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December 31, 2018, 8:14 AM

Abraham's New Year


Church Family,

Happy New Year! Today is the end of a year and tomorrow being a day of new beginnings. In Genesis 17, both Abraham and Sarah are told that the upcoming year is going to change the history of the world. Their names will change, they will have a child, and the men will be circumcised.

Genesis 17:1-2 When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, 2that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.”

As you consider the changes that you are going to make this year. Can I encourage you to prayerfully dwell on this? We often focus on walking before God and being blameless and we should. We absolutely need to pursue holiness.

I want to encourage you to focus on the most important part, I may make. God is the One that makes the covenant. When you read the rest of the chapter, we find that God will make and do all that is needed to make the covenant.

Do you trust that God can do what His word demands of us? Do believe that the only way we can walk before the Lord is that He makes this possible? So often we present the Old Testament as being about the Law and the New Testament being about Grace, but in actuality, the entire bible is about God’s Grace. The Grace of God makes our holiness possible, the grace of God helps us to walk and live blamelessly through Christ.

This year focus more on what God can do and less on what you haven’t been able to do.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




December 28, 2018, 8:15 AM

Prayer Pals/Family Devotions


Church Family,

Hope you are having a wonderful Friday.

This Sunday we will be handing out several things.

1) Our Children will be receiving Family Devotions during Sunday school. This will include a bible verse to be memorized and shared with their teacher the next Sunday for a Prize and daily devotions based on their lessons and the adult SS lesson. We are ready to begin Prayer Pals also, but we are still in need of Adults to be prayer partners. Especially men. For those parents who have not filled out a prayer pal slip for their children, you can easily email me with their names, your address, your phone #, and their birthdate.

2) Fasting Worksheet. We are challenging our church to fast throughout the month of January.

Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”

I must admit anytime we try something new at the church there is a certain amount of fear. Sometimes I fear the wrong things. Today God reminded me of why it is important to not fear serving Him. Our service to Him is not about gaining popularity, wealth, possessions, likes on Facebook, comfort, relationships, etc. Our reward for service to Him, is ….. Him. There is no greater reward than the presence of God in our lives. Far too often the things of this world blind us and become our priority. Are you saying God gives more of Himself to some than others? No, I wouldn’t dare to even think that way, but it is true that others are hardened and blinded to God and His presence. Where as others maybe in the worst of circumstances yet praising God for His presence.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




December 26, 2018, 10:15 AM

Refereeing Presents


Church Family,

The day after Christmas or the day of great refereeing as parents. The Day where every child wants what the other has and wonders why they didn’t get the same thing. Oh, and they still want everything they have without sharing. Sound about right?

Genesis 13:8 Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen

Anytime God blesses there is going to be strife. As believers we must handle conflict correctly.

1) Abraham admitted there was a problem.

2) Abraham dealt with it directly and didn’t hope that it just went away

3) He trusted God and gave Lott the first choice, knowing God is in control.

4) Lott the believer, had his eyes on the earth. His family all failed to serve and worship God. His city was destroyed, wife died instantly, and children all turned wicked.

5) How we handle conflict directs our families to God or away from God.

Reminders
1) Prayer meeting tonight at 7pm.

 

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




December 21, 2018, 9:55 AM

Eternal Government


Church Family,

With so much unrest in our government and nation I thought a simple announcement would remind us that we are part of eternal government that has a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Reminders:

  1. Sunday
    1. 9:45 Sunday school
    2. 1st and 2nd grade Christmas Party. Please bring a $5 dollar gift. Girls for Girls, Boys for Boys
    3. 11am Adult Christmas Program followed by the Lord’s Supper
    4. 5pm Children/Youth Christmas Program Practice
    5. 6pm Christmas Program. Please bring a Dessert for refreshments afterwards

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




December 19, 2018, 9:57 AM

Reacting to the sin of others


Church Family,

Genesis 9:20-22 Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. 21He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. 22And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside.

Fresh off the boat and the world is filled with Drunkenness and Sexual Immorality. What does this say about us? That we are wicked, defiled, sinners that we are in desperate need of a Savior. This is a powerful story of how our sin can lead to the downfall of others. Thankfully the sinful behavior stopped at Ham. His brothers refused to go and look at their father. Instead they covered him as he slept.

What do you do when you see sinful behavior? Do you try to lead others to that sin or do you try to cover it? I don’t mean cover it up. I mean do you try to cover it in the blood of Christ?

Reminders:

  1. This Sunday we have both the Adult and Children/Youth Christmas Programs. Adults at 11am and C/Y at 6pm. Bring a dessert that night for refreshments.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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