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December 4, 2017, 8:30 AM

Christmas: The Word Became Flesh


Church Family,

Today my daily bible reading was in Lamentations, but since we are approaching the celebration of our Savior’s birth I thought it wise to attempt to write devotions about that. Not to upset anyone or blow anyone’s mind, but December 25th is the day that we celebrate Jesus’ birth. It is not His actual birthday. In fact, we don’t know the exact date of His birth, but sometime in August/September maybe more accurate.

2 Passages to help us set the tone for the coming of Jesus:

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.”

Adam and Eve took this serious and scripture points to Eve implying that Cain was their Savior. No wonder he killed Able. Imagination raising your child to be so entitled that he believes he is the savior of the world?

God would send the offspring of a woman to strike the serpent. Every family would wonder if their child would save them and break the curse of sin, but only one would do this. The mother’s name was Mary, His name is Jesus, and He is born of the Holy Spirit.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Every promise that God made, word He declared, became flesh. Jesus of Nazareth is God in the Flesh. Fully God and Fully Man.

God’s word is alive and it has come to save us from our sins and free us from the curse that sin placed on our lives.

There is no other gift greater than the gift of the Word becoming flesh.

Can I challenge you to dwell on the impact that knowing that the promises of God have come true has on you and the world? Can I challenge you, if you are parent, to realize the danger of raising your child to be above God? We all sadly know that parent that allows their child to rule over them and rule over others. The parent justifies every wrong the child does and rarely corrects them. Why? Because they view the child the same way Eve did Cain, as some sort of false Savior, that is above God. Realize the danger this does to the child and how it keeps them from having a relationship with God.

Reminders:

  1. Tonight is Visitation. 5:30 we are hoping to eat Potato Soup. 6:15 we are going out or writing cards to minister to and encourage others.
  2. Praise God we took up over $500 for families at Christmas. This is in addition to everyone who is helping purchase for families on the angel tree.
  3. Thank you to the Baptist Women for putting together care baskets for Seniors and Shut ins yesterday.
  4. You are being prayed for today. That God would give you a Spirit of boldness and not timidness, courage and not fear, may God order your steps to cross paths with those that need to hear that the Word has become flesh!

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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November 29, 2017, 9:02 AM

Is your sin someone's excuse to question God?


Church Family,

Right now, my devotions have me reading through a stretch in Jeremiah where God is announcing Judgment on various people groups. In Jeremiah 48 God is punishing the Moabite people. If you remember, Ruth was a Moabite. They are known for their arrogance and immorality. Read how God describes their sinfulness.

Jeremiah 48:26 “Make him drunk, because he magnified himself against the LORD, so that Moab shall wallow in his vomit, and he too shall be held in derision.

Jeremiah 48:42 Moab shall be destroyed and be no longer a people,
because he magnified himself against the LORD.

 

God’s judgement is upon them because they magnified themselves against the Lord. What does that mean? An example would be that they lived before others in a way that caused others to question God. People saw that they were getting away with their sin. So, they began to live like the Moabites. We are living in a world now that is very similar. People think that just because they can do something, then they should do something. They magnify themselves against God. We often think of them as being cool, hip, progressive, etc., but we forget too quickly that God is the judge and not man.

Have you ever thought that your sin would cause others to challenge God’s authority? Or even abandon God all together?

Reminders:

  1. Lottie Moon Christmas Offering begins this Sunday and throughout Dec.
  2. Christmas Offering this Sunday to help families in need(angel tree).
  3. 4&5 yr old Christmas Party this Sunday after the morning service. Please bring a $5 gift.
  4. Baptist Women are putting together Christmas baskets at 5pm.
  5. Choir Practice at 5pm.
  6. Regular scheduled Discipleship Training Classes begin Sunday night.
  7. THIS Saturday night the Seniors are going out to eat at 5:30, See Perry for details.
  8. December 11th All the Baptist Women’s groups are meeting at Gayle’s house for a Christmas party. Bring a $20 gift.
  9. December 12th the Seniors are going out to Lunch at Ella’s at 10:30.
  10. December 17th at 6pm the Children and Youth Christmas Program
  11. December 20th Church Christmas Party at 6pm. Children come dressed to have your picture taken.
  12. December 24th at 11am the Adult Christmas Program. No evening services.

 

We are super busy. Use your busyness to tell others about Jesus.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




November 27, 2017, 9:16 AM

Don't be satisfied till God is satisfied


Church Family,

During my morning Bible reading, I came across Jeremiah 47:6-7

Ah, sword of the LORD!
How long till you are quiet?
Put yourself into your scabbard;
rest and be still!
7How can it be quiet
when the LORD has given it a charge?
Against Ashkelon and against the seashore
he has appointed it.”

I have to admit I was hoping for a more upbeat passage to read today, but God’s word is always good, even when it doesn’t have the message I want.

