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October 16, 2017, 10:28 AM

What wrong do you find with God?

Church Family,

What an awesome God we serve! He showed up and poured His grace over us yesterday. I am so thankful for Perry's leadership, Karen's faithfulness, and your lovingkindness. It made yesterday so special for me and my family. (By the way, all 3 girls have strep throat, prayers appreciated).

This morning during my worship time, I read Jeremiah 2:5 Thus says the LORD: “What wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?"

I must say I have never thought of my straying from God is this way. All throughout Jeremiah God presents our relationship with Him in the context of a husband(God) and a cheating wife(Israel and Judah). What wrong have you found in God that you need to seek out sin? What is God lacking that only adultery, stepping outside of your relationship with Him will provide?

Can I lovingly challenge you this morning to take some time and maybe even write down what God means to you? Satan is good at being evil, he often gets us to desire something that is worthless. He lies to us and tells us we have to have it, but really all we need is Jesus.

Jeremiah 3:22 “Return, O faithless sons; I will heal your faithlessness.” “Behold, we come to you, for you are the LORD our God."

If we will return to God, God promises to heal our faithlessness. God not only loves us, forgives us, but also heals us. Let the grace of God strengthen your heart today. 

Reminders:

1) Brotherhoood and BYW meeting Tuesday night at 6:30pm. Bring a brother with you men to hear Benji Hutson speak to us. Ladies, come and join the BYW and experience the ladies bible study, even if you cant make it any other weeks, you dont want to miss this one. 

2) Children's Choir had begun practicing for the Christmas program. Children please come and join us at 5pm next Sunday in the youth room.

3) How can you help your Sunday school class reach, teach, and minister today? Who do you need to call and encourage, check on, appreciate, etc..

4) Thank you so much. We love you so much and pray for you daily.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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October 13, 2017, 9:57 AM

Do you know your calling?

Church Family,

We've all heard a similar story, someone is asked to serve the Lord and the church, but they refuse or at least they are scared to death. The reasons range from, I dont think I have the ability, to the people wouldn't me. Or maybe even a less heard of story, the person is serving the church, but they are gifted in that area. The church needed a fill in and got a lifetime helper, but God never gifted that person with the ability to serve in that area.

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

God created us with a purpose. 1st- To know Him as Savior, 2nd- To serve Him as our Savior, 3rd to Go with Him as the Savior.

v6 Jeremiah gives his excuse- He is too young, doesnt have the ability and the people will reject him base on his age.

As you continue to read what is so awesome about this passage is that God tests Jeremiah to make sure he sees right. In other words, does Jeremiah discern the word and calling of God correctly. This is a lesson that does not get taught enough in church. We must learn to discern God's Word and His calling, because soon the enemy will show up (v19). If we are doing things in our own strength, we will lose, but if God is for us, who can be against us?

May we as believers and a church always seek to discern the Word of God correctly and learn our calling, follow Him, and use it to reach the lost.

Here are some ways to live out your call:

1) Choir Practice at 5pm.

2) October 17th Brotherhood and BYW meeting at 6:30pm. Benji Hutson will be our guest speaker.

3) October 22nd we will begin collecting money for the Shoebox ministry from those who are unable to fill their own box.

4) October 29th at 5pm Trunk or Treat. Please sign up to decorate you car. Also begin spreading the word and inviting others.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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October 9, 2017, 9:27 AM

Unexpected Awesomeness of God

Church Family,

Oh, how I love worshipping with You! God is so good to reveal Himself to us day in and day out.

Today in my Bible reading I read Isaiah 64:3 "When you did awesome things that we did not look for,"

Later in the chapter it describes how all men sin, are polluted by sin, don't seek after God, but God is faithful to reveal Himself, seek the lost, and forgive.

Take sometime today to recall a time when God did something awesome in your life when you weren't looking for it. What are some of the things that God has done in our church that we never would have dreamed could happen?

Reminders:

1) Baptist Women's meeting tonight at the church at 530pm. Supper will be served.

2) Senior Outing Tuesday to Simply Southern at 11am

3) Women's Bible study Tuesday at 6pm.

4) Waccamaw Association Meeting Monday October 16th at 7pm. Hosted by Baker's Chapel. Anyone interested in going let me know.

5) We have Invited 1607 people to church since April. I believe we can reach our goal of 1800 by the end of this month.

Love, Serve, Go!

