Spurgeon on “We Live Unto The Lord” – Morning Readings Narrated by John Michaels

Charles H. Spurgeon

Morning Readings

Written by
Charles H. Spurgeon
Narrated by John Michaels
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We Live Unto The Lord

 


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Spurgeon on “Go Not Far Away” – Morning Readings Narrated by John Michaels

Charles H. Spurgeon

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Written by
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Narrated by John Michaels
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Go Not Far Away


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Will Rogers on “Democrats Living Above OUR Means”

I see where the Democratic campaign deficit department has called a meeting to be held at the Ritz in New York. We never thought we would ever see the day that we would see Democrats at a Ritz Hotel. They are just living above their means, that’s all’s the matter with them. BOSTON, Mass., April 18, 1929Check out this quote. Will Rogers was reading today’s headlines back in 1929! Here’s a summary of recent headlines: Senate leader kills bill to keep government running, postpones disaster relief vote…for Dem party, fundraiser at island retreat!

To hear Democrats speak about the “common people” and promote class warfare against the rich, you would get the idea that they were simple, humble folk, deeply concerned about social justice and the country’s well being. Some Democrats may have had humble beginnings, but they certainly don’t have humble endings.

Never let a Democrat Party fundraiser get in the way of the people’s business! In fact when we see today what Will Rogers saw in 1929, the term “Democrat PARTY” takes on a whole new meaning. They’ve been partying at the Ritz, and anywhere else the rich and famous party for a long time. I wonder who pays for all this partying. That would be my tax dollars at work.

I’m still waiting for some of that stimulus money to trickle down to my level. In the mean time, I have my party’s at the local fast food restaurant, if I can afford it.


Image Info: Will Rogers stands in front of a radio microphone. Will Rogers frequently spoke on radio in the late 1920s and early 1930s, sharing his humorous stories and jokes. Along with his daily syndicated columns and movies, Will Rogers was one of the most popular personalities of his time.

The image was taken directly from pictures at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum archive. I apologize for the quality of the image, but this is exactly what the 1920s photo looked like when I scanned it. In the hundreds of images contained in this iPhone application, I wanted to share as many different Will Rogers photos as possible from as wide a variety of times and situations – movies, cowboy, vaudeville, with famous people, and family scenes.

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Wait for the Lord – Psalm 27 ESV 2 Minute Devotional

When I went to vote, I had to stand in line. I don’t like to wait, I’m pretty impatient. I did get to visit with friends, but I would rather have been on my way.

There’s no better picture of patience than the penguin. Male penguins sit atop their nest for weeks in order to protect their eggs. They can’t move or the eggs will freeze, so they sit patiently, through storm and bitter cold.

Waiting for the Lord is tough, but Psalm 27 admonishes us to take courage. God’s timetable is not our own and with patience He begins to align our timetable with His. We might think it is too late, but God is right on time with the answer.

Dear Lord, help me to be patient, let my heart take courage as I trust in you, even through storm and bitter cold. Amen.

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Will Rogers on Weather & Wall Street

Rogers is right on target as usual with this quote. How many times do we read in the papers that the experts are “surprised” by the latest economic news?

This quote comes from the Will Rogers Daily Quotes iPhone app. Each quote is coupled with an image of Will, and the image information is included after the quote.

The image is from Rogers’ movie Ropin’ Fool. Rogers is twirling his lasso as he talks to the young lady. If you look close you see the lasso is circling both of them.

The movie Ropin’ Fool was produced by Rogers to show is expertise with the lasso. It’s fun to watch. Some of his tricks have never been duplicated, and the movie uses slow motion to allow the viewer to catch the motion of the rope.

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Praise For Ever and Ever! – Psalm 145 NIV 2 Minute Devotional

Psalm 145:1 I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. 2 Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. 3 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. 4 One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. Psalm 145 is a praise psalm. God will be praised for ever and ever by His people. No matter how dark the times, or how good the times, God will be praised.

Praise is a response to something great. When an actor gives a wonderful performance, the audience claps, and if it is truly exceptional, a standing ovation. So it goes with sports, Nobel Prize awards, heroic acts, great sacrifice, overcoming impossible obstacles, etc. We are moved to praise the person or team that accomplished the great act. Sometimes a movie is made to celebrate the achievement.

As great as the human accomplishments above are, they are still human. The psalmist says that we cannot fathom the greatness of God. It is beyond our comprehension. Shouldn’t we respond to such greatness with praise? Shouldn’t we praise God every day?

