Young Preachers Encouraged

1881, Spurgeon, Sword & Trowel



(The Sword And The Trowel, Janusry 1881)

A CERTAIN venerable minister once told me that when his young people took to preaching he did his best to choke them off of it. Whether he was right or wrong is not a question which I shall now discuss: I can only say I have acted upon the opposite principle, and have endeavoured not to choke but to cheer those who try to speak for Jesus. I am not old enough to have forgotten the struggles of my own early days, or the influence of a cheering word upon my young heart, and so I take a loving and lively interest in those who sincerely endeavour to do their best for their Master, even though that best be raw and uncouth. "Would God that all the Lord's servants were prophets," and that far greater numbers of labourers were sent into the harvest of the great Householder.


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Pleasing God

John Jamieson, Uncategorized

Without faith it is impossible, in any duty, to please God. Now, the object of faith is always without us, and never any thing within us. It is not Christ in our hearts, or any evidence of this, but Christ in the promise. Former comforts are not matters of faith, but of experience. Therefore, they cannot be the ground of confidence in drawing near to God. The foundation of the believer's access to God in every duty, through the whole course of the Christian life, is the very same as at first, — nothing but the blood of Jesus. He can have no renewed access to God, but on the self-same ground on which he had his access in the act of justifying faith. Therefore, every right approach to God is just doing this first work over again. He does not come as a saint, that is, on the foot of his saintship; but as still a guilty creature, in himself considered, improving the blood of Christ anew, as the way into the holiest of all. For Christ is not only the door, by which the believer at first enters in, but by which he goes in and out in the constant progress of a life of faith.

Jamison, Sermons on the Heart Vol 1 page 346

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C.H. Spurgeon – Blood


As to the blood of men, it is a consecrated thing: it is murder to shed it in wrath, it is a dreadful crime to squander it in war. Is this solemnity occasioned by the fact that the blood is the life, and the pouring of it forth the token of death? We think so. When we rise to contemplate the blood of the Son of God, our awe is yet more increased, and we shudder as we think of the guilt of sin, and the terrible penalty which the Sin-bearer endured. Blood, always precious, is priceless when it streams from Immanuel's side. The blood of Jesus seals the covenant of grace, and makes it for ever sure. Covenants of old were made by sacrifice, and the everlasting covenant was ratified in the same manner. Oh, the delight of being saved upon the sure foundation of divine engagements which cannot be dishonoured! Salvation by the works of the law is a frail and broken vessel whose shipwreck is sure; but the covenant vessel fears no storms, for the blood ensures the whole. The blood of Jesus made His testament valid. Wills are of no power unless the testators die. In this light the soldier's spear is a blessed aid to faith, since it proved our Lord to be really dead. Doubts upon that matter there can be none, and we may boldly appropriate the legacies which He has left for His people. Happy they who see their title to heavenly blessings assured to them by a dying Saviour.


From C.H. Spurgeon's Evening devotional for 6th November

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A World Full of Fools


Psalms, xiv. i. The fool hath said in his heart There is no God.

THE world we live in is a world of fools. The far greater part of mankind acts a part entirely irrational. So great is their infatuation, that they prefer time to eternity, momentary enjoyments to Those that shall never have an end, and listen to the testimony of Satan in preference to that of God. Of all folly that is the greatest, which relates to eternal objects; because it is the most fatal, and when persisted in through life, entirely remediless. A mistake in the management of temporal concerns may be afterwards rectified. At any rate it is comparatively of little importance. But an error in spiritual and eternal matters, as it is in itself of the greatest moment, if carried through life, can never be remedied; because after death there is no redemption. The greatest folly that any creature is capable of, is that of denying or entertaining unjust apprehensions of the being and perfections of the great Creator. Therefore, in a way of eminence, the appellation of fool is given, by the Spirit of God, to him who is chargeable with this guilt: The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.



IN TWO VOLUMES. Vol 1 page 166


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distraction in duty


As distraction in duty is a frequent complaint of the people of God, we may suggest to you the following considerations, which, through the divine blessing, will be useful in accomplishing your victory over this operation of deceitfulness.

— Beware of rushing into duty, as the horse into the battle. Endeavour to compose your minds for it by serious meditation, either on the solemnity of the duty, or on some spiritual subject, which may tend to fix your attention. And while you thus muse, the fire of holy affection may burn.

-— Let your minds be constantly impressed with an awful sense of the Divine perfections, and especially when you are about to engage in worship. Seek to have your hearts affected with a deep conviction of God's Omniscience. This is his command; "Be still, and know that I am God." Remember that he looketh to the heart, that he will be worshipped in spirit and in truth, consider his unspeakable majesty. He is the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity, whose name is holy. It is an act of infinite condesension in him to receive the adoration either of men, or of angels. He humbleth himself to behold the things which are done in heaven, and in earth. consider that he is a jealous God, and that ye cannot serve him. For his jealousy burns like fire.

