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True Heart-Energy (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
True Heart-Energy
April 2
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them, that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:15)

This is, practically, a promise that, by diligent meditation and the giving up of our whole mind to our work for the Lord we shall make a progress which all can see. Not by hasty reading but by deep meditation we profit by the Word of God. Not by doing a great deal of work in a slovenly manner, but by giving our best thought to what we attempt, we shall get real profit. “In all labor there is profit” but not in fuss and hurry without true heart-energy.
If we divide ourselves between God and mammon, or Christ and self, we shall make no progress. We must give ourselves wholly to holy things, or else we shall be poor traders in heavenly business, and at our stocktaking no profit will be shown.
Am I a minister? Let me be a minister wholly and not spend my energies upon secondary concerns. What have I to do with party politics or vain amusements? Am I a Christian? Let me make my service of Jesus my occupation, my lifework, my one pursuit. We must be in-and-in with Jesus, and then out-and-out for Jesus, or else we shall make neither progress nor profit, and neither the church nor the world will feel the forceful influence which the Lord would have us exercise.

From the Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devotional Android app – http://www.LookingUpwardApps.com/fcb

 

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True Heart-Energy (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
True Heart-Energy
April 2
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them, that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:15)

This is, practically, a promise that, by diligent meditation and the giving up of our whole mind to our work for the Lord we shall make a progress which all can see. Not by hasty reading but by deep meditation we profit by the Word of God. Not by doing a great deal of work in a slovenly manner, but by giving our best thought to what we attempt, we shall get real profit. “In all labor there is profit” but not in fuss and hurry without true heart-energy.
If we divide ourselves between God and mammon, or Christ and self, we shall make no progress. We must give ourselves wholly to holy things, or else we shall be poor traders in heavenly business, and at our stocktaking no profit will be shown.
Am I a minister? Let me be a minister wholly and not spend my energies upon secondary concerns. What have I to do with party politics or vain amusements? Am I a Christian? Let me make my service of Jesus my occupation, my lifework, my one pursuit. We must be in-and-in with Jesus, and then out-and-out for Jesus, or else we shall make neither progress nor profit, and neither the church nor the world will feel the forceful influence which the Lord would have us exercise.

From the Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devotional Android app – http://www.LookingUpwardApps.com/fcb

 

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Beauty For Ashes…A Hickory Ridge Romance By: Dorothy Love

Reviewed on:  March 5, 2012

Genre:  Christian Romance

Published by:  Thomas Nelson…2012

The only thing Carrie Daly has known all her life is loss.  As a young child she lost her parents and with her older brother, Henry, had to be raised by a relative.  Then shortly after marrying, Carrie lost her husband to the Civil War.  Taken in by her brother Carrie managed to find a bit of happiness, until she lost him to a woman who knew nothing of  farming, had two ill-mannered boys, and  had a nasty disposition.  Was this really God’s plan for Carrie, to lose everyone she loved, and be treated like a house slave by her new sister-in-law and her rambunctious sons?  Carrie Daly finds herself facing a life on her own, and the mysteries that are thrown into her life along the way.

Griff Rutledge, on the other hand, is a carefree bachelor, with a mysterious past of his own,  who is just passing through Hickory Ridge, when he saves Carrie Daly from a rampaging horse.  The next thing he knew his life is forever entangled in this damsel in distress.  Will Griff ever confront memories from his past, and overcome his wonder lust?

“Beauty For Ashes” is a beautiful story, of love and loss, and giving your complete will to God.  Dorothy loved best described this story and how faith grows in one passage from the book.  Carrie is making bread in the kitchen of the Verandah, a hotel for women, and is thinking back about her Granny Bell’s wisdom.  Hearing Granny Bell’s voice as a whisper in her ear… “Baking bread is a lot like growing your faith in the Lord, Carrie Louise.  You mix together the best ingredients you can find and wait for the mixture to mature, but it’s the heat of the oven that makes dough into something of worth and of substance.  The same way the tribulations of this world mature a person’s faith.”  Dorothy Love mixed in the best ingredients for a story;  love, loss, mystery, family, friendship, hardships, and the love of God.  After adding the heat of trials to the lives of the characters, Ms. Love made a  beautiful story rise that will touch the hearts of its readers.

Check out the rest of the review at http://radiantlit.com/2012/04/review-beauty-for-ashes/

 

 
 

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