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Scripture at Sunrise 5.17.2010

Sunday School | Colossians 3:12-20 | Bro. Roger Harden
“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”  -Colossians 3:14
We can’t truly love others until we truly understand how He has loved us. 

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 | Pastor Steve Wainright
How the Spirit Works Today
A)In the unbeliever: convicts of sin; convices of righteousness that only comes through Christ; convinces of the judgment to come; grants repentance and faith; quickens/gives life to us; changes our “chooser”  (John 3:7-8)
B)In the believer: seals us (Ephesians 1:13); keeps us by His power, which brings assurance and encouragement; progressively sanctifies us; possesses us (Romans 8:9); gives us liberty, making us free to live to the glory of God (2 Corinthians 3:17); raises us from death (Romans 8:11); leadus us (vs. 14); helps our weakness (vs. 26); intercedes for us; assists us in worshipping God; tunes our hearts to sing God’s grace; directs His churches (Acts 13); brings unity within the body by giving us gifts

Difference between spiritual gifts and talent: The Holy Spirit empowers the person who has the spiritual gift.  In Corinth, they were misusing the gifts, bringing pagan beliefs and practices into the church.  He gives us the faith to exercise the gifts He has given us (Romans 12:3)

vs. 4- gifts=charisma>Greek: “charis”>grace (Gifted by God; all because of His grace)
vs. 5- administration>ministries>Greek: “deacon”>to serve (use gifts to serve others, not for your personal use, meant to share); 1 Peter 4:10-11- He gives the ability to serve; Use the gifts to build up the body of believers (ch. 14:12)
vs. 6- diversities of operations>Greek: “energemata”>energy to carry out gifts God has given us
vs. 7- manifestation>made known to edify when you gather together
vs. 11- Every believer has gifts given by the Spirit.  (severally>Greek: “idios”>you’re the only one like you, unique in God’s sight; use same gifts in different ways=The body is edified and Christ gets the glory!)
*Manifest yoru fits for the encouragement of believers and the glory of God! 

Evening Worship | Numbers 3 | Bro. Jason Estes
I’ve heard nothing but good things about Bro. Jason’s sermon on Numbers 3.  I was at home with my grandmother, so I didn’t get to listen to it.  (I listened to Bro. Sugrim Ramesar’s message on Ephesians 1.)  So…here’s where you come in! INTERACTIVE POST!!!!  Leave a comment with what you learned from his message!

Scripture at Sunrise 5.3.2010

Sunday School | Colossians 1:1-14 | Bro. Steve Dawson
I. The credentials of the one praying (vs. 1-2)
     -apostle BY the will of God (He was chosen)
II. The character of the ones prayed for (vs. 3-8)
      -vs. 4: Faith in Christ (He never changes), love for brothers and sisters (stamp of approval on love for the Lord)
      -vs. 5: Future hope of something beyond this life (hoping in the right thing, HIM!)
      -vs. 6: The True Gospel continues to grow in the world and in you.  (Grow in the Word.  Dig for gold!)
            The Bible is shallow enough for a child to wade through it safely, yet deep enough for the most experienced diver to never reach the bottom.
      -Their church was growing, growing in depth, not necessarily in number.
III. The content of the prayer (vs. 9-14)
      -vs. 9-10: Wisdom to apply what you know
      -vs. 11-14: Praying for all these things so you can GLORIFY GOD!  Walk worthy of what He has done for you. 
*Pray this way for people and pray that God will prepare their path.

