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April 18, 2018, 9:41 AM

Confirming and Strengthening Others

Church Family,

A big thank you to all who showed up to help with the mission project last night. I also want to thank the BYW for cooking and serving and Brotherhood for cleaning up.

People get discouraged. In fact, the conversation that I probably have the most with servants in the church, “Why should they keep serving?” We can never express appreciation enough for our teachers, leaders, and members, etc. Just in case you are wondering, showing up for events is probably as meaningful as a word of encouragement to a leader. Words of appreciation are needed, but your presence will speak volumes to others.

Daniel 11:1 “And as for me, in the first year of Darius the Mede, I stood up to confirm and strengthen him.

Strangely the way Daniel is confirming and strengthening Darius is by telling him his end. The end of his kingdom, people, and the world.

Daniel 12:1-2 “At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. 2And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Daniel’s warning to Darius applies to us as well. We have to live for eternity. Nothing of this world lasts. All flesh will return to the dust. Our flesh is like a seed according to God’s word in 1 Corinthians 15:35-49. What are you sowing? Are you sowing a seed of eternal life or eternal death?

What are you sowing into the people around you? Encouragement? Support?

This Sunday is Senior Adult Day. Will you show your support through words of appreciation for the Seniors and with your presence? Is there a ministry that you miss or wish the church could do? How can you use your words and presence to revive or create such ministries?


  1. Sunday, Senior Adult Day with Rev. Mack Hutson. All non-seniors are asked to bring a dessert.
  2. Monday, Baptist Women’s Meeting. They are meeting at the church at 4:45 or you can go to the County Building parking lot at 5:05 to go out to dinner. Please call Gayle if you have any questions.
  3. May 6th Gideon Sunday. During the morning service we will take up an offering to support their ministry.
  4. May 13th Mother’s Day celebration. If you are wishing to dedicate your baby during the service, please sign up on the bulletin board.
  5. June 3rd Graduate Sunday. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. We need to know who is participating by May 13th. If you have any questions, ask Brian.
  6. If you have not spoken to Gayle about serving during VBS (June 17th-21st), then please do so soon.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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