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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Self-Importance Is A Delusion by Charles H. Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon wrote this while he was sick and unable to preach. He was the most sought-after preacher in England and the burden for him was very heavy at times. His insight might shake up some who see themselves as being so vital for the Lord’s work.

It is of the utmost importance to us to be kept humble. Consciousness of self-importance is a hateful delusion, but one into which we fall as naturally as weeds grow on a dunghill. We cannot be used of the Lord but what we also dream of personal greatness, we think ourselves almost indispensable to the church, pillars of the cause, and foundations of the temple of God. We are nothings and nobodies, but that we do not think so is very evident, for as soon as we are put on the shelf we begin anxiously to enquire, “How will the work go on without me?” As well might the fly on the coach wheel enquire, “How will the mails be carried without me?” Far better men have been laid in the grave without having brought the Lord’s work to a standstill, and shall we fume and fret because for a little season we must lie upon the bed of languishing? If we were only put on one side when apparently we could be easily spared, there would be no rebuke to our pride, but to weaken our strength in the way at the precise juncture when our presence seems most needed, is the surest way to teach us that we are not necessary to God’s work, and that when we are most useful he can easily do without us. If this be the practical lesson, the rough schooling may be easily endured, for assuredly it is beyond all things desirable that self should be kept low and the Lord alone magnified.

Mark Steyn Speaks Out

100,000 US Muslims Engage in Polygamy

Although polygamy is illegal in the U.S. some Muslim men in America have quietly married multiple wives.  No one knows how many Muslims in the U.S. live in polygamous families. But according to academics researching the issue, estimates range from 50,000 to 100,000 people.  Actual numbers could be higher.  The Koran states that men may marry up to four women. The Prophet Mohammad had multiple wives.

Here is how a Muslim man gets around the laws to practice polygamy in the U.S:

He marries one woman under civil law, and then marries one, two or three others in religious ceremonies that are not recognized by the state.  In other cases, men marry women in both America and abroad.

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