Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spurgeon on Loving the Lost

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on love for the lost:

To be laughed at is no great hardship for me. I can delight in scoffs and jeers. . . .

But that you should turn from your own mercy, this is my sorrow.

Spit on me, but oh repent!

Laugh at me, but, oh, believe in my Master!

Make my body as the dirt in the streets, but do not damn your own souls.

He also passionately exhorts the church:

If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies.

And if they perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay.

If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one person go there unwarned and unprayed for.

Further, he instructs:

The Holy Spirit will move them by first moving you.

If you can rest without their being saved, they will rest, too.

But if you are filled with an agony for them, if you cannot bear that they are lost, you will soon find that they are uneasy, too.

HT: Justin Taylor

Monday, March 07, 2011

I'd like you to meet my former pastor...

Ellen and I were blessed to have Jim Wilson as our pastor when we were first married. Jim discipled me before we were married, gave the exhortation from God's Word at our wedding ceremony and he and his wife, Bessie, continued to pastor/disciple us for six months after we were married. The story that Pastor Wilson tells in this short video is one drawn from a barrel of several million that he could tell, a barrel of evangelistic encounters that is still being added to, even to this day. Enjoy.

Stories with Jim Wison: Korean War from Canon Wired on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation...

"Take ten minutes and let your heart break and burn, weeping with joy along with brothers and sisters you will only meet in heaven:" (Justin Taylor)

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Prescription for the Day: A Sheet of Paper

As the second wisest man who ever lived noted, "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine..." So stop taking yourself and your problems so seriously and go find a piece of paper. I think maybe we can learn a thing or two from little Micah.