For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. ~Psalms 36:9

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How are you doing in the fire?

Excellent exhortation by Brother Chris Pappas, pastor of Collins Road Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, on trials. Lessons from the book of Daniel chapter 3:19.
Daniel 3:19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
Is your faith being tested in the furnace?? Be encouraged to stand firm as you listen to this message.

What is your banner?


Monday, July 21, 2014

By sundry miracles, by divers mercies, by strange deliverances,
Jehovah had proved Himself to be worthy of Israel's trust.
Yet they broke down the hedges
with which God had enclosed them
as a sacred garden;
they forsook their own true and living God,
and followed after false gods.
O true believer,
called by grace and washed
in the precious blood of Jesus,
thou hast tasted of better drink
than the muddy river of this world's pleasure
can give thee;
thou hast had fellowship with Christ;
thou hast obtained the joy of seeing Jesus,
and leaning thine head upon His bosom.
Do the trifles, the songs, the honors, the merriment
of this earth content thee after that?
Good Rutherford once said,
"I have tasted of Christ's own manna,
and it hath put my mouth out of taste
for the brown bread of this world's joys."
Methinks it should be so with thee.
The waters of Sihor may be sweet to the Egyptians,
but they will prove only bitterness to thee.
- Charles Spurgeon -
~Brittany
In their Christian graces
no one virtue should usurp the sphere of another,
or eat out the vitals of the rest for its own support.
Affection must not smother honesty,
courage must not elbow weakness out of the field,
modesty must not jostle energy,
and patience must not slaughter resolution.
So also with our duties,
one must not interfere with another;
public usefulness must not injure private piety;
church work must not push family worship into a corner.
It is ill to offer God one duty
stained with the blood of another.
Each thing is beautiful in its season, but not otherwise.
-Charles Spurgeon-
~Brittany

Friday, July 18, 2014

Each thing is beautiful in its season,
but not otherwise.
We must take care to know our place,
take it, and keep it.
We must minister as the Spirit has given us ability.
Our Lord Jesus taught us not to covet the high places.
Far from us be an envious, ambitious spirit,
let us feel the force of the Master's command,
and so as He bids us,
keeping rank with the rest of the host.
-Charles Spurgeon-
-Evening Meditation for July 18th
~Brittany

Speak, O Lord

We had never heard this hymn before.  Love it!  David Wesley is a new favorite singer around here as well!  Love the accapella!!  Hope you enjoy as much as we are.  :-)

Lyrics

Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of your holy word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfil in us
All Your purposes, for Your glory.
Teach us Lord full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility.
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise
Cause our eyes to see,
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of power that can never fail;
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us.
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time,
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we'll stand on Your promises;
And by faith we'll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, 'til your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.
- See more at: http://www.stuarttownend.co.uk/song/speak-o-lord/#sthash.ql9x692E.dpuf

Lyrics

Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of your holy word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfil in us
All Your purposes, for Your glory.
Teach us Lord full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility.
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise
Cause our eyes to see,
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of power that can never fail;
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us.
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time,
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we'll stand on Your promises;
And by faith we'll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, 'til your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.
- See more at: http://www.stuarttownend.co.uk/song/speak-o-lord/#sthash.ql9x692E.dpuf
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of your holy word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfil in us
All Your purposes, for Your glory.

Teach us Lord full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility.
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise
Cause our eyes to see,
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of power that can never fail;
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.

Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us.
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time,
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we'll stand on Your promises;
And by faith we'll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, 'til your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.

Lyrics

Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of your holy word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfil in us
All Your purposes, for Your glory.
Teach us Lord full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility.
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise
Cause our eyes to see,
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of power that can never fail;
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us.
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time,
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we'll stand on Your promises;
And by faith we'll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, 'til your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.
- See more at: http://www.stuarttownend.co.uk/song/speak-o-lord/#sthash.ql9x692E.dpuf

Lyrics

Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of your holy word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfil in us
All Your purposes, for Your glory.
Teach us Lord full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility.
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise
Cause our eyes to see,
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of power that can never fail;
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us.
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time,
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we'll stand on Your promises;
And by faith we'll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, 'til your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.
- See more at: http://www.stuarttownend.co.uk/song/speak-o-lord/#sthash.ql9x692E.dpuf

Lyrics

Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of your holy word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfil in us
All Your purposes, for Your glory.
Teach us Lord full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility.
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise
Cause our eyes to see,
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of power that can never fail;
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us.
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time,
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we'll stand on Your promises;
And by faith we'll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, 'til your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.
- See more at: http://www.stuarttownend.co.uk/song/speak-o-lord/#sthash.ql9x692E.dpuf

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Purging the Dross

“Let not one of them escape.”  - 1Kings 18:40
When the prophet Elijah had received the answer to his prayer, and the fire from heaven had consumed the sacrifice in the presence of all the people, he called upon the assembled Israelites to take the priests of Baal, and sternly cried, “Let not one of them escape.” He took them all down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there. So must it be with our sins-they are all doomed, not one must be preserved. Our darling sin must die. Spare it not for its much crying. Strike, though it be as dear as an Isaac. Strike, for God struck at sin when it was laid upon his own Son. With stern unflinching purpose must you condemn to death that sin which was once the idol of your heart. Do you ask how you are to accomplish this? Jesus will be your power. You have grace to overcome sin given you in the covenant of grace; you have strength to win the victory in the crusade against inward lusts, because Christ Jesus has promised to be with you even unto the end. If you would triumph over darkness, set yourself in the presence of the Sun of Righteousness. There is no place so well adapted for the discovery of sin, and recovery from its power and guilt, as the immediate presence of God. Job never knew how to get rid of sin half so well as he did when his eye of faith rested upon God, and then he abhorred himself, and repented in dust and ashes. The fine gold of the Christian is oft becoming dim. We need the sacred fire to consume the dross. Let us fly to our God, he is a consuming fire; he will not consume our spirit, but our sins. Let the goodness of God excite us to a sacred jealousy, and to a holy revenge against those iniquities which are hateful in his sight. Go forth to battle with Amalek, in his strength, and utterly destroy the accursed crew: let not one of them escape.
- Charles Spurgeon's Evening Meditation for July 17th
~Brittany

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Prayer and Secret Devotion

Keep the altar of private prayer burning.
This is the very life of all piety.
The sanctuary and family altars borrow their fires here,
therefore let this burn well.
Secret devotion is the very essence, evidence, and barometer,
of vital and experimental religion.
For if this fire should be smothered beneath the ashes of a worldly conformity,
it will dim the fire on the family altar, and lessen our influence
both in the Church and in the world.
Let us use texts of Scripture as fuel for our heart’s fire,
they are live coals; let us attend sermons, but above all,
let us be much alone with Jesus.
- Charles Spurgeon -
~Brittany