If we praise God often, our children will notice because they are close to us every day. The ducklings in the picture stick close to their mother and imitate what she does. Even so, God’s greatness is passed down through the generations.

Just what is so great about God’s greatness? Obviously there are the wonders of creation. There are physical phenomena so complex that scientists spend lifetimes focused on just one facet of physics, biology or chemistry.

Even more amazing is God’s grace, love and forgiveness. What Jesus did on the cross, for me, is worthy of praise, because it is a debt that cannot be repaid. My sins were forgiven and I received grace, amazing grace. Words cannot even express praise to God for such a precious gift.

Dear Lord, Let me understand your greatness. Let me understand your grace. A grace so great that my sins can be forgiven. For such greatness, “I will praise you name for ever and ever.” Amen.


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Great is the Lord – Psalm 48 ESV 2 Minute Devotional

Psalm 48:1 Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. We use the word “great” to describe people: “He was a great baseball player,” or “She has a great voice.” It is used to describe things like: “That is a great car,” or “We saw a great movie.”

While the word “great” elevates the person or thing above the ordinary, I feel that words fail us when trying to describe the greatness of God. Nor are there words that can fully express praise due to God, as in “greatly to be praised.”

In the Scriptures, mountains are frequently associated with the worship of God, such as Mount Zion in this Psalm. When we look at a mountain, such as the one in this picture, we think about massive, immovable, tall, and “great.”

However, give me the tallest mountain, and God is greater. Give me the greatest man alive today, and God is greater. Let me praise God with all my strength, and I can scarcely express my thanks for the “great” salvation God has given me.

Dear Lord, Help me understand your greatness that I may praise you more and more each day. Amen.


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Hear my Earnest Prayer, O Lord – Psalm 39 ESV 2 Minute Devotional


Psalm 39:12 “Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers. 13 Look away from me, that I may smile again, before I depart and am no more!”Sometimes we engage in struggles to accomplish a particular goal. I was out shoveling snow this morning. It’s a lot of work! The more I shoveled, the more tired I got. My heart was racing and my body was getting weaker. I did finish finally, and sat down in a warm room to catch my breath. The work was accomplished, my energy spent, and the struggle was over.

The image shows a fish swimming upstream in an epic battle to reach the spawning grounds. All of his energy will be spent reaching the goal. The Psalmist, in this passage is engaged in struggle as well. There are prayers, tears and earnest pleas for help. He has committed a tremendous amount of energy toward seeking God. The Psalmist also recognizes that he is a sojourner. His stay on earth is temporary, and while here, his hope is in the Lord.

Dear Lord, Help me to turn to you in earnest prayer with passion and energy, that I may find your peace. Show me your salvation in Jesus as I seek you. Amen.


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Will Rogers on “Starving to Death in a Land of Plenty”

We are the first nation to starve to death in a storehouse that’s overfilled with everything we want. HOLLYWOOD, Cal., Nov. 26, 1930In 1930 Will Rogers comments that we might starve to death in a land of plenty. How can that happen? Today, I want to share Bushrod Johnston’s (The name has been changed to protect the innocent.) story with you, sort of a parable if you will. Here is “Bushy’s” story.

I’ve been farmin’ all my life, just like my Daddy, Granddad, Great-Granddad, and so on. I’ve done well – married a good woman, raised 12 chillins, worked hard and lived an honest life. We was livin’ just fine, right here in Muddy Boggy Creek, until the last decade or so.

It all started when this government feller drove up in one of those new-fangled electric cars. He was from the Hog Waller Inspection Group of the Dirt Division of the Dept. of Agriculture. After counting and weighing each hog, sow and piglet, He computed the location, size, depth, and mud density of the waller along with the air quality.

After keying in all the data into his computer, we waited for the results. After about an hour  and four cups of coffee, the computer determined that the stink to air ratio along with the waller to hog factor were out of balance. The only way to fix the problem was to purchase a new electric tractor with special attachments, including a stink reducer and hog scanner. If we didn’t fix the problem immediately, the hogs would be confiscated under the hog relocation program.

Since he drove his electric car more than 20 miles, and we didn’t have a special outlet for charging, I towed him back to town with my tractor. A month later they took my hogs.

Next came the chicken beak inspectors, the Bovine Flatulent Methane Emissions Quality Group, the Federal Agency to Reduce Tractor Smoke (FARTS), and a host of others. We had to quit milking the cows because the Teats Inspector said that recent studies indicated that milking caused low self-esteem in 56.2% of cows and suicidal thoughts in 15.87% of depressed cows. Our harvest is gone to rot because the Vegetable Inspector said the tractor noise was disturbing the natural habitat of the Snail Darter.

