Charles Spurgeon's Morning & Evening, July 27, 2014


"Exceeding great and precious promises."2 Peter 1:4

If you would know experimentally the preciousness of the promises, and enjoy them in your own heart, meditate much upon them. There are promises which are like grapes in the wine-press; if you will tread them the juice will flow. Thinking over the hallowed words will often be the prelude to their fulfilment. While you are musing upon them, the boon which you are seeking will insensibly come to you. Many a Christian who has thirsted for the promise has found the favour which it ensured gently distilling into his soul even while he has been considering the divine record; and he has rejoiced that ever he was led to lay the promise near his heart.

But besides meditating upon the promises, seek in thy soul to receive them as being the very words of God. Speak to thy soul thus, "If I were dealing with a man's promise, I should carefully consider the ability and the character of the man who had covenanted with me. So with the promise of God; my eye must not be so much fixed upon the greatness of the mercy--that may stagger me; as upon the greatness of the promiser--that will cheer me. My soul, it is God, even thy God, God that cannot lie, who speaks to thee. This word of his which thou art now considering is as true as his own existence. He is a God unchangeable. He has not altered the thing which has gone out of his mouth, nor called back one single consolatory sentence. Nor doth he lack any power; it is the God that made the heavens and the earth who has spoken thus. Nor can he fail in wisdom as to the time when he will bestow the favours, for he knoweth when it is best to give and when better to withhold. Therefore, seeing that it is the word of a God so true, so immutable, so powerful, so wise, I will and must believe the promise." If we thus meditate upon the promises, and consider the Promiser, we shall experience their sweetness, and obtain their fulfilment.


"Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?" Romans 8:33

Most blessed challenge! How unanswerable it is! Every sin of the elect was laid upon the great Champion of our salvation, and by the atonement carried away. There is no sin in God's book against his people: he seeth no sin in Jacob, neither iniquity in Israel; they are justified in Christ forever. When the guilt of sin was taken away, the punishment of sin was removed. For the Christian there is no stroke from God's angry hand--nay, not so much as a single frown of punitive justice. The believer may be chastised by his Father, but God the Judge has nothing to say to the Christian, except "I have absolved thee: thou art acquitted." For the Christian there is no penal death in this world, much less any second death. He is completely freed from all the punishment as well as the guilt of sin, and the power of sin is removed too. It may stand in our way, and agitate us with perpetual warfare; but sin is a conquered foe to every soul in union with Jesus. There is no sin which a Christian cannot overcome if he will only rely upon his God to do it. They who wear the white robe in heaven overcame through the blood of the Lamb, and we may do the same. No lust is too mighty, no besetting sin too strongly entrenched; we can overcome through the power of Christ. Do believe it, Christian, that thy sin is a condemned thing. It may kick and struggle, but it is doomed to die. God has written condemnation across its brow. Christ has crucified it, "nailing it to his cross." Go now and mortify it, and the Lord help you to live to his praise, for sin with all its guilt, shame, and fear, is gone.

"Here's pardon for transgressions past,

It matters not how black their cast;

And, O my soul, with wonder view,

For sins to come here's pardon too."

With all the bad news, Brute' hopes that human's quit believing they can create heaven on earth!


Money ≠ Wealth = Freedom: The Infinite becomes finite!

Volume 16, Issue 30

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The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see  the salvation of our God.
Depart, depart, and go out from there; touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves, you who bear the vessels of the Lord.
For you shall not go out in haste, and you shall not go in flight, for the Lord will go before you,  and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
Behold, my servant shall act wisely;
(shall prosper) he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.
As many were astonished at you—his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—so shall he sprinkle
(startle) many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand.
Isaiah 52:10-15

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am. ’If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.
And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places  and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.
“If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure (pursuing your own business) on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, (business) or talking idly; (speaking a word) then you shall take delight in the Lord and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; (of the land) I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Isaiah 58:9-14
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Isaiah 58:12 my long time personal passage

Something happened this week that I can’t directly remember happening in all these years of publishing the
Wonder Springs Chronicle and the predecessors. I was planning on looking at the broader Biblical context for Isaiah 58:12, but I actually typed in Isaiah 52:10-15. Therefore depending upon your outlook on what is subsequently written, you really have three choices to believe why this happened. 1. It was the work of Divine Providence. 2. Just a simple mistake. 3. The Bible is just another book, who cares?

The context of Chapter 52 begins in Jerusalem, but since few, if any readers are located there, combined, Gaza, Jerusalem and Israel is one of today’s global hotspots, where we ‘
before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see  the salvation of our God.” The rest of the passage is Messianic for speaks to the first coming of Jesus Christ, and left to each reader is the determination whether we are living in the last of the Last Days.

For further turmoil we might want to focus upon the European front and the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 by a surface to air missile from separatist controlled Ukraine. Its aftermath and fingers of blame are still being worked out and being discussed in political and human terms.

