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May 23, 2018, 9:19 AM

Complacency: God does no Good or Bad


Church Family,

I’m looking forward to prayer meeting tonight. I hope that you all can join us at 7. A prayerless life is a life that doesn’t believe it needs God. This kind of life always operates in its own strength and ability.

Zephaniah 1:12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The LORD will not do good, nor will he do ill.’

God tells the people that He will search with lamps. We often hide in the dark secret places of our houses the things that we don’t want others to see. God is letting the people know that He is not like man. You can’t hide anything from God. He will go into the dark and expose our wickedness.

What are the people hiding in the dark? A heart that trusts in itself. You may can hide your sin from others, but it will always produce bad fruit. In this case that fruit is Complacency.

The people didn’t trust in the power of God, nor did they fear God’s judgement. This same evil spirit is often present today. We trust in our wisdom, strength, and ability and ignore that Faith calls on us to trust in the power of God. This week I read that one of the main factors in the expansion of Christianity was the truth that Christ is coming back at any moment. The early believer took seriously the truth that they will be judged for what they did with the gospel.

Do you live a life that doesn’t fear God’s judgement? Do you believe that God doesn’t mind if you don’t share the gospel? Do you think that the One who gave His one and only Son doesn’t mind it if you are complacent and living for this world and not for eternity?

How much of what you do can only be done if God intervenes? Are you living a life that avoids the world doing ill to you or in a way that fears the ill that God brings?

Can I encourage to beginning praying in a way that changes who you are and not who God is or His plans? Pray for weakness in self and strength in God.

Oh, the conviction that this brings to my heart. Pray for me and I will pray for you!

Reminders:

  1. Join us Sunday at 5:30pm to prayer walk a local community.
  2. Graduate Sunday is June 3rd.
  3. VBS in June 17th-21st. Pray for the power of God to be present before, during, and after VBS. May souls get saved and God’s people be faithful.
  4. Glory Train in Concert June 24th at 6pm.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




May 21, 2018, 7:58 AM

Beautiful feet


Church Family,

Praise the Lord for His blessings! Yesterday marked the third week in a row that we’ve had a baptismal service and 7th person baptized this calendar year.

Nahum 1:15a Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him who brings good news

Isaiah 52:7a How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news

Feet are nasty. Now add dirt, grim, and whatever else people stepped in back then. There is no way you would say that feet were beautiful. So, what makes feet beautiful? The message that they bring. There is no greater message than the gospel which literally means “good news.” Believers, we have the One message that every person needs to hear. Not everyone needs money, clothes, etc. but everyone needs the gospel.

Yesterday we began prayer walking a neighborhood. God allowed one group to already build a relationship with a family. We will continue to walk the same area for the next 3 Sundays at 5:30. We would love to have your beautiful feet join us.

Most of us are going somewhere today. Be sure to take the gospel with you.

Reminders:

  1. A special thanks to the ladies who shared with us this past Sunday morning.
  2. June 3rd graduate service at 11am.
  3. June 17th-21st VBS. Please see or call Gayle to offer to serve.
  4. June 24th Glory Train in Concert at 6pm.
  5. June 26th- July 3rd Toronto Mission Trip

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




May 18, 2018, 8:55 AM

Swimming with the Fishes


Church Family,

I can’t wait to worship together this Sunday!

I don’t know your situation this morning. Today may be the best day you’ve had in a while or maybe it is one of the worst. If you are struggling today with Sin. Hurting over the mess that you can’t seem to break free from. Maybe you can’t go forward because you still see yourself as full of sin and unusable. Read what God tells us about Himself.

Micah 7:18-20 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. 19He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. 20You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

Where is your sin believer? What does God delight in? Do you believe Him? Do you believe that your sin is swimming with the fishes? Do you believe that God loves you? He gave His Son to ransom you from sin and death. There is no greater love than the Love that God has for you.

Reminders:

  1. During Sunday school we will be passing out and collecting a survey to help the nominating committee when it meets.
  2. June 3rd Graduate Sunday. Graduates please remember to turn in pictures to Andi or Terri.
  3. June 17th-21st VBS. Please see Gayle to volunteer to serve where she needs you the most.
  4. June 24th Glory Train will be in Concert at 6pm.
  5. June 26th-July 3rd Toronto Mission Trip

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




May 16, 2018, 7:43 AM

Little Bethlehem


Church Family,

God often uses the little, weak, few, etc. to accomplish His purposes. Part of the reason why He does this is to remove all doubt that it was the work of God and not the works of man.

Micah 5:2-5a But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. 3Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel. 4And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. 5And he shall be their peace.

Remember it is not the size of your faith, but who your faith is in that matters. Of all the things that God uses to shepherd us, He uses His name. A name? Why not an army, weapon, or something tangible?

Throughout God’s word we are reminded to walk by Faith and not by sight. How often do we make decisions based on our strength, money, abilities, etc.? Trusting in the name of Jesus requires us to humble ourselves and believe that God will provide.

Are you walking by Faith or by Sight? Do you have to know the results before you start something? How do you help other believers walk by Faith?

Beginning this Sunday at 5:30pm we are going to prayer walk a local neighborhood. This is going to require Faith. Our success won’t be based on how many people we talk to or how many start coming to church because of this. Our success will be in our faithfulness to follow the Lord.

Reminders:

  1. Tonight is Prayer Meeting at 7pm.
  2. May 20th at 5:30pm Prayer Walking
  3. June 3rd Graduate Service at 11am. Please give a baby/early child pic, older child pic, and a cap and gown/senior pic to Terri or Andi.
  4. June 17th-21st VBS daily from 6pm to 8:30pm.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




May 14, 2018, 7:29 AM

Inward Focus


Church Family,

This Sunday we are going to begin prayer walking a neighborhood. This neighborhood has a high percentage of people who do not know Jesus as Lord. Why? Why prayer walk? Any time a church is not focus on Christ in a way that points them to reach the next generation(children/youth) and those outside the church, that church is focused on itself. It is all about them and not about Christ.

Micah 3:5 Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry “Peace” when they have something to eat but declare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths.

What is the main concern of the prophets? Is it to reach the lost? Minister to the next generation? No, their concern is their comfort. This also became the concern of the people of Israel. They no longer advanced the name of God. They now only cared about what met their physical desires. In fact, they would go so far as to declare that God had given them “Peace”. In other words, don’t worry about reaching others, God is happy with us as long as we are comfortable.

Can I encourage you to search your walk with Christ? Is your walk strongest when you have what you want or when God is leading you? Are you willing to give up physical peace to see others come to Christ? Is “Peace” with others greater than telling others about Jesus? The Jews were united, but their unity wasn’t from God, it was against Him. Is your church willing to leave the 99 and to go find the 1?

Reminders:

  1. A HUGE Thank You to everyone who helped make Mother’s Day so wonderful yesterday!
  2. We begin Prayer Walking Sunday at 5:30pm. More details will come later this week.
  3. Graduate Sunday June 3rd. We are looking for pictures of the graduates. A baby pic, school age, and now or cap and gown pic. See Terri Poston or Andi Brown for more details.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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