Morning Worship | I Corinthians 11:23-34 | Pastor Steve Wainright
-The Lord’s Supper restates your salvation. 
John 6:51-63- Bread of Life>Symbolism; Take Christ by faith.  The flesh profits nothing. 
John 13- His betrayal (a dark scene, but a beautiful picture of how God’s omnipotence triumphs over sinfulness).  The glory of God shines even brighter on the backdrop of sin.  (ex.: Joseph’s life or David’s sin that involved adultery, murder, and lying brought us Psalm 51)
vs. 23: He took bread.  Passover.  (Luke 22:20- Old covenant done away with; no more need for sacrifice)
-Purpose of the Lord’s Supper: Remember
vs. 24-25: Not observing it=disobedient. 
Broken for you.  Colossians 1:5=for you.  Colossians 1:7,9=for you.  He lived a perfect life for you.  He suffered for you.  He died for you.  He rose again for you.  He lives to make intercession for you.  So, remember Him. 
vs. 26: Remembering that He died for your sins.   Remembering He lived a perfect life for you.  Refreshing your committment to Him.  Proclaims the Gospel. 
vs. 27-32: Preparation for it. 
      vs. 27: Unworthy (nobody is worthy)=going throug the motions, refuse to repent, lack of respect and love to other brothers and sisters= dishonors Christ
      vs. 28: Examine yourself.  Get yoruself right with God. 
      vs. 29-32: Serious consequences.
*Examine yoruself.

Scripture at Sunrise 4.26.2010

Sunday School | Luke 14:15-24 | Bro. Roger Harden
“…‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’”  -Luke 14:20b
vs. 18-20- On making excuses: As a Christian, are you rejecting Christ’s invitation to spend time with Him and fellowship with Him in His Word?  Do you enjoy spending time with Him?  He will make time for you to make time to spend time with Him.  He is jealous for our affections. 
vs. 21- We are spirtually poor, crippled, blind and lame.  That’s who we are before God without Christ.  (Luke 18) We must get a right view of God’s holiness and justice. 
vs. 24- GO out and share the Gospel. 

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 11:17-22 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.”  -1 Corinthians 11:22
The Lord’s Supper is one of two ordinances given to believers (the other being baptism).  It’s a law to keep, a command, not an option. 
vs. 17- Paul comes down hard on the Corinthians, reminding them to practice the Lord’s Supper when they are assembled. 
vs. 18- Their division is a social issue.  Some didn’t associate with others.  Solution: Live the truth that the ground is level at the cross.  (Ephesians 2:14-18)  The Corinthians were building the wall back up that Christ had broken down.  Believers help believers because they have all things in common (Acts 2:44).
vs. 19- There must be differences of opinion among you.  Why?  To accomplish God’s purpose. 

Why are there problems in churches?  It’s a necessity.  It manifests the good.  Only through the difficult times do you see the good shine through.  Are there squabbles?  You get to find out who the peacemakers are.  You would never know the love of God if there was no sin in the world.  (Isaiah 53:10)

God tests our hearts. (1 Thessalonians 2:4, James 1:12)  Divisions are for a purification process.  (Titus 3:10, Luke 17:1-2)
vs. 20-22- The Lord’s Supper is invalid when this happens and brings shame to the name of the Lord.  You might as well go home if you’re going to cause dissension. 
Do you despise the church of God?  Your actions will tell. 

Evening Worship | Numbers 1:1-54 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“So all those listed of the people of Israel, by their fathers’ houses, from twenty years old and upward, every man able to go to war in Israel— all those listed were 603,550.”  -Numbers 1:45-46
One big family (Israel) is counting who can be counted on to go to war.  Members of churches should be able to be counted on, even when the going gets tough.  This shows their committment.  If you are committed to the Lord, you will be committed to one another.  Membership is committment.  It’s being involved.  It’s a privilege to belong. 

We don’t need 603,550 men to stand and fight for us.  We have One who ever lives and pleads for us.  He committed His life for us so that we could be free.  Is your life committed to Him?  Is your life, therefore, committed to one another?

Scripture at Sunrise 4.12.2010

Sunday School | 1 John 2:9-11 | Bro. Roger Harden
“Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.”  -1 John 2:10
Can you say that you love without an agenda?

