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Scripture at Sunrise 10.26.2020

“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” -Hebrews 11:8

When you trust in the Lord, you are obedient to the Lord. There is a turning away from the old things that have passed away and — behold! — all things have become new.

When faith is based upon God’s promise, faith produces obedience.

-Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpts from Sunday Morning Sermon from Hebrews 11:8-12“By Faith Abraham”


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Scripture at Sunrise 10.19.2020

“And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.” -2 Chronicles 25:2

Amaziah’s heart was not right. He had godly actions, he did what was right in God’s sight, but his heart (attitude) was not devoted to God.

Service to the Lord our God comes from a heart of love to the Lord our God. The more you love Him, the more you desire to serve Him. If you serve God out of obligation, you will end up burnt out in serving Him.

-Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpts from Sunday Evening Sermon from 2 Chronicles 25:1-28 – “Right Thing, Wrong Heart“)


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Scripture after Sunrise 2.3.2020

“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and He relents over disaster.” -Joel 2:12-13

God is fighting for your whole heart. He disciplines those He loves to turn us from trusting in self to being dependent on Him consistently. God uses different things as tools to punish His people if there is no repentance.

-Steve Wainright (excerpts from Wednesday evening sermon from Joel 2:1-32 — “Fighting for Your Whole Heart)


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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 3.19.09

“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be My disciple.”  -Luke 14:33

[By Roy Lessin of DaySpring, original post at Meet Me in the Meadow]

In order for us to have Jesus as our only option it means that we cannot be half-hearted about our commitment to Him. Jesus made it clear, when He said, “So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say good-bye to) all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33.

In order for Jesus to be wholly yours, you must be wholly His. There is no compromise, no going back, and no holding back if you want to follow Him. Is your heart wholly His? The hard heart receives nothing; the stony heart endures for a season; the cluttered heart gets choked off. It is only the fully surrendered heart that bears fruit that will remain.

In the book of Ruth we are told that Ruth followed Naomi wholeheartedly. Orpah, Naomi’s other daughter-in-law, gave herself to Naomi for a season and followed her for a distance before turning back. When Orpah made her choice to turn back, Ruth said to Naomi, “Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you.”

The Bible tells us that King Amaziah had something in common with Orpah. 
We are told that “he did not serve with a whole-heart.” King Amaziah was a “nice guy” but his half-heartedness displeased the Lord and caused King Amaziah to make poor decisions that led to his ruin and defeat.

God has made it clear. His Son, Jesus Christ, is our only option. He asks us to give our hearts to no one else, to believe in no one else, to listen to no one else, and to follow no one else. Is Jesus your only option?