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Free Grace and Dying Love – July 16

When the truth of God enters the soul, it breeds zealots, martyrs, confessors, missionaries and saints. If any Christians are in earnest and full of love to God and man, they are those who know what grace has done for them. If any remain faithful under reproaches, joyful under losses and crosses—they are those who are conscious of their indebtedness to divine love. If any delight in God while they live and rest in Him as they die—they are the men who know that they are justified by faith in Jesus Christ, who justifies the ungodly.

All glory be to the Lord, who lifts the beggar from the dunghill and sets him among princes, even the princes of His people! He takes the very cast-offs of the world and adopts them into His family and makes them heirs of God by Jesus Christ! The Lord grant us all to know the power of the gospel upon our sinful selves! The Lord endear to us the name, work and person of the sinner’s Friend! May we never forget the hole of the pit from where we were drawn, nor the hand which rescued us, nor the undeserved kindness which moved that hand! From now on let us have more and more to say of infinite grace. “Free grace and dying love.” Well does the old song say, “Ring those charming bells.” Free grace and dying love—the sinner’s windows of hope! Our hearts exult in the very words! Glory be unto You, O Lord Jesus, ever full of compassion.

~ Charles Spurgeon

 

 

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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in July

 

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Waiting on the Lord – June 30

  • “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” – (Psalm 27:14)

Everyone knows the story of Joshua and the walls of Jericho. God commanded the Israelites to march around Jericho once a day for six days, then seven times on the seventh day. Upon doing so, the walls came crashing down. Why not just walk around Jericho one time? I think it was because God was testing their faith.

God was teaching them that waiting time is not wasted time. Isaiah 28:16 says, “He that believeth shall not make haste.” God is never in a hurry, like we are. He is always in control. Do you know what our problem is? We’ve been around Jericho six times and we’re ready to quit. Just wait on the Lord. Say with the psalmist: “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him” (Psalm 62:5).

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, June

 

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The Heart and God – June 27

  • “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
“Just follow your heart and you can’t go wrong.” Those who offer such advice don’t understand that “The heart is more deceitful than all else” (Jeremiah 17:9-10).  However, when the heart is consumed by the work of Jesus Christ, it begins desiring the things of God.  God wants us to desire Him completely, to seek His will above our own. When we surrender our heart to Him, the Holy Spirit then works so that it is our heart continually searching for His heart.  In this we find God and His infinite wisdom.
 
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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, June

 

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Don’t Worry About Tomorrow – June 21

  • “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

God’s compassions never fail, they are indeed new every morning. He is exceedingly faithful. (Lam. 3:22) People are so committed to worry that, if they can’t find something in the present to fret about, they will focus on the potential problems of the future. Jesus tells us that tomorrow will worry for itself. Why? Because He places great faith in His Father, who holds all things together.

Because “Each day has trouble of its own,” we are to meet the temptations, trials, opportunities, and struggles of this exact moment we have been given, relying on our Father in heaven to provide and protect. Trouble will abound, whether we worry or not.

Focus on today. Tackle it head on. He promises you daily bread, not a loaf for next week.

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, June

 

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Argue for Christ – June 18

What do you do if an unbeliever has questions or objections to the Gospel you are presenting? Hopefully, you don’t shout louder.

It’s dangerous to assume that the Holy Spirit works only through preaching. He can work through rational argumentation, too. Sometimes, we must appeal to the head and the heart. Jesus said “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.” If an unbeliever objects that Jesus of Nazareth is simply a fictitious character, the answer is not to tell him to get right with God. The answer is to show him the overwhelming historical evidence confirming the life and death of Jesus—and then tell him to get right with God! Beyond that, It’s unscriptural to refuse to reason with an unbeliever. Look at the ministry of Paul. It was Paul’s standard procedure to present reasons for the truth of the gospel and defend the faith:

And Paul went in, as was his custom, and for three weeks he argued with them from the scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead. . . . So he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the market place every day with those who chanced to be there. . . . And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, arguing and pleading about the kingdom of God. . . . And he expounded the matter to them from morning till evening, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the law of Moses and from the prophets. And some were convinced by what he said, while others disbelieved. (Acts 17:2–3,17; 19:8; 28:23–4 rsv)

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Apologetics, Daily Thoughts, Evangelism, June

 

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Prayer Request

I leave this afternoon to embark on a several week journey. God has provided the opportunity to further the kingdom and impact the lives of others. Please pray for me, Jacob, to do the will of God during this time so that He may work through me.

I’ll see you again in the middle of June!

– Jacob

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, May

 

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A Common Temptation – May 21

It is a common temptation of Satan to make us give up the reading of the Bible and prayer when our enjoyment is gone; as if it were of no use to read the Scriptures when we do not enjoy them, and as if it were no use to pray when we have no spirit of prayer.
The truth is that in order to enjoy the Word, we ought to continue to read it, and the way to obtain a spirit of prayer is to continue praying. The less we read the Word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray.
– George Mueller
 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, May

 

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