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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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No Eloquence Needed

In the words of Charles H. Spurgeon

Do not suppose that you need fine words and elegant phrases in order to affect the Lord. Your tearful eye shall be more mighty than oratory, and your heavy sigh shall be more eloquent than the polished discourse and lofty utterance of the orator.

Only prostrate your soul before God with humble heart and downcast eye and your Father will listen to you. What man among you can hold our against his children’s tears? If you, being evil, are overcome by your children’s tears, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven find in your bemoanings and confessions an argument for the display of his pardoning love through Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is the eloquence which God delights in – the broken heart, and the contrite spirit. Broken prayers are the best prayers! The crash of thunder is to the Lord no more than the sound of the falling of a sere leaf on a still summer’s eve. But the cry of one of his children peals through heaven, and moves the infinite heart, so that swift on wings of love the God of mercy flies.

Our God is full of compassion. He rides in a chariot of mercy and holds out a silver scepter of grace. (“Ephraim Bemoaning Himself” No. 743)

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