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Baptism this Sunday

Hello,

 

It is hot. Enough said about the weather.

This Sunday we will be having a baptism following the service. Jenny Cash will be getting baptized. I hope you all can join us.

Dustin Chew will be preaching. The following week, Sunday July 31, I will be launching a new series called, "The Greatest Sermon Ever" based on the "Sermon on the Mount" in Matthew 5-7. That will also be a fifth Sunday so we willl be having our Fifth Sunday Pitch-in meal. We hope you can join us and bring someone with you.

This Saturday is the fourth Saturday of the month so we will be having men’s prayer breakfast at 7:30 at the church. All guys are welcome. Sorry ladies. :(

 

 

 

God Bless,

Brian Mackie

Pastor

White Branch COB

The Lord is My Confidence (Psalm 27)

Hello,

I hope you are enjoying your July. It has been hot and sunny!

This Sunday we will look at another Psalm, Psalm 27. The title will be "The Lord is My Confidence."

We continue our study of Genesis tonight (Thursday) at the church with Genesis 42-44.

We have a leadership team meeting this coming Tuesday night at 7:00 pm.

 

 

 

God Bless,
Brian Mackie

Pastor

White Branch COB

What does the Bible mean to me on Monday?

Hello,

Still waiting for those April showers to leave so we can have May flowers right?

This Sunday is Mother’s Day.  Make it a great day by coming out to church as I will preach on "How To Get Along With Your Family on Monday."  Now I know this is a big title, but I will do my best to give you some tips from the Bible about how to get along with your family during the week.

This past Sunday I preached on "What does the Bible mean to me on Monday?"  Deuteronomy 32:47 says, "They are not just idle words for you–they are your life."  This is the key verse for Sunday’s message.  I want us to recognize that these words are your life.  The more we recognize that, the more we will want to know what the Bible says.

My wife informed me that this past Monday the King James Bible celebrated its 400th Anniversary!  I just wanted to pass that on in the light of this Sunday’s message.

Why These Words Are Your Life:

#1  The Bible is God’s Words.  (2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Tim. 3:16)

#2  God created all.  (Gen. 1:1, Psalm 24:1)

#3  Solomon told us to get wisdom.  (Prov. 4:7-8)

#4  Wisdom is getting the Lord’s words on how life works.

Deuteronomy promises God’s best for obedience in these Scriptures:  Deut. 5:32-33, 6:3-8, 7:12-16, 11:18-21, 11:26-28

4 Actions to Take to Get to know God’s Word better:

#1  Get a version of the Bible you like:

Easiest Read:  New Living Translation

Most Contemporary Feel:  The Message

Most Literal (Word for Word):  New American Standard

Most Traditional Read:  King James Version (now 400 years old)

My Personal Favorite:  New International Version

For Non-Readers:  http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/audio/  and http://www.audio-bible.com/

For online bibles:  http://www.biblegateway.com/ and http://www.blueletterbible.org

#2  Read one of the following:

For wisdom:  Proverbs

For Jesus:  Matthew (5-7)

For New Testament:  Ephesians (4-6)

For Action/Adventure:  1 and 2 Samuel (about Saul and David)

For a short novel type:  Ruth or Jonah

#3  Take one Scripture per week and memorize it.

#4  Keep a journal.

With each Bible reading ask, "What is God saying to me?"

 

Upcoming Events:

Bible Study Thursday night at 7 pm at  White Branch on Genesis 29-30.

Leadership Team Meeting Tuesday May 17 at 7 pm.

Fourth Sunday BBQ Dinner on May 22 after church service.

 

God Bless,

Brian Mackie

Pastor

White Branch COB

 

What does Easter mean to me on Monday?

Greetings,

I hope you are enjoying your post-Easter week.

We are curently in a series on "What does it mean to me on Monday?" This week I will be preaching on the question "What does the Bible mean to me on Monday?"

This past Sunday we had a great turnout for Easter Sunday. We had a powerful video in our early service and a wonderful breakfast followed by a great special music number and the message, "What does Easter mean to me on Monday?" This message showed how Jesus’ resurrection changed the early disciples’ lives and how it can change ours too. Below is an outline of that message.

This Thursday we will be having Bible Study on Genesis 27-28 on Thursday evening. We will be meeting again at the church building.

The following evening, on Friday, will be our annual chicken and dumplings supper from 4 pm – 7 pm.

Sunday May 8 is Mother’s Day.

God Bless,

Brian Mackie

Pastor

White Branch COB

 

“What does Easter mean to me on Monday?”

