Dwelling Where the Cries of Calvary Can Be Heard

In preparation for Easter we are following the counsel of Charles Spurgeon to “dwell where the cries of Calvary can be heard” by studying the seven sayings of Jesus on the cross. To study these cries and listen to these cries is to find oneself on holy ground. In his book, The Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross, Murray Harris writes: “All of us treasure the final words of those we love and admire… But Jesus’ actual “final words” during…

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The Strength You Need for Suffering

“Even if we cannot feel God in our darkest and most dry times, he is still there. And so there is no more basic way to face suffering than this: Like Job, you must seek him, go to him. Pray even if you are dry. Read the Scriptures even if it is an agony. Eventually, you will sense him again—the darkness won’t last forever. The strength you need for suffering comes in the doing of the responsibilities and duties God…

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The Wonder of the Gospel

“Here is the heart of the plan of God and the wonder of the gospel. The best of all men dies as though He were the worst of all criminals… God can point us to the cross and say: ‘Do you see how much I love you?’ ‘I was prepared to bear My own judgment against your sin in the person of My own Son.’ ‘If I was prepared to do that for you, there is nothing I will withhold from…

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Never Stop Lifting Your Hands Up In Praise

“God is the One who gives gifts, and God is also the One who gives the ability to enjoy gifts…If we neglect God in our pursuit of joy, everything good in life—for example, possessions and pleasures—slips through our grasp. But if we give ‘thanks to God the Father’ through Jesus Christ (Col. 3:17; 1 Tim. 4:4-5) for every good gift, then whatever we receive from him—practical wisdom, daily bread, red table wine, our lifetime of labors, and so on—is seen…

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Peter’s Puzzling Paradox

In his classic book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, author C.S. Lewis provides us with the following memorable scene when one of the children asks Mr. and Mrs. Beaver about Aslan in anticipation of meeting him. “Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion” Susan asked. “That you will, dearie, and make no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver. “If there is anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than…

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