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February 23, 2018, 10:19 AM

Fooling Around! Warning Strong language

Church Family,

This is a graphic text. The wording is strong.

I once read that the biggest problem that non-believers have is not that they don’t believe in God. It’s that they see how other believers act and find the “believers” to be unbelievable. It is one of the chief complaints against the church. The people say one thing and do another. We often question God about it. Read how God feels about our sinfulness. (Please note that the women here refers to all of Israel, both men and women. God considers His people to be joined to Him like a wife(believers) and husband(Christ). God is not singling out just women)

Ezekiel 16:30-34 “How sick is your heart, declares the Lord GOD, because you did all these things, the deeds of a brazen prostitute,31building your vaulted chamber at the head of every street, and making your lofty place in every square. Yet you were not like a prostitute, because you scorned payment. 32Adulterous wife, who receives strangers instead of her husband!33Men give gifts to all prostitutes, but you gave your gifts to all your lovers, bribing them to come to you from every side with your whorings. 34So you were different from other women in your whorings. No one solicited you to play the whore, and you gave payment, while no payment was given to you; therefore you were different.

When God’s people sin, they are worse than a prostitute. We actually give away ourselves, holiness, testimony, etc. God is saying that at least a prostitute is smart enough to get paid for their services. Our sin causes us to lose every way possible. There is no benefit to it. (God is not approving of prostitution)

Praise be to God that He is faithful even when we aren't.

Reminders:

  1. Church this Sunday! Please pray for the service, Sunday school, teachers, and leaders. Bring your worship with you.
  2. Fundraisers, bring your money and delivery information this Sunday. I realize that some will pay when they get the food. You can still sell next week, but we need to map out our delivery strategy. By last count we need to sell about 250 more plates to reach our goal.
  3. Pray for opportunities to share your faith today. Be strong and courageous and boldly tell others about Him.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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February 21, 2018, 10:15 AM

Noah, Daniel, and Job

Church Family,

To say that I struggled to obey as a child is an understatement. I often thought of crazy scenarios to present as reason to disobey. I might have been told to sit right there, but I would ask, what if a snake comes? Or bad person? Etc. So sometimes I would be told to do something, and my parents didn’t care if the President or some other high ranking official told me to move, don’t do it. You know the, “I don’t care if _______________ himself tells you to move, don’t do it” talk.

Ezekiel 14:12-14 And the word of the LORD came to me: 13“Son of man, when a land sins against me by acting faithlessly, and I stretch out my hand against it and break its supply of bread and send famine upon it, and cut off from it man and beast,14even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness, declares the Lord GOD.

V21 list 4 scenarios, “my four disastrous acts of judgment, sword, famine, wild beasts, and pestilence” that God is going to send. God basically says, I don’t care if Noah, Daniel, and Job are all 3 there, they can’t save you.

Yet, there is ONE that God sent who can save us. Jesus doesn’t promise to remove the sword, famine, wild beasts, or pestilence, but He does promise to save us from the eternal wrath of God. Earlier in the chapter the “good/great” men of the area came to inform Ezekiel about the ways of the Lord. They were there to give God some advice. This is a reminder that no matter how “good/great” we think we are, no one can do what God can do, but God.

Who is your faith in? Are you trusting in the advice of men or the Word of God? Consider this, Isn’t God good to allow there to be temporary pains and trials when we stray away from Him? The brokenness we experience is actually an act of Grace on God’s part to reveal our need to Repent and turn back to Him.

Reminders:

  1. Prayer meeting tonight. Can’t wait to go to the throne of Grace with you.
  2. March 1st Chicken Bog Fundraiser. Thank you to everyone for all the support and help. Please continue to seek others to sell to and make plans to help that morning if possible.
  3. This Sunday the Toronto Mission Team will be meeting briefly after the morning service and then again at 4:45pm.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




February 19, 2018, 10:25 AM

A new Heart and Spirit

Church Family,

Ezekiel 11:19-20 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

This is one of the great promises of the Bible. When we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He gives us more than just forgiveness. God gives us a new heart and a new Spirit. A Spirit that gives us Unity in Christ and a Heart that removes the false idols of our lives. The heart of stone is a reminder of how sin hardens our heart. Pride is one of the characteristics of someone living in sin. They’ve hardened their heart to the voice of God, ways of God and people of God. It is impossible for them to be saved by human reason, logic, or effort, but Praise be to God that His word is a hammer. It is able to break the hardness of the heart and save the lost. Even someone as hard and lost as I was.