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.”  -1 Corinthians 11:3
Subordination and Authority
vs. 2– They kept to the teachings Paul had given and for that, he commended them.  The problem was their lack of understanding about male and female relationships. 
vs. 3– Paul’s premise.  Keep in mind that women didn’t have many rights in Biblical times, so the Gospel was very liberating. 
God is a God of order.  Insubordination brings chaos (just think of a boss who has insubordinate employees). 
>Christ is the head of every man (Matthew 28:18-20- Christ has all authority).
>The head of a woman is the man. 
>The head of Christ is God. 
Each one of these relationships is carried out in love.  (1 John 4:19, Ephesians 5, John 3:16)
Because we’re subordinate doesn’t mean we’re inferior. 
vs. 4-6– Implications: Don’t blur the lines between male and female, therefore blurring the lines of God’s order. 
vs. 7-10– Premise (vs. 3) defended.  God brought the woman from man. 
vs. 10– Angels are the supreme example of subordination. 
vs. 12– Equality and Dependence
Women in the Word are honored (Acts 1, Priscilla, Lois, Eunice, Women at the tomb, Mary, Martha…)
*Men and women have different roles, but are all equal in importance.
vs. 16– Offended by this?  Sign of rebellion.  In our society, there is much rebellion.  We are at enmity with God until we submit to Him. 
****Have you submitted your life to the Lord Jesus Christ?

Evening Worship | Intro to Numbers | Bro. Jason Estes
“Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.”  -1 Corinthians 10:6
The title of this book is translated as “Numbers” in the Greek, but in Hebrew, it is translated as “In the Wilderness.” 
ch. 1:1-4– Census time: Moses is to count all the battle-worthy men at the base of Mt. Sinai. 
The Israelites have been at Mount Sinai for about a year.  By the end of Numbers, they end up in Moab by the Jordan River near Jericho. 

4 divisions to Numbers:
1) 19 days at Mt. Sinai (ch. 1-10:10)
2) 10 days to Kadesh (ch. 10:11-14:45)
3) 37 years (ch. 15:1-19:22)
4) 10 months in the 40th year…Moses is reciting events after they’ve happened from memory (ch. 20:1-36)

There is a lot of action in the book of Numbers.  All of this HAPPENED so that we might understand how we are to walk through the wilderness.  Sanctification happens in the wilderness.  We are in the wilderness right now.  We have not yet reached the Promised Land. 

Numbers is about Jesus Christ. 

(Honestly, people…please get the CD for this one.  It was a great big picture of what we’re delving into.  I’m excited!)

Scripture at Sunrise 12.14.09

Sunday School | Ezekiel 36:8-24 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”  -John 6:37
Although Israel broke their promise to God, He remained faithful and kept His promise.  He does the same with us.  He remains faithful even when we are faithless.  (2 Timothy 2:13)

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“…as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”  -Colossians 3:13
*Once you have experienced the magnificent forgiveness of Christ, you can forgive and love others, committing the wrong they’ve done against you to the Lord.
*If you have the mind of Christ and know the Word and will of God, why would you need to be judged by an unbeliever?

Evening Worship | Leviticus 10:1-20 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.”  -Hebrews 9:11-12

*When God’s people are obedient, they will see His glory.  (ch. 9)
*Disobeying God=Disaster.  Judgment will come, just as it did on Nadab and Abihu. 
*Our High Priest did what those priests could not do, perfectly fulfilling the office.

Scripture at Sunrise 9.14.09

Sunday School | 1 John 2:1-14 | Bro. Roger Harden
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”  -1 John 2:1-2
-Propitiation=Subsitute, but even further, the wrath of God was satisfied AND His favor was bestowed upon us!
-We have to be motivated by the love of God.  What’s your motivation?  Are you trying to impress the world? 

Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”  -1 Corinthians 1:10
-If you are in fellowship with the Lord, you are in fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ.  (Philippians 2:5)
-Desire to live, speak and provoke others to the glory of God. 
“For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”  -1 Corinthians 1:17
-The good news becomes good news only when you realize the bad news. 
-Only when you see yourself as a sinner in need of a Savior can you love what Christ has done. 
-When you realize His love for you, you are drawn with cords of love to Him. 

