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charles spurgeon

charles spurgeon

The church is not perfect, but woe to the man who finds pleasure in pointing out her imperfections!

Christ loved his church, and let us do the same.

I have no doubt that the Lord can see more fault in his church than I can; and I have equal confidence that he sees no fault at all. Because he covers her faults with his own love—that love which covers a multitude of sins; and he removes all her defilement with that precious blood which washes away all the transgressions of his people.

–Charles Spurgeon

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Todd Pruitt writes “Many evangelicals expect God to speak to them in the ways he spoke to the prophets and apostles. But God has not promised this. Indeed it is through his Word that he speaks to his people. He does not speak inside us but to us. His voice comes to us from outside of us by his Word.”

Todd then quotes from the book  Good News for Anxious Christians by Dr. Philip Cary

That’s not how the Spirit speaks, because that’s not why the Spirit speaks. He does not come to give people private instructions – that’s not what prophecy was ever for – but to join them to the community of God’s people. So the best place to hear him now is in a gathered congregation of the Body of Christ, where he is present to teach, comfort, warn, and guide all who believe. His speaking is not an inner experience but a shared event, just like the teaching and admonishing that happened when the New Testament church was filled with the Spirit…

Read more About that little voice in your heart… (Todd Pruitt)

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Nancy Guthrie has a great post here which begins:

“Have you read Heaven Is for Real?” I’ve been asked this question more times than I can count. So let me just tell you—no, I haven’t. I was actually asked by the publisher to read the manuscript to offer an endorsement before the book came out, but I declined. And clearly the lack of an endorsement from me has not hindered sales.

HeavenisforrealtheaterposterI’ve been hoping that the hoopla surrounding this book and so many of the other “died and went to heaven and came back” books would end. And then I went to the theater over the holidays and saw previews for the upcoming movie based on Heaven Is for Real. So before you ask if I am going to see the movie, let me just tell you—no, I’m not.”

Keep reading more here.  For more on the “Heaven is for Real” topic you could look at a previous post “Peddling Fiction about the After-Life as Non-Fiction.”

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A man I admire and thank God for.   Courtesy of Tim Challies and Josh Byers

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Two videos on abortion

A short reflective look at the issue of abortion that urges us to choose life and protect life:  About You

A new controversial pro-life documentary that examines the truth about abortion.  Worth watching and thinking about: Babies Are Murdered Here (53 minutes)

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“How does that verse make you feel?”  It doesn’t matter how you feel.  It matters what God has said!

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What to do about that besetting sin? Ed Welch summarizes:

We will all sin again, of that we can be sure. When we do, we ask forgiveness of both the Lord and those who were wronged. Then some hand-to-hand combat against sin is probably in order along with some public planning to either stand firm or run when there is another assault. All of this is both preceded and followed by our rest in forgiveness of sin secured by Jesus. Rest is spiritual, complacency sinful.

For more on battling a besetting sin read the rest of When You Are Planning to Sin Again

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