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Scripture at Sunrise 4.11.2017

“And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord.” -Jeremiah 31:34

Truly, whatever else we do not know, we know the Lord. This day is this promise true in our experience, and it is not a little one. The least believer among us knows God in Christ Jesus. Not as fully as we desire; but yet truly and really we know the Lord. We not only know doctrines about Him, but we know Him. He is our Father and our Friend. We are acquainted with Him personally. We can say, “My Lord, and my God.” We are on terms of close fellowship with God, and many a happy season do we spend in His holy company. We are no more strangers to our God, but the secret of the Lord is with us.

This is more than nature could have taught us. Flesh and blood has not revealed God to us. Christ Jesus had made known the Father to our hearts. If, then, the Lord has made us know Himself, is not this the fountain of all saving knowledge? To know God is eternal life. So soon as we come to acquaintance with God we have the evidence of being quickened into newness of life. O my soul, rejoice in this knowledge, and bless thy God all this day!

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

Scripture at Sunrise 1.11.2016

Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | Elisha’s Calling | 1 Kings 19:15-21
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” -Romans 15:4

God has a renewal program for when we get discouraged: get in the Word of God and fellowship with other believers.

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Sunday Evening Sermon Audio:  Elisha’s Calling | 1 Kings 19:15-21
Last Wednesday’s Sermon Audio: Judgment on the Nations | Jeremiah 49

Scripture at Sunrise 12.28.2015

Sunday Morning| Pastor Steve Wainright | The Sweet Fellowship of the Saints | Philippians 4:21-23
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” -Philippians 4:23

You need unmerited favor every day. We need the grace of God and we need to extend that grace to others. They don’t deserve it, but neither did I. 

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Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: The Sweet Fellowship of the Saints | Philippians 4:21-23
Sunday Evening Sermon Audio:  The Blindness of the Lost | John 1:10-11

Scripture at Sunrise 8.17.09

Sunday School | 2 Peter 1:12-21 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have…And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts…”  -2 Peter 1:12, 19

Peter’s message is urgent because he knows he’s dying soon.  He wants believers to remember the greatness of salvation and that God has given us all we need to sustain us.  He wants us to have assurance, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection and love.
-He reminds us of this so we will ALWAYS remember.  (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
-vs. 16-21: They saw it all happen, but the Word is more sure.
-We have been entrusted with Truth.  Defend it.  Be like Jonathan Edwards and others who believed it was more important to pass on truth than keep worldly possessions, etc.

Morning Worship | Colossians 4:15-18 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”  -Proverbs 27:17
-koinonia=fellowship
We are called to give ourselves to others.  When you have selective hearing and tune out discord, you miss the beauty of the symphony.  You experience more joy when you share others’ burdens.
-Paul’s heart was enlarged.  (2 Corinthians 6:11)  He had many friends in his heart.  (Romans, Acts, Colossians 4, Galatians 2)
-In this text, he mentions 3 Jewish friends and 3 Gentile friends, which was taboo in that time, but the Gospel breaks all kinds of barriers.  (Acts 16:4)  The ground is level at the cross.  (Ephesians 2:12-19)
-We have fellowship with one another because of the blood of Jesus Christ (1 John 1:3)
-We are filled with Christ’s fullness and are complete in Him.  (Colossians 1:13-19, Psalm 89:27)
-Because we are complete in Him, we are risen with Christ, therefore, focus that way.  (Colossians 3:1) Get your mind fixed on Christ.  (Isaiah 26:3-4)
-Keep eternity in mind at all times.
-vs. 18- Remember Paul is bound for the Gospel, but the Gospel is not bound!
*Have you received the fullness of Christ?

New Attitude 2008: Sarah’s Perspective

What I learned at the conference was so overwhelming, I do not even know where to begin.  Everyone I have talked to about it have asked me who my favorite speaker was.  I can’t even pinpoint that!  I can narrow it down to Josh Harris, CJ Mahaney, and John Piper, even though all the speakers were tremendous.  It’s just the messages presented by Josh, CJ, & Piper were most applicable to me right now. 

Josh Harris: Session 1
Notes ~ Listen
Josh looked at 3 responses to God’s Word: ripping, burning, and eating. 
Here’s what stuck out to me…
1)King Josiah ripping his robes after hearing God’s Word. 
-The grace of God is more powerful than your gene pool. 
-When we read the Word of God, we are reformed and reshaped. 
2)King Jehoikam (son of Josiah) burning God’s Word. 
-It’s not enough to be around godliness, you have to follow it yourself. 
-There are many ways we essentially burn the Word of God (iTunes mentality).
-If God’s Word is being read, God is speaking to you. 
3)Jeremiah eating the Word of God. 
-You eat something you trust. 
-God’s Word meets us right where we are (verse 16 comes in the middle of a “woe is me” section). 
-Joy and delight in God’s Word is something we have to fight for (…became to me a joy). 
-We don’t love God’s Word so we can earn our standing before Him….He already established our standing before Him (vs. 19). 
God’s Word becomes a delight when you realize it’s not what you have to do for God, it’s all about what He’s done for you!

