Charles Haddon Spurgeon M&E :: January 9th

Serve the Lord with Gladness — Psalm 100:2

Delight in divine service is a token of acceptance. Those who serve God with a sad countenance, because they do what is unpleasant to them, are not serving Him at all; they bring the form of loyalty, but the life is absent. Our God requires no slaves to grace His throne; He is the Lord of the empire of love, and would have His servants dressed in the uniform of joy. The angels of God serve Him with songs, not with groans; a murmur or a sigh would be a mutiny in their ranks.

That obedience that is not voluntary is disobedience, for the Lord looks at the heart, and if He sees that we serve Him from force, and not because we love Him, He will reject our offering.

Service coupled with cheerfulness is heart-service and therefore true. Take away joyful willingness from the Christian, and you have removed the test of his sincerity. If a man be driven to battle, he is no patriot; but he who marches into the fray with flashing eye and beaming face, singing, “It is sweet for one’s country to die,” proves himself to be sincere in his patriotism.

Cheerfulness is the support of our strength; in the joy of the Lord are we strong. It acts as the remover of difficulties. It is to our service what oil is to the wheels of a railway carriage. Without oil the axle soon grows hot, and accidents occur; and if there be not a holy cheerfulness to oil our wheels, our spirits will be clogged with weariness. The man who is cheerful in his service of God proves that obedience is his element; he can sing,

Make me to walk in your commands, It’s a delightful road.

Reader, let us put this question—do you serve the Lord with gladness? Let us show to the people of the world, who think our religion to be slavery, that it is to us a delight and a joy! Let our gladness proclaim that we serve a good Master.

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Excerpt taken from Morning & Evening by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Originally published in 1865

Updated edition, 2003

Paul David Tripp NMM :: January 5th

If you obey for a thousand years, you’re no more accepted than when you first believed; your acceptance is based on Christ’s righteousness and not yours.

The fact is that sin is a bigger disaster than we think it is and grace is more amazing than we seem to be able to grasp that it is. No one who really understands what Scripture has to say about the comprehensive, every-aspect-of-your-personhood-altering nature of sin would ever think that anyone could muster enough motivation and strength to rise to God’s standard of perfection. The thought that any fallen human being would be able to perform his or her way into acceptance with God has to be the most insane of all delusions. Yet we all tend to think that we are more righteous than we are, and when we think this, we have taken the first step to embracing the delusion that maybe we’re not so bad in God’s eyes after all.

This is why the reality check of Romans 3: 20 is so important. Paul writes, “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight.” If you prayed every moment of your life, you could not pray enough prayers to earn acceptance with God. If you gave every penny of every dollar that you ever earned in every job you ever had, you could not give enough to deserve acceptance with God. If every word you ever spoke was uttered with the purest of conscientious motivations, you would never be able to speak your way into reconciliation with God. If you gave yourself to an unbroken, moment-by-moment life of ministry, you could never minister enough to achieve God’s favor. Sin is too big. God’s bar is too high. It is beyond the reach of every human being who has ever taken his or her first breath.

This is why God, in love, sent his Son: “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5: 8). You see, there was and is no other way. There is only one portal to acceptance with God—the righteousness of Christ. His righteousness is given over to our account; sinners are welcomed into the presence of a holy God based on the perfect obedience of another. Christ is our hope, Christ is our rest, Christ is our peace. He perfectly fulfilled God’s requirement so that in our sin, weakness, and failure we would never again have to fear God’s anger. This is what grace does! So as the children of grace, we obey as a service of worship, not in a desperate attempt to do what is impossible—independently earn God’s favor.

Excerpt from the January 5th reading of New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp

