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August 8, 2018, 9:54 AM

Entitlement 2


Church Family,

How powerful is the gospel? Who doesn’t need the gospel? A small part of what makes God amazing is that to admit our need for Him is not a weakness but a strength. I believe that for us to reach the point of admitting our need for Christ we must recognizing our sinfulness and the consequences of living in a fallen world.

Mark 12:7 But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’

Christ is telling a parable that describes how the world has treated the servants of God in the past and now God’s son. Rather than admitting their need for God they tried to remove God and take from Him what belongs only to Him. Entitlement will go to great lengths to get what it wants no matter what damage it causes to others. In what ways do we act spiritually entitled today? How is the gospel the only cure?

Can I encourage you today to get honest about how you treat God, His Word, and His people? Are they your competition? If you could remove or belittle others would it help advance your desires?

Reminders:

  1. Family Summer Camp leaves the church at 2pm tomorrow and will return around 11am Saturday.
  2. August 12th Awesome August continues with a Watermelon fellowship after the evening service.
  3. August 14th Senior Adult outing.
  4. August 15th Family Fun Night at 6pm.
  5. August 16th Lifeline Screening will be at the church beginning at 9am. Go to the website for further details.
  6. A special thanks to everyone who went out visiting Monday night and to those who came to the softball game last night. We had a blast and will look into trying to play again.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




August 6, 2018, 7:24 AM

Entitlement


Church Family,

Mark 10:42-45 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

When we live with Entitlement it keeps us from giving our lives for God’s mission and leads us to taking from others for satan’s mission. For a believer to refuse to serve is unbiblical. It is the opposite of Christ to live Entitled.

Are there service opportunities that are beneath you? Are there lengths that go to far to reach the world for Jesus? Do you demand that your preferences/voice/desires be heard louder than others? Entitlement is a worship killer! It focuses on the lie that God and man should worship us and do as we desire.

Can I encourage you today to consider how you are living a life of Spiritual Entitlement? Do you easily get mad at God because you are having a bad day? Is your anger at others always their fault?  If the answer to these questions is easy, then you are struggling with Entitlement. Admit your sin, humble yourself, beg God for forgiveness, and finally go and tell others of the forgiveness you found in Christ.

Reminders:

  1. Visitation tonight at 5:30 spaghetti and salad, 6:15 we go out. A sign of entitlement is that visitation is for others and not for you. God commanded that we should all Go and make disciples.
  2. Softball game at 7pm with White Savannah. Come out and join us
  3. Family Summer Camp Thursday through Saturday. We will leave the church at 2pm and return around 11am Saturday.
  4. August 15th Family Fun Night at 6pm
  5. Praise God yesterday was our 9th Baptismal service of the year. Beg and plead with God for the next soul that He will bring from Eternal death into Eternal life.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




August 3, 2018, 8:14 AM

God is Speaking, Are We Hearing


Church Family,

In my reading this week I saw the power of God unleashed on Earth. One of the questions that I’ve wrestled with and would ask that you do the same is this: What in my life would keep me from hearing the direction of God? What in my life would prevent me from following Jesus? Is God still unleashing His power(He is), but I’m not seeing or hearing it?

Mark 4:9 And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Isaiah 6:9 And He replied, "Go and tell this people: 'Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.'

Ezekiel 12:2 "Son of man, you are living in a rebellious house. They have eyes to see but do not see, and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious house.

Can I encourage you today to take the time and praise God for how often He reveals Himself to us? Can I also encourage you if you are like me and don’t always hear clearly from God to admit your struggles with hearing and knowing God’s voice? God resists the proud, but He will not turn away the Humble.

Reminders:

  1. Sunday at 6pm Billy and Cynthia Jones will be in concert.
  2. Awesome August after church fellowships begins this week. We are having Peanuts and Pepsi Cola after the concert.
  3. Monday Church Visitation. Food at 5:30 and visiting at 6:15.
  4. Tuesday Softball game with White Savannah at 7pm. All are welcome.
  5. August 9th -11th Family Summer Camp. We will leave at 2pm from the church and return Saturday morning around 11am.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




August 1, 2018, 11:31 AM

Meeting needs to Share the gospel


Church Family,

Praying today for the direction that God would have to Go and Serve. I would love to hear if God has laid anything on your heart?

Whatever it maybe that God is leading us to we would be wise to remember reason why we Serve and Go.

Mark 7:36-37 And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

2 things:

  1. It’s amazing how Christ commanded them not to tell and they seemed to tell about Him even more. Yet, He commands believers to tell about Him and we rarely do.
  2. We must seek to use our Service to the community for the expressed purpose of sharing the Gospel. Christ used His gifts where He was as a way of creating opportunities to share the gospel. Sadly, even though He healed and helped many, most were willing to accept His physical/temporary help but rejected His spiritual/eternal help.

Has God given us the opportunity to meet the needs of others? How can we use our gifts/service to open the door for more opportunities to share the gospel?

Reminders:

  1. August 5th at 6pm Billy and Cynthia Jones in Concert.
  2. Awesome August kicks off this Sunday night following the concert, Peanuts and Pepsi.
  3. August 6th Church Visitation. 5:30 food and 6:15 going out.
  4. August 7th at 7pm Softball game with White Savannah
  5. August 9th-11th Family Summer Camp.
  6. August 15th Family Fun Night

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




July 30, 2018, 7:24 AM

Sorry, Not Sorry


Church Family,

Sorry, not sorry. In today’s climate it seems like everyday a new public figure is having to say they are sorry without being able to say they are sorry. They don’t apologize for what they did, but rather that someone was offended.

John the Baptist spoke the truth to Herod. Herod was living in sin. He didn’t like what John said, but gladly listened to John anytime he spoke.

Mark 6:26-27 And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison

What is the “but” in your life? The sorrow is there, “but” you still will not turn from your sin and go towards Jesus.

2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

Challenge:

Would you be willing to join me in praying for the direction of God for our lives and the life of the church? Ask that God would reveal the “but” if your life and the life of our church so that we can turn from it. What seems to keep you/us from taking steps of Faith?

I am praying for you and with you. God is so good!

Reminder:

  1. August 5th at 6pm Billy and Cynthia Jones will be in concert followed by a Peanuts and Pepsi social.
  2. August 6th Church Visitation. 5:30 we eat. 6:15 we minister.
  3. August 7th Church softball game with White Savannah.
  4. August 9th-11th Family Summer Camp at Camp Pinehill.
  5. August 15th Family Fun Night at 6pm.
  6. Awesome August every Sunday night following the service. Peanuts & Pepsi, Watermelon, Ice Cream, and Hot dogs.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

 


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