John Piper: Session 6
Notes ~ Listen
Piper told the story of William Tyndale and how much he sacrificed so a Bible in English could be in the hands (& hearts) of common people.  As if the biography of Tyndale wasn’t enough, he pointed out application, too, from 2 Timothy 2:7! 
1)We must die to the notion that you don’t have to work hard or think hard.  Basically, die to laziness. 
2)Die to the notion that thinking hard and working hard are decisive in achieving spiritual goals (though they are necessary). 
“Young people, you are the heirs of an amazing legacy…The Bible you hold in your hand cost William Tyndale his life…Don’t spare any effort to know your Bible…Don’t ever think your hard work is the decisive key. The decisive key is the sovereign grace of God. I plead with you, don’t waste your life. Male or female, be like William Tyndale.”

John Piper: Session 7
Notes ~ Listen
Piper spoke about Fighting the Fight of Faith with the Word.  He had six “Clarifying Observations” and then two “Practical Applications.” 
C.O.
1)The fight is a mortal fight to the death. 
-Swim upstream. 
-Justification is punctiliar; sanctification is progressive (can be regressive). 
2)The fight is a fight for joy. 
-Growing faith includes a treasuring of Christ. 
-Embracing Christ not as a utility (means to get to Heaven), but as a treasure. 
Are you willing to sit in “the chair” if 1000 arrows are coming towards your face? 
3)Joy in Christ is not the opposite of suffering. 
4)We fight for faith not to get God to be 100% for us, but because He is 100% for us. 
-If God is for us, who can be against us?!
5)The fight for joy/faith is a fight to SEE Christ. 
-Fight doubt by fighting to see God’s glory. 
-There are eyes in your ears. 
-See God in nature and the Bible. 
6)Major in your life on the Word of God. 
P.A.
1)Disciplined Study of God’s Word
-time, place, plan
-Be focused: write out the text, query it, memorize it
2)Spontaneous Use of God’s Word
-When the devil throws certain temptations in our face, we pull one of the swords from God’s Word out of our scabbard.  We stick him with the Word!  For example, when we are facing the feeling of uselessness, we pull out 1 Corinthians 15:58! 
-What can man or Apple do to me?! 
-God saved me from a life of drugs, crime, and sin when I was six!  (There’s no such thing as a boring testimony)! 
-Be people of the Book! 

 C.J. Mahaney: Session 8
Notes ~ Listen
C.J. reminded me of the importance of relishing in the doctrine of adoption.  Adoption gives us the deepest insight into God’s love.  He used Galatians 4:1-7 to explain our adoption. 
1)The Preparation for Adoption (vs. 1-3)
-The Gentile Galatians were seeking to achieve God’s salvation through the Mosaic Law.  They were trying to add their obedience to grace. 
2)The Basis of Adoption (vs. 4-5)
-Reveals plan and purpose of God; initiative of God toward sinners like me; love of God toward sinners like me.
-God sent forth His Son!!!! 
“We move not towards the Lord, but the Lord towards us.  The offended God Himself in infinite compassion broke the silence and came forth to bless His enemies.”  (Spurgeon)
-Purpose and Effect of Death
Before God adopted us, we weren’t orphans or appealing…we were slaves to sin. 
-If there was a period in this sentence, there would be nothing to be disappointed about.  Justification is more than sufficient, BUT…there’s a comma! 
We’ve been transformed from slaves to sons! 
-Adoption is a family idea.  At the heart of it is cloesness, affection, and generosity. 
“To be right with God the Judge is a great thing, but to be loved and cared for by God the Father is greater.”  (Packer)
-“The greatest sorrow and burden you can lay on the Father, the greatest unkindness you can do to Him is not to believe He loves you.”  (Owen)
>Tell your soul that you’re adopted by God!
3)The Experience of Adoption (vs. 6-7)
-“Love to God never did get there without God putting it there!” (Spurgeon)
-So YOU!  (plural in vs. 6; singular in vs. 7)  God is making eye contact with you. 
-Justification: great; Adoption: greater; Heir: greatest!
-Our adoption to be hearis wasn’t necessary…He didn’t need an heir…He already had One. 
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To you, my church family:
Thank you so much for allowing me to go to this conference.  It was one of the greatest weekends of my life!  I appreciate your generosity in your love offerings to help pay for the hotel.  One thing the leaders emphasized was the importance of taking what we learned back to our home churches.  I am so grateful the Lord has blessed me with an close-knit family of believers who desire to see God glorified in everything.  Thanks for being constant reminders of His love and encouragers to me! 

To those who went with me:
*Steve & Becky- Thanks for sacrificing your weekend and sleep (!) in order to help us clean the dirt off the windows we see Christ through.  I enjoyed your company, fellowship, funny stories, and of course chatting about God’s glorious Word! 
*The Boys (Chris, Kevin, & Kevoy)- You all were so encouraging to be around.  My heart was refreshed with your desire for God’s Word and through your worship and prayers to Him.  I pray that what we learned there are things we will put into practice for the rest of our lives.  I look forward to applying these truths with you all. 
*Ashley- It was so wonderful to reconnect with you after two years of being in different schools.  Your heart for the Lord motivates me to strengthen my walk with Him.  I am so glad the Lord brought you into my life.  He has worked in me so much through you.  Thanks for all the laughs and memories, but most of all for your godly example!  (And the same message to the boys applies to you, too!) 

