My church faces north. My parents' church faces west. I'm sitting here doing a mental rundown of all the churches I see all over town and they are facing a variety of directions. As far as sunrise services go, the one I used to attend had the attendees facing north.
".....it's your nickel"
~Are we a church of members (fans of Jesus) or a church of disciples (servants of Jesus)??~
~"It is one thing to speak God's name in a message but another to speak of God's standards in a message. The name of God is not removed from many a message today but the standards of God... ARE removed."~
~"Psalm 106:23 Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach, To turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them."...
So don't say that God never meant to destroy the Hebrews, to do so, makes God a liar.~
Because of Matthew 24:27: "For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man."
We believe that Jesus will return from the East and so we face East to watch for his coming, believing that he might come on Easter morning as he came out of the grave on Easter morning. Also most churches and all ancient churches had the altar facing East and the congregation would face East to watch for the return of Christ.
The reason you have a Sonrise or Sunrise service facing East is because you are facing the sunrise. One of the points of having it is to watch the Sunrise. You could face west and break you neck looking behind you.
1KINGS 8:30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.
1KINGS 8:33 When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house:
1KINGS 8:35 When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them:
1KINGS 8:42 (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm when he shall come and pray toward this house;
1KINGS 8:44 If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto the LORD toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built for thy name:
DAN 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
PROV 25:26 Like a muddied spring, and a polluted well, so is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked. -World English Bible
MT 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
As opposed to the bad man that does nothing?
MT 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Righteousness comes from the Bible, but our ability to possess the Bible comes from the possession of the sword.
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