Archive for ‘Scripture at Sunrise’

May 24, 2017

Scripture at Sunrise 5.24.2017

Now the men of the city said to Elisha, “Behold, the situation of this city is pleasant,as my lord sees, but the water is bad, and the land is unfruitful.” He said, “Bring me anew bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. Then he went to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, “Thus says the LORD, I have healed this water; from now on neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it.” -2 Kings 2:19-21
Elisha called for a new vessel and salt, all of which points to Christ. He is the only One who can change a heart and change a life and purify. Our lives must be filled with the Spirit of God and the Word of God. -excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Evening Sermon
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SERMON AUDIO
Wednesday Evening | Mentioning His Lovingkindnesses | Isaiah 63:7
Sunday Morning | The Relation of the Law to Sin | Romans 7:6-13
Sunday Evening | Elijah’s Ministry Accredited | 2 Kings 2:8-25
May 23, 2017

Scripture at Sunrise 5.23.2017

“For He delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper.” -Psalm 72:12

The needy cries; what else can he do? His cry is heard of God; what else need he do? Let the needy reader take to crying at once, for this will be his wisdom. Do not cry in the ears of friends, for even if they can help you it is only because the Lord enables them. The nearest way is to go straight to God and let your cry come up before Him. Straightforward makes the best runner: run to the Lord and not to secondary causes.

“Alas!” you cry, “I have no friend or helper.” So much the better; you can rely upon God in both capacities – as without supplies and without helpers. Make your double need your double plea. Even for temporal mercies you may wait upon God, for He careth for His children in these temporary concerns. As for spiritual necessities, which are the heaviest of all, the Lord will hear your cry and will deliver you and supply you.

O poor friend, try your rich God. O helpless one, lean on His help. He has never failed me, and I am sure He will never fail you. Come as a beggar, and God will not refuse you help. Come with no plea but His grace. Jesus is King; will He let you perish of wants? What! Did you forget this!

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

May 17, 2017

Scripture at Sunrise 5.17.2017

Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to Him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.” -Romans 7:4
Christ died the death that the law demanded. By His death, we are dead to the law. We are saved and united to Christ to bring forth fruit for God. -excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Morning Sermon
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SERMON AUDIO
Wednesday Evening | Who Will Intercede? | Ezekiel 21:8-22:31
Sunday Morning | Are You Married to Christ? | Romans 7
Sunday Evening |  Responses to the Feeding of the 5000 | John 6:14-15
May 16, 2017

Scripture at Sunrise 5.16.2017

“Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.” -Matthew 5:7

It is not meet that the man who will not forgive should be forgiven, nor shall he who will not give to the poor have his own wants relieved. God will measure to us with our own bushels, and those who have been hard masters and hard creditors will find that the Lord will deal hardly with them. “He shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy.”

This day let us try to give and to forgive. Let us mind the two bears – bear and forbear. Let us be kind, gentle, and tender. Let us not put harsh constructions upon men’s conduct, nor drive hard bargains, nor pick foolish quarrels, nor be difficult to please. Surely we wish to be blessed, and we also want to obtain mercy: let us be merciful, that we may have mercy. Let us fulfill the condition, that we may earn the beatitude. Is it not a pleasant duty to be kind? Is there not much more sweetness in it than in being angry and ungenerous? Why, there is a blessedness in the thing itself! Moreover, the obtaining of mercy is a rich reward. What but sovereign grace could suggest such a promise as this’. We are merciful to our fellow mortal in pence, and the Lord forgives us “all the debt.”

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

May 10, 2017

Scripture at Sunrise 5.10.2017

“Jesus said, ‘Have the people sit down.’ Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number.” -John 6:10
In everything the Lord has made, there is order. -excerpt from Anthony Vance’s Sunday Evening Sermon
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SERMON AUDIO
Wednesday Evening | How Does Ezekiel Apply to Us?Ezekiel 20-22
Sunday Morning | Two Masters. Two Ends. | Romans 6:17-23
Sunday Evening | A God of Order | John 6:10
May 9, 2017

Scripture at Sunrise 5.9.2017

“For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.” -Psalm 33:21

The root of faith produces the flower of heart-joy. We may not at the first rejoice, but it comes in due time. We trust the Lord when we are sad, and in due season He so answers our confidence that our faith turns to fruition, and we rejoice in the Lord. Doubt breeds distress, but trust means joy in the long run.

