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December 15, 2017, 12:54 PM

Christmas: The Wisemen


Church Family,

I pray that you are having a wonderful day. This week as we focused on the coming birth of Jesus, I have tried to point to the various witnesses of Jesus and His birth. Today we turn our attention to an event that happened 2-4 years after Jesus’ birth. No one knows exactly who the wisemen were or all the details of their origin, but today I will share a great possibility to who they were.

Matthew 2:1-4 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born

The wisemen are thought to be descendants of the school that Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were part of during the exile. Using the visions that God gave to Daniel and the instructions that these men gave, the wisemen were ready for a sign of the King of the Jews. That sign was the Star. Their party obviously was larger than 3 people, even though they only gave 3 gifts. V3 tells us that all of Jerusalem was troubled. The size of the party must have drawn the attention of the crowd. Imagine a large group coming into Conway asking where is the new king? The word spread and the current ruler was not happy.

While we can rejoice at the witness that the wisemen give us, we would be unwise to overlook the lack of witness by the religious leaders of the time. No wonder the Jews(the church) was struggling and fighting. They had abandoned the word of God in favor of living for the comforts of their time. Notice v4, the word of God plainly laid out God’s plan, but the leaders missed out.

There is an easy lesson to be learned there. When we faithful follow God’s word, it leads us to Jesus. When we abandon the faith for the comforts of today, it leads us to become enemies of Jesus.

Reminders:

  1. Children and Youth Christmas Program this Sunday at 6pm. Bring some guests and a dessert for the fellowship afterwards.
  2. Dec. 20th Church Christmas Party at 6pm. Come ready to take Pictures with St. Nick.
  3. Adult Christmas Program Dec. 24th after Sunday school at 11am.

Future Activities:

We are getting ready to begin a new year. Here are a couple of things to pray about:

  1. January 22nd we are hosting the Associational meeting. Matt Hess, Toronto Church Planter, will be here to speak to the association.
  2. January 24th Matt Hess will be with us to meet just our church and spend time with us. Come and learn more about our partnership with Matt to reach the world for Christ.
  3. June 24th- 30th we are going to Toronto for a mission trip.
  4. Be in prayer as to how God can use us to reach Conway and the surrounding areas for Christ this year.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




December 13, 2017, 9:42 AM

Christmas: God's Messengers


Church Family,

As we approach Christmas this week I feel led to share about some of the different ways and people that God used to tell others about Himself.

Romans 1:19-20 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

God used a star in our Monday email. Today, God is going to use the Shepherds. 2 common struggles that many people share are found in these 2 questions: How can God use someone like me? Why would God want to use someone like me? In both cases, we have examined the messengers better than God has and realize that He has made a mistake. Satan loves to take our attention away from God and put it anywhere else. Can I encourage you to read the passage and find 2 things: The greatest of God and the truth that God wants to use all people to tell others about Him.

Luke 2:8-20 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them19But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Who is in your region, area, and life that needs to hear the Joy that God has brought to the world? Can I lovingly ask you to share the good news of God’s salvation with someone today? Not sure where to begin? Tell them what you know. Be a witness. Don’t be afraid to admit what you don’t know.

Reminders:

  1. Tonight, join us at 7pm to pray for the lost, sick, and our church. Classes for all ages.
  2. Children and Youth Christmas Program this Sunday at 6pm. Bring some guests and a dessert for the fellowship afterwards.
  3. Dec. 20th Church Christmas Party at 6pm. Come ready to take Pictures with St. Nick.
  4. Adult Christmas Program Dec. 24th after Sunday school at 11am.

Future Activities:

We are getting ready to begin a new year. Here are a couple of things to pray about:

  1. January 22nd we are hosting the Associational meeting. Matt Hess, Toronto Church Planter, will be here to speak to the association.
  2. January 24th Matt Hess will be with us to meet just our church and spend time with us. Come and learn more about our partnership with Matt to reach the world for Christ.
  3. June 24th- 30th we are going to Toronto for a mission trip.
  4. Be in prayer as to how God can use us to reach Conway and the surrounding areas for Christ this year.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




December 11, 2017, 9:30 AM

Christmas: The Star


Church Family,

The last time I went hunting I was bored out of my mind. I don’t eat deer, quail, or dove, so I rarely hunt. On this occasion I was with a friend and we began searching out new places for him to set up a deer stand towards the end of our hunt. I had never been to the area and have never been back to the area. I kept reminding him of how to get back to our group, but he kept telling me to stop worrying, that he knew exactly where we were at. About 45 minutes into our exploration, he exclaimed, “I have no idea where we are.” After another 30 minutes are so, I began scouting out where I was going to sleep for the night and so on. It was then that we saw an oncoming truck. Oh the glorious light of that truck and the kindness of the man who took us back to where we were so supposed to be.

Numbers 24:17 I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth.

