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April 11, 2018, 11:52 AM

The Blessing that Curses

Church Family,

I am praying for you today. Praying that God will give you wisdom, strength, and courage to walk by Faith in all that you do.

Today is a classic case of me wanting to preach after reading my Bible. There are so many great storylines going on throughout this chapter, but I want to be focused so here goes nothing.

Pride comes before the Fall. How is it that a blessing can also be a cursing?  When God blesses us, whether we believe in Him or not, it can lead to us becoming prideful. Many times, it is harder to deal with success than failure. Failure may lead you to work harder. While success may lead you to become all about yourself.

Most churches that die, die after having a season of great success. They believe that how they did things, the former/current pastor, teacher, deacons, certain songs, being segregated, etc. led to their success. They will still give God lip service and claim that it is all about Him, but you change the song, deacon, preacher, reach non-whites and see if it is a God thing or a man driven thing. We will claim that it couldn’t be our fault because look what we did. In years past we used to (fill in the blank), now days its everyone’s fault but ours.

Daniel 5:22-23 And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, 23but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.

When we take that which belongs to God and use it for our gain/beliefs and not to reach the lost, the blessing of God becomes a cursing. Think of the person that begged God for new job, house, money, family, business, etc. then once they got it they moved away from God. Their life on Social media looks great, but in truth God’s blessing has left them desiring something. So, they vacation more, take more play days, leave their spouse for an upgrade, abandon their children, etc. and all because they didn’t stay humble. The brokenness in their life was a blessing and the material things a curse. The brokenness should have led them to God and not excess. The church is a sad example of this. They’ve stopped weeping for the lost, stopped adapting to reach the community, and began pointing the finger at anyone but themselves. We need a revival. Not a planned meeting, but a brokenness that cries out to the God who has our breath in His hand.

Daniel 5:30 Tells us the king was killed that very night. I wonder if the “church” will have a different fate?

(the true church will never die, but there are many church buildings that are no longer the church, but are social clubs)


  1. We are collecting an offering this Sunday to support the Aynor Middle School Bible Class.
  2. Brotherhood is April 17th. Show up early and help us with a project, 6pm, bring a shovel.
  3. April 22nd Senior Adult Day with Rev. Mack Hutson. Lunch is served. All non-seniors bring a dessert.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

April 9, 2018, 8:21 AM

A New Week

Church Family,

It’s the start of a new week which means new opportunities to share the gospel. I am praying for you in the hopes that God will bless your courage and boldness to live for Christ and share your faith with others.

Daniel 4:1-2 King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you! 2It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me.

At this point King Nebuchadnezzar has twice witnessed the power of God and even lives a life that is willing to tell others about the greatness of God, but He doesn’t worship God. V8 tells how he named Daniel after his god. I fear that many of us are like Nebuchadnezzar. We have experienced the greatness of God and are even willing to share with others about the wonders and power of God, but we refuse to believe in God. This story has a happy ending. God in His Grace pursued Nebuchadnezzar and thankfully we see this change.

V37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.  

Can I encourage you to examine your relationship with God? Is it based on what He has done or who He is? Do you simply want the power of God in your life or the God of power? God’s grace or the God of grace? Maybe you need to Thank God for the Grace and Patience with which He sought after you?


  1. Senior Adult outing Tuesday at 10:30 we are leaving the church for Simply Southern Restaurant. Saturday at 5:30 we are going to Adam’s seafood.
  2. April 15th Next Sunday, we are collecting an offering for the School Release Bible Ministry at Aynor Middle School.
  3. Brotherhood Tuesday April 17th Please show up at 6pm to help with a mission project. Bring a shovel. We will have supper right afterwards and time of fellowship.
  4. Senior Adult Sunday April 22nd with Rev. Mack Hutson. We will have Lunch afterwards. All non-seniors are asked to bring a dessert. There will be no evening services.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

April 6, 2018, 10:53 AM

Setting Goals and Taking Steps

Church Family,

Praying that God will give you the opportunity to share the gospel today. Wherever you are, at work, at home, or out having fun, may God place you in situations where you can be a minister to others.

Daniel chapter 1 has an embarrassment of wealth in it. I hate to pick 1 verse or topic, but here goes.

Daniel 1:8 But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.

How often do you make plans or set goals but never take any steps to meet the goals or accomplish the plans you made? As believers and as a church we can often speak of what we desire. We want God to be glorified, people to be saved, the church to grow, to get more involved, read/pray more often, etc. but how often do we actually take the steps necessary to do this?

For Daniel, he took God’s word, God’s promise, and his personal holiness serious. Therefore, he resolved/purposed in his heart/set a goal and then he took the steps necessary to accomplish it. It’s rare to meet a person/church that doesn’t say they are loving, want to grow, are more concerned with living for God’s glory, than their own, etc. but it’s even rarer to find a person/church that takes steps to ensure they really are those things.

I have so many goals, but only a few steps. Will you join me in seeking to not come up with just dreams, but actually come up with goals and the steps to meet them? Be a Daniel, take the steps of Faith. One foot at a time.


