Archive for January, 2011

Pastor’s Corner

Pastor’s Corner

Livin’ The Mission (What Not To Love)


I’ve got good news for those who are tired of the snow…it’s the last week of January.

We are continuing the series “Livin’ the Mission” connecting White Branch’s mission statement to the book of 1 John.

This week I will be preaching on 1 John 2:15-17 on “What Not To Love.”

This past Sunday I preached on “Growing Up” spiritually from 1 John 2:12-14. Three types of people are spoken too here, “children,” “young men” and “fathers.” I took that to mean there are at least three phases to spiritual development. So I gave a few characteristics of each group and then some suggestions on how to move, or grow from one phase to the next.

If you are not a child of God, or have not been born-again by God, I gave two suggestions:

#1 Trust Jesus (John 3:3)

#2 Get Baptized (Mark 16:16)

If you are a child, and young in your faith, I gave four suggestions:

#1 Get the Word of God/Bible in you (Read, Study, Meditate, Hear, Memorize, Do) (Romans 10:17)

#2 Prayer (1 Thess. 5:17)

#3 Attend Church Regularly (Hebrews 10:25)

#4 Tithe/Give (Malachi 3:10)


If you are a young adult in the faith, I gave three suggestions:

#1 Find your spiritual gift. (Rom. 12, 1 Cor. 12)

#2 Serve someone else with your gift (1 Peter 4:10)

#3 Share the good news with others (Mark 16:15)


If you are a parent in the faith, I gave three suggestions:

#1 Evangelism: Help others to know Jesus.

#2 Discipleship: Help others grow in Jesus.

#3 Persevere (Luke 8:15)


I encourage you to prayerfully identify where you are spiritually and begin to find the one task that will most help you grow and begin to do that with the Lord’s help.


We’ve got a full and abundant week in the life of the church this week.

Wednesday we have a leadership team meeting at 7 pm at the church.

Saturday is the goal setting seminar that I am doing from 9am-12 noon. This is a great opportunity for personal improvement as well as a way to invite people to come who may not be ready to come to church. (I am attaching an insert style brochure).

Sunday is our fifth Sunday pitch-in dinner following the service. Following dinner will be our church forum meeting.


God Bless,

Brian Mackie


White Branch COB

Livin the Mission (Growing Up)


January continues to look cold and snowy.  In the midst of it all, Jesus is still alive and active in the world and in our lives. 

We are in a series on "Livin the Mission" tying White Branch’s mission statement to the book of 1 John.

This week we will pick up in Chapter 2 verses 12-14 about "Growing Up" or maturing in Christ.

This past week I preached on "Loving Those That Are Different From Us" from 1 John 2:7-11.

I preached about how we are in the light if we love our brothers but still in darkness if we hate them.  Unfortunately Jesus’ followers have not always lived up to this and have stained the church with our classism, sexism and racism over the years.  I challenged us to do one of five things to help love those that our different this week.

#1  Remember (Jesus’ work on the cross and love for all as well as the fact that most of us our Gentiles and we have been added to the Jewish believers.  They first reached out and brought in those that were different).

#2  Pray (for those in different parts of the world, or cultures).

#3  Invite (someone who is different to your world, church, or a meal).

#4  Go (to someone else’s world by doing a cross cultural missions trip or attending a church service with a different culture).

#5  Do (to others as you would have them do for you, the Golden Rule from Matthew 7:12).

We have a lot of events coming up:

Women’s Fellowship this Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the church.

Genesis Bible Study this Thursday at 7 pm at the church.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 am this Saturday at the church.

Child Protection Training at 9:00a-12:00noon this Saturday at the church.  All are welcome, especially children’s workers, deacons and leadership team.

Leadership Team meeting will be held on Wednesday January 26 at 7 pm.

Goal Setting Seminar Saturday January 29 from 9:00a-12:00noon.  All are welcome.  This will be a free seminar on how to better achieve your goals and why goal setting is important.

Sunday January 30, we will be having a pitch-in meal following worship, with the church forum to follow.  We will also be having special music from Martha Bowman during the service.

As you can see, we have lots going on these next couple of weeks.  Hope to see you.


God Bless,
Brian Mackie


White Branch COB



“Livin the Mission” (Loving Those That Are Different)


I hope your 2011 is starting off well.  The first part of 2011 is about "Livin’ the Mission."  We are connecting the mission of White Branch "to make Jesus Christ known, loved and obeyed" to the book of 1 John.  This week I will be preaching from 1 John 2:7-11 on "Loving Those That Are Different From Us."

This past week I preached from 1 John 2:1-6 about how we need to know Jesus if we are going to become like Him.  The way I advocated that we get to know Him is through reading the Gospels.  This week I gave four sections of the gospel to choose from to get to know Jesus better.  Those were:

Matthew 5-7 (The Sermon on the Mount)

Mark 1-3 (The Beginning of Mark’s Gospel)

Luke 4-6 (The Beginning of Jesus’ Public Ministry)

John 2-4 (The temple, the wedding, Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman at the well)

I believe if we get to know the real Jesus it will surprise us.  I wonder, in my own life as well as in the lives of many Christians, if we get closer to becoming a Pharisee than Jesus?  Read these accounts and ask yourself that question.  Let us strive not to just be good, religious Christians, let us strive to truly become like Jesus.


I am starting a seminar series at the church this spring on Saturday January 29 with a seminar on goal setting:  "How to Set Goals and Achieve Them."  This seminar will help you to understand the value of goal setting, how to set better goals, how to overcome obstacles and build momentum in goal setting and when, if ever, it is a good time to abandon your goals or to set new ones.  The seminar will be at White Branch Church from 9a-12noon.

Other upcoming events include:

Bible Study Thursday night at 7 pm.

Young Adult trip to Ball State vs. Central Michigan basketball game.  If you consider yourself a young adult or know a young adult let them know about this opportunity to have fun with others their age.  The game starts at 2 pm and we will be meeting at the church at 12:15 and leaving at 12:30.  The total cost is $10 for general admission plus parking.  There will be a bowling night coming up soon for young adults.

Child Protection Training Saturday January 22 from 9a-12p.  This will help us to better understand how to protect the children, our church and ourselves from child abuse.  We would like all of our leadership and children’s workers to benefit from this training and plan to have a second option sometime.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Livin’ The Mission (Knowing Jesus)

Happy New Year!

The holiday season is behind us now and the New Year is here. 

We are in a series right now on "Livin the Mission" from 1 John about making Jesus Christ known, loved and obeyed (White Branch’s Mission Statement).

This week I am going to be preaching from 1 John 2:1-6 about knowing Jesus.

Knowing Jesus is the most important pursuit of our life.  In John 14:6 Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life.  In other words He is what life is all about.  In this New Year, I encourage you to make knowing Jesus your most important pursuit.

This past Sunday I talked about "Getting Grounded in Jesus’ Work For You."

I gave four actions to do that:

Read the Scriptures that tell you what Jesus did for you.

Meditate on the Scriptures…

Memorize the Scriptures…

Believe the Scritpures…

I then gave us seven Scriptures to read, meditate on, memorize and believe this week.

Here they are again:


Seven Scriptures for this Week:
#1 1 John 2:2 “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
#2 Eph. 1:7 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”
#3 Eph. 2:4-5 “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved”
#4 John 3:18a “Whoever believes in him is not condemned…”
#5 Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
#6 Romans 5:9 “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”
#7 Romans 3:22-24 “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus”



I underlined the parts that show us what we have in Christ.  Once we get to know what Christ has done for us and truly believe it, it will radically change our lives.

Have a great week getting to know what Christ has done for you.

God Bless,
Brian Mackie

White Branch