future. Laban sites the tradition of marrying the first daughter off and then the second. What’s worse to me is that it later tells us that after spending a honeymoon week with Leah, Laban, gave Jacob Rachel. Yikes!
    1. Genesis 29:28 Jacob did so, and completed her week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.

What are you focused on today? Do you find yourself overlooking the most important details of life?

How has the namesake of tradition caused future pain for your life?

By the way, this is not the family picture that God describes as honoring Him in scripture. The proof of that is shown over the next chapter or so. Sin causes brokenness! Praise the Lord that Christ can bring healing, forgiveness, and restoration to our broken lives.

Reminders:

  1. Thursday the Youth leave for their trip. Please be in prayer for them.
  2. How are you family devotions going? Our verse for this week is 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




January 11, 2019, 9:50 AM

Scheming


Church Family,

Genesis 27 is full of powerful lessons. You can learn to listen to the voice of God, over smell, and touch. You can learn how anger falsely presents itself as a comfort to those who possess it. Or maybe you can learn that once a blessing is given, even to a liar, that blessing can’t be removed.

What stood out the most this morning to me was how Rebekah and Jacob trusted in themselves, rather than the word of God.

Genesis 25:23 And the LORD said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
the older shall serve the younger.”

God told Rebekah that Esau would serve Jacob. What we don’t know is if she ever told Isaac or if he didn’t care, but God declared it. So, why would she scheme to get it? Why didn’t she trust God? Just as Abraham taught Isaac to lie, Rebekah taught Jacob to deceive others.

Genesis 27:8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice as I command you.

Genesis 27:11-13 But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.12Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him and bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing.”13His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, bring them to me.”

Did it all work out for Jacob, did it benefit him to lie? If destroying your family and future generations is a good thing, then yes, it worked out for him. His brother and his people battled the Israelites, abandoning the family faith. Jewish history tells us that Rebekah died and Isaac couldn’t due to health, Jacob was gone, and Esau wouldn’t bury her for obvious reasons. Her burial was done in secret. We know that later on her bones are brought with Isaac’s to be buried in Abraham’s tomb.

Will you scheme work today, maybe, but at what cost?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




January 9, 2019, 7:26 AM

History Repeating Itself


Church Family,

We are excited about the Prayer Meeting tonight at 7pm. We look forward to worshipping with you.

History repeating itself.

Genesis 26:8-9 When he had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw Isaac laughing with Rebekah his wife. 9So Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, she is your wife. How then could you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac said to him, “Because I thought, ‘Lest I die because of her.’”

Generational sin- Abraham, Isaac’s father did the same thing. This is a warning that we must be careful not to pass on our sins to our children. Let me be clear, Isaac made the choice to sin. No matter what our parents do, we are responsible for our own choices. As parents though, let us be careful not to present sin as an option.

Doubting God- Like Father, like son, they both trusted that LIES were more powerful than God. They believed that they knew more and were stronger than God.

We must be careful not to pass on sin and our “wisdom” to future generations. If not, History will repeat itself.

Reminders:

1) Saturday the Seniors are going out to Adam’s seafood at 5:30.

2) Women’s Bible Study begins on Monday Feb 18th. The cost is $10 for the book. We need you sign up and pay by Feb. 10th.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




January 7, 2019, 11:26 AM

Pray to Change the World


Church Family,

If you don’t mind me asking, What are you praying for today? Does your prayer change anyone besides you? How does your prayer change our church to be more like Christ?

In Genesis 24 Abraham’s servant is going to find a wife for Isaac. We get a glimpse of how prayer shapes the lives of believers and the world.

Genesis 24:12 And he said, “O LORD, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham.

Genesis 24:63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming.

What God sized task are you taking on today or this week? Have you prayed about it?

Would you join me in fasting about the life of our Church? That God would revive, restore, and replenish His Church. God may you ignite the hearts of those who have grown cold, forgive and restore those of us caught in sin, and continue to equip us to reach our children, community, and the world for Christ.

Reminders:

  1. If there is ever anything that we need to add to this list, please let me know.
  2. TONIGHT, VISITATION! We will eat at 5:30 and go out, write cards, or make phone calls at 6:15.
  3. Tuesday the Seniors are going to Ella’s in Calabash at 10:30.
  4. The Baptist Women’s meeting has been cancelled due to sickness. Please pray for a quick recovery.
  5. Saturday the Seniors are going out to Adam’s seafood at 5:30.
  6. Praise Lord for the Children who learned their bible verse this past Sunday. This week our verse is still 2 Timothy 3:16. Please support and celebrate what God is doing in their lives.
  7. Women’s Bible Study begins on Monday Feb 18th. The cost is $10 for the book. We need you sign up and pay by Feb. 10th.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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