02 March 2018

This 'n' That

Shockingly, I don't really have much to say today. It's been a very long, not-so-fabulous week and my brain is absolutely fried. Forming coherent thoughts—much less putting them together into equally coherent sentences—is not something that I feel I can excel at this week. Our dear brother Charles Spurgeon, however, never seemed unable to voice his thoughts clearly:
Dear brethren, do not despise the day of small things. Rest assured that God does not save by numbers, and that results are not in the spiritual kingdom in proportion to numbers....

Again, and again, and again, repeat the feeble stroke, and there shall come to be as much result from it as from one tremendous blow. God accepts your little works if they are done in faith in his dear Son. God will give success to your little works: God will educate you by your little works to do greater works; and your little works may call out others who shall do greater works by far than ever you shall be able to accomplish. Evangelists, go on preaching at the street corner--you that visit the low lodging-houses, go on. Get into the room and talk of Jesus Christ there as you have done. You that go into the country towns on the Sabbath and speak on the village-greens of Christ, go on with it. I am glad to see you, but I am glad to miss you when I know you are about the Master's work. We don't want to keep the salt in the box: let it be rubbed into the putrid mass to stay the putrification. We don't want the seed forever in the corn-bin: let it be scattered and it will give us more. Oh! brethren and sisters, wake up if any of you are asleep. Don't let an ounce of strength in this church be wasted--not a single grain of ability, either in the way of doing, or praying, or giving, or holy living. Spend and be spent, for who hath despised the day of small things? The Lord encourage weak believers, and the Lord accept the efforts of feeble workers, and send to both his richest benediction for Christ's sake. Amen.

—Charles Spurgeon, Encouragement for the Depressed
Do not worry, friend, if you feel that you are a feeble worker for the Lord. Strive only to be a faithful worker. With that, I hope you have time today to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • I appreciate this perspective from Pastor Justin Bullington on how he will explain Billy Graham to his children, though I do think we ought to pay a bit more attention to the confusing message that was unfortunately spoken, no doubt leading to great confusion for many.
  • This could be an exciting discovery! We should be so thankful that God has gifted men and women with the intellectual capacity to conduct this kind of research. He will be glorified, even if they do not acknowledge Him.
  • Because sometimes, you find yourself simply asking, "Why?"
  • So, basically, I think I'm just going to retire now. 
  • Um...no. I cannot believe an adult reviewed this book...favorably.
  • Here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Ever heard of "prevenient grace"? Ever wonder what it means, or if it is biblical? Check out these resources.
  • I'm going to link this article and see how long it takes folks to [wrongly] conclude that I am a feminist.
  • I had never heard of Books At a Glance until now. Thinking I might have to sign up for that free trial!
Your life is short, your duties many, your assistance great, and your reward sure. Therefore faint not, hold on and hold up, in ways of well-doing, and Heaven shall make amends for all! —Thomas Brooks

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