True preaching comes from scriptural conviction, aims at conviction and by the Spirit’s work results in conviction.
“I am most apt to forget my God in my high estate, when He hath remembered me in my low estate.” George Swinnock, Puritan.
Christian, the highway to comfort is to mind comfort less and duty more. Thomas Brooks, puritan.selected by C.H.Spurgeon “Smooth stones from ancient Brooks”.
In eighteenth century England they taxed houses by the number of windows they had. It was known as the lux tax ie. light. To save money people bricked up some of their windows.
We do not have a lux tax in the church so let God’s light shine even if it hurts some peoples eyes.
One of the most prolific actors in American films from the late thirties on to the fifties was Ward Bond. From “gone with Wind ” to “The Maltese Falcon”. ” Its a wonderful life” to “Rio Bravo”,he was in it. He was not a major star and died relatively young, yet for what he did he was ceaseless.
In the higher realm, considering his short ministry,something like three and a half years Jesus was also relentless. Only a fragment of what Christ said and did is recorded , he like no other went about doing good. His teaching, work and atoning sacrifice will bear fruit till the end of time and be to the praise of His’ name for all eternity.
If you want to hear a relevant preacher and message, go and hear Noah.
The modern church searches how to be relevant to man, when they should seek to be obedient to God.
We are reminded in Isaiah 59:19, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”K.J.V quoted by Bill Muhlenburg
I see that the modern versions have a different rendering but I have no doubt this is still the truth and I think we should be praying that God will indeed do so.
Ask not what the church can do for you, ask rather where is the most need and where you can serve Christ best and where he wants you to be.
Were half the breath in sorrow spent ,to heaven in supplication sent, our cheerful song would oftener be, Hear what the Lord hath done for me.from A.W.Pink on Elijah
The only thing missing from today’s disciples is discipline.
“And he said to all.”if any man would come after me,let him deny himself and take up his’ cross daily and follow me,” Luke 9:23
Where do you get earthly, health, wealth and prosperity in the way of the cross?
Martin Luther’s idea of salvation boiled down to this. He took all his’ sin , transgression and wickedness and placed it in one pile. He took his’ self righteousness, good works and merit and placed it in another pile, ran away from both and fled to Christ.
This is true of our justification it is all by and through Christ and His finished work.
Sanctification is another matter. It is true God sees us in Christ but this is not an excuse to live as we did. Rather we are to be ever striving to “Be Holy as God is holy”. Jesus said ” If you love me keep my commandments”. John 14:15
It was a saying of Will Rogers the cowboy philosopher,”I never met a man I did’nt like”.
For the christian the same as anyone else they are drawn to likeable people. We want to be liked as well.
Christ has called us to something far beyond the reach of even the highest natural affection. He has called us to reflect His’ love to our fellow man or woman. Aided by the Holy Spirit we love because He first loved us.
On the other hand our relation to Christ may bring us hatred in return yet as He when reviled, reviled not again so we must not either. Help us Lord
Another quote about Will Rogers, A well to do lady told him that her ancestors came over to America on the “Mayflower” 1620 . He replied that his’ ancestors were there to greet them. He was part Cherokee Indian. In God’s sight our pedigree counts little, it is the new birth that matters.