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November 9, 2018, 8:50 AM

God Makes Heaven Special


Church Family,

Happy Friday! We often here of what people are going to do when they get to heaven. There are those who are going to fish, make friends, meet family, etc. The Bible tells an even better story. We are going to Serve God. We get to be in His presence where there is no pain, suffering, sickness, tears, etc.

What or better yet, Who makes Heaven, Heaven is God. Yes, there is beauty, splendor, and amazement everywhere in Heaven, but that is because of God’s presence. This is why men like Billy Graham said that he didn’t fear death, but looked forward to it. He longed to be in the presence of God permanently.

Revelation 7:15-17 “Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
17For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Reminders:

  1. This Sunday we need Shoeboxes to be turned in
  2. Nov. 15th Senior Adult Thanksgiving Lunch at Garden Alley
  3. Nov.18th We will take up an offering for needy families at Christmas
    1. After the morning service we will have a Mission Trip meeting for Toronto and Shelby.
    2. Sign up to help with the Community Thanksgiving Service
    3. Sign up to join our Prayer Pals program
  4. Nov. 20th at 6pm Community Thanksgiving Service
  5. We are excited to have Shay Godwin speaking this Sunday morning during the service. Please remember him and the others that are battling Cancer in our church.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




November 7, 2018, 7:35 AM

When God Removes the Church


Church Family,

Research shows that most churches are plateaued or in decline. There are many factors that have led to this, but one common problem is that they are unwilling to admit, confess, and repent of their sin.

Revelation 2:4 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

I’m not sure why we are willing to admit our imperfection, but aren’t willing to address it. While there are some who are in denial about the sin issues of their church, I really believe the majority actually see it, but don’t know how to deal with it. Our fear of facing persecution from within the church often keeps us from repentance. Let’s be honest, it is not easy to deal with our sin.

Why mention this? Read that verse again and then go to Revelation 1:20. The lampstands are the churches. God is going to remove the churches. The true church will never die, but the problem is that those who refuse to live a life walking in obedience aren’t part of the true church.

If your church is plateaued or in decline, where and what is the sin? Is the presence of God worth going through the difficulty of being brutally honest and transparent about your sin? Have you forgotten your first love, to tell others about Jesus? V4 says, Remember therefore where you have fallen. If the glory days of the church are in the past, then what decision was made that hindered/halted the glory days?

Reminders:

  1. Family Fun Night tonight at 6pm. We will have soup and sandwiches.
  2. Shoeboxes are due this Sunday.
  3. Nov 15th the Seniors will have their Thanksgiving Lunch at Garden Alley. We leave the church at 10:45.
  4. Nov. 18th We are taking up an offering to help families at Christmas time.
  5. Nov. 20th at 6pm we are hosting the Community Thanksgiving Service.
  • We will need helpers for this church event.
  1. Sunday Morning Shay Godwin will be speaking at the church. Sharing from God’s word and about what God has been doing throughout his battle with cancer.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




November 5, 2018, 8:07 AM

Key to Life


Church Family,

Praise the Lord for a wonderful Homecoming! I am so thankful for the word that Lanier brought yesterday and the wonderful music. A special thanks to everyone who brought food, setup, cleaned, and to Kendal for taking our church family picture.

Revelation 1:17-18 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

We spend a lot of time and effort trying to figure out what the key to life is, but the Bible tells us that Jesus has the key to life. Today, do your best to purpose in your heart to seek the One who has the key to life.

Reminders: (We are super busy over the next 2 months)

  1. Tonight we have Visitation. We will eat at 5:30(still haven’t decided what) and will go out/write cards at 6:15.
  2. Tomorrow at 6pm the Baptist Women are meeting. For more details, email or call.
  3. Wednesday, Family Fun Night at 6pm. Soup, Games, and a Devotion
  4. Nov. 11th Turn in your Shoeboxes.
  5. Nov 15th the Senior will have their Thanksgiving Lunch at Garden Alley. We leave the church at 10:45.
  6. Nov. 18th We are taking up an offering to help families at Christmas time.
  7. Nov. 20th at 6pm we are hosting the Community Thanksgiving Service.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




November 2, 2018, 10:59 AM

Not Slow, Patient


Church Family,

One of the driving forces behind the rapid growth of the early church was the reality that Christ may return at any moment. When believers do not take this promise seriously, gospel conversations seem to decrease. One of satan’s many lies is that we have plenty of time. Often, we mistake God’s patience to reach more people as Him being slow.

2 Peter 3:9-10 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

Can I challenge you to live as if God is coming back today? Who would you tell about Jesus? Who would you ask for forgiveness or who do you need to forgive? Is there a ministry that you waiting for better timing to do? There is no better time than now!

Reminder:

  1. Homecoming this Sunday with Lanier Singleton. We will be taking a church family picture with everyone in attendance. Please bring lunch and remember there is no evening services.
  2. Visitation Monday at 5:30 we eat and 6:15 go out.
  3. Nov. 7th Family Fun Night at 6pm with soup, games, and a devotion.
  4. Nov. 8th Senior Adult Thanksgiving Lunch at Garden Alley. We leave at 10:45.
  5. Nov. 11th Turn in Shoeboxes
  6. Nov. 20th Community Thanksgiving Service
  7. Nov. 21st Decorating the Church for Christmas, no service that night.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




October 31, 2018, 12:15 PM

Supplements aren't a substitute


Church Family,

They say you can’t out work your diet when trying to lose weight. Your exercise/workout supplements your weight loss, but proper eating is the most important part. Some even use supplements to help burn fat, curb hunger, or gain muscle.

God has given us supplements for our Faith.

2 Peter 1:5-9 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,7and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.

I’ve met a lot of people who have all of the supplements but no Faith. They are “good” people(although no one is good, no not one- Romans 3:9-10). When we trust in the supplements, but lack the foundation we are doing it for nothing. We can become discouraged, worn down, or worse, we could remain lost and spent eternity separated from God. The bible tells us that we are saved by grace through Faith, it is not of works.

Can I encourage you to supplement your Faith, but never value the supplement over your Faith?

Reminders:

  1. Prayer meeting tonight. We need your help after the service to help setup for Homecoming! This is a church event, so we need the whole church to help.
  2. Homecoming this Sunday with Lanier Singleton. We are taking a church family picture immediately after the service. Also bring lunch with you.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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