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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




November 17, 2017, 8:43 AM

To Free or Capture Slaves?


Church Family,

I am praying for you today. My Bible reading this morning reminded of how easy it is for us to be moved for a moment to trust God, but when the going gets tough when return to our former ways. We often tell the world bible verses, but with our lives we proclaim that believe in God, yet we fail to trust in God.

Are there areas in your life that you know what you should do, but sin has so lied to you, that you dont think you can live without it? 

Jeremiah 34:10 And they obeyed, all the officials and all the people who had entered into the covenant that everyone would set free his slave, male or female, so that they would not be enslaved again. They obeyed and set them free. 11But afterward they turned around and took back the male and female slaves they had set free, and brought them into subjection as slaves.

v14‘At the end of seven years each of you must set free the fellow Hebrew who has been sold to you and has served you six years; you must set him free from your service.’ But your fathers did not listen to me or incline their ears to me.

What's so painful about this passage is that if they would have obeyed God, they would've had an easy presentation of the gospel to the world around them. Sin has enslaved you, but we were sent by God to free the slave. No where in scripture is slavery seen as good, but it is always seen as representing sin and a need to be freed by God from it. Because they would not listen, they lost their witness.

Have you lost your witness? Maybe it's how your parents did it and the way their parents did it before them, but that doesnt make it right. Can I challenge you to seek God's forgiveness? Ask God to set you free, so that you might go and help set others free.

Reminders:

1) Praise God! We have over 100 shoeboxes. What a joy it was to see the children and adults working together to advance the gospel Wednesday night. If you missed it, you missed a blessing. If you didnt get a blessing from it, I'm praying for you.

2) Choir Practices this Sunday!

3) Monday we decorate for Christmas at 6pm

4) Tuesday Community Thanksgiving at Juniper Bay at 6pm

5) Winter Clothing drive going on till Nov. 26th

6) Pray for this Sunday's message John 9:1-7 Do you carry the burden of thinking that your sin caused sickness or death? Do you blame others or harbor hate because you believe they caused you pain or sickness? Come see what Jesus says.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




November 15, 2017, 10:53 AM

Jeremiah 33


Church Family,

Judah and Israel had sinned constantly and were unwilling to repent. Like many people in the world today, they did not believe God’s word or follow it. Yes, the knew the words of God and they used word of God when it benefited them, but as a whole they did not know or love God. Their pride and rebellion lead to God exiling them, but read what God’s purpose was for the exile.

Jeremiah 33:8-9 I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me. 9And this city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them. They shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it.

Notice, who does the cleansing? Who does the forgiving? Who does the blessing?

Can I lovingly encourage you today to stop trying to change your life? Stop trying to forgive yourself. Stop trusting in your plans to prosper. Now trust in the Lord to do those things, because truth be told, only God can transform you, forgive you, and prosper you. When God does, be sure to let the community hear all the good that God has done for you.

Reminders:

  1. Tonight at 7pm we are helping pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. We are asking all ages to help with this. We believe that we have enough for 75 boxes, but we only have 60 boxes left. If you have not used yours or if you have extra boxes, please bring them.
  2. Choir Practice this Sunday for Adults and Children
  3. Monday at 6pm we will be decorating the Church for Christmas!!!
  4. Tuesday at 6pm the Community Thanksgiving Service will be hosted by Juniper Bay Baptist. Please bring a dessert.
  5. Thanksgiving is coming up soon. We are so Thankful for our Church Family. We can not express how much we appreciate the calls, cards, visits, and flowers from the church during this difficult time in our family’s life.
  6. Winter Coat/Clothing Drive until Nov. 26th. Please put them in the big box in the fellowship hall.

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