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Saturday Links

Curated links for your weekend reading: 3 Practical Steps for Reaching the Mission Field in Your Neighborhood Three practical steps will help you reach the mission field in your backyard. 6 Lessons for Tending Your Time What can us schedulers learn from farmers and gardeners? Yes, You Need to Talk to the Manager When strivings for justice lose hope, they become weaker, not stronger. How Charles Spurgeon Promoted Meaningful Membership How did Spurgeon practice meaningful m...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Canada, Ontario, Charles Spurgeon, Spurgeon, Ed Stetzer, Arnold Dallimore


A Blessing for the Changing of the Season

I grew up with palm trees overhead and flip-flops on my feet, even on Christmas. After eighteen years of summer year-round, I moved twelve hours north. Fall doesn’t arrive here until mid-November, but it does arrive, and there’s a 100% chance you’ll find me gushing over hues of red and maroon, school bus yellow and bright orange. I’ll happily put on a scarf every morning, stir soup on the stove in the afternoon, and light a pumpkin or cinnamon candle in the evening. What I’m saying is that I’m n...
Tags: Winter, Inspiration, Seasons, Charles Spurgeon, Kaitlyn, Encouragement, Emmanuel God, God's faithfulness


We’re Gonna Make It Because God Is Good

I woke up recently, overwhelmed with grief. My first thoughts were the losses from this past year, the pains experienced, and the prayers still unanswered. I don’t know about you, but 2021 has been one of the hardest years of my life, and the weight of this year pulls heavy on my heart and soul. I tried to shake myself from the heaviness. A long time ago, a Sunday school teacher had taught me to counter discouragement with practices of gratitude. For every discouraging thought, I was to recall a...
Tags: Grief, Inspiration, Loss, Pain, Suffering, Charles Spurgeon, Christ Jesus, Encouragement, God's Love, God's goodness, God is Good, New Living Translation of Romans


Bring Back Foxe’s

There’s nothing like reading Foxe’s Book of Martyrs as a teenager. Want an easy life? Foxe’s will cure you of that expectation. Beginning with Stephen, and continuing for some 2,500 pages, you will learn that following Jesus will may include suffering or worse. The descriptions are stark. The pictures are worse. Historian Douglass Campbell writes, “Those who could read for themselves learned the full details of all the atrocities performed on the Protestant reformers; the illiterate could ...
Tags: Featured, Life, Church, Jesus, Christ, Stephen, Timothy, PAUL, Charles Spurgeon, Spurgeon, Christian Living, Sabina Wurmbrand, Paul Philippians, Foxe, Douglass Campbell, Voice of the Martyrs Christians


If You’re Really Desperate for God to Hear Your Prayers For Real

“True, whole prayer  — is nothing but love,” writes St. Augustine.  It’s a tender question: Is the only reason we don’t truly pray, is because we don’t truly love?   If one’s not praying regularly, is it only because something else is regularly loved more than God?  “The only reason we fail to pray, is because we’ve made an idol out of self. The only thing that prevents me from praying more — is me.”  I don’t know where I was when the conviction struck me so hard it stung for days: ...
Tags: Books, Family, Religion, Faith, Jesus, God, John, Christ, Prayer, Charles Spurgeon, Ora, Jodie, Him Jesus, Jodie Berndt, Jodie Berdnt, Abba Paul


Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins For Your Weekend [07.17.21]

Happy, happy, happy weekend! Let’s not let the everyday routines numb us to the miracle of living every day! Some real, down in the bones JOY to celebrate today! Links & stories 100% guaranteed to make you smile a mile wide & believe like crazy in a Good God redeeming everything. Never, ever give up…there really is hope, even for us. Serving up only the Good Stuff for you & your people right here: lucybee985 / Glacier National Park lucybee985 / Glacier National ...
Tags: Post, Israel, Religion, Ethiopia, Jesus, God, Christ, Nairobi Kenya, Abraham, Crowder, Charles Spurgeon, Galilee, Whitefish Montana, Nazareth, Joni Eareckson Tada, Jackie Hill Perry