Charles Haddon Spurgeon M&E :: January 4th

Grow In The Grace & Knowledge Of Our Lord Jesus Christ — 2 Peter 3:18

“Grow in grace”—not in one grace only, but in all grace. Grow in that root-grace, faith . Believe the promises more firmly than you have done. Let faith increase in fullness, constancy, simplicity. Grow also in love . Ask that your love may become extended, more intense, more practical, influencing every thought, word, and deed. Grow likewise in humility . Seek to lie very low and know more of your own nothingness. As you grow downward in humility, seek also to grow upward having nearer approaches to God in prayer and more intimate fellowship with Jesus. May God the Holy Spirit enable you to “ grow in . . . the knowledge of our Lord and Savior .” He who grows not in the knowledge of Jesus, refuses to be blessed. To know Him is “life eternal,” and to advance in the knowledge of Him is to increase in happiness. He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of Him yet. Whoever has sipped this wine will thirst for more, for although Christ does satisfy, yet it is such a satisfaction that the appetite is not choked, but whetted. If you know the love of Jesus as the hart pants for the water-brooks, so will you pant after deeper draughts of His love. If you do not desire to know Him better, then you love Him not, for love always cries, “Nearer, nearer.” Absence from Christ is hell; but the presence of Jesus is heaven. Do not rest content without an increasing acquaintance with Jesus. Seek to know more of Him in His divine nature, in His human relationship, in His finished work, in His death, in His resurrection, in His present glorious intercession, and in His future royal advent. Live close to the Cross, and search the mystery of His wounds. An increase of love to Jesus and a more perfect apprehension of His love to us is one of the best tests of growth in grace.

Excerpt taken from the updated version of Morning & Evening” by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1865

Reading The Bible In 2020

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As the new year presents an opportunity for life-change resolutions…many followers of Christ take the beginning of a new year to rethink their Bible reading customs and then apply a renewed emphasis in learning the Bible by reading it themselves. Why?

Because the Bible is—a message from the heavens. It is the transcendent God speaking to us His people that He loves. He does this according to His purpose and He does this through words we can understand. He gives us a message that is God-breathed, profitable, wise, correcting, rebuking, instructing, & completing us (2 Timothy 3:16).

This is an amazing and gracious gift that God has placed in our hands and before our eyes.  As Christians in this part of the world we have been privileged with access to what many others around the world will spend their entire lives seeking. We don’t have to spend ourselves on a mighty quest to attain it.  We have been gifted with the world around us sharing about the Creator and that is good. But God has done that which is so great. The access to the Word of God (The Bible) is already near us—in our pockets, on our shelves, available on our modern devices, and on our kitchen tables, offering the reader the revelation of who God is, what God is like, what does does, and what God has spoken. It is good news!  So how are we to respond with such a gift…Let us be hungry, avid readers with a desire to know the Lord more intently.

Listed below are some of the Bible reading plans that you may choose from. These plans incorporate the Bible.com  reading plans can be added to the devices in your pocket or on your desktop.  Of course, you can also reading along in a physical copy of the Bible.

Murray M’Cheyne Reading Plan ::

This plan is based on the M’Cheyne reading system, featuring four different readings for use in both family and personal devotions. Each day has two passages from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, and one from either the Psalms or the Gospels. In one year, you read the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice. This is the one that I will be doing again this year.

Reading God’s Story – One Year Chronological Plan ::

Created by Dr. George Guthrie, this plan takes the material of the Bible and organizes it to flow in chronological order. Since exact dating of some materials or events is not possible, the chronology simply represents an attempt to give you the reader the general flow and development of the Bible’s grand story. Some passages are placed according to topic (e.g., John 1:1-3 in Week 1, Day 2; and many of the psalms). There are six readings for each week to give you space for catching up when needed.

The Bible Project Read Scripture Plan ::

This plan takes you on a chronological journey through the entire Bible over the course of one year. Each book includes videos specifically designed to enhance your understanding and engagement with God’s Word.

The 5 Day Reading Plan ::

Read through the Bible in a year with readings five days a week.

Foundations 260 Bible Reading Plan ::

The F-260 is a two hundred and sixty day reading plan that highlights the foundational passages of Scripture that every disciple should know. The HEAR journaling method promotes reading the Bible with a life-transforming purpose. No longer will your focus be on checking off the boxes on your daily reading schedule; your purpose will instead be to read in order to understand and respond to God’s Word.

The One Year Bible Reading Plan ::

Experience the insights and joy gained from reading the entire Bible. You can do it in as little as 15 minutes a day with The One Year ® Bible, the world’s most popular annual reading Bible. Daily readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs will guide you through God’s Word in one year.

Four Streams Bible Reading Plan ::

At Four Streams, we are simply guides fulfilling the great commission and inviting men, women and children to launch into the great adventure that is life in Christ. This plan will go through the NT 4 times per year, the OT once, Psalms twice, and Proverbs 4 times per year. This plan was developed by John Morton and Tom Anderson, members of the Four Streams ministry team.