Evening Worship | Exodus 40:1-37
“Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”  -Exodus 40:34
-God delivered Israel out of bondage and continued to deliver them for His glory. 
-He has delivered us from the bondage of sin and continues to deliver us for His glory. 
-The Israelites had obeyed God’s instructions concerning the tabernacle, built it and consecrated it and they were anticipating God’s glory coming down on it. 
-vs. 35- No one can come into the presence of Almighty God without blood.  Don’t get too laid back with the holiness of God. 
-Jesus Christ fulfilled all these protypes: lampstand, shewbread, basin, shakinah glory, etc.!!!!
-God promised His guiding presence, blessings, protection and providence.  (vs. 36-38)
-He has promised never to leave or forsake us.  (Hebrews 13:5)
-He has delivered us.  He is delivering us.  Our Deliverer is coming!

Scripture at Sunrise 9.7.09

[Note from Sarah: Every speaker has a different style and it takes me a while to figure out their patterns and get used to taking notes while they’re speaking.  So, bear with me…these are just rough sketches.  I wish I could’ve transcribed these messages!!!!]
Sunday School | 1 John 1:1-10 | Bro. Jason Estes
“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”  -1 John 1:7
Introduction (vs. 1-4)- John lays the foundation and states his purpose for writing (ch. 5:11-12)
1)Christ is our life
2)Christ is eternal
3)Christ is God incarnate
4)Since Christ is our life, eternal and became a man, John had fellowship with God the Father and God the Son.  (fellowship=shared values, cherish thought of spending eternity with them, active)
vs. 3- Since Christ has provided a way to have fellowship with God the Father, we can have fellowship with one another. 

vs. 5-10- Light and Darkness (each characterize people)
Revelation 20:11-15- the end result (a courtroom scene)
He’s so just, that He provides evidence.  (The Book and Supporting Books)
John 3:19-20- The nature of the person in darkness. 
Jude 14-15- The books will be opened.  Knees will bend and tongues will confess that Jesus is Lord.
James 2- Even if you only do one bad thing and 100 good things, you are still guilty! 

How do you get into the book of life? 
Acts 3:18-19- Becuase of what Christ did.  My sins are blotted out! 

John 3:21- Evidence that God was the source of these good deeds. 
vs. 7- result of the newbirth: strive to walk in the light and reach out to others

Reaching out to others:
Genesis 41:53-57- Famine: God provided. 
Amos 8:11- The Famine we face today: spiritual
1 John- Share what God has done! 
*It’s like we have a storehouse of food and those around us are starving.  The storehouses are open, but people are picky eaters.

Morning Worship | Acts 1:4-11, Hebrews 12:1 | Bro. Harold Draper, missionary to Brazil
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  -Acts 1:8
vs. 6- The disciples were concerned with the material side of life. 
*Our primary concern should be the kingdom of God.  (Matthew 6:33)
vs. 8- power=ability, authority to serve Him; He empowers us in the same way.  
*He saves everybody on purpose for a purpose.  He has something for you to do as His child that only you can do. 
-Serve Him in and through His church.  When we come together, He meets with us in a special way. 
*Witnesses to God’s saving grace=our primary function. 
Functions of a witness:
-shines -gives off an aroma  -salty: gives flavor and preserves -fisherman (bait of Gospel on hook) -seed sowers and harvesters

Hebrews 12:1- speaking primarily to Jewish Christians who had been following Old Testament rituals. 
*Look at all those witnesses who have stood firm.  Examples of those who paid a price to serve the Lord are found in Hebrews 11.
*As witnesses, reiterate the Gospel.  We’re here to be his witnesses.
-From Mt. Calvary to Mt. Zion, there are a lot of valleys inbetween. 
*Sometimes being a witness will cost you something.  Our chief purpose is to be His witnesses.  Witness with words and gracious actions. 

