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November 8, 2017, 7:00 AM

God's a Broken Record

Church Family,

Does God ever sound like a broken record to you? Have you grown dull to hearing the same message over and over again? Have you ever accepted the challenge of obeying the message?

I must admit that reading through Jeremiah is not always the most encouraging book to go through. I delighted today when reading how like Christ, Jeremiah, proclaimed the Word of God even though his life was being threatened(14). I also rejoiced at how God placed someone in Jeremiah’s life to stand in between the gap and speak up for God and ultimately Jeremiah’s life(24). Yet, while I wish to write about those things, they are not the main subject of the chapter.

V8 says ““all the people laid hold of him, saying, “You shall die!”” and v11 they claim, “this man deserves the sentence of death.”

V 15 Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood upon yourselves and upon this city and its inhabitants, for in truth the Lord sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears.

What should blow the reader away in this chapter is that while God sent messenger after messenger the people still wouldn’t listen. They have a false morality about them that says we don’t want to kill God’s man, but we won’t listen to him either. It would be like a nation or church that heard the same message constantly and begged for a new message, but failed to realize that until they obeyed the first message, God could not send them a new one.

Can I encourage you today to ask yourself, Is there a constant theme to messages that you hear from your teachers and leaders? Do you find yourself as being full of your grace by wanting to get rid of them, but tolerating them because they are God’s man or woman? If you would be so kind, would you set your heart today to following that message, even if just for a season. You may find that just like Jeremiah, they wished to teach or lead you someone different, but can not until you obey the first commands.

I must confess that when I first started reading my bible, I somehow always came across the parable of the sower. It is a theme within my heart, to stop ignoring it’s message and take to heart what God was trying to impress upon me: The message will produce fruit, will I prepare my heart to be obedient.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn



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11-10-2017 at 1:13 PM
Brian
Thank you so much Mrs. Ellen. Only God can do it, because He knows I dont have the gift of writing.
11-08-2017 at 10:21 AM
Ellen King
Thank you for the devotions. Always blesses my heart.
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November 6, 2017, 9:21 AM

Warning to Pastor's

Church Family,

As I prepare to go and gather with other pastors today at the Pastor's Conference, my devotion hits very close to home. Jeremiah 23 is packed full of warnings to pastors and leaders. The warnings are mostly towards those who are false teachers and leaders. God warns those who are casting the wrong vision, speaking from their dreams, and scatter the church, rather than gathering. The sad truth is that these leaders probably know they are doing wrong, but their sinfulness and the approval of the people, has become more important than being godly. Then comes a great hope in the chapter, early in the chapter actually. 

Jeremiah 23:5-6 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’

The Lord is our righteousness! What a powerful truth. No matter how much I've sinned or how much "good" I've done, Jesus is my Righteousness. I will never appeal to God based on what I've done or haven't done, but only in who Jesus is. Oh, that God would forgive my sinfulness and foolishness! There in Jesus, Justice has been done concerning all my sin for Jesus has paid it all. There in Jesus, Righteousness has been done concerning my needs for forgiveness for Jesus has made a way for all to to be forgiven.

Let, me encourage you today to dwell on the truth, that Jesus is our Righteousness. Let God's grace break you from your snares of sin and encourage you to follow Him.

Reminders;
1) Tonight the Baptist Women are meeting at Becky Singleton's house at 6:30pm

2) Tuesday the BYW's are meeting at the Bistro at 6pm.

3) Shoeboxes are due next Sunday morning Nov. 12th

4) There is a box for any coats, hats, gloves, etc in the fellowship hall.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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November 3, 2017, 12:15 PM

The way of life or death

Church Family,

Today in my daily bible reading I read:

Jeremiah 21:8-9 “And to this people you shall say: ‘Thus says the LORD: Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.9He who stays in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, but he who goes out and surrenders to the Chaldeans who are besieging you shall live and shall have his life as a prize of war." 

