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October 27, 2017, 10:25 AM

An Ever Present Unwelcomed Guest

Church Family,

I almost hate to write this because I dont want to offend anyone, but have you ever had or known an ever present unwelcomed guest. You know, that person that is always there, but never really part of the group? This sounds very Junior Highish, but you get the picture and I hope that's not you. When we read this passage, the temptation is to read it as if God is no longer coming around, but that's not true. God is always present. Yet, God is not always welcomed.

Jeremiah 14:7-9 Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O LORD, for your name’s sake; for our backslidings are many;
we have sinned against you. 8O you hope of Israel, its savior in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land,
like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night? 9Why should you be like a man confused, like a mighty warrior who cannot save? Yet you, O LORD, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; do not leave us.”

What would happen if we committed to know God? Imagine having a mighty warrior ready to save, but a people unwilling to be saved. Do you really want God to be God in your life? In the life of your church? Can I encourage you today to confess your sins, cry out to God, plead that He will not leave us, and trust in His mighty hand to Save you?

Reminders:

1) Trunk or Treat begins at 5pm this Sunday. Please have your cars ready at 4:30.

2) Please pray for the Lost, the Gospel presentation, those who are hearing it, and our Visitation this coming Monday night. May God send us the Lost of Horry County, May we proclaim the Gospel with Power and Conviction, and Finally may the lost receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior today.

3) Visitation Monday night. Food at 5:30, 6:15 going out.

4) Homecoming Nov. 5th with Dr. Tommy Richardson our DOM. Please come and Invite others to join us.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




October 23, 2017, 11:31 AM

Warning, I did it anyway

Church Family,

Praise God for you! What a wonderful time of worship we had yesterday from Sunday school to choir practices to a time of prayer. Boy, God sure is good.

If my parents had a nickle for every time they warned me before I did wrong and I still went ahead and did it, they would be rich today. I can not help but think how God loved and still loves us today enough to tell us over and over again that if we do (fill in the blank) we are going to suffer. We like to think that God's greatest prophets had the largest crowds following them with appreciation, but that's not true. Many of God's prophets were ignored, beaten, and killed. Jeremiah, as I understand it only had 2 people repent under his ministry.

Today in my bible reading I read Jeremiah 9:23-24 Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”

Why wouldn't they listen? In part because they were too concerned with what "they" thought was right, who was the strongest, and who had the most riches. How does your understanding of the world, physical ability, and bank account influence your humility to follow God at all costs?

Can I lovingly challenge you today to brag on the Lord's love, justice, and righteousness to others? The easiest way to do this is to share the gospel with someone. Share how God loves them, died for them, and exchanges their sin for His righteousness.

Reminder:

1) Let's pray together this week. Pray that God will send the Lost to the Trunk or Treat, that the gospel will be clearly spoken and heard, that God would use us to be a part of the solution and not the problem, and finally that God would order our steps so we can Share the Gospel and Invite others.

2) Praise God we are up to 1713 Invitations since April. We can easily reach our goal of 1800 by the end of the week.

3) Tuesday is the Women's Bible Studay at 6pm. Taco's will be served.

4) Trunk or Treat is this Sunday at 5pm. Go to our facebook page and share the event today and this Friday.

5) Praying for you. Don't grow weary of doing good. What a blessing it is to be God's servant.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




October 18, 2017, 11:51 AM

I called the Insurance company today

Church Family,

What a blessing this month has been! I do not have an exact count, but an educated guesstimate attendance of our Baptist Women, Baptist Young Women, and Brotherhood meetings is over 60 adults(forgot to count kids). These small groups and Sunday school are important. They are vital to connecting with others in the church. Keep Loving, Serving, and Going.

Now to vent, when Michael Brian was born we called and added him to our insurance, over 45 minute call. Then we were told we needed to make a correction, the company wanted him to be a junior, we wanted him to be the 2nd(we won). This led to another 45 minute phone call that sadly ended with the person saying, "Oh no! The system crashed. Please call back and have them press complete tomorrow." Well that phone call happened today. More on that at the end.

Are we spiritually ever like the insurance company, in that we will get all the info, power, and encouragement we need to follow Jesus, only to tell Him, "He will have to come back tomorrow?"

Jeremiah 5:1-3 Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, look and take note! Search her squares to see if you can find a man, one who does justice and seeks truth, that I may pardon her. 2Though they say, “As the LORD lives,” yet they swear falsely. 3O LORD, do not your eyes look for truth? You have struck them down, but they felt no anguish; you have consumed them, but they refused to take correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to repent.

