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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 4:25 PM
April crenshaw
Nice message
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April 24, 2017, 6:24 AM

52

Church Family,

Praise God for His presence yesterday throughout our small groups and worship times! Take a moment today church to thank God for the 52 that were invited to church last week. Commit to keep praying for those that were Invited and keep seeking to Invite others this week. When that is done add one last praise, do you realize the number of church members that are faithfully inviting others? What a wonderful God we serve? Thank you for your faithfullness to God's call on your life. Our total over 3 weeks is 181 people invited. 

Thank God for Tony Collins! Every Monday morning I use what Tony set up years ago in order to put sermons online. What Tony did once still applies and works everytime I use our website. Before then I had to search the web and hope that what I found worked.

This morning in my Bible reading I read Hebrews 10:1 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.

All illustrations and example fail when compared to Jesus, but what the law could not do, Jesus did. The law can not perfect us, can not remove sin, can not improve us, etc. Yet, Jesus can do all those things. Similarly what Tony did years ago when still applied, works. Believer if you are still trying to perfect yourself through the law STOP. It won't work.

Hebrews 9:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 9:38-39 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” 39But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.

What's God saying to you this morning?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn



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04-24-2017 at 12:00 PM
Don Purvis
So proud of what you and your church is doing.
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April 21, 2017, 11:11 AM

Hebrews 9

Church Family,

This Sunday I've been preparing to preach Matthew 13, the Parable of the Sower. The question that I have been asking myself is how do I prepare for Revival. I want to encourage you to read Matthew 13's Parable of the Sower to the prepare for worship this Sunday. Revival needs prayer, God's Word, the Spirit of God and a willing heart.

Confession time: I struggled mightily with what to write today. When I struggle I want to keep things simple, so let me share some of my favorite verses from my bible reading.

Hebrews 9:13-14  For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Hebrews 9:28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

How has God encouraged you today through your bible reading? 

As you eagerly wait on Him to come back, take some time today to dwell on how much more Jesus is able to purify our conscience from dead works(past and future sins) in order that we can serve the living God.

Challenge:

Today serve the Lord by Inviting others to know Him. Tell someone about Jesus today. Invite them to church before the end of the day.

Continue or begin to pray for Revival

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn



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04-21-2017 at 12:56 PM
April crenshaw
Once again thank you for these sessions they are helpful
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April 14, 2017, 9:17 AM

Good Friday

Church Family,

This morning began with a battle. I thought there was an option to choose Christ or something else. This really isn't anything new. If I'm being open about it, everyday begins and ends with a war. There is the constant failing, shame, and guilt from my sin. That's how I began my devotions this morning.

Luke 23:18-19 But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. (How often do I choose rebellion and death over Christ?)

Luke 23:21 but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” (How often do I attempt to Crucify Christ so I can do as I please?)

Is Satan right? Is God wronging me? Is God hold me back? Is Satan right? Am I the one that knows what's best? Am I unable to change? Is there no hope other than to destroy the only possibility of hope? Am I innocent?

Luke 23:22 A third time he said to them, “Why? What evil has he done? (Wait a second, what evil has God done? What can I charge Him with?)

Luke 23:33-34  And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

Luke 23:46-47 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!”

2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

Romans 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 

His name is Jesus and in real time during Jesus' day He would have been on the Cross starting at 9am this morning. By 12pm the sky will have darkened. At 3pm He will give His last breath in the flesh. He did all this to save those who are constantly struggling, battling, and hurting. As Satan reminds you of how little you love God, please take a moment and reflect on how much God loves you.

Love, Serve, Go



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04-14-2017 at 4:26 PM
Jean baxley
Thank you Jesus for suffering for me. I am looking forward to the day you will say, Welcome, you good and faithful servant
04-14-2017 at 12:43 PM
Vada Turner
Thanks for your commit to love, serve and be obedient even when the devil tries to pull you back. I am grateful to you!
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April 12, 2017, 10:34 AM

My hearing is fine, but my listening skills are not

Church Family,

Today in my worship time I read Hebrews 4:2 "For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened"

The Gospel has and always will be the same

What a powerful warning! The Gospel message will not benefit those who refuse to place their faith in it. What I love about this is God is not asking us to change our behavior. He is not telling us to become better people. God's good news, the Gospel message is simply asking us to Believe in Jesus. Put our Faith in Him.

What a source of power! When we put our Faith in Christ we are UNITED together for God's purposes. This is not just a one time event, but a daily and constant surrender to Christ. Will we fail? Yes. Will we stumble? Yes, but those united by faith have heard and listened to the message: Only Jesus Saves. When we fail, when we stumble, when we sin, we turn from that sin, beg for God's forgiveness, and turn to Jesus.

Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Are you united with other believers for the purpose of the Gospel? Or are you like the Israelites before us? They heard the same message but refused to listened. They continued to do things for their purposes and pleasures rather than for the gospel. Their culture was greater than the gospel in their minds.



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04-12-2017 at 11:55 AM
April crenshaw
Thanks again, I always enjoys these messages!
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