How does this happen? How can a people who are supposed to follow God, become like this? Yet, even today, there are churches that will close their doors for the last time this week. Over the years they listened to others, rather than the men of God, they had poor leadership, followship and any of other ships that would sink the church. Now their only option is to close the doors. Israel in it's pride failed to listen to God. Long before He said this, God had already laided out the way of life and death. The people in their pride just didnt think that God meant that about them. Now, their existence is their prize. Gone is the church, nation, capital, etc. that was their joy at one time. 

Can I challenge you today to pray for the churches around you? Maybe you need to pray for the person that has been warned over and over, but never listens. Give them grace just as the Lord as given grace to you.

Reminders:

1) Homecoming this Sunday. Bring enough food for your family and others. NO evening services

2) Turn back your clocks 1 hour on Saturday night.

3) Be sure to bring your worship with you this Sunday!

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn 

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November 1, 2017, 10:01 AM

Worst Advice EVER: Just follow your heart

Church Family,

What's the worst advice you have ever heard? For me its, Just follow your heart. That’s what we have heard in some form or fashion all of our lives. How do you feel? Which decision makes you feel better?

The reason we think and feel this way is found in Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? 10“I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

There is nothing more wicked and deceitful in all of God’s creation than my heart. To tell someone to follow their heart has led to people leaving their wives, husbands, and kids so they could chase what made them feel good in the moment. This type of thinking has led to churches abandoning scripture, removing the gospel, and staying the same in the name of tradition, rather than being transformed by the power of the gospel. Following our heart has changed the definition of family, claims to allow boys to become girls or vice versa, and racist to hate the creator for the creation that He made. These are just some examples.  

Preachers don’t declare thus says the Lord anymore, but rather this is what we feel and prefer. Never ever will how we feel trump what God has said.

Our feelings demand to be lifted higher than God’s authority. Then, when God says something like He does in Jeremiah 18:6 O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the LORD. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

When God says this our feelings get hurt. God has every right to send every soul to Hell and He would be righteous to do so. Yet, because God is so gracious He provides salvation. God should smash us like a piece of pottery that can not put itself back together, but instead God searches the wicked heart and provides salvation.

Can I encourage you today to stop trying to pacify the feelings of a wicked heart and follow the truth of God’s word? Stop living a life bent on Hellish ways and give your life to Christ. Trust that His word is good and that it has your best interest in mind. Mainly, the saving of your soul.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn



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11-01-2017 at 11:59 AM
Ellen King
You are so RIGHT Listen to God.
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October 30, 2017, 8:16 AM

Thanking God for you

Church Family,

I was blown away last night, but not by the wind. I was blown away by the display of God's love and care through you all. The weather did not keep yall from loving, serving, and going to minister to others last night. Thank you so much to everyone who attended the Trunk or Treat. Thanks to the cooking crew, cleaning crew, those who decorated Trunks, passed out candy, and most importantly, those who prayed. I loved doing this together with you all. We also, not only met our goal of Inviting 1800 people to church this year, we smashed that by Inviting over 500 people this past week alone. 

Today in my bible reading I read Jeremiah 16:11-12 then you shall say to them: ‘Because your fathers have forsaken me, declares the LORD, and have gone after other gods and have served and worshiped them, and have forsaken me and have not kept my law, 12and because you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, every one of you follows his stubborn, evil will, refusing to listen to me.

The people wanted to know how they had sinned? Why was God disciplining them so harshly? What stuck out to me was they had forsaken God. They turned away or abandoned God. We often try to deal with a certain sin, but have you ever considered that your certain sin is a byproduct of forsaking God? Is there a command of God that you refuse to believe or obey? Is there something God is calling you to do, but you keep turning away from Him?

Can I lovingly ask you to think about this today, the bible tells us that God will never leave us or forsake us(Hebrews 13). Just because we leave God, doesnt mean that God leaves us. If you are in a season that involves your forsaking God, then please turn back to Him. He will never leave you or forsake you. Draw strength from this promise.

Reminders:

1) Visitation tonight 5:30 food and 6:15 going out. Come help us make contact with our visitors from yesterday.

2) Praise God for the new additions to our church family, Markelli Adams and family.

3) Homecoming this Sunday, Nov 5th with Dr. Tommy Richardson. Please bring enough food for you and a guest.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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