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April 2, 2018, 10:52 AM

Don't forget the cross


Church Family,

I hope that you had a wonderful Easter! I am so thankful for the men and women who helped prepare and serve the breakfast yesterday. Thank you to everyone who helped lead the service.

I read a brief article today about a parent whose children wished to do something to their bodies that the parent would never do. The point of the article was to express that children need to be able to do with their bodies as they wish. Just because you wouldn’t do it as parent doesn’t mean it’s wrong or that you have a say over their bodies.

I have Empathy towards these parents. That’s to say that I understand where they are coming from, but wholeheartedly disagree. The church/scripture has proved this point over and over again. A church member/Israel in the Old Testament, will have the attitude of show me how it’s wrong. We will examine the final product/action but fail to examine the motive. What those kids asked to do wasn’t bad at all, but why were they asking to do this?

According to Thom Rainer’s research, Attitude is one of the worst killers of a church. When our attitude/motive is about us and our desires and not about God’s glory we spread a terrible cancer throughout the church. Now the people and their feelings become more valuable than God and His glory. What we fail to see is that we can’t truly do what’s best for people apart from God. Said another way, when you put God first, you are putting others best interest first. When you put God second, you are putting people’s best interest second.

Ezekiel 45:7 “Thus says the Lord GOD: Enough, O princes of Israel! Put away violence and oppression, and execute justice and righteousness. Cease your evictions of my people, declares the Lord GOD.

When the Princes of Israel began putting God second, they also began to oppress and violently rule over the people. No longer was there a right or wrong, but a whose feelings matter the most attitude.

Can I encourage you to not forget why Jesus had to go to the cross? At the heart of sin is a heart that refuses to give God the glory and is ungrateful towards God. There is an attitude/motive issue. Take moment today and examine why you do or don’t do things? Are doing them unto the glory of God? Would you be willing to do that in front of God in heaven? Is what you are doing really helping others or just yourself?

Reminders:

  1. Visitation is tonight. We are having chicken casserole at 5:30 and going out at 6:15. All Sunday school leaders, this is a great opportunity to reach, teach, and minister.
  2. This Sunday we will be presenting a recommendation from the deacons to support the School Release Program at Aynor Middle School by taking up an offering on April 15th. We supported this program last year.
  3. Senior Adult Sunday April 22nd with Mack Hutson. All non-seniors bring a dessert. Lunch will follow. No evening services.
  4. Toronto Mission Trippers we will have a brief meeting this Sunday afternoon at 5:45pm. Bring any questions that you have with you.
  5. What’s coming up in the next month or so:
    1. Senior Adult Sunday April 22nd
    2. Women of Joy Conference May 4th-6th
    3. Gideon Sunday May 6th
    4. Mother’s Day/Baby Dedication May 13th
    5. Graduation Sunday June 3rd
    6. Father’s Day/VBS June 17th-21st

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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