Born this day in 1834 in Essex, England, Charles Haddon Spurgeon was known as the “Prince of Preachers” and may have preached as many as 10 sermons a week! A prolific writer as well, many of Spurgeon’s works remain in print to this day. In honor of his birthday today, here are some inspiring quotes from  this highly influential Christian preacher and writer:

“It is a difficult thing to describe the hour of conversion. It would be easier for my lips to crowd entire poems into one word. It would be easier for my voice to distill hours of melody into a single syllable. It would be easier for my tongue to utter in one letter the essence of the harmony of ages. For the hour of conversion is an hour that surpasses other days of my life as much as gold surpasses dross.” – From My Conversion

       “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”

“We would fain fall down on our faces and worship the Son of God today. It is such a wonder that He should have loved us; and He has done such wonderful things for us and in us that we may still call Him God’s unspeakable gift. He is unspeakably precious to our souls. Thou knowest all things, Lord; Thou knowest that we love Thee. May that love bubble up today like a boiling cauldron, may our hearts overflow; and if we cannot speak what we feel, may that holy silence be eloquent with the praise of God.” – From Prayers

“If Christ is not all to you He is nothing to you. He will never go into partnership as a part Saviour of men. If He be something He must be everything, and if He be not everything He is nothing to you.”

“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labor in his service.”

“Many a gentleman will live beyond his income, spending more than he has coming in; but there is not a Christian that does that–I mean that lives up to his spiritual income. Oh, no! you have an infinite income–an income of promises–an income of grace; and no Christian ever lived up to his income. Some people say, ‘If I had more money, I should have a larger house, and horses, and a carriage, and so on.’ Very well and good; but I wish Christians would do the same. I wish they would set up a larger house, and do greater things for God; look more happy, and take those tears away from their eyes.” – From Words of Cheer for Daily Life


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