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June 28, 2017, 10:08 AM

Expectations: God's or Your's

Church Family,

I've got a lot of repenting to do this morning. The sad part is that it is mostly due to putting a greater burden on myself than God does. Are you placing burdens on your spiritual walk that God has not? Is what you expect of yourself or other Christians based on the Word of God or the word of man?

Acts 15:1 But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”

Acts 15:28-29 For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: 29that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”

Reminders:

1) Tonight at 6pm we will have family fun night at the church. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs to eat, a devotion, bingo, and kickball. Invite your co-workers and neighbors.

2) Monday July 3rd Church Visitation and Baptist Women will meet together at the church. Food will begin to be served at 5:30. Those that can go out to visit will leave around 6:15.

3) You are being prayed for today. May God help you discern the difference between His Word and your expectations of believers. Remember you are loved by God and by His people..

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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June 26, 2017, 2:39 PM

Let Worship Lead You

Church Family,

We broke the 1000 Invites mark this Sunday. We are up to 1027.

My daily Worship time today was in Acts 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

If you read the chapter you will find that they have just been kicked out of the city. Things were going so well. In fact, I was hoping to read that the entire city got saved, but instead they were kicked out. How could they be filled with Joy? Their focus was on God and what He was and is doing. Not on what "could" have happened, but what did happen. 

In the last 3 months you have Invited 1027 people to church. Be filled with Joy and the Spirit for what God is doing.

Are you still looking for direction is your life? Take notice of Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 

Reminders:

1) Weds at 6pm is Family Fun Night. Hamburgers, hot dogs, kickball, bingo, and a devotion

2) Please be in prayer over the next several months for these events: Shelby Mission Trip(July), Summer Camp(August), Toronto Mission Trip(October) just to name a few.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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June 21, 2017, 6:58 AM

Saul the Terrorist

Church Family,

I can not shake my devotions from yesterday. Acts 8:1 And Saul approved of his execution.

Saul was a terrorist. One of the worst. He stood and approved of the mob that He had raised up to kill to Stephen. Why does this stick in my mind for so long?

1) It is amazing what God's grace can do. Saul the terrorist will soon become Paul the apostle of God. There is hope for all the lost. Romans 5:20-21 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

2) Who has influence on your life? The life of your church? Do they simply voice their thoughts? Or do they actually live out what they say? Are they sharing their faith or do they simply say that they hope people get saved? I've never met a church that said it didn't want to grow. Yet very few will actually live in a way that demonstrates that desire. 

3) Do people know more about what you are against or more about what you are for?

4) If you read the rest the chapter you have to be haunted with the question of was Simon really saved? He was not! But how do you determine that?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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June 19, 2017, 1:21 PM

HIStory or MYstory

Church Family,

I am reminded more and more just how much I need God's Word. If you read Acts 7 you may have the same question I have: Why did Stephen need to repeat their history to them? Surely they know their own history? 

You can not know History or your Bible without knowing it through Christ! This is why so many people, churches, and nations struggle.

Acts 7:51-53 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. 52Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered53you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.”

1) V53 The people treated the Word as important, but V51 They were stiff necked, uncircumised in heart and ears. They always resist God. They saw their history as theirs and not God's. Is my heart open to what God is revealing about Himself?

2) The more I realize God's love for me, the more I realize how much I resist God. Lord, Forgive me?

3) While reading through Acts I see this theme: Those who are lost are told that they have betrayed and murdered Jesus.

4) What is God showing you during your devotion time?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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June 16, 2017, 7:26 AM

Give what you got!

Church Member,

There is such an abundance to share out of the worship time I've had over the last 2 days! Yet I will try to keep it short. It began with a trip to worship in Acts 3:6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” 

God is not asking me to give what I dont have. God ask us to give what we do have. Do you realize the power of your Savior? Do you realize the more that you give of Him, the seemingly more that you get OF Him? 

Fast Forward to Chapter 4(You want to read chapters 3 & 4)

Acts 4:32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.

So much of these passage is made of their willingness to give to meet each others needs and it should be, but don't miss the WHY. For what reason are they giving? They are giving so they can glorfiy God by knowing Him and making Him known as Savior. God gave all that He had to reach us. Likewise we should give what we have to reach others for Christ.

Are you giving of your time, talents, gifts, etc to reach others for Christ? 

Dont let the beginning of chapter 4 slip by you. The priests were interviewing Peter and John until the "Sadducees came upon them, greatly annoyed." When we elevate people to positions above what God created, they will in time use that position to elevate themselves above God. The Sadducees were a man made group. The priest were God ordained.

In short, dont let man center people guide your walk with God. They will also lead you away from Him.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian

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