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Mark Dever’s Foreword to C.H. Spurgeon’s ‘Only a Prayer Meeting’

One of my most enjoyable reading experiences was earlier this year when I first read Mr. Spurgeon’s book Only a Prayer Meeting! I had bought my copy of the 1976 Pilgrim Publications reprint in 1984 in Inverness, Scotland. But it had lain unread among scores of other volumes of Spurgeon’s works, which, for some reason, got more of my attention. Then I took it with me on a trip and began to read it on the plane flight across the country from San Diego to DC. It captured my attention. I couldn’t put it down.
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The Pastor’s Private Prayer

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For students of the Pastors' College, their Friday meetings with C. H. Spurgeon were often a time of joy. But on one occasion, the meeting was marked by solemn heartache. Word had reached Spurgeon that "a minister in whom he had placed great confidence, and who had gone from the college, had greatly fallen." The …

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