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Courtesy Of Grace Gems

His work is yet on the anvil!

(Charles Spurgeon, “Flowers from a Puritan’s Garden” 1883)

“God many times works contrary to outward likelihoods. When the toll of bricks was doubled for the Hebrew slaves–who would look for deliverance? As the sun going back ten degrees on the sundial was a sign of Hezekiah’s recovery–so divine providence is to be read backward. Joseph was made a slave–that he might be made the deliverer of the Hebrew people.”

Thus have we found sickness work for our spiritual health–and poverty promote our spiritual wealth. Our worst days, have turned out to be our best days; and our low estate has lifted us on high. When storms come we may welcome them, for they bring blessing on their wings. But when our calm is long and deep, we ought to be on our watch, lest stagnation and disease should come of it!

Our adorable Redeemer bends all things to His gracious purpose! To judge His wise proceedings, is folly and ingratitude. What can we know? Especially what can we know of His design and purpose–while His work is yet on the anvil? Our judgments at their best, are only moderated foolishness.

We are neither prophets nor sons of prophets; and if we were wise, we would no more speculate upon the results of His divine operations–but firmly believe and patiently wait until the providence comes to bloom, and God becomes His own interpreter!

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!” Romans 8:28

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We have published William Nicholson’s superb short article, “Those Who Fear God!”

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Christians DO Battle Depression !

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This is a timeless article dealing with a very serious subject. I pray that any who are battling depression may find some help here. Having just learned of the suicide of Robin Williams, I thought it timely.

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This glimpse into the Life of Charles Spurgeon should be encouraging to us all. It’s not just the ‘average member’ who may ,at times, fight depression, hopelessness and discouragement. Even such pillars as Spurgeon himself, battled this foe throughout his life. Take Heart ! ” For if God be with us, who can be against us ? ” Romans 8:31

Author: Susan Verstraete
It’s a good thing he wasn’t born in the 20th century. Many believing brothers and sisters would label his tendency to melancholy sinful, or evidence of a lack of self-discipline, or even the result of shallow faith. A psychologist would probably send him away with a prescription and a self-help book with twelve easy steps to overcome depression. But Charles Haddon Spurgeon, perhaps the greatest preacher of the 19th century, had a different attitude toward his affliction.Spurgeon knew “by most painful experience what deep depression of spirit…

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Modern Chaos: The Charasmatic and Pentecostal Movement

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A Classic by John MacArthur

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This Says it All.

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An Introduction to Lordship Salvation

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What follows is from theGrace Community Church Distinctive on LordshipSalvation . It was adapted from John MacArthur’s material on the topic of lordship salvation, and serves as an excellent introduction to the subject.

The gospel that Jesus proclaimed was a call to discipleship, a call to follow Him in submissive obedience, not just a plea to make a decision or pray a prayer. Jesus’ message liberated people from the bondage of their sin while it confronted and condemned hypocrisy. It was an offer of eternal life and forgiveness for repentant sinners, but at the same time it was a rebuke to outwardly religious people whose lives were devoid of true righteousness. It put sinners on notice that they must turn from sin and embrace God’s righteousness. Our Lord’s words about eternal life were invariably accompanied by warnings to those who might be tempted to take salvation…

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