Evening Worship | Exodus 39:32-43 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“And Moses saw all the work, and behold, they had done it; as the Lord had commanded, so had they done it. Then Moses blessed them.”  -Exodus 39:43
Our purpose in life is to live to the glory of God and share His Gospel. 
-The tabernacle is completed and they’re bringing it to Moses for inspection.  The tabernacle shows the way of salvation and we get a glimpse of Heaven.  (Leviticus 26:11)  It shows that God is holy, merciful, how He provides, forgives and sanctifies.  It points to Jesus Christ. 
-OT=concealed // NT=revealed
–Symbolism pictures what’s in the present.  Types picture the future. 
-Most of the tabernacle was built as symbols. 
Examination:
-They were careful to follow instructions.  (vs. 1,5,7,21,26,29,31,32)
Everything God commanded, they did.  (vs. 42)
The result of doing just what God commands: blessing.  (vs. 43)
– – – – –
Jesus as the Tabernacle
-Emmanuel: “God with us”; Hebrews 10:5- body prepared for Him; John 17:4- Christ was perfectly obedient to God the Father
How does all this relate to us? 
-We must do God’s will…God’s way.  How do we know His will?  Through His Word.  What is God’s will (that all should repent and trust in Christ; to co-labor with us; 1 Corinthians 3:9)  Witness.
*God’s Word is not bound.  He can use you in greater ways than you could ever imagine.  He uses us as we are involved in His work. 
*Do God’s will God’s way.  Then expect God’s blessing. 
Do your work God’s way to the glory of God. 
*God blesses you as you put forth your best effort for His glory. 
>There are two ways to do things: God’s Way and the Wrong Way.  Do it as God commanded.  He’ll get the glory and we’ll get the blessing. 
*Our inspection is coming.  (1 Corinthians 5:10- a cause to be obedient)  If Christ’s righteousness has been imputed to you, you will pass the test. 

Scripture at Sunrise 7.13.09

Sunday School | 1 Peter 3:8-22 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”  -1 Peter 3:8
vs. 8-12– Living and Loving the Good Life
1)The Right Attitude (vs. 8)
-unity of mind, sympathy (touched by what’s happening to your brothers and sisters in Christ), brotherly love (relish being together, tenderhearted, humble minded (realize you don’t have all the answers)
2)The Right Response (vs. 9)
-Does my life bless and build up others or hinder them and make them stumble?
3)The Right Standard (vs. 10-12)
-Seek peace and pursue it.  (This often goes back to having a humble mind).

Morning Worship | Colossians 4:2-4 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.”  -Colossians 4:2-4
-Be rooted in doctrine (ch. 1-2), then apply it (ch. 3-4).
ch. 3:1– If Christ is your life, then apply ch. 3-4.
vs. 16– Get the Word in you.  Read it and apply it to your life.  Flesh it out.  Put it in every aspect of your life.  Proclaim it with your lips AND live it out!
ch. 4:2– Continue steadfastly in prayer…
*Prayer without reading the word is a one-way conversation with God.
-If you don’t pray like you should, it’s because you don’t want to pray.
Matthew 6:9- Prayer is essential to your relationship with God.
vs. 2– continue=be devoted, committed, persevere in prayer; stick with it in good times and bad times, those devoted to something put priority on what they are devoted to; commit your life to praying.
1 Thessalonians 5:17, Matthew 6:8
*Perseverance in prayer shows your dependence on Him and develops patience.
-watch=stay alert
James 5:16-18- Pray fervently/boiling
-with gratitude, thanksgiving (Ephesians 3:20, 2 Chronicles 20:21- they put the singers in the front because they knew the battle belonged to the Lord so they were praising Him with thanksgiving!)
vs. 3– Pray for us…
The Apostle Paul is asking for prayer?!
*Why do we seek the prayers of others?
Psalm 50:12-15- It brings more glory to God.  (John 14:13)
*Our need magnifies His supply.
-Open door for the Word to go forth (God gets the glory for opening doors)
*Pray for others in their witnessing, for missionaries, for preachers, for hearers…
****You can have a mission work in your prayer life…
-Boldness: Paul was in chains not because of doing wrong, but to preach the Gospel.  He saw it as an opportunity brought about by the providence of God.
-Make it manifest, clear and simple.
*Pray that God will help us put it like people will understand it.

