New Book: ‘Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for Those who Suffer from Depression’ by Zack Eswine

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Christians should have the answers, shouldn’t they? Depression affects many people both personally and through the ones we love. Depression is not new though, indeed the “Prince of Preachers” C.H. Spurgeon struggled with depression and talked openly about it. Here Zack Eswine draws from Spurgeon’s experiences to encourage us. What Spurgeon found in his darkness can serve as a light in our own darkness. This is not a self-help guide, but rather “a handwritten note of one who wishes you well.”

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Spurgeons Sorrow

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‘A Happy Christmas To You All!’ – C. H. Spurgeon

Spurgeon Online:

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a faithful pastor to the people of God in his day. Part of his faithfulness may be seen in how he stood against the various errors and corruptions of the medieval church. One of these errors was the adding to the calendar various holidays. Not even Christmas was exempt from his fiery zeal: “WE have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas.”

But one would be mistaken to think that dear old Spurgeon had no place in the heart and home of a Christian for the joyful celebration of our Lord’s birth. This can be seen from the fact that he often preached sermons on the incarnation at or on Christmas (the statement above comes to us from a sermon preached Dec. 24th the subject matter was the birth of Christ) and by these statements that are of the stock of Spurgeon’s verbal genus…

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Now, a happy Christmas to you all; and it will be a happy Christmas if you have God with you… I shall say nothing to-day against festivities on this great birthday of Christ. I hold that, perhaps, it is not right to have the birthday celebrated, but we will never be amongst those who think it as much a duty to celebrate it the wrong way as others the right. But we will to-morrow think of Christ’s birthday; we shall be obliged to do it, I am sure, however sturdily we may hold to our rough Puritanism…

 Feast, Christians, feast; you have a right to feast. Go to the house of feasting to-morrow, celebrate your Savior’s birth; do not be ashamed to be glad, you have a right to be happy. Solomon says, “Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.” “Religion never was designed To make our pleasures less.” Recollect that your Master ate butter and honey. Go your way, rejoice tomorrow; but, in your feasting, think of the Man in Bethlehem; let him have a place in your hearts, give him the glory, think of the virgin who conceived him, but think most of all of the Man born, the Child given. I finish by again saying, “A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!”

More…

Does God Change in the Incarnation? Spurgeon Answers [Quote & Sermon Audio]

Pastor Erik Raymond points out a quote from Spurgeon that is, “especially helpful in considering the immutability of God (the fact that he does not change) even in light of the incarnation of Christ“:

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Charles Spurgeon

All creatures change. Man, especially as to his body, is always undergoing revolution. Very probably there is not a single particle in my body which was in it a few years ago. This frame has been worn away by activity, its atoms have been removed by friction, fresh particles of matter have in the mean time constantly accrued to my body, and so it has been replenished; but its substance is altered.

The fabric of which this world is made is ever passing away; like a stream of water, drops are running away and others are following after, keeping the river still full, but always changing in its elements.

But God is perpetually the same. He is not composed of any substance or material, but is spirit—pure, essential, and ethereal spirit—and therefore he is immutable. He remains everlastingly the same. There are no furrows on his eternal brow. No age hath palsied him; no years have marked him with the mementoes of their flight; he sees ages pass, but with him it is ever now. He is the great I AM—the Great Unchangeable.

Mark you, his essence did not undergo a change when it became united with the manhood. When Christ in past years did gird himself with mortal clay, the essence of his divinity was not changed; flesh did not become God, nor did God become flesh by a real actual change of nature; the two were united in hypostatical union, but the Godhead was still the same. It was the same when he was a babe in the manger, as it was when he stretched the curtains of heaven; it was the same God that hung upon the cross, and whose blood flowed down in a purple river, the self-same God that holds the world upon his everlasting shoulders, and bears in his hands the keys of death and hell.

He never has been changed in his essence, not even by his incarnation; he remains everlastingly, eternally, the one unchanging God, the Father of lights, with whom there is no variableness, neither the shadow of a change.

Here is the entire sermon (his first preached at New Park Street Chapel, Southwark).

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‘Through the Eyes of Spurgeon’ documentary releasing Dec. 18, can only obtain hard copies before then

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Jeremy Walker in the “Through the Eyes of Spurgeon” documentary

Through the eyes of SpurgeonExciting news, especially for those who helped to make this happen, from Jeremy Walker:

The release date for Stephen McCaskell’s Spurgeon documentary is looming – only one week to go. The film is going to be released online, but there will be a limited number of DVD and Blu-Rays being pressed. Please note that hard copies are only available through pre-orders made before the formal release date. If you want your own ‘proper’ copy, you need to place your order here and now.

