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July 24, 2017, 9:14 AM

The hearts of man

Church Family,

What an amazing outpouring of God's presence during yesterday's service. I have rejoiced time and time again as I recalled those who faithfully responded to where God was leading them. Remember Faith without works is dead.

In my worship time this morning I read Ecclesiastes 9:3 "This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that the same event happens to all. Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead."

The same event is death. What is so true is what God says about us in the next sentence. We are full of evil and madness in our hearts. The evil and madness that fills us is best described in Romans 1:21 "For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened."

When we change who Jesus is in the slighest, or lesson who God is in the slightest, we refuse to honor/glorify Him or give Him thanks. Will you receive Jesus as He is or will you make Him less or more than He is not?

A question I have is who can save us? Who can save us from death? Who can save us from the evil and madness that fills our hearts? 

We can not escape death, but we can overcome it through Jesus!

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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July 21, 2017, 12:41 PM

When you hear how they really feel

Church Family,

I can promise you this, no one thinks you are perfect and therefore, no one will always speak positively about everything that you do.

Ecclesiastes 7:20-22 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. 21Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. 22Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others. 

There is wisdom in remembering that we are sinful, judgemental, and can overreact. The tongue is a powerful thing, as James 3 points out, but we also have to be careful to guard our hearts against what we hear. Satan can take a few small words and rip a life apart. Have you allowed something that you overheard ruin your day, family, or ministry? Have you forgotten how sinful you were and are? If need be to today be willing to forgive others and then seek the forgiveness of God. Don't let Satan sow discord.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

Comments
Brian on 07-21-2017 at 7:37 PM
Thank you Tammie and April. I have to admit this is a much needed word from God today for my life.
Tammie Barnhill on 07-21-2017 at 6:10 PM
Thanks. Brian, for this reminder. Most of us don't think about the wrong we do, but we always see the wrongs others do. I have to remind myself that GOD doesn't just forgive me, HE forgives those we ask, and I should do the same.
April crenshaw on 07-21-2017 at 5:49 PM
So helpful in the workplace
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July 19, 2017, 8:06 AM

Listen before you Do

Church Family,

I don't know why God loves us, but I'm so thankful He does. In my devotions today I read Ecclesiastes 5:1  "Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil."

So often I become more concerned with what I do in the name of God than listening to God. Why is that evil? In short, when we don't listen to God every act we are doing is for us and about us. 

The most important thing you can do today is listen to God and then obey His voice. 

Reminders:

1) Tonight is Family Fun Night at 6pm. Bring a bathing suit and towel. Use this event to tell others about Jesus and Invite them to church.

2) God loves you! We are praying for you today.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

Comments
Brian on 07-19-2017 at 10:53 PM
Thank you for your kind words and encouragement.
Ellen King on 07-19-2017 at 1:37 PM
I have had to listen to God this week. Obedience.... We must obey God when He calls. Thank you for this devotion.
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July 17, 2017, 8:31 AM

Eternity in our Hearts

Church Family, 

We broke the 1100 mark for those Invited to our church since April. Take a moment and pray for those that have been Invited and for those who will be Invited this week. Speaking of Inviting, I've had a lot of good and hard questions about why we should Invite people. Some have wondered why we are Inviting others? Some have asked what good it does? Others have asked what results do we expect or when will we see results? I've even been asked what we are going to do with the people when they show up?

My Devotions this morning led me to Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

I could answer the questions above but instead let me refer you to this verse. God has put Eternity into every person's heart. In other words, no one living lacks a place where God belongs in them. So why do we reject God then? Acts 28:26-27 may help explain it. Our hearts are hard. We fill our lives with Sin and Darkness. When the Light shines into it, we love the darkness rather than the light. 

What does this have to do with Inviting? Even the believer can be tempted to love the darkness over the light. Even the believer can reject God's command to Go for a season. No real believer can reject His command forever. (find the biblical believer that never shares their faith?) We Invite because God commanded us to Go. We Invite because God has put Eternity into every man's heart. We only hope that God will use us to show that to others.

Today you are being prayed for!

Reminders:

1) Invite people to the Family Fun Night this coming Weds July 19th at 6pm. Remember to bring a bathing suit and towel.

2) In the coming weeks you will hear a lot about our new Sunday Night Classes. Be sure to take advantage of these. Our first 2 classes will be: Sunday School Done Right and the other Prayer.

3) Softball game tonight and Tuesday at 6pm.

4) Take a moment and think of how much God loves you.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

Comments
Brian on 07-19-2017 at 10:54 PM
So glad to hear to how God is using High Point. Your encouragement is always greatly appreciated.
Eric Bradshaw on 07-17-2017 at 10:48 AM
I always enjoy read how is using and Blessing you! It's my prayer that God will Bless High Point in a special and mighty way. God Bless Brother! Serving till His Return!
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July 12, 2017, 6:50 AM

Do you Challenge or are you Challenged by God's Word?

Church Family,

During today's reading of God's Word we read one of those heartbreaking verses. 

Acts 28:26-27

“‘Go to this people, and say,
“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
27For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed;
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’

 

Does your heart, eyes, and ears reject God? Does the way you feel, see things and ear things always challenge God's Word or does God's Word challenge the way you feel, see and hear? There is a reason people stay the same and are never changed by the Word of God. Their hearts, eyes, and ears have pridefully rejected God. The sad part is that they feel like that's the way life is, but if they would just turn to God he would heal them. Let God's Word come to life today and change you.

We are currently on a mission trip. Will you pray with us for open hearts, eyes and ears to receive God's salvation? Thankbyou in advance.

Love, Serve, Go!

Brian Winburn

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