The Wonder of God’s Faithfulness

We know not which most to wonder at, the faithfulness of God or the unbelief of His people. He keeps His promise a thousand times, and yet the next trial makes us doubt Him. He never faileth; He is never a dry well; He is never as a setting sun, a passing meteor, or a melting vapour; and yet we are as continually vexed with anxieties, molested with suspicions, and disturbed with fears, as if our God were the mirage of the desert. – Charles Spurgeon

September 09 2015 | Blog | Comments Off on The Wonder of God’s Faithfulness

The One Thing Due Every Minister

On January 27, 1854 Charles Spurgeon accepted a call to be the pastor of the New Park Street Baptist Church in London. In his acceptance letter Spurgeon wrote the following about what every church owes their pastor.

…And now one thing is due to ever minister, and I pray you to remind the church of it, namely, that in private, as well as in public, they must all earnestly wrestle in prayer to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, that I may be sustained in the great work.

The relationship between a pastor and his church is a beautiful weaving together of two hearts, which is only made possible through prayer. I know from personal experience that the one thing I need from the good people of Cool Community Church is what Spurgeon requests here from the New Park Street church, that they would labor in prayer on my behalf.

July 23 2014 | Blog | Comments Off on The One Thing Due Every Minister

When Black Clouds Gather…

20070509175737_beach“When the black clouds gather most, the light is the more brightly revealed to us. When the night lowers and the tempest is coming on, the Heavenly Captain is always closes to his crew. It is a blessed thing, that when we are most cast down, then it is that we are most lifted up by the consolations of the Spirit…Great hearts can only be made by great troubles. The spade of trouble digs the reservoir of comfort deeper, and makes more room for consolation…The humbler a man lies, the more comfort he will always have, because he will be more fitted to receive it. – Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening.

February 12 2013 | Blog | 1 Comment »

It is Christ who Saves Us

spurgeonOur mission statement at Cool Community Church is that “We exist to proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all things for the joy of all people.” Another way of saying that is that life just isn’t about us, it’s about God and the tangible way that we make that manifest is by yielding to his authority as Lord. To be honest, that’s a pretty tough sell in a culture that is completely infatuated with the idol of “self” and yet I believe that it is a source of tremendous joy and peace to be so completely dominated by our great God and Savior that we lose ourselves in Him.

Spurgeon said it like this:

It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ…

Remember therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee – it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee – it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument – it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayer, our doing, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul.Morning & Evening

November 26 2012 | Blog and Devotional | Comments Off on It is Christ who Saves Us

Suffering Reproach for Christ’s Sake

Part of pastoral ministry is suffering. This suffering can come in any number of different shapes and sizes, but sadly it oftentimes comes from the sheep. I don’t know of any pastor who knew that better that Charles Spurgeon. Spurgeon has been an excellent counselor to me in this area, even in recent days. This is a quote from a sermon that he preached on October 28, 1855 titled “Chastisement”.

If thou thinkest that reproach for Christ’s sake is a dishonor, thou judgest wrongly of it, for it is the greatest honor that can possibly happen to thee.

There are many of you who count that religion is very honorable while you can be respectable in it, while you can walk in respectable society, but if the cause of God brings you into tribulation, if it engenders the laugh and jeer of the worldling, the hiss and scorn of the world, then you think it a dishonor. But my son thou dost not weigh the blessing rightly. . . .

When they say all manner of evil against us falsely, we put that down not in the book of dishonor but in the scroll of glory. When they call us by opprobrious titles, we write not that down for loss, but for gain. We accept their jeers as honors, we count the vile things they cast at us in the pillory of scorn to be a donation of pearls and diamonds: we take their evil speaking, we read it by the light of the Word of God, and we discover that in it lie music, notes of honor and chords of glory to us for ever.

HT: Pyromaniacs

July 26 2011 | Blog | Comments Off on Suffering Reproach for Christ’s Sake

A Sermon in Hell

"Oh, what would the damned in hell give for a sermon, could they but listen once more! They would consent, if it were possible, to bear ten thousand years of hell’s torments, if they might but once more have the Word presented to them! If I had a congregation such as that would be, of men who have tasted the wrath of God, of men who know what an awful thing it is to fall into the hands of an angry God, how they would lean forward to catch every word."
C.H. Spurgeon

HT: Truth Matters

April 27 2011 | Blog | Comments Off on A Sermon in Hell

Charles Spurgeon on Faith

This is one of my favorite quotes from Spurgeon on the necessity of Faith

Christian, take good care of thy faith; for recollect faith is the only way whereby thou spurgeon_charles_revcanst obtain blessings. If we want blessings from God, nothing can fetch them down but faith. Prayer cannot draw down answers from God’s throne except it be the earnest prayer of the man who believes.

Faith is the angelic messenger between the soul and the Lord Jesus in glory. Let that angel be withdrawn, we can neither send up prayer, nor receive the answers. Faith is the telegraphic wire which links earth and heaven—on which God’s messages of love fly so fast, that before we call he answers, and while we are yet speaking he hears us. But if that telegraphic wire of faith be snapped, how can we receive the promise?

Am I in trouble?—I can obtain help for trouble by faith. Am I beaten about by the enemy?—my soul on her dear Refuge leans by faith. But take faith away—in vain I call to God. There is no road betwixt my soul and heaven. In the deepest wintertime faith is a road on which the horses of prayer may travel—aye, and all the better for the biting frost; but blockade the road, and how can we communicate with the Great King?

