February 01

 

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5

 

We who profess and hold the precious faith of Christ in truth, do we also make him our all in all?  By our tongue he may be heard, but in our lives and deeds, is he to be found?  As Saviour many will own him, but as Lord few do know him.  Almost anything shall come before him.  Too many desire a hound, or flower in the garden, a new suit or fashionable clothes, and such other trifles as their all in all.  Great is the power that mammon has in the world.  In the hours of sickness let Nabal call and cry unto it, and see if it can deliver him in distress of conscience.  Let Judas see what comfort his money will afford him in the day f death and judgment.  Does not experience teach us to cry out a‘ll is vanity’?  Let Christ be in all our desires and wishes, and all the haberddash-stuff the whole world has is not worthy to be valued with this jewel.  Few have even some faint and languid wish: ‘O that Christ were mine!’; but he will not be found by such that seek him but lazily and coldly, and yet desire all the world besides.  He that desires anything above him, equally with him, or without him, shall never obtain him.  He will be won only when you seek him with all your soul and strength or he will not be won at all.  Embrace him with both your arms of love.  All of your rivers of desire together should not form a current as strong as your love for him.  He suffered all for you; he should be your all in all without any rival for affection.  O what a difficult virtue is this when it comes to actually practicing it, to neglect all the glistering lures and temptations of the flesh and let him be in all our joys!  The whole of our duty as men is to give ourselves wholly to Christ – soul, spirit, and body, and all that is within us – dedicating and devoting ourselves to his service all the days of our lives.

 

Through the Year with William Still

 

Sinclair Ferguson has publicly stated that no one has had a greater spiritual impact on his life than William Still! William Still was the minister of Gilcomston South Church, Aberdeen, from 1945 to 1997. While his name may not feature in the official annals of the Church of Scotland, it is doubtful whether any other individual in his Church during the latter half of the twentieth century had such a profound or widespread influence. For over fifty years Mr. Still pioneered a single-minded commitment to expository preaching and congregational prayer which made Gilcomston a beacon of Reformed and evangelical Christianity in Scotland.

A man whose very life breathed the grace and love of God, no one who ever met him, received his counsel, or sat under his ministry, could have escaped the sheer Christlikeness of Mr. Still’s life. In the early days of his ministry he wrote: “There is no part of me, or of my life, that I will withhold from the work that God has called me to.”

It was one of the marks of his evident commitment to the service of Christ that he devoted himself to the pastoral care of his people, providing them with daily Bible reading notes that would feed their souls and prepare them for works of service. The “Notes”, which appeared in the monthly “Congregational Record,” soon became highly sought after across Scotland, the United Kingdom, and even to the far-flung corners of the world, increasing in many a love for and commitment to the Word of God.

Drawn from every book in the Bible, this selection, edited and arranged by David C. Searle, will take the reader through the year with William Still. These pages will explain what it means to live under the authority of Scripture, to exalt the glorious Person of Christ, and to rejoice in the wonder of the gospel.

 

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