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September 13, 2017, 12:01 PM

Isaiah 45 Striving against our Creator

Church Family,

Isaiah 45 is alive and pouring out blessings. What a joy to have too much to share today about God. Do I start in verse 1 where God talks about opening doors and gates for His annointed? Or in verse 17 where He says that He saves us with an everlasting salvation? Or verses 22-23 Where He promises to save all that turn to Him and that every knee shall bow and tongue confess?

If you are discouraged today go and read chapter 45 and see how much God loves and promises to those that He calls by name to Save.

After being encouraged let me write out this warning from God, Isaiah 45:9 Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?" or ‘Your work has no handles’?

While I hope that you find encouragement from chapter 45, do not miss this warning. What a blessing it is. We are not to strive with our maker. If you read the chapter, you see all the blessings that God has for His children. Therefore you can trust God's promises even when you are wondering what God was doing when He made you. When you want to complain about your life, wonder why others seem to have it better, and get angry at god, remember God created us for His glory!

Isaiah 45:24-25 “Only in the LORD, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength; to him shall come and be shamed
all who were incensed against him. 25In the LORD all the offspring of Israel shall be justified and shall glory.”

Reminders:

1) Tonight our services begin at 7pm.

2) Choir be sure to speak with Perry about Practice times and dates.

3) Baptist Women's meeting Monday 6:30 at Mrs Frances house.

4) Brotherhood and BYW Tuesday at 6:30 at the church.

5) We are collecting an offering on Sept. 24th to help support our public school teachers. These teachers have seen and reported the needs of their students. We will use the offering to get the supplies the teachers requested for their classes.

6) What have you been sharing about Jesus today with those around you?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 11, 2017, 11:24 AM

Jesus doesn't get discouraged pursuing you

Church Family,

How can you leave the mark of Christ on others today? Who around you needs encouraging, a friend, a simple reminder of God's love, or to hear the gospel message for the first time?

Isaiah 42:4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law.

Life is full of discouragements. To be honest sometimes people can be so discouraging that we start looking for discouragement. Someone's compliment gets taken the wrong way or someone meant to be encouraging but ended up being discouraging. When I read this verse and think of John 7 from yesterday's service, I can't help but praise God that Jesus did not grow faint or discouraged when mankind, including his brothers, was trying to kill Him. 

If you are discouraged can I please try to encourage you to look where there is never any discouragement. Look to Jesus. There you will find a Savior that even when you did your best to run from Him, didn't stop pursuing you. In Jesus, we find a Savior that does not grow weary of our failures, pains, and complaints. In Jesus, we find a Savior who took all our sorrows and nailed them to cross.

Be encouraged. Go and leave the mark of God's love on others today.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 8, 2017, 8:46 AM

A Selfish Prayer Life

Church Family, 

Here is a familiar story in today's church culture. Sadly many churches have this member. That member at one point was on fire for God. God used them in a mighty way, but now as they approach the end of their days, that person is selfish. Harmful to the church. At one point they passionately fought for the glory of God and now, all they care about is keeping the peace and their own glory.

Hezekiah was a good king. In fact, he was one of the best kings until he got sick. Yet, he is best remember not for the good he did, but for how he lived out the end of his life.

Isaiah 38:1-3 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “Thus says the LORD: Set your house in order, for you shall die, you shall not recover.” 2Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, 3and said, “Please, O LORD, remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

This story is also found in multiple places throughout the Bible. It shows the damage that selfish praying will do. No one wishes to blame Hezekiah for praying to get well, but if you will notice, his prayer is about him and not God's glory. 

2 major things happen as a result of his selfish prayer:

1) He no longer cares about the well being of his family or kingdom. All he cares about is whether he will live in peace. God tells him in chapter 39:8 that the kingdom will lose everything after his death. Look at his response: Isaiah 39:8 8Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my days.

2) He goes on to have a son who becomes the most wicked king ever.

WHEN the believer/church no longer lives for the glory of God, it no longer has a regard for anything other that itself. A selfish praying person or church will raise up a wicked generation. When we regard having peace/security over the advancing of the gospel, our prayer life will be less about reaching the lost and more about keeping the saved here on earth. Why didn't Hezekiah say, praise God, I can't wait to go to heaven?  

Hopefully, none of us knows or is a Hezekiah. Hopefully, none of has done great things for the Lord in our earlier years only to turn our back on Him when things became difficult for us. May our prayer and our life always be for the glory of God and not our selfish motives. 

Let me encourage you to finish strong. Selfish leadership will lead to selfish followers. We will fight not to see the lost get saved, but only to get our way. If this is you, let me encourage you to repent. If your church leadership is like this, let me encourage you to remember the good they once did. Pray for them. Love on them.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 6, 2017, 8:52 AM

Prayer, a first response

Church Family,

Tonight we are gathering together to intercede through prayer on behalf of our community against hurricane Irma. 

This morning my devotions were on one of my favorite stories. Isaiah 37 is a must read chapter. When the enemy attacks, who do you turn to? Who can save? Who can calm the storm? Chapter 36 gives the context, but Isaiah 37:1 gives the response.

37:1 As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the LORD.

37:14 Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.

Prayer should be our first response to everything in our lives.

When we pray we let the world know:

1) who is in charge

2) Who we trust

3) Where our hope comes from.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 4, 2017, 9:15 AM

Isaiah 35

Church Family,

Who's voice are you following? Satan is always laboring to keep us from fully trusting in the Lord. 

Isaiah 35:2-5

They shall see the glory of the LORD,
the majesty of our God.

3Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
4Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”

5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

God is certain to do all that He promised to do, but are we faithful to fear not? Are we willing to strengthen the weak, not be anxious, and to Trust God by walking by Faith? I don't know what you are going through, but I know Jesus saves. No matter how strong the storm, hard the battle, or dark the situation seems, God is greater. Free near to Him and Trust Him.

Reminders:

1) God saved us to be His witnesses. Give glory to God and Invite others to know Jesus. Since April we have Invited 1381 souls to church.

2) Visitation is Tuesday night. Food at 5:30, going at 6:15.

3) Thank you to all the Seniors for being examples for us to follow. Keep telling future generations about Jesus. Also, thank you to everyone who helped decorate, cook, clean, and attend yesterday's Senior Adult Day.

Love, Serve, Go!

Brian Winburn

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