  1. Sunday we are voting on whether or not to continue supporting the school release bible class at Aynor Middle School. If we vote yes, then there will be an offering taken up next Sunday April 15th
  2. April 22nd Senior Adult Sunday with Rev. Mack Hutson. Lunch will be served afterwards. All non-seniors are asked to bring a dessert
  3. This Sunday is the last Sunday to bring your old t-shirts to be used to make jump ropes for the Christmas shoeboxes.
  4. VBS is just around the corner, June 17th-21st, we need servants of God to help minister to the kids, youth, and adults. Anyone willing to help please see Gayle. We have positions that work with people, food, cleaning, etc.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

April 4, 2018, 9:17 AM


Church Family,

Praying for you today!

More than once in the book of Ezekiel God speaks about a family of priests, the sons of Zadok. When the rest of the Levites, Priests, and Nation went astray from God, they did not. I can’t imagine how difficult this was. To have the nation, other priests, and Levites pressuring you to stop living for God and to minister in a way that suits the sins of the people.

Ezekiel 48:11-12 This shall be for the consecrated priests, the sons of Zadok, who kept my charge, who did not go astray when the people of Israel went astray, as the Levites did. 12And it shall belong to them as a special portion from the holy portion of the land, a most holy place, adjoining the territory of the Levites.

A book (Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken) I’m reading about missionaries had an interesting section in it. It talked about the FOCUS and Foundation needed on the mission field. It had 3 VERY important areas that are needed to be faithful/obedient. The FOCUS is where everything is pointing to in the ministry. The Foundation is what supports the FOCUS. All 3 areas are needed, but if the FOCUS is on the wrong area, the results will be devastating.


When the Focus is on the Missionary everything will point inward. The main concern is their desires and not reaching the lost. This will fail. It will make the missionary the master, not the servant

               Missionary (Focus)

     Organization (Foundation)   The Lost


This focus will put the organization before the minister or ministry. It leads to people seeking power, but not seeking lost people. It tends to lead to great ideas with no application. If your ministry isn’t approved by those in power, it will be forced to change no matter how effective it is or is needed.

              Organization (Focus)

Missionary    (Foundation)     The Lost


This model puts the gospel first. The missionary, organization, and every else’s focus is on how to reach the lost people of the world. It is outward focused. It reduces power struggles and selfish behavior, because everyone is required to die to self in order to faithfully witness.

              The Lost (Focus)

Missionary   (Foundation)   Organization


In order for the Sons of Zadok to not go astray or give into the organizational (nations) or Missionary (self) pressure they had to focus on God and His purposes. Where is your FOCUS? What guides the decisions that you make in your ministry? Is it the reaching of the lost? Is it what makes people comfortable? Is it the desires of the majority? What excuses do we use to not share the gospel and reach the lost?

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

April 2, 2018, 10:52 AM

Don't forget the cross

Church Family,

I hope that you had a wonderful Easter! I am so thankful for the men and women who helped prepare and serve the breakfast yesterday. Thank you to everyone who helped lead the service.

I read a brief article today about a parent whose children wished to do something to their bodies that the parent would never do. The point of the article was to express that children need to be able to do with their bodies as they wish. Just because you wouldn’t do it as parent doesn’t mean it’s wrong or that you have a say over their bodies.

I have Empathy towards these parents. That’s to say that I understand where they are coming from, but wholeheartedly disagree. The church/scripture has proved this point over and over again. A church member/Israel in the Old Testament, will have the attitude of show me how it’s wrong. We will examine the final product/action but fail to examine the motive. What those kids asked to do wasn’t bad at all, but why were they asking to do this?

According to Thom Rainer’s research, Attitude is one of the worst killers of a church. When our attitude/motive is about us and our desires and not about God’s glory we spread a terrible cancer throughout the church. Now the people and their feelings become more valuable than God and His glory. What we fail to see is that we can’t truly do what’s best for people apart from God. Said another way, when you put God first, you are putting others best interest first. When you put God second, you are putting people’s best interest second.

Ezekiel 45:7 “Thus says the Lord GOD: Enough, O princes of Israel! Put away violence and oppression, and execute justice and righteousness. Cease your evictions of my people, declares the Lord GOD.

When the Princes of Israel began putting God second, they also began to oppress and violently rule over the people. No longer was there a right or wrong, but a whose feelings matter the most attitude.

Can I encourage you to not forget why Jesus had to go to the cross? At the heart of sin is a heart that refuses to give God the glory and is ungrateful towards God. There is an attitude/motive issue. Take moment today and examine why you do or don’t do things? Are doing them unto the glory of God? Would you be willing to do that in front of God in heaven? Is what you are doing really helping others or just yourself?


  1. Visitation is tonight. We are having chicken casserole at 5:30 and going out at 6:15. All Sunday school leaders, this is a great opportunity to reach, teach, and minister.
  2. This Sunday we will be presenting a recommendation from the deacons to support the School Release Program at Aynor Middle School by taking up an offering on April 15th. We supported this program last year.
  3. Senior Adult Sunday April 22nd with Mack Hutson. All non-seniors bring a dessert. Lunch will follow. No evening services.
  4. Toronto Mission Trippers we will have a brief meeting this Sunday afternoon at 5:45pm. Bring any questions that you have with you.
  5. What’s coming up in the next month or so:
    1. Senior Adult Sunday April 22nd
    2. Women of Joy Conference May 4th-6th
    3. Gideon Sunday May 6th
    4. Mother’s Day/Baby Dedication May 13th
    5. Graduation Sunday June 3rd
    6. Father’s Day/VBS June 17th-21st

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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