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July 3, 2017, 10:48 AM

Precious: The gospel or my comfort

Church Family,

In Acts 20 we read a series of events about Paul's travels. It comes across as more of a way to track Paul's whereabout than anything else. Yet it also reminds us that God is in control. The surprise in your life is not a surprise to God. When we realize this it allows to say with Paul,

Acts 20:22-24 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

My prayer for you today is that you will so love God in a way that you value the gospel of the grace of God over any personal hardships, happiness, and desires. Wherever God has sent you today I hope that you will testify of His goodness and Invite others to trust in Him.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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June 30, 2017, 3:03 AM

Disciples, Disciple

Church Family,

My devotions yesterday led me to Acts 16.

Acts 16:1-3 Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. 3Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.

Have you ever been discipled? Who could you ask to disciple you? Who around you can you disciple?

The reason most of us don’t make a serious commitment to being discipled is because the cost is so great. (Timothy didn’t get circumcised because it made him a better disciple. He got circumcised to remove any stumbling blocks among the people he was ministering to.)

If you are reading this then I believe that you are someone who needs to be discipled and someone who can disciple others.

Reminders:

1) Visitation/Baptist Women will be this Monday. Supper begins at 5:30. Those who are visting will go out at 6:15. The Baptist Women will work on their mission project.

2) Where did Jesus go after dying on the cross and before His resurrection? We will attempt to answer this Sunday night.

3) Be bold and Go and tell others about Jesus today.

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June 28, 2017, 10:08 AM

Expectations: God's or Your's

Church Family,

I've got a lot of repenting to do this morning. The sad part is that it is mostly due to putting a greater burden on myself than God does. Are you placing burdens on your spiritual walk that God has not? Is what you expect of yourself or other Christians based on the Word of God or the word of man?

Acts 15:1 But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”

Acts 15:28-29 For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: 29that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”

Reminders:

1) Tonight at 6pm we will have family fun night at the church. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs to eat, a devotion, bingo, and kickball. Invite your co-workers and neighbors.

2) Monday July 3rd Church Visitation and Baptist Women will meet together at the church. Food will begin to be served at 5:30. Those that can go out to visit will leave around 6:15.

3) You are being prayed for today. May God help you discern the difference between His Word and your expectations of believers. Remember you are loved by God and by His people..

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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June 26, 2017, 2:39 PM

Let Worship Lead You

Church Family,

We broke the 1000 Invites mark this Sunday. We are up to 1027.

My daily Worship time today was in Acts 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

If you read the chapter you will find that they have just been kicked out of the city. Things were going so well. In fact, I was hoping to read that the entire city got saved, but instead they were kicked out. How could they be filled with Joy? Their focus was on God and what He was and is doing. Not on what "could" have happened, but what did happen. 

In the last 3 months you have Invited 1027 people to church. Be filled with Joy and the Spirit for what God is doing.

Are you still looking for direction is your life? Take notice of Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 

Reminders:

1) Weds at 6pm is Family Fun Night. Hamburgers, hot dogs, kickball, bingo, and a devotion

2) Please be in prayer over the next several months for these events: Shelby Mission Trip(July), Summer Camp(August), Toronto Mission Trip(October) just to name a few.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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June 21, 2017, 6:58 AM

Saul the Terrorist

Church Family,

I can not shake my devotions from yesterday. Acts 8:1 And Saul approved of his execution.

Saul was a terrorist. One of the worst. He stood and approved of the mob that He had raised up to kill to Stephen. Why does this stick in my mind for so long?

1) It is amazing what God's grace can do. Saul the terrorist will soon become Paul the apostle of God. There is hope for all the lost. Romans 5:20-21 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

2) Who has influence on your life? The life of your church? Do they simply voice their thoughts? Or do they actually live out what they say? Are they sharing their faith or do they simply say that they hope people get saved? I've never met a church that said it didn't want to grow. Yet very few will actually live in a way that demonstrates that desire. 

3) Do people know more about what you are against or more about what you are for?

4) If you read the rest the chapter you have to be haunted with the question of was Simon really saved? He was not! But how do you determine that?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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