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Scripture at Sunrise 12.31.2020

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9
Thank you, Lord Jesus. You don’t promise to give us storm-less lives. But you do promise never to give us a Christ-absent day… including today. -Scotty Smith via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 10.22.2020

“For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your reward.” -Isaiah 52:12

“The Lord may be very close to you, dear child, when you can’t see him, perhaps closer than ever he was when you could see him. The presence of God is not to be measured by the realization of it.” — Charles Haddon Spurgeon from “The Glory in the Rear” preached on August 3, 1884

-via Darrell B. Harrison on Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 7.1.2019

“For thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live: But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought.” -Amos 5:4-5

The Israelites were focused on the place (Bethel), but what made it special was that God met them there! If there is anything special about this building, it will be because God meets us here. We need the presence of God.

excerpt from Josh Wilson’s Sunday Evening Sermon: Proper Worship

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Scripture at Sunrise 3.31.2015

Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. -Proverbs 3:25-26

When God is abroad in judgments, He would not have His people alarmed. He has not come forth to harm but to defend the righteous.

He would have them manifest courage. We who enjoy the presence of God ought to display presence of mind. Since the Lord Himself may suddenly come, we ought not to be surprised at anything sudden. Serenity under the rush and roar of unexpected evils is a precious gift of divine love.

The Lord would have His chosen display discrimination so that they may see that the desolation of the wicked is not a real calamity to the universe. Sin alone is evil; the punishment which follows thereupon is as a preserving salt to keep society from putrefying. We should be far more shocked at the sin which deserves hell than at the hell which comes out of sin.

So, too, should the Lord’s people exhibit great quietness of spirit. Satan and his serpent seed are full of all subtlety; but those who walk with God shall not be taken in their deceitful snares. Go on, believer in Jesus, and let the Lord be thy confidence.

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

Scripture at Sunrise 11.27.2012

And He said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. -Exodus 33:14

Precious promise! Lord, enable me to appropriate it as all my own.

We must go at certain times from our abode, for here we have no continuing city. It often happens that when we feel most at home in a place, we are suddenly called away from it. Here is the antidote for this ill. The Lord Himself will keep us company. His presence, which includes His favor, His fellowship, His care, and His power, shall be ever with us in every one of our marchings. This means far more than it says; for, in fact, it means all things. If we have God present with us, we have possession of heaven and earth. Go with me, Lord, and then command me where Thou wilt!

But we hope to find a place of rest. The text promises it. We are to have rest of God’s own giving, making, and preserving. His presence will cause us to rest even when we are on the march, yea, even in the midst of battle. Rest! Thrice blessed word. Can it ever be enjoyed by mortals? Yes, there is the promise, and by faith we plead it. Rest comes from the Comforter, from the Prince of Peace, and from the glorious Father who rested on the seventh day from all His works. To be with God is to rest in the most emphatic sense.

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