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April 18, 2018, 9:41 AM

Confirming and Strengthening Others


Church Family,

A big thank you to all who showed up to help with the mission project last night. I also want to thank the BYW for cooking and serving and Brotherhood for cleaning up.

People get discouraged. In fact, the conversation that I probably have the most with servants in the church, “Why should they keep serving?” We can never express appreciation enough for our teachers, leaders, and members, etc. Just in case you are wondering, showing up for events is probably as meaningful as a word of encouragement to a leader. Words of appreciation are needed, but your presence will speak volumes to others.

Daniel 11:1 “And as for me, in the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood up to confirm and strengthen him.

Strangely the way Daniel is confirming and strengthening Darius is by telling him his end. The end of his kingdom, people, and the world.

Daniel 12:1-2 “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. 2And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Daniel’s warning to Darius applies to us as well. We have to live for eternity. Nothing of this world lasts. All flesh will return to the dust. Our flesh is like a seed according to God’s word in 1 Corinthians 15:35-49. What are you sowing? Are you sowing a seed of eternal life or eternal death?

What are you sowing into the people around you? Encouragement? Support?

This Sunday is Senior Adult Day. Will you show your support through words of appreciation for the Seniors and with your presence? Is there a ministry that you miss or wish the church could do? How can you use your words and presence to revive or create such ministries?

Reminders:

  1. Sunday, Senior Adult Day with Rev. Mack Hutson. All non-seniors are asked to bring a dessert.
  2. Monday, Baptist Women’s Meeting. They are meeting at the church at 4:45 or you can go to the County Building parking lot at 5:05 to go out to dinner. Please call Gayle if you have any questions.
  3. May 6th Gideon Sunday. During the morning service we will take up an offering to support their ministry.
  4. May 13th Mother’s Day celebration. If you are wishing to dedicate your baby during the service, please sign up on the bulletin board.
  5. June 3rd Graduate Sunday. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. We need to know who is participating by May 13th. If you have any questions, ask Brian.
  6. If you have not spoken to Gayle about serving during VBS (June 17th-21st), then please do so soon.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




April 16, 2018, 7:31 AM

Why God Forgives


Church Family,
Another week, another opportunity to witness. I am praying that God will give you the opportunities to share your faith and that we will be bold and courageous to do so. 

In Daniel 9, Daniel has learned from reading the Prophet Jeremiah’s words that the exile of Israel will only last 70 years. In response to this news Daniel begins to pray for the nation and himself that all will turn from their sin. 
I hope this is not the case with you, but there are times in which I feel so sinful that I feel I must get better before praying. Why would God listen to someone who just sinned or recently sinned so poorly? I guess the real question is why does God forgive us? What causes the Lord to forgive our sins?

Daniel 9:18 O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. 19O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.

God never forgives us because we deserve it. God never forgives because we have done enough good deeds. God forgives us when we confess our sin, express a desire to turn from the sin, and He does so because of His Righteousness, Mercy, and Grace. God forgives for His names sakes. It is because of who He is.

Can I encourage you to seek God’s forgiveness today? Tell God your sin, express a desire to no longer live in sin, and then plead that He forgives you based on His goodness. Or maybe you are struggling to forgive others. Can I encourage you to realize forgiveness has to do with who you are and not what they did or will do to “make up for it?” Pray and ask God to help you to forgive others the same way that He forgives you.

Reminders:
1)    Brotherhood and BYW meeting Tuesday night. The brotherhood is meeting at 6pm to do a mission project. Please bring a shovel. Food should be served around 6:30.

2)    Senior Adult Sunday is this weekend. Rev. Mack Huston will be our speaker. We will have Lunch afterwards and ask that all non-seniors bring a dessert.

3)    April 29th 5th Sunday Singing at 6pm. Please bring your praise with you and song.

4)    Praise the Lord for your gracious giving in the support of School Release Bible Program. We raised over $1100!

5)    A special need has been brought to my attention. For privacy reasons we can’t share all the details, but there are 5 children that are in great need. If you are able to donate clothes, here are the sizes:
a.    5th grade female: Women’s sizes Shirt: XL   Pants: 12/14  Shoes 8 ½
b.    2nd grade male: Shirt: Large  Pants size 10   shoes 6
c.    Kindergarten male: Shirt and Pants 5  Shoes 12
d.    Kindergarten female: Shirt and Pants 6  Shoes 13
e.    3 year old male: 3T in Clothes
f.    You can contact me or Tara who has graciously agreed to help collect these.

6)    Please pray that God would Glorify His name in and through our church. Be sensitive to mission opportunities throughout our community.

Love, Serve, Go
Brian Winburn
 




April 13, 2018, 9:05 AM

The Ancient of Days


Church Family,

There is nothing new under the sun, it’s only new to us. In the book Daniel 7, we get a clear, but deep, picture to the end of times. We are also introduced to the Ancient of Days(Jesus).

I am often amazed by the things God reveals through His word, but there are sometimes when that amazement is also full of fear. It is amazing that God will save us from our sin, but terrifying that many will never trust in Him. After describing the end of times Daniel said this.

