Apologetics: ə-pŏl'ə-jĕt'ĭks from the Greek απоλоγία Def: The branch of theology that is concerned with defending or proving the truth of Christian doctrines.

April . . .

Written By Esthermay Bentley-Goossen on 01 April 2009

"It is time to seek the Lord."
~ Hosea 10:12

This month of April is said to derive its name from the Latin verb aperio, which signifies to open, because all the buds and blossoms are now opening, and we have arrived at the gates of the flowery year.

Reader, if you are yet unsaved, may your heart, in accord with the universal awakening of nature, be opened to receive the Lord. Every blossoming flower warns you that it is time to seek the Lord; be not out of tune with nature, but let your heart bud and bloom with holy desires.

Do you tell me that the warm blood of youth leaps in your veins? then, I entreat you, give your vigour to the Lord. It was my unspeakable happiness to be called in early youth, and I could fain praise the Lord every day for it.

Salvation is priceless, let it come when it may, but oh! an early salvation has a double value in it. Young men and maidens, since you may perish ere you reach your prime, "It is time to seek the Lord."

Ye who feel the first signs of decay, quicken your pace: that hollow cough, that hectic flush, are warnings which you must not trifle with; with you it is indeed time to seek the Lord. Did I observe a little grey mingled with your once luxurious tresses? Years are stealing on apace, and death is drawing nearer by hasty marches, let each return of spring arouse you to set your house in order.

Dear reader, if you are now advanced in life, let me entreat and implore you to delay no longer. There is a day of grace for you now -- be thankful for that, but it is a limited season and grows shorter every time that clock ticks. Here in this silent chamber, on this first [day] of another month, I speak to you as best I can by paper and ink, and from my inmost soul, as God's servant, I lay before you this warning, "It is time to seek the Lord." Slight not that work, it may be your last call from destruction, the final syllable from the lip of grace.

~Charles H. Spurgeon
From the Devotional Classic "Morning and Evening"


Sean said...
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sharon said...

That's beautiful!

Barbara said...

Esthermay, what Devotional book is this from?

Esthermay said...

Barbara: Thanks for asking. I’ve added a link to the post:
Morning and Evening

Susan said...

Just incredible!!!

Thanks Esthermay.

We don't have much time these days, and there is a lot of work to do!!


Joanne Sher said...

Just beautiful, and what a perfect picture. So much to ponder.

kalopoieo said...

"We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: 'In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.' Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:1,2).

You can't go wrong with Spurgeon!

Alleluiabelle said...

Oh what a fulfilling post. Yes now is the day of salvation. My mind, my heart, my soul has been pressing in to Him more and more and more especially during this Passover time leading up to Easter.

Thank you for such a wonderful post today. I'm uplifted when I come here.


Denise said...

Such a beyond awesome post.


Wow! There is just nothing like the classics. Spurgeon sheds so much truth with grace!

Loved this post... So PURE and refreshing and always keeping the 'lost' as its focus!

That's the whole reason God left us here on earth! To share with the lost!

Looking UPward and Choosing JOY,
[In Flight]

LisaShaw said...

I have the Morning/Evening Devotional. Love it!

Great message!! I pray that the Lord would guide all those hear who need to hear/receive. Praise the Lord.

Cathy said...

I love Spurgeon, thank you ~

Betsy Markman said...

Hee hee, when I first started reading this I thought, "Esthermay is writing exactly like Spurgeon would write!" When I ran across the first smattering of KJV English I began to suspect that I really WAS listening to Spurgeon.

Can you imagine preachers today...how many of them would have the nerve to preach on their parishioners' impeding deaths? Oh, we need more Spurgeons! Thanks for sharing this.

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