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October skies (Looking up)

Dr. Edwin Lutzer, senior pastor at Moody Church in Chicago has been sharing a series of studies called “Changed By The Word”. In it he tells the story of a man who often passed a house facing Mt. Blanc in Switzerland, the shutters of which were always closed. As he expounds the light giving values of the Bible’s message, he challenges his hearers:  “You are facing Mt. Blanc.  Open the shutters of your mind and let the light shine in!”  In the same series, he quotes Spurgeon who is estimated to have preached to ten million people in his lifetime.  Lance Wubbels in a compendium of Spurgeon’s sermons states: “Spurgeon...remains history’s most widely read preacher.  There is more available material written by Spurgeon than by any other Christian author, living or dead.  His sixty-three volumes of sermons stands as the largest set of books by a single author in the history of Christianity, comprising the equivalent to the twenty seven volumes of the ninth edition of Encyclopedia Britannica.” From one of Spurgeon’s sermons, this quote:

“There is a style of majesty about God’s Word and with this majesty a vividness never found elsewhere. No other writing has within it a heavenly life whereby it works miracles and even imparts life to its reader. It is a living and incorruptible seed. It moves, it stirs itself, it lives, it communes with living men as a living Word. Solomon says concerning it, “When you go, it shall lead you. When you sleep, it shall keep you. And when you awake, it shall talk with you.  Have you ever known what that means? Why, the Book has wrestled with me. The Book has smitten me. The Book has comforted me. The Book has smiled on me. The Book has frowned on me. The Book has clasped my hand. The Book has warmed my heart. The Book weeps with me and sings with me. It whispers to me and it preaches to me. It maps my way and holds up my goings. It was to me the Young Man’s Best Companion and it is still my Morning and Evening Chaplain. It is a living Book—all over alive—from its first chapter to its last word it is full of a strange, mystic vitality which makes it have pre-eminence over every other writing for every living child of God.” Charles Hadden Spurgeon: in a sermon, The Word A Sword, 1887.

October Fest

In my darkness Jesus found me;
Touched my eyes and made me see;
Broke sin’s chains that long had bound me;
Gave me life and liberty!

Oh, amazing truth to ponder;
He whom angel hosts attend,
Lord of Heaven, God’s Son, what wonder;
He became the sinner’s friend!  

Oh, glorious love of Christ my Lord divine,
That made Him stoop to save a soul like mine.
Through all my days, and then in heaven above,
My song will silence never,
I'll worship Him forever,
And praise Him for His glorious love.  John Peterson

October in the Tetons