The people of Jerusalem spoke in believer terms, "as the Lord lives," yet they did not see that their anguish(in this case) was due to their sinfulness. If only they would have repented. Church are we so hard that we will not repent of our sins? Have we hardened our hearts to the point that we will swear it's not about us, but about God in our lives, yet the truth is we feel no anguish for the lost around us? 

Can I encourage you this morning to Trust God? Trust Him with your sin. Turn away from your sin and turn to Jesus. Don't just get a bandaid to cover your sin for a while. Come and let God completely heal you from your sinfulness. Everyday we as believers need to go to God and beg His forgiveness. We should be a people of repentance. May the Grace of God strengthen your heart today.

By the way, this morning was another 42 minutes on the phone. It ended with, "Huh, you were right, we do have all your info and only needed to press complete." Sigh.

Reminders:

1) Prayer meeting Tonight! 7pm

2) This Sunday we are beginning to accept donations for the Shoebox ministry.

3) Oct. 29th is Trunk or Treat. Be sure to spread the Word and to sign up to participate. It begins at 5pm and around 6pm we will share the gospel and eat hot dogs. Pray that God will use this event to reach others for Jesus. Last year's Trunk or Treat brought Markelli, Zeb and the boys to our church. Praise the Lord.

4) May the Grace of God fuel your Faith in Him today. Praying that you get the chance to tell others about Jesus and then Invite them to Church today. We are up to 1672. That's 128 away from our Goal. We can easily make that goal this month.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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October 16, 2017, 10:28 AM

What wrong do you find with God?

Church Family,

What an awesome God we serve! He showed up and poured His grace over us yesterday. I am so thankful for Perry's leadership, Karen's faithfulness, and your lovingkindness. It made yesterday so special for me and my family. (By the way, all 3 girls have strep throat, prayers appreciated).

This morning during my worship time, I read Jeremiah 2:5 Thus says the LORD: “What wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?"

I must say I have never thought of my straying from God is this way. All throughout Jeremiah God presents our relationship with Him in the context of a husband(God) and a cheating wife(Israel and Judah). What wrong have you found in God that you need to seek out sin? What is God lacking that only adultery, stepping outside of your relationship with Him will provide?

Can I lovingly challenge you this morning to take some time and maybe even write down what God means to you? Satan is good at being evil, he often gets us to desire something that is worthless. He lies to us and tells us we have to have it, but really all we need is Jesus.

Jeremiah 3:22 “Return, O faithless sons; I will heal your faithlessness.” “Behold, we come to you, for you are the LORD our God."

If we will return to God, God promises to heal our faithlessness. God not only loves us, forgives us, but also heals us. Let the grace of God strengthen your heart today. 

Reminders:

1) Brotherhoood and BYW meeting Tuesday night at 6:30pm. Bring a brother with you men to hear Benji Hutson speak to us. Ladies, come and join the BYW and experience the ladies bible study, even if you cant make it any other weeks, you dont want to miss this one. 

2) Children's Choir had begun practicing for the Christmas program. Children please come and join us at 5pm next Sunday in the youth room.

3) How can you help your Sunday school class reach, teach, and minister today? Who do you need to call and encourage, check on, appreciate, etc..

4) Thank you so much. We love you so much and pray for you daily.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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October 13, 2017, 9:57 AM

Do you know your calling?

Church Family,

We've all heard a similar story, someone is asked to serve the Lord and the church, but they refuse or at least they are scared to death. The reasons range from, I dont think I have the ability, to the people wouldn't me. Or maybe even a less heard of story, the person is serving the church, but they are gifted in that area. The church needed a fill in and got a lifetime helper, but God never gifted that person with the ability to serve in that area.

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

God created us with a purpose. 1st- To know Him as Savior, 2nd- To serve Him as our Savior, 3rd to Go with Him as the Savior.

v6 Jeremiah gives his excuse- He is too young, doesnt have the ability and the people will reject him base on his age.

As you continue to read what is so awesome about this passage is that God tests Jeremiah to make sure he sees right. In other words, does Jeremiah discern the word and calling of God correctly. This is a lesson that does not get taught enough in church. We must learn to discern God's Word and His calling, because soon the enemy will show up (v19). If we are doing things in our own strength, we will lose, but if God is for us, who can be against us?

May we as believers and a church always seek to discern the Word of God correctly and learn our calling, follow Him, and use it to reach the lost.

Here are some ways to live out your call:

1) Choir Practice at 5pm.

2) October 17th Brotherhood and BYW meeting at 6:30pm. Benji Hutson will be our guest speaker.

3) October 22nd we will begin collecting money for the Shoebox ministry from those who are unable to fill their own box.

4) October 29th at 5pm Trunk or Treat. Please sign up to decorate you car. Also begin spreading the word and inviting others.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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