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3 Ways the Holy Spirit Helped Spurgeon Preach

Oct 24 The Holy Spirit makes the dull minds, bright. He makes the dry bones, flesh. And He makes the dead men, live. Only with the Spirit comes an otherworldly power to our otherwise weak and mortal preaching. In terms of sermon delivery, how might the Spirit help us in our weakness? In this guest post, Neal Thornton reveals three ways the Holy Spirit helped Spurgeon preach and how He can help...

Alpha and Omega

Dec 27 EVERY Sunday-school child knows that there is no great mystery hidden in the words “Alpha and Omega.” We have here the names of the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, so that the sense would be, “I am A and great O,” in the Greek, or in plain English, “I am A and Z.” “Jesus is the Alpha and Omega—A and Z—the beginning and the end, the first...

Revelation 22:13

The Holy Child, Jesus

Dec 20 THE opposition of the world is often a very great blessing to the Church. If it be met by holy boldness, it is sure to yield a glorious triumph to the servants of God. Sanctified by the Holy Ghost, out of the eater cometh forth honey, for it becomes an incentive to greater zeal. Now that the foeman is determined to conquer, the Church will be resolved to hold its...

Acts 4:30

Lessons from Lydia's Conversion

Dec 13 PHILIPPI is famous in classic story as the spot where the world's future trembled in the balance when Octavius met Brutus and Cassius in terrible conflict. The two republican generals here ended their stormy career, and universal empire crouched at the feet of Caesar. As long as time endures,or human slaughter is thought worthy of a record, Philippi will be remembered as one of the greatest names in martial history....

Acts 16:13, 14

Once a Curse but Now a Blessing

Dec 6      As these words came from the lips of Zechariah, doubtless they referred to the seed of Abraham, including the two tribes of Judah and the ten tribes of Israel. They have already received a minor fulfillment; but their most glorious accomplishment is yet to come. The Jews have for many a generation been cursed by all people. For ages no one had a good word or a kind...

Zechariah 8:13

Paul-His Cloak and His Books

Nov 29      Foolish persons have made remarks upon the trifles of Scripture. They have marvelled why so little a matter as a cloak should be mentioned in an inspired book; but they ought to know that this is one of the many indications that the book is by the same author as the book of nature. Are there not things which our short-sightedness would call trifles in the volume of...

2 Timothy 4:13

Direction in Dilemma

Nov 22      God’s great design in all his works is the manifestation of his own glory. Any aim less than this were unworthy of himself. He cannot act for the good of his creatures as an ultimate aim, for that were for God to be impelled by a motive less great than his own nature. Since there can be nothing greater than the infinite, and there can be but one...

Exodus 14:13

The Lambs and Their Shepherd

Nov 15      The people of God are most fitly compared to sheep. The excellencies of their moral and spiritual character furnish one side of the picture, for like sheep they are gentle in their lives, and are well accepted, whether living or dying, as a sacrifice unto God; their frailties and weaknesses complete the likeness, for they are prone to wander—full of wants, powerless in self-defense, and ill able to...

Isaiah 40:11

Heavenly Love-Sickness!

Nov 8      Sick! That is a sad thing; it moves your pity. Sick of love—love-sick! that stirs up other emotions which we shall presently attempt to explain. No doubt certain sicknesses are peculiar to the saints: the ungodly are never visited with them. Strange to say, these sicknesses, to which the refined sensibilities of the children of God render them peculiarly liable, are signs of vigorous health. Who but the...

Song of Solomon 5:8

The Ship on Fire - A Voice of Warning

Nov 8      Here is the alarm of mercy declaring the sinner's duty—"Escape for thy life." Here is the work of grace, and the gratitude of the sinner after he is saved. "Thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life."      The other day, there sailed down the Thames as stout a vessel as had ever ploughed the deep. The good ship "Amazon,"...

Genesis 19:17a, 19