 

Again, it will be available free via streaming, but hard copies need to be pre-ordered. The first showing will be at www.throughtheeyesofspurgeon.com on Thursday 18 December at 12:00am CST.

 

All the information you need is here. We hope you enjoy it! More than that, we hope it is a means of bringing glory to God in Christ.

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Thanksgiving Roundup [Spurgeon, J. Renihan, Savastio, 1689]

Here is a roundup from last year with some additions from this year:

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1689 gift editionThe Importance of Thanksgiving Day by Dr. James Renihan

From the [1689] Second London Confession, Chapter 22:
3. Prayer with thanksgiving, being one special part of natural worship, is by God required of all men. But that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the Name of the Son, by the help of the Spirit, according to his Will; with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love, and perseverance; and when with others, in a known tongue.
5. The reading of the Scriptures, Preaching, and hearing the word of God, teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual songs, singing with grace in our Hearts to the Lord; as also the Administration of Baptism, and the Lords Supper are all parts of Religious worship of God, to be performed in obedience to him, with understanding, faith, reverence, and godly fear; moreover solemn humiliation with fastings; and thanksgiving upon special occasions, ought to be used in an holy and religious manner.

Thanksgiving in the Church

From the Directory for Public Worship: Concerning the Observation of Days of Publick Thanksgiving.
WHEN any such day is to be kept, let notice be given of it, and of the occasion thereof, some convenient time before, that the people may the better prepare themselves thereunto.


 

C H SpurgeonCharles H. SpurgeonA Sermon Delivered on Sunday Morning, September 27th, 1863:

Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. — Psalm 65:11.

 

POSSIBLY objections might have been raised to a day of thanksgiving for the abundant harvest if it had been ordered or suggested by Government. Certain brethren are so exceedingly tender in their consciences upon the point of connection between Church and State, that they would have thought it almost a reason for not being thankful at all if the Government had recommended them to celebrate a day of public thanksgiving. Although I have no love to the unscriptural union of Church and State, I should on this occasion have hailed an official request for a national recognition of the special goodness of God. However, none of us can feel any objection arising in our minds if it be now agreed that to-day we will praise our ever-bounteous Lord, and as an assembly record our gratitude to the God of the harvest. We are probably the largest assembly of Christian people in the world, and it is well that we should set the example to the smaller Churches. Doubtless many other believers will follow in our track, and so a public thanksgiving will become general throughout the country. I hope to see every congregation in the land raising a special offering unto the Lord, to be devoted either to his Church, to the poor, to missions, or some other holy end. Yes, I would have every Christian offer willingly unto the Lord as a token of his gratitude to the God of providence…

 

All the year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us; both when we sleep and when we wake, his mercy waits upon us. The sun may leave off shining, but our God will never cease to cheer his children with his love. Like a river his lovingkindness is always flowing, with a fullness inexhaustible as his own nature, which is its source. Like the atmosphere which always surrounds the earth, and is always ready to support the life of man, the benevolence of God surrounds all his creatures; in it, as in their element they live, and move, and have their being. Yet as the sun on summer days appears to gladden us with beams more warm and bright than at other times, and as rivers are at certain seasons swollen with the rain, and as the atmosphere itself on occasions is fraught with more fresh, more bracing, or more balmy influences than heretofore, so is it with the mercy of God: it hath its golden hours, its days of overflow, when the Lord magnifieth his grace and lifteth high his love before the sons of men.

[source: ReformedOnTheWeb]

Treasury of DavidSpurgeon on Psalm 100:

A Psalm of Praise; or rather of thanksgiving. This is the only psalm bearing this precise inscription. It is all ablaze with grateful adoration, and has for this reason been a great favourite with the people of God ever since it was written.

 

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.

 

Know ye that the LORD he is God:
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

 

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

 

For the LORD is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.

