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March 23, 2018, 1:03 PM

The Resurrection in the Old Testament


Church Family,

I am so excited about the Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow morning from 11 to 1pm. I also get excited reading and searching the scriptures. Did you know that one of the major differences between the Pharisees and Sadducees is that the Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection? (That’s why they are Sad u see, lol) I’ve often wonder how they even knew about the resurrection?

Ezekiel 37:12-14 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel.13And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the LORD.”

Not only should the life that Christ lived proved that He was the Son of God, but His resurrection also. The Israelites should have remembered this passage. I am so thankful that even though I don’t deserve and can’t earn it, God has given me eternal life. What did I do? I believed in Jesus, repented of my sins, and confessed Him as Lord. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins according to the bible, was buried, and rose from the dead on the 3rd day according to the bible. Everyone who does this will live for all of eternity with Jesus!

I don’t know what you are searching for in life, but can I challenge to seek out Christ above all things?

Reminders:

  1. Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow morning from 11 to 1pm. Lunch will be served.
  2. Easter Services are as follows: 6:45 Sunrise service in the Cemetery, 7am worship in the Sanctuary, and last, breakfast. We will not have any other services.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




March 21, 2018, 11:26 AM

Dry Bones come to life


Church Family,

We hope to see you tonight at the prayer meeting. Last night we had a great Brotherhood meeting where we heard the gospel and were reminded of the change that the gospel brings to someone’s life. There is no other message as powerful as the Gospel. Today’s Bible reading demonstrates this. The nation of Israel was spiritually dead and physically dying due to their sin and God’s judgement. What could ever change the life filled with sin?

Ezekiel 37:3-5 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” 4Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.

The Seminary Professor took his class of future preachers to the Cemetery for their first class every year. He would begin the class by asking the students to speak as passionately as they could without the Bible in the hopes that they could raise the dead. The point was quickly made that man can not raise the dead. Only the Word of God and the Spirit of God could save the lost.

Believer we must share the Word of God and pray that the Spirit of God would convict the lost. Without the Word of God and the Spirit no one will be saved.

Can I encourage you to seek out opportunities to share the most important and powerful message of all with others today? Be sensitive to the Spirit while speaking with others where you live, work, and play. I am praying for you today. May the Word of God be shared freely and abundantly through you this week.

Reminders:

  1. Prayer meeting tonight at 7pm.
  2. Saturday from 11 to 1pm we are having our Easter Egg Hunt. All are welcomed and invited.
  3. Our Easter Sunday services schedule begins at 6:45 in the Cemetery, 7am in the Sanctuary, and last a fellowship Breakfast. There are no other services.
  4. We are looking for ideas and recommendations for mission projects in and around our Church. If you know of anyone in need please share it with me.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




March 16, 2018, 8:00 AM

Pray for your Pastors


Church Family,

I read last night about a sheriff in Alabama who used the leftover lunch money for the prisoners he was supposed to care for to buy a $750,000 beach house. Back in world war 2 the state began allowing the sheriffs to legally keep any money left over in the account used to feed the inmates. This sheriff legally used the money, but morally what he did was questionable at best and at worst should be prosecuted.

Ezekiel 34:7-10 “Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 8As I live, declares the Lord GOD, surely because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild beasts, since there was no shepherd, and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep, 9therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 10Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them.

I’ve preached on this passage many times throughout my ministry. I do not take lightly the charge that God has given me as an undershepherd. Yet, I realize more and more each day that I need your prayers. There are so many areas that I need to grow and decrease that Christ might increase.

Can I kindly ask you today to pray for your church leaders, pastors, deacons, teachers, etc.? I thank you in advance.

How to pray?

Pray for my family. Since October 29th our family has been hit hard with health issues. In the last 2 weeks alone Natalie has had emergency surgery, Michael Brian has been fighting RSV, and now Aubree has it. Her temperature was 104.3 last night and this morning.

Pray that I will be a good husband and father. Pray that I will spend time in God’s word. Pray for that area of weakness that you see in my life. Pray that God will use me as He wishes.

Reminders:

  1. This Sunday please turn in any candy for the Easter Egg Hunt that is coming up March 24th from 11am to 1pm. Lunch will be served.
  2. Easter Services are as follows: 6:45 Sunrise Service, 7am Worship service inside, and last breakfast. There will be no more services that day.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




March 14, 2018, 10:01 AM

Trees


Church Family,

I hope that you are having a great day so far. My Bible reading was cool this morning. I read how God described Pharaoh as being like a tree, but no ordinary tree. This tree was so tall, so big, and so fruitful that the trees from the garden of Eden envied it. Yet, the pride of the tree led to its fall and judgement.

Ezekiel 31:18 “Whom are you thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? You shall be brought down with the trees of Eden to the world below. You shall lie among the uncircumcised, with those who are slain by the sword. “This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, declares the Lord GOD.”

God had blessed Pharaoh and all of his people. So much that He and the people grew to be bigger, stronger, and more fruitful than any other in its time. This story hits too close to home. How often do we boast in who we are, what we can do, or what we have, rather than in God? When we lift ourselves above God in this life, God brings us down for eternity. The bible says that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. Many will do this for the first time when they get to heaven, but then it will be too late. They like Pharaoh will spend eternity below, in Hell. Turn to Jesus today. See that God is the one that blesses you. God gave you that strength, knowledge, money, power, etc.

Reminders:

  1. Candy is due this Sunday to help with the Easter Egg Hunt.
  2. The Egg Hunt is Saturday March 24th from 11-1.
  3. Money for the Women of Joy Conference is due this Sunday. See Blaire for details.
  4. Our Easter services are as follows: 6:45 Sunrise service in the cemetery, followed by the morning service in the Sanctuary, and last we will eat breakfast. These will be the only services we have that day.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




March 7, 2018, 9:27 AM

Explicit Ezekiel


Church Family,

This maybe the most explicit chapter in all the Bible. It is one that I wanted to skip, but I fear that skipping it will further help sin to abound. “There is nothing new under sun,” Solomon tell us in Ecclesiastes. The lewd behavior and over stimulation of America is new to us, but not to God.  

Ezekiel 23:36-37 The LORD said to me: “Son of man, will you judge Oholah (Samaria) and Oholibah (Jerusalem)? Declare to them their abominations. 37For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. With their idols they have committed adultery, and they have even offered up to them for food the children whom they had borne to me.

When sexual immorality goes unchecked in a nation it’s only a matter of time before they begin to sacrifice their children for their pleasure. I read a terrifying article yesterday about an app that targets teens and young children in the hope of exposing them to the things described in Ezekiel 23.

Can I encourage you if you are struggling with immorality? The power of Christ’s blood is greater than your sin. God’s grace sufficient for your struggle. God gave you a church to help support you. Remember we are to decrease that He might increase. It’s not about being stronger, it’s about being weaker. May Christ be your strength.

Pray for our city, nation, and world.

Reminders:

  1. The Matthew and 3 Circles Evangelism classes will continue this Sunday night at 6pm.
  2. Join me in praying for opportunities to have gospel conversations with lost people today. Thanks in advance.
  3. The church needs candy for the Easter Egg Hunt by March 18th. The Egg Hunt is Saturday March 24th from 11-1. Please help support this outreach event.
  4. Be in prayer about presenting mission opportunities for our church this summer. We are looking for ideas for mission projects to carry out as a church sometime this Summer.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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