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Scripture at Sunrise 8.4.2020

“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee.” -Numbers 6:24

This first clause of the high priest’s benediction is substantially a promise. That blessing which our great High Priest pronounces upon us is sure to come, for He speaks the mind of God.

What a joy to abide under the divine blessing! This puts a gracious flavor into all things. If we are blessed, then all our possessions and enjoyments are blessed; yea, our losses and crosses and even our disappointments are blessed. God’s blessing is deep, emphatic, effectual. A man’s blessing may begin and end in words, but the blessing of the Lord makes rich and sanctifies. The best wish we can have for our dearest friend is not “may prosperity attend thee,” but “the Lord bless thee.”

It is equally a delightful thing to be kept of God; kept by Him, kept near Him, kept in Him. They are kept indeed whom God keeps; they are preserved from evil; they are reserved unto boundless happiness. God’s keeping goes with His blessing, to establish it and cause it to endure.

The author of this little book desires that the rich blessing and sure keeping here pronounced may come upon every reader who may at this moment be looking at these lines. Please breathe the text to God as a prayer for His servants.

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

Scripture at Sunrise 6.15.2020

“In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. Although He was a son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.” -Hebrews 5:7-10

The audience was about to face severe persecution, so what does the writer write to them about? Their Great High Priest. The storm was coming and was coming stronger. The writer was showing by the Spirit of God that Christ is the sure and steady anchor.

-Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Evening Sermon from  Hebrews 5:1-10 Our Great High Priest)

Scripture at Sunrise 4.20.2020

“Therefore He had to be made like His brothers in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because He Himself has suffered when tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.” -Hebrews 2:17-18

Jesus Christ came and took our place and took the wrath of God upon Himself for our sins. God saved us from Himself by sending Christ as our propitiation.

-Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Morning Sermon from Hebrews 2:16-18 — “Our Great High Priest“)


Scripture at Sunrise 12.19.2011

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” -Hebrews 4:15

When a weak chord is struck in the instrument of our human flesh, that weakness sympathetically resonates with our High Priest. He feels our infirmities. He has unequaled sympathy. He cares.

Scripture at Sunrise 11.16.09

Sunday School | 3 John | Bro. Steve Dawson
“Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.”  -3 John 1:11
-Follow the example of Gaius shown in vs. 1-8, who walked in the truth and love John taught.  Don’t follow the example of Diotrephes in vs. 9-10.

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 4:1-13 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute.  To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.”  -1 Corinthians 4:10-13
The biggest problem in the Corinthian church: prIde.  The answer to pride is humility.  How do we get humility?  Get before Almighty God.  Stand before His holiness, which is a humbling effect.  When you get before Him, you submit to His Word.

Evening Worship | Leviticus 8:1-9 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption.”  -1 Corinthians 1:30
This chapter coincides with Exodus 28 and shows the wardrobe of the High Priest.  Each piece is representative of Christ, our High Priest.  We learned that the coat represents Christ’s righteousness, the girdle represents a readiness to serve, the robe represents a right standing with God and fruitfulness, and the onyx stones on the ephod shows that the Lord carries His people close to His heart.  The urim and thummim remind us that the Lord guides us by His Spirit through His Word.  The breastplate reminds us that we are accepted and that the Lord keeps us.  The turban represents holiness unto the Lord.

God works in His people to make them beautiful for His glory!  (Ezekiel 16:8, Psalm 149:4, Isaiah 61:1-3)

Our High Priest is Jesus Christ!  Hebrews 3:1, 4:14-15, 5:10; 6:19; 7:26; 8:1; 9:24-28; 10:19-22

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]

Scripture at Sunrise 8.31.09

Sunday School | 2 Peter 3:1-18 | Bro. Roger Harden
“This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder…”  -2 Peter 3:1
vs. 1-4– Scoffers say nothing has changed.  “The Lord hasn’t returned yet, so is He really coming?” 
vs. 5– Scoffers overlook the flood.  Noah built the ark and warned people of God’s judgment for hundreds of years.  Imagine children walking around with their parents and passing Noah.  “Don’t pay attention to him.  He’s been saying that since your grandpa was born.” 
vs. 2– Go back and look at the prophecies.  We know that the Word they were proclaiming is true! 
vs. 8-10– Are we desiring our Lord to come back or are we enjoying this world too much?  This is a good measure of your spiritual life. 
vs. 11-13– Prepare for His coming
vs. 14-18– Be watchful.
*Living for Christ Until He Returns
vs. 18– To grow, you have to know how to grow.
>Praise Time: Praise Him every day when you get up!  Get into the joy of the Lord and praise Him with singing, etc.
>Prayer Time: If you don’t find time for prayer, you’ll pay the price.  Prayer is not about informing God about our needs, prayer changes us.
>Stay in the Word of God.  Study it.  It is a hedge for sin.  If you don’t study it, you will not grow in knowledge and temptation will creep in. 
*Have wonderful Christian fellowship.  This provides strength and encouragement!

