Happy Friday everyone! Today’s featured free download is Gospel Extracts by Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
Decays in grace and backsliding are usually very much like the fall of the autumn leaves. You are watching the trees, for even now they are beginning to indicate the coming fall. They evidently know that their verdant robes are to be stripped from them, for they are casting off their first loose vestments. How slowly the time of the brown leaf comes on! You notice here and there a tinge of the copper hue, and anon the gold leaf or the bronze is apparent. Week after week you observe that the general fall of the leaves is drawing nearer, but it is a matter that creeps slowly on. And so with backsliders. They are not put out of the visible church all at once; they do not become open offenders all at once. The heart by slow degrees turns aside from the living God, and then at last comes the outward sin and the outward shame…
It is regarded by many as a law of nature, that our first love for Christ must grow cold, and our early zeal must necessarily decline. I do not believe it for a moment. “The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day”; and, were we watchful and careful to live near to God, there is no reason why our spiritual life should not continuously make progress both in strength and beauty.
Gospel Extracts, published after Spurgeon’s death, features over 60 extracts/illustrations from Spurgeon’s preaching on topics ranging from Active Employment to The Works of Man.
Few people in history can be known by one name and have it ring true with their audience, and Spurgeon is one of them. Over time, Spurgeon has become known and revered as the “Prince of Preachers.” In the last 200 years he has been one of the most influential men for not only Preachers of the Gospel but for those who have not had the opportunity to hear and receive the Gospel message.
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