Faith links me with divinity. Faith clothes me with the power of God. Faith engages on my side the omnipotence of Jehovah. Faith ensures every attribute of God in my defence. It helps me to defy the hosts of hell. It makes me march triumphant over the necks of my enemies. But without faith how can I receive anything of the Lord? Let not him that wavereth—who is like a wave of the Sea—expect that he will receive anything of God!

O, then, Christian, watch well thy faith; for with it thou canst win all things, however poor thou art, but without it thou canst obtain nothing. “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

February 09 2011 | Blog | 1 Comment »

“Lectures to My Students” Book Review

0310329116-F Several years ago I was listening to a John Piper sermon, where he was explaining how he came to have such a fascination with Jonathan Edwards.  He explained that one of his professors in college had challenged the class to pick a puritan author and devote themselves to becoming a student of his writing.  I’ve always thought this was a good idea, but my problem was that I could not find a puritan that I really wanted to read like that.  After reading “Lectures to My Students” by Charles Spurgeon I’ve decided that rather than devoting myself to reading a puritan I want to read as much of Spurgeon as I can.

Spurgeon had a Pastor’s College where he would train young men for the ministry.  The book Lectures to My Students is a collection of the talks that he would give at the college.  While the book is over a hundred years old, the advice that Spurgeon gives is timeless and has proven to be a great help to me in the ministry. 

It took me over a year to read through Lectures to My Students.  I began with gusto, but somehow got distracted by other books along the way, but I always came back.  Something about Spurgeon’s writing draws you in and holds you there while you are reading, but admittedly the size of the book is rather daunting.  Lectures weighs in at 442 pages, which is not very much, but when you take into account the fact that the publisher used the smallest possible font available and filled the pages from top to bottom with virtually no margins, the size of the book grows dramatically.  This is not a criticism, because what is in Lectures is pure gold, but it does take a significant investment of time to be read well.

Lectures to My Students covers almost every imaginable area of Pastoral Ministry from the call to the ministry to the use and care for one’s voice.  Spurgeon leaves no stone unturned and fills his volume with useful, biblical advice for the ministry as well as humorous anecdotes from his own ministry.

One of my favorite lines from the book comes in the second to last chapter where Spurgeon writes, “The way to get a mind worth having is to get one well stored with things worth keeping.”  This is a book worth reading because it will fill the mind with truths worth having.

June 08 2009 | Blog | Comments Off on “Lectures to My Students” Book Review

Spurgeon on Christ’s Scars

“Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne!” Revelation 5:6

Why should our exalted Lord appear in heaven–with His wounds? The wounds of Jesus are–His glories, His jewels, His sacred ornaments. To the eye of the believer, Jesus is lovely, because He is “white and ruddy”; white with innocence, and ruddy with His own blood. We see Him as the Lily of matchless purity–and as the Rose crimsoned with His own gore. Christ is lovely in His life and His teaching–but oh! there never was such a matchless Christ as He who hung upon the cross! There we behold all His beauties in perfection, all His attributes developed, all His love drawn out, all His character expressed!Beloved, the wounds of Jesus are far more lovely in our eyes–than all the splendor and pomp of kings! The thorny crown is more attractive than any imperial diadem. Jesus wears the appearance of a slain Lamb–as His court dress in which He wooed our souls, and redeemed them by His complete atonement. Nor are these only the ornaments of Christ–they are the trophies of His love and of His victory! He has redeemed for Himself a great multitude whom no man can number–and these scars are the memorials of the fight! Ah! if Christ delights to retain the thought of His sufferings for His people–how precious should His wounds be to us!

“Behold how every wound of His,
A precious balm distills,
Which heals the scars that sin had made,
And cures all mortal ills.

Those wounds are mouths that preach His grace;
The ensigns of His love;
The seals of our expected bliss,
In paradise above!”

April 09 2009 | Blog | Comments Off on Spurgeon on Christ’s Scars

He Cares for Me

untitled “Casting all your care upon Him–for He cares for you!” 1 Peter 5:7

It is a happy way of soothing sorrow, when we can feel–“HE cares for ME!” Christian! do not dishonor God, by always wearing a brow of worry! Come–cast your burden upon your God! You are staggering beneath a weight–which your Father would not feel. What seems like a crushing burden to you–would be but as small dust to Him. Nothing is so sweet as to,
“Lie passive in God’s hands,
And know no will, but His.”

O child of suffering–be patient! God has not overlooked you in His providence. He who is the feeder of sparrows–will also furnish you with what you need. Do not sit down in despair.

There is One who cares for you!

His all-seeing eye is fixed on you!

His all-loving heart beats with pity for your woe!

His omnipotent hand shall yet bring you the needed help!

The darkest cloud–shall scatter itself in showers of mercy.

The blackest gloom–shall give place to the morning light.

If you are one of His family–He will bind up your wounds, and heal your broken heart. Do not doubt His grace, because of your troubles–but believe that He loves you as much in seasons of distress–as in times of happiness. What a serene and quiet life might you lead–if you would leave providing–to the God of providence!

If God cares for you–why need you care also? Can you trust Him for your soul–and not for your body? He has never refused to bear your burdens–He has never fainted under their weight. Come, then, soul! Be done with fretful worry–and leave all your concerns in the hand of your gracious God! – Charles Spurgeon

April 03 2009 | Blog | Comments Off on He Cares for Me

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