Scripture at Sunrise 7.31.09

“My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to You.”  -Psalm 71:23

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life.

[by Henry van Dyke (1852-1933)]

Story Behind the Song
Henry Van Dyke was serving as a guest preacher at Williams College in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.  He was so moved by the beauty of God’s creation that he wrote this hymn of joy.  The next morning he handed the poem to the college president.  “Here is a hymn for you,” he said.  “Your mountains were my inspiration.  It must be sung to the music of Beethoven’s ‘Hymn to Joy.'”  And so it has been ever since.

Van Dyke was a Presbyterian minister; the author of many books, including the best-selling The Other Wise Man; professor of literature at Princeton University; Navy chaplain during World War I; and ambassador to Holland and Luxembourg under President Woodrow Wilson.

When he published this hymn in 1911, he noted that it was to be sung by people who “are not afraid that any truth of science will destroy their religion or that any revolution on earth will overthrow the kingdom of Heaven.”  With such confidence, the Christian has much to rejoice about.

[from The One Year Book of Hymns; July 30 entry]

Scripture at Sunrise 7.30.09

Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
[Psalm 127:1]

What makes a house built apart from God a work of vanity? Or what makes watching over a city without him useless?

This verse reminds me of Gamaliel’s advice before the Jewish council about what to do with the apostles who had filled Jerusalem with their teaching:

So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God! (Acts 5:38-39)

Gamaliel had the insight to see that what ultimately matters and ultimately lasts is the will of God. Therefore, to do anything without consulting him first and making sure you have his support is bad business. It will fail. And more than that: your work will be found contrary to God’s will (cf. Matthew 12:30)!

This means that doing your own thing in life is not only a colossal waste of time and effort. It is also outright rebellion against the One who owns and supplies all of your life, strength, and resources.

But praise God for providing a better way: “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established” (Proverbs 16:4).

[from the Fighter Verses blog]

Scripture at Sunrise 7.29.09

“For our sake He made Him to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”  -2 Corinthians 5:21

“Persuaded, as we are, that the foot of the cross is the nearest spot to Heaven, that Heaven’s choicest blessings are found only there; that, beneath its warm sunshine the holy fruit of the Spirit ripens, and that under its sacred shade the sweetest repose is found; that, never is the believing soul so near to God, in such intimate fellowship with Christ, more really under the direct teaching of the Holy Spirit, as when there, we would sincerely employ every scriptural argument and put forth every persuasive motive to allure the reader to this hallowed spot, assured that, once he finds himself in believing, loving adoration at the foot of Christ’s cross, he has found himself at the focus of all divine glory, and at the confluence of all spiritual blessing.”

– Octavius Winslow, The Foot of the Cross

[via Of First Importance]

Scripture at Sunrise 7.28.09

Bow Down; Be Lifted Up
Humble yourselves therefore order the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. (1 Peter 5:6)

This is tantamount to a promise: if we will bow down, the Lord will lift us up. Humility leads to honor; submission is the way to exaltation. That same hand of God which presses us down is waiting to raise us up when we are prepared to bear the blessing. We stoop to conquer. Many cringe before men and yet miss the patronage they crave; but he that humbles himself under the hand of God shall not fail to be enriched, uplifted, sustained, and comforted by the ever-gracious One. It is a habit of Jehovah to cast down the proud and lift up the lowly. Yet there is a time for the Lord’s working. We ought now to humble ourselves, even at this present moment; and we are bound to keep on doing so whether the Lord lays His afflicting hand upon us or not. When the Lord smites, it is our special duty to accept the chastisement with profound submission. But as for the Lord’s exaltation of us, that can only come “in due time,” and God is the best judge of that day and hour. Do we cry out impatiently for the blessing? Would we wish for untimely honor? What are we at? Surely we are not truly humbled, or we should wait with quiet submission. So let us do.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, July 28 entry]

Scripture at Sunrise 7.27.09

Sunday School | 1 Peter 4:12-19 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed.”  -1 Peter 4:12-13
This video pretty much sums it up…

Morning Worship | Overview | Bro. John Hatcher, missionary to Brazil
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”  -Genesis 3:15
Bro. Hatcher reminded us of many important truths, an encouragement indeed!  He said he didn’t get to his sermon because he used all the time on his introduction, but that’s okay.  That just means he gets to come back to preach the message he had prepared on Mark!  🙂
*Genesis 3:15 lays the foundation for the rest of the Bible.
*God gave us parents to teach us the seriousness of obedience and authority.
*Matthew shows us the manual of the kingdom, proving Jesus is the legal heir of David’s throne.  You find the Constitution of the Kingdom in the Sermon on the Mount.
*Mark is the manual of the Servant.
*Luke shows us the Kinsman-Redeemer who is relative to all nations.
*John gives us the manual of eternal life.
>A little bit from the message to make us want more: Mark 1:17- The purpose of servants is to become fishers of men.
*Don’t let immediate success inhibit you from doing the Lord’s will.