How quickly are you satisfied? Church members, pastor’s included, are notoriously known for never being satisfied. Yet, how quickly do we become satisfied with the amount of “work” or “effort” that we have given? How quickly do we cry out, “that’s enough, I’m done?” The people are begging God to relent of His punishment, but the sword has been given a charge. What has God charged you with? Have you done enough, or will you continue until God is satisfied?

Reminders:

  1. Praise God for the winter clothing drive! If memory serves me correctly we had somewhere in the neighborhood of 140 items (14 bags full).
  2. Please continue to check the angel tree for new additions. Everyone has been chosen so far off the tree. If you took a person, please be sure to inform Katherine, Ashley, or Hanna. If you have anyone that you would like to add, please see Hanna or the other ladies.
  3. The Baptist Women are meeting this Sunday at 5pm to put together care baskets for Christmas.
  4. This Sunday we are collecting an offering for the angel tree families.
  5. Choir Practice Sunday at 5pm
  6. This Sunday night we return to our regular format for classes at 6pm.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winbun




November 24, 2017, 8:59 AM

They ask for help, but never follow it


Church Family,

I never mind giving advice, especially about scriptural things, but there are times that I grow weary of giving advice. Most of us have “that” person in our life. They are constantly asking for advice, but never follow it. Then, of course, they wonder why things aren’t going well. (just so I am clear, I don’t grow weary of helping, but I grow weary from watching them suffer)

God has exiled the people of Israel, the remaining leaders came to Jeremiah and said the right words, but…

Jeremiah 42:2-7 and said to Jeremiah the prophet, “Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the LORD your God for us, for all this remnant—because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us— 3that the LORD your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do.” 4Jeremiah the prophet said to them, “I have heard you. Behold, I will pray to the LORD your God according to your request, and whatever the LORD answers you I will tell you. I will keep nothing back from you.” 5Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the LORD be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act according to all the word with which the LORD your God sends you to us. 6Whether it is good or bad, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God to whom we are sending you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.” 7)At the end of ten days the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah

 

**When Jeremiah finished telling them what the Lord said, they responded this way…

 

Jeremiah 43:2 Azariah the son of Hoshaiah and Johanan the son of Kareah and all the insolent men said to Jeremiah, “You are telling a lie. The LORD our God did not send you to say, ‘Do not go to Egypt to live there,’

Some take aways…

  1. It is good to have others pray for you
  2. Don’t make commitments to God that you do not intend to keep.
  3. When God’s Word is clear, follow it. No matter what.
  4. Avoid those who try to make God’s word unclear. Like Satan they claim that God didn’t mean that for you. You or your situation is different. Avoid their godless advice.
  5. A mark of a believer is that they Follow God. Believers follow. Lost people reject God’s word.
  6. Jeremiah had a hard life, but a greater Savior.
  7. Which description bests describes you: Jeremiah, who followed, no matter how hard it got OR the people, who always knew better and rejected God?

Can I encourage you today to think of a time where you followed God’s word even though it was painful? How did God bless you?

Was there a time in which you should have followed but didn’t? It’s not too late to start following today.

Reminders:

  1. Spend time with God today. Thank Him for who He is.
  2. Choir Practice this Sunday at 5pm
  3. This Sunday night is the last meeting of the Matthew and Gifted to Serve Class. Next Sunday we return to our original format.
  4. Our winter clothing drive ends this Sunday, please drop them off in the fellowship hall.
  5. The angel tree should be up and going this Sunday.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




November 20, 2017, 8:51 AM

Becoming a better listener


Church Family,

During my worship time this weekend I read something that I can’t help but share.

Jeremiah 35:15 I have sent to you all my servants the prophets, sending them persistently, saying, ‘Turn now every one of you from his evil way, and amend your deeds, and do not go after other gods to serve them, and then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to you and your fathers.’ But you did not incline your ear or listen to me. 

God is speaking to us persistently. Sending us the message that we need to be closest to Him. If we would only listen. How do you become a better listener?

First, spend time with God in His word.

Second, pray over what you have read and dwell on it throughout the day.

Third, trial and error through acts of Faith. Paul says it this way:

Ephesians 5:10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.

Commit to living out what you read. When God points you in a different direction, be quick to turn to it. You are in a relationship with God. Relationships take time and effort. Know that God has spared no expense to save you and be known by you. Give your all to Him.

Ephesians 5:15-17 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Fourth, repeat steps 1 thru 3. (A good help is to join a small group, Sunday school class, bible study, etc. Seek the advice of others)

Reminders:

  1. Tonight, we get to decorate for Christmas at 6pm. Come out and join us. Just as we preached last night, maybe your presence will make the difference. Come practice your Spiritual gift. (Food will be served)
  2. Tuesday at 6pm the Community Thanksgiving Service will be hosted by Juniper Bay. Please bring a dessert.
  3. No services this Weds night.
  4. Cold weather clothing drive ends this Sunday.
  5. The angel tree begins this Sunday. Come pick out a family with your family. We will take up an offering for those who are unable to go shopping but are willing to help those who will on December 3rd.
  6. I am praying for you today. May God make His voice clear to you as you practice your Faith each day.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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