Brian Winburn

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October 6, 2017, 9:41 AM

But they(God's people) rebelled...

Church Family,

What an amazing week! It all began with God providing a great day of services Sunday, Monday Visitation, Women's Bible Study Tuesday, Prayer Meeting Wednesday, Good News Club Thursday, and Friday/Saturday we get to prepare to do it all over again next week. 

For me the best way to prepare for each day and worship service is to spend time with God in song, bible reading and prayer.

Today's bible reading was in Isaiah 63. So many verses stood out to me, but Isaiah 63:10 says, "But they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit; therefore he turned to be their enemy, and himself fought against them."

Now the beginning of the chapter told of how in the day of vegeance Jesus will "trample down the people in His anger" and how "their lifeblood splattered on my garments." What a terrifying description of Jesus' coming Vengeance. Yet, the people that God sent to follow Him and warn others of His Vengeance, have now rebelled. Is there anything that a church can do that is worse than Grieve and Rebell against God's Spirit? Does the church have anyone that can fight against God? Look at that warning, God Himself fought against them.

The amazing news is that God is Good even when we are not. Thankfully God remembers His promise to punish every sin, but to also provide Salvation. Praise God for His grace, mercy, and salvation. If you are fighting against God (you will lose), Turn back to Him this morning. Seek Him while He can still be found. Sadly, those that lead others to Grieve and Rebell against God, rarely Turn back. After praying and asking God to forgive you of your rebellion, please pray for others. Ask God to use you to lead others to Follow and not rebell. Ask God to send you to the lost today. Tell them about the salvation found only in Jesus and then Invite them to join us this Sunday. 

Reminders:

1) This Sunday we are looking at John 8. Is our church trying to find ways to Condemn people or bring them to Jesus for Salvation?

2) Baptist Women's Meeting Monday at 5:30 at the church. Supper will be served.

3) Tuesday Senior Adult outing and Women's Bible Study at 6pm.

4) Starting Oct. 22nd we are accepting money to help purchase toys for the Shoebox Ministry. We will stop accepting money on Nov. 5th.

5) October 29th at 5pm we will have Trunk or Treat. Please sign up to decorate your car. In everything that we do, we want to share the gospel. Our hope is that God wil use this event to draw the lost to Himself. We will have a meal around 6pm.

6) How can you help your Sunday school class Reach, Teach and Minister to others? Show up this Sunday to support your class and show your love for each other. I can't think of anywhere I would rather be than at church Sunday morning, can you think of somewhere better for your soul to be?

Love, Serve, Go!

Brian Winburn

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October 2, 2017, 8:44 AM

End of Violence

Church Family,

This Sunday morning we are reshaping our Sunday school and ultimately our church. Each class wants to strive to do 3 things: Reach, Teach, and Minister. This past week we reached 50 people by Inviting them to church. Our total since April is now 1559 souls Invited. That is some serious effort to Reach people. Rejoice in what God is doing, but let us strive to do more to Reach more. I am so Thankful for Brandon and Stevie's leadership with our Sunday school program. Tonight is a great opportunity to Reach and Minister to others by coming to Visitation. We will eat at 5:30 and Go out at 6:15pm.

Today my Bible reading offered great hope in light of the national news this morning. What a terrible, horrific, act of sinfulness that was committed last night in Las Vegas. Let us all stop and pray for those involved. 

Isaiah 60:18 Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.

There is coming a time when there will no longer be any Violence. Until that time we must be faithful to love on those who are broken by sin. We must turn back to Christ and bring others with us. I love that our walls and gates are Salvation and Praise. What does that mean? We won't need walls to Protect us. Salvation will. We dont need Gates to keep us Safe our Praise will. Church, Salvation and Praise should be going out of the gates and walls of the church body to Reach the Lost, Minister to the broken, and Teach both the saved and unsaved. Glory to God, there is coming a day when sin will be no more. Yet, until that day we will rejoice in our salvation and praise God! Let's prepare now to do what we will spend eternity doing. Give God the Praise this morning. Tell others about Jesus!

Reminders:

1) Thank you Choir and Perry for your leadership. Practice has begun, every Sunday at 5pm.

2) Visitation tonight.

3) Women's Bible Study Tuesday at 6pm.

4) Good News Club this Thursday. Please be in Prayer. If you are able to help we would love to have you. It is from 2-4pm at Aynor Elementary.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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