The PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the writings and preaching of Charles Spurgeon. For the last 8 years, the weekly Dose has been lifted from the Spurgeon Archive, thanks to its curator, Phil Johnson. This week marks a transition from that long and much-loved tradition.
Kerry James Allen is joining us as a staff contributor to the PyroManiacs. Kerry is the curator of Spurgeon.us, and is an authority on the writings of Charles Spurgeon. Along with the many well-known published sermons and writings of the Prince of Preachers, Kerry has access to previously-unpublished Spurgeon texts which, from time to time, will also appear here. We are extremely grateful that Kerry is joining us to maintain the weekly Dose of Spurgeon.
The following excerpt is from a sermon on Psalm 101:1, preached in Cardiff, on 13 November 1856.
You are commanded to be joyous.
'Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, rejoice.' 'Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.' Having a melancholy countenance will not recommend your religion. You will not be able to draw young converts to Christ if you frown at them. He who is cheerful and happy in his religion, is the man whom God will use to bring young converts to Himself. Christians can afford to be cheerful and rejoice, seeing their sins are all pardoned. Seek to recommend religion by a happy mode of living, by being always cheerful.