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Scripture at Sunrise 6.18.2020

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She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. -Proverbs 31:26

Lord, save me from the sins of my tongue and the flaws of character that fuel them. Make my words honest (by taking away my fear), few (by taking away my self-importance), wise (by taking away my thoughtlessness), and kind (by taking away my indifference and irritability). Amen. -Tim Keller via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 7.18.2019

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“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” -Romans 2:4

God’s kindness leads us to repentance. What God accomplishes with kindness, we are not going to achieve with snarkiness. –Sam Allberry

Scripture at Sunrise 7.5.2016

“But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord; and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid.” -Jeremiah 39:17

When the Lord’s faithful ones are suffering for Him, they shall have sweet messages of love from Himself, and sometimes they shall have glad tidings for those who sympathize with them and help them. Ebed-melech was only a despised Ethiopian, but he was kind to Jeremiah, and so the Lord sent him this special promise by the mouth of His prophet. Let us be ever mindful of God’s persecuted servants, and He will reward us.

Ebed-melech was to be delivered from the men whose vengeance he feared. He was a humble… man, but Jehovah would take care of him. Thousands were slain by the Chaldeans, but [he] could not be hurt. We, too, may be fearful of some great ones who are bitter against us; but if we have been faithful to the Lord’s cause in the hour of persecution, He will be faithful to us. After all, what can a man do without the Lord’s permission? He puts a bit into the mouth of rage and a bridle upon the head of power. Let us fear the Lord, and we shall have no one else to fear. No cup of cold water given to a despised prophet of God shall be without its reward; and if we stand up for Jesus, Jesus will stand up for us.

[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 11.3.2014

Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | 2 Samuel 10 | Audio
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. -Matthew 5:44

God had filled David’s heart with love and he wanted to show the kindness of God’s love to others, but David’s motives were questioned and his kindness was rejected. How do you respond when someone insults or offends you? Human nature gets defensive and wants to retaliate, but what Jesus tells us to do is supernatural and take the Spirit of God working in your life. He says to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.

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Scripture at Sunrise 10.27.2014

Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | 2 Samuel 9 | Audio
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. -Ephesians 4:32

The grace of God is on full display as David shows kindness to Mephibosheth. There are multiple beautiful images that can be seen in this passage showing our helpless state and God’s loyal love. Grace is always one-sided.

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Scripture at Sunrise 3.29.2010

Sunday School | Ruth 1 | Bro. Roger Harden
“For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”  -Ruth 1:16b-17

Note the difference between being kind vs. being pleasant.  Kindness carries committment with it.  Ruth made a committment to Naomi that was stronger than marriage.  She left her home, accepting widowhood and childlessness.  (We also discussed the providence of God, even in suffering, and the importance of reminding yourself there is a bigger picture.) 
A side note: I was so blessed by Sunday School this morning!  We had a great discussion that was very encouraging.  I love it when everyone participates in discussion and you can see the Holy Spirit at work in people’s hearts. 

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  -1 Corinthians 10:31
Are you glorifying God in your Christian freedom?
[vs. 23- “All things are lawful for me…”  So does this mean that anything is fair game?  vs. 6- No.]

Will it glorify God? 
1)Does your decision edify/build others up or does it indulge self?  (Acts 20:32; 1 Corinthians 14:3, 8:1, 14:26; Ephesians 4:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Ephesians 4:29; 2 Corinthians 12:19)  *How much have you refrained from doing for the good of others?

2)Avoid Legalism
Don’t ask detailed questions.  Don’t get nit-picky. 
vs. 27- Dinner with an unbeliever?  Don’t ask questions about what they giveyou. 
vs. 28- Don’t offend the weaker brother. 
vs. 29- Show love toward the other…don’t bring it into question. 
vs. 30- Don’t give thanks for something and then turn around and offend someone with it. 
WHY? 
vs. 31- Because the glory of God should be your guiding principle in life.  (Colossians 3:4)
vs. 32-33- Paul was not going to aim not to offend anyone because his purpose was to win others to the Lord. 
vs. 1- Follow me as I follow Christ.

Are you living your life to the glory of God?

Evening Worship | Leviticus 26 | Pastor Steve Wainright

Leviticus 26:  God has put the way of life and death, blessing and cursing before the children of Israel.  As you read in verse 26 this is a conclusion of all we have read in Leviticus to this point.  The ultimate message is choices have consequences.  In verses 1 and 2 we se the supreme test of worship.  Verses 1-2 give two of the 10 commandments.  These two are the core of worship.  Verse 1 warns against false worship while verse 2 stresses obedience. 

In verses 3-13 we see blessings promised.  There are material blessings as we see in these verses related to rain and harvest, peace and the Lord causing the people to be fruitful.  The spiritual blessing is Gods’ promised presence.  For us today we can see many of the numerous blessings of God. For example: Mt. 6:31-32; His Spirit, prayer, power and relationship to name a few.  In verses 14-39 we see cursings.  Much more in number than the blessings.  Curses are not words said against someone but consequences of behavior.  Repentance is possible!  A curse is the opposite of a blessing.  The curses increase to the point Israel is no longer a nation.  In the N.T. there are no curses for the Christian, only discipline (Hebrews 12:5-11).  Punishment is for the unbeliever and discipline is for the believer.  Christ redeemed us from the curse.  Finally, in Lev. 26:40-46, we see grace displayed.  Restoration comes after repentance.  In verse 41, it isn’t the people who humble their hearts, it is God.  The only way a person can humble their heart is for their heart to be circumcised…God alone can do that.  Notice Colossians 2:11.

[Kudos to your Pastor for blogging the summary of this evening’s message!]