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Playing At Prayer

Spurgeon did not make the gathering of a crowd his first interest. In view of the spiritual warfare in which the Christian is placed, he was concerned first of all that his people learn truly to pray.

Of course, during previous months the New Park Street people had prayed. But their prayers were little more than nicely worded phrases, unctionless petitions uttered in a rather formal manner.

To Spurgeon prayer was something far superior to mere surface activity. He talked with God in reverence but with freedom and familiarity. In his prayers there were none of the tired expressions many ministers use, but he spoke as a child coming to a loving parent. A fellow minister declared, “Prayer was the instinct of his soul and the atmosphere of his life. It was his ‘vital breath’ and ‘native air.’ He sped on eagles wings into the heaven of God,” as he prayed. (C.H. Spurgeon’s Prayers, p. vi)

So real was Spurgeon’s praying that the formal effort showed in glaring contrast beside it. “I can readily tell,” he stated, “when a brother is praying, or when he is only performing, or playing at prayer…Oh for a living groan! One sigh of the soul has more power in it than half an hour’s recitation of pretty pious words. Oh! for a sob from the soul, or a tear from the heart.” (The Forgotten Spurgeon, p. 33)

He knew that God’s power was manifested in the services in proportion as God’s people truly prayed, and that in such proportion also souls were brought under conviction and drawn to Christ.

Some of them undoubtedly had a difficult struggle to overcome the formal practices of previous years, but they persisted, and little by little they began to wrestle with God in true prayer… Numerous men and women were converted, several institutions developed, various buildings were erected, and their work had its effect to the ends of the earth. All the time true prayer rose to God.

When someone once asked Spurgeon the secret of his success, he replied, “My people pray for me.” He meant not prayer in the usual formal and unexpectant manner but wrestling with God in living faith that He would answer.

The above post is selected expert from page 48-49 of Arnold Dallimore’s book “Spurgeon: A New Biography.”

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Giving

The following is my notes of Jamie Dunlop’s message on giving at Capitol Hill Baptist Church given on Sunday, June 10, 2012.

Why We Should Give

The bible talks a lot about money and giving and it tells us that it reveals what is in our hearts.

“For where your treasure is there your heart is also.”

We always give out of our spiritual abundance. When we gladly rid ourselves of temporal things it shows how much more valuable Christ is.

This is why Jesus told that parable about the man who sold everything he had with great joy.

There is also great joy in knowing what your money is going to do. Did you know that tonight you could give more money to spread gospel work?

By the way, we are doing well financially as a church and so I am not asking or more money because we need to meet budget or something.

If you talk to more mature Christians you will notice how much they give and love to give.

So, if giving is such a joyful thing then why is often an area that involves guilt?

Here are 4 ways people go wrong with money:

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Is Becoming A Christian Intellectual Suicide?

The following is an excerpt from Mark Dever’s address at Georgetown University titled “Is Becoming a Christian Intellectual Suicide?”

In order to affirm the broad sweeping claim that becoming a Christian is intellectual suicide you must be certain that there are no exceptions to that claim and the reality is that there are plenty of exceptions.

Ethics

When we look at ethical issues, what sense does it make to say that John Newton or William Wilberforce were anti-intellectuals when they were leading abolitionists, but also devout Christians. What does this mean in reference to a Martin Luther King Jr.

Arts

When we turn to the arts there is the painter Michelangelo, the poet John Milton, the musician Johann Sebastian Bach or the writer, lecturer, and literary critic at Oxford, Cambridge C.S. Lewis.

Are we to assume that all of these people have committed intellectual suicide? If so, what can that mean about these men?

Political Theory

In Political theory there was Sir Thomas More and Sir Francis Bacon and Edmund Burke who all called themselves Christians. Alexander Hamilton who designed parts of the United States finance system. All of these men had their political theory affected by their faith. Abraham Kuyper was the Prime Minister of the Netherlands in the early 1900s but also a noted systematic theologian.

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