Daniel 7:28 “Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my color changed, but I kept the matter in my heart.”

The lostness of the world and the pending judgement of God should greatly alarm us. The cross should compel us to do all that we can to make sure no one spends eternity separated from God.

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

Reminders:

  1. This Sunday we are collecting an offering for the School Release Bible Class at Aynor Middle School.
  2. Brotherhood and BYW are meeting on April 17th. The brotherhood are asked to come at 6pm and to bring a shovel for a minor project.
  3. April 22nd is Senior Adult Day with Rev. Mack Hutson
  4. A special need has been brought to my attention. For privacy reasons we can’t share all the details, but there are 5 children that are in great need. If you are able to donate clothes, here are the sizes:
    1. 5th grade female: Women’s sizes Shirt: XL   Pants: 12/14  Shoes 8 ½
    2. 2nd grade male: Shirt: Large  Pants size 10   shoes 6
    3. Kindergarten male: Shirt and Pants 5  Shoes 12
    4. Kindergarten female: Shirt and Pants 6  Shoes 13
    5. 3 year old male: 3T in Clothes
    6. You can contact me or Tara who has graciously agreed to help collect these.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




April 11, 2018, 11:52 AM

The Blessing that Curses


Church Family,

I am praying for you today. Praying that God will give you wisdom, strength, and courage to walk by Faith in all that you do.

Today is a classic case of me wanting to preach after reading my Bible. There are so many great storylines going on throughout this chapter, but I want to be focused so here goes nothing.

Pride comes before the Fall. How is it that a blessing can also be a cursing?  When God blesses us, whether we believe in Him or not, it can lead to us becoming prideful. Many times, it is harder to deal with success than failure. Failure may lead you to work harder. While success may lead you to become all about yourself.

Most churches that die, die after having a season of great success. They believe that how they did things, the former/current pastor, teacher, deacons, certain songs, being segregated, etc. led to their success. They will still give God lip service and claim that it is all about Him, but you change the song, deacon, preacher, reach non-whites and see if it is a God thing or a man driven thing. We will claim that it couldn’t be our fault because look what we did. In years past we used to (fill in the blank), now days its everyone’s fault but ours.

Daniel 5:22-23 And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, 23but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.

When we take that which belongs to God and use it for our gain/beliefs and not to reach the lost, the blessing of God becomes a cursing. Think of the person that begged God for new job, house, money, family, business, etc. then once they got it they moved away from God. Their life on Social media looks great, but in truth God’s blessing has left them desiring something. So, they vacation more, take more play days, leave their spouse for an upgrade, abandon their children, etc. and all because they didn’t stay humble. The brokenness in their life was a blessing and the material things a curse. The brokenness should have led them to God and not excess. The church is a sad example of this. They’ve stopped weeping for the lost, stopped adapting to reach the community, and began pointing the finger at anyone but themselves. We need a revival. Not a planned meeting, but a brokenness that cries out to the God who has our breath in His hand.

Daniel 5:30 Tells us the king was killed that very night. I wonder if the “church” will have a different fate?

(the true church will never die, but there are many church buildings that are no longer the church, but are social clubs)

Reminders:

  1. We are collecting an offering this Sunday to support the Aynor Middle School Bible Class.
  2. Brotherhood is April 17th. Show up early and help us with a project, 6pm, bring a shovel.
  3. April 22nd Senior Adult Day with Rev. Mack Hutson. Lunch is served. All non-seniors bring a dessert.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




April 9, 2018, 8:21 AM

A New Week


Church Family,

It’s the start of a new week which means new opportunities to share the gospel. I am praying for you in the hopes that God will bless your courage and boldness to live for Christ and share your faith with others.

Daniel 4:1-2 King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you! 2It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me.

At this point King Nebuchadnezzar has twice witnessed the power of God and even lives a life that is willing to tell others about the greatness of God, but He doesn’t worship God. V8 tells how he named Daniel after his god. I fear that many of us are like Nebuchadnezzar. We have experienced the greatness of God and are even willing to share with others about the wonders and power of God, but we refuse to believe in God. This story has a happy ending. God in His Grace pursued Nebuchadnezzar and thankfully we see this change.

V37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.  

Can I encourage you to examine your relationship with God? Is it based on what He has done or who He is? Do you simply want the power of God in your life or the God of power? God’s grace or the God of grace? Maybe you need to Thank God for the Grace and Patience with which He sought after you?

Reminders:

  1. Senior Adult outing Tuesday at 10:30 we are leaving the church for Simply Southern Restaurant. Saturday at 5:30 we are going to Adam’s seafood.
  2. April 15th Next Sunday, we are collecting an offering for the School Release Bible Ministry at Aynor Middle School.
  3. Brotherhood Tuesday April 17th Please show up at 6pm to help with a mission project. Bring a shovel. We will have supper right afterwards and time of fellowship.
  4. Senior Adult Sunday April 22nd with Rev. Mack Hutson. We will have Lunch afterwards. All non-seniors are asked to bring a dessert. There will be no evening services.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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