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April 10, 2017, 11:13 AM

Suffering Perfects

Church Family, 

In all my reading's today the phrase Spiritual Warfare has come up constantly. Then when I began reading my bible I read Hebrews chapter 2 this morning.

Hebrews 2:10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by who all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.

This is extremely deep and profound, but in as simple of terms as I can use, I hope that you get what God has done. It's not that Jesus wasn't perfect, so much as God allowed every type of suffering and temptation to be thrown at Jesus. For what reason, well it is easy to say that Jesus is perfect and that if you will just trust God everything will be okay. It is a whole another level for God SHOW that Jesus is PERFECT by putting Christ through every possible form of suffering and temptation. 

Hebrews 2:18 For because He himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

SO when in the Battle remember to give God the Glory because there is nothing that our sin or this world or Satan can throw at us that our Savior hasn't endured and overcome. Let your sufferings reveal that, yes, you are weak, but HE is strong.

Love, Serve, Go


April 7, 2017, 10:43 AM

The test that Kills

Church Family,

In my worship time this morning I read this:

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

This Sunday we are going to take the Lord's Supper. Before doing so you are going to be asked to obey God's command to examine yourself. The problem we face is, what do we examine our lives by? Is it whether we are happy or sad? Do we examine our lives by our bank accounts, marriage, body image, how often we sin or didnt this week, etc? 

No, we are to take the toughest test of all time, are we in the Faith? Is Christ in You?

Is everything that you are doing being done by Faith in Christ? Do you realize the Power of Christ in you to restore and build you up?

2 Corinthians 13:9 "Your restoration is what we pray for."

2 Corinthians 13:10 "....the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down."

The test is meant to kill you, to restore you, to give you life in Jesus only, to remove the things that aren't of Faith and to build upon your Faith in Jesus.

Love, Serve, Go!

Brian Winburn

April 6, 2017, 2:31 PM

Test Run


I have never had the intention to writing a blog, but often I email our church a small portion of what God has revealed to me during my devotion or personal worship time. I am attempting to place it here for their benefit and welcome you to use it for the Glory of God.

I have no idea where this quote came from, but I have it in my weekly notes so that I see it often.

"If you are not coming so you can take the message to others, then you are coming so you can have the message to yourself.  Soon you will find that this knowledge will further distance you from the very people who need it, but since you now know how sinful they are, you refuse to get close enough to them to share the only message that will save them."

Combine that with my reading this morning:

2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.

2 Corinthians 10:8 For even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be ashamed.

God has given us His Gospel so that the sinful strongholds in people's lives can be destroyed and we can be built up for His Kingdom. God does not wish to destroy us. Satan wishes to destroy, not God. 

But what if like me, you are the one who needs the stronghold destroyed? What if you feel torn down today?

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

Today, take a moment and stop trying to Love God more and just let God Love on you. Let His Love cast out your fear. Let His Love destroy your stronghold. It's never been about how much we love God. Our love is in response to HOW MUCH GOD LOVES US!


04-07-2017 at 9:15 PM
April, feel free to use to it. One of my hopes is that it will encourage others to daily be in the Word and/or to assist those that are already doing that.
04-07-2017 at 11:49 AM
April crenshaw
I love this. It's good to look at this and share it with my normal bible study and verse writing daily. Do you mind if I use it in that way?
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