my favorite book, besides the Bible =)
I just finished an amazing book called Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross. It’s become my favorite book besides the Bible! Edited by Nancy Guthrie, it’s a collection of sermon excerpts from a number of amazing preachers, including J.C. Ryle, Jonathan Edwards, Alistair Begg, J.I. Packer, and tons of others. They’re basically meditations on the suffering and d.e.a.t.h of Jesus Christ, and what His sacrifice means for us today.
You can google it to figure out the best way to get a copy. Here’s a few quotes from the book to get you curious and inspired to go buy it. 😀
Listen to this verse for the very first time: ‘For God so loved the world’…that He’s silent at this moment when His Son appeals for an alternative [to the cross]. – C.J. Mahaney
I want to bring the truth home, brethren, and to show you how we may have done to Christ what these wicked men did. ‘Oh!’ says one, “I was not there; I did not spit in His face.” Listen, perhaps you even have spat in His face. – Charles Spurgeon
[The devil] did not realize, and this is the devil’s great blunder, that by bringing the Son of God to the cross he was defeating himself and bringing about his own ultimate gloom…the devil thought he was defeating Christ, but Christ was reconciling us to God, defeating the devil and delivering us out of his clutches. – Martin Lloyd-Jones
Stop believing your own thoughts. Stop brooding over your own guilt. You will never relax and enjoy peace with God. When your sins oppose you, believe something else. Believe the gospel that God Himself has made so clear. And every time your heart shrinks from God in dread, believe it all over again. The Bible says, ‘For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1). – Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.
That’s just a small taste of the amazing things you will read if you pick up this book. I do recommend. =)