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Scripture at Sunrise 11.6.2019

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” -Galatians 5:13

Are you free in Christ? Don’t use your freedom to indulge self, but to serve others. -excerpt from Pastor Steve Wainright’s Wednesday Evening Sermon “Abusing Prosperity

Scripture at Sunset 5.1.2017

Sunday Morning | Are You Free? | Romans 6:15-23 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.” -Romans 6:17-18

The only way you can obey God is to hear His Word. -excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Morning Sermon

Scripture at Sunrise 3.7.2017

“The Lord looseth the prisoner.” -Psalm 146:7

He has done it. Remember Joseph, Israel in Egypt, Manasseh, Jeremiah, Peter, and many others. He can do it still. He breaks the bars of brass with a word and snaps the fetters of iron with a look. He is doing it. In a thousand places troubled ones are coming forth to light and enlargement. Jesus still proclaims the opening of the prison to them that are bound. At this moment doors are flying back and fetters are dropping to the ground.

He will delight to set you free, dear friend, if at this time you are mourning because of sorrow, doubt, and fear. It will be joy to Jesus to give you liberty. It will give Him as great a pleasure to loose you as it will be a pleasure to you to be loosed. No, you have not to snap the iron hand: the Lord Himself will do it. Only trust Him, and He will be your Emancipator. Believe in Him in spite of the stone walls or the manacles of iron. Satan cannot hold you, sin cannot enchain you, even despair cannot bind you if you will now believe in the Lord Jesus, in the freeness of His grace, and the fullness of His power to save.

Defy the enemy, and let the word now before you be your song of deliverance; “Jehovah looseth the prisoners.”

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

Scripture at Sunrise 6.18.2015

“…and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith.” -Romans 3:24-25

“Grace is free only because the giver himself has borne the cost.” -Philip Yancey (via Scotty Smith on Twitter)

Scripture at Sunrise 6.8.2010

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”  -James 1:5

If any of you lack wisdom. There is no “if” in the matter, for I am sure I lack it. What do I know? How can I guide my own way? How can I direct others? Lord, I am a mass of folly, and wisdom I have none.

Thou sayest, “Let him ask of God.” Lord, I now ask. Here at Thy footstool I ask to be furnished with heavenly wisdom for this day’s perplexities, ay, and for this day’s simplicities; for I know I may do very stupid things, even in plain matters, unless Thou dost keep me out of mischief.

I thank Thee that all I have to do is to ask. What grace is this on Thy part, that I have only to pray in faith and Thou wilt give me wisdom’. Thou dost here promise me a liberal education, and that, too, without an angry tutor or a scolding usher. This, too, Thou wilt bestow without a fee — bestow it on a fool who lacks wisdom. O Lord, I thank Thee for that positive and expressive word “It shall be given him.” I believe it. Thou wilt this day make Thy babe to know the hidden wisdom which the carnally prudent never learn. Thou wilt guide me with Thy counsel and afterwards receive me to glory.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, June 8 entry]

Scripture at Sunrise 3.1.2010

Sunday School | Matthew 26:6-13 | Bro. Roger Harden

“…’Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to Me.  For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have Me…'”  -Matthew 26:10-11
vs. 6-7: Jesus was not concerned with public opinion.  He was in the leper’s house.  We are spiritual lepers.
vs. 8-9: Disciples thought this was wasteful.  They were with Him all the time and perhaps took His presence for granted.
vs. 10-13: Jesus addressed the bickering and talking behind the woman’s back.  He made sure the disciples had their priorities straight.  If you’re helping the poor, tell them WHY you are giving them $10, because you have been given much.

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 | Pastor Steve Wainright

“For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.”  -1 Corinthians 9:19
Paul was free in Christ, but made himself a bond-servant because of his great love for Christ, sacrificing all he had to win others to the Lord.  Paul adapted his life to reach others and met them right where they were, earning the right to share the Gospel with them.  He also subjected his body to his mind.  If he didn’t practice what he preached, he’d be disqualified from the ministry.

Evening Worship | Leviticus 23:1-3 | Pastor Steve Wainright

“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from His.”  -Hebrews 4:9-10
*The Lord appointed the Sabbath as a day of rest and rejoicing to constantly remind the Israelites Who their covenant was with (their Creator and Redeemer…Exodus 12/20:8, Genesis 2:1-3).
*Christ is our rest.  We don’t have to work to get to Heaven.  It’s not what we do that pleases God.  It’s what Christ has done that gives us peace with God, and therefore gives us rest.  (Hebrews 4:9-10; Matthew 11:28-30)
*Gathering together encourages.  Your obedience to the Word of God shows forth your profession.  If you love Christ, you will keep His commandments.  (Hebrews 10:24-25; John)  The love of Christ motivates us to come worship Him with others He has shown love to.  Examine yourself.  (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Scripture at Sunrise 1.26.10

“He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not; he will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.”  -Job 33:27-28

This is a word of truth, gathered from the experience of a man of God, and it is tantamount to a promise. What the Lord has done, and is doing, He will continue to do while the world standeth. The Lord will receive into His bosom all who come to Him with a sincere confession of their sin; in fact, He is always on the lookout to discover any that are in trouble because of their faults.

Can we not endorse the language here used? Have we not sinned, sinned personally so as to say, “I have sinned”? Sinned willfully, having perverted that which is right? Sinned so as to discover that there is no profit in it but an eternal loss? Let us, then, go to God with this honest acknowledgment. He asks no more. We can do no less.

Let us plead His promise in the name of Jesus. He will deliver us from the pit of hell which yawns for us; He will grant us life and light. Why should we despair? Why should we even doubt? The Lord does not mock humble souls. He means what He says. The guilty can be forgiven. Those who deserve execution can receive free pardon. Lord, we confess, and we pray Thee to forgive!

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, January 25 entry]

Scripture at Sunrise 12.11.09

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.”  -Isaiah 9:2

Hark the Herald Angels Sing! verse 3

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

[Words by Charles Wesley; Music by Felix Mendelssohn]