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Note: For fans of Spurgeon have you checked out my Review: Charles Spurgeon Framed Art Print?

Spiritual Peace

Charles H. Spurgeon. Spiritual Peace.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, May 13th 2016. 23 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

This was another booklet by Charles Spurgeon that I picked out to go through with our church youth (pre-teens and teens) concerning the topic of having peace that I thought was a relevant topic as our kids and many like them are going through a time of not being physically attending school, isolated at home and at times going though things in 2020-2021 with the Covid situation.  This booklet was published by Chapel Library.  Spurgeon is among my favorite past preachers to read and while I have appreciated other booklets and sermons from him, this specific work wasn’t bad but it didn’t stand out as much as some of the other works I enjoyed from Spurgeon.  Still Spurgeon still presents biblical truths and it is edifying for believers and evangelistic towards non-Christians.

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Happy Resurrection Sunday!

22 years ago on this day, April 4th, it was also resurrection Sunday. I remember because that was when I trusted in Jesus as my Savior.

Here is a short poem I wrote this weekend in thinking about Jesus:

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Note: For fans of Spurgeon have you checked out my Review: Charles Spurgeon Framed Art Print?

 

 

Charles H. Spurgeon. The Gospel in a Single Verse.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, May 12, 2020. 23 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

I was looking for something that is a short read for our church youth (pre-teens and teens) that preaches the Gospel that is short and readable in one sitting that also introduce them to the heritage of sound Bible teachers from Church history and I thought this booklet published by Chapel Library might fit the bill.  I wasn’t disappointed with The Gospel in a Single Verse.  Spurgeon is among my favorite past preachers to read.

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John Charles Ryle. Thoughts for Young Men.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, August 17, 2015. 44 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

What is a book a young person can read to grow spiritually and maturity?  This is a classic by John Charles Ryle that is a timeless classic.  I think given our time this is also edifying for people in their 20s to also read.  John Charles Ryle who is best known by his pen name J.C. Ryle wrote this filled with godly and biblical exhortations that isn’t just applicable to his time period.  In fact in reading this the second time and also in conjunction with the youths in our church (pre-teens and teens) I felt it is more relevant and edifying than when I first read it ten years ago in my 20s.

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Ministry has been busy with answering people’s theological questions every day!  I consider it a joy though and a privilege.

Someone wrote of how he’s discouraged as it seems he’s the only one being transfomed while those aound him doesn’t seem to change.  He’s also wondering about if’s the stumbling block and is also discouraged.

Here’s my pastoral reply:

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading some time ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Matthew 5:44.  Here is my translation:

“ἐγὼ δὲ λέγω ὑμῖν· ἀγαπᾶτε τοὺς ἐχθροὺς ὑμῶν καὶ προσεύχεσθε ὑπὲρ τῶν
But I say to you ‘Love your enemies and pray for those

διωκόντων ὑμᾶς, ”
who persecute you

Here are some observations:

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Someone asked a question about starting spiritually and biblical reading with one’s wife and the spouse struggle with reading as a discipline.  Thought I share an edited version so others might be blessed.

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Erroll Hulse. Postmodernism.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, April 19, 2017. 27 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

What the general attack against Christianity like in today’s culture and society?  There is quite the postmodern feel with much of the rejection and animosity to Christianity today.  This short booklet describe this threat and also calls believers to be faithful to the truth of the Biblical faith.  This is written by Erroll Hulse who is a Reformed Baptist pastor in England who have authored many books and articles including Reformation Today magazine although this is the first time I have heard of him and read any of his writing.

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This will be a series on “Christian Witness in Post-2020 World.”

Today we shall see one obligations Christians have as we live in an increasingly hostile world to Christian faith is to pursue faithfulness to the Gospel:  Yet what does that entail? Be courageous.

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Someone asked online in an apologetics forum a question of what to do when a former friend who is not a Christian reached out to him going through a serious crisis.  I won’t go over the details but the Christian asked “How do I minister to him? I have grown deeply in the two years we haven’t talked…”

Below is my thoughts which is an edit and additions made to my original response to the individual.  I’m reproducing it since some have said it was helpful.

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No doubt 2020 has been crazy and for now 2021 still looks the same as 2020.  I thought I share portions of my ongoing “This Sunday” series specifically the ones that are unique for our time as a way of starting the year strong in the things of God even as our world is crazy.  I plan to continue these and there’s some other ideas I have in mind and Lord willing God gives me practical ideas to encourage God’s people.

 

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Note: For fans of Spurgeon have you checked out my Review: Charles Spurgeon Framed Art Print?

I am writing this book primarily as an encouragement to those in my church who are on Winter Break with School, so they can take advantage of their winter break to read things about God and Christ from the famous English Preacher Charles Spurgeon!

 

Charles H. Spurgeon. The First Fruit of the Spirit.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, August 25th 2017. 20 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

Want to read a short but deep and biblical work on God’s perspective of the Christian virtue of love?  I highly recommend this booklet that is written by Charles Spurgeon, one of my favorite preacher from the past that I like to read.  Spurgeon died in 1892 and I’m amazed at how well over hundred years later Spurgeon’s writings which are adapted from his sermons, still speaks to us in a manner that is still relevant and fresh.  In this particular work Spurgeon looks at Galatians 5:22 which tells us the fruit of the Spirit includes love.  Yet what is and is not love?  Spurgeon masterfully uses the passages in the surrounding context to teach us what love is and is not.

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Note: This is the twelfth installment in our series on biblical leadership.

 

A Godly Leader pursue Godly Ambition

Selected Verse

Establish the need: Have you wondered whether ambition is something a Christian and Christian leader can desire?

 

Purpose: Today we shall three points so that as a Christian and a godly leader we pursue Godly ambition

  • The importance of pursuing godly ambition
  • The example of pursuing godly ambition
  • How to cultivate the pursuit of godly ambition

 

Quick Comments about meaning of ambition

  • I know “ambition” can be seen as totally negative among many Christians.  So we have to consider what the definition of ambition is.
  • The dictionary’s definition for ambition: a strong wish to achieve something.”[1]
  • If we see this definition and think about how there are godly things that one can achieve then ambition in of itself is not sinful though one can have sinful ambition.

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Note: This is the tenth installment in our series on biblical leadership.

 

A Godly Leader deal with difficult people biblically

Selected Verse

Establish the need: How do you deal with difficult people?

 

Purpose: Today we shall three points so that as a Christian and a godly leader we deal with difficult people biblically

  • The importance of dealing with difficult people biblically
  • The examples of dealing with difficult people biblically
  • How to cultivate dealing with difficult people biblically

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Arthur Pink. The Prodigal son. Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, April 27th, 2020. 31 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

Do you know of the Parable of the Prodigal Son in the Bible?  It is one of my favorite parable told by Jesus; in fact it is the most detailed parable of Jesus that is recorded in the four Gospels.  This parable illustrates the amazing love of God for sinner who repent and turn to God and Christ.  I was blessed reading this booklet by Arthur Pink and his exposition of this famous story.

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