Believers, can I encourage you to trust in the power of God’s word as you share your faith and not your abilities? If you don’t believe in Jesus and are reading this, can I encourage you to read the bible, maybe the gospel of John and sincerely ask yourself, “who is Jesus?”

Reminders:

  1. Brotherhood Tuesday at 6:30. Looking forward to having all the men and their boys with them. Dad’s let me encourage to bring your sons with you. It is never too early to start showing them Jesus in the lives of other men.
  2. Thank you for a wonderful time of worship yesterday. I loved hearing all the singing and praise reports during the evening service.
  3. Mission Trip Fundraiser March 1st. We need prayer, cooks, servers, delivers, cleaners, and are accepting donations to help pay for the supplies/materials/food used during this.
  4. Are you praying for opportunities to share your faith? Praying for those you listed yesterday as needing salvation?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




February 16, 2018, 12:25 PM

Laying down for the Lord

Church Famiy,

Commitment. How committed are you to following God? Read what God commands Ezekiel to do.

Ezekiel 4:4-6 “Then lie on your left side, and place the punishment of the house of Israel upon it. For the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their punishment. 5For I assign to you a number of days, 390 days, equal to the number of the years of their punishment. So long shall you bear the punishment of the house of Israel. 6And when you have completed these, you shall lie down a second time, but on your right side, and bear the punishment of the house of Judah. Forty days I assign you, a day for each year.

Can you imagine the pain and hurt that he endured for 430 days? The temptation is to be like, “well it was easier for Ezekiel because God made it some how less painful.” Uh, NO!

Why bring this up? 2 reasons: 1) I read today that persecutors want believers to simply stop sharing the gospel. So, what is the difference between a persecutor and a believer who doesn’t share the gospel? In both cases the gospel is not being spread. (Man I fail to share my faith as often as I need to)

2) I also read that for a church to be committed to reaching the nations it needed 4 types of people: a) people to go, b) people to send, c) people to help raise support, d) people who are willing to welcome the Nations in their homes.

I am so excited that High Point is working on number 1 and checking off every box of number 2. Keep in mind that God has an eternal purpose for all that He has called us to. Strive to share your faith more often. Ask which of the 4, if not all of them, are you willing to be?

Reminders:

  1. Brotherhood, Feb 20th at 6:30
  2. We need people to sign up to help with the March 1st Fundraiser. More details will be shared Sunday.
  3. When is the last time that you celebrated what God has done in your life? Let’s do that together this Sunday night at 7pm.



February 14, 2018, 9:25 AM

Junior High Love

Church Family,

I jokingly tell people that my life verse for junior high was Proverbs 27:5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

Jokingly I claimed that it was better to tell the girl of my life(that week or day) how I felt about her, than to keep it hidden. Of course, this verse has nothing to do with that, but I was in Junior High every verse was applied to my lack of a love life. (The verse is describing how it is better when people lovingly correct/rebuke us, than letting us fail and say nothing about it at all)

Not sure why God brought this to my mind this morning, but I imagine it has to do with the fact that it is troubling how the world will beat some people down today. The world will tell us that love is found in the amount of flowers, candy, and jewelry that we get. The world will tell us that we have to have someone in our life. (Another Junior High lesson: never date during the holidays. What jobless kid can afford gifts) The world will take our focus from Christ and place it on our feelings, desires, and false idols.

I am so thankful that God’s love doesn’t stay silent when I sin. I am so thankful that Jesus, who lived a sinless life, died for the sins of the world. Praise God that even though we buried him, the grave could not hold him and Jesus rose from the dead on the Third day.

Can I encourage you today to pray for opportunities to have gospel conversations? Can I encourage you to love and care for those who struggling today? Believer take a moment today and reflect on the truth that we are loved by God for all of eternity.

Reminders:

  1. Prayer Meeting tonight at 7pm.
  2. Brotherhood Tuesday Feb 20th at 6:30
  3. March 1st Mission Trip Fundraiser, $7 chicken bog plates

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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