To Those Who Crave Controversy

If we act in a wrong spirit, we shall bring little glory to God, do little good to our fellow creatures, and procure neither honor nor comfort to ourselves. If you can be content with showing your wit, and gaining the laugh on your side, you have an easy task; but I hope you have a far nobler aim, and that, sensible of the solemn importance of gospel truths, and the compassion due to the souls of men, you would rather be a means of removing prejudices in a single instance, than obtain the empty applause of thousands.

Zeal ≠ Discernment

There is a way to speak truth with grace, kindness, gentleness, and compassion. After all, the Jews did not marvel at the way in which Christ spoke (cf. John 7:46) due to His witty sarcasm and wiseacre attitude. To be sure, there are times when strong words, a blunt tone, and an unwavering countenance are required, but we must be mindful that our words do not become too salty, such that they move beyond purifying to simply destroying that which they touch.

Charles Spurgeon on the New Year

Hope springs up at the first sound of such words as these from the lips of our risen and reigning Lord: "Behold, I make all things new." It is fit that things so outworn and defiled should be laid aside, and better things fill their places.

Sibling Status Means Something

Just because you or I don’t think something is important, doesn’t mean it isn’t. Just because the same scenario wouldn’t affect you or me in an adverse manner, doesn’t mean that it isn’t trying for our sister in Christ. As a Christian, we are called to bear the burdens of our siblings (Galatians 6:2), whether these be the burdens of mortifying sin and temptation, or other heavy spiritual and emotional encumbrances.

A Life Exhausted for Jesus

If by excessive labor we die before reaching the average age of man, worn out in the Master's service, then glory be to God. We shall have so much less of earth and so much more of heaven. It is our duty and our privilege to exhaust our lives for Jesus. —Charles Spurgeon

Mockingbird Christianity

By some reports, a male mockingbird can learn and effectively mimic more than 180 different calls or sounds over the course of just a few months. They are indeed adept mimickers. With that illustration in mind, we ought to consider the question: Are churches today filled with mockingbird Christians?

Whose Church?

Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church. Every believer is a member of the Body of Christ. The local assembly where we gather to worship is a small flock among many that, when combined, compose the whole of Christ’s Church. Yet, while many agree with this in word, this principle is functionally denied by the near-worship and über-admiration of their pastor, to the point that they identify themselves, not as members of Christ’s body, but as members of a specific man’s “church.”

Unshakeable Joy Because of What Is to Come

Why can believers live lives so full of joy? This joy is not mere happiness, which waxes and wanes with changing circumstances; rather, this is a trusting confidence found in the Lord alone. The Christian's unshakeable joy is founded on His character and on His promises.

Unshakeable Joy Because of Who God Is

The character and nature of God run deeper than even His unfathomable sovereignty. It is the culmination of the entirety of His magnificent attributes that provides the full foundation of our trust and hope in Him, and that serves as the justification for our unshakeable joy in all circumstances.