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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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THE LORD IS KING

Charles H. SpurgeonCharles H. Spurgeon:

“There is a holy familiarity with God which cannot be too much enjoyed, but there is a flippant familiarity with God which cannot be too much abhorred! The Lord is King. His will is not to be questioned! His every Word is Law. Let us never question His Sovereign right to decree what He pleases and to fulfill the decree—to command what He pleases and to punish every shortcoming.” (1891, Sermon #2195) “The prerogative to give life or to take it away must remain with the Most High. The wit and wisdom of man are altogether powerless to bestow life upon even the tiniest insect! We know of a surety, doctrinally, and we know it with equal certainty by experience, that we can do nothing towards the quickening of men apart from the Spirit of God. If He does not come and give life, we may preach till we have not another breath left, but we shall not raise from the tomb of sin even the soul of a little child, or bring a single sinner to the feet of Christ!” (1892, Sermon #2246)

SOLOMON

Charles H. SpurgeonCharles H. Spurgeon:

“It is worthwhile to listen to what Solomon has to say…and to listen carefully to what so experienced a man as Solomon has to say to young men. But I must remind you that a greater than Solomon is here, for the Spirit of God inspired the Proverbs! They are not merely jewels from earthly mines, but they are also precious treasures from the heavenly hills, so that the advice we have, here, is not only the counsel of a wise man, but the advice of that Incarnate Wisdom who speaks to us out of the Word of God! Would you become the sons of wisdom? Come and sit at the feet of Solomon! Would you become spiritually wise? Come and hear what the Spirit of God has to say by the mouth of this wise man!” (1895, Sermon #2406)

THOUGHTS ON FAITH

Samuel A CainFor by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, (Ephesians 2:8 ESV)

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 ESV)

As Christians, we have faith in God to care for us and to do us good. We have faith that God exists. Our faith is demonstrated by facing the circumstances of life and trusting in the providential care of almighty God. Where does our faith come from? It is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8 ESV) We have faith in God because God has given us faith in Him. Our corrupted human nature has not only made us too weak, but also too blind to even know God on our own. Faith is a gift we have received by God’s amazing grace.

We are told that without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6 ESV) This is because no one will ever come to God, unless he believes that God exists, and is also convinced that He rewards all who seek Him. Unless God preserves us in the true knowledge of Himself, we tend to forget who the true God is and begin to form idols of our own imaginations. Therefore, we must know truth if we are to have access to God. Continue reading

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