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Scripture at Sunrise 04.27.2021

“The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.” -Psalm 138:8

He who has begun will carry on the work which is being wrought within my soul. The Lord is concerned about everything that concerns me. All that is now good, but not perfect, the Lord will watch over, preserve, and carry out to completion. This is a great comfort. I could not perfect the work of grace myself. Of that I am quite sure, for I fail every day and have only held on so long as I have because the Lord has helped me. If the Lord were to leave me, all my past experience would go for nothing, and I should perish from the way. But the Lord will continue to bless me. He will perfect my faith, my love, my character, my lifework. He will do this because He has begun a work in me. He gave me the concern I feel, and, in a measure, He has fulfilled my gracious aspirations, He never leaves a work unfinished; this would not be for His glory, nor would it be like Him. He knows how to accomplish His gracious design, and though my own evil nature and the world and the devil all conspire to hinder Him, I do not doubt His promise. He will perfect that which concerneth me, and I will praise Him forever. Lord, let Thy gracious work make some advance this day!

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

Scripture at Sunrise 5.10.2012

“For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” -Hebrews 10:14

Perfect in position, not yet in practice. “By a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” -Mike Donehey via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 10.3.2011

“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” -2 Corinthians 13:11-14

Paul’s Last Words to this troubled Corinthian Church:

1) Rejoice! 
-Paul has just spent most of his letter rebuking them and now tells them to rejoice. They should rejoice that someone loves them enough to rebuke them and help them get back on track!
-No matter what goes on in your life, because Jesus rose from the dead, no one can take your joy from you! (John 16:22)
-Joy is hooked into the doctrine of the sovereignty of God. If you lose sight that God is in control, you lose the hold on your joy. (Romans 8:28; Philippians 4:4)

2)Be perfect. Aim for restoration. Complete something that is incomplete. Put back in order that which is out of order.
Galatians 6:1; Ephesians 4:11-12

3)Be of good comfort. Comfort one another. Come alongside.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

4)Be of one mind. Believe the same truth.
Philippians 1:27; Ephesians 4

5)Live in peace.
John 14:27, 16:33; Romans 8:6

Promise: When you are doing these things, the God of love and peace will be with you!

vs. 12-13- Paul desired the believers there to show genuine affection. Greet others affectionately…not sensually, but affectionately, genuinely showing the love of Christ to one another.
“By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

vs. 14- The grace of Christ was displayed on the cross, came from the love of God, and once you experience that grace and love, you have fellowship with the Spirit!

Scripture at Sunrise 11.18.09

“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul…”  -Psalm 19:7

“Even on days when every cinder in our soul feels cold, if we crawl to the Word of God and cry out for ears to hear, the cold ashes will be lifted and the tiny spark of life will be fanned.  For ‘the law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.’”  -John Piper

[via GirlTalk’s post “For Our Profit”]

Scripture at Sunrise 8.6.09

“For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”  -2 Corinthians 5:21

“If He had faltered even once,
In flames of hell would men abide.
Then ponder Christ, and praise at length
The strength of Him there crucified.”

– Kevin Hartnett, If He Had Faltered Even Once (May, 2007)
[via Of First Importance]