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April 23, 2018, 8:54 AM

Why Cheaters Cheat

Church Family,

Praise God for such a wonderful service yesterday! I am so thankful for the men and women that helped cook, decorate, and clean up for Senior Adult Sunday.

Why? Why did she/he cheat on me? We ask this question hoping that somehow the answer will remove the sting of their infidelity. Rarely do we get the real answer and when we get the real answer, it doesn’t really help us.

Friday, we read about Hosea. A man that God commanded to marry a cheater to put it nicely. It was symbolic of how we cheat on God but what’s at the heart of our cheating on God?

I believe that are at least 2 things and those are found in these verses:

The cause- We have a heart that likes to give credit to creation. We think that the thing/person is the source of what makes us happy. Our belief is that we don’t need God because I can get what I want from somewhere else. In a relationship the cheater, will think that joy comes from the physical acts, looks, feelings, etc. they don’t realize it is the relationship with the person. Bottom line: They are ungrateful.

Hosea 2:5 For their mother has played the whore; she who conceived them has acted shamefully. For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers, who give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.’

The lie- God doesn’t provide. By being faithful to God you are missing out. This lie wants to make us believe that we can trust our desires over God’s word. In a relationship, the cheater will believe that they are what’s important. Bottom line: They are the center of attention. It’s them that makes things great. They believe they can create happiness/joy. They honor themselves.

Hosea 2:7b-8 Then she shall say, ‘I will go and return to my first husband,
for it was better for me then than now.’ 8And she did not know that it was I who gave her the grain, the wine, and the oil, and who lavished on her silver and gold, which they used for Baal.

So ladies/guys when they say it’s not about you, its about me. They are right. God is never the cause of our cheating on Him. God also never leaves us.

Take a few moments and examine your pet sin. What is the cause/reason you love it so much? What lie did you fall for? Has that sin ever really delivered all that it claimed it would?

Reminders:

Baptist Women’s Meeting Tonight. Meet at the church by 4:45 or at the County Building Parking Lot by 5:05. If you have questions call Gayle, 843-902-4196

5th Sunday singing beginning at 6pm this Sunday.

May 4th-6th Women of Joy Conference. May 6th we will have a Gideon speaker that morning and collect an offering.

Graduates and those wishing to Dedicate a child need to sign-up on the Bulletin Board. We need to order certain materials for each event so please help out by signing up early.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




April 20, 2018, 10:20 AM

Go Marry a Cheater!

Church Family,

I’m looking forward to Senior Adult Sunday this weekend. Be in prayer for Rev. Mack Hutson and the message.

One of the many great lessons that Seniors can teach us in how to have healthy marriages. It blows my mind to hear of couples being together for 40, 50, 60+ years. What a great testimony!

Hosea 1:2 When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD.”

I highly doubt that the prayer of most single people is to find someone who will constantly cheat, embarrass, and run away to the arms of another every chance they get, but this is what GOD told Hosea to seek out and marry. Why would God do this? God created us to have a relationship with Him. When we sin against God it is the same as playing the Harlot. We are stepping out on God. What is amazing is that even when we do this, God does not leave us. He still pursues us. Our lack of commitment doesn’t change God’s level of commitment. In marriage terms, God does not divorce us even though we have given Him grounds to do so daily.

Reminders:

  1. Sunday Senior Adult Day with Rev. Mack Hutson. Lunch will be served. All non-seniors are asked to bring a dessert. There will be no evening services.
  2. Baptist Women’s Meeting Monday. Meet at the church at 4:45 or at the Horry County Building Parking Lot at 5:05. They will be going out to eat. Call Gayle if you have any questions, 843-902-4196
  3. Anyone participating in the Baby Dedication or Graduate Sunday Services please sign-up on the bulletin board.
  4. A special need has been brought to my attention. For privacy reasons we can’t share all the details, but there are 5 children that are in great need. If you are able to donate clothes, here are the sizes:
    a.    5th grade female: Women’s sizes Shirt: XL   Pants: 12/14  Shoes 8 1/2

       
b.    2nd grade male: Shirt: Large  Pants size 10   shoes 6
c.    Kindergarten male: Shirt and Pants 5  Shoes 12
d.    Kindergarten female: Shirt and Pants 6  Shoes 13
e.    3 year old male: 3T in Clothes
f.    You can contact me or Tara who has graciously agreed to help collect these.

 

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




April 18, 2018, 9:41 AM

Confirming and Strengthening Others

Church Family,

A big thank you to all who showed up to help with the mission project last night. I also want to thank the BYW for cooking and serving and Brotherhood for cleaning up.

People get discouraged. In fact, the conversation that I probably have the most with servants in the church, “Why should they keep serving?” We can never express appreciation enough for our teachers, leaders, and members, etc. Just in case you are wondering, showing up for events is probably as meaningful as a word of encouragement to a leader. Words of appreciation are needed, but your presence will speak volumes to others.

Daniel 11:1 “And as for me, in the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood up to confirm and strengthen him.

Strangely the way Daniel is confirming and strengthening Darius is by telling him his end. The end of his kingdom, people, and the world.

Daniel 12:1-2 “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. 2And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Daniel’s warning to Darius applies to us as well. We have to live for eternity. Nothing of this world lasts. All flesh will return to the dust. Our flesh is like a seed according to God’s word in 1 Corinthians 15:35-49. What are you sowing? Are you sowing a seed of eternal life or eternal death?

