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July 7, 2017, 8:58 AM

2 Things we need when facing persecution

Church Family,

Acts 24:27 When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus. And desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison.

For 2 years Paul is sitting in prison and yet, we never see Paul complain to God. In fact, Paul went into this situation knowing that it was God's plan. How is it that we survive such persecution? I have no personal knowledge of it, but Christian researchers point to a strong devotion or worship life. The 2 strongest characteristics that they found were those who sang out loud to God and those who quoted, memorized, recalled, and if possible read scripture while locked up. Many were not allowed to have a bible while in prison. How is your personal worship life? What is the song of your heart that you sing to God?

One last set of questions, If Jesus promised that believers would be persecuted and I admittedly am persecuted little to none. What does that say about my walk with God? Was Jesus lying? 

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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July 5, 2017, 3:08 PM

No way God can use me

Church Family,

This morning during my devotions in Acts 22, I noticed just how wicked Saul was before he became Paul. Maybe you reading this today and thinking I will never change. Maybe you are so discouraged or think that you are too wicked to ever be loved by God. Look at Paul's testimony in Acts 22.

3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated at the feet of Gamaliel according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God as all of you are this day. 4I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women, 5as the high priest and the whole council of elders can bear me witness. From them I received letters to the brothers, and I journeyed toward Damascus to take those also who were there and bring them in bonds to Jerusalem to be punished.

19 And I said, ‘Lord, they themselves know that in one synagogue after another I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you. 20And when the blood of Stephen your witness was being shed, I myself was standing by and approving and watching over the garments of those who killed him.’ 21And he said to me, ‘Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”

1) Saul was a terrorist. He murdered innocent men, women, and children because they believed the Way to God was through Jesus only.

2) Very few have done worse than Saul. Yet even if you have done far worse than Saul. The bible tells us that where sin abounds, grace abounds even more. God's grace and saving power is greater than your sin and wickedness.

3) If God has Saved you, God has Sent you. NO true believer has been told not to go and make disciples. Only the saved are sent. 

4) Church that does not Go and make Disciples is living in disobedience or worse, does not know God.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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July 3, 2017, 10:48 AM

Precious: The gospel or my comfort

Church Family,

In Acts 20 we read a series of events about Paul's travels. It comes across as more of a way to track Paul's whereabout than anything else. Yet it also reminds us that God is in control. The surprise in your life is not a surprise to God. When we realize this it allows to say with Paul,

Acts 20:22-24 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

My prayer for you today is that you will so love God in a way that you value the gospel of the grace of God over any personal hardships, happiness, and desires. Wherever God has sent you today I hope that you will testify of His goodness and Invite others to trust in Him.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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June 30, 2017, 3:03 AM

Disciples, Disciple

Church Family,

My devotions yesterday led me to Acts 16.

Acts 16:1-3 Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. 3Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.

Have you ever been discipled? Who could you ask to disciple you? Who around you can you disciple?

The reason most of us don’t make a serious commitment to being discipled is because the cost is so great. (Timothy didn’t get circumcised because it made him a better disciple. He got circumcised to remove any stumbling blocks among the people he was ministering to.)

If you are reading this then I believe that you are someone who needs to be discipled and someone who can disciple others.

Reminders:

1) Visitation/Baptist Women will be this Monday. Supper begins at 5:30. Those who are visting will go out at 6:15. The Baptist Women will work on their mission project.

2) Where did Jesus go after dying on the cross and before His resurrection? We will attempt to answer this Sunday night.

3) Be bold and Go and tell others about Jesus today.

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June 28, 2017, 10:08 AM

Expectations: God's or Your's

Church Family,

I've got a lot of repenting to do this morning. The sad part is that it is mostly due to putting a greater burden on myself than God does. Are you placing burdens on your spiritual walk that God has not? Is what you expect of yourself or other Christians based on the Word of God or the word of man?

Acts 15:1 But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”

Acts 15:28-29 For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: 29that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”

Reminders:

1) Tonight at 6pm we will have family fun night at the church. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs to eat, a devotion, bingo, and kickball. Invite your co-workers and neighbors.

2) Monday July 3rd Church Visitation and Baptist Women will meet together at the church. Food will begin to be served at 5:30. Those that can go out to visit will leave around 6:15.

3) You are being prayed for today. May God help you discern the difference between His Word and your expectations of believers. Remember you are loved by God and by His people..

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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