Blog
Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24   Entries 26-30 of 116
December 11, 2017, 9:30 AM

Christmas: The Star

Church Family,

The last time I went hunting I was bored out of my mind. I don’t eat deer, quail, or dove, so I rarely hunt. On this occasion I was with a friend and we began searching out new places for him to set up a deer stand towards the end of our hunt. I had never been to the area and have never been back to the area. I kept reminding him of how to get back to our group, but he kept telling me to stop worrying, that he knew exactly where we were at. About 45 minutes into our exploration, he exclaimed, “I have no idea where we are.” After another 30 minutes are so, I began scouting out where I was going to sleep for the night and so on. It was then that we saw an oncoming truck. Oh the glorious light of that truck and the kindness of the man who took us back to where we were so supposed to be.

Numbers 24:17 I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth.

The world is lost and is wandering without direction. It will proclaim that it knows exactly where it is going. Praise be to God that He sent His son, the Star of Jacob to shine His light into our darkness. Not only that, when God sent His Son, God provided a natural GPS for others to find Jesus. God placed a bright star to lead the shepherds and the wisemen to Jesus at His birth (the shepherds) and during his childhood (the wisemen). Now that star is longer shining, so who will lead the lost and wandering to salvation. God has called believers to be the light of the world. To join together and shine a bright light into the darkness.

Are you struggling to find your way today? Are you planning on how to survive while hoping that someone will come and rescue you? That someone is Jesus. Run to Him. Find a believer or a bible and hear about the greatness of God. Believer go and shine the light in the darkness today. Share Christ with others. There is no greater gift than Jesus.

Reminders:

  1. Baptist Women Christmas Party at Gayle’s house tonight at 6:00pm. Bring a $20 gift or just show up for the fun.
  2. Tuesday the Seniors are going to eat at Ella’s. We will leave at 10:30am
  3. Sunday Dec 17th the Children and Youth will be performing their Christmas programs. Invite your loved ones and community. Bring a dessert for refreshments afterwards.
  4. Dec. 20th Church Christmas Party at 6pm.
  5. Dec. 24th Sunday school at 10am and the Adult Christmas program at 11am

Future Activities:

We are getting ready to begin a new year. Here are a couple of things to pray about:

  1. January 22nd we are hosting the Associational meeting. Matt Hess, Toronto Church Planter, will be here to speak to the association.
  2. January 24th Matt Hess will be with us to meet just our church and spend time with us. Come and learn more about our partnership with Matt to reach the world for Christ.
  3. June 24th- 30th we are going to Toronto for a mission trip.
  4. Be in prayer as to how God can use us to reach Conway and the surrounding areas for Christ this year.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn 




December 8, 2017, 12:57 PM

Christmas: You're Pregnant! Wait, what?

Church Family,

I want to use this season to focus on the birth of Jesus and ultimately the salvation we have in Him, but man, is God blowing my socks off with the book of Lamentations. If you aren’t ready for Christmas yet, go and read it with me.

Do you remember the moment that you heard the words or saw the test that announced you were pregnant? Today we go to great lengths to proclaim to the world that a family of 2 is now 3 or more. While this is often a joyous occasion, there are those who have heard the words, “You’re Pregnant,” when those words weren’t wanted or welcomed. I can’t imagine how Mary felt.

When you hear an unwelcomed word from God, How do you respond?

Luke 1:26-38 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothedb to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”c 29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

35And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be borne will be called holy—the Son of God. 36And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

If you struggle with following God through Faith when you hear unwelcomed news, can I challenge you today to have the same mind as Mary? V38 Behold, I am the servant of the Lord, let it be to me according to your word.

We don’t always like to hear of sickness, additions to the family, others having success, a change at church, a new boss, etc., but how we respond reflects where we stand with God and our followship of God.

Reminders:

  1. Sunday school at 10am this Sunday. We would love to have each and everyone of you there.
  2. Choir Practice begins at 5pm.
  3. Don’t forget to turn in your angel tree gifts.

 

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




December 6, 2017, 9:15 AM

Christmas: The Virgin Birth

Church Family,

I hope that all is well. I pray that we get to see you tonight at Prayer meeting. Let me take a moment to thank the Baptist Women for putting together the care packages for the Seniors and Shut-Ins. I also want to thank those that have helped deliver them.

This morning devotion is the 2nd of the series that we will go through until Christmas.

The Virgin Birth

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel

Matthew 1:18-23 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit19And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit21She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

23“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

 

Why must Jesus be born of a Virgin?

Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned

1 Corinthians 15:21 For as by a man(ADAM) came death, by a man(JESUS) has come also the resurrection of the dead.

Jesus had to be born of a virgin because through Adam sin and death came into the world. God must take on human flesh and remain God, in order to reconcile the two sides, God and man. If Jesus were not born of the Holy Spirit, but was rather born from a man, then he would have been born a sinner.

Do you ever try to reconcile your problems with God through what you do? Do you feel the weight of your inability to resolve your sin issues? May I encourage you today to trust in Jesus. Trust that He alone can pay the price for your sin. Trust that Jesus desires to deal with you and your sin.

