Archive for April, 2011

What does Easter mean to me on Monday?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!