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November 6, 2017, 9:21 AM

Warning to Pastor's

Church Family,

As I prepare to go and gather with other pastors today at the Pastor's Conference, my devotion hits very close to home. Jeremiah 23 is packed full of warnings to pastors and leaders. The warnings are mostly towards those who are false teachers and leaders. God warns those who are casting the wrong vision, speaking from their dreams, and scatter the church, rather than gathering. The sad truth is that these leaders probably know they are doing wrong, but their sinfulness and the approval of the people, has become more important than being godly. Then comes a great hope in the chapter, early in the chapter actually. 

Jeremiah 23:5-6 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’

The Lord is our righteousness! What a powerful truth. No matter how much I've sinned or how much "good" I've done, Jesus is my Righteousness. I will never appeal to God based on what I've done or haven't done, but only in who Jesus is. Oh, that God would forgive my sinfulness and foolishness! There in Jesus, Justice has been done concerning all my sin for Jesus has paid it all. There in Jesus, Righteousness has been done concerning my needs for forgiveness for Jesus has made a way for all to to be forgiven.

Let, me encourage you today to dwell on the truth, that Jesus is our Righteousness. Let God's grace break you from your snares of sin and encourage you to follow Him.

1) Tonight the Baptist Women are meeting at Becky Singleton's house at 6:30pm

2) Tuesday the BYW's are meeting at the Bistro at 6pm.

3) Shoeboxes are due next Sunday morning Nov. 12th

4) There is a box for any coats, hats, gloves, etc in the fellowship hall.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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