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Scripture at Sunrise 10.18.2011

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” -Psalm 126:5

Weeping times are suitable for sowing: we do not want the ground to be too dry. Seed steeped in the tears of earnest anxiety will come up all the sooner. The salt of prayerful tears will give the good seed a flavor which will preserve it from the worm: truth spoken in awful earnestness has a double life about it. Instead of stopping our sowing because of our weeping, let us redouble our efforts because the season is so propitious.

Our heavenly seed could not fitly be sown laughing. Deep sorrow and concern for the souls of others are a far more fit accompaniment of godly teaching than anything like levity. We have heard of men who went to war with a light heart, but they were beaten; and it is mostly so with those who sow in the same style.

Come, then, my heart, sow on in thy weeping, for thou has the promise of a joyful harvest. Thou shalt reap. Thou, thyself, shalt see some results of thy labor. This shall come to thee in so large a measure as to give thee joy, which a poor, withered, and scanty harvest would not do. When thine eyes are dim with silver tears, think of the golden corn. Bear cheerfully the present toil and disappointment; for the harvest day will fully recompense thee.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, October 18 entry]

Scripture at Sunrise 7.18.2011

“You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” -2 Corinthians 9:11

Giving Bountifully, Purposefully, Cheerfully! 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

 

Give Bountifully (vs. 6)
Sowing appears to be a loss, when in reality, it’s great gain.

Give Purposefully (vs. 7)
Think about what you’re giving and why you are giving.
Give Joyfully (Romans 12:8- Cheerfully help others.)

Question: Should you give if you don’t have joy? Yes! Give anyway and fight for your joy!!!!
(No joy as a child of God=problem.) Serve Him joyfully! (Deuteronomy 28:47)

If you don’t have joy:
1)Pray you’ll see the goodness of God in the land of the living.
2)Put yourself where you’ll be captivated by God’s majesty, power, and splendor. (Mainly found in the Word of God. Camp there!)
3)Think about Hell, its agonies, and how Christ has saved you from that.

(vs. 8-15)
Want much? Sow much that you might sow some more. He will make you abound to give. God richly blesses us that we might be generous, all for the glory of God. Our giving increases thanksgivings to God.

Give to be able to give more.

When it came to describing God’s gift to us, Paul couldn’t even put it into words. He’s given us so much…salvation, righteousness, justification, redemption, grace. Such love. Such grace. This is the motivating factor of a child of God to be a giver.

Scripture at Sunrise 3.31.2011

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.” -1 Corinthians 3:7-8

Some nights we sow and some nights we reap, but we always work alongside a miracle-working Farmer in His beautiful field. -Louie Giglio via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 10.19.2010

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.”  -Psalm 126:5

Weeping times are suitable for sowing: we do not want the ground to be too dry. Seed steeped in the tears of earnest anxiety will come up all the sooner. The salt of prayerful tears will give the good seed a flavor which will preserve it from the worm: truth spoken in awful earnestness has a double life about it. Instead of stopping our sowing because of our weeping, let us redouble our efforts because the season is so propitious.

Our heavenly seed could not fitly be sown laughing. Deep sorrow and concern for the souls of others are a far more fit accompaniment of godly teaching than anything like levity. We have heard of men who went to war with a light heart, but they were beaten; and it is mostly so with those who sow in the same style.

Come, then, my heart, sow on in thy weeping, for thou has the promise of a joyful harvest. Thou shalt reap. Thou, thyself, shalt see some results of thy labor. This shall come to thee in so large a measure as to give thee joy, which a poor, withered, and scanty harvest would not do. When thine eyes are dim with silver tears, think of the golden corn. Bear cheerfully the present toil and disappointment; for the harvest day will fully recompense thee.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, October 18 entry]

Scripture at Sunrise 10.19.09

Sunday School | 1 John 4:7-21 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“We love because he first loved us.”  -1 John 4:19
Love people from His love.  Be willing to put yourself out for someone else.

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.  He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. -1 Corinthians 3:7-8
You will be rewarded according to your labor and faithfulness, not your “success” or “numbers.”
Children of God: Positionally, you are in Christ and are sanctified.  So, practically, are you living it out?

Evening Worship | Leviticus 4:1-35 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”  -Hebrews 10:10
God makes provision for atonement (at-one-ment) for each and every one.
Our Lamb has been provided for our sins!  Once for all!

Scripture at Sunrise 5.18.09

Sunday School Devotion | Matthew 1-2 | Bro. Wayne Sparks
“…He did as the angel of the Lord commanded him…” -Matthew 1:24
Joseph was the first adoptive father.  He was obedient to the Word of God and the Lord provided for them at the first baby shower in the Bible: Matthew 2:11! 
Wayne with Joshua SS Devo
Sunday School | Esther 8-10 | Bro. Steve Dawson
Read Esther 8 to find a lot of parallels to the Gospel! 
1) vs. 8- When we sin, God puts a seal that cannot be humanly reversed. (Ezekiel 4:9, James 2:10, Romans 2:12…)
2) vs. 9- Like Mordecai sent the message out (hastily), we should do the same. vs. 10- The Gospel message is a message that has the irreversible stamp of the King.  (Matthew 28:19, Ephesians 1:18, Ephesians 4:30)
3) vs. 10-14- There was an escape made through the blood of Christ (Romans 5:16-17)
4) vs. 15-17- Rejoice in your salvation as the Jews did. (Luke 10:19, John 16:22, Revelation 12:12)

Sunday Morning | Colossians 3:12 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…” -Colossians 3:12
Because of Christ’s great love in choosing us, we change our stinky clothes (Romans 13:14). 
Character Traits of a Christian:
1)Bowels of Mercy=Compassion (a deep concern and inward affection that moves us to action). 
Touch the untouchable.  Embrace the unembraceable.  Love the unloveable. 
2)Kindness=treating people with honor and respect no matter how they treat you. 
3)Humble-minded=lowly-minded
Attain this by acknowledging the sovereignty of God and recognizing His great grace!
4)Meekness=gentleness; soft and calm…lower your voice!  A soft answer turns away wrath.
5)Longsuffering=taking a long time to get hot=patient
Give someone time and room to grow.  Look at how patient God has been with you! 

Sunday Evening | Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 | Missionary John Mark Hatcher
“Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, ’Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”  -Matthew 13:30 

Chill out!
Stop judging.  We are not the judges, we are the rescuers.  God did not call us to make everybody stop smoking, drinking, etc., He called us to spread the Good News! 
Drop in!
Jesus dropped us into the dirt.  We are the seeds He has scattered!  How many friends do you have outside of your church?  Drop in the soil.  You never know who God is going to save.  It will be miserable for you in the soil. 
Sprout up and bloom!
Seek to live a life that adorns the Gospel…that attracts people and makes them want what you have.  Be careful not to be tempted while in the soil.  Strengthen your walk with Christ. 
Harvest!
The Lord will gather in those He has redeemed!

Wainrights and JMJ Hatchers