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November 16, 2018, 8:42 AM

Drinking After Death


Church Family,

Sunday morning our message is going to be about change. Have you ever had a Saul(Paul) moment where God seemed to knock you off of your high horse? Maybe for years you held to a certain belief, but now God seems to be challenging it and revealing the error in your previous thinking. What you believe may have been right, but how you lived it and the context through which you presented it was wrong.

Sometimes the change is more subtle. It may not be that we were doing or thinking wrong, but that we didn’t fully grasp what was going on.

In my bible reading this morning I came across this nugget. Have you ever wondered why Christ asked the Father, “to take this cup away from me?”

Revelation 14:10-11 he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”

Christ drank the wrath of God. Those who refuse to believe in Him as Lord and Savior will drink of it as well. For them, it will be an everlasting drink. Isn’t that sad. The friends who can’t wait to drink with their buddies when they reach Hell, will in fact get to drink, but not the kind they wanted.

We must be changed believer. We must be transformed from self-centered sinners to outward gospel telling believers. Our hearts must break for what breaks God’s. We must give all that we have in order to reach any and all for Jesus.

Reminders:

  1. Sunday- We will be signing children and adults up for Prayer Pals
    1. We will take up an offering to help families at Christmas
    2. We will have a mission trip meeting about Toronto and Shelby, NC
    3. We will pack up the shoeboxes to be sent off
  2. Nov. 20th we will host the Community Thanksgiving Service at 6pm. If you are available, we will need many to help serve while here.
  3. December 12th Church Christmas Supper at 6pm with a special “Jolly” guest for the children.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




November 14, 2018, 9:56 AM

War in Heaven


Church Family,

Scripture always says things better than anyone else. Do you realize that satan is constantly accusing believers? Do you realize his accusations are mostly right, but he disregards what makes us believers? Yes, we are sinful to the core. Yes, we betray Christ often. Yet, the blood of Christ has paid the price for our sins and saved us from the wrath of God.

Revelation 12:7-12 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 12Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

 

Reminders:

  1. Prayer Meeting Tonight at 7pm.
  2. Shoeboxes need to be turned in ASAP
  3. Thursday the Seniors are going to Garden Alley for their Thanksgiving Lunch. We leave at 10:45.
  4. Sunday we are collecting an offering to help families at Christmas.
    1. After the morning service we are having a missions meeting about trips to Shelby, NC and Toronto.
    2. During Sunday school we will be asking parents to sign up their children for Prayer Pals and asking adults to partner up with the children.
  5. Nov. 20th at 6pm we are hosting the Community Thanksgiving Service. We will need additional greeters, ushers, money counter, servers, and help cleaning up.
  6. Dec. 12th at 6pm we are having our Church Christmas meal with a special guest.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




November 9, 2018, 8:50 AM

God Makes Heaven Special


Church Family,

Happy Friday! We often here of what people are going to do when they get to heaven. There are those who are going to fish, make friends, meet family, etc. The Bible tells an even better story. We are going to Serve God. We get to be in His presence where there is no pain, suffering, sickness, tears, etc.

What or better yet, Who makes Heaven, Heaven is God. Yes, there is beauty, splendor, and amazement everywhere in Heaven, but that is because of God’s presence. This is why men like Billy Graham said that he didn’t fear death, but looked forward to it. He longed to be in the presence of God permanently.

Revelation 7:15-17 “Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
17For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Reminders:

  1. This Sunday we need Shoeboxes to be turned in
  2. Nov. 15th Senior Adult Thanksgiving Lunch at Garden Alley
  3. Nov.18th We will take up an offering for needy families at Christmas
    1. After the morning service we will have a Mission Trip meeting for Toronto and Shelby.
    2. Sign up to help with the Community Thanksgiving Service
    3. Sign up to join our Prayer Pals program
  4. Nov. 20th at 6pm Community Thanksgiving Service
  5. We are excited to have Shay Godwin speaking this Sunday morning during the service. Please remember him and the others that are battling Cancer in our church.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




November 7, 2018, 7:35 AM

When God Removes the Church


Church Family,

Research shows that most churches are plateaued or in decline. There are many factors that have led to this, but one common problem is that they are unwilling to admit, confess, and repent of their sin.

Revelation 2:4 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

I’m not sure why we are willing to admit our imperfection, but aren’t willing to address it. While there are some who are in denial about the sin issues of their church, I really believe the majority actually see it, but don’t know how to deal with it. Our fear of facing persecution from within the church often keeps us from repentance. Let’s be honest, it is not easy to deal with our sin.

Why mention this? Read that verse again and then go to Revelation 1:20. The lampstands are the churches. God is going to remove the churches. The true church will never die, but the problem is that those who refuse to live a life walking in obedience aren’t part of the true church.

If your church is plateaued or in decline, where and what is the sin? Is the presence of God worth going through the difficulty of being brutally honest and transparent about your sin? Have you forgotten your first love, to tell others about Jesus? V4 says, Remember therefore where you have fallen. If the glory days of the church are in the past, then what decision was made that hindered/halted the glory days?

Reminders:

  1. Family Fun Night tonight at 6pm. We will have soup and sandwiches.
  2. Shoeboxes are due this Sunday.
  3. Nov 15th the Seniors will have their Thanksgiving Lunch at Garden Alley. We leave the church at 10:45.
  4. Nov. 18th We are taking up an offering to help families at Christmas time.
  5. Nov. 20th at 6pm we are hosting the Community Thanksgiving Service.
  • We will need helpers for this church event.
  1. Sunday Morning Shay Godwin will be speaking at the church. Sharing from God’s word and about what God has been doing throughout his battle with cancer.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




November 5, 2018, 8:07 AM

Key to Life


Church Family,

Praise the Lord for a wonderful Homecoming! I am so thankful for the word that Lanier brought yesterday and the wonderful music. A special thanks to everyone who brought food, setup, cleaned, and to Kendal for taking our church family picture.

Revelation 1:17-18 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

We spend a lot of time and effort trying to figure out what the key to life is, but the Bible tells us that Jesus has the key to life. Today, do your best to purpose in your heart to seek the One who has the key to life.

Reminders: (We are super busy over the next 2 months)

  1. Tonight we have Visitation. We will eat at 5:30(still haven’t decided what) and will go out/write cards at 6:15.
  2. Tomorrow at 6pm the Baptist Women are meeting. For more details, email or call.
  3. Wednesday, Family Fun Night at 6pm. Soup, Games, and a Devotion
  4. Nov. 11th Turn in your Shoeboxes.
  5. Nov 15th the Senior will have their Thanksgiving Lunch at Garden Alley. We leave the church at 10:45.
  6. Nov. 18th We are taking up an offering to help families at Christmas time.
  7. Nov. 20th at 6pm we are hosting the Community Thanksgiving Service.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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