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March 2, 2018, 9:15 AM

For His Name's Sake


Church Family,

Words can not express how thankful I am for what God has done in and through our church over the last several weeks. Yesterday was a huge success, but probably not for the reasons we think. Yes, we have yet to receive a complaint. Yes, we delivered 1300 plates in 2 ½ hours. Yes, we plated 1300 in under 2 ½ hours and then went on to serve everything we had until we ran out.

Our success was how God brought our entire church together. We prayed, a lot. We served as a body and not a bunch of individuals. Many of you sacrificed your time, body, and money throughout this process. Our success was your courage and strength to trust that God is greater and able to provide above and beyond what we could imagine. We imagined 1000 plates, maybe 1200. 1530 plates later God showed up and showed out.

Can I plead with you to come this Sunday and share a time of praise as a church body? Share what God did at work, at home, and wherever you go to play this weekend. Let us offer the sacrifice of praise starting in Sunday school at 10am.

Let me end with the most powerful words of all, God’s word. God is speaking to the sinful leadership of Israel.

Ezekiel 20:9 & 12 But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations among whom they lived, in whose sight I made myself known to them in bringing them out of the land of Egypt.  

12Moreover, I gave them my Sabbaths, as a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them

1.Glory to God that He acts for His name’s sake and not based on who I am or what I’ve done! Egypt represents sin in this case. God, for His name’s sake has lead us out of Sin.

2.God gave us the Sabbath, a day of no work, to show that through resting in Him we are made holy and not through our works. Let that grab you today if you are struggling. It’s not how we dress, how well we “do” church, etc. It’s the power of God’s namesake that makes us like Christ. Glory to God!

 

Thank you to everyone that donated/offer up to God, their time, money to buy the supplies, money to buy chicken bog, and anyone else I haven’t mention specifically but made such a big difference.

Reminders:

  1. Bring your praise with you Sunday!
  2. Sunday night at 6pm we begin 2 new discipleship classes, Matthew continued by Shay in the youth room and 3 circles evangelism, turning everyday conversations into gospel conversation with Brian in the Sanctuary.
  3. Visitation this Monday, food at 5:30 and 6:15 going out.
  4. Tuesday Baptist Women’s Meeting hosted by Gail Bratcher at 6:30. We can provide directions at church Sunday.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




February 26, 2018, 10:21 AM

What in Hell, do you want? (read it slowly)


Church Family,

Every word of the Bible is worth reading. Can I plead with you today to take the time to read this entire chapter.

One of my personal struggles is with the sin that I learned as a child, perfected as a teenager, and embrace as an adult. The temptation is to blame this sin on my upbringing/childhood events, for some they blame their parents, and others they may blame their culture. God removes all of those excuses. We are responsible for our own sin, not our parents, teachers, leaders, etc. Each of us must give an account for our sin.

If you are struggling to find something wrong with “how you were raised.” Consider this line of thought that God introduces here, why will you go to Hell for your preference of sin? One preacher asked the question this way, (read it slowly) What in Hell, do you want? In the south many will say that they were just raised this or that way. Often this is used when discussing racist ways. But when we get old enough to realize our sin, God demands that we turn from it and to Him. To repent! Why will you die? Why will you spend eternity separated from God?

Ezekiel 18:30-32 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord GOD. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. 31Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn, and live.”

God gave His son, so that we could have an eternal relationship with Him. Will you trust that Jesus died for your sin, was buried, and God raised Him from the dead on the 3rd day?

Can I challenge you to take responsibility for your sin today? Can I lovingly ask that you trust in Jesus to pay the debt that you owe God for your sin today?

Reminders:

  1. March 1st Mission Trip Fundraiser, $7 chicken bog plates.
  2. We will meet Weds at 6pm to help prepare/work on the Chicken bog. Then we will begin cooking at 5am on Thursday. Between 8 and 9am we will start plating food and organizing the deliveries. Anyone who can help is welcomed and appreciated.
  3. Church Visitation Next Monday March 4th.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




February 23, 2018, 10:19 AM

Fooling Around! Warning Strong language


Church Family,

This is a graphic text. The wording is strong.

I once read that the biggest problem that non-believers have is not that they don’t believe in God. It’s that they see how other believers act and find the “believers” to be unbelievable. It is one of the chief complaints against the church. The people say one thing and do another. We often question God about it. Read how God feels about our sinfulness. (Please note that the women here refers to all of Israel, both men and women. God considers His people to be joined to Him like a wife(believers) and husband(Christ). God is not singling out just women)

Ezekiel 16:30-34 “How sick is your heart, declares the Lord GOD, because you did all these things, the deeds of a brazen prostitute,31building your vaulted chamber at the head of every street, and making your lofty place in every square. Yet you were not like a prostitute, because you scorned payment. 32Adulterous wife, who receives strangers instead of her husband!33Men give gifts to all prostitutes, but you gave your gifts to all your lovers, bribing them to come to you from every side with your whorings. 34So you were different from other women in your whorings. No one solicited you to play the whore, and you gave payment, while no payment was given to you; therefore you were different.