To Cheryl:
Thank you for spurring me on in my walk with God and equipping me with swords to fight off temptation by helping me store up God’s Word in my heart so that I might not sin against Him.  You have increased my love for His Word and helped prepare me for this conference through your help in memorizing Psalm 119. 

To my parents:
Thank you for allowing me to go.  Thanks for investing in eternal things, not just temporary.  Thanks for your continuous godly example and for words of wisdom.  I wouldn’t want anyone else for parents…not even John Piper or Beth Moore or anyone.  I’m so glad the Lord strategically placed us together by His mercy. 

Of course, thanks to the Lord most of all for His indescribable grace in not only saving my soul, but adopting me as His daughter and making me His heir!  Wow!  My heart would still refuse you, had you not chosen me.  Hallelujah!  All I have is Christ.  Hallelujah!  Jesus is my life! 
Thank you for speaking to me through Your Word.  My new favorite song to pray when I hear a sermon or study His Word:
SPEAK, O LORD, as we come to You
To receive the food of your holy word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes, for Your glory
.

Teach us Lord full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility.
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.

Cause our faith to rise
Cause our eyes to
see
Your majestic love and authority
.
Words of power that can never fail;
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.

Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us.
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time,
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises;
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, ‘til your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.

Thank you, Lord, for fulfilling this song this weekend and for continuing to fulfill this song in my daily life. 

-Stay tuned for reflection by others and for video from the conference! 

Monthly Manna from the Pastor’s Family Table

We want to share some of our favorite recipes from our family table with you each month.  Many of our fondest memories and happiest moments have been spent sharing food and conversation around our table.  Whether it be among our small family of three, friends and relatives, or those who God has sent our way who have become just as close as family to us, we have been blessed to learn about various cultures and hear countless stories of days gone by.  This month’s featured recipes are not only palate-pleasing, but they’re quick, easy, and easily doubled to serve a crowd.  

Our Family Table

Menu
Chicken & Rice Casserole
Orange-Almond Salad
Steamed Broccoli
French Bread with Dill Butter
 

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Chicken & Rice Casserole
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 box long grain & wild rice (not the quick-cooking kind), uncooked
1 can cream of chicken soup (undiluted)
1 can cream of mushroom soup (undiluted)
1 can cream of celery soup (undiluted)
1 soup can of water or milk
½ stick butter or margarine (4 TBSP), melted
Parmesan cheese, to taste

Preheat oven to 350º.  Spray a 9×13″ baking dish with cooking spray.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine soups, water or milk, seasoning packet from the rice, and melted butter and stir with a wire whisk until well blended.  Pour one-third of the soup mixture in the bottom of the baking dish and spread evenly with a spatula.  Sprinkle the dry rice evenly over the soup mixture.  Pour another third of the soup mixture over the rice and spread gently to cover.  Place chicken breasts on top of this layer and cover with remaining soup mixture.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, as desired, and bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes. 
*To prepare ahead, put the casserole together up to the baking point, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until baking time.  This is a good recipe to prepare Saturday night to put in the oven Sunday morning before church!  (Just be sure to take the plastic wrap off before baking!  haha!) 

Orange-Almond Salad
Salad:
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 bunch Romaine lettuce, washed, drained, & torn
2-3 green onions, sliced, including tops (optional)
¼ C. sliced almonds, toasted (to toast, place on baking sheet and broil until light brown—-watch closely!)

Combine all ingredients in large salad bowl.  Add dressing (see below) and toss.  Serve immediately.  Yield: 4-6 servings.

Dressing:
½ C. vegetable oil
3 TBSP vinegar
1 TBSP lemon juice
2 TBSP sugar
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. dry mustard
1/8 tsp. onion powder

Mix vinegar, lemon juice, and dry ingredients together with a wire whisk in a small bowl.  Add oil and mix well.  Pour mixture into a jar or salad dressing cruet.  Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.  Shake well and pour over salad just before serving. 

Steamed Broccoli
1 bunch fresh broccoli

Peel and trim stalk, remove leaves, and cut into spears.  Place a steaming rack in bottom of a large pan.  Place water up to the level of the rack.  Bring to a boil.  Add broccoli spears.  Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until broccoli is to desired tenderness.  Season broccoli to taste with butter, salt, and/or lemon juice.  Serve immediately. 

French Bread
Buy at the store and follow package directions! 

Dill Butter
½ C. softened butter
¼ tsp. garlic powder
1-2 tsp. dill weed

Put above ingredients in a small bowl and mix together with a fork or spoon until well blended. 
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Blessings from our family table to yours! 
We would love some “feed”-back from you!  :o)

Our Family Table