On this Psalm, Charles Sprugeon comments:

In all our public service the rendering of thanks must abound; it is like the incense of the temple, which filled the whole house with smoke. Expiatory sacrifices are ended, but those of gratitude will never be out of date. So long as we are receivers of mercy we must be givers of thanks. …Be thankful unto him. Let the praise be in your heart as well as on your tongue, and let it all be for him to whom it all belongs. And bless his name. He blessed you, bless him in return; bless his name, his character, his person. Whatever he does, be sure that you bless him for it; bless him when he takes away as well as when he gives; bless him as long as you live, under all circumstances…

[source: Abraham’s Seed]


 

2013-11-25 09.03.01Always And For All Things by Jim Savastio

Of all the things that you will do this week, few will be repeated in eternity. But every time you are thankful to God you are engaging in a heavenly and eternal work.

Seriously Thankful

…In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, amidst a flurry of exhortations, one them stands out above all others. In everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. This is God’s will. That may seem redundant…after all, it’s in the Bible and it’s in the form of a present active imperative–a clear command. By telling us that this is God’s will for those in union with Jesus, Paul is, as it were, underscoring, highlighting, italicizing, putting in caps this particular command. Don’t miss this! it’s God’s will for you to always be thankful. Doing God’s will is of eternal consequence. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 that only those who do the will of God will go to heaven. Paul tells us in Romans 1 that among the many sins which merit the wrath of God is ingratitude. Unbelief and ingratitude binds the souls in hell together. But how can we be thankful at all times and for all things? Are there not issues which grieve and disappoint us? Of course. The issue is that what God has done for us in Jesus is so much better that it always tips the scales towards gratitude. No matter how well things are going in your estimation now, if you are in Christ you have reason to be thankful.


 

Thanksgiving Scott BrownThirteen Thanksgiving Celebration Tips by Scott Brown

What follows are THIRTEEN Thanksgiving Celebration Tips. I write this that we “may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving,” and to tell of His “wondrous works.” (Psalm 26:7), and to declare the praises of our Lord Jesus Christ across the land. In it you will find encouragement to read the scripture, sing the songs, recount the history and dedicate your family to building a culture of thankfulness.


 

Pilgrims & Baptists: the little known connection

If not for a Baptist church split, the Pilgrims might never have come to America.
Sort of.

More added here as they come in..

Banner of Truth Book Giveaway & Sale

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This week’s Free Stuff is sponsored by our good friends at The Banner of Truth. The three sets that they are giving away today have been selected from their 2014 Christmas Special, which has just begun. There will be three winners this week, and each of the winners will receive one of these unique sets of books.

Prizes include The Baptist Confession of Faith Gift Edition and the following works of Spurgeon:

  • Christ’s Glorious Achievements
  • Lectures to My Students
  • Spurgeon’s Practical Wisdom

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Enter here, and don’t miss the great 2014 Christmas Special going on at  The Banner of Truth.

Deal: $1.99/£1.54 Spurgeon’s ‘The Pastor In Prayer’ [Kindle]

The Pastor in Prayer

by Charles Spurgeon

[Kindle: $1.99 | £1.54 ]

Description:

When the American evangelist D.L. Moody spoke in the Metropolitan Tabernacle in October 1892, he recalled an earlier visit twenty-five years previously. He had come four thousand miles, he said, to hear C.H. Spurgeon, but what impressed him most was not the sermon, nor the singing of the great congregation, but Spurgeon’s prayer. Such was his access to God that he seemed to be able to bring down power from heaven. This was the great secret, Moody believed, of Spurgeon’s influence and success.

 

This collection of prayers drawn primarily from Sunday morning services at the Tabernacle will make a similar impression on readers today. In this book we see Spurgeon come into the presence of God with deep reverence, yet with unquestioning child-like confidence, to plead God’s promises in Scripture and to revel in the nearness to God into which Christ has brought all who believe. The Pastor in Prayer will inspire those who lead public worship and all Christians with a fresh sense of the privilege of prayer, and a renewed desire to ‘come boldly to the throne of grace’., there to ‘obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need’.

Spurgeon Book Bundle Giveaway [$45.00 Value | 5 Winners] from Lucid Books

Lucid Book GiveawayLucid Books:

We are giving away 5 Spurgeon Book Bundles to winners who will be picked at random. The books we are giving away are Through The Eyes of C.H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon’s Calvinism & All of Grace.

 

These books are published by Lucid Books. The Editor,Stephen McCaskell, is producing a documentary Through the Eyes of C.H. Spurgeon

 

Giveaway Ends: November 06, 07:00PM ACT
Prizes Awarded: November 10, 05:00PM ACT

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Spurgeon on Close Communion

This clip, that Dr. Carl Trueman posted on Ref21 yesterday, intrigued me:

Spurgeon Close Communion

After doing a little Googling on it I thought the following, from Mark Lamprecht,may be of interest to y’all:

…On August 5, 1892, the New York Times published a very small answer by Spurgeon on close communion.