We’ve been living off of Twinkies from the local store, because we can’t eat anything on the farm any more. Unfortunately, I hear that the First Lady has just appointed a Department of Calorie Abuse which will restrict the purchases of sugary treats.

We cooked up a batch of Snail Darters the other day, but don’t tell anybody.


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Spurgeon on “God’s Love & Discipline” ~ 2 Minute Devotional


God hath not forgotten us because he smites – his blows are no evidences of want of love. If this is true of his church collectively, it is of necessity true also of each individual member. E2-24
I can remember being disciplined by my parents. Sometimes it was a spanking, restriction of privileges, or a stern lecture. Normally, I knew exactly what the issue was. I did the wrong thing, and I was being punished for that specific deed.

On this earth, parents are fallible, discipline and punishment can be abused, so we have to be careful how we view discipline from the Lord. Parents should discipline a child because they love their child, and in their wisdom, they know that a particular behavior is not healthy. For example, lying is not acceptable behavior and telling the truth is a far better way to conduct one’s life.

So how do I know if God is disciplining me? Let me suggest that if you are being disciplined by God, it will be obvious to you. Just like I mentioned above, I knew exactly why my parents were disciplining me, so it is with God’s discipline. I also know that I tried to hide from my parent’s discipline, because the consequences were painful. It is also our nature to hide from God’s discipline. It is important for me to learn to respond to God’s discipline with repentance, and with His help, to correct the problem.

Here’s the tough question. If something bad happens to me, is it because God is disciplining me, or is God mad at me, or has He forgotten me? First, let’s establish that nothing, good or bad, happens to us without God’s purpose or knowledge. Ultimately, everything will work out for God’s glory. The problem is that we aren’t privy to the details, this side of heaven. As a result, we must trust each event to God’s wisdom and purpose whether we understand it or not.

To answer the question then, if bad things happen to us because of God’s discipline, it will be obvious to us and we should respond with repentance. If it is not obvious, we should ask for God’s help, understanding that He has a purpose for leading us through such a trial. In either case we should humbly look for the opportunity to grow in grace.

Dear Lord, If you are disciplining me for specific sin, help me to humbly repent. In all things, good or bad, let me praise you for daily grace, and understand that all things work together for good for those who are called according to your purpose. Amen.


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My Exceeding Joy – Psalm 43 ESV 2 Minute Devotional

Psalm 43:3 Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! 4 Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. In this beautiful photograph you can see the effect of the sunlight as it lights up the sky. Beautiful shapes and colors emerge, where before there was nothing but blackness.

We need God’s light to guide us, and we also need His truth. The Psalmist asks that they guide him to God’s dwelling. We cannot get there except that God guides us.

Where do God’s light and truth come from? They come from God’s Word, the Bible. As we grow in faith, by reading the Bible, God’s light and truth become more clear. As we fellowship with other believers and hear the preaching of God’s Word, our relationship to God continues to grow.

This journey leads us to the alter of God, and “exceeding joy.” Imagine the end of a long, hard trip. It felt good to arrive at the destination, and be welcomed by friends and family. Now imagine being welcomed by God as you approach His alter.

Darkness and lies give no guidance. They give no comfort. Only God’s light and truth can ever satisfy, and when we realize this, joy will come, and our response is to praise God.

Dear Lord, Please forgive me for hiding in darkness and lies. Let your light and truth lead me now, that I may approach your alter with joy and praise. Amen.


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Praise God each Day – Psalm 72 NASB Devotional

    When we see a beautiful sunset it can trigger a moment of thanksgiving and praise to God. It speaks of the order and wonder of the universe put into place by the Lord for our well being and pleasure. This simple event that happens each day also speaks of eternity as we consider its vast distances and unending regularity.

    The sunset image fits well with Psalm 72 and I hope it will help us remember to praise the eternal God and “increase His name” in our lives daily.


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Spurgeon on “Would your Zeal Grow Chill?” ~ 2 Minute Devotional

Have you ever been excited about something? I just received my new iPhone 4 in the mail the other day, and the anticipation of opening the package and using my new phone got my heart racing. Only a geek would understand!

All of us have our passions – things that set our hearts to racing in anticipation. Spurgeon reminds us in this quote that our love for God should excite us as well, and it should impact everything we do.

The beautiful image of frost on the trees in winter fits well with Spurgeon’s final thought. We should make God our only object – we need to focus on Him so that our zeal would not grow cold. I’ve got a long way to go, but I thank God for the help of His Spirit.

