by Steve Wagers

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I Will Glory In The Cross!
Steve Wagers
Colossians 2:13-15

1. C. H. Spurgeon once said:
"People have often asked me, 'What is the secret of your success?' I always reply that I have no other secret but this, that I have preached the cross-not about the cross-but the cross. Whatever subject, topic or sermon that I am preaching I always head cross-country to the Cross. It is the full, free, glorious gospel of the Living Christ, who is the Incarnation of the Good News. Preach Christ, crucified, risen and coming again, brethren, always and everywhere."

2. Dr. Baldwin, who was pastor of a church for 41 years said,
"I testify that at thirty, after examining as best I could the philosophies and religions of the world, I said, 'Nothing is better than the Gospel of Christ.' At forty, when burdens began to press heavily and years seemed to hasten, I said, 'Nothing is as good as the Gospel.' At fifty, when there were empty chairs in the home and the mound builders had done me service, I said, 'There is nothing to be compared with the Gospel.' At sixty, when my second sight saw through the delusions and vanities of earthly things, I said, 'There is nothing but the Gospel.' At seventy, amid many limitations and deprivations, I sing:

"Should all the forms that men devise
Attack my faith with treacherous art,
I'd call them vanities and lies,
And bind the Gospel to my heart."

3. We live in a day where many have pursued joy in every avenue imaginable. Some have successfully found it while others have not. Perhaps it would be easier to describe where joy cannot be found; for example, it cannot be found in unbelief. Voltaire was an infidel of the most pronounced type. He wrote, not long before he died: "I wish I had never been born."

4. It cannot be found in Pleasure. Lord Byron lived a life of pleasure if ever anyone did. Yet, he wrote: "The worm, the canker, and grief are mine alone." It cannot be found in money. Jay Gould ...

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