The assurance expressed by the psalmist in this verse is really a promise held out in the hands of holy confidence. Oh, for grace to appropriate it. If we do not rejoice at this moment, yet we shall do so, as surely as David’s God is our God.

Let us meditate upon the Lord’s holy name that we may trust Him the better and rejoice the more readily. He is in character holy, just, true, gracious, faithful, and unchanging. Is not such a God to be trusted? He is all wise, almighty, and everywhere present; can we not cheerfully rely upon Him? Yes, we will do so at once and do so without reserve. Jehovah-Jireh will provide; Jehovah-Shalom will send peace; Jehovah-Tsidkenu will justify; Jehovah-Shammah will be forever near; and in Jehovah-Nissi we will conquer every foe. They that know Thy name will trust Thee; and they that trust Thee will rejoice in Thee, O Lord.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

May 3, 2017

Scripture at Sunrise 5.3.2017

“Jesus then took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, He distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted.” -John 6:11
Look away from all your natural resources and look to the One who gave you those natural resources. -excerpt from Anthony Vance’s Sunday Evening Sermon on John 6:11 [audio]
May 2, 2017

Scripture at Sunrise 5.2.2017

“For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” -Galatians 6:8

Sowing looks like a losing business, for we put good corn into the ground never to see it anymore. Sowing to the Spirit seems a very fanciful, dreamy business; for we deny ourselves and apparently get nothing for it. Yet if we sow to the Spirit by studying to live unto God, seeking to obey the will of God, and laying ourselves out to promote His honor, we shall not sow in vain. Life shall be our reward, even everlasting life. This we enjoy here as we enter into the knowledge of God, communion with God, and enjoyment of God. This life flows on like an ever-deepening, ever-widening river till it bears us to the ocean of infinite felicity, where the life of God is ours forever and ever.

Let us not this day sow to our flesh, for the harvest will be corruption, since flesh always tends that way; but with holy self-conquest let us live for the highest, purest, and most spiritual ends, seeking to honor our most holy Lord by obeying His most gracious Spirit. What a harvest will that be when we reap life everlasting! What sheaves of endless bliss will be reaped! What a festival will that harvest be! Lord, make us such reapers, for thy Son’s sake.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

April 19, 2017

Scripture at Sunrise 4.19.2017

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” -Philippians 1:9-11
What does your prayer life look like? Does it look like Paul’s or does it look a little self-centered? Realign your priorities and look to what is eternally significant.

-excerpt from Anthony Vance’s Wednesday Evening Sermon on Philippians 1:3-11


This Week’s Sermon Audio:

Wednesday Evening – Praying with an Eternal Focus | Philippians 1:3-11 (Anthony Vance)
Sunday Morning –  An Inseparable UnionRomans 6:5-11 (Steve Wainright)
Sunday Evening – Philip’s Test | John 6:5-9 (Anthony Vance)
April 18, 2017

Scripture at Sunrise 4.18.2017

“I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” -Joshua 1:5

This word to Joshua is often quoted; it is the basis of that New Testament word “He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Beloved, a life of warfare is before us, but the Lord of Hosts is with us. Are we called to lead a great but fickle people? This promise guarantees us all the wisdom and prudence that we shall need. Have we to contend with cunning and powerful enemies? Here is strength and valor, prowess and victory. Have we a vast heritage to win? By this sign we shall achieve our purpose; the Lord Himself is with us.

It would be woe to us indeed if Jehovah could fail us; but, as this can never be, the winds of disquietude are laid to sleep in the caverns of divine faithfulness. On no one occasion will the Lord desert us. Happen what may, He will be at our side. Friends drop from us, their help is but an April shower; but God is faithful, Jesus is the same forever, and the Holy Spirit abideth in us.

Come, my heart, be calm and hopeful today. Clouds may gather, but the Lord can blow them away. Since God will not fail me, my faith shall not fail; and as He will not forsake me, neither will I forsake Him. Oh, for a restful faith!

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

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