How to Heal & Find a Way Through Loss (A Journey: Part 1)

I think it started to happen somewhere in the middle of these tenders days of blink-emerging out into the light after more than a year of lockdowns and a chain of key losses, while I was sitting out in our back pasture, between the woods and the river, sitting there watching my little flock of shorn sheep grow back into themselves. “Everyone has to find a way to heal.”  I think it was sometime around then that I found myself feeling along what it means to heal after all the losses, after ...
Tags: Hope, Religion, Trust, Faith, God, Christ, Anderson, Gratitude, Charles Spurgeon, Doing Thanks, Restoring Wonder, Seeing God, 1000Gifts, Bratman


A Father’s Day Pastoral Prayer

This past Sunday at my church I had the privilege of leading the church in our pastoral prayer. Before we planted Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville almost 9 years ago, I had never been a part of a church whose Sunday meeting included a pastoral prayer. It wasn’t long before we realized how much we had been missing. In his Lectures to My Students, the renowned pastor/preacher Charles Spurgeon said: It is my solemn conviction that the prayer is one of the most weighty, usef...
Tags: Lifestyle, Spirit, Jesus, John, Christ, Matthew, Louisville, Jesus Christ, —leading A Congregation, —liturgy, Charles Spurgeon, Spurgeon, Christ Jesus, Malachi, Savior, —Prayer


My Year of Bible Reading with No Chapters or Verses

Not too long ago I took one of my grandsons out for a bagel and asked him a question. “What’s the most important thing in the world?” I told him it had to be a person or an object. After a long pause, he responded, “The Bible?” “That’s right,” I said. I went on to say that apart from God’s Word, we would have no way of knowing God’s thoughts, commands, warnings, or promises. We’d be limited to general revelation, which gloriously declares aspects of God’s character and deeds, but i...
Tags: Israel, Lifestyle, God, Lord, Bible Study, Leviticus, Charles Spurgeon, Adam, Jeremiah, Justin Taylor, Isaiah, Devotions, Christopher Ash, —Contests, Bible Reading Plans, Crossway


God’s Sovereignty and Our Responsibility

A young woman asked the great preacher Charles Spurgeon if it was possible to reconcile God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. “I wouldn’t try,” he said. “You don’t reconcile friends.” It’s hard for us to understand the relationship between God’s sovereignty and human responsibility, just as it’s hard to understand how light seems to act like waves and particles. Just because something’s hard to understand, though, doesn’t mean that it’s not true. “In the Bible, divine sovereignty ...
Tags: Featured, Life, Spirit, Timothy, Charles Spurgeon, Christian Living


Who Will Heal Our Sorrows?

I’m waiting for a package in the mail. It’s a batch of fancy body lotion — a gift to myself. Sure, I could use grocery store lotion or even Vaseline in a jar. (Some of you know what I mean.) But during a recent stay at a city hotel, the courtesy kit on the sink included a creamy smell-good lotion. So back at home, I ordered some, and I’m excited for it to arrive. It’s the soothing factor — isn’t that what we so desire? When life turns hard, we need comfort. Thus, the smell-good lotion is on its ...
Tags: Colorado, Inspiration, Kobe Bryant, Christ, Peter, Charles Spurgeon, J Lo, Spurgeon, Jeremiah, Jordan River, Gilead, NIV, Philpot, John Pilch, Baylor University s Center for Christian Ethics


Can Sickness Be Better Than Health?

