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February 7, 2018, 11:06 AM

Grieving the Spirit

Church Family,

Grief, it’s a terrible word. At worst, we experience this when someone dies. At best, when someone causes us sorrow. Is it possible to be around people and yet be lonely? Is it possible to cause God sorrow?

Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

What could possibly cause us to grieve God?

V. 25 Lying about and to others. V26 Uncontrolled Anger, holding grudges, not seeking reconciliation with others. V28 laziness v29 foul mouthed, tearing down speech. V31 bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander, malice v32 unforgiving.

When we follow a spirit other than the Holy Spirit, it grieves God. If this is you, then take comfort in the fact that God longs to be with you. God wants us, not because we are so special, but because of who He is.

Reminders:

  1. Prayer Meeting Tonight
  2. Valentine’s Banquet Sunday at 6pm.
  3. Women’s of Joy deposit of $25 due Sunday
  4. Mission Trip Fundraiser March 1st. We hope to have tickets this Sunday if possible.
  5. Saturday Career Class Outing at Simply Southern, 6:30pm.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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February 5, 2018, 10:55 AM

Are we accessible?

Church Family,

Are we, the church, accessible enough that if you have questions you feel like you can ask them? Am I, as the pastor, making it easy enough for you to bring your troubles, questions, doubts, etc. to me and the church? I’m not asking because I hope that there are needs. I am asking because recently I spoke with someone and encouraged them to pray about the issue. Their response was honest and open, “I don’t know how to.”

Ephesians 4:15-16 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,16from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

There are so many things that I don’t know how to do or don’t do well. Praise God that He has given us a church family, a body of Christ, that is equipped to help build each other up. We need each other. I need you.

Praying for each of you today.

Reminders:

  1. Tonight Visitation begins at 5:30 with food, chicken tenders, salad, fries, and dessert. 6:15 we are going out and sending out cards.
  2. Tuesday at 6:30 the Baptist Women are meeting at Cynthia’s house and the BYW’s are meeting at El Cerro at 6pm.
  3. Saturday the Career Class is meeting at Simply Southern. The NEW TIME is 6:30pm Spread the Word.
  4. Sunday the $25 deposit is due for the Women of Joy Conference. See Blaire for details.
  5. Sunday at 6pm is the Valentine’s Banquet. This is Free to all. We have several prizes that we are giving away that have been graciously donated by local businesses.
  6. The Fellowship Network has asked us to pray for them over the next 3 days. Throughout the year the staff/leadership will get together to pray and discuss the vision and future plans for the year. Pray for God’s presence, clarity, and the boldness to live out what God has laid out before them.
  7. Praise God for what He is doing within our church. We are set to baptize our 4th person since the new year. To God be the Glory. May this only be the beginning. Beg that God will continue reveal Himself to the lost.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




January 31, 2018, 9:50 AM

From Me to We

Church Family,

I want to be transparent before you this morning. What I am writing about is a major struggle for me. God over the last several months has been leading me to focus on Church Unity. My first thoughts were, “I don’t have any issues with Unity.” My second thoughts were, “any areas of disunity are normal and natural, no big deal.”

Our last email talked about going from I to we, this email is about going from me to we.

God has gifted each believer according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Ephesians 4:7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Ephesians 4:11-14 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

You see first, my pride wouldn’t allow me to see any possible areas of disunity. Second, I tried to excuse the reasons behind disunity. Thirdly, I did nothing to address the issues, as if they would all go away naturally. All of these are terrible enemies of the ministry and body of Christ.

Ephesians 4:3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace

Are we striving for unity in the Spirit? Are we bold enough to trust the power of the cross to deal with our preferences, favoritism, differences, and flat out sin? Do you see the benefit of cheering on the different gifts in the church or do you long to have people who are like you?

Boldly pray this week for this weekends services. My hope is that God will use our transparence to bring us closer together. Pray that God will do a mighty work among us. The lost will be saved. The saved will strive for holiness and unity.

Reminders:

  1. Feb. 5th is churchwide Visitation. 5:30 food, 6:15 going out
  2. Feb 6th the Baptist Women are meeting at Cynthia’s and the BYW’s are going out.
  3. Feb. 11th is the Valentine’s Banquet at 6pm.
  4. Feb. 11th is the last day to turn in your $25 deposit for the Women of Joy Conference. See Blaire for more details.
  5. The Toronto Fundraiser is tentatively scheduled for March 1st. Please check and see if this will be conflicting with any other fundraisers and let me know. Thank you
  6. Toronto Mission Trippers will meet briefly after the morning service. We need to start working on a head count.
  7. The following are the funeral arrangements for R.C.’s dad. Visitation will be held Wednesday afternoon, January 31, from 1:00 until 3:00 P.M. at Woodlawn Park Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary of Woodlawn Baptist Church, with Rev. Glenn Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Red Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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January 29, 2018, 1:58 PM

From I to We

Church Family,

I’m not looking for pity, but sometimes it is a struggle to function in life. Sometimes we just don’t have it. There are difficult days, hard situations, and unexplainable outcomes, but that’s why God called us to be a body of believers. When one part is weak, the other parts help pick it up.

Ephesians 4:4-7 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

No part can boast over the other parts, because we each need each other. I need the church. The church needs me. This is not said in a boastful way, but in a plea to all believers to come together.

My prayer today is that the I’s of the church turn into, We. We can run onto the battlefield following Our Savior. I can’t do it, but We can. Today you/We are being prayed for.

Reminders:

  1. Feb. 5th is churchwide Visitation. 5:30 food, 6:15 going out
  2. Feb 6th the Baptist Women are meeting at Cynthia’s and the BYW’s are going out.
  3. Feb. 11th is the Valentine’s Banquet at 6pm.
  4. Feb. 11th is the last day to turn in your $25 deposit for the Women of Joy Conference. See Blaire for more details.
  5. The Toronto Fundraiser is tentatively scheduled for March 1st. Please check and see if this will be conflicting with any other fundraisers and let me know. Thank you

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




January 26, 2018, 8:35 AM

Strive for Unity

Church Family,

I am so proud of the ministry that our church was able to be a part of this week. We are so blessed to have the leaders and members that we do.

Ephesians 4:1-3 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Unity doesn’t just happen by accident. First, the gospel brings us together. Second, we have to view the gospel and our unity as being greater than our personal desires. Third, we have to strive to maintain unity.

The church has to strive for Unity. We can not be walking in a manner worthy of the gospel while trying to divide the church. The 2 don’t go together. 

I think one way to help strive for unity is to pray for and encourage one another. Can I ask you to think of the areas of disagreement that you have with others? Will you pray for them? Will you consider a way to encourage them this week? 

Reminders:

1) We had a wonderful week with our Missionaries from Toronto, Matt and Scott. I would like to hear your thoughts about their visit? Did anything surprise you? Help you? Disappoint you? Inspire you?

2) Begin inviting others to the Valentine's Banquet Feb. 11th at 6pm.

3) Thank you for your prayers this week. I will tell more about it this Sunday, but each prayer helped. We had a packed room of pastors on Tuesday and built relationships with another church on Wednesday. Keep praying.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian

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