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September 7, 2018, 8:23 AM

By What Authority

Church Family,

Would you continue to pray and plead with God for Revival in the coming weeks?

I mentioned Wednesday night during prayer service that I needed prayer. I knew what God was saying, but I needed the courage to accept it. I can’t count the number of times that God has made something clear to me, but I fight against it and try to justify my rebellion.

Mark 11:27 And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, 28and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” 29Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.” 31And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32But shall we say, ‘From man’?”—they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet. 33So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

When I falsely justify my actions based on my authority and not God’s authority I miss out on learning who Jesus fully is. So often I ask God to reveal various things, but even when He answers I find myself fighting His gracious answer. As I pray for revival, God has already revealed some difficult things in my life. Part of my prayer is that I will accept responsibility and be accountable for my sinfulness.

Can I encourage you today to wrestle with this question: By what authority are you doing the things you are doing?


  1. School Blessings special offering this Sunday morning. This offering will go towards helping individual students in need and to help supply teachers.
  2. We will take the Lord’s Supper this Sunday morning.
  3. Revival begins Sunday night at 6pm with Mack Hutson. Wednesday night at 7pm Rodney Hord will be with us.
  4. Monday at 5:30 the Baptist Women are meeting at El Cerro.
  5. Tuesday at 10:45 the Seniors are going to Garden Alley for lunch.
  6. Sept. 17th at 7pm Waccamaw Association Meeting at North Conway Baptist  
  7. Sept. 18th at 6:30 Brotherhood Meeting at the church

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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