I judge it wise to abstain from fomenting an controversy on the matter of strict communion. It is easier to destroy what communion there is than to create more. Excuse me, therefore, and form your own judgment. Yours truly, C.H. SPURGEON

However, in William E. Hatcher, D. D., LL. D., L. H. D. A Biography by his son Eldridge Burwell Hatcher there is more light in Spurgeon’s position. On pages 285-286 we read the following.

spurgeon“Mr. Spurgeon” said Dr. Hatcher to him one day “why is it that you invite people to your Communion table who have not been baptized?” By baptism, Dr. Hatcher, of course, meant immersion—just as all Baptists mean in their use of the word.

 

“I take no unbaptized people into my church” Mr. Spurgeon replied. “I urge them to be baptized and there my authority ends. The Communion is a mere matter of church hospitality and seems to give me a better opportunity of urging the duty of immersion and when I get at people in this way I generally baptize them. If they come to our table once, or twice, and still refuse to join my church, then they are refused admittance to the table. You see I have throngs of Christian people visiting my church from all parts of the world and I do not shut the door against them; but” said he “if I lived in America and in the South where the Baptists practice strict communion, I should practice it also.”

It seems that even to Hatcher Spurgeon’s view was a bit nuanced.

“I fail to see” said Dr. Hatcher “just how you can reduce it to a simple question of geography.”

But then again even the practice in the America may not have been as strict as possible.

Dr. Hatcher, with nearly all Southern Baptists, believed in what was termed “strict”, or “close communion”,—that is, he held that un-immersed christians ought not to be invited to the Lord’s Table; they might come if they desired; he did not employ force to keep them away; the responsibility was with them…

Spurgeon seemed to not want to disrupt what was already in place. Given my quote of his sermon above and the one in this biography, I’m not sure what to make of Spurgeon’s position exactly…


 

Update Sept. 2, 2014 8:13am:

Pastor-Historian Ben Stratton fills us in on another relevant Spurgeon quote:

“I have not one word of unfriendly criticism to utter against my Baptist brethren beyond the Atlantic. On the contrary, I believe that the Baptists of America are the best Baptists in the world, and that the best Baptists in America are the Baptists of the South. Moreover, if I were to come to America to live, I would join a close communion church and conform myself to its practices on the Communion question.” 

From John T. Christian’s book “Close Communion”, pages 243-244

Enter to win Spurgeon’s “All of Grace” [Book Giveaway Season – 1 of 8]

We have this stack of books just looking for a particular home (yours?)!

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Last week we pointed out how conference season is upon us, well… why not free book season as well?

So, we’ll be giving out the books in the picture above one by one. Starting with the one on top.

The Prize:

 

All of Grace An earnest word with those seeking salvation by C. H. Spurgeon
All of Grace
An earnest word with those seeking salvation
by C. H. Spurgeon

Pages: 144

Description: Using plain language and word pictures, Spurgeon shares an earnest word for those who are seeking salvation.

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2 New Spurgeon Books from Christian Focus ‘No Tears in Heaven’ & ‘Mother, Sister and Follower’

No Tears in Heaven Spurgeon

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  • New Collection of Spurgeon’s teaching on Heaven
  • Must have for every person wanting to know more of Heaven
  • Sharp, penetrating and easily readable

Description

No Tears in Heaven speaks of the great joy of the Christian Faith – Heaven. This book brings together, in a new way, a number of Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s exhilarating teachings on Heaven. The writings of Spurgeon, in his typically beautiful and penetrating style, will deepen our anticipation of Heaven and challenge us to a closer walk with God.

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Pages: 144
Trim: Trade paperback (198 x 130mm)


 

Mother Sister Follower Spurgeon

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  • New Collection of Spurgeon’s writings
  • Examines their lives and witness
  • Applications for our church today

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Reflecting on the life and influence of the Mary’s of the Bible, an often neglected theme, Spurgeon illustrates their role and significance but never loses sight of the Saviour they loved. This book brings together some of C.H Spurgeon’s illuminating reflections on Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary of Bethany, and Mary Magdalene.

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Pages: 128
Trim: Trade paperback (198 x 130mm)