Can sickness and suffering be better than health and prosperity? In a world that lives to avoid pain, that question may sound ridiculous. Not only pleasure-seekers, but even the religious, view suffering as entirely negative — a sign of God’s disapproval. In most world religions, health and prosperity are the reward for a good and faithful life, while sickness and suffering are curses, the result of evil deeds in this life or a past one. The American prosperity “gospel” perpetuates these ...
Tags: China, Religion, Jesus, Times, Frost, Taylor, Christ, Charles Spurgeon, Joni Eareckson Tada, Hudson Taylor, James 1:2, Better Than Health, Henry Frost


I Still Do

A wise friend once told me, “No one should write a book about marriage until they’ve been married for twenty years.” Then he reached his twentieth anniversary and amended his rule: “No one should write a book about marriage until they’ve been married for thirty years.” The point is, none of us ever master marriage, because marriage, like the people involved in it, is constantly changing. Yet even though we never master it, there is much we can learn from those who have the wi...
Tags: Book Reviews, Blogging, Harvey, Charles Spurgeon, Dave Harvey


Don’t Ever Stop Praying: The Refreshing Privilege of Unceasing Prayer

How do you feel when you hear the command to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)? Those three words can feel like a flunking grade to a tender conscience. The vague fear that we are failing the Christian life has once again been confirmed. Others of us struggle to see this call as anything other than an impossible ideal, perhaps attainable for pastors, but not for mothers with four children or businessmen with sixty-hour workweeks. Still others hear the command to pray withou...
Tags: Religion, Spirit, Matthew, Corinthians, Daniel, PAUL, Luke, Charles Spurgeon, Michael Reeves, New Jerusalem


The Word of God Is Not Bound

Paul sits in prison. Prison was familiar to Paul, and conditions varied from the relative comfort of house arrest to much harsher conditions. This time is not good. Paul sits in Rome surrounded by soldiers of the elite Praetorian Guard. He expects that he will soon be executed by the government. He has no freedom and no future. In that context, Paul writes: “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with ch...
Tags: Featured, Life, Rome, David, Jesus, Jesus Christ, PAUL, Charles Spurgeon, Isaiah, Praetorian Guard, Christian Living, Pastoring


How to Recognize the Holy Spirit: Nine Tests for Spiritual Fruit

Of all the blessings that are ours in Christ, is any greater than the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit? The Spirit is “the sum of the blessings Christ sought, by what he did and suffered in the work of redemption,” Jonathan Edwards writes (Works of Jonathan Edwards, 5:341). The Spirit illumines our Savior’s face (John 16:14). The Spirit puts “Abba! Father!” in our mouths (Romans 8:15). The Spirit plants heaven in our hearts (Ephesians 1:13–14). For all the blessings the Spirit br...
Tags: Religion, Spirit, Jesus, John, Christ, Matthew, Corinthians, Jesus Christ, Timothy, PAUL, Luke, Charles Spurgeon, Gentile, Philippians, Jonathan Edwards, Richard Sibbes


How to Stay Sharp and Effective in 2020

This week the blog is sponsored by AccelerateBooks.com. Used by 3000+ leaders, AccelerateBooks is a book summary tool that gives access to key insights so busy leaders can stay sharp and effective. For a limited time, they are offering 250 Lifetime Memberships, available for a one-time purchase. Afterward, memberships will return to the regular subscription pricing. You’re probably too busy to read this. You probably have 5 other browser tabs currently open, a lineup of article...
Tags: Sponsored, Church, Blogging, Carson, Charles Spurgeon, Albert Mohler, Timothy Keller, David Mathis, SBTS, John Piper Paragraphs, AccelerateBooks


A Modern Day Christmas Eve Miracle

I stood in Bethlehem once. There were stars unblinking in their brave hope, right there over that little town of Bethlehem. I’d stood there, my neck craning, for a long time, right outside the Church of the Nativity, looking up with a holy imagination and prayers that deeply know that He’s the realest reality. “No matter any outcome… Hope always still comes.” And then I’d finally turned and bent low to walk into the Church of the Nativity — because there is no finding Hope until you humble y...
Tags: Hope, Religion, Uncategorized, Christmas, Jesus, God, Christ, Church Of The Nativity, Bethlehem, Advent, Charles Spurgeon, Cosmos, Himself, Emmanuel God