In the USA the new News on Tuesday was that a federal appeals court of the District of Columbia ruled that ObamaCare rate subsidies issued through the website, not state sponsored insurance exchanges, were illegal. Another appeals court in the Fourth District of Virginia upheld the subsidies. As this case is settled in the months ahead, we will learn whether the human rule of law in this country will continue its linkage with common sense and natural law, or whether the Constitution is subject to the prejudices of our judicial branch, following the whims of transitory social justice.

Other news about the linkage of the massive wildfires burning in Washington State and the humanitarian crisis et al. on the southern border with Mexico, will be synthesized below.

Last week, concerning the Mexican border, My (two weeks ago) specific comments basically centered around the fact that ever since American Christianity has been more focused on building megachurches than anything else, (I inadvertently left out personal prosperity Cloister Clubs.) perhaps this unprecedented influx of OTMs (Other Than Mexican) primarily Central Americans, this is our nation’s chance to really practice world missions, something I was actively involved with in Seattle.

In that illumination the Great Commission, from
Matthew 28: 18-20, instead became the Great Omission:

And Jesus came and said to them,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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Charles Spurgeon's Morning & Evening, July 20, 2014


"The earnest of our inheritance." Ephesians 1:14

Oh! what enlightenment, what joys, what consolation, what delight of heart is experienced by that man who has learned to feed on Jesus, and on Jesus alone. Yet the realization which we have of Christ's preciousness is, in this life, imperfect at the best. As an old writer says, "'Tis but a taste!" We have tasted "that the Lord is gracious," but we do not yet know how good and gracious he is, although what we know of his sweetness makes us long for more. We have enjoyed the firstfruits of the Spirit, and they have set us hungering and thirsting for the fulness of the heavenly vintage. We groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption. Here we are like Israel in the wilderness, who had but one cluster from Eshcol, there we shall be in the vineyard. Here we see the manna falling small, like coriander seed, but there shall we eat the bread of heaven and the old corn of the kingdom. We are but beginners now in spiritual education; for although we have learned the first letters of the alphabet, we cannot read words yet, much less can we put sentences together; but as one says, "He that has been in heaven but five minutes, knows more than the general assembly of divines on earth." We have many ungratified desires at present, but soon every wish shall be satisfied; and all our powers shall find the sweetest employment in that eternal world of joy. O Christian, antedate heaven for a few years. Within a very little time thou shalt be rid of all thy trials and thy troubles. Thine eyes now suffused with tears shall weep no longer. Thou shalt gaze in ineffable rapture upon the splendour of him who sits upon the throne. Nay, more, upon his throne shalt thou sit. The triumph of his glory shall be shared by thee; his crown, his joy, his paradise, these shall be thine, and thou shalt be co-heir with him who is the heir of all things.


"And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor?"
Jeremiah 2:18
By sundry miracles, by divers mercies, by strange deliverances Jehovah had proved himself to be worthy of Israel's trust. Yet they broke down the hedges with which God had enclosed them as a sacred garden; they forsook their own true and living God, and followed after false gods. Constantly did the Lord reprove them for this infatuation, and our text contains one instance of God's expostulating with them, "What hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of the muddy river?"--for so it may be translated. "Why dost thou wander afar and leave thine own cool stream from Lebanon? Why dost thou forsake Jerusalem to turn aside to Noph and to Tahapanes? Why art thou so strangely set on mischief, that thou canst not be content with the good and healthful, but wouldst follow after that which is evil and deceitful?" Is there not here a word of expostulation and warning to the Christian? O true believer, called by grace and washed in the precious blood of Jesus, thou hast tasted of better drink than the muddy river of this world's pleasure can give thee; thou hast had fellowship with Christ; thou hast obtained the joy of seeing Jesus, and leaning thine head upon his bosom. Do the trifles, the songs, the honours, the merriment of this earth content thee after that? Hast thou eaten the bread of angels, and canst thou live on husks? Good Rutherford once said, "I have tasted of Christ's own manna, and it hath put my mouth out of taste for the brown bread of this world's joys." Methinks it should be so with thee. If thou art wandering after the waters of Egypt, O return quickly to the one living fountain: the waters of Sihor may be sweet to the Egyptians, but they will prove only bitterness to thee. What hast thou to do with them? Jesus asks thee this question this evening--what wilt thou answer him?

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Money ≠ Wealth = Freedom: The ugly begins!

Volume 16, Issue 29

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“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he (God) is pleased!” Luke 2:14

“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” Luke 12:49-53

And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done
Revelation 20:12 – Other Biblical Book of Life passages (Total 7)

I am not a preacher, nor the son of a preacher. But there was a time when I thought I might have to be. Neither am I a Prophet, for the Prophets of the New Testament era, ceased when the New Testament canon of the scriptures were fulfilled. Yet contrary to popular belief, all Christians are called to proclaim the redemption and justification found through Jesus Christ alone. This takes place by the simple acceptance of God’s amazing grace, not by human works, which makes Christianity totally counterfactual to what we humans understand as religion.

