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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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Some Sermons Make the Angels Weep

Charles H. Spurgeon by Ron AdairCharles H. Spurgeon:

The sermon which does not lead to Christ, or of which Jesus Christ is not the top and the bottom, is a sort of sermon that will make the devils in hell laugh, but make the angels of God weep.

The trials of a true minister are not few… Let no man who looks for ease of mind and seeks the quietude of life enter the ministry; if he does so he will flee from it in disgust. (“The Minister’s Fainting Fits”, Lectures to My Students, Lecture XI, 1856.

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The Word of God

Watchman NeeWatchman Nee:

“The gospel we preach must not be just something we hear from men or read from books or even conceived through our meditation. Unless it is delivered to us by God, it can serve no spiritual utility.”

Reading the Bible

George WhitefieldGod’s revealed Word, the Bible, is so important that Jesus said, “Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). If you want to live life as it should be lived, as God intended, you must listen to, read, and heed the Bible. George Whitefield writes of this:

Believers keep up and maintain their walk with God by the reading of his holy word. ‘Search the scriptures’, says our blessed Lord, ‘for these are they that testify of me’. And the royal Psalmist tells us ‘that God’s word was a light unto his feet, and a lantern unto his paths’; and he makes it one property of a good man, ‘that his delight is in the law of the Lord, and that he exercises himself therein day and night’. ‘Give thyself to reading’, (says Paul to Timothy); ‘And this book of the law, (says God to Joshua) shall not go out of thy mouth’. For whatsoever was written aforetime was written for our learning. And the word of God is profitable for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, and every way sufficient to make every true child of God thoroughly furnished unto every good work. If we once get above our Bibles, and cease making the written word of God our sole rule both as to faith and practice, we shall soon lie open to all manner of delusion, and be in great danger of making shipwreck of faith and a good conscience. Our blessed Lord, though he had the Spirit of God without measure, yet always was governed by, and fought the devil with, ‘It is written’. This, the apostle calls the ‘sword of the Spirit’. We may say of it, as David said of Goliath’s sword, ‘None like this’. The scriptures are called the lively oracles of God: not only because they are generally made use of to beget in us a new life, but also to keep up and increase it in the soul. The apostle Peter, in his second epistle, prefers it even to seeing Christ transfigured upon the mount. For after he had said, chap. 1:18. ‘This voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount’; he adds, ‘We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts’: that is, till we shake off these bodies, and see Jesus face to face. Till then we must see and converse with him through the glass of his word. We must make his testimonies our counselors, and daily, with Mary, sit at Jesus’ feet, by faith hearing his word. We shall then by happy experience find that they are spirit and life, meat indeed and drink indeed, to our souls. (“Walking with God”)

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