Saturday Links

Curated links for your weekend reading: Don’t Measure Small-Town Ministry Simply by Its Size At the heart of every successful ministry, in communities of every conceivable size, is love: love for Christ and for the places where he has called us. The Importance of Ecclesiology in Church Planting Church planter, study the church. Your ecclesiology matters greatly for your church. Read the Bible with TGC in 2020 The Gospel Coalition is partnering with Crossway to launch an initiat...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Christ, Charles Spurgeon, TGC, Gospel Coalition, Gospel Coalition Canada


Weekend A La Carte (October 19)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few books that, as far as I know, only rarely go on sale. (Yesterday on the blog: Pastoring Is So Much More Than Preaching) The Almost Invisible Church Darryl Dash reflects on nearly invisible churches. “ I’m not against big churches. God is at work there too. My point is simpler: We tend to think that God is at work somewhere else. We spend our time wishing that we could be part of what God is doing, all the while missing what God is doing righ...
Tags: Blogging, United States, World Health Organization, Jesus, Newton, A La Carte, Charles Spurgeon, Darryl Dash, John Newton, Alistair Begg, John Newton My Friend Lisa LaGeorge


A Simple Reason to Snag Logos 8 Bronze, Especially at This Crazy Price

Four commentary sets for roughly the price of one? Here’s why Logos 8 Bronze is such a good deal. This month only, all Logos 8 packages are 20% off. Even at full price, Logos packages are already the most cost-effective way to invest in Logos. You save on average 90% compared to buying books individually, not to mention all the tools you get for studying Scripture. So an extra 20% off only sweetens the deal. You can see the value especially clearly in Logos 8 Bronze. Take a look at the scre...
Tags: Religion, Bronze, Products, Brown, Charles Spurgeon, Charles H Spurgeon, Logos 8, Ryle Matthew Henry Adam Clarke, Moody Access, Cornerstone Biblical Commentaries, Base Package Sale, Logos 8 Base Packages, Logos 8 Bronze, Holman New Testament Commentary, Jamieson Fausset


Satan Will Sing You to Sleep: Waking Up from Spiritual Indifference

“You don’t tell people about Jesus, because you don’t care about their eternal state.” His assertion stung. But I knew it was true. Confronted with the way he lives for the lost, its truth was as obvious to me as the nose on my face. And like the nose on my face, I wasn’t paying much attention to it until he called it out. But unlike the nose on my face, his assertion was eternally significant. I recently met this remarkable man while traveling in the Middle East. He, along with his wi...
Tags: Religion, Middle East, Spirit, Jesus, States, Christ, Matthew, Corinthians, PAUL, John Piper, Charles Spurgeon, Holy Spirit


3 Quotes on Salvation from Carson, Barth, Spurgeon

Enjoy these quotes on salvation and repentance from Carson, Barth, and Spurgeon. (Bonus quote from Tozer at the end, too.) You can save 40% on all their collected works through the rest of the month. D.A. Carson If God had perceived that our greatest need was economic, he would have sent an economist. If he had perceived that our greatest need was entertainment, he would have sent us a comedian or an artist. If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would hav...
Tags: Religion, Sales, Jesus, Christ, Products, Peter, PAUL, Carson, Charles Spurgeon, Karl Barth, Tozer, D. A. Carson, A.w. Tozer, A.W. Tozer collection, Carson Barth Spurgeon, Carson Barth


On World Earth Day: What Trees Reveal About God, Faith, Resurrection & the Future of Everything

What can trees reveal about God, nature, and the future of everything? Friends, it’s more than you maybe could ever imagine. And when it comes to biblical insights, I could listen to Dr. Matthew Sleeth all day. He’s the real deal, a wise and truthful voice for our times. Matthew has written an achingly beautiful, groundbreaking book, Reforesting Faith — which helps me see the story of creation, the fall, and redemption with fresh eyes. Read, pray, and then share this book as a bridge with a nei...
Tags: Books, Florida, Washington, Africa, Religion, Guest Posts, Noah, Jesus, God, John, Christ, Moses, Tolkien, Sauron, Nancy, Matthew


