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May 15, 2017, 9:26 AM

The devil prowls like a lion

Church Family,

110! That's how many people we Invited to church this past week. That brings our total up to 410 over a 6 week period. What an amazing excitement that God is giving us as we go and tell others about Him!

1 Peter 5:5b-10

… “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

6Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour9Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

The devil prowls like a roaring lion…. Cast your anxiety on Jesus… God gives grace to the humble.

Peter knows all too well about pride during a time of anxiety. He remembers what it was like when God told him that he was going to deny Him. Peter’s response, Pride. Rather than casting his anxiety on Jesus, Peter not only tried to foolish deal with it on his own, he up the ante by claiming he was willing to die with Jesus. Peter meant what he said, but he failed to see that he was trusting in himself and not Jesus.

I love that God not only saves us from our sins, but also our enemies. When the time comes God is always faithful to restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you! Today rather than fighting your anxiety on your own, stop, pray, and stand firm in your faith. 

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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May 12, 2017, 6:27 AM

A hindered prayer life

Church Family,

This week during my bible reading I have been going through 1 Peter and some other passages.

1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered

Husbands, did you ever think that the way that you are treating your wife is hindering your prayer life? You can’t hear God, nor talk to God the way that you need to because of how you are treating your wife. Don’t just honor your wife this weekend. Honor her everyday with how you treat her and live a Godly life.

1 Peter 3:4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

Ladies, let this verse be the one that you measure yourself up against this weekend. Don’t let the magazines, tv, movies, or fake friends lie to you about what is beautiful. 

My family wants to wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day! Whether you are my children's only Mother, Blaire, or one of the many Spiritual Moms that are out there each week pouring God's Word and Love into our children, Happy Mother's Day.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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May 10, 2017, 10:43 AM

Good tears vs. Bad tears

Church Family,

I walked into the room all prayed up and ready to share the gosepl. After a quick question to check the person openness to the gospel it hit me. Their response to the question was, "I know I've been living like the devil and I'm sorry."

2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

1st I truly believe the person meant what they said.

2nd this morning I woke up with a cloud over me. It was filled with disappointment, hurt, anger, etc. I woke up ready to apologize to my wife and the world for being such a terrible person, but notice that my sorrow wasn't leading me to God. So during my prayer time God simply knocked on my heart. Brian, you have a sorrow that leads to death, but not repentance. You see Satan loves to make us feel bad. He loves it more when we go on an, "I am sorry" tour to everyone that was affected by our wrongs, but Satan never wants us to get things right with who really matters. I believe that many people are suffering from this. They TRULY are sorry, but have not realized that only God can restore them. Their apologies while heartfelt, aren't enough. Their depression from it is real. The feeling of just not wanting to be around others is real. The temptation to walk in death is real. 

So let me tell you what your sin and Satan are not telling you. Jesus loves to restore people. He loves to save us. He loves to take our shame, sin, guilt, hurt, pain, wounds, and nail them to the cross where His precious blood not only pays for our sins, but also cleanses us from them.

If you are walking in sorrow, find another mature believer and talk with them. My wife and I would consider it an honor to walk with you through your journey of faith. There are many other believers who are willing to do the same thing. 

3rd the person truly meant they were sorry, but all their sorrow was directed at the people they had hurt. I pray that one day they will realize they need to turn from their sin, ask God to forgive them and trust in Jesus for salvation. Psalm 51:3-4 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me4Against you(God), you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.

Reminders:

1) Family Fun Night begins at 6pm. We are eating pizza, playing wiffle ball, and bingo.

2) Friday night out for youth is inviting all parents and upcoming youth to join them for Friday night out. Come and learn more about our youth program starting at 6:30pm

3) Tell others about your Faith in Christ today. Go and Invite others to join us tonight, Friday, and Sunday for Mother's Day.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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May 8, 2017, 8:34 AM

Proclaim the Excellencies of Christ

Church Family,

1 Peter 2:11Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

We are merely passing through here on Earth. Our real home is in Heaven. How does that change things? Well, Satan presents our battles as being against the flesh. Our battles often make us think of how to change the now instead of how to live for eternity. 

Right now if you are believer, your soul is having a war waged against. Which will you find to be more excellent, the world we live in or the one to come? 

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Jesus is the perfect example of one who showed others that the pleasures of this world dont compare to the pleasures of living for God. In fact, Jesus is the perfect example of one who shows that the suffering the we endure is nothing compared to joy of living for God. 

1 Peter 2:20-25 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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May 5, 2017, 8:42 AM

Just not feeling it today

Church Family,

I wish I could say that I'm writing as one that has been filled with the Spirit this morning. I wish I could say that everything was perfect. I wish the words would just roll off my tongue(fingers?), but I don't feel like any of those things is true right now. In fact, life often is a mess. Today in my time with God I read James 5:7-8 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

2 things: 1) We should live for the coming of the Lord. Whether that is at our death or at the 2nd coming of Christ.

2) I've never farmed, but can you name a harder life? It is filled with Faith, if I plant this, then I trust that God will grow it. I trust that God will send rain and provide sunlight. Some of you know the pain and difficultly. We all know the pain of living in this world. We know our hurt and our pain. The pains that no medicine can touch and no amount of scrubbing can remove.

So what do we do? Do we quit? Do we give up? No, we look for the coming of the Lord. We see what is there but hasn't been revealed yet. Church don't give up. Your limp, like Jacob's limp, is a testimony of God's goodness. It is reminder that Jesus is coming and that the promises of God are greater than the pains of today.

Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 

James 5:11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

Love, Serve, Go!

Brian Winburn



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05-06-2017 at 5:25 PM
April crenshaw
Nice message
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