Charles Spurgeon

Tomorrow we head in for my 3rd cycle of chemo, we also find out the results of my most recent CT scan; this scan was basically to check the progress of the treatments thus far, and determine if they have been effective. Please pray that they have been effective, and also pray that this next cycle goes well (avoiding any side of effects). I am pretty tired of this process, already, please pray that they will be able to get this cancer sooner than later; pray that the LORD will just touch my body, and rid me of this disease (I know you all have).

I wanted to share something from Charles Spurgeon that the LORD ministered to me through this morning:

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will show to you to-day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to-day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

Exodus 14:13

These words contain God’s command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s word to him is, “Stand still.” It will be well for him if at such times he listes only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, “Lie down and die; give it all up.” But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in His love and faithfulness. Cowardice says, “Retreat; go back to the worldling’s way of action; you cannot play the Christian’s part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles.” But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God. Precipitancy cries, “Do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait is sheer idleness.” We must be doing something at once — we must do it, so we think — instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something but will do everything. Presumption boasts, “If the sea be before you, march into it and expect a miracle.” But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, “Stand still,” and immovable as a rock it stands. “Stand still” — keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward.” (Charles Spurgeon ed. Al Bryant, “Day by Day with C. H. Spurgeon,” 20)

Thank you all for your continued prayers, can’t wait for the day that this blog becomes obselete; until then I’ll keep posting, and keep asking for your prayers.

Game day has come, later this morning I get admitted to the hospital for my first round of chemo-therapy (10:30 am) — actually I’m having another biopsy first, then starting my chemo. This first round will be a 48hr stint, then 3 weeks off; then a 5 day stint. Please remember tomorrow and the next couple of days especially through prayer. I am really hopeful that I will not get sick from the chemo; and also that the chemo will go in and melt this cancer right out of my body (so that we can avoid surgery altogether) — please pray that these two hopes are met with God’s mercy and grace.

You guys have been so awesome, your prayers and support are certainly carrying us forward; the LORD’s presence is so tangible it’s amazing. In fact, just today I think my wife and I experienced some interaction with a couple of angels (cf. Heb. 1:14); let me know if you’re interested to hear more on that, and maybe I’ll share.

Also, I just wanted to share something from Charles Spurgeon that the LORD has really been ministering to my heart through:

. . . Then consider how bravely our Lord endured: herein is confidence. Tears did not drown the Savior’s hope in God. Jesus lived. He triumphed notwithstanding all His sorrows; and because He lives, we shall live also. He says, “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Though our hero had to weep in the fight, yet He was not beaten. He came, He wept, He conquered. You and I share the tears of His eyes, and we shall share the diamonds of His crown. Wear the thorn crown here, and you shall wear the crown of glory hereafter. –Charles Spurgeon, ed. Lance Wubbels, “The Power of Christ’s Tears,” 24

This world is most certainly not our home, it’s just what we know. I’m really confident that my sickness here will not end in physical death; but it is the eternal perspective that Spurgeon refers to that provides all of us with ultimate hope! Lazuras was raised from the dead, but he still had to die again; I plan on “being raised from this,” but someday I’ll still have to face physical death (unless the LORD comes first, ‘come quickly!’), as we all do. What an awesome hope we have in Jesus; we need to be busy about sharing that hope with others!

P.S. I’m still trying to work out the kinks in paypal, argh . . . I’ll get it 😉 .

P.P.S. Also I did have a PET/CT scan today, please pray that the results are consonant with what the all the doctors have been saying; that my tumor hasn’t spread (I’m still a bit nervous about that).

“Calvinism did not spring from Calvin. We believe that it sprang from the great Founder of all truth.”
-Charles H. Spurgeon
Just so we know what we’re up against, here at The Evangelical Calvinist. This is the popular sentiment that pervades contemporary Calvinistic thinking. Which then makes the task of this blog (if it really has one 😉 highly difficult. If we are to “question” or be “critical thinkers” in regards to Classic Calvinism (CC), it may be for not; for to question Calvinism (per the logic provided by the Spurgeon quote) in its classical form, is to question Jesus and the scriptures themselves.
Nevertheless, I remain hopeful, that exposing folks to the background and informing philosophies that have given CC its shape; will in fact make “in-roads” for some within the halls of CC. This means this blog has its work cut out for itself; what is required is patience, love, wittiness, perseverance (no, not the “P” in the TULIP kind ;-), and much more.
One caveat here, I want to make clear, I believe CC’rs are most certainly “saved” — brothers and sisters — and that there are many valuable things said (theologically) by this tradition and its heritage (but I would say that this is inspite of their informing theological framework). Anyway, I hope that helps clarify . . .