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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 134

September 14, 2017 Leave a comment

TO MR. JOSHUA KEEVIL

WESTWOOD, June 19, 1886.

DEAR MR. KEEVIL, —

The grey deserves all you can say about it; but why should you give me a horse? It is a great deal too much. I feel as if I must not take so large a gift of you.

I am ready to buy it of you at a price, and thank you. Please let me have it for a while, and then we can have this matter over. Meanwhile the best of God’s blessings rest upon you for ever.

This is my birthday, but no one else proposes such a gift. There seems to be only one Keevil. God bless him.

Yours heartily,

C. H. SPURGEON.

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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 133

September 7, 2017 Leave a comment

TO MR. JOSHUA KEEVIL

WESTWOOD, April 15, 1885.

DEAR FRIEND, —

I am very grateful for the check. The Lord prosper you.

I cannot come to your Mission. At coming home I find so much in arrears that I must peg away very hard to get at all straight, and cannot think of anything outside.

My hearty love to your good Aunt. May the Lord bless her.

Your zeal for the Lord is a great joy to me. May your Hall be made magnificent by the King of mercy.

I shall be very sorry to part with you. I hoped to have your personal service in the church in years to come. Still, do what is best for the whole Church of Christ; and I think that will involve your joining with Mr. Douglas. It will be a loss to me, but a gain to the cause of God in that place. I leave you to your own prayerful judgment, praying our Lord to direct you in going or in remaining as the case may be. My heart rejoices in Mr. Douglas, and I would lose much to help him.

Yours ever heartily,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 132

TO REV. T. W. MEDHURST

LONDON, September 22, 1855.

MY DEAR BROTHER, —

Since your departure, I have been meditating upon the pleasure of being the means of sending you to so excellent a scene of preparation for the ministry, and in prayer to God I have sought every blessing upon you, for I love you very much. Oh, how I desire to see you a holy and successful minister of Jesus! I need not bid you work at your studies; I am sure you will; but be sure to live near to God, and hold very much intercourse with Jesus.

I have been thinking that, when you are gone out into the vineyard I must find another to be my dearly beloved Timothy, just as you are.

Now I find it no easy task to get money, and I have been thinking I must get friends to give me a good set of books, which I shall not give you, but keep for those who may come after; so that, by degrees, I shall get together a good Theological Library for young students in years to come.

If I were rich, I would give you all; but, as I have to bear all the brunt of the battle, and am alone responsible, I think I must get the books to be always used in future. Those you will purchase to-day are yours to keep; Mr. Bagster’s books must be mine; and I have just written to a friend to buy me Matthew Henry, which shall soon be at your disposal, and be mine in the same way. You see, I am looking forward.

Believe me,

Ever your very loving friend,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 131

TO REV. T. W. MEDHURST

75, DOVER ROAD, August 7, 1854.

MY DEAR SIR,—

Your letters have given me great joy. I trust I see in you the marks of a son of God, and I earnestly pray that you may have the evidence within that you are born of God.

There is no reason why you should not be baptized. “If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.” Think very seriously of it, for it is a solemn matter. Count the cost. You are now about to be buried to the world, and you may well say, “What manner of persons ought we to be in all holy conversation and godliness.”

The friends who were with you in the days of your carnal pleasure will strive to entice you from Christ; but I pray that the grace of God may be mightily manifest in you, keeping you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. I should like to see you on Thursday evening, after six o’clock, in the vestry.

I am,

Yours faithfully,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 130

TO REV. T. W. MEDHURST

BOROUGH, July 14, 1854.

DEAR SIR, —

I am glad that you have been able to write to me and state your feelings. Though my hands are always full, it will ever give me joy to receive such notes as yours.

You ask me a very important question, “Are you one of God’s elect?” Now, this is a question neither you nor I can answer at present, and therefore let it drop. I will ask you an easier one, “Are you a sinner?” Can you say “YES”? All say, “YES”; but then they do not know what the word “sinner” means.

A sinner is a creature who has broken all his Maker’s commands, despised His Name, and run into rebellion against the Most High. A sinner deserves hell, yea, the hottest place in hell; and if he be saved, it must be entirely by unmerited mercy. Now, if you are such a sinner, I am glad to be able to tell you the only way of salvation, “Believe on the Lord Jesus.”

I think you have not yet really understood what believing means. You are, I trust, really awakened, but you do not see the door yet. I advise you seriously to be much alone, I mean as much as you can; let your groans go up if you cannot pray, attend as many services as possible; and if you go with an earnest desire for a blessing, it will come very soon. But why not believe now? You have only ‘to believe that Jesus is able and willing to save, and then trust yourself to Him.

Harbor not that dark suggestion to forsake the house of God; remember you turn your back on Heaven, and your face to hell, the moment you do that. I pray God that He will keep you. If the Lord had meant to destroy you, He would not have showed you such things as these. If you are but as smoking flax, there is hope. Touch the hem of His garment; look to the brazen serpent.

My dear fellow-sinner, slight not this season of awakening. Up, and be in earnest. It is your soul, your OWN soul, your eternal welfare, your Heaven or your hell, that is at stake.

There is the cross, and a bleeding God-man upon it; look to Him, and be saved! There is the Holy Spirit able to give you every grace. Look, in prayer, to the Sacred Three-one-God, and then you will be delivered.

I am,

Your anxious friend,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 129

TO REV. A. A. REES

CLAPHAM, July 20.

DEAR FRIEND,-Issue free tickets, making sure that you print no more than the place will honestly hold. Give these away discreetly by yourself and judicious friends, and not by public announcement.

Scarcely a bill need be printed. I will, D.V., preach afternoon and evening.

As to how I come please leave till later. I may perhaps bring my boys for a little trip.

Yours truly,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 128

TO REV. A. A. REES

WESTWOOD, Jan 3, 1882.

DEAR FRIEND, —

I am very grateful for your friends’ gift of £5 for orphans. By one and another the charges are borne by the Great Father; glory be to His name.

I have been much pleased by an interview with Mr. Wigstone. May the Lord bless Spain by his means.

May the old midshipman have a prosperous voyage this year.

Yours heartily,

C. H. SPURGEON.