I am the son of a top-notch educator and while I have an education degree, I have never held a teaching job as it is generally defined. However as I finished my last class for that degree, I had the predilection that I would one day be in someway involved in adult education. Little did I know I was being prepared to be the doing a thankless gig with a commentary called
The Wonder Springs Chronicle? Furthermore contrary to most such Internet presences, Wonder Springs is its own well, and we, myself and our readers, carry our own water.

Last month the Chronicle’s bandwidth exceeded 10gb, had 140 visitors and loaded over 1000 pages per day; 100,000 hits and 100,000 files last month and visitors from over 50 countries for almost a year, with a high of 64. Not too bad when we ask people to read something between 2000 and 3000 words as our only weekly major posting, except for Et Tu’ Brute’ and a public domain devotional every Sunday.

Now well into 16 years of publishing a weekly missive, this week will be the most politically and in the sense of worldly religion, the most incorrect. So be advised, use caution, if you want to remain within the illusion of your personal self-sufficiency.

The Bible passages above seemed to describe eternal wealth across the space-time continuum of this present age. The poorest human pauper, who left this life with his name written in the “book of life” will be eternally more wealthy that anyone who only possessed worldly money. So use that reference as your measure, as we trek forward.


Charles Spurgeon's Morning & Evening, July 13, 2014

"God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry?" Jonah 4:9

Anger is not always or necessarily sinful, but it has such a tendency to run wild that whenever it displays itself, we should be quick to question its character, with this enquiry, "Doest thou well to be angry?" It may be that we can answer, "YES." Very frequently anger is the madman's firebrand, but sometimes it is Elijah's fire from heaven. We do well when we are angry with sin, because of the wrong which it commits against our good and gracious God; or with ourselves because we remain so foolish after so much divine instruction; or with others when the sole cause of anger is the evil which they do. He who is not angry at transgression becomes a partaker in it. Sin is a loathsome and hateful thing, and no renewed heart can patiently endure it. God himself is angry with the wicked every day, and it is written in His Word, "Ye that love the Lord, hate evil." Far more frequently it is to be feared that our anger is not commendable or even justifiable, and then we must answer, "NO." Why should we be fretful with children, passionate with servants, and wrathful with companions? Is such anger honourable to our Christian profession, or glorifying to God? Is it not the old evil heart seeking to gain dominion, and should we not resist it with all the might of our newborn nature? Many professors give way to temper as though it were useless to attempt resistance; but let the believer remember that he must be a conqueror in every point, or else he cannot be crowned. If we cannot control our tempers, what has grace done for us? Some one told Mr. Jay that grace was often grafted on a crab-stump. "Yes," said he, "but the fruit will not be crabs." We must not make natural infirmity an excuse for sin, but we must fly to the cross and pray the Lord to crucify our tempers, and renew us in gentleness and meekness after His own image.


"When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me." Psalm 56:9

It is impossible for any human speech to express the full meaning of this delightful phrase, "God is for me." He was "for us" before the worlds were made; he was "for us," or he would not have given his well-beloved son; he was "for us" when he smote the Only-begotten, and laid the full weight of his wrath upon him--he was "for us," though he was against him; he was "for us," when we were ruined in the fall--he loved us notwithstanding all; he was "for us," when we were rebels against him, and with a high hand were bidding him defiance; he was "for us," or he would not have brought us humbly to seek his face. He has been "for us" in many struggles; we have been summoned to encounter hosts of dangers; we have been assailed by temptations from without and within--how could we have remained unharmed to this hour if he had not been "for us"? He is "for us," with all the infinity of his being; with all the omnipotence of his love; with all the infallibility of his wisdom; arrayed in all his divine attributes, he is "for us,"--eternally and immutably "for us"; "for us" when yon blue skies shall be rolled up like a worn out vesture; "for us" throughout eternity. And because he is "for us," the voice of prayer will always ensure his help. "When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies be turned back." This is no uncertain hope, but a well grounded assurance--"this I know." I will direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up for the answer, assured that it will come, and that mine enemies shall be defeated, "for God is for me." O believer, how happy art thou with the King of kings on thy side! How safe with such a Protector! How sure thy cause pleaded by such an Advocate! If God be for thee, who can be against thee?

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Money ≠ Wealth = Freedom

Volume 16, Issue 28

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"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not."

