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Sunday, 14 June 2015

The People's Preacher

It's been a little bit since I shared one of my devotionals  that I share with the ladies at WLC.
It always amazes me how God ends up showing me what to talk about.
I started to hear his name here and there.
Friends would post a saying on Facebook.
I would see his name on a blog.
That's usually my cue to pay attention and look into it.
So I casually started to research his life.
He was known as the People's Preacher.
I watched a movie on You Tube about his life.
I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more to his life than preaching.
I was looking for that "Wow" factor that would make the devotional exciting.
So I thought I would look into talking about something else,
I kept hearing and seeing his name again!
OK God, I will talk about Charles Spurgeon.
I watched and listened to the movie for the third time.
He was born in 1834 in England.
Spurgeon developed a love for books and his favourite was Pilgrim's Progress.
Spurgeon's father and grandfather were both ministers of the Congregational Church.
But young Spurgeon struggled with knowing God.
All he ever felt was God's burning eyes piercing his soul.
He always felt tormented and burdened.
One cold wintry Sunday, Spurgeon got caught in a storm and walked into the first church he came to.
The preacher was speaking from Isaiah 45:22
Look to Me, and be saved,
All you ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
Then the preacher spoke directly to Spurgeon and said,
"You, young man. you look miserable, but if you but would look to God and obey this text,
you will find what you are seeking. He has carried away your sin. Look and live."
Spurgeon felt that God was speaking to him and immediately all despair and torment left.
Spurgeon studied his Bible and realized his need to be baptized.
He states that his timidity was washed down the river that day.
God loosed his tongue and he was never quiet after that.
Spurgeon moved to the city and began to teach Sunday School
 at the St. Andrew's Street Baptist Church.
Soon, adults began to attend his teachings.
He became popular and was sort of tricked into preaching his first sermon.
He delivered his first sermon at a farmer's cottage with shaking knees and a pounding heart.
He shared from 1 Peter 2:7
"...Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious;"
Spurgeon made an impact on his audience that day and they asked him to be their pastor.
He was not even 17 years old.
This is where I understood why there was something special about Charles Spurgeon.
Spurgeon shared from his heart.
He understood the forgiveness and love of Christ.
That's what drew others to hear him speak.
To Spurgeon, Christ was precious.
He knew what it felt like to be free from the weight of sin.
and he desired that for others as well.
After some time, he was invited to the city of London.
He believed this was the call from God but struggled with the things he saw there.
There were so many disheveled orphans.
He was from the country and was made fun of  because of that.
But Spurgeon continued with what he felt God wanted him to do.
The more Spurgeon preached the higher attendance became.
People came by the thousands to hear him speak.
It was estimated that over his lifetime, Spurgeon preached to over 10,000,000 people.
He wrote many books, hymns and poems.
Spurgeon also struggled with his health.
His wife Susannah was his best support system.
They had two twin sons.
Spurgeon would start a home for orphans as well as a seminary.
Spurgeon died in 1892 at the age of 62.
I appreciate Spurgeon's heart.
He loved Jesus.
Simple as that.
And that's really what people need to hear and know.
He was definitely the "People's Preacher".
This is the front of the postcard that I designed.
The pictures are public domain.
I summarized Spurgeon's life (above) for the back of the postcard.
If you are interested in reading Spurgeon's devotional you can find it here.
They can be delivered daily to your inbox as well.
This was a short synopsis of Charles Spurgeon.
I really do get so much out of these devotionals.
The link for the movie can be found here.
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  1. I love, love, love this Diane! Are you selling the postcards? Thank you for sharing this tonight! Blessings, Cindy

    1. Hi Cindy! No, I don't sell them. Although it has crossed my mind to make a devotional of all my devotionals! You are free to use them if you like. If you go my Talk on Tuesday tab you'll see some of the others I've done. There are many more that I haven't posted yet but I'm working on it. Thank you for your lovely comment. That was encouraging! Have a wonderful week! Diane

  2. Hello Diane, I think this was really well done, I enjoyed learning about his testimony and his life. Thank you for doing the research and sharing it with us! I hope you are having a wonderful summer! I do enjoy doing a devotion most mornings from his Morning by Morning Book! His writings always really just seem to hit the mark for me! I have read through it on and off for years!
    Great Post!!
    Hugs, Roxy

    1. Thanks Roxy! I had his devotional as well but must have got lost in the shuffle. I have a new appreciation for his devotionals that I now receive in my inbox. We are getting a lot of rain lately so we're still waiting for summer to actually arrive! Have a wonderful week! Diane

  3. This was absolutely so inspiring, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for the links.
    Blessings, Sue

    1. Thank you Sue! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Be blessed!

  4. Beautiful post !!
    I have a dairy and a explanationbook of Spurgeon, but never heard the story about his life.

    1. Thank you for visiting. I didn't know anything about him either. I enjoy learning about the different leaders that were before us. There is always something God speaks to me about.

  5. Thank you so much, dear Diane, for sharing this wonderful post with Roses of Inspiration. I have always enjoyed Charles Spurgeon and his teacings, but I must confess that I did not know a whole about him. It was truly a joy and blessing to read about his testimony and love for the Lord.

    Have a beautiful and blessed day! Hugs!

  6. I just adore Charles Spurgeon! I saw your link up on Strangers and Pilgrims and definitely had to come visit! Such a preacher he was! God gifted him with amazing abilities to preach His Word! :)

    1. Yes He did! Now when I read his devotionals, I read them differently knowing how he struggled with torment and then the feeling of freedom when he accepted the work of the cross. He really wanted everyone to have what he experienced. Thank you so much to stopping by and leaving a comment!


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