 

Verses: John 19:41-20:22

#1 “I am sending you”

  1. Gives us hope. (1 Cor. 15:55-57)
  2. Provides us with purpose to live for. (Matt. 28:16-20)
  3. Gives us boldness. (Acts 4:29)
  4. Gives us peace in danger and troubles. (2 Cor. 11:26, John 16:33)

#2 “Receive the Holy Spirit”

  1. Gives us new life. (2 Cor. 5:17)
  2. Gives us Jesus’ presence forever. (Matt. 28:20)

 

Two Actions to Take:

#1 Pray this (typed) prayer first thing tomorrow morning:
“Jesus I acknowledge you as my Lord. I admit to you that I have not put you first in my life. Forgive me Lord for not doing that. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins and that you came to life again. I believe that now I have new life. I want to put you first in my life for the rest of my life. Give me the ability to carry out my commitment by your Holy Spirit’s power. I trust you with the rest of my life. Help me to live it for you.”
#2 Come back to church next Sunday.
“What does the Bible mean to me on Monday?”

What is Love Feast

Hello,

This week we remember events from the greatest week in human history.  We remember Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem.  We remember His meal with the disciples and how He washed their feet and gave them the bread and cup.  We remember the mock trials and the whipping and beatings He took.  We remember the cross and the death.  We remember the day of sadness and mourning.  We remember the first day of the week and Jesus’ resurrection. 

 

I encourage you to take some time this week to attend a special service to help you remember this and experience Jesus’ work fresh this year.  I also encourage you to read through the last few chapters of one of the four gospel accounts.  Let God speak to you in this time and honor Jesus’ work.

 

Remember we have Love Feast (our footwashing, meal and communion service) Thursday night at 7 pm at White Branch.

We have Community Good Friday service Friday night at 7 pm at New Testament Church of Christ.

 

We have SonRise service at 8:00 am Sunday, followed by breakfast at 8:30, Sunday School at 9:30 and Worship at 10:30.  The Message at the Worship Service will be "What does Easter mean to me Monday?"

 

Chicken N Dumplings is also coming up Friday April 29 from 4 pm – 7 pm.

 

It is a busy and exciting time in the life of our church.

Hope you can join us and that you have a great week.

 

Attached below are the notes from Sunday’s Sermon:  "What is the Love Feast?"

 

God Bless,
Brian Mackie

Pastor

White Branch COB

 

 

Palm Sunday:

“What is the Love Feast?”

 

Verses: John 13:1-17, 1 Corinthians 11:23-32, Jude 12

 

Why Brethren do the Love Feast:

#1  Jesus washed our feet and gave us an example that we should do also. (v 15)

#2  Jesus commanded that we wash feet. (v 14)

#3  Footwashing is a cleansing for those who have had a bath.  (v 10)

#4  We will be blessed if we do what Jesus commanded. (v 17)

 

4 Parts of the Love Feast:

#1  Examination (1 Cor. 11:23-32)

#2  Footwashing (John 13:3-17)

#3  Meal (Gospels, 1 Corinthians 11, Jude 12)

#4  Communion (Matt. 26:26-28, 1 Cor. 11)

 

3 questions to ask yourself this week: 

(I will also use these three questions this Thursday in our examination time)

 

#1  Are you still in the faith of the gospel as you declared at your baptism?

Do you still believe?

 

#2  Are you, as far as you know, in peace and union with the church?

Are things right between you and others in the church?

 

#3  Will you still labor with the Brethren for an increase of holiness both in yourselves and others?

Are you serving others in ministry?

Are you still striving for holiness?

 

Let us take these three questions and examine ourselves for the next few days leading up to the Love Feast.

 

For Further Study:

The Brethren Encyclopedia: “Love Feast.”

The Deacon’s Manual:  “Love Feast.”

The Minister’s Manual:  “Love Feast”

The Brethren Past and Present:  “Ordinances”

 

 

Love Feast is this Thursday night at 7:00 pm at White Branch.

Live the Mission

Greetings,

I hope you are enjoying these April showers.

 

We completed the series on "Livin’ the Mission" this past Sunday.  Remember to ask yourself this question, "What is worth the rest of my life?"  I believe the answer is giving your all to Jesus.

 

I am attaching the Sermon notes as I did not have those for you this past Sunday.

 

Remember Easter Sunday is coming and it would be great if you could invite at least 2 people in these next two weeks.  We will have a special SonRise service at 8:00, followed by breakfast at 8:30, Sunday School at 9:30 and Worship service at 10:30. 

 

This coming week I am going to be preaching on John 13 and answering the question, "What is the Love Feast?"  I know that may sound like a funny term in our world today.  It refers to the "Last Supper" that Jesus had with his apostles and the meal that we will be sharing together on Thursday April 21 at 7:00 pm.

