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Scripture at Sunrise 3.6.2018

“He blesseth the habitation of the just.” -Proverbs 3:33

He fears the Lord, and therefore he comes under the divine protection even as to the roof which covers himself and his family. His home is an abode of love, a school of holy training, and a place of heavenly light. In it there is a family altar where the name of the Lord is daily had in reverence. Therefore the Lord blesses his habitation. It may be a humble cottage or a lordly mansion; but the Lord’s blessing comes because of the character of the inhabitant and not because of the size of the dwelling.

That house is most blest in which the master and mistress are God-fearing people; but a son or daughter or even a servant may bring a blessing on a whole household. The Lord often preserves, prospers, and provides for a family for the sake of one or two in it, who are “just” persons in His esteem, because His grace has made them so. Beloved, let us have Jesus for our constant guest even as the sisters of Bethany had, and then we shall be blessed indeed.

Let us look to it that in all things we are just — in our trade, in our judgment of others, in our treatment of neighbors, and in our own personal character. A just God cannot bless unjust transactions.

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

Scripture at Sunrise 1.13.2016

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ…” -Philippians 3:20

“The weakness of so many modern Christians is that they feel too much at home in the world.” -A.W. Tozer

Scripture at Sunrise 3.5.2013

“He blesseth the habitation of the just.” -Proverbs 3:33

He fears the Lord, and therefore he comes under the divine protection even as to the roof which covers himself and his family. His home is an abode of love, a school of holy training, and a place of heavenly light. In it there is a family altar where the name of the Lord is daily had in reverence. Therefore the Lord blesses his habitation. It may be a humble cottage or a lordly mansion; but the Lord’s blessing comes because of the character of the inhabitant and not because of the size of the dwelling.

That house is most blest in which the master and mistress are Godfearing people; but a son or daughter or even a servant may bring a blessing on a whole household. The Lord often preserves, prospers, and provides for a family for the sake of one or two in it, who are “just” persons in His esteem, because His grace has made them so. Beloved, let us have Jesus for our constant guest even as the sisters of Bethany had, and then we shall be blessed indeed.

Let us look to it that in all things we are just — in our trade, in our judgment of others, in our treatment of neighbors, and in our own personal character. A just God cannot bless unjust transactions.

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

Scripture at Sunrise 10.2.2012

“And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” -Genesis 50:24

Joseph had been an incarnate providence to his brethren. All our Josephs die, and a thousand comforts die with them. Egypt was never the same to Israel after Joseph was dead, nor can the world again be to some of us what it was when our beloved ones were alive.

But see how the pain of that sad death was alleviated! They had a promise that the living God would visit them. A visit from Jehovah! What a favor! What a consolation! What a heaven below! O Lord, visit us this day; though indeed we are not worthy that Thou shouldest come under our roof.

But more was promised: the Lord would bring them out. They would find in Egypt a cold welcome when Joseph was dead; nay, it would become to them a house of bondage. But it was not to be so forever; they would come out of it by a divine deliverance and march to the land of promise. We shall not weep here forever. We shall be called home to the gloryland to join our dear ones. Wherefore, “comfort one another with these words.”

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

Scripture at Sunrise 6.15.2010

“The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.”  -Psalm 128:5

This is a promise to the God-fearing man who walks in the ways of holiness with earnest heed. He shall have domestic blessedness; his wife and children shall be a source of great home happiness. But then as a member of the church he desires to see the cause prosper, for he is as much concerned for the Lord’s house as for his own. When the Lord builds our house, it is but fitting that we should desire to see the Lord’s house builded. Our goods are not truly good unless we promote by them the good of the Lord’s chosen church.

Yes, you shall get a blessing when you go up to the assemblies of Zion; you shall be instructed, enlivened, and comforted, where prayer and praise ascend and testimony is borne to the great Sacrifice. “The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion.”

Nor shall you alone be profited; the church itself shall prosper; believers shall be multiplied, and their holy work shall be crowned with success. Certain gracious men have this promise fulfilled to them as long as they live. Alas! when they die the cause often flags. Let us be among those who bring good things to Jerusalem all their days. Lord, of Thy mercy make us such! Amen.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, June 15 entry]

Bro. Norris Ritchey meets Jesus Face to Face!

Bro. Norris Ritchey went home to be with the Lord around 2:40 this morning.  Just a couple of months ago, Bro. Norris started his battle with lung cancer and is now in the very presence of Jesus, face to face with Christ his Savior.  

Visitation:
Monday, June 1 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Kerr Bros. on Harrodsburg Road

Service:
Tuesday, June 2 at 2:30 p.m.
Kerr Bros. on Harrodsburg Road

Norris

[Obituary from Kerr Bros. Funeral Home]
RITCHEY, C. Norris, 62, husband of Becky Ritchey, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2009 at his residence. Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late Nancy W. and George W. Ritchey, Sr. He was a truck driver for Sunbelt. A Kentucky Colonel, Norris was a member of New Life Baptist Church as well as a former assistant Scout Master to Troop #59 and a member of the Ancient Age Street Rod Club. He and his wife were also foster parents. Besides his wife, he is survived by; two sons, Mark (Beverly) Ritchey of Shelbyville and Michael (Joy) Ritchey of Berea; a daughter, Brittany Harpe of OH; six grandchildren, Cassie, Cordell, Micah, Raelyn, Jasmine and Aryanna; three siblings, James Ritchey, Sarah R. Ritchey and Paul West; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be 2:30 pm Tuesday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. by Pastor Steven Wainright. Visitation will be 5-9 pm Monday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Carl Bradshaw, Wayne and Barry Hobbs, Jerry Larrison, Jack Pattie and Keith Flora. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Bills, Tom Peek, Jim Lawson and Jerry Cooper. Memorials are suggested to God’s Pantry, 1685 Jaggie Fox Way, Lexington, KY 40511 or the Bluegrass Council BSA, 3473 Yorkshire Medical Park, Lexington, KY 40509.

It Is Not Death To Die
It is not death to die,
to leave this weary road,
and join the saints who dwell on high,
who’ve found their home with God.
It is not death to close the eyes long dimmed by tears,
and wake in joy before Your throne,,
delivered from our fears.

O Jesus, conquering the grave,
Your precious blood has pow’r to save.
Those who trust in You will in Your mercy find
that it is not death to die.

It is not death to fling
aside this earthly dust,
and rise with strong and noble wing to live among the just.
It is not death to hear
the key unlock the door
that sets us free from mortal years
to praise You evermore. 

O Jesus, conquering the grave,
Your precious blood has pow’r to save.
Those who trust in You will in Your mercy find
that it is not death to die.

-Original words: Henri Malan (1787-1864)
-Translations: George Bethune (1847)
-Music, chorus and alternate words: Bob Kauflin
from “Come Weary Saints” by Sovereign Grace Music