When God’s people sin, they are worse than a prostitute. We actually give away ourselves, holiness, testimony, etc. God is saying that at least a prostitute is smart enough to get paid for their services. Our sin causes us to lose every way possible. There is no benefit to it. (God is not approving of prostitution)

Praise be to God that He is faithful even when we aren't.

Reminders:

  1. Church this Sunday! Please pray for the service, Sunday school, teachers, and leaders. Bring your worship with you.
  2. Fundraisers, bring your money and delivery information this Sunday. I realize that some will pay when they get the food. You can still sell next week, but we need to map out our delivery strategy. By last count we need to sell about 250 more plates to reach our goal.
  3. Pray for opportunities to share your faith today. Be strong and courageous and boldly tell others about Him.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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February 21, 2018, 10:15 AM

Noah, Daniel, and Job


Church Family,

To say that I struggled to obey as a child is an understatement. I often thought of crazy scenarios to present as reason to disobey. I might have been told to sit right there, but I would ask, what if a snake comes? Or bad person? Etc. So sometimes I would be told to do something, and my parents didn’t care if the President or some other high ranking official told me to move, don’t do it. You know the, “I don’t care if _______________ himself tells you to move, don’t do it” talk.

Ezekiel 14:12-14 And the word of the LORD came to me: 13“Son of man, when a land sins against me by acting faithlessly, and I stretch out my hand against it and break its supply of bread and send famine upon it, and cut off from it man and beast,14even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness, declares the Lord GOD.

V21 list 4 scenarios, “my four disastrous acts of judgment, sword, famine, wild beasts, and pestilence” that God is going to send. God basically says, I don’t care if Noah, Daniel, and Job are all 3 there, they can’t save you.

Yet, there is ONE that God sent who can save us. Jesus doesn’t promise to remove the sword, famine, wild beasts, or pestilence, but He does promise to save us from the eternal wrath of God. Earlier in the chapter the “good/great” men of the area came to inform Ezekiel about the ways of the Lord. They were there to give God some advice. This is a reminder that no matter how “good/great” we think we are, no one can do what God can do, but God.

Who is your faith in? Are you trusting in the advice of men or the Word of God? Consider this, Isn’t God good to allow there to be temporary pains and trials when we stray away from Him? The brokenness we experience is actually an act of Grace on God’s part to reveal our need to Repent and turn back to Him.

Reminders:

  1. Prayer meeting tonight. Can’t wait to go to the throne of Grace with you.
  2. March 1st Chicken Bog Fundraiser. Thank you to everyone for all the support and help. Please continue to seek others to sell to and make plans to help that morning if possible.
  3. This Sunday the Toronto Mission Team will be meeting briefly after the morning service and then again at 4:45pm.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




February 19, 2018, 10:25 AM

A new Heart and Spirit


Church Family,

Ezekiel 11:19-20 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

This is one of the great promises of the Bible. When we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He gives us more than just forgiveness. God gives us a new heart and a new Spirit. A Spirit that gives us Unity in Christ and a Heart that removes the false idols of our lives. The heart of stone is a reminder of how sin hardens our heart. Pride is one of the characteristics of someone living in sin. They’ve hardened their heart to the voice of God, ways of God and people of God. It is impossible for them to be saved by human reason, logic, or effort, but Praise be to God that His word is a hammer. It is able to break the hardness of the heart and save the lost. Even someone as hard and lost as I was.

Believers, can I encourage you to trust in the power of God’s word as you share your faith and not your abilities? If you don’t believe in Jesus and are reading this, can I encourage you to read the bible, maybe the gospel of John and sincerely ask yourself, “who is Jesus?”

Reminders:

  1. Brotherhood Tuesday at 6:30. Looking forward to having all the men and their boys with them. Dad’s let me encourage to bring your sons with you. It is never too early to start showing them Jesus in the lives of other men.
  2. Thank you for a wonderful time of worship yesterday. I loved hearing all the singing and praise reports during the evening service.
  3. Mission Trip Fundraiser March 1st. We need prayer, cooks, servers, delivers, cleaners, and are accepting donations to help pay for the supplies/materials/food used during this.
  4. Are you praying for opportunities to share your faith? Praying for those you listed yesterday as needing salvation?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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