(A Periodic List of My Favorite Phrases That "Sing")
More, more, more of my favorite quotations. These comprise the sixth installment of ten delightful, insightful quotations that have captured my mind and heart. Each of these come from the pen or voice of C. H. Spurgeon (who was unusually gifted in mind and communication abilities):
51. “If Christ is not all to you, He is nothing to you. He will never go into partnership as a part-Savior of men. If He be something He must be everything, and if He be not everything He is nothing to you.”
52. “No, whether we like it or not, the Bible teaches both predestination and free will." When asked to reconcile these truths, he said, “I never try to reconcile friends—they are both in the Bible.”
53. “It’s a good thing God chose (me) before I was born. If He had waited until after, He would have changed His mind!”
54. Once Spurgeon was scolded by a woman after his sermon included a bit too much humor for her liking. His reply: "Madam, if you knew how much I restrained myself, you would commend me."
55. "By this the elect of God are known—that they love the Word of God."
56. "I would go to the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit. It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary."
57. "Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength."
58. "Do you trust Christ? If you do, he is precious to you, and if he is not precious to you, then you have not believed in him."
59. "I take my text and make a beeline for the Cross" (regarding preaching from the Bible).
60. [A long one]: "Once more, he who really has this high estimate of Jesus will think much of him, and as the thoughts are sure to run over at the mouth, he will talk much of him. Do we so? If Jesus is precious to you, you will not be able to keep your good news to yourself; you will be whispering it into your child's ear; you will be telling it to your husband; you will be earnestly imparting it to your friend; without the charms of eloquence you will be more than eloquent; your heart will speak, and your eyes will flash as you talk of his sweet love. Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor. Recollect that. You either try to spread abroad the kingdom of Christ, or else you do not love him at all. It cannot be that there is a high appreciation of Jesus and a totally silent tongue about him ... Be wise in your generation, and speak of him in fitting ways and at fitting times, and so in every place proclaim the fact that Jesus is most precious to your soul."