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Scripture after Sunset 7.17.2017

Sunday Evening | Generosity Blessed, Faith Stretched | 2 Kings 4:8-37
“And when he had lifted him and brought him to his mother,the child sat on her lap till noon, and then he died.” -2 Kings 4:20

God knows exactly where your faith needs to grow–and sometimes that growing can be painful. -excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Evening Sermon
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SERMON AUDIO
Sunday Morning 7/16 – Romans 8:14-17Led by the Spirit
Sunday Evening 7/16 – 2 Kings 4:8-37 | Generosity Blessed, Faith Stretched
Wednesday Evening 7/5 – Ezekiel 29 | God’s Prophecy Against Egypt
Wednesday Evening 7/12 – Ezekiel 30-32Pharaoh’s Fall

Scripture at Sunrise 4.26.2016

“And the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all that thou doest.” -Deuteronomy 15:18

An Israelitish master was to give his bondservant liberty in due time, and when he left his service he was to start him in life with a liberal portion. This was to be done heartily and cheerfully, and then the Lord promised to bless the generous act. The spirit of this precept, and, indeed, the whole law of Christ, binds us to treat people well. We ought to remember how the Lord has dealt with us, and that this renders it absolutely needful that we should deal graciously with others. It becomes those to be generous who are the children of a gracious God. How can we expect our great Master to bless us in our business if we oppress those who serve us?

What a benediction is here set before the liberal mind! To be blessed in all that we do is to be blessed indeed. The Lord will send us this partly in prosperity, partly in content of mind, and partly in a sense of His favor, which is the best of all blessings. He can make us feel that we are under His special care and are surrounded by His peculiar love. This makes this earthly life a joyous prelude to the life to come. God’s blessing is more than a fortune. It maketh rich and addeth no sorrow therewith.

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

Scripture at Sunrise 3.1.2016

“But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in, secret Himself shall regard thee openly.” -Matthew 6:3-4

No promise is made to those who give to the poor to be seen of men. They have their reward at once and cannot expect to be paid twice.

Let us hide away our charity — yes, hide it even from ourselves. Give so often and so much as a matter of course that you no more take note that you have helped the poor than that you have eaten your regular meals. Do your alms without even whispering to yourself, How generous I am! Do not thus attempt to reward yourself. Leave the matter with God, who never fails to see, to record, and to reward. Blessed is the man who is busy in secret with his kindness: he finds a special joy in his unknown benevolences. This is the bread, which eaten by stealth, is sweeter than the banquets of kings. How can I indulge myself today with this delightful luxury? Let me have a real feast of tenderness and Row of soul.

Here and hereafter the Lord Himself will personally see to the rewarding of the secret giver of alms. This will be in His own way and time; and He will choose the very best. How much this promise means it will need eternity to reveal.

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

Scripture at Sunrise 4.21.2015

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and He will repay him for his deed.” -Proverbs 19:17

We are to give to the poor out of pity. Not to be seen and applauded, much less to get influence over them; but out of pure sympathy and compassion we must give them help.

We must not expect to get anything back from the poor, not even gratitude; but we should regard what we have done as a loan to the Lord. He undertakes the obligation, and, if we look to Him in the matter, we must not look to the second party. What an honor the Lord bestows upon us when He condescends to borrow of us! That merchant is greatly favored who has the Lord on his books. It would seem a pity to have such a name down for a paltry pittance; let us make it a heavy amount. The next needy man that comes this way, let us help him.

As for repayment, we can hardly think of it, and yet here is the Lord’s note of hand. Blessed be His name, His promise to pay is better than gold and silver. Are we running a little short through the depression of the times? We may venture humbly to present this bill at the bank of faith, Has any one of our readers [oppressed] the poor? Poor soul. May the Lord forgive him.

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

Scripture at Sunrise 11.14.2013

“Freely ye have received, freely give.” -Matthew 10:8

“Generosity is not only about money. There is more than one currency. Let your generosity be pervasive in life.” -Tim Keller via Twitter