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September 11, 2017, 11:24 AM

Jesus doesn't get discouraged pursuing you

Church Family,

How can you leave the mark of Christ on others today? Who around you needs encouraging, a friend, a simple reminder of God's love, or to hear the gospel message for the first time?

Isaiah 42:4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law.

Life is full of discouragements. To be honest sometimes people can be so discouraging that we start looking for discouragement. Someone's compliment gets taken the wrong way or someone meant to be encouraging but ended up being discouraging. When I read this verse and think of John 7 from yesterday's service, I can't help but praise God that Jesus did not grow faint or discouraged when mankind, including his brothers, was trying to kill Him. 

If you are discouraged can I please try to encourage you to look where there is never any discouragement. Look to Jesus. There you will find a Savior that even when you did your best to run from Him, didn't stop pursuing you. In Jesus, we find a Savior that does not grow weary of our failures, pains, and complaints. In Jesus, we find a Savior who took all our sorrows and nailed them to cross.

Be encouraged. Go and leave the mark of God's love on others today.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 8, 2017, 8:46 AM

A Selfish Prayer Life

Church Family, 

Here is a familiar story in today's church culture. Sadly many churches have this member. That member at one point was on fire for God. God used them in a mighty way, but now as they approach the end of their days, that person is selfish. Harmful to the church. At one point they passionately fought for the glory of God and now, all they care about is keeping the peace and their own glory.

Hezekiah was a good king. In fact, he was one of the best kings until he got sick. Yet, he is best remember not for the good he did, but for how he lived out the end of his life.

Isaiah 38:1-3 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “Thus says the LORD: Set your house in order, for you shall die, you shall not recover.” 2Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, 3and said, “Please, O LORD, remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

This story is also found in multiple places throughout the Bible. It shows the damage that selfish praying will do. No one wishes to blame Hezekiah for praying to get well, but if you will notice, his prayer is about him and not God's glory. 

2 major things happen as a result of his selfish prayer:

1) He no longer cares about the well being of his family or kingdom. All he cares about is whether he will live in peace. God tells him in chapter 39:8 that the kingdom will lose everything after his death. Look at his response: Isaiah 39:8 8Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my days.

2) He goes on to have a son who becomes the most wicked king ever.

WHEN the believer/church no longer lives for the glory of God, it no longer has a regard for anything other that itself. A selfish praying person or church will raise up a wicked generation. When we regard having peace/security over the advancing of the gospel, our prayer life will be less about reaching the lost and more about keeping the saved here on earth. Why didn't Hezekiah say, praise God, I can't wait to go to heaven?  

Hopefully, none of us knows or is a Hezekiah. Hopefully, none of has done great things for the Lord in our earlier years only to turn our back on Him when things became difficult for us. May our prayer and our life always be for the glory of God and not our selfish motives. 

Let me encourage you to finish strong. Selfish leadership will lead to selfish followers. We will fight not to see the lost get saved, but only to get our way. If this is you, let me encourage you to repent. If your church leadership is like this, let me encourage you to remember the good they once did. Pray for them. Love on them.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 6, 2017, 8:52 AM

Prayer, a first response

Church Family,

Tonight we are gathering together to intercede through prayer on behalf of our community against hurricane Irma. 

This morning my devotions were on one of my favorite stories. Isaiah 37 is a must read chapter. When the enemy attacks, who do you turn to? Who can save? Who can calm the storm? Chapter 36 gives the context, but Isaiah 37:1 gives the response.

37:1 As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the LORD.

37:14 Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.

Prayer should be our first response to everything in our lives.

When we pray we let the world know:

1) who is in charge

2) Who we trust

3) Where our hope comes from.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 4, 2017, 9:15 AM

Isaiah 35

Church Family,

Who's voice are you following? Satan is always laboring to keep us from fully trusting in the Lord. 

Isaiah 35:2-5

They shall see the glory of the LORD,
the majesty of our God.

3Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
4Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”

5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

God is certain to do all that He promised to do, but are we faithful to fear not? Are we willing to strengthen the weak, not be anxious, and to Trust God by walking by Faith? I don't know what you are going through, but I know Jesus saves. No matter how strong the storm, hard the battle, or dark the situation seems, God is greater. Free near to Him and Trust Him.

Reminders:

1) God saved us to be His witnesses. Give glory to God and Invite others to know Jesus. Since April we have Invited 1381 souls to church.

2) Visitation is Tuesday night. Food at 5:30, going at 6:15.

3) Thank you to all the Seniors for being examples for us to follow. Keep telling future generations about Jesus. Also, thank you to everyone who helped decorate, cook, clean, and attend yesterday's Senior Adult Day.

Love, Serve, Go!

Brian Winburn

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September 1, 2017, 9:11 AM

Call Sin, Sin and Give Grace Freely

Church Family,

Today's Bible reading is Awesome! Throughout Scripture we find that God is willing to save any and all, but man is unwilling to hear or see God. What if God provided a way for the world to see and hear Him?

Isaiah 32:1 Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice.

Isaiah 32:3-5 Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed, and the ears of those who hear will give attention. 4The heart of the hasty will understand and know, and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak distinctly. 5The fool will no more be called noble, nor the scoundrel said to be honorable.

Who is this King? His name is Jesus. Jesus is going to be righteous, both carrying out justice(punishing our sin) and providing a way of salvation for our sin. Oh praise God, when we like Christ reign and rule as those who are willing to freely give grace to deal with the sin in our world. While also being faithful to call sin, sin. When we refuse to give grace we become religious and base our salvation on what we have done. When we refuse to administer justice we will call the fool noble and the noble a fool. We must trust the line that God drew in the sand between right and wrong. We must also trust in God's provision for sin, Jesus!

Isaiah 32:9 Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice; you complacent daughters, give ear to my speech.

Church, we need to heed this warning for all to stop being at ease and complacent. The world is dying and going to Hell. We must stop looking for the life of ease. It is hard to hold people accountable(justice) and adminster grace, but with Christ we can do all things. The salvation of the world should stir us to stop being complacent.

Reminders:

1) Senior Adult Sunday this Sunday. Buster Benton will be speaking. Lunch afterwards. Non Seniors bring a dessert. A special thanks to the ladies for decorating the church. I'm praying for big things this Sunday.

2) Brotherhood and Baptist Young Women meeting Sept 19th at 6:30pm

3) Women's Bible Study Sept 12th at 6pm.

4) This Sunday is the beginning of the new church year. Let's start with a huge crowd for S.S.

5) Remember to tell others about Christ today and then Invite them to Church.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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