Friday, May 13, 2005

Farm Sermons

The following are some quotes from the preface of CH Spurgeon's book, Farm Sermons. My friend John gave me a copy of this book shortly after we met. It has been a joy to own, every farmer needs a book full of good Farm Sermons.

Farmers should make brave Christians when grace renews them, for God is everywhere about them, and in his presence gracious souls are sure to thrive. Of old the Lord met men by the bush, the brook, and the well, and spake with them in the field, the threshing floor, and the sheep-fold; and he still seems closer in the country than in the grimy town.

More over the farmer is in a very special sense made to see his dependence upon God from season to season. He is never done; his labor never ending, still begining; and his hopes are never all fulfilled....This manifest, absolute, and daily dependence should help the good farmer to learn the lesson of faith right thoroughly. He must look up, for where else can he look? He must leave his business in the Lord's hands, for who else can be his helper? Faith which is daily tried, and tried all the day long, has a fair opportunity of becoming unusually strong, and hence our agricultural Christians ought to be the strongest believers in the land.


At 5/13/2005 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great excerpt Scott. That's the first I've heard of that book.

I was reading an essay today by Wendell Berry and found a portion that I thought was really fine. It is from his essay titled, "Christianity and The Survival of Creation." I don't know what Berry's exact religious beliefs are, though I do know he considers himself a Christian. In any event, I like the following quote because I believe it glorifies God. Here it is:

"...outdoors we are confronted everywhere with wonders; we see that the miraculous is not extraordinary, but the common mode of existence. It is our daily bread. Whoever really has considered the lilies of the field or the birds of the air, and pondered the improbability of their existence in this warm world within the cold and empty stellar distances, will hardly balk at the fuming of water into wine--- which was, after all, a very small miracle. We forget the greater and still continuing miracle by which water (with soil and sunlight) is fumed into grapes."

Herrick Kimball

At 5/14/2005 7:31 AM, Blogger Chad said...

Those are good sermons. You can find them in the Spurgeon Archive too.

At 5/14/2005 10:26 AM, Blogger reformed farmer said...

Thanks Chad. I had never even thought to look for them online. There, now everyone can read them!


At 5/14/2005 7:59 PM, Blogger buie said...

Wow, those are great excerpts. I'll have to check that out. Thanks.


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