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Scripture at Sunrise 3.7.2018

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:1-2

A heart of love motivates service more than fear. God wants a living sacrifice–your life, your being, who you are. -excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Morning Sermon

This Week’s Sermon Audio
Sunday Morning 3/4 – Romans 12:1-2
Commitment Driven By Mercies
Sunday Evening 3/4 – John 10:22-31
You Are Greatly Loved
Wednesday Evening 2/28 – 2 Kings 15:8-38
Self-Seeking Kings

Scripture at Sunrise 9.28.2016

“You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before Him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.” -John 3:28-30

Our times and purposes on this earth are temporary. Times change. God’s plans for each are different and we do not dictate the terms of our service.

John the Baptist understood the sovereignty of God, he knew who he was and what his place was, and he had a right view of his service. His response to this transition in his ministry is an example for us.

“Whatever it is that glorifies my Master, that’s what I want.”

-excerpts from Anthony Vance’s Evening Sermon

Sunday Morning Sermon: Dressed in His Righteousness | Romans 3:21-23 | Steve Wainright
Sunday Evening Sermon: Transitions in Ministry | John 3:22-30 | Anthony Vance


Scripture at Sunrise 5.12.2015

“Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored.” -Proverbs 27:18

He who tends the fig tree has figs for his pains, and he who waits on a good master has honor as his reward. Truly the Lord Jesus is the very best of masters, and it is an honor to be allowed to do the least act for His sake. To serve some lords is to watch over a crab tree and eat the crabs as one’s wages; but to set ye the Lord Jesus is to keep a fig tree of the sweetest figs. His service is in itself delight, continuance in it is promotion, success in it is blessedness below, and the reward for it is glory above.

Our greatest honors will be gathered in that season when the figs will be ripe, even in the next world. Angels who are now our servitors will bear us home when our day’s work is done. Heaven, where Jesus is, will be our honorable mansion, eternal bliss our honorable portion, and the Lord Himself our honorable companion. Who can imagine the full meaning of this promise: “He that waiteth on his master shall be honored”?

Lord, help me to wait upon my Master. Let me leave all idea of honor to the hour when Thou Thyself shalt honor me. May the Holy Spirit make me a lowly, patient worker and waiter!

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

Scripture at Sunrise 2.17.2015

“But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” -2 Chronicles 15:7

God had done great things for King Asa and Judah, but yet they were a feeble folk. Their feet were very tottering in the ways of the Lord, and their hearts very hesitating, so that they had to be warned that the Lord would be with them while they were with Him, but that if they forsook Him He would leave them. They were also reminded of the sister kingdom, how ill it fared in its rebellion and how the Lord was gracious to it when repentance was shown. The Lord’s design was to confirm them in His way and make them strong in righteousness. So ought it to be with us. God deserves to be served with all the energy of which we are capable.

If the service of God is worth anything, it is worth everything. We shall find our best reward in the Lord’s work if we do it with determined diligence. Our labor is not in vain in the Lord, and we know it. Halfhearted work will bring no reward; but when we throw our whole soul into the cause, we shall see prosperity. This text was sent to the author of these notes in a day of terrible storm, and it suggested to him to put on all steam, with the assurance of reaching port in safety with a glorious freight.

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

Scripture at Sunrise 3.4.2014

Them that honor Me I will honor. -1 Samuel 2:30

Do I make the honor of God the great object of my life and the rule of my conduct? If so, He will honor me. I may for a while receive no honor from man, but God will Himself put honor upon me in the most effectual manner. In the end it will be found the surest way to honor to be willing to be put to shame for conscience’ sake.

Eli had not honored the Lord by ruling his household well, and his sons had not honored the Lord by behavior worthy of their sacred office, and therefore the Lord did not honor them but took the high priesthood out of their family and made young Samuel to be ruler in the land instead of any of their tine. If I would have my family ennobled, I must honor the Lord in all things. God may allow the wicked to win worldly honors; but the dignity which He Himself gives, even glory, honor, and immortality, He reserves for those who by holy obedience take care to honor Him.

What can I do this day to honor the Lord? I will promote His glory by my spoken testimony and by my practical obedience, I will also honor Him with my substance and by offering to Him some special service. Let me sit down and think how I can honor Him, since He will honor me.

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

Scripture at Sunrise 3.14.2012


And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…” -Luke 1:46-47

Service is an act of faith. It isn’t me doing work for God, but it is me trusting God to do the work in me. That is what Mary did. She believed the angel, and then she offered herself as a servant. She didn’t pull herself up and get to work. Instead, she ran to Elizabeth her cousin and began to sing. Worship, not work, flows out of the hearts of those who believe. –Emily P. Freeman in “Grace for the Good Girl” (pg. 63)

Scripture at Sunrise 6.9.2011

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13

“We glorify God when our service comes from faith in His strength, because the one who gives the strength gets the glory.” -John Piper, via DesiringGod’s Twitter