— Endeavour to attain a constant sense of your own vileness before him. The consciousness of your inferiority will make you very attentive, and respectful in the presence of an earthly superior.



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Ethics, Liberals and After Birth Abortion


Some people have been filled with rage at the publication of an a paper arguing that the killing of babies after birth can me morally right. But we should not be too shocked, after all it is only a step further than most people seem to think is right at present. Indeed the real problem in the world is that we are all natually rebels against our creator, so we will think bad thoughts. We all need repentence!

The editor of the journal highlights the depths that we have decended to by complaining that there are people who will not listen to reasoned argument in favour of infanticide! By the way people used to think reasoned arguments in favour of killing the unborn child were just as bad. Be patient Mr Editor and the idea advocated may yet be legalised. Here is some of what he said:

“What the response to this article reveals, through the microscope of the web, is the deep disorder of the modern world. Not that people would give arguments in favour of infanticide, but the deep opposition that exists now to liberal values and fanatical opposition to any kind of reasoned engagement.” via BMJ Group blogs: Journal of Medical Ethics blog » Blog Archive » “Liberals Are Disgusting”: In Defence of the Publication of “After-Birth Abortion”.

The idea is of couse not new. Pharoah ordered all the hebrew baby boys to be killed, Herod the children of Bethlehem aged under two years and that is not to forget activities in present day Netherlands. All that is proved is that the heart is desparatly wicked. All of us need to heed the truth "It is appointed unto man once to die but after this the judgment:" We all need to repent of our sin. Our country needs to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the only hope.

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Trapp on Preaching

Matthew, New Testament

“A minister must stand ever upon his watch-tower, prompt and present, ready and speedy to every good work (as the bee, so soon as ever the sun breaks forth, flies abroad to gather honey and wax), accounting employment a preferment, as our Saviour did, John xvii. 4.”

John Trapp Commenting on Matthew 13:1

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Who Shall Keep The Keepers

1889 03 (March), Downgrade, Sword & Trowel

(from The Sword and The Trowel March 1889)

QUIS custodiet ipsos custodes ? So say the Latins. Shepherds may keep the sheep; but who shall pastorize the shepherds ? A question of the weightiest import, both for the flocks and the pastors.
Politically, it is all very well to devise a form of government; but what if the governors themselves are ungovernable ? Look at poor France, whose first political necessity seems to be that her rulers should be ruled by a sense of justice, patriotism, and nobility. Given a Parliament where each man draws his pound a day, and secures his seat by promising to get subsidies for the district which returns him; he then sells his vote to those who will enable him to fulfil his promises, and a nation is dragged into needless expenses, which must end, sooner or later, in national bankruptcy. This happens in a republic, enjoying universal suffrage, which in, to some, the beau-ideal of perfect government. In our own land parliamentary institutions are becoming greatly degraded by the behaviour of certain representatives of the people. We may glory in our constitution; but if God does not send us a race of true men to make up our House of Commons, where shall we be ?

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The Gospel In St Helena – 1866

1866, Baptist History, Sword & Trowel

Mr Cother In St. Helena

MR. BERTRAM, lately labouring in St. Helena, has favoured us with the perusal of a letter from one of the leading men in that island, from which we have made the following extracts, having reference to the arrival of our late student and esteemed brother, Mr. Cother. May the good work proceed mightily, and may the Lord Jesus be greatly glorified!
“As to the character you give of our young minister, I am rejoiced from my heart to say that you have given a true picture and have made a wise choice. He has now been with us a month, and a happy month it has been. We have good cause to acknowledge your love and care for ua in having laid your hands upon him, and secured him for St. Helena.

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The Sword And The Trowel December 1882

1882 12 December, Sword & Trowel

The following article comes from The Sword And The Trowel December 1882


OUR business is, not to talk about shining, not to have theories about the way of doing it, but by our good works to shine, and so to bear testimony to the Lord. This simple thought meets a thousand difficulties. “I am very young; my candlestick is a very little one.” “Let your light shine.” “I am very poor; my candlestick is tin, instead of silver; if I were richer, I should be of more use.” “Let your light shine.” “I am feeble in health; half my time is passed within a sick-room; my candlestick is a broken one.” Let your light shine, even if there is no more candlestick than to hold the candle from
falling over. “I am very much out of the way—in a very obscure corner, far off from the general eye and observation; I wish I were in a better position.” Let your light shine; the Lord knows why he has placed you where you are; be sure he has a purpose worthy of being accomplished.
—From “The Greatness of Little Things,” by James Culross, DD

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