- John Adams July 3, 1776

From our historical perspective John got the day wrong, but the composition of the Declaration of Independence was completed on July Second; the participants did not sign it until the Fourth. Nevertheless amazingly this remembrance is still celebrated from on End of the Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. In essence this is why the United States of America, among all nations on earth, is the source of inspiration of oppressed people and oppressors want no part of the hope our national history and legacy signifies.

To a certain extent Adam’s words would be fulfilled, in not a so benevolent way about seventy years thereafter with the Doctrine of Manifest Destiny. If you didn’t believe in America’s destiny in the illumination of Andrew Jackson, you would either adapt, leave or be eliminated from the gene pool.

The essence of last week’s
Consumerland über alles, when living in a world as complex and uncertain as where we find ourselves 238 years post Declaration of Independence, you are in the process of a rude awakening if you think you can safely run a country like you have the United States since the 1970s, with 70 percent of the GDP based on the consumption of either physical goods or physical services.

We need to diversify beyond the concepts of the possession of commodities as mankind’s, especially America’s, highest calling, into a worldview where more traditional values, will again become displayed. American Exceptionalism, especially as defined as being the world’s rich uncle, only remaining Super Power, has changed forever. Get over it, grow up, and think of the United States beyond a vision of the narcissistic Theology of Glory.

Wealth is not the possession of money, especially fiat money controlled by an aristocracy of essentially self-proclaimed omnipotent (western) central bankers; pseudo-gods experimenting with glorious financial models designed to save a world that no longer exists. These emperors, have fine clothes, as do the politicians that make this possible. But these wizards are in way over their heads and over the next few weeks we will attempt to define and facilitate a better understanding of wealth, beyond the crumbling infrastructure, which seems to be the current broadest and best definition of contemporary western and American culture.


Charles Spurgeon's Morning & Evening, July 6, 2014

"Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil." Proverbs 1:33
Divine love is rendered conspicuous when it shines in the midst of judgments. Fair is that lone star which smiles through the rifts of the thunder clouds; bright is the oasis which blooms in the wilderness of sand; so fair and so bright is love in the midst of wrath. When the Israelites provoked the Most High by their continued idolatry, he punished them by withholding both dew and rain, so that their land was visited by a sore famine; but while he did this, he took care that his own chosen ones should be secure. If all other brooks are dry, yet shall there be one reserved for Elijah; and when that fails, God shall still preserve for him a place of sustenance; nay, not only so, the Lord had not simply one "Elijah," but he had a remnant according to the election of grace, who were hidden by fifties in a cave, and though the whole land was subject to famine, yet these fifties in the cave were fed, and fed from Ahab's table too by His faithful, God-fearing steward, Obadiah. Let us from this draw the inference, that come what may, God's people are safe. Let convulsions shake the solid earth, let the skies themselves be rent in twain, yet amid the wreck of worlds the believer shall be as secure as in the calmest hour of rest. If God cannot save his people under heaven, he will save them in heaven. If the world becomes too hot to hold them, then heaven shall be the place of their reception and their safety. Be ye then confident, when ye hear of wars, and rumours of wars. Let no agitation distress you, but be quiet from fear of evil. Whatsoever cometh upon the earth, you, beneath the broad wings of Jehovah, shall be secure. Stay yourself upon his promise; rest in his faithfulness, and bid defiance to the blackest future, for there is nothing in it direful for you. Your sole concern should be to show forth to the world the blessedness of hearkening to the voice of wisdom.


"How many are mine iniquities and sins?" Job 13:23
Have you ever really weighed and considered how great the sin of God's people is? Think how heinous is your own transgression, and you will find that not only does a sin here and there tower up like an alp, but that your iniquities are heaped upon each other, as in the old fable of the giants who piled Pelion upon Ossa, mountain upon mountain. What an aggregate of sin there is in the life of one of the most sanctified of God's children! Attempt to multiply this, the sin of one only, by the multitude of the redeemed, "a number which no man can number," and you will have some conception of the great mass of the guilt of the people for whom Jesus shed his blood. But we arrive at a more adequate idea of the magnitude of sin by the greatness of the remedy provided. It is the blood of Jesus Christ, God's only and well-beloved Son. God's Son! Angels cast their crowns before him! All the choral symphonies of heaven surround his glorious throne. "God over all, blessed forever. Amen." And yet he takes upon himself the form of a servant, and is scourged and pierced, bruised and torn, and at last slain; since nothing but the blood of the incarnate Son of God could make atonement for our offences. No human mind can adequately estimate the infinite value of the divine sacrifice, for great as is the sin of God's people, the atonement which takes it away is immeasurably greater. Therefore, the believer, even when sin rolls like a black flood, and the remembrance of the past is bitter, can yet stand before the blazing throne of the great and holy God, and cry, "Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died; yea rather, that hath risen again." While the recollection of his sin fills him with shame and sorrow, he at the same time makes it a foil to show the brightness of mercy--guilt is the dark night in which the fair star of divine love shines with serene splendour.