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August 4, 2017, 7:10 AM

God asks, What more?

Church Family,

We are at the Family Summer Camp and so far it has been a blast. I am currently watching at a distance as the boys are playing hand ball. Without being told to they made sure the youngest boy not only got a hit, but made a homerun. No doubt this is because of how the parents raised them. What was put into them by the parents has produced such an amazing moment.

In my bible reading this morning I read Isaiah 5:4 What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it?
When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?

What more? God is asking. Is there any more that God needs to do? Think of the power of this question.

What has the love of God produced in your life? Can I encourage you today to take sometime praising God for the wonderful things that His love has produced in your life.

Reminders:

1) Pray for our summer camp. Ask that God saves the lost, grows the faith of the saved, and brings glory to His name.

2) Make sure you check out the latest softball schedule. I dont have all the results but I know they won again last night.

3) Its never too late to tell someone about Jesus. I am praying to the Lord that He would give you a Spirit of boldness and courage as you intentional look to share your faith. Invite people to Jesus, Invite people to worship.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn



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08-04-2017 at 9:11 PM
Valerie Hardee
Im glad you all are having fun! Thank you for loving on our children and being a great church family! Praying for everyone there and for safe journeys home tomorrow!
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August 2, 2017, 9:20 AM

Failure to lead begins with a failure to follow

Church Family,

Today in my reading I came across one of the saddest judgements made against Israel. All of chapter 3 and 4 are worth reading to understand more.

Isaiah 3:1-4 For behold, the Lord GOD of hosts
is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah
support and supply,
all support of bread,
and all support of water;
2the mighty man and the soldier,
the judge and the prophet,
the diviner and the elder,
3the captain of fifty
and the man of rank,
the counselor and the skillful magician
and the expert in charms.
4And I will make boys their princes,
and infants shall rule over them
.

When a generation refuses to follow God they will force the next unprepared generation to lead. When followship fails in the people of God, God often disciplines them with unprepared/poor leadership. There is a lot more to be learned and said but for times sake let me remind you of this: 1) God never changes, but His people should be changed/transformed by Him every day. 2) Paul mentions that the church shouldn't change certain traditions, preaching, singing, reading your bible, etc But that also implies that the church should be changing in order to reach the next generation and the lost community. 3) When failing to lead destroys all generations, but that failure begins with a refusal to live by Faith.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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July 31, 2017, 8:17 AM

Full of what?

Church Family,

During my Bible reading this morning I read, Isaiah 2:6 For you have rejected your people, the house of Jacob, because they are full of things from the east and of fortune-tellers like the Philistines, and they strike hands with the children of foreigners.

The church is suppose of be a place where we are in the world but not of the world. We are also supposed to distinguish between that which is holy and unholy. The nation of Israel failed to do that. As a result they became more afraid of the people, than of God. Isaiah 2:22 Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?

May we strive to be full of the Holy Spirit and not the things of this world. May we also strive to please God, even when it costs us the wrath of our fellow man.

Reminders:

1) We are up to 1194 Invites since April. Praise the Lord for your faithfulness to tell others about Jesus and His Church.

2) Summer Camp is this Thursday thru Saturday. Email me if you haven't let me know that you are going.

3) What a wonderful time we had worshipping together yesterday. I am so thankful for the testimony that God laid on Ashley Silvey heart.

4) Last year at this time I began keeping track of the monthly website statistics for the church. Each month I print off the stats and compare them to the previous months. The reason being is that most people will visit our website before ever attending our church. In fact, many call church websites the "front door" of the church. The 3 areas I pay most attention to are the number of HOME page visits, GUESTBOOK visits, and SERMONS listened to.

For the last year we have had 10,253 Home page visits. Thats 28 visits a day.  5681 Guestbook visits, 15.5 visits a day.

18,276 Sermons listed to, 50 a day.   

There are a lot of other things I would like to do to improve the use of our website, but I am limited in my computer skills. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve our website? I always appreciate your feedback

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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July 28, 2017, 8:27 AM

Animals know their master, do we know ours?

Church Family,

Wow, has it been a challenging week. We have had a Senior Adult with major back surgery (she has still not come home), a child had brain surgery (all updates have been positive, please pray for good results from upcoming test), a member was diagnosed with bladder cancer (pray for guidance, strength, and comfort), and hopefully within the next few hours we will have a new baby in the church family. I mention all this so you can be praying but to also point out that life can be extremely difficult. I have been reminded over and over again lately that God never designed us to go through this alone, but to do it together. Will you continue to go through life together with these families through prayer?

When my heart is heavy I want to read more scripture. Isaiah 1:3 The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” It is impossible to understand God when we don't read His word, obey His commands, and live for Him. The ox/donkey knows and obeys it's master. It knows its master's crib. Is your following of God based on who He is or what He is commanding you to do? Do you know where to find God in the good and bad times? I want to loving challenge you this morning to strive to know and understand God more each day.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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July 26, 2017, 12:05 PM

What does life boil down to?

Church Family,

Praise the Lord for Wednesday night prayer service. I can not wait to get together to pray, sing, and hear from God's Word tonight. In my devotion time today God revealed this:

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

What does life boil down to? Solomon points out that in the end life boils down to the need to 1st, Fear God, 2nd Keep His commandments. The reason we should keep His commandments? God will bring every deed into judgement. Every thing that you have or will do, everything that you said or will say, and everything that you have thought or will think of, is going to be judged. Yet, I praise God because 1 John 4:18 says, 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.

Perfect love of God has made a way for the forgiveness of your sins, the transforming of your hearts, and a change in your desires. Judgement is coming. Who is able to pay the debt that you owe God? There is none other than Jesus.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn



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07-26-2017 at 2:12 PM
Ellen King
Thanks for the devotion. So true....
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