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in Him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by Whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”  -1 Corinthians 1:4-9
>What advantage do you have as a saint of God?  If you’re not a saint, what advantage could you have? 
>Who is a saint?  A child of God, one who has called upon the Name of Christ and has been sanctified, set apart.  (vs. 2)
*You are holy, be holy.  Your life is hid with Christ on high.  (Colossians 3:5)  What God calls you to do, He will enable you to do.  You can’t do it on your own.  (John 8)  If you are in Christ, be conformed to His life.  “Just as He Who has called you is holy, so be holy in all that you do.” 
vs. 1-9– Who You Are // vs. 10-…– How You Should Act

What it means to be a saint:
1)Grace has been given=salvation (past)
2)Gifts have been given to glorify God (present)
3)Glory will be revealed in us (future)

Breaking it down:
1)The Grace that has been given
vs. 4– Paul gives thanks for grace in others’ lives.  He had gratitude for the grace of God.
Grace is a free gift.  It’s undeserved and cannot be earned.  As God has shown grace towards us, we want to exercise grace to others so they can see Christ in us.  Grace removes guilt!  Grace overrules sin!  If there was no sin in your life, grace could not have operated.  (Grace vs. Law) 
Romans 3:25– My sin demanded justice: the wrath of God and His condemnation. 
Your works will never make you a saint.  Only by His grace can you become a saint!
(vs. 4 shows God’s work by grace.  vs. 6 shows human acts by faith.) 
vs. 6– The Gospel becomes established and settles in you and you become a saint.
Therefore, live your life being holy.

2)Rich in Christ
vs. 5, 7; ch. 4:8; 2 Peter 1:3 – I’m rich in Christ!  I have all I need! 
vs. 5utterance=logos=word; We have the complete Word of God.  We have all been given the gift to be a witness to the grace and glory of the Lord.  // knowledge– You know all you need to know for the job you have to do.  You have everything you need for the task at hand.  (Colossians 2:10– Complete in Christ!)

3)What’s Coming to Us: Hope! 
vs. 7– We anticipate the coming of Christ. 
2 Peter 3:12– When He comes, that means Heaven for us. 
vs. 8– He will confirm us to the end.  We are blameless and faultless before Him!  This is an absolute guarantee! 
vs. 9– God is faithful: What He’s promised, He’ll do!  (Philippians 1:6)

He has called me by His grace. 
He is keeping me by His grace.
I will stand before Him by His grace.

Evening Worship | Exodus 39:1-31 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”  -Hebrews 4:14-15
-The same Aaron who led the Israelites into idol worship has been forgiven and restored to the ministry.  He was called to be the high priest.  He had fallen, but God forgave him!  (Exodus 40:12)
vs. 1– Aaron has a new outfit!  God was dressing him up fine.  The clothing was made from material that was identical to the material used to make the tabernacle.  God was identifying Aaron with the tabernacle. 

Aaron put on four articles of clothing:  
1)vs. 2-5– Ephod: a sleeveless vest with two gold straps.  vs. 6-7– There were stones over straps representing the tibes of Israel, showing he’s bearing their burdens. 
2)vs. 8-14– Breastplate: a square item that had 12 stones with names engraved on them, showing that the 12 tribes of Israel were close to his heart.  [Exodus 28:30– Urim and thummim also on the breastplate to discern God’s will.]
3)vs. 22-26– Robe: a blue robe with pomegranates and bells around the hem.  Pomegranates represented fruitfulness and the bells were there so the people would know the high priest had not been struck dead in the Holy of Holies. 
4)vs. 27-31– Turban: An elaborate headpice with a gold plate that said, “Holy unto the Lord.”  (Exodus 28:2)
The High Priest was a man just like us.  His clothes did not change him or make him perfect. 

OUR HIGH PRIEST: Jesus Christ! 
Hebrews 4:14-15– Our High Priest is perfect.  He’s touched by our weaknesses and our feelings. 
Hebrews 10:21– He presents us to God.  He intercedes on our behalf.  He carries our burdens!
*Christ sacrificed Himself for us.  The high priest had to make a sacrifice for himself.  (Hebrews 9:24– He entered into Heaven for me.  Take it personally!  Hebrews 7:26– We have the perfect High Priest!)
*When you have a burden you can’t share with another person or even express, we can rest assured that Jesus knows and cares because He knows exactly what we’re going through.  (Hebrews 7:23)
*He has made us priests!  (Revelation 1:5)  Therefore, we have access to the very throneroom of God.  (Hebrews 4:16
>Priests offer sacrifices, so what kind of sacrifices do we bring? 
Romans 12:1– Ourselves.  Our life. 
Hebrews 13:15– Continual praise and thanks. 
*Be holy…at work, at home, in your speech, in your thought life.  Be thankful. 
Zechariah 3:1-10– Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne!!!!

Scripture @ Sunrise 2.9.09

One of those Sundays where my notes don’t do anything justice!  How do you narrow so many good verses into the one that sums up the point that hit me hardest?  I don’t know.  I can’t, but I tried. 

Sunday School
John 19: The Death of Christ
“Behold the man upon the cross, my guilt upon His shoulders, ashamed I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers.  It was my sin that held Him there until it was accomplished.  His dying breath has brought me life.  I know that it is finished!!!!” -from “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”

Sunday Morning

“…giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”  –Colossians 1:12-14

I am thankful I am in Christ, qualified, delivered, transferred, redeemed, justified, and kept for the glory of God

Sunday Evening
“Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands…” -Isaiah 49:16
(This was in reference to the stones worn by the High Priest…in relation to Jesus our High Priest!  You’ll just have to listen to it!)
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What a blessing to have the Stantons there for the evening service.  It was their last service in the States before they return to Peru on Thursday after a long, hard year where they have learned to trust God even more.  Oh, the excitement in their faces was priceless!  I wanted to bottle it up (or go with them…you know)! 

Sarah with the Stantons