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July 19, 2017, 8:06 AM

Listen before you Do

Church Family,

I don't know why God loves us, but I'm so thankful He does. In my devotions today I read Ecclesiastes 5:1  "Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil."

So often I become more concerned with what I do in the name of God than listening to God. Why is that evil? In short, when we don't listen to God every act we are doing is for us and about us. 

The most important thing you can do today is listen to God and then obey His voice. 

Reminders:

1) Tonight is Family Fun Night at 6pm. Bring a bathing suit and towel. Use this event to tell others about Jesus and Invite them to church.

2) God loves you! We are praying for you today.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn



Comments

07-19-2017 at 9:53 PM
Brian
Thank you for your kind words and encouragement.
07-19-2017 at 12:37 PM
Ellen King
I have had to listen to God this week. Obedience.... We must obey God when He calls. Thank you for this devotion.
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July 17, 2017, 8:31 AM

Eternity in our Hearts

Church Family, 

We broke the 1100 mark for those Invited to our church since April. Take a moment and pray for those that have been Invited and for those who will be Invited this week. Speaking of Inviting, I've had a lot of good and hard questions about why we should Invite people. Some have wondered why we are Inviting others? Some have asked what good it does? Others have asked what results do we expect or when will we see results? I've even been asked what we are going to do with the people when they show up?

My Devotions this morning led me to Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

I could answer the questions above but instead let me refer you to this verse. God has put Eternity into every person's heart. In other words, no one living lacks a place where God belongs in them. So why do we reject God then? Acts 28:26-27 may help explain it. Our hearts are hard. We fill our lives with Sin and Darkness. When the Light shines into it, we love the darkness rather than the light. 

What does this have to do with Inviting? Even the believer can be tempted to love the darkness over the light. Even the believer can reject God's command to Go for a season. No real believer can reject His command forever. (find the biblical believer that never shares their faith?) We Invite because God commanded us to Go. We Invite because God has put Eternity into every man's heart. We only hope that God will use us to show that to others.

Today you are being prayed for!

Reminders:

1) Invite people to the Family Fun Night this coming Weds July 19th at 6pm. Remember to bring a bathing suit and towel.

2) In the coming weeks you will hear a lot about our new Sunday Night Classes. Be sure to take advantage of these. Our first 2 classes will be: Sunday School Done Right and the other Prayer.

3) Softball game tonight and Tuesday at 6pm.

4) Take a moment and think of how much God loves you.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn



Comments

07-19-2017 at 9:54 PM
Brian
So glad to hear to how God is using High Point. Your encouragement is always greatly appreciated.
07-17-2017 at 9:48 AM
Eric Bradshaw
I always enjoy read how is using and Blessing you! It's my prayer that God will Bless High Point in a special and mighty way. God Bless Brother! Serving till His Return!
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July 12, 2017, 6:50 AM

Do you Challenge or are you Challenged by God's Word?

Church Family,

During today's reading of God's Word we read one of those heartbreaking verses. 

Acts 28:26-27

“‘Go to this people, and say,
“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
27For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed;
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’

 

Does your heart, eyes, and ears reject God? Does the way you feel, see things and ear things always challenge God's Word or does God's Word challenge the way you feel, see and hear? There is a reason people stay the same and are never changed by the Word of God. Their hearts, eyes, and ears have pridefully rejected God. The sad part is that they feel like that's the way life is, but if they would just turn to God he would heal them. Let God's Word come to life today and change you.

We are currently on a mission trip. Will you pray with us for open hearts, eyes and ears to receive God's salvation? Thankbyou in advance.

Love, Serve, Go!

Brian Winburn

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July 7, 2017, 8:58 AM

2 Things we need when facing persecution

Church Family,

Acts 24:27 When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison.

For 2 years Paul is sitting in prison and yet, we never see Paul complain to God. In fact, Paul went into this situation knowing that it was God's plan. How is it that we survive such persecution? I have no personal knowledge of it, but Christian researchers point to a strong devotion or worship life. The 2 strongest characteristics that they found were those who sang out loud to God and those who quoted, memorized, recalled, and if possible read scripture while locked up. Many were not allowed to have a bible while in prison. How is your personal worship life? What is the song of your heart that you sing to God?

One last set of questions, If Jesus promised that believers would be persecuted and I admittedly am persecuted little to none. What does that say about my walk with God? Was Jesus lying? 

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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July 5, 2017, 3:08 PM

No way God can use me

Church Family,

This morning during my devotions in Acts 22, I noticed just how wicked Saul was before he became Paul. Maybe you reading this today and thinking I will never change. Maybe you are so discouraged or think that you are too wicked to ever be loved by God. Look at Paul's testimony in Acts 22.

3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated at the feet of Gamaliel according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God as all of you are this day. 4I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women, 5as the high priest and the whole council of elders can bear me witness. From them I received letters to the brothers, and I journeyed toward Damascus to take those also who were there and bring them in bonds to Jerusalem to be punished.

19 And I said, ‘Lord, they themselves know that in one synagogue after another I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you. 20And when the blood of Stephen your witness was being shed, I myself was standing by and approving and watching over the garments of those who killed him.’ 21And he said to me, ‘Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”

1) Saul was a terrorist. He murdered innocent men, women, and children because they believed the Way to God was through Jesus only.

2) Very few have done worse than Saul. Yet even if you have done far worse than Saul. The bible tells us that where sin abounds, grace abounds even more. God's grace and saving power is greater than your sin and wickedness.

3) If God has Saved you, God has Sent you. NO true believer has been told not to go and make disciples. Only the saved are sent. 

4) Church that does not Go and make Disciples is living in disobedience or worse, does not know God.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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