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September 29, 2017, 11:47 AM

I'm praying but God's not answering

Church Family,

Oh that God would open our eyes to the pain, truth, and salvation found in Isaiah 58. Take the time to read the whole chapter. The people of Israel are Religious. They come to church, pray, do things in the name of God, but none of this is done for God.

Isaiah 58:1-4 “Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins. 2Yet they seek me daily and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near to God. 3‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’
Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers. 4Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high.

The sin of the people is that they seek their own pleasure. This leads to oppressing others. No matter how much they cry, UNTIL they deal with their sin, God is not going to hear them. Is your church more about your preferences or God's desires? Is your desire to free the sinners, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and be transformed by the power of God or is it more about making people your slave, feeding your appetite, clothing yourself and making others into your image?

When your favoritism, preferences, and priorities are about you and not God, your life, church, and faith will always be inwardly focused. We can call on God as often and loud as we want, but He will not share His glory with others.

Is your sin life hindering your prayer life? Are you fooling everyone outwardly, but inwardly dry? Turn from your sins today while you still have time. Seek the Lord. Read the chapter. See how God desires to heal us and give us the desires of our heart when those desires are pleasing to Him.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 27, 2017, 10:22 AM

A house of prayer

Church Family,

I know that I have forget the past and press on towards the goal, but I can't stop praising God for the powerful time of prayer we had Sunday Night! I also can't stop praising God for all the men and women who came to clean the tables and chairs at the church Monday. What a blessing it was! Lastly, from what I gather, the Lord showed up and showed out last night at the Women's Bible Study. 

The end of Isaiah 56:7-8 for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” 8The Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares, “I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.”

God's house shall be a place in which He communes with us and us wtith Him. What a powerful promise! (By all peoples, God means that every saved person, no matter what ethincity or whether they were a Jew or Gentile)

Let's take it a step further, the bible says that our bodies are the temple of God. The church is not a building, but a people. So, we can read this to say that those who believe in God are a body of people who commune with God and God with them. Do not miss out on the blessing of spending time with the Lord today. Trust Him with the small areas of your life this morning. Realize you can't breath without God commanding your lungs to function and for air to be present. Don't fear asking God the Impossible. See His mighty hand at work in your office, job site, and home. Plead to see Him gather even more to Him for Salvation.

Love, Serve, Go!

Brian Winburn

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September 25, 2017, 10:31 AM

Poured Out His Soul

Church Family,

What a powerful time of prayer that God provided last night, WHEW, Glory to God! In today's bible reading I'm reminded of a movie, Schindler's list. He helped purchase Jews and give them jobs to prevent their death during World War II. At the end of the movie when everyone was celebrating, he saw all that he had and wondered if he could have used his remaining possessions better. He thought, I could have used this to purchase one more. No story will ever match Jesus'. This morning we read of a powerful display of God's wrath and love.

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Read the words of Jesus as He approaches His death.

Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!

Like Schindler, Jesus was willing to rescue those that are being oppressed by sin and hate. Yet, Jesus did not fail to give it all to reach those who are caught in Sin. Even as He is pouring out His soul unto death, He is still concerned with the lostness of the ones who are killing Him. Oh, that our hearts would be so transformed by the power of the gospel, that we would be ever thankful for those that God has saved and always desire to pour ourselves out until every soul is saved. May we long to see every soul saved, rather than cursing those along the way that reject God. Pray that God would give our church the heart of Christ. Pray that God would change my heart to like this. May God have mercy on my soul for not always being this way.

Reminders:

1) After work this afternoon please come and help pressure wash the tables and chairs at the church. The more workers, the quicker the job is completed. Thank you in advance for helping.

2) We broke the 1500 mark for people invited to church, Praise God! While we are measuring the goal by numbers, the real goal is for every believer to be a witness for God. What a joy it is to be faithful to God.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 22, 2017, 6:57 AM

Sharing the Impossible as possible

Church Family,

Of all the miracles and impossible things that God has done, the greatest yet, has been His saving of my poor wretched soul. I dont know of anyone more lost or less deserving. It is the salvation of my soul that fuels everything in my life. It changes how I treat my wife, view other people, make decisions, etc. In everything, because of the gospel message that saves me, I want to tell about the good news of Jesus.

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

Feet are just like my life without Jesus, smelly, nasty, and ugly. Yet, when those feet are bringing the message of the Impossible, they are a beautiful sight.

Take a moment and read God's description of the crucifixion. See the nastiness of the beatings that Christ took. Marvel that the telling of the gospel, even to Kings, leaves them speechless. 

Isaiah 52:13-15 Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted. 14As many were astonished at you—his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—15so shall he sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths because of him, for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand.

Let me encourage you today to have beautiful feet. Share the good news in all that you do. Let it humble you, fuel you, and move you to engage the lostness around you.

Reminders:

1) Sunday we are taking up an offering to help buy school supplies. 

2) Sunday morning after the service we are having a brief meeting to discuss Trunk or Treat.

3) Choir Practice at 5pm on Sunday

4) Invite others to know Jesus and then Invite them to church today.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 20, 2017, 10:01 AM

Willing to do the Impossible

Church Family,

Strike up the Praise band of your heart! Based on the numbers I was given from our 3 meetings: Baptist Women, Brotherhood and Baptist Young Women, we had over 80 in attendance. Glory to God! These meetings were so good, we are going to have an additional meeting tonight called prayer meeting starting at 7pm. Come and join us at the church.

Are you asking God for the Impossible? Not Impossible for Him, but Impossible by human means. Today in my devotion time, I read Isaiah 50. It is telling about Israel's lack of obedience and a servant, Jesus, who will always obey.

Isaiah 50:2 Why, when I came, was there no man; why, when I called, was there no one to answer? Is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver?

1) Inspite of their sinulness God was still speaking. What's God been saying through His word and Spirit to you lately?

2) Why did God punish Israel? No one was willing to serve God. No one was willing to answer God.

3) As you ask God to do the Impossible, to save the lost, heal a relationship, restore your walk with Him, etc.. DO not miss out on listening to God's response. 

4) If you are praying, but have doubt, STOP! Remember the Power of God to redeem and deliver.

5) The church that doesn't seek the Impossible will only do things in it's power. That church, like Israel, will turn from God and trust only in man. 

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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