Evening Service | Exodus 35:30-36:7 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Then Moses said to the people of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship…”  -Exodus 35:30-31
*The thrill of giving: it’s a thrill to give if you know grace.
*God always desires the best that His glory might be shown through it.
*The Tabernacle is a perfect picture of salvation.
*vs. 29- everyone could help with the construction of the Tabernacle
*vs. 30-36:1- the artist of the Tabernacle
*vs. 31- filled Him with the Spirit of God (1st time mentioned in the Bible)//God is empowering man to build the Tabernacle
*Ephesians 4- God’s children have been graced and gifted
*1 Corinthians 14:12- God has gifted every one of His children.  Purpose: edify and build up the church.  Comes from the Spirit.
*vs. 30-34- He gifts individuals.  He personalized those gifts and talents.  Your responsibility is to obey, use it and follow Him by faith.
*vs. 2- God working.  Where God has gifted you, you have a willing heart to do.
*These 2 artists were gifted to give to others and glorify God.  (vs. 34- also to teach others)
*Gifted Artists: only Christian artists can reflect God’s glory the brightest because they know where their gift comes from.
*The Tabernacle shows forth His glory and beauty, as do all His works.  (Psalm 27:4)
*He sent His beautiful Son to make us beautiful people.  (1 Peter 3- It’s the glory of God shining through a person’s life that makes them beautiful.)
*Whatever you do, do it in a beautiful way to the glory of God.  (1 Corinthians 10:31)
*vs. 2-6- They had experienced the grace of God and it made them want to give to show their gratitude for what He’s done.
*Your giving will be in proportion to where your heart is.  (Matthew 6:19-21)
*2 Corinthians 8:1-5- The Macedonians were dirt poor, but they were liberal givers.
*What has God given you?  (Romans 8:32) If He’s given us His best, He’s not going to withhold any good from us.
*How much are you willing to give to the Lord?

Weekly Announcements (July 27-August 2)

LAST UPDATED Sunday, July 26
Monday, July 27
-Review your notes from yesterday’s messages.
Happy Anniversary to Paul & Barbara Johnson!

Tuesday, July 28
6:45-8:00 a.m.– Men’s Morning Meditations: Where God’s Word and coffee perk you up at your Pastor’s home!

Wednesday, July 29
7:00 p.m.
– We will continue our “What We Believe Series.”  The kids will continue studying the book of Mark. 

Thursday, July 30
-Pray for your Pastor as he prepares for Sunday.
Happy Birthday to Caitlin Curry!
Happy Anniversary to Roger & Gina Harden!

Friday, July 31
-Pray especially for Sis. Becky Ritchey today.

Saturday, August 1
-Pray for the services and your pastor tomorrow and prepare your heart for worship. 

Sunday, August 2
10:00 a.m.– Sunday School (1 Peter 4)
Devotion: Jason Estes
11:00 a.m.– Sunday Morning Worship (Colossians 4:7-8)
Ushers: Harry Sparks and Steve Gee
5:30 p.m.– Little Lifers Kids’ Choir
6:00 p.m.– Sunday Evening Worship (Exodus 35)

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Scripture at Sunrise 7.24.09

“If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth; but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  -1 John 1:6-9

My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the vale.

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in Him be found!
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!

(by Edward Mote: 1797-1874)

Story Behind the Song
Many of the British hymnwriters were children of the clergy or came from middle- or upper-class backgrounds.  But not Edward Mote.  His parents kept a pub in London, and Mote says, “My Sundays were spent in the streets; so ignorant was I that I did not not know there was a God.”  He was apprenticed to a cabinetmaker who took him to church, where he heard the Gospel message.  Mote himself became a successful cabinetmaker in a London suburb and was active in his local church.
Mote wrote this hymn while he was working as a cabinetmaker.  The chorus came to his mind as he was walking to work, and during the day the stanzas came to him.  Two years later he published it in a collection of his own hymns and titled it “The Immutable Basis of a Sinner’s Hope.”  It is a hymn that combines deep biblical theology with sincere personal experience.

[from The One Year Book of Hymns, July 20 entry]