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August 17, 2018, 6:46 AM

Unbelief


Church Family,

During my Thursday devotions I finished the book of Mark. As I read I couldn’t help but think of all the times that God/believers have spoken to me, but I didn’t want to believe them. There are at least 2 occasions that instantly come to mind. One came while reading a difficult passage in 1 John and the other while out witnessing. In both situations I was wrong. I’ve struggle mightily with both things ever since. There are times where I’ve thought about quitting the ministry because how in heaven can a minister struggle to believe and understand?

Mark 16:11-13 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

Open confession: HOW can they ever really serve God after not believing? Do you ever doubt that you are worthy of doing ministry for God?

Mark 16:14-15 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation

The truth is that none of us are worthy. Our worth is found in Christ and not ourselves. Our command to minister comes from Christ and not our ambition. Throughout scripture there is a pattern: We sin, God restores, and God sends us to tell of His salvation.

Can I encourage you to not hide what Jesus saved you from? You don’t have to share the racy details, but let others know that it’s Jesus and not you that makes you different. I wonder how many are thinking that there is no way God can love me, use me, or wants me after what I’ve done?

God does love you. God wants to use you. God wants a relationship with you!

Reminders:

  1. Thank you to everyone who helped and came out for Family Fun Night!
  2. Awesome August this Sunday is Ice Cream.
  3. Our Revival schedule as mentioned in the previous email has been CORRECTED: Sunday’s begin at 6pm and Weds at 7pm

Sept 9th     Mack Huston                                         Sept 12th  Rodney Hord

Sept 16th Billy Phillips                                            Sept 19th  Lloyd Phipps

Sept 23rd  Benji Hutson

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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