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Scripture at Sunrise 01.26.2021

“Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel.” -Numbers 23:23

How this should cut up root and branch all silly, superstitious fears! Even if there were any truth in witchcraft and omens, they could not affect the people of the Lord. Those whom God blessed, devils cannot curse.

Ungodly men, like Balaam, may cunningly plot the overthrow of the Lord’s Israel; but with all their secrecy and policy they are doomed to fail. Their powder is damp; the edge of their sword is blunted. They gather together; but as the Lord is not with them, they gather together in vain. We may sit still and let them weave their nets, for we shall not be taken in them. Though they call in the aid of Beelzebub and employ all his serpentine craft, it will avail them nothing: the spells will not work, the divination will deceive them. What a blessing this is! How it quiets the heart! God’s Jacobs wrestle with God, but none shall wrestle with them and prevail. God’s Israels have to prevail against them. We need not fear the fiend himself, nor any of those secret enemies whose words are full of deceit and whose plans are deep and unfathomable. They cannot hurt those who trust in the living God. We defy the devil and all his legions.

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

Scripture at Sunrise 4.17.2018

When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. -Proverbs 16:7

I must see that my ways please the Lord. Even then I shall have enemies; and, perhaps, all the more certainly because I endeavor to do that which is right. But what a promise this is! The Lord will make the wrath of man to praise Him and abate it so that it shall not distress me.

He can constrain an enemy to desist from harming me, even though he has a mind to do so. This He did with Laban, who pursued Jacob but did not dare to touch him. Or He can subdue the wrath of the enemy and make him friendly, as He did with Esau, who met Jacob in a brotherly manner, though Jacob had dreaded that he would smite him and his family with the sword. The Lord can also convert a furious adversary into a brother in Christ and a fellow worker, as He did with Saul of Tarsus. Oh, that He would do this in every case where a persecuting spirit appears!

Happy is the man whose enemies are made to be to him what the lions were to Daniel in the den, quiet and companionable! When I meet death, who is called the last enemy, I pray that I may be at peace. Only let my great care be to please the Lord in all things. Oh, for faith and holiness; for these are a pleasure unto the Most High!

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

Scripture at Sunrise 2.20.2017

Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: A Fortiori | Romans 5:9-11 (Steve Wainright)
“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.” –Romans 5:10

It’s not that we first ceased to be hostile toward God, but that through Christ, God ceased to be hostile toward us.

-excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Morning Sermon

This Week’s Sermon Audio:

Wednesday Evening – Moving Stuff | Ezekiel 12-13 (Steve Wainright)
Sunday Morning – A Fortiori | Romans 5:9-11 (Steve Wainright)
Sunday Evening – Facing 2017 with God1 Corinthians 15:58 (Jovannie Mendez)

Scripture at Sunrise 2.13.2017

Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: God’s Sovereign, Everlasting, Sacrificial Love | Romans 5:6-8 (Steve Wainright)
“but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8

Christ died for the ungodly. When we were unable to come to God, God came to man. God sent His only Son to die for people who were still His enemies. His love is not dependent on you or anything you’ve done (or are going to do)…it’s based upon Him alone–God is love. What assurance!

-excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Morning Sermon

This Week’s Sermon Audio:
Wednesday Evening – From the Grossest to the Greatest | Ezekiel 11:1-25 (Steve Wainright)
Sunday Morning – God’s Sovereign, Everlasting, Sacrificial Love | Romans 5:6-8 (Steve Wainright)
Sunday Evening – The Christian’s Obligation to the SabbathJohn 5:1-18 (Anthony Vance)

Scripture at Sunrise 11.3.2014

Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | 2 Samuel 10 | Audio
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. -Matthew 5:44

God had filled David’s heart with love and he wanted to show the kindness of God’s love to others, but David’s motives were questioned and his kindness was rejected. How do you respond when someone insults or offends you? Human nature gets defensive and wants to retaliate, but what Jesus tells us to do is supernatural and take the Spirit of God working in your life. He says to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.


*Click here for Sunday Morning Sermon Audio (Galatians 1:1-5)
*Click here for Sunday Evening Sermon Audio (2 Samuel 10)

Scripture at Sunrise 9.2.09

“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the One Who died—more than that, Who was raised—Who is at the right hand of God, Who indeed is interceding for us.”  -Romans 8:34

“If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies.”   He is. Rom 8:34. -M’Cheyne

[via John Piper’s twitter]