 

Also coming up is a Leadership Meeting at Bill and Melody Bowman’s on Tuesday April 19 at 7:00 pm.

 

Community Good Friday Service at 7:00 pm on Friday April 22. 

 

Chicken N Dumplings Dinner on Friday April 29.

 

God Bless,
Brian Mackie

 

 

 

Livin’ the Mission:

“Live the Mission”

Verses: 1 John 5:1-5

To make Jesus Christ known, loved and obeyed.                         (White Branch Mission Statement)

1 John 5:1-5 “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.  This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.  This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” 

 Steps to Livin’ the Mission:

 

#1  Believe that Jesus is the Christ. (1 John 5:1, 5)

#2  Love God (1 John 5:2-4)

#3  Obey God  (1 John 5:3-5)

#4  Love Others (1 John 5:2-5)

 Two Sides of Livin’ the Mission:

 #1  Your relationship to Christ.

#2  To help others know, love and obey Jesus.

 

Where are you with Jesus?

What do you want to commit to today?

Live the Mission

Hello,

I hope your April is starting well.  April showers bring May flowers right?  That will give us encouragement as we had some heavy rain on Monday.

This week I will be preaching the conclusion of our series on "Livin the Mission" from 1 John 5:1-5 "Live the Mission."  I know technically I will be skipping vv. 6-12.  I feel this is the time to conclude the series and this is what I want to conclude the series with.  I will be preaching on what the Love Feast is on Palm Sunday April 17 and then we will begin a new series on Sunday April 24.

This past Sunday I preached on how prayer affects sin and how sin affects prayer.  I gave three steps to take this week to increase your prayer life and to pray for someone else and to have someone else pray for you.

Below is the message outline from this past Sunday.

Coming up this week:

Thursday night at 7 pm:  Bible Study at Bill and Melody Bowman’s

Saturday morning:  Goal Setting Seminar at the church, 9 am -11:30 am

Saturday night:  Young Adult Bowling, 7 pm – 9:00 pm.

Hope you can join us.

 

God Bless,
Brian Mackie

Pastor

White Branch COB

 

 

 

Livin’ the Mission:

“Prayer and Sin”

Verses: 1 John 5:16-21

To make Jesus Christ known, loved and obeyed.                         (White Branch Mission Statement)

1 John 5:16 “If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that.”

#1  God judges sins differently here on the earth.

#2  We should pray for those who are living.

How does Prayer relate to Sin?

#1  Prayer keeps us focused on God and away from idolatry the root sin. (1 John 5:21)

#2  Prayer keeps us clean before God.

#3  Prayer from others keeps us accountable and gives us the power to live the Christian life. (James 5:16)

#4  Prayer for others will keep them away from sin.

To do this week: 

#1  Spend 10-15 minutes per day extra in prayer this week.

#2  Ask someone else to pray for you this week.

#3 Pray for someone else this week

Pray for others as long as they are alive.  Don’t ever give up!

 

Have Confidence in Prayer

 

 
Hello,
It feels great right now to kick off spring!!!  But…I have heard (from Randy Ollis at Wish TV 8 :) that storms are coming including possible wintry mixes later this week and into the weekend. :(
 
This week I am going to skip ahead in 1 John 5 into 1 John 5:13-15 and talk about "How to Have Confidence in Prayer."  We will come back to the first half of 1 John 5 to close out the series on April 10.
 
Then we will get ready for Holy Week and finish it off with Resurrection Day (Easter Sunday)!  We are quickly approaching that season so be in prayer for who you can invite to Easter Sunday on April 24.
 
This past Sunday I talked about God’s perfect love.  I am attaching the notes to that message.
 
This Saturday we have Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 am, followed by a technology seminar by Dustin Chew from 9am-12 noon at the church.
 
Next Tuesday night March 29 at 7 pm we have deacon’s meeting at Bill and Melody Bowman’s.
 
Hope to see you.
 