Discipleship Journal Reading Plan ::

By reading from four separate places in the Scriptures every day, you will get a better grasp of the unity of the Scriptures. And you can begin at any point of the year.

Professor Horner’s Bible Reading Plan ::

Prof. Horner’s Bible Reading System is meant to be an intense foray into every part of the Bible. This system will have you reading ten chapters each day if followed properly. The intent is to read quickly through each chapter, being careful not to “skim” or “dig-deep” into any single section. Good luck!

#Conversations :: Redemption – Demonstration

This Conversation is the next in our #Redemption series. The purpose of this series is to take a look at the Redemptive work of God in the history of the Exodus and the relevancy of this provision today.

Today we focus on Exodus 7 – 11 in which we view the benevolent power of the Redeemer on display.

 

By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.

#FollowJesus #beHis

The topics discussed are taken from the sermons during the Worship Gathering at Eastgate Baptist.

#Conversations :: Redemption – Confrontation

This Conversation is the next in our #Redemption series. The purpose of this series is to take a look at the Redemptive work of God in the history of the Exodus and the relevancy of this provision today.

Today we focus on Exodus 5 – 7 in which we view the conquering Redeemer in the midst of the world’s confrontations.

 

By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.

#FollowJesus #beHis

The topics discussed are taken from the sermons during the Worship Gathering at Eastgate Baptist.

#Conversations :: Redemption – Revelation

This Conversation is the next in our #Redemption series. The purpose of this series is to take a look at the Redemptive work of God in the history of the Exodus and the relevancy of this provision today.

Today we focus on Exodus 3 & 4 in which we view the revelation of the Redeemer.

By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.

#FollowJesus #beHis

The topics discussed are taken from the sermons during the Worship Gathering at Eastgate Baptist.

#Conversations – Redemption :: Oppression

This Conversation is based on our sermon series called #Redemption.  The purpose of this series is to take a look at the Redemptive work of God in the history of the Exodus and the relevancy of this provision today.

Today we focus on Exodus 1 & 2 in which we view the immense oppression that requires the deliverance of a Redeemer.

By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.

#FollowJesus #beHis

The topics discussed are taken from the sermons during the Worship Gathering at Eastgate Baptist.

#Conversations – Redemption :: Introduction to Exodus

We just launched a new series called #Redemption for the Worship Gathering messages at Eastgate Baptist.

The purpose of this series is to take a look at the Redemptive work of God in the history of the Exodus and the relevancy of this provision today.

By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.

#FollowJesus #beHis

The topics discussed are taken from the sermons during the Worship Gathering at Eastgate Baptist.

Growing in the Grace & Knowledge of Jesus

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Grow in the grace & knowledge of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 3:18

Grow in grace—not in one grace only, but in all grace. Grow in that root-grace, faith. Believe the promises more firmly than you have done. Let faith increase in fullness, constancy, simplicity. Grow also in love . Ask that your love may become extended, more intense, more practical, influencing every thought, word, and deed. Grow likewise in humility. Seek to lie very low and know more of your own nothingness. As you grow downward in humility, seek also to grow upward–having nearer approaches to God in prayer and more intimate fellowship with Jesus. May God the Holy Spirit enable you to “grow in . . . the knowledge of our Lord and Savior.” He who grows not in the knowledge of Jesus, refuses to be blessed. To know Him is “life eternal,” and to advance in the knowledge of Him is to increase in happiness. He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of Him yet. Whoever has sipped this wine will thirst for more, for although Christ does satisfy, yet it is such a satisfaction that the appetite is not choked, but whetted. If you know the love of Jesus as the hart pants for the water-brooks, so will you pant after deeper draughts of His love. If you do not desire to know Him better, then you love Him not, for love always cries, “Nearer, nearer.” Absence from Christ is hell; but the presence of Jesus is heaven. Do not rest content without an increasing acquaintance with Jesus. Seek to know more of Him in His divine nature, in His human relationship, in His finished work, in His death, in His resurrection, in His present glorious intercession, and in His future royal advent. Live close to the Cross, and search the mystery of His wounds. An increase of love to Jesus and a more perfect apprehension of His love to us is one of the best tests of growth in grace.

-Charles H. Spurgeon


Taken from the January 4th devotional reading of Morning & Evening by C.H. Spurgeon


May we come to understand and embrace a life of growing in the grace & knowledge of the only one who can be our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. Continue reading