Be like the shepherds and every believer since and tell others what Jesus has done for you.

Reminders:

  1. Hope to pray with you tonight. Come and let us make our petitions know to God together at 7:00.
  2. Choir practice this Sunday at 5pm.
  3. Children and Youth Christmas Program Sunday December 17th at 6pm. Bring refreshments for afterwards.
  4. Adult program December 24th at 11am. We will have Sunday school at 10am, but no evening services.
  5. January 22nd-24th Matt Hess, the church planter from Toronto that we support will be with us. More details to come.
  6. June 24th-30th we are making our first mission trip to Toronto.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

Post a Comment





December 4, 2017, 8:30 AM

Christmas: The Word Became Flesh

Church Family,

Today my daily bible reading was in Lamentations, but since we are approaching the celebration of our Savior’s birth I thought it wise to attempt to write devotions about that. Not to upset anyone or blow anyone’s mind, but December 25th is the day that we celebrate Jesus’ birth. It is not His actual birthday. In fact, we don’t know the exact date of His birth, but sometime in August/September maybe more accurate.

2 Passages to help us set the tone for the coming of Jesus:

Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

Adam and Eve took this serious and scripture points to Eve implying that Cain was their Savior. No wonder he killed Able. Imagination raising your child to be so entitled that he believes he is the savior of the world?

God would send the offspring of a woman to strike the serpent. Every family would wonder if their child would save them and break the curse of sin, but only one would do this. The mother’s name was Mary, His name is Jesus, and He is born of the Holy Spirit.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Every promise that God made, word He declared, became flesh. Jesus of Nazareth is God in the Flesh. Fully God and Fully Man.

God’s word is alive and it has come to save us from our sins and free us from the curse that sin placed on our lives.

There is no other gift greater than the gift of the Word becoming flesh.

Can I challenge you to dwell on the impact that knowing that the promises of God have come true has on you and the world? Can I challenge you, if you are parent, to realize the danger of raising your child to be above God? We all sadly know that parent that allows their child to rule over them and rule over others. The parent justifies every wrong the child does and rarely corrects them. Why? Because they view the child the same way Eve did Cain, as some sort of false Savior, that is above God. Realize the danger this does to the child and how it keeps them from having a relationship with God.

Reminders:

  1. Tonight is Visitation. 5:30 we are hoping to eat Potato Soup. 6:15 we are going out or writing cards to minister to and encourage others.
  2. Praise God we took up over $500 for families at Christmas. This is in addition to everyone who is helping purchase for families on the angel tree.
  3. Thank you to the Baptist Women for putting together care baskets for Seniors and Shut ins yesterday.
  4. You are being prayed for today. That God would give you a Spirit of boldness and not timidness, courage and not fear, may God order your steps to cross paths with those that need to hear that the Word has become flesh!

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

Post a Comment





November 29, 2017, 9:02 AM

Is your sin someone's excuse to question God?

Church Family,

Right now, my devotions have me reading through a stretch in Jeremiah where God is announcing Judgment on various people groups. In Jeremiah 48 God is punishing the Moabite people. If you remember, Ruth was a Moabite. They are known for their arrogance and immorality. Read how God describes their sinfulness.

Jeremiah 48:26 “Make him drunk, because he magnified himself against the LORD, so that Moab shall wallow in his vomit, and he too shall be held in derision.

Jeremiah 48:42 Moab shall be destroyed and be no longer a people,
because he magnified himself against the LORD.

 

God’s judgement is upon them because they magnified themselves against the Lord. What does that mean? An example would be that they lived before others in a way that caused others to question God. People saw that they were getting away with their sin. So, they began to live like the Moabites. We are living in a world now that is very similar. People think that just because they can do something, then they should do something. They magnify themselves against God. We often think of them as being cool, hip, progressive, etc., but we forget too quickly that God is the judge and not man.

Have you ever thought that your sin would cause others to challenge God’s authority? Or even abandon God all together?

Reminders:

  1. Lottie Moon Christmas Offering begins this Sunday and throughout Dec.
  2. Christmas Offering this Sunday to help families in need(angel tree).
  3. 4&5 yr old Christmas Party this Sunday after the morning service. Please bring a $5 gift.
  4. Baptist Women are putting together Christmas baskets at 5pm.
  5. Choir Practice at 5pm.
  6. Regular scheduled Discipleship Training Classes begin Sunday night.
  7. THIS Saturday night the Seniors are going out to eat at 5:30, See Perry for details.
  8. December 11th All the Baptist Women’s groups are meeting at Gayle’s house for a Christmas party. Bring a $20 gift.
  9. December 12th the Seniors are going out to Lunch at Ella’s at 10:30.
  10. December 17th at 6pm the Children and Youth Christmas Program
  11. December 20th Church Christmas Party at 6pm. Children come dressed to have your picture taken.
  12. December 24th at 11am the Adult Christmas Program. No evening services.

 

We are super busy. Use your busyness to tell others about Jesus.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24   Entries 26-30 of 116