Posts tagged ‘mercy’

May 16, 2017

Scripture at Sunrise 5.16.2017

“Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.” -Matthew 5:7

It is not meet that the man who will not forgive should be forgiven, nor shall he who will not give to the poor have his own wants relieved. God will measure to us with our own bushels, and those who have been hard masters and hard creditors will find that the Lord will deal hardly with them. “He shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy.”

This day let us try to give and to forgive. Let us mind the two bears – bear and forbear. Let us be kind, gentle, and tender. Let us not put harsh constructions upon men’s conduct, nor drive hard bargains, nor pick foolish quarrels, nor be difficult to please. Surely we wish to be blessed, and we also want to obtain mercy: let us be merciful, that we may have mercy. Let us fulfill the condition, that we may earn the beatitude. Is it not a pleasant duty to be kind? Is there not much more sweetness in it than in being angry and ungenerous? Why, there is a blessedness in the thing itself! Moreover, the obtaining of mercy is a rich reward. What but sovereign grace could suggest such a promise as this’. We are merciful to our fellow mortal in pence, and the Lord forgives us “all the debt.”

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

February 16, 2017

Scripture at Sunrise 2.16.2017

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“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—” -Ephesians 2:4-5

Corporate worship is designed to remind you of an invasion, not by an enemy army, but the invasion of grace by your Messiah Savior King. -Paul Tripp via Twitter

February 14, 2017

Scripture at Sunrise 2.14.2017

“Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.” -Psalm 32:10

O fair reward of trust! My Lord, grant it me to the full! The truster above all men feels himself to be a sinner; and lo, mercy is prepared for him: he knows himself to have no deservings, but mercy comes in and keeps house for him on a liberal scale. O Lord, give me this mercy, even as I trust in Thee!

Observe, my soul, what a bodyguard thou hast! As a prince is compassed about with soldiery, so art thou compassed about with mercy. Before and behind, and on all sides, ride these mounted guards of grace. We dwell in the center of the system of mercy, for we dwell in Christ Jesus.

O my soul, what an atmosphere dost thou breathe! As the air surrounds thee, even so does the mercy of thy Lord. To the wicked there are many sorrows, but to thee there are so many mercies that thy sorrows are not worth mentioning. David says, “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous; and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” In obedience to this precept my heart shall triumph in God, and I will tell out my gladness. As Thou hast compassed me with mercy, I will also compass Thine altars, O my God, with songs of thanksgiving!

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

October 10, 2016

Scripture after Sunset 10.10.2016

Sunday Morning Sermon: A Deeper Look at the Cross | Romans 3:25 | Steve Wainright
“Whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins.” -Romans 3:25

God the Father has set forth Jesus Christ to be a propitiation. Like the mercy seat on the ark of the covenant, Christ protects us from the wrath of God.

-excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Morning Sermon

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Sunday Morning Sermon: A Deeper Look at the Cross | Romans 3:25 | Steve Wainright
Sunday Evening Sermon: The Master Evangelist | John 4:1-30 | Anthony Vance

August 16, 2016

Scripture at Sunrise 8.16.2016

“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” -Proverbs 28:13

Here is the way of mercy for a guilty and repenting sinner. He must cease from the habit of covering sin. This is attempted by falsehood, which denies sin; by hypocrisy, which conceals it; by boasting, which justifies it; and by loud profession, which tries to make amends for it.

The sinner’s business is to confess and forsake. The two must go together. Confession must be honestly made to the Lord Himself, and it must include within itself acknowledgment of the wrong, sense of its evil, and abhorrence of it. We must not throw the fault upon others, nor blame circumstances, nor plead natural weakness. We must make a clean breast of it and plead guilty to the indictment. There can be no mercy till this is done.

Furthermore, we must forsake the evil; having owned our fault, we must disown all present and future intent to abide in it. We cannot remain in rebellion and yet dwell with the King’s majesty. The habit of evil must be quitted, together with all places, companions, pursuits, and books which might lead us astray. Not for confession, nor for reformation, but in connection with them we find pardon by faith in the blood of Jesus.

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

May 30, 2016

Scripture at Sunrise 5.30.2016

The Temple Cleanser | John 2:12-17 | Anthony Vance
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” -1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Just as Christ showed grace and mercy as He cleansed the temple by making the problem known, God came into the temple of my heart and overturned my tables, letting me know I was living wrong. What mercy! -Anthony Vance

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Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: The Impartial Judge | Romans 2:11 | Steve Wainright
Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: The Temple Cleanser | John 2:12-17 | Anthony Vance

May 18, 2016

Scripture at Sunrise 5.18.2016

“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

We deserve God’s judgment, but we’re so used to His mercies that when something tragic happens and rocks our world, we are quick to question His justice. As long as you have breath, God is showing you kindness. Why? To lead you to repentance. -Steve Wainright in “Making Light of God’s Goodness

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Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: Making Light of God’s Goodness | Romans 2:4-5 | Steve Wainright
Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: Blessings of Obedience | John 2:5-7 | Anthony Vance

March 24, 2016

Scripture at Sunrise 3.24.2016

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” -Ephesians 2:10

God has new mercy for you this morning, new grace for your sins, and new good deeds for you to walk in. -Kevin DeYoung via Twitter

March 15, 2016

Scripture at Sunrise 3.15.2016

“Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: Though I removed them far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while in the countries where they have gone.’” -Ezekiel 11:16

Banished from the public means of grace, we are not removed from the grace of the means. The Lord who places His people where they feel as exiles will Himself be with them and be to them all that they could have had at home, in the place of their solemn assemblies. Take this to yourselves, O ye who are called to wander!

God is to His people a place of refuge. They find sanctuary with Him from every adversary, He is their place of worship, too. He is with them as with Jacob when he slept in the open field, and rising, said, “Surely God was in this place,” To them also He will be a sanctuary of quite, like the Holy of Holies, which was the noiseless abode of the Eternal. They shall be quiet from fear of evil.

God Himself, in Christ Jesus, is the sanctuary of mercy. The Ark of the Covenant is the Lord Jesus, and Aaron’s rod, the pot of manna, the tables of the law, all are in Christ our sanctuary. In God we find the shrine of holiness and of communion. What more do we need? O Lord, fulfill this promise and be ever to us as a little sanctuary!

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

February 16, 2016

Scripture at Sunrise 2.15.2016

“I will not execute my burning anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and not a man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.” -Hosea 11:9

The Lord thus makes known His sparing mercies. It may be that the reader is now under heavy displeasure, and everything threatens his speedy doom. Let the text hold him up from despair. The Lord now invites you to consider your ways and confess your sins. If He had been man, He would long ago have cut you off. If He were now to act after the manner of men, it would be a word and a blow and then there would be an end of you: but it is not so, for “as high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are his ways above your ways.”

You rightly judge that He is angry, but He keepeth not His anger forever: if you turn from sin to Jesus, God will turn from wrath. Because God is God, and not man, there is still forgiveness for you, even though you may be steeped up to your throat in iniquity. You have a God to deal with and not a hard man, or even a merely just man. No human being could have patience with you. You would have wearied out an angel, as you have wearied your sorrowing Father; but God is longsuffering. Come and try Him at once. Confess, believe, and turn from your evil way, and you shall be saved.

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