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March 22, 2019, 8:21 AM

Strange Fire


Church Family,

I hope this is read and taken the right way, I struggle with the fact that we have so many denominations in churches here on earth. I’m not speaking poorly of any particular denomination, just the fact that we as humans have made more divisions than I believe God intended.

Leviticus 10:1-3 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them. 2And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. 3Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.’” And Aaron held his peace.

There are many thoughts and interpretations of scripture that may separate us in our worship from each other but are not a reason to break fellowship. In short, we don’t all have to think the same about everything, but we do have to agree on certain truths like Jesus is the only way, justification by faith alone, scriptures, the trinity, etc

Many false churches offer false fire. They add to or take away from the gospel. A trend, that is not new, is to make the gospel about how great we are. How God wants someone like us, how we can turn our lives around, if we behave or do a certain action then God has to respond to us, etc.

God makes it clear to Israel and us that we can only approach Him in the way that He has declared and determined.

Reminders:

1) Senior Adult Sunday. Please bring a dessert. Lunch will be served

2) March 31st we have a church vote. I will email details separately at a different time.

3) March 31st at 5:45pm Prayer walking

4) April 13th Easter Egg Hunt

5) April 18th Mission Trip Fundraiser

6) April 21st Easter services

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




March 20, 2019, 1:11 PM

Why you do what you do


Church Family,

What leads your life? What are the main factors in where you go and where you stay? For some of us each morning our decision to stay or go has to do with whether we want to eat and have a roof over our heads, but dig deeper. Why do you need to live in that size, style, etc. house? Why must you eat that kind of food?

Exodus 40 tells us what guided the Israelites.

Exodus 40:34-38 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. 37But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. 38For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.

What determined the comings and goings of the Israelites? The GLORY OF GOD! Has that changed today? Absolutely not. The Glory of God should lead us to knowing God and making God known daily and through every relationship we have. When the Glory of God is moving us, we should move, when it is holding still, we should do the same.

Can I encourage you to pray and live in a manner that considers how God can receive the most glory in your in life? This will force us to make decisions that take us out of our comfort zone. Decisions that can only be explained by us telling others that it was not us, but it was God.

Reminders:

1) Tonight Prayer Meeting

2) Sunday Senior Adult Sunday. Lunch served, all non-seniors bring a dessert

3) April 13th Easter Egg Hunt

4) April 18th Mission trip fundraiser

5) April 21st Easter Services begin at 6:45am, 7am worship, followed by breakfast

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




March 18, 2019, 7:04 AM

Veiled


Church Family,

I’m praying for you this morning and throughout the week as you minister to those around you. What extremes have you gone through to make sure people see God in your life?

Exodus 34:34-35 Whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded, 35the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

Spending time with God should change how we appear to others. It literally caused the skin of Moses to glow. The question is, why did he cover his face? Wouldn’t you want people to see that you have been with God?

Yes, he wanted them to see that he had been with God. He covered his face so that people would not see the glow DIMMING. This is symbolic of the fact that there is coming a greater covenant. The people of Israel at this point are trying to reach God through the law, which can’t be done. Yet there is coming a glory that does not fade. The glory of salvation through faith by grace, not the law.

2 Corinthians 3 helps explain that those who try to reach God through the law are still reading the scriptures as if they have a veil on. Even the law pointed to the need for Jesus, not the need for our works.

Reminders:

1) Women’s Bible study tonight at 6pm

2) Brotherhood Tuesday night at 6:30pm

3) BYW meeting Wednesday night along with Prayer meeting

4) Senior Adult Sunday March 24th. Lunch will be served. All non-seniors please bring a dessert

5) April 13th Easter Egg Hunt

6) April 18th Mission Trip Fundraiser

7) April 21st Easter services are as follows, 6:45am Sonrise Service, 7am Worship in the Sanctuary, and Breakfast.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




March 15, 2019, 8:32 AM

Pouring into our hearts


Church Family,

I’m excited about Sunday’s service. We are learning together from Exodus 32. More famously known for the golden calf, but have you ever noticed that God used the people’s rebellion to develop Moses’ faith?

Romans 5:3-5 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

How has God used the people around you to develop your faith? Do you see your suffering as God pouring into your heart?

Does that excuse the rebellion of the people? By no means! It does show that the more time you spend with God the closer you get to Him. It also shows that when you don’t spend time with God you are more likely to create a false god and rebel against God and His leadership.

Reminders:

1) Final Call Quartet in concert Sunday night at 6pm.

2) Women of Joy balance is due this Sunday.

3) Toronto mission trippers we are asking that you turn in your plane money this Sunday.

4) March 19th Brotherhood meeting at 6:30

5) March 24th Senior Adult Sunday.

6) April 18th Mission Trip Fundraiser

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




March 13, 2019, 9:49 AM

Distinct


Church Family,

God used the Israelites rebellion to shape and mold Moses. He also used Moses to help reshape the Israelites.

Exodus 33:12-16 Moses said to the LORD, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ 13Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” 14And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. 16For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”

Moses may have learned that he needed God as a child, but now as a leader he is experiencing this truth in a new and refreshing way.

What experiences have you had in life that helped establish your priorities? It may have been your own sickness or the health of a loved one. It may have been an accident or injury.

When was the last time you praised God for the difficulties in your life that helped shape you?

Can I encourage you to Praise the Lord for who He is and what is happening in your life? Can I also encourage you to have the same heart as Moses, Lord you are the one that makes me distinct. God is the difference maker. Not your morals, character, money, skin color, family size, etc. It’s God!

 

Reminders:

  1. A special thanks to the BYW’s for having a wonderful White Bible Service.
  2. A special thanks to the Baptist Women for organizing the church kitchen area. During this they found a dish that does not belong to the church. We have placed it on the table for the rightful owner to claim.
  3. March 17th at 6pm Final Call Quartet will be in concert.
  4. March 19th Brotherhood Meeting at 6:30pm
  5. March 24th Senior Adult Sunday
  6. April 13th Easter Egg Hunt
  7. April 18th Mission Trip Fundraiser
  8. April 21st Easter services- Sunrise at 6:45am, 7am worship, followed by Breakfast

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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