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September 25, 2017, 10:31 AM

Poured Out His Soul

Church Family,

What a powerful time of prayer that God provided last night, WHEW, Glory to God! In today's bible reading I'm reminded of a movie, Schindler's list. He helped purchase Jews and give them jobs to prevent their death during World War II. At the end of the movie when everyone was celebrating, he saw all that he had and wondered if he could have used his remaining possessions better. He thought, I could have used this to purchase one more. No story will ever match Jesus'. This morning we read of a powerful display of God's wrath and love.

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Read the words of Jesus as He approaches His death.

Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!

Like Schindler, Jesus was willing to rescue those that are being oppressed by sin and hate. Yet, Jesus did not fail to give it all to reach those who are caught in Sin. Even as He is pouring out His soul unto death, He is still concerned with the lostness of the ones who are killing Him. Oh, that our hearts would be so transformed by the power of the gospel, that we would be ever thankful for those that God has saved and always desire to pour ourselves out until every soul is saved. May we long to see every soul saved, rather than cursing those along the way that reject God. Pray that God would give our church the heart of Christ. Pray that God would change my heart to like this. May God have mercy on my soul for not always being this way.

Reminders:

1) After work this afternoon please come and help pressure wash the tables and chairs at the church. The more workers, the quicker the job is completed. Thank you in advance for helping.

2) We broke the 1500 mark for people invited to church, Praise God! While we are measuring the goal by numbers, the real goal is for every believer to be a witness for God. What a joy it is to be faithful to God.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 22, 2017, 6:57 AM

Sharing the Impossible as possible

Church Family,

Of all the miracles and impossible things that God has done, the greatest yet, has been His saving of my poor wretched soul. I dont know of anyone more lost or less deserving. It is the salvation of my soul that fuels everything in my life. It changes how I treat my wife, view other people, make decisions, etc. In everything, because of the gospel message that saves me, I want to tell about the good news of Jesus.

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

Feet are just like my life without Jesus, smelly, nasty, and ugly. Yet, when those feet are bringing the message of the Impossible, they are a beautiful sight.

Take a moment and read God's description of the crucifixion. See the nastiness of the beatings that Christ took. Marvel that the telling of the gospel, even to Kings, leaves them speechless. 

Isaiah 52:13-15 Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted. 14As many were astonished at you—his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—15so shall he sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths because of him, for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand.

Let me encourage you today to have beautiful feet. Share the good news in all that you do. Let it humble you, fuel you, and move you to engage the lostness around you.

Reminders:

1) Sunday we are taking up an offering to help buy school supplies. 

2) Sunday morning after the service we are having a brief meeting to discuss Trunk or Treat.

3) Choir Practice at 5pm on Sunday

4) Invite others to know Jesus and then Invite them to church today.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 20, 2017, 10:01 AM

Willing to do the Impossible

Church Family,

Strike up the Praise band of your heart! Based on the numbers I was given from our 3 meetings: Baptist Women, Brotherhood and Baptist Young Women, we had over 80 in attendance. Glory to God! These meetings were so good, we are going to have an additional meeting tonight called prayer meeting starting at 7pm. Come and join us at the church.

Are you asking God for the Impossible? Not Impossible for Him, but Impossible by human means. Today in my devotion time, I read Isaiah 50. It is telling about Israel's lack of obedience and a servant, Jesus, who will always obey.

Isaiah 50:2 Why, when I came, was there no man; why, when I called, was there no one to answer? Is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver?

1) Inspite of their sinulness God was still speaking. What's God been saying through His word and Spirit to you lately?

2) Why did God punish Israel? No one was willing to serve God. No one was willing to answer God.

3) As you ask God to do the Impossible, to save the lost, heal a relationship, restore your walk with Him, etc.. DO not miss out on listening to God's response. 

4) If you are praying, but have doubt, STOP! Remember the Power of God to redeem and deliver.

5) The church that doesn't seek the Impossible will only do things in it's power. That church, like Israel, will turn from God and trust only in man. 

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 18, 2017, 10:32 AM

Asking the Impossible

Church Family,

Have you asked God for the impossible this morning? Have you prayed about the things that keep you up at night in a way that only God could do it and only God could get the glory?

Isaiah 48:1 Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and who came from the waters of Judah, who swear by the name of the LORD and confess the God of Israel, but not in truth or right.

How is it that they are using the Lord's name falsely and not in truth? The rest of the chapter lays out the picture of an obstinate, hard headed, thick necked people that will ask God for things and then, when He responds, they give credit to themselves or their idols(v4-5). God has told of things to come in order to keep us from giving His glory away(v11). 

So church, why ask for the Impossible? In part, because it requires us to believe God. We must trust His response. Israel cried out to God for redemption and when God provided it He also provided what they needed.

Isaiah 48:21 They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow for them from the rock; he split the rock and the water gushed out.

The water that flowed provided for all the people, over 2 million and animals. Think about that! Why is that so important? The rock was Jesus and the water was God's grace.

Ask God for the Impossible. Praise God for His answers. Use His name in Truth and Correctly before those around you!

Reminders:

1) We Invited 46 people this past week for a total of 1479. Is Jesus worthy of telling others about? Is our church a church that you would brag on? Tell others about? Use the name of God correctly, tell others about Him.

2) Baptist Women's meeting tonight at Frances Singleton's house at 6:30pm. 

3) Brotherhood and Baptist Young Women's meeting Tuesday at 6:30 at the church. 

4) Choir Practice at 5pm Sunday.

5) God can do far more than you can imagine or ask for. Pray for the Impossible. Be sure to give Him the Glory.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 15, 2017, 9:48 AM

What no one sees

Church Family,

Isaiah 47:10-11 You felt secure in your wickedness; you said, “No one sees me”; your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, and you said in your heart, “I am, and there is no one besides me.” 11But evil shall come upon you, which you will not know how to charm away; disaster shall fall upon you, for which you will not be able to atone; and ruin shall come upon you suddenly, of which you know nothing.

Are you secure in your sin life? Do you feel like your life would fall apart without your sin life? Has sin so deceived you that you believe you can talk your way out of anything?

God has several warnings for us. None sound good, evil shall come, disaster shall fall, and ruin shall come! We often see someone fall and wonder how did that happen? Slowly, but surely, they felt more secure sinning, than in Jesus. We have all sinned in ways that can not be atoned for by our deeds. Praise God, that He sent His Son, Jesus, to atone for all our sins. 

If your private sin is now running your life, can I encourage you today to run to Jesus before it's too late.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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