The world is lost and is wandering without direction. It will proclaim that it knows exactly where it is going. Praise be to God that He sent His son, the Star of Jacob to shine His light into our darkness. Not only that, when God sent His Son, God provided a natural GPS for others to find Jesus. God placed a bright star to lead the shepherds and the wisemen to Jesus at His birth (the shepherds) and during his childhood (the wisemen). Now that star is longer shining, so who will lead the lost and wandering to salvation. God has called believers to be the light of the world. To join together and shine a bright light into the darkness.

Are you struggling to find your way today? Are you planning on how to survive while hoping that someone will come and rescue you? That someone is Jesus. Run to Him. Find a believer or a bible and hear about the greatness of God. Believer go and shine the light in the darkness today. Share Christ with others. There is no greater gift than Jesus.

Reminders:

  1. Baptist Women Christmas Party at Gayle’s house tonight at 6:00pm. Bring a $20 gift or just show up for the fun.
  2. Tuesday the Seniors are going to eat at Ella’s. We will leave at 10:30am
  3. Sunday Dec 17th the Children and Youth will be performing their Christmas programs. Invite your loved ones and community. Bring a dessert for refreshments afterwards.
  4. Dec. 20th Church Christmas Party at 6pm.
  5. Dec. 24th Sunday school at 10am and the Adult Christmas program at 11am

Future Activities:

We are getting ready to begin a new year. Here are a couple of things to pray about:

  1. January 22nd we are hosting the Associational meeting. Matt Hess, Toronto Church Planter, will be here to speak to the association.
  2. January 24th Matt Hess will be with us to meet just our church and spend time with us. Come and learn more about our partnership with Matt to reach the world for Christ.
  3. June 24th- 30th we are going to Toronto for a mission trip.
  4. Be in prayer as to how God can use us to reach Conway and the surrounding areas for Christ this year.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn 




December 8, 2017, 12:57 PM

Christmas: You're Pregnant! Wait, what?


Church Family,

I want to use this season to focus on the birth of Jesus and ultimately the salvation we have in Him, but man, is God blowing my socks off with the book of Lamentations. If you aren’t ready for Christmas yet, go and read it with me.

Do you remember the moment that you heard the words or saw the test that announced you were pregnant? Today we go to great lengths to proclaim to the world that a family of 2 is now 3 or more. While this is often a joyous occasion, there are those who have heard the words, “You’re Pregnant,” when those words weren’t wanted or welcomed. I can’t imagine how Mary felt.

When you hear an unwelcomed word from God, How do you respond?

Luke 1:26-38 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothedb to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”c 29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

35And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be borne will be called holy—the Son of God. 36And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

If you struggle with following God through Faith when you hear unwelcomed news, can I challenge you today to have the same mind as Mary? V38 Behold, I am the servant of the Lord, let it be to me according to your word.

We don’t always like to hear of sickness, additions to the family, others having success, a change at church, a new boss, etc., but how we respond reflects where we stand with God and our followship of God.

Reminders:

  1. Sunday school at 10am this Sunday. We would love to have each and everyone of you there.
  2. Choir Practice begins at 5pm.
  3. Don’t forget to turn in your angel tree gifts.

 

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




December 6, 2017, 9:15 AM

Christmas: The Virgin Birth


Church Family,

I hope that all is well. I pray that we get to see you tonight at Prayer meeting. Let me take a moment to thank the Baptist Women for putting together the care packages for the Seniors and Shut-Ins. I also want to thank those that have helped deliver them.

This morning devotion is the 2nd of the series that we will go through until Christmas.

The Virgin Birth

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel

Matthew 1:18-23 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit19And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit21She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

23“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

 

Why must Jesus be born of a Virgin?

Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned

1 Corinthians 15:21 For as by a man(ADAM) came death, by a man(JESUS) has come also the resurrection of the dead.

Jesus had to be born of a virgin because through Adam sin and death came into the world. God must take on human flesh and remain God, in order to reconcile the two sides, God and man. If Jesus were not born of the Holy Spirit, but was rather born from a man, then he would have been born a sinner.

Do you ever try to reconcile your problems with God through what you do? Do you feel the weight of your inability to resolve your sin issues? May I encourage you today to trust in Jesus. Trust that He alone can pay the price for your sin. Trust that Jesus desires to deal with you and your sin.

Be like the shepherds and every believer since and tell others what Jesus has done for you.

Reminders:

  1. Hope to pray with you tonight. Come and let us make our petitions know to God together at 7:00.
  2. Choir practice this Sunday at 5pm.
  3. Children and Youth Christmas Program Sunday December 17th at 6pm. Bring refreshments for afterwards.
  4. Adult program December 24th at 11am. We will have Sunday school at 10am, but no evening services.
  5. January 22nd-24th Matt Hess, the church planter from Toronto that we support will be with us. More details to come.
  6. June 24th-30th we are making our first mission trip to Toronto.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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