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September 18, 2017, 10:32 AM

Asking the Impossible

Church Family,

Have you asked God for the impossible this morning? Have you prayed about the things that keep you up at night in a way that only God could do it and only God could get the glory?

Isaiah 48:1 Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and who came from the waters of Judah, who swear by the name of the LORD and confess the God of Israel, but not in truth or right.

How is it that they are using the Lord's name falsely and not in truth? The rest of the chapter lays out the picture of an obstinate, hard headed, thick necked people that will ask God for things and then, when He responds, they give credit to themselves or their idols(v4-5). God has told of things to come in order to keep us from giving His glory away(v11). 

So church, why ask for the Impossible? In part, because it requires us to believe God. We must trust His response. Israel cried out to God for redemption and when God provided it He also provided what they needed.

Isaiah 48:21 They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow for them from the rock; he split the rock and the water gushed out.

The water that flowed provided for all the people, over 2 million and animals. Think about that! Why is that so important? The rock was Jesus and the water was God's grace.

Ask God for the Impossible. Praise God for His answers. Use His name in Truth and Correctly before those around you!

Reminders:

1) We Invited 46 people this past week for a total of 1479. Is Jesus worthy of telling others about? Is our church a church that you would brag on? Tell others about? Use the name of God correctly, tell others about Him.

2) Baptist Women's meeting tonight at Frances Singleton's house at 6:30pm. 

3) Brotherhood and Baptist Young Women's meeting Tuesday at 6:30 at the church. 

4) Choir Practice at 5pm Sunday.

5) God can do far more than you can imagine or ask for. Pray for the Impossible. Be sure to give Him the Glory.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 15, 2017, 9:48 AM

What no one sees

Church Family,

Isaiah 47:10-11 You felt secure in your wickedness; you said, “No one sees me”; your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, and you said in your heart, “I am, and there is no one besides me.” 11But evil shall come upon you, which you will not know how to charm away; disaster shall fall upon you, for which you will not be able to atone; and ruin shall come upon you suddenly, of which you know nothing.

Are you secure in your sin life? Do you feel like your life would fall apart without your sin life? Has sin so deceived you that you believe you can talk your way out of anything?

God has several warnings for us. None sound good, evil shall come, disaster shall fall, and ruin shall come! We often see someone fall and wonder how did that happen? Slowly, but surely, they felt more secure sinning, than in Jesus. We have all sinned in ways that can not be atoned for by our deeds. Praise God, that He sent His Son, Jesus, to atone for all our sins. 

If your private sin is now running your life, can I encourage you today to run to Jesus before it's too late.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 13, 2017, 12:01 PM

Isaiah 45 Striving against our Creator

Church Family,

Isaiah 45 is alive and pouring out blessings. What a joy to have too much to share today about God. Do I start in verse 1 where God talks about opening doors and gates for His annointed? Or in verse 17 where He says that He saves us with an everlasting salvation? Or verses 22-23 Where He promises to save all that turn to Him and that every knee shall bow and tongue confess?

If you are discouraged today go and read chapter 45 and see how much God loves and promises to those that He calls by name to Save.

After being encouraged let me write out this warning from God, Isaiah 45:9 Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?" or ‘Your work has no handles’?

While I hope that you find encouragement from chapter 45, do not miss this warning. What a blessing it is. We are not to strive with our maker. If you read the chapter, you see all the blessings that God has for His children. Therefore you can trust God's promises even when you are wondering what God was doing when He made you. When you want to complain about your life, wonder why others seem to have it better, and get angry at god, remember God created us for His glory!

Isaiah 45:24-25 “Only in the LORD, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength; to him shall come and be shamed
all who were incensed against him. 25In the LORD all the offspring of Israel shall be justified and shall glory.”

Reminders:

1) Tonight our services begin at 7pm.

2) Choir be sure to speak with Perry about Practice times and dates.

3) Baptist Women's meeting Monday 6:30 at Mrs Frances house.

4) Brotherhood and BYW Tuesday at 6:30 at the church.

5) We are collecting an offering on Sept. 24th to help support our public school teachers. These teachers have seen and reported the needs of their students. We will use the offering to get the supplies the teachers requested for their classes.

6) What have you been sharing about Jesus today with those around you?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 11, 2017, 11:24 AM

Jesus doesn't get discouraged pursuing you

Church Family,

How can you leave the mark of Christ on others today? Who around you needs encouraging, a friend, a simple reminder of God's love, or to hear the gospel message for the first time?

Isaiah 42:4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law.

Life is full of discouragements. To be honest sometimes people can be so discouraging that we start looking for discouragement. Someone's compliment gets taken the wrong way or someone meant to be encouraging but ended up being discouraging. When I read this verse and think of John 7 from yesterday's service, I can't help but praise God that Jesus did not grow faint or discouraged when mankind, including his brothers, was trying to kill Him. 

If you are discouraged can I please try to encourage you to look where there is never any discouragement. Look to Jesus. There you will find a Savior that even when you did your best to run from Him, didn't stop pursuing you. In Jesus, we find a Savior that does not grow weary of our failures, pains, and complaints. In Jesus, we find a Savior who took all our sorrows and nailed them to cross.

Be encouraged. Go and leave the mark of God's love on others today.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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September 8, 2017, 8:46 AM

A Selfish Prayer Life

Church Family, 

Here is a familiar story in today's church culture. Sadly many churches have this member. That member at one point was on fire for God. God used them in a mighty way, but now as they approach the end of their days, that person is selfish. Harmful to the church. At one point they passionately fought for the glory of God and now, all they care about is keeping the peace and their own glory.

Hezekiah was a good king. In fact, he was one of the best kings until he got sick. Yet, he is best remember not for the good he did, but for how he lived out the end of his life.

Isaiah 38:1-3 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “Thus says the LORD: Set your house in order, for you shall die, you shall not recover.” 2Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, 3and said, “Please, O LORD, remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

This story is also found in multiple places throughout the Bible. It shows the damage that selfish praying will do. No one wishes to blame Hezekiah for praying to get well, but if you will notice, his prayer is about him and not God's glory. 

2 major things happen as a result of his selfish prayer:

1) He no longer cares about the well being of his family or kingdom. All he cares about is whether he will live in peace. God tells him in chapter 39:8 that the kingdom will lose everything after his death. Look at his response: Isaiah 39:8 8Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the LORD that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my days.

2) He goes on to have a son who becomes the most wicked king ever.

WHEN the believer/church no longer lives for the glory of God, it no longer has a regard for anything other that itself. A selfish praying person or church will raise up a wicked generation. When we regard having peace/security over the advancing of the gospel, our prayer life will be less about reaching the lost and more about keeping the saved here on earth. Why didn't Hezekiah say, praise God, I can't wait to go to heaven?  

Hopefully, none of us knows or is a Hezekiah. Hopefully, none of has done great things for the Lord in our earlier years only to turn our back on Him when things became difficult for us. May our prayer and our life always be for the glory of God and not our selfish motives. 

Let me encourage you to finish strong. Selfish leadership will lead to selfish followers. We will fight not to see the lost get saved, but only to get our way. If this is you, let me encourage you to repent. If your church leadership is like this, let me encourage you to remember the good they once did. Pray for them. Love on them.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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