How To Live Radically Pure

Greetings,

I hope you are enjoiyng the milder temps before we climb back up this weekend.

 

This week we will continue our series on "The Greatest Sermon Ever" with a look at "How to Make a Marriage that Lasts" from Matthew 5:31-32.

 

This coming Sunday will also be our first combined Sunday School at 9:30 in the sanctuary.  We will be spending about 15 minutes together and will have a special presentation to our children and we will give everyone a look at our typical Sunday School opening.

 

Bible Study continues on the Sermon on the Mount this Thursday at 7 pm with a look at Matthew 6-7.

 

Below is an outline from Sunday’s Sermon.

 

God Bless,
Brian Mackie

 

SermonNotes

 

TheGreatest Sermon Ever:    “How to live radically pure”

Matthew5:27-30

Howto defeat lust

 

1. Admit your failures and weaknesses to God and others

 1John1:8-9, James 5:16

 

2.  Gethelp (especially if it is an addiction)

 CelebrateRecovery (Henry Co. 765-524-6007)

 Prayeror Accountability Partner

 Pastoror Christian Counseling

 

3.  Findthe trigger points and doyour best to eliminate them

 

 

 

4. Think right thoughts

 Philippians4:8

 

5. Change your media intake

 

 

 

6. Meditate on the Word of God often

 Joshua1:8, Psalm 119:9, Romans 12:1-2

 

7. Express more love and thanks toward your spouse

 Proverbs5:15-20

 

8.  Be agiver

 

9.  Fast

 

10. Pray for God’s power/help

 

 

 

Thisweek:  Circle one step to help you live radically pure.

Shine Your Light

Hello,

Hope everybody is doing great this week and making a difference in someone’s life.

This past Sunday I preached on being "salt and light and a city on a hill." We can do that by praying, by striving for purity in our lives, in by showing compassion. This week we are focusing on compassion and finding a way to do something for someone else.

Tonight (Thursday) we continue our study on Jesus through Matthew 3-4. We will also be anointing Bill Bowman for his surgery tommorrow (Friday).

This Sunday we will be continuing "The Greatest Sermon Ever" with the topic will be "How To Be More Righteous Than a Pharisee" from Matthew 5:17-20.

Hope to see you there.

 

God Bless,
Brian Mackie
Pastor

White Branch COB

How To Be Truly Happy

Hello,

Welcome to August.

 Are you going all out for Jesus?  Sunday in my message I gave the challenge to go all out for Jesus for the next few months and see if you are not happier with your life.

 Tonight (Thursday) you have an opportunity to continue to know and follow Jesus as we will begin our new study on Matthew.  We will be looking at chapters 1 and 2.  I encourage you to come to the Bible Study on Thursday nights at 7 pm at the church while we are looking at the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) on Sunday mornings.

 This Sunday the message will be "Shine Your Light" from Matthew 5:13-16. 

 If you cannot come on Thursday nights I encourage you to read along with our chapters each week in Matthew and do you own study or meet with a partner once a week to do your own study on Matthew.  Every week I am going to make a post on our church’s website www.whitebranchcob.org and Dustin’s and my personal ministry website www.muchofgod.com about the last section of Matthew.  I hope you can follow along there as well.

 I really want us to dive into Jesus for the next few months, go all out and let Him change our lives!

 I hope to see you there tonight and/or Sunday.

 

God Bless,
Brian Mackie

Pastor

White Branch COB

Here is the sermon notes from Sunday:

 

Sermon Notes

“TheGreatest Sermon Ever”

Part One:  “How To Be Truly Happy”

Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12

 

“Godcannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because itis not there.  There is no such thing.” 

-C.S. Lewis

 

Happinessis only truly found in Christ.

 

Godis the Creator.  The Creator knows best how life works.  We will betruly happiest when we live the way He told us to.

 

Ibelieve you will be happiest in following Christ, but at first (andat times after) it may make you miserable.

 

8 Attitudes that Jesus says are “blessed”

 

Attitude                                              Promise

 

#1 Poor in Spirit–                             Kingdom of Heaven

 

#2 Those Who Mourn–                    Comforted

 

#3 The Meek–                                  Inherit the Earth

 

#4 Hungry for Righteousness–        Filled

 

#5 Merciful                                     –Shown Mercy

 

#6 Pure in Heart                             –See God

 

#7 Peacemakers–                             Called Sons of God

 

#8 Persecuted–                                 Great Reward in Heaven

 

This Week:  Commit to going all out for Jesus.

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!