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Scripture at Sunrise 04.26.2021

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” -James 1:2-4

The more you are tested, if your faith is genuine, the more your trust in the Lord grows. -Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Morning Sermon “Sovereignty in Trials” from James 1:1-5)

Scripture at Sunrise 01.25.2021

“10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” -Hebrews 12:10-11

Discipline comes into our life for better or for worse. When trials come, it is up to you if you are going to get better from it and learn a lesson or if you are going to get worse.

-Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Morning Sermon
For Better or Worse” from Hebrews 12:7-11)

Scripture at Sunrise 7.14.2020

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” -Psalm 55:22

It is a heavy burden; roll it on Omnipotence. It is thy burden now, and it crushes thee; but when the Lord takes it, He will make nothing of it. If thou art called still to bear, “He will sustain thee.” It will be on Him and not on thee. Thou wilt be so upheld under it that the burden will be a blessing. Bring the Lord into the matter, and thou wilt stand upright under that which in itself would bow thee down.

Our worst fear is lest our trial should drive us from the path of duty; but this the Lord will never suffer. If we are righteous before Him, He will not endure that our affliction should move us from our standing. In Jesus He accepts us as righteous, and in Jesus He will keep us so.

What about the present moment? Art thou going forth to this day’s trial alone? Are thy poor shoulders again to be galled with the oppressive load? Be not so foolish. Tell the Lord all about thy grief and leave it with Him. Don’t cast your burden down and then take it up again; but roll it on the Lord and leave it there. Then shalt thou walk at large, a joyful and unburdened believer, singing the praises of thy great Burden-bearer.

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

Scripture at Sunrise 5.7.2020

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Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” -Hebrews 13:5

People do not need to be entertained or encouraged that this trial will pass. They need to be enamored with Jesus and assured that He will be with them no matter how long it lasts. -Garrett Kell via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 1.1.2020

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.” -Psalm 23:1-2

“If this New Year shall be full of unbelief, it will be sure to be dark and dreary. If it be baptized into faith, it will be saturated with benediction. If we will believe our God as He deserves to be believed, our way will run along the still waters, and our rest will be in green pastures. Trusting in the Lord, we shall be prepared for trials, and shall even welcome them as black ships laden with bright treasures.” -Charles H. Spurgeon

Scripture at Sunrise 10.9.2019

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” -1 Samuel 30:6

Encourage yourself in the Lord. Your circumstances may not change, but your attitude towards them will. -excerpts from Joshua Wilson’s Sunday Evening Sermon: “When All Else Fails” from 1 Samuel 30:1-6 (Listen here)

Scripture at Sunrise 8.20.2019

He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.” -Job 5:19

Eliphaz in this spoke the truth of God. We may have as many troubles as the workdays of the week, but the God who worked on those six days will work for us till our deliverance is complete. We shall rest with Him and in Him on our Sabbath. The rapid succession of trials is one of the sorest tests of faith. Before we have recovered from one blow it is followed by another and another till we are staggered. Still, the equally quick succession of deliverances is exceedingly cheering. New songs are rung out upon the anvil by the hammer of affliction, till we see in the spiritual world the antitype of “the Harmonious Blacksmith.” Our confidence is that when the Lord makes our trials six, six they will be and no more.

It may be that we have no rest day, for seamen troubles come upon us. What then? “In seven there shall be no evil touch thee.” Evil may roar at us, but it shall be kept at more than arm’s length and shall not even touch us. Its hot breath may distress us, but its little finger cannot be laid upon us.

With our loins girt about us, we will meet the six or the seven troubles and leave fear to those who have no Father, no Savior, and no Sanctifier.

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

Scripture at Sunrise 8.19.2019

“But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” -Job 23:10

Sometimes the lonely places are where God puts us so we can be alone with Him. There are times you might feel all alone, discouraged or depressed, but God is at work. That’s His preparation time. –excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Evening Sermon:“God’s Preparation Time”

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Scripture at Sunrise 1.9.2019

“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations.” -Psalm 89:1

We tend to exaggerate our trials and minimize our blessings. We exaggerate our problems and minimize the mercies of God. -Steve Wainright in 1.2.2019 Sermon from Jeremiah 29:11-14 (Listen here)

Scripture at Sunrise 11.12.2018

“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33
Can we have peace in the midst of any trial? When we’re under pressure, facing “the big squeeze”, cheer up! Be of a strong heart. Take courage! Why? Because Jesus has overcome the world. He will never fail you. He will never leave you. He’s reliable. He can truly be trusted. He loves you unconditionally. He is your hope.
excerpt from Pastor Steve Wainright’s Sunday Evening Sermon
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