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Spurgeon on “Mountain of the Lord” – Readings at Eventide Narrated by John Michaels

Charles H. Spurgeon

Evening by Evening

Readings at Eventide

Written by
Charles H. Spurgeon
Narrated by John Michaels
Sit back, relax and enjoy today’s reading.

Mountain of the Lord



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Spurgeon on “Looking Unto Jesus” – Morning Readings Narrated by John Michaels

Charles H. Spurgeon

Morning Readings

Written by
Charles H. Spurgeon
Narrated by John Michaels
Sit back, relax and enjoy today’s reading.

Looking Unto Jesus


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Navy Psalm 39:12 ESV on “Hear My Prayer”

Everyday Act of Valor Until I started looking through the Navy archives, I didn’t realize that burials at sea are routinely done to honor shipmates’ final requests. This image is unique in that a son has the opportunity to honor his own father, as he carries on a proud military tradition. You can see both …

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Navy Psalm 18:31 ESV on “Secure on the Heights”

Everyday Act of Valor I mentioned in an earlier post that I had the honor of meeting a former US Navy SEAL, while waiting for a flight at DFW recently. As we looked through the images in the iPhone App, we came across the one pictured here. He showed me a special emblem on his …

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Navy Psalm 108:12 on “Help Against the Foe” ESV 2 Minute Devotional

Devotional I had the honor of meeting a former Navy SEAL while waiting for a flight at DFW. He was 70 years old and looked every bit as fit as men half his age. Last year he was invited back to temporary active duty to assist training today’s Navy SEAL candidates, and compare it with …

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Navy Psalm 105:41 on “Remembering the Promise” ESV 2 Minute Devotional

Devotional When you are in the military, water is important, just like it was to the children of Israel. It is necessary to sustain life, and must be supplied for an army to move. In the Navy, water must also be controlled and used as part of everyday operations. Ships float above it, submarines travel …

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Navy Psalm 109:30 on “Give Thanks to the Lord” ESV 2 Minute Devotional

Wouldn’t it make you proud to see a procession of young men and women who are all dedicated to the service of their country.  Each uniform is perfectly pressed and worn with pride. Row upon row, they march in unison. Each step is directed by the leader’s commands. For love and defense of country, some may …

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Spurgeon on “ Enter the Door” – Readings at Eventide Narrated by John Michaels

Evening by Evening Readings at Eventide Written by Charles H. Spurgeon Narrated by John Michaels Sit back, relax and enjoy today’s reading. Enter the Door I hope you have been blessed by this Readings at Eventide devotional written by Charles H. Spurgeon. For more uplifting readings, narrated by John Michaels, please visit JohnWMichaels.com. Please visit …

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Spurgeon on “God Remembers You” – Morning Readings Narrated by John Michaels

Morning Readings Written by Charles H. Spurgeon Narrated by John Michaels Sit back, relax and enjoy today’s reading. God Remembers You I hope you have been blessed by this Morning Readings devotional written by Charles H. Spurgeon. For more uplifting readings, narrated by John Michaels, please visit JohnWMichaels.com. Please visit our blog, twitter, or Facebook …

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Spurgeon on “ Treacherous” – Readings at Eventide Narrated by John Michaels

Evening by Evening Readings at Eventide Written by Charles H. Spurgeon Narrated by John Michaels Sit back, relax and enjoy today’s reading. Treacherous I hope you have been blessed by this Readings at Eventide devotional written by Charles H. Spurgeon. For more uplifting readings, narrated by John Michaels, please visit JohnWMichaels.com. Please visit our blog, twitter, or Facebook …

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Spurgeon on “Everlasting” – Morning Readings Narrated by John Michaels

Morning Readings Written by Charles H. Spurgeon Narrated by John Michaels Sit back, relax and enjoy today’s reading. Everlasting I hope you have been blessed by this Morning Readings devotional written by Charles H. Spurgeon. For more uplifting readings, narrated by John Michaels, please visit JohnWMichaels.com. Please visit our blog, twitter, or Facebook page regularly …

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Spurgeon on “Serve the Lord” – Readings at Eventide Narrated by John Michaels

Evening by Evening Readings at Eventide Written by Charles H. Spurgeon Narrated by John Michaels Sit back, relax and enjoy today’s reading. Serve the Lord I hope you have been blessed by this Readings at Eventide devotional written by Charles H. Spurgeon. For more uplifting readings, narrated by John Michaels, please visit JohnWMichaels.com. Please visit …

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