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Category: Testimonies

SpurgeonNope, not Drew Brees, though I like him. I'm speaking about those people who have surrendered their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ and acknowledged the finished work of the Son of God on the cross. When I say saints, I mean believers. And one of my favorite saints is C. H. Spurgeon. I know he's a favorite of many folks out there, but I have only recently reacquainted myself with him.

I obviously don't agree with everything he says, nor do I with any human but Christ, but I have been extremely blessed by the gift God gave this man to bring out the implications in a Bible text.  MandE

I recently purchased the edition of Spurgeon's devotional, Morning and Evening, edited by Alistair Begg. It's a wonderful little book, with short passages meant for Spurgeon's congregation to ponder, based on a particular text. (I read this in conjunction with Scripture; I'm not advocating reading only devotionals.) I wanted to share a line from this morning's reading:"Afflictions are often the black foils in which God sets the jewels of His children's graces, to make them shine brighter." This particular morning's section is in response to Job 10:2, and reflects on how the child of God responds to adversity. So. Good. The entire section is available here. Such a good reminder for me to see trials as they truly are. I pray it would be helpful to you. Geoff

John Calvin is quoted as saying that our hearts are "idol factories", in other words, we find ways to continually turn things into idols.  An idol is essentially a created thing that we make an ultimate thing.  For some, sports is one of these things.  Most of us probably know that "guy" or maybe that "girl" for whom sports is the end all be all.  Millions of dollars are spent in advertising every year to encourage this level of idolatry.  Make no mistake, I don't think sports are bad, I really... Read More

It seems that the Lord has laid adoption before me lately more than He normally does.  I've had numerous conversations with folks asking about child adoption, and Charity and I are talking about it as well as we consider the very real possibility that Charity may not be physically able to have any more children.  I have friends that have adopted and I have a few books that speak about both child adoption, and our adoption as children of God.  It's a very interesting topic and it's one that is... Read More

I was trying to imagine what it would be like to be a young pastor in Northern Europe in the 5th century.  Augustine of Hippo, one of the greatest theological minds the world has ever known is writing, preaching and teaching...and I had never heard of him.  I try to imagine what it would be like to be a young settler and pastor coming to America in the mid 16th century.  Martin Luther and John Calvin, the two great leaders of the reformation are essentially my contemporaries and it is likely I... Read More