God Bless,
Brian Mackie
 

Livin’ the Mission:
“Perfect Love”
Verses: 1 John 4:13-21
To make Jesus Christ known, loved and obeyed.                         
(White Branch Mission Statement)
Spiritual Maturity is becoming more like Jesus.
It is impossible for human beings to give perfect love. 
We cannot love perfectly because we are selfish and sinful.
Only God can give perfect love. 
God has perfect love for you.   Romans 5:8
God is giving and receiving perfect love constantly in the trinity.
John 4:16 “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” (NIV)
Ten Benefits of God’s Perfect Love:
#1 It takes away our fear. (1 John 4:18, 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)
#2 It gives us acceptance. (Eph. 1:6, NKJV, Rom. 5:16, NLT)
#3 It gives us righteousness. (Rom. 5:17, Titus 3:3-5, NIV, 3:3-8 MSG)
#4 It gives us confidence in prayer. (Heb. 4:16, 1 John 5:14-15, Matt. 7:9-11)

#5 It provides for our needs. (Matt. 6:25-33)
#6 It makes sense out of our hardships. (Rom. 8:28, 35-39 NLT)
#7 It gives us hope for eternity.  (1 Cor. 15:19, 51-55 NLT, 2 Thess. 2:16)
#8 It allows us to love ourselves appropriately. (Ephesians 2:10, Psalm 139:13-18)
#9 It allows us to love others appropriately.  (1 John 4:11, 19-21)
#10 It allows us to love God appropriately. (1 John 4:10, 19)

God loves you. Receive His love today

 

Perfect Love

Hello,
We all want love and need love.  Why does this seem so difficult to give and receive?  The answer…is in this Sunday’s sermon!
 
Actually I will give you two hints.  Hint #1:  We are selfish and sinful.  Therefore it is beyond our natural ability to give and receive perfect love.
Hint #2:  God is love.  He is the only one able to give perfect love.
 
Okay, so now you know the main ideas for Sunday.  But I have a lot more in store on this subject this Sunday as I will preach from 1 John 4:13-21 on "Perfect Love."
 
This past Sunday I preached on "Loving those in the Church," from 1 John 4:7-12.  I believe this is a key to church health, church growth, evangelism, and maturity.
 
I have attached the outline from this past Sunday’s message.
 
I have a vision that White Branch will be known around the area as a church where people can be loved.
 
Tonight (Tuesday) Leadership Team meeting is at 7 pm at Bill and Melody Bowman’s.
 
Thursday Bible Study on Genesis 18-19 will also be at Bill and Melody Bowman’s.
 
The last Saturday of the month, March 26th, there will be a men’s prayer breakfast followed by a seminar on technology by Dustin Chew.
 
Hope you can join us and bring a friend.
 
God Bless,
Brian Mackie
 
Sunday March 13, 2011 Sermon Outline:

Livin’ the Mission:
“Loving Those in the Church”
Verses: 1 John 4:7-12
To make Jesus Christ known, loved and obeyed.                        
 (White Branch Mission Statement)
Spiritual Maturity is becoming more like Jesus.
Second to family, loving those in the church is the most important group of people for us to love.
John 13:34-35, 1 John 4:7-12
5 Ways to Love those in the Church
#1 Show Up Hebrews 10:24-25
#2 Use Your Spiritual Gifts and Talents to serve the Church
1 Peter 4:8-11
#3 Speak to build others up (including other churches)
Ephesians 4:29,
#4 Forgive those who have wronged you
Ephesians 4:32
#5 Think of the others’ needs and preferences above your own
Ephesians 5:21, Romans 12:3-4, Philippians 2:1-5, John 17:20-23,
When Christians love Christians we show the world Jesus.                
1 John 4:11-12

 

Livin the Mission (Loving those in the Church)

Hello,
 
We have now officially entered the Lent season as yesterday was "Ash Wednesday." I am sorry to say that I missed out on my annual tradition of eating packzi on Tuesday! :(
 
Lent is a tradition of the church some say dating back to the second century as a way of preparing new converts for baptism in the season leading up to the resurrection.  Since then its influence has grown and changed.  It is considered a time to focus on repentance (change of mind and actions) and spiritual disciplines (habits) leading up to the celebration of Good Friday and the resurrection.  It is a time to grow closer to the Lord specifically through fasting, praying and giving.  I encourage you in this time of the year to specifically focus on special giving, fasting or praying as a way to grow closer to the Lord as we lead up to the celebration of the Love Feast (our communion meal on Maundy Thursday), Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.
 
Regardless of your thoughts on the church’s traditions, or specifically Lent, these practices will be beneficial and I believe you will find this to be a time of great spiritual growth if you will allow it.
 
This week we continue our series, "Livin’ the Mission" with 1 John 4:7-12 and the message "Loving those in the Church." 
 
This past week I talked about identifying counterfeit christianity and false prophets.  I will attach the outline for you.
 
This week also note that we are having Bible Study on Genesis 16-17 at Bill Bowman’s at 5800 E. State Road 38.
 
Our leadership team meeting is next Tuesday March 15 at 7 pm. (Please note the change to the 3rd Tuesday from previous Wednesday meetings).
 
Hope you can join us.
 
God Bless,
Brian Mackie