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Spurgeon, Charles - Sword and Trowel Vol 6

Spurgeon, Charles - Sword and Trowel Vol 6

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T
HE
S
WORD AND THE
T
ROWEL
,V
OLUME
6
by Charles H. Spurgeon
 
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THE SWORD AND THE TROWEL
A RECORD
OF
COMBAT WITH SIN AND OF LABOR FOR THELORD.
EDITED BY C. H. SPURGEON. 1880.
1880
“They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, withthose that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in thework, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders,every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And hethat sounded the trumpet was by me.” — Nehemiah 4:17-18.
 
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PREFACE.
O
UR
preface is written after the volume is finished, and therefore it must berather a summary than a program. We cannot come forward like theChancellor of the Exchequer with his budget for the forthcoming year, butwe put, in an appearance as a steward who renders in his account for theyear which is just past. Our one feeling in doing so is gratitude, —gratitude both to God and men.First of all, we bless and adore the great Father of all good that he hascontinued to employ so feeble an instrument for the accomplishment of hisgracious purposes, and has removed difficulties out of our way, andcontinually supplied the necessities of the work. Truly we serve a faithfulGod, who never tries his servants above what they are able to bear, andwho makes it his delight to deliver them out of all emergencies in a mannerleast expected by them. To his sacred name be all the honor of work doneand success achieved.But the law of gratitude has two tables, and it is not enough to render thatwhich is due to God; we must do justice to man also. Happy are we tocomply with this requirement, for if ever a man owed much to his fellowChristians it is the editor of this magazine.Breaking away from all modes of speech which are usual in suchcircumstances, I must upon this point speak in the first person singular.Beloved readers, I am under deep obligations to many of you. Some of youare my
hearers,
and I thank you for bearing with my “often infirmities,”and remaining content with a crippled minister, who has been away fromhis pulpit more than three mouths out of the twelve. Dear helpers at theTabernacle, you are kindness itself; the Lord reward you. Many more
Sword and Trowel
subscribers are
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of the weekly sermon. I amgrateful to all who help me to preach to an immense congregation of persons whose faces I have never seen. I am glad to have my discourseswidely circulated: if a truth is worth preaching it is worth hearing, and if worthy to be heard by six thousand why not by six hundred thousand?My gratitude breaks forth at the remembrance of a cloud of prayers whichhave ascended on my behalf from all parts of the earth. Of this fact I haveabundant personal assurances, and the comfort which these have yielded

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