Church of the Brethren

COB South Central Indiana District

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Some from 2011 will not be posted due to computer issues.

March 20, Perfect Love 1st John 4:13-21

April 3rd, Prayer and Sin 1st John 5:16-21

April 17, What is Love Feast?

Easter 2011 What does Easter mean to me on Monday?

May 1 2011 What does the Bible mean to me on Monday?

May 15, 2011 What does the Church mean to me on Monday?

May 22, 2011 I’d Rather be at a BBQ

May 29, 2011 I’d Rather be at an Action Movie

June 4, 2011 I’d Rather be Fishing

June 12, 2011 I’d Rather be Working

June 19, 2011 I’d Rather be Playing Baseball or Softball

June 26, 2011 I’d Rather be Sleeping

July 10, 2011 Psalm23


Have Confidence in Prayer


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

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)

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

Livin the Mission (Loving Those Closest To You)


It’s mid February and it’s sunny and the snow and ice is finally melting! (A little). 

After a winter with snow and ice on the ground almost since December 1, it is exciting to see.

I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day.  This Sunday we will continue our series by looking at "Loving Those Closest To You," from 1 John 3:11-16.  We will talk about loving our spouse, our children, our parents, our siblings, our friends and others that are close to us.  We can keep loving those closest to us more than just Valentine’s Day. :)   This would seem like an easy task, but so often it is those closest to us that we treat the worst or get annoyed with the most.  If we are going to follow Jesus and love, we need to love those closest to us.

This past Sunday I preached on "The Power of the New You" from 1 John 3:1-10.  I pointed out that there are 2 halves of the gospel:  #1  I am forgiven by God  #2  I have a new nature from God.

The main point this past Sunday was we not only have forgiveness for sin but we have a new nature from God to live obediently to Christ.  That’s the power of the new person God has given us.

Let’s live with this power this week and obey Christ!

Upcoming events include:

Genesis Bible Study Thursday night at 7 pm.

Leadership Team Meeting Wednesday February 23 at 7 pm.

Saturday February 26 has a lot of activities:

Men’s Prayer Breakfast-7:30 am.

"How To Improve Your Confidence" Seminar-9:00 am-11:00 am.

Young Adult Bowling-6:30 pm at the Rose Bowl in New Castle.

Hope to see you soon.

God Bless,
Brian Mackie

White Branch COB


Livin’ the Mission (The Power of the New You)


We are rolling along in this cold, snowy, icy February.  Remember just a couple of more weeks and March will be here, right?

It is good to enjoy all of the days God gives us, remember Psalm 118:24 "This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."  Today is a day to enjoy life and enjoy God and His blessings.  Let us not put that off until the next big event or the next season, let us enjoy everyday God has given us.  I know at times it can be tough but I was encouraged today by remembering what God told Paul in 2 Corinthians as he was calling out for God’s deliverance, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Cor. 12:9)

I know that a number of you missed church this past Sunday due to the weather.  In the e-mail I am attaching a copy of the notes from Sunday’s message.  If you would like to ask questions or need a different format feel free to e-mail me  The message was on "How To Respond to the Antichrist Spirit."  We finished up 1 John 2.

This week the message will be from 1 John 3:1-10 on "The Power of the New You."  We have more in Christ than we believe or accept sometimes and this message will encourage you to believe who you are in Christ and the power He has given us to live differently.

Remember the church forum tonight at 7:00 pm.

Thursday we will plan on being back for Bible Study on Genesis 9-10 at 7 pm at the church.

Next Tuesday Feb. 15 at 6:30 pm we will be having a combined leadership and deacon’s meeting with Child Protection Training and all are welcome.

Saturday morning Feb. 26 at 7:30 is men’s prayer breakfast followed by my seminar on "How To Improve Your Confidence" from 9-11 am.

Hope you can join us and enjoy your week with the Lord.

God Bless,
Brian Mackie


White Branch COB

Livin The Mission (Antichrist)

Greetings "Brethren" (and sisters),
I hope you are all enjoying the snow, and ice!

Hasn’t this been a wonderful winter so far?
This week we are planning to continue the series, "Livin’ the Mission" with 1 John 2:18-29 on "Antichrist."
This past week I preached on "What Not to Love" from 1 John 2:15-17.  I think it will go down in White Branch history however as the "Hokey Pokey" sermon.
I put my four main points to the tune of the hokey pokey to help us remember them.  Put the tune in your head and remember these points:
"You put the right things, you take the wrong things out, you rely on God and you help each other out…that’s what it’s all about."
For now we are planning Bible Study at 7 pm on Thursday but I will call Bill Bowman with a decision Thursday afternoon.
Wednesday February 9 is the church forum at 7 pm.
Tuesday February 15 at 6:30 pm is a combined Deacons/Leadership meeting with Child Protection Training, all are welcome to come and be trained to help reduce the risk of abuse of children.
God Bless,
Brian Mackie
White Branch COB

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