Evening Service | Exodus 34:29-35 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”  -Psalm 34:4
-If you’re glowing as you’re going, you’re growing.
-There ought to be something shining through us and that’s the glory of the Lord.
-There is an afterglow when you have been in God’s presence.
-God is glorious and just a fraction was revealed to Moses.
-The holiness of God reveals sin.  (The sinfulness of Aaron and the Israelites was exposed in God’s glory shown through Moses).
-When the children of Israel, who rejected Moses’ authority, saw God’s glory showing through Him, they realized this was a stamp of approval from God on Moses.
-1 Timothy 2:5- Our Mediator has inherent glory.  He is not a reflection of God’s glory, He IS God’s glory.
-Matthew 17:2, Hebrews 1:3, John 1:13, John 17, Revelation
2 Corinthians 4:6
The light of the knowledge of the glory of God is in the face of Jesus Christ.
*God glows through those who are redeemed.
*As we gaze upon His glory, God is working in us so He might work through us.
*Psalm 34:1-5
-Our gaze must be on Jesus Christ.  Continuallly look at Him through His Word to shine with His glory (Hebrews 12:1-2).
*Catch fire for the glory of the Lord!
*Glow to the glory of God!
*2 Corinthians 3:7-11- How much more glorious is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  (vs. 13-14: Through Christ, we have boldness and access).  The Lord removes the veil, therefore He gets the glory because it’s His work.
“Shine, make ’em wonder what you’ve got, make ’em wish that they were not on the outside lookin’ bored!”

-Do others see Jesus in you?


Scripture at Sunrise 6.15.09

 Sunday School | 1 Peter 1:13-25 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“…so that your faith and hope are in God.”  –1 Peter 1:21
hope= a Christian attitude toward the future, trusting in what God will do tomorrow
faith= believing fully that He has done all things He promised in the past
>Read Romans 4:13-25 in connection with this passage!

Sunday Morning Worship | Colossians 3:16 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  –Colossians 3:16
-Worship should be in every aspect of your life, not just on Sunday morning. 
-Saturate yourself in the Word of Christ. 
-If we present our bodies as an act of worship (Romans 12:1), the Word of Christ MUST dwell in us richly. 
-Ephesians 5:18-20- Emphasis in worship is the Spirit of God, to be filled of the Spirit and empty of self.  Be filled with the Spirit and with the Word!
-The biggest problem in worship is self.  Worship is focused on Jesus Christ.  It all revolves around HIM! 
-God’s Word gives a different outlook on life. 
-Don’t just know it, but let it dwell in you richly.  Christ is a part of you.  He dwells in you richly. 
*Get in the Word.  Get the Word in you.  Get to know Him through His Word. 
-It’s how often the Word has been through you, not how many times have you been through the Word!
-wisdom=having knowledge and being able to put it into practice (applying knowledge)
-As you do all this, teach, admonish, sing. 
-Truth to a tune sticks. 
-Express the Word with your singing. 
When you’re mumbly, grumbly, depressed…SING!  Give Thanks!  You can’t stay that way! 
-If you can’t give thanks or sing, you’re not letting the Word dwell in you richly. 
*Do you read, study, memorize your Bible?  If not, you are being disobedient and bringing shame to Christ’s Name. 
*Worship in every aspect of your life. 

Sunday Evening Worship | Exodus 33:12-23 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  -John 1:14
-God lets us in on His conversation with Moses in the Tent of Meeting. 
-Moses pleads his case with God’s promises.  Base your prayers on the promises of God…you will be sure to line up with God’s will. 
Moses wanted to know the WAY of God, not just His WORKS.  (Psalm 103:7)
-We can know the ways of God through the Word of God.  (Colossians 3:16, John 17:3, Philippians 3:8)
-Typeology: Moses as mediator (Christ is our mediator); vs. 17- God answers Moses’ request based on His love for Moses…the same is true in our life. 
-Moses wanted to see God’s glory. 
-To know Christ is to know God.  (John 14:8)
-Do you desire to know Him more? 
-He reveals Himself through His Word as you desire that.  (Colossians 3:16)
-The more you learn of Him, the more you love Him.

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