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January 30, 2019, 8:19 AM

Death by planning


Church Family,

I love planning and strategizing. In fact, I like it so much that it can often keep me from actually doing things.

Genesis 42:1-2 When Jacob learned that there was grain for sale in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you look at one another?” 2And he said, “Behold, I have heard that there is grain for sale in Egypt. Go down and buy grain for us there, that we may live and not die.”

Here is the case of one life(Joseph) trusting and following the plan of God and others(brothers) not. Joseph never lost trust in God’s plan. He had clarity, but also uncertainty. His brothers kept planning and doing the same things, but never acted. They had certainty but no clarity.

Sadly, 80% of churches in America are plateaued or in decline. Research shows that until they realize they are dying and how great God is, they will not change. They would rather look at each other and starve to death. The brothers were certain(comfortable) with where they were, but they lacked clarity from God. That lack of clarity led to them doing nothing.

Has your church plateaued or declined? Is your walk with God growing or stagnant? Do you make decision based on what you can see or by faith? Are you constantly looking at one another, planning but never actually doing anything? Debating but making decision based on certainty and not clarity from God?

Can I encourage you to take small steps of faith? Spend time in God’s word, prayer, and singing praise to Him. Trust the One who is both clear and certain of your future. Trust the times that don’t go the way you want them to as being God’s way of fulfilling His plan and purpose for your life.

Reminders:

1) Our bible verse for this week is Amos 5:4a For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: Seek me and Live:

2) Feb. 5th BYW meeting at 6pm

3) Feb. 10th at 5:30 is the Valentine’s Banquet

4) Feb. 10th is the last day to sign up and pay the $10 for a book to join the Women’s Bible study. The study begins on Feb. 18th

5) Feb. 12th Baptist Women’s meeting

6) Feb. 19th Brotherhood meeting at 6:30

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




January 28, 2019, 7:51 AM

Looking for Ministry


Church Family,

Praying for you this week as you minister to those around you. I don’t know about you but sometimes it is hard to know where and who to minister to.

Genesis 40:7-8 So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in custody in his master’s house, “Why are your faces downcast today?” 8They said to him, “We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them.” And Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them to me.”

Joseph is wrongfully placed in jail and after a while 2 servants of Pharaoh are placed in jail with him. 1 rightfully and 1 wrongfully. One night they both have dreams.

3 things from this passage:

1) If you will pay attention to those around you, you will find plenty of ministry opportunities.

2) We must lean on God for understanding. Sometimes we use our experience to find the answers rather than seeking God.

3) Our response to others brokenness should be prayer. In order for Joseph to receive the interpretation he had to pray.

Can I encourage you to look around the office, work, home, etc today and seek to minister to others?

Reminders:

1) Tonight Grace Baptist is hosting the Waccamaw Association meeting at 7pm.

2) Feb. 6th BYW meeting

3) Feb. 10th Valentine’s Banquet at 5:30pm.

4) Feb. 12th Baptist Women’s Meeting

5) Feb. 18th Women’s Bible Study begins. $10 for a book is due by Feb. 10th

6) Starting this Sunday at 6pm. We will have a class on sharing your faith in the sanctuary. This is open to everyone but required for those going to Toronto. If you are interested in going to Toronto please email me if you didn’t tell me yesterday.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




January 25, 2019, 7:08 AM

The offspring of Adultery


Church Family,

The story of Judah and Tamar is a strange one. Tamar was married to Judah’s firstborn son, but he was wicked and God took his life. So, his brother was given to Tamar, but he was wicked and God took his life. Not wanting his third son die, Judah withheld him from Tamar.

Why would the younger brother need to provide a child through his dead brother’s wife? The idea is that of a kinsmen redeemer. The closest kin would help provide a child who would continue the dead brother’s bloodline and name. Why is this important? They knew that a savior would come through birth and just like many today, they wanted to pass on the family name.

Judah eventually sleeps(commits adultery) with Tamar and she has a son. Be sure to read Genesis 38 for more details.

Genesis 38:29 But as he drew back his hand, behold, his brother came out. And she said, “What a breach you have made for yourself!” Therefore his name was called Perez.

Luke 3 gives us the genealogy of Jesus Christ.

Luke 3:33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,

Christ has all sorts of distant family members. Some were harlots, some came from Adultery, etc. the point is that no matter your background Christ is able to save us. There is no issue of the flesh that the Spirit and power of God can’t overcome!

Reminders:

1) Toronto Trip meeting Sunday after the worship service

2) We are collecting Clorox wipes and tissues for Aynor Elementary. The teachers need them during Flu season.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




January 23, 2019, 8:42 AM

Genealogies


Church Family,

How do you respond when God calls someone else to a position that you desired?

When God says something once it is important. When God repeats Himself multiple times in the same chapter, He is saying something that is vital to our understanding the bible.

Genesis 36:1 These are the generations of Esau (that is, Edom).

Genealogies, gotta love them. They are often full of names that you never see again, but there is also a divine purpose to them. In this genealogy we find out that Esau is Edom. Later we find that the Edomites refuse to help Israel.

Numbers 20:21 Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his territory, so Israel turned away from him.

Then later we find that the Edomites try to take advantage of Israel and fought against them.

Obadiah 1:10 Because of the violence done to your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you, and you shall be cut off forever.

Esau is Edom, instead of serving God and joining Israel in serving God, the Edomites held the grudge that their father had. (This shows that God was right to pass over Esau) Have you passed along any grudges to your loved ones or friends because you did not get what you desired? Our anger against God often leads to us hurting God’s people. Sadly, churches are full of Esau’s who would rather repeat the hurts of the past instead of moving forward in Christ. No matter what pain we dish out, we cannot change the past and anger never satisfies.

Reminders:

1) Our bible verse this week is 2 Timothy 4:7

2) Thank you for the prayers and support of the youth last weekend during their winter trip.

3) This SUNDAY we will have a brief Mission Trip meeting about Toronto. It is the deadline to declare your interest in the trip. If you can’t make the meeting or just want to be helpful then please email me a response to this email about going to Toronto. The trip dates will be around June 26th – July 1st.

4) Valentine’s Banquet Feb. 10th

5) Good News Club begins Tomorrow, we need lots of prayers

6) We are collecting Clorox wipes(name brand doesn’t matter) for Aynor Elementary. See BYW’s for more details.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




January 18, 2019, 10:48 AM

Be a Blessing


Church Family,

Here take this, Do you need any help, I want to give this to you, These are all phrases that I used to always reject. I would say things like, Oh I can’t accept that gift, I’ve got all this work(and then complain that I didn’t have any help later), and there are others who need this more.

I struggled to accept gifts, helps, and provisions. I still struggle, but then someone lovingly told me that I was ROBBING THEM OF THEIR BLESSING.

Genesis 33:9-11 But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.” 10Jacob said, “No, please, if I have found favor in your sight, then accept my present from my hand. For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God, and you have accepted me. 11Please accept my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.” Thus he urged him, and he took it.

It is hard, but remember you are not rejecting the offering, you are rejecting the person’s blessing. Be a blessing to others and let others be a blessing to you.

Reminders:

1) This week’s bible verse is 2 Timothy 4:7

2) Pray for the youth winter trip

3) January 27th is the deadline to express your desire to go to Toronto

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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