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October 15, 2018, 9:54 AM

When only Christ will do


Church Family,

Do you ever have those days where you need someone, but a person just won’t do? Sure, it would be great to talk about your hurts/needs with someone in the flesh, but your soul hurts in a way that your mouth can’t express. You need someone greater than a pastor, friend, or family. You need the great high priest.

Hebrews 8:6 But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.

Billy Graham once said that if he could go back and change things, he would preach less and pray more. How is your prayer life? Are you carrying burdens that humans can hear but can’t lift? Go to the one with a much more excellent ministry.

Reminders:

  1. We’ve had a great response to helping feed flood victims. We would like to try and feed them again this weekend, but we need your help. Could you please email me with a response if you are able to help? You can sign up to prepare the bags and/or deliver. This sign up will determine if we continue to do this or not.
  2. Thank you to all the youth, youth leaders, and John Morello for a wonderful service yesterday. Some have asked how they can help support John’s ministry, if you have any interest in this let me know.
  3. October 28th Trunk or Treat at 5pm. No scary costumes, games, candy, and food. We NEED people to sign up to decorate Trunks and to provide activities. Email or call in you have any questions.
  4. Nov. 4th is Homecoming with Lanier Singleton. Please help provide lunch. We are also taking a new church picture following the service.
  5. Tonight, Baptist Women are meeting at Wanda’s and the Brotherhood are meeting at the church.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




October 10, 2018, 8:18 AM

Beset with Weakness


Church Family,

Praying for everyone’s protection during the upcoming storm. If anyone needs help, please let us know.

Much has been made lately in some circles about whether people are called to ministry or not. On one hand, every believer is called to ministry. Go and make disciples is a call to ministry. There are many other verses that support the calling of all believers. On the other hand, while there is a general calling to make disciples, God also specifically calls us to certain ministries.

A good thought to keep in mind is this, you are always trying to fulfill the general calling of God to Go and Make Disciples. Likewise, when God specifically calls you to certain ministry, you must use that ministry to Go and Make Disciples.

Hebrews 5:1-4 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.3Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. 4And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

Just as Christ did not give Himself the ministry of the High Priest, we can not give ourselves our own ministry. It is given to us by God. I also love the reminder that I am beset with weakness. No matter how great my calling, my strength will never come from me. I am beset with weakness, not strength. God is both the caller and provider of ministry. Where is God calling you?

Reminder:

  1. Tonight, Prayer meeting at 7pm.
  2. Mrs. Bela Murrow has gone to be with Jesus. Her celebration of life will be this Friday starting with visitation at 12 and the funeral at 1pm. All of this will be held at the church. Please pray for her family.
  3. Saturday, weather permitting we are going to attempt to provide meals for Relief workers. I will give the final details on this in the Friday Email.
  4. Sunday we are taking up a special offering for the Shoebox ministry.
  5. Sunday we are celebrating YOUTH SUNDAY with special guest John Morello. Following the service, we will have lunch at the church. We will NOT have evening services. Both the Adult choir and children’s choir plan to practice before(adult) and after (children) the meal.
  6. Trunk or Treat October 28th at 5pm. Our theme is the Bible. Please sign up to decorate a trunk or run a game/activity. Use your trunk or game to creatively share the gospel.
  7. Homecoming with Lanier Singleton Nov. 4th. Lunch will be served and no evening services.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




October 8, 2018, 7:25 AM

Praying for you today!


Church Family,

We are praying for you today. Whether you are fighting off temptation, struggling with relationships, or broken due to the heavy burdens you are carrying, please know that God is in control. 

Hebrews 2:8.... Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control.....

Sin is still painful, satan still very real, but Jesus is on the throne!

Reminders:

1) Seniors are leaving for Garden Alley at 10:45 Tuesday. 

2) Sunday Oct. 14th is Youth Sunday. Our guest speaker will be John Morello.

3) This Sunday we will be taking up a special offering for the Shoebox ministry. 

4) Baptist Women's meeting October 15th at 6pm hosted by Wanda Jordan.

5) Brotherhood meeting October 15th at 6:30 PM here at the church.

Love, Serve, Go 

Brian Winburn 




October 3, 2018, 8:46 AM

Prayer in the Bible


Church Family,

I hope everyone is having a great week. We are praying for you and love you dearly.

It is such a blessing to read of the examples of prayer that were given to us in God’s word.

2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you,2and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. 3But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 4And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. 5May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

This passage reminds us to pray for:

  1. The Word of God
  2. Others reception to the Word of God
  3. Deliverance of God’s servants from Evil
  4. Encouragement for others
  5. Accountability, is our prayer life changing our actions? If not, then it is not a prayer life but a complaint line. Prayer should change us.
  6. The direction of hearts to who God is

As you read God’s word today, I pray that you will quickly receive it and apply it to your lives. May the God in whom your faith is in, guard your heart from wickedness. This includes wicked people and wicked disobedience to God’s word. When you are discouraged may you be reminded of the love and steadfastness of Christ. Remember the price that He spent to purchase you from your sins. Recall how great His love for the you and the World is.

Reminders:

  1. Choir Practice begins this Sunday at 5pm for the adult choir and children in grades 2nd-12th.
  2. The youth are going to Ignite the Light this Saturday. There will be no Friday night out.
  3. Trunk or Treat meeting this Sunday following the morning service.
  4. Youth Sunday October 14th with John Morello.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn




October 1, 2018, 12:52 PM

Simplify without Limiting


Church Family,

Colossians 3:16-17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

During yesterday’s worship time we presented God’s vision for this upcoming season. SIMPLIFY WITHOUT LIMITING! We will focus on these 3 areas to bring this about: Prayer, God’s Word, and Praise.

We will intentionally have times for specific prayer during our services. We will intentionally learn and teach scripture. We will intentionally give God the praise.

What are some steps that you can take to excel in these areas? How can we as a church and I as a pastor help you in these areas?  What do you believe people see when they see our church(the people)? How will prayer, God’s word, and praise help influence or change the way we are viewed? How can God use us to help change the blame that the lost give to God for His church’s disobedience? (this is based on the truth that many are turned off to God because they have seen how church’s act and behave)

Reminders:

  1. Visitation tonight, at 5:30 we are eating sandwiches and at 6:15 we are going out.
  2. Trunk or Treat meeting Sunday following the morning service. Bring your ideas and suggestions.
  3. Choir practice begins this Sunday at 5pm for the adults and 2nd grade thru 12th.
  4. Youth Sunday October 14th with guest speaker John Morello

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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