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June 19, 2017, 1:21 PM

HIStory or MYstory


Church Family,

I am reminded more and more just how much I need God's Word. If you read Acts 7 you may have the same question I have: Why did Stephen need to repeat their history to them? Surely they know their own history? 

You can not know History or your Bible without knowing it through Christ! This is why so many people, churches, and nations struggle.

Acts 7:51-53 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. 52Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered53you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.”

1) V53 The people treated the Word as important, but V51 They were stiff necked, uncircumised in heart and ears. They always resist God. They saw their history as theirs and not God's. Is my heart open to what God is revealing about Himself?

2) The more I realize God's love for me, the more I realize how much I resist God. Lord, Forgive me?

3) While reading through Acts I see this theme: Those who are lost are told that they have betrayed and murdered Jesus.

4) What is God showing you during your devotion time?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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June 16, 2017, 7:26 AM

Give what you got!


Church Member,

There is such an abundance to share out of the worship time I've had over the last 2 days! Yet I will try to keep it short. It began with a trip to worship in Acts 3:6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” 

God is not asking me to give what I dont have. God ask us to give what we do have. Do you realize the power of your Savior? Do you realize the more that you give of Him, the seemingly more that you get OF Him? 

Fast Forward to Chapter 4(You want to read chapters 3 & 4)

Acts 4:32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.

So much of these passage is made of their willingness to give to meet each others needs and it should be, but don't miss the WHY. For what reason are they giving? They are giving so they can glorfiy God by knowing Him and making Him known as Savior. God gave all that He had to reach us. Likewise we should give what we have to reach others for Christ.

Are you giving of your time, talents, gifts, etc to reach others for Christ? 

Dont let the beginning of chapter 4 slip by you. The priests were interviewing Peter and John until the "Sadducees came upon them, greatly annoyed." When we elevate people to positions above what God created, they will in time use that position to elevate themselves above God. The Sadducees were a man made group. The priest were God ordained.

In short, dont let man center people guide your walk with God. They will also lead you away from Him.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian

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June 14, 2017, 9:59 AM

Do Souls Matter?


Church Family,

During my morning worship I read the end of Acts 2:47 And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Do Souls matter? Do they matter to God? Do they matter to you personally?

Who grew the church?

VBS is one of my favorite times of the year. Yet, each year it feels like a week full of Mondays. I struggle to remember which day it is (it is Wednesday, right?). So there is the great temptation to lose focus on why we are doing this. We want to glorify God by making Him known to the lost and saved. That's why I ask if souls matter. 

Can I ask you to do 3 things:

1) Pray to the God who saves. 1 Timothy 2:3-4 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2) Seek opportunities to share the gospel. Ephesians 6:19 (pray) and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,

3) Seek Unity because Satan is and will keep attacking. 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth8He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. 

God wants to save, God wants to grow the church, God is looking for willing servants. Will you continue or begin to pray right now for a passion for the glory of God. That souls maybe saved and believers encouraged.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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June 12, 2017, 9:08 AM

The End- Who do you worship?


Church Family,

Praise God for the 273 souls that were Invited to church this past week. That brings our total up to 813 since the beginning of April. Thank God for your faithfulness. Will you join me in prayer today for each of those souls, that God would draw them to Himself for salvation?

Revelation 22:8-9 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, 9but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”

After seeing all of that, after hearing all of that, and after having walk with God Himself, John still struggled to worship only God. Let that sink in. It's not that his faith was misplaced or misguided or untrue, but that we were made to worship God. The sin within us still wages war to lead to us worship anything other than the true God. If John can so easily do this, then how often do we do this? It's not by random chance that this happens during the last chapter of the Bible. God is sending us a warning. Be sure to worship only Him and when we see someone worshipping something other than God, be sure to lovingly correct them.

Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn



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06-12-2017 at 11:10 AM
Don Purvis
Way to go!
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June 9, 2017, 9:18 AM

Conqueror or faithless coward?


Church Family,

Are you a conqueror or a coward?

Revelation 21:7-8 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son8But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

The power of verse 7. Such hope, such joy, such an amazing promise to look forward to. Then comes verse 8. Is there anyone who does not fit into verse 8? Is there anyone who did not cower away from furthering the gospel because of their comfort or preferences? Any who did not fail to keep the faith? Any who did not lie, hate their brother(murder), or lust once?

All that joy, hope, and peace comes crashing down.

We need God's grace. We need to remember that God loves us. If this verse is true and it is, then other verses like:

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

All these are also true. There is only one way to conquer. Only one way to eternal life. Only one way to be a child of God. His name is Jesus. All who call upon the name of Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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