A secular Jew makes a surprising discovery about Christians and American slavery

A secular Jew makes a surprising discovery about Christians and American slavery Christians ended slavery. Do you think that’s a conservative simpleton’s mock-worthy bombast, embarrassing the rest of us with his black-and-white, unapologetic caricature of American history? No. It is the considered conclusion of a Nobel laureate, a former communist, a secular Jew, and arguably the foremost scholar on American slavery. Robert Fogel (1922-2013), the son of Ru...
Tags: Religion, America, Britain, Islam, Jesus, University Of Chicago, Jackson, Christians, South, Joseph, Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, Robert E Lee, Quaker, Union Army, William Wilberforce


Theology Is Not a Hobby

One of the greatest dangers for studious Christians is loving the study of God more than God himself. We love books. We love to love God with our minds. We should. So did the apostle Paul, who asked Timothy to bring his cloak and his books (2 Timothy 4:13). God commands us to love him with our minds (Matthew 22:36–37). But the key to the Great Commandment is that we are commanded to love him. Not merely the study of him. Not only books about him, but God himself. And if we are honest, we c...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, John, Christ, Calvin, Matthew, Corinthians, Timothy, PAUL, Charles Spurgeon, Augustine Luther, Jesus the Son of God Who, Christ Alpha


Biographies for People Who Have Never Read a Biography

I n recent weeks I’ve encountered a number of people who have never read a biography. While there’s no law commanding the reading of biographies, there are certainly many good reasons to make them a regular part of a reading diet. Today I want to offer just a few suggestions and recommendations for people who are approaching biography for the first time, or for the first time in a long while. Three Tips I’ll begin with a few suggestions for getting started in biography. Firs...
Tags: Books, China, India, Articles, America, Blogging, Winston Churchill, Biography, William Hague, Calvin, Murray, Tom, John Piper, Edwards, John MacArthur, Charles Spurgeon


The Reality of Sexual Abuse Hits Home: What Happened? What Do We Do Now?

A massive investigative report appeared in the Sunday editions of the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News. The headline was direct — “20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms.” This article, the first of three, contains sophisticated investigative journalism as the team of reporters distills harrowing accounts of rampant sexual abuse in the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The article reveals two chilling and horrifyi...
Tags: Articles, Blog, Blogging, Christ, Jesus Christ, Feature Article, Houston Chronicle, Robertson, Charles Spurgeon, SBC, San Antonio Express News, Spurgeon, Roman Catholic Church, Southern Baptist, Southern Baptists, Greear


Last Days to Save 40% in the New Year’s Sale

The Logos New Year’s sale ends January 31 and with it a chance to save 40% on books and resources. And since many of the resources are bundled—which means bundled savings is already applied—40% off means an extra layer of savings. Shop the sale now, starting with these highlights. Want to study your Bible more consistently? Try the CSB Spurgeon Study Bible Notes. Charles H. Spurgeon preached to over 10 million people in his lifetime, and his sermon manuscripts have impacted millions more s...
Tags: Religion, Misc, Bible Study, PAUL, Charles Spurgeon, Spurgeon, Lexham Press, Alistair Begg, CSB, Charles H Spurgeon, Logos 8, Exegetical Studies, New Year's Sale


5 Recommended Resources from the Logos New Year Sale

January brings new opportunities to learn something new or refocus your Bible study. To help you make the most of this new year, check out the Logos New Year sale and save 40% on dozens of products including these five: Not Your Average Bible Study: Parables – $2.99 The Not Your Average Bible Study series combines a deep understanding of the biblical text with real-world application that is relevant to our lives today. In this volume of the Not Your Average Bible Study series, John D. Barry u...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, Greek, Christ, Products, Logos, Charles Spurgeon, Spurgeon, Alistair Begg, Reformation, John D Barry, Larry Richards, Charles H Spurgeon, New Year Sale, Cross Reflect