What are you sowing into the people around you? Encouragement? Support?

This Sunday is Senior Adult Day. Will you show your support through words of appreciation for the Seniors and with your presence? Is there a ministry that you miss or wish the church could do? How can you use your words and presence to revive or create such ministries?

Reminders:

  1. Sunday, Senior Adult Day with Rev. Mack Hutson. All non-seniors are asked to bring a dessert.
  2. Monday, Baptist Women’s Meeting. They are meeting at the church at 4:45 or you can go to the County Building parking lot at 5:05 to go out to dinner. Please call Gayle if you have any questions.
  3. May 6th Gideon Sunday. During the morning service we will take up an offering to support their ministry.
  4. May 13th Mother’s Day celebration. If you are wishing to dedicate your baby during the service, please sign up on the bulletin board.
  5. June 3rd Graduate Sunday. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. We need to know who is participating by May 13th. If you have any questions, ask Brian.
  6. If you have not spoken to Gayle about serving during VBS (June 17th-21st), then please do so soon.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




April 16, 2018, 7:31 AM

Why God Forgives

Church Family,
Another week, another opportunity to witness. I am praying that God will give you the opportunities to share your faith and that we will be bold and courageous to do so. 

In Daniel 9, Daniel has learned from reading the Prophet Jeremiah’s words that the exile of Israel will only last 70 years. In response to this news Daniel begins to pray for the nation and himself that all will turn from their sin. 
I hope this is not the case with you, but there are times in which I feel so sinful that I feel I must get better before praying. Why would God listen to someone who just sinned or recently sinned so poorly? I guess the real question is why does God forgive us? What causes the Lord to forgive our sins?

Daniel 9:18 O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. 19O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.

God never forgives us because we deserve it. God never forgives because we have done enough good deeds. God forgives us when we confess our sin, express a desire to turn from the sin, and He does so because of His Righteousness, Mercy, and Grace. God forgives for His names sakes. It is because of who He is.

Can I encourage you to seek God’s forgiveness today? Tell God your sin, express a desire to no longer live in sin, and then plead that He forgives you based on His goodness. Or maybe you are struggling to forgive others. Can I encourage you to realize forgiveness has to do with who you are and not what they did or will do to “make up for it?” Pray and ask God to help you to forgive others the same way that He forgives you.

Reminders:
1)    Brotherhood and BYW meeting Tuesday night. The brotherhood is meeting at 6pm to do a mission project. Please bring a shovel. Food should be served around 6:30.

2)    Senior Adult Sunday is this weekend. Rev. Mack Huston will be our speaker. We will have Lunch afterwards and ask that all non-seniors bring a dessert.

3)    April 29th 5th Sunday Singing at 6pm. Please bring your praise with you and song.

4)    Praise the Lord for your gracious giving in the support of School Release Bible Program. We raised over $1100!

5)    A special need has been brought to my attention. For privacy reasons we can’t share all the details, but there are 5 children that are in great need. If you are able to donate clothes, here are the sizes:
a.    5th grade female: Women’s sizes Shirt: XL   Pants: 12/14  Shoes 8 ½
b.    2nd grade male: Shirt: Large  Pants size 10   shoes 6
c.    Kindergarten male: Shirt and Pants 5  Shoes 12
d.    Kindergarten female: Shirt and Pants 6  Shoes 13
e.    3 year old male: 3T in Clothes
f.    You can contact me or Tara who has graciously agreed to help collect these.

6)    Please pray that God would Glorify His name in and through our church. Be sensitive to mission opportunities throughout our community.

Love, Serve, Go
Brian Winburn
 




April 13, 2018, 9:05 AM

The Ancient of Days

Church Family,

There is nothing new under the sun, it’s only new to us. In the book Daniel 7, we get a clear, but deep, picture to the end of times. We are also introduced to the Ancient of Days(Jesus).

I am often amazed by the things God reveals through His word, but there are sometimes when that amazement is also full of fear. It is amazing that God will save us from our sin, but terrifying that many will never trust in Him. After describing the end of times Daniel said this.

Daniel 7:28 “Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my color changed, but I kept the matter in my heart.”

The lostness of the world and the pending judgement of God should greatly alarm us. The cross should compel us to do all that we can to make sure no one spends eternity separated from God.

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

Reminders:

  1. This Sunday we are collecting an offering for the School Release Bible Class at Aynor Middle School.
  2. Brotherhood and BYW are meeting on April 17th. The brotherhood are asked to come at 6pm and to bring a shovel for a minor project.
  3. April 22nd is Senior Adult Day with Rev. Mack Hutson
  4. A special need has been brought to my attention. For privacy reasons we can’t share all the details, but there are 5 children that are in great need. If you are able to donate clothes, here are the sizes:
    1. 5th grade female: Women’s sizes Shirt: XL   Pants: 12/14  Shoes 8 ½
    2. 2nd grade male: Shirt: Large  Pants size 10   shoes 6
    3. Kindergarten male: Shirt and Pants 5  Shoes 12
    4. Kindergarten female: Shirt and Pants 6  Shoes 13
    5. 3 year old male: 3T in Clothes
    6. You can contact me or Tara who has graciously agreed to help collect these.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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