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January 11, 2019, 9:50 AM

Scheming


Church Family,

Genesis 27 is full of powerful lessons. You can learn to listen to the voice of God, over smell, and touch. You can learn how anger falsely presents itself as a comfort to those who possess it. Or maybe you can learn that once a blessing is given, even to a liar, that blessing can’t be removed.

What stood out the most this morning to me was how Rebekah and Jacob trusted in themselves, rather than the word of God.

Genesis 25:23 And the LORD said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
the older shall serve the younger.”

God told Rebekah that Esau would serve Jacob. What we don’t know is if she ever told Isaac or if he didn’t care, but God declared it. So, why would she scheme to get it? Why didn’t she trust God? Just as Abraham taught Isaac to lie, Rebekah taught Jacob to deceive others.

Genesis 27:8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice as I command you.

Genesis 27:11-13 But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.12Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him and bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing.”13His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, bring them to me.”

Did it all work out for Jacob, did it benefit him to lie? If destroying your family and future generations is a good thing, then yes, it worked out for him. His brother and his people battled the Israelites, abandoning the family faith. Jewish history tells us that Rebekah died and Isaac couldn’t due to health, Jacob was gone, and Esau wouldn’t bury her for obvious reasons. Her burial was done in secret. We know that later on her bones are brought with Isaac’s to be buried in Abraham’s tomb.

Will you scheme work today, maybe, but at what cost?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




January 9, 2019, 7:26 AM

History Repeating Itself


Church Family,

We are excited about the Prayer Meeting tonight at 7pm. We look forward to worshipping with you.

History repeating itself.

Genesis 26:8-9 When he had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out of a window and saw Isaac laughing with Rebekah his wife. 9So Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Behold, she is your wife. How then could you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac said to him, “Because I thought, ‘Lest I die because of her.’”

Generational sin- Abraham, Isaac’s father did the same thing. This is a warning that we must be careful not to pass on our sins to our children. Let me be clear, Isaac made the choice to sin. No matter what our parents do, we are responsible for our own choices. As parents though, let us be careful not to present sin as an option.

Doubting God- Like Father, like son, they both trusted that LIES were more powerful than God. They believed that they knew more and were stronger than God.

We must be careful not to pass on sin and our “wisdom” to future generations. If not, History will repeat itself.

Reminders:

1) Saturday the Seniors are going out to Adam’s seafood at 5:30.

2) Women’s Bible Study begins on Monday Feb 18th. The cost is $10 for the book. We need you sign up and pay by Feb. 10th.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




January 7, 2019, 11:26 AM

Pray to Change the World


Church Family,

If you don’t mind me asking, What are you praying for today? Does your prayer change anyone besides you? How does your prayer change our church to be more like Christ?

In Genesis 24 Abraham’s servant is going to find a wife for Isaac. We get a glimpse of how prayer shapes the lives of believers and the world.

Genesis 24:12 And he said, “O LORD, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham.

Genesis 24:63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming.

What God sized task are you taking on today or this week? Have you prayed about it?

Would you join me in fasting about the life of our Church? That God would revive, restore, and replenish His Church. God may you ignite the hearts of those who have grown cold, forgive and restore those of us caught in sin, and continue to equip us to reach our children, community, and the world for Christ.

Reminders:

  1. If there is ever anything that we need to add to this list, please let me know.
  2. TONIGHT, VISITATION! We will eat at 5:30 and go out, write cards, or make phone calls at 6:15.
  3. Tuesday the Seniors are going to Ella’s in Calabash at 10:30.
  4. The Baptist Women’s meeting has been cancelled due to sickness. Please pray for a quick recovery.
  5. Saturday the Seniors are going out to Adam’s seafood at 5:30.
  6. Praise Lord for the Children who learned their bible verse this past Sunday. This week our verse is still 2 Timothy 3:16. Please support and celebrate what God is doing in their lives.
  7. Women’s Bible Study begins on Monday Feb 18th. The cost is $10 for the book. We need you sign up and pay by Feb. 10th.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




January 4, 2019, 8:24 AM

Abraham's test


Church Family,

In this passage Abraham is asked to offer Isaac as a sacrifice to God. Once he does this God responds by saying.

Genesis 22:12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”

Is your fear of God greater than your fear of losing the things of this world? How often do we lose the presence and blessings of God by refusing to obey do to the fear of the unknown? How can we say that we have Faith if all we ever do is walk by sight and past experiences?

Can I encourage you to ask God to grow your faith so that you desire His presence and His provision over your ability to protect yourself from the unknown? Ask what do you stand to gain versus what you stand to lose?

Reminders

1) Be in Prayer for the College group as they return later today.

2) This Sunday children can begin saying their bible verses. This week’s is 2 Timothy 3:16. Also remember to keep doing your family devotions and praying for your Prayer Pals.

3) Have you taken the time to Fast this week for the church? If not, it’s not too late to begin today.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




January 2, 2019, 9:37 AM

Untrustworthy Testimony


Church Family,

I pray that your Family Devotions and Bible memorization is going well. Remember this Sunday that all children from 5th grade down can tell their Bible Verse to their Sunday school teacher to get a prize. This week verse is 2 Timothy 3:16. You can find all this in the INFO CENTER on our church website.

This past Sunday we preached on praying for a Testimony. In my bible reading this morning I read of a perfect example of someone who’s Testimony was no longer trustworthy. God has come to Lot to rescue him, but when Lot tells others about it, they don’t believe him.

Genesis 19:14 So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, “Up! Get out of this place, for the LORD is about to destroy the city.” But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting.

Has your testimony become about your sin life to the point that people no longer follow or believe you? How do you make a change? Prayer, God’s word, and application. Confess your sinfulness to God, ask Him to give you opportunities to live out your faith before others, and dwell on God’s word.

Reminders:

  1. Tonight help us to undecorate the Church and join us for the Prayer meeting.
  2. Be sure to have Family Devotions and practice your memory verse for Sunday.
  3. Join me in Fasting for our church. I’m praying this week that God would move in a mighty way in our Church Family.
  4. Pray for our College group and their chaperons, Brandon and Nathan. They left this morning for the Passion Conference in Atlanta.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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