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Plot Twists and Current Happenings

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Life is full of plot twists, isn’t it? 

The last eight months have unfolded into one beautiful plot twist after another, stirring my heart with so much joy and even more love for the One who authors this grace-drenched life. Lots of things have happened and one day those things will work its way into sentences and paragraphs to share with others, but until then, here are some things I’ve been up to:

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Charles Spurgeon on Heartbreak

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“There are many sorts of broken hearts, and Christ is good at healing them all…

The patients of the great Physician are those whose hearts are broken through sorrow.
Hearts are broken through disappointment.
Hearts are broken through bereavement.
Hearts are broken in ten thousand ways, for this is a heart-breaking world; and Christ is good at healing all manner of heart-breaks.”

–Charles H. Spurgeon, “Christ’s Hospital: A Sermon on Psalm 147:3,” originally published in Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 38 (1892)


This sermon has been especially helpful for me today. I promise it will not be a waste of your time to read it: https://www.spurgeongems.org/vols37-39/chs2260.pdf 

“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.”
-Charles Spurgeon

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Christmas, Martin Luther, and Tim Keller

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There’s a place in one of Martin Luther’s nativity sermons where he asks something like,

“Do know what a stable smells like? You know what that family would have smelled like after the birth when they went out into the city? And if they were standing next to you, how would you have felt about them and regarded them?”

He is saying, I want you to see Christ in the neighbor you tend to despise—in the political party you despise, in the race you despise, in the class of people you despise.

Christmas is the end of thinking you are better than someone else, because Christmas is telling you that you could never get to heaven on your own. God had to come to you. It is telling you that people who are saved are not those who have arisen through their own ability to be what God wants them to be. Salvation comes to those who are willing to admit how weak they are.

-Tim Keller

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Monday Morning Munch No. 163 – Oh, the Wonder of Christmas

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Infinite, and an infant.

Eternal, and yet born of a woman.
Almighty, and yet hanging on a woman’s breast.
Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms.
King of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph.
Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised son.

Oh, the wonder of Christmas.

-Charles Spurgeon

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Monday Morning Munch No. 122 – When God Repeats Himself

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Sometimes God repeats Himself.

We shouldn’t need the God of the universe to repeat Himself, but when He does He’s displaying divine forbearance and making a point, and we should definitely pay attention.

Over the last week, our sweet Savior has repeated Himself loud and clear a few times. Allow me to share a couple of the moments with you and you can figure out what God’s trying to teach me.

My friend BCJ tells me: “God doesn’t need your help. Not even in your own life.”

My pastor’s awesome wife tells me: “God doesn’t call us to fix but to surrender.”

My best friend tells me: “It’s part of being human. You can’t be perfect.”

BUT I WANT TO BE PERFECT. *whines*

Well, here’s the thing, as a million people have reminded me this week: I’m not. “There is no end to your crap or mine this side of heaven,” BCJ told me. Ew. 

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Do you judge by appearances?

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Do you judge by appearances?

I’m not talking about sizing up a person based on what they’re wearing or what their hair, face or skin looks like, although that can be included. I’m talking about judging your circumstances based on what you see. 

On Sunday, my pastor/boss/second dad preached a stellar message on this and you (yes, you) need to read/listen to/watch it. You can do all of that here. In the meantime, read his introduction below. I promise there is something in there for you.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 99 – ‘Til the Love Runs Out

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Scanning the radio is not something I’m totally familiar with.

I typically don’t listen to the radio because being alone in the car is prime time to feed my thirsty heart. Therefore I primarily listen to sermons or music on my phone, or do nothing but pray in silence.

But driving home from Murray on Saturday night was different. I started scanning the radio and stopped on a station playing a song that had just started, one with a driving bass line and a super catchy beat. Before I knew it I was tapping the steering wheel (probably not in rhythm, since I have none) and nodding along.

Then I started really listening to the words. What is this song really saying? I thought to myself.

If you keep reading, we’ll get to the song in a moment. Until then we’re going to take a detour that won’t make sense at first, but stay with me.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 56 – Deep Calls to Deep

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“Deep
calls
to
deep”

Charles Spurgeon’s sermon “Deep Calls Unto Deep,” delivered April 11, 1869, addresses verse seven and helped me see what this passage was talking about (because I had no clue).

There is rich, rich truth in this message (it’s Spurg, of course there is rich truth) and my heart felt led to share a few key paragraphs with whoever may read this, hoping its truth would encourage your heart in whatever trial or “deep” you may find yourself.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 47 – Jesus had Compassion

Compassion = a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

“He was moved with compassion.” -Matthew 9:36

Charles Spurgeon delivered a message titled “The Compassion of Jesus” that was published on December 24, 1914.

I read it on Saturday.

My heart nearly burst.

The first page of notes from reading the sermon.

The first page of notes from reading the sermon.

Here are some quotes from the sermon that I believe will encourage, energize and excite you, but I recommend reading it all. It. is. so. good.

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