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We Shall See God: Charles Spurgeon's Classic Devotional Thoughts on Heaven

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Prepare to experience paradise... No author in history has more material in print than Charles Spurgeon. Today, more than a century after his death, countless people continue to have a passion for this London preacher, and more and more discover him every day. Some of Spurgeon’s most powerful sermons were those he preached on Heaven. Up until now, however, very


Prepare to experience paradise... No author in history has more material in print than Charles Spurgeon. Today, more than a century after his death, countless people continue to have a passion for this London preacher, and more and more discover him every day. Some of Spurgeon’s most powerful sermons were those he preached on Heaven. Up until now, however, very few of these sermons have been available to a modern audience. In what is sure to become an instant classic, best-selling author Randy Alcorn has compiled fifty of the most profound spiritual insights on eternity from these sermons and arranged them into an easily accessible, highly inspirational format complete with his own comments and devotional thoughts. Whether you are familiar with the works of Charles Spurgeon or not, you are in for a treat as Alcorn invites you to sit at the feet of the “prince of preachers” and discover timeless pearls of wisdom about Heaven from one of the greatest theologians of all time.

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"With a blast of the trumpet, listeners know that once again they’re about to peer behind the curtain that is the heavenly realm. This 50-day devotional guide is expertly narrated: Randy Alcorn introduces each day’s meditation; Simon Vance delivers choice excerpts from the sermons of the “Prince of Preachers,” Charles Haddon Spurgeon; and Alcorn returns to offer his concluding thoughts. This dual, masterful reading, along with the content, sets this devotional work apart from the rest. Alcorn’s excitement at the mere thought of the glory of heaven is perfectly matched by Vance’s British sermonic tone. This audio experience is, well, heavenly. I cannot recommend an audiobook any more highly." 
T.D. © AudioFile Portland, Maine

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Charles Spurgeon's classic devotional thoughts on Heaven

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Chapter One


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Excerpted from "Why They Leave Us" Sermon #1892

Suggested by the death of Charles Stanford, D.D., minister of Denmark Place Chapel, Camberwell Delivered on Lord's Day morning, March 21, 1886, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington

Charles Spurgeon delivered this sermon just three days after the death of his friend and fellow pastor Charles Stanford. In it, he encourages his congregation to view death as a home-going, as the gateway to full union with Christ.

Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24

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SPURGEON * Breathe the home air. Jesus tells us that the air of his home is love: "You loved me before the foundation of the world."

Brothers and sisters, can you follow me in a great flight? Can you stretch broader wings than the condor ever knew and fly back into the unbeginning eternity? There was a day before all days when there was no day but the Ancient of Days. There was a time before all time when God only was, the uncreated, the only existent One. The Divine Three—Father, Son, and Spirit—lived in blessed camaraderie with each other, delighting in each other.

Oh, the intensity of the divine love of the Father to the Son! There was no world, no sun, no moon, no stars, no universe, but God alone. And the whole of God's omnipotence flowed forth in a stream of love to the Son, while the Son's whole being remained eternally one with the Father by a mysterious essential union.

How did all this which we now see and hear happen? Why this creation? this fall of Adam? this redemption? this church? this Heaven? How did it all come about? It didn't need to have been. But the Father's love made him resolve to show forth the glory of his Son. The mysterious story which has been gradually unfolded before us has only this one design—the Father would make known his love to the Son and make the Son's glories to appear before the eyes of those whom the Father gave him.

This Fall and this redemption, and the story as a whole, so far as the divine purpose is concerned, are the fruit of the Father's love to the Son and his delight in glorifying the Son.

That [the Son] might be glorified forever, [the Father] permitted that he should take on a human body and should suffer, bleed, and die. Why? So that there might come out of him, as a harvest comes from a dying and buried grain of wheat, all the countless hosts of elect souls, ordained forever to a joy exceeding bounds. These are the bride of the Lamb, the body of Christ, the fullness of him who fills all in all. Their destiny is so high that no language can fully describe it. God only knows the love of God and all that it has prepared for those who are the objects of it.

Beloved, I am lost in the subject now. I breathe that heavenly air. Love surrounds all and conquers grief. I will not cause the temperature to fall by uttering any other words but this—hold your friends lovingly but be ready to yield them to Jesus. Don't hold them back from the One to whom they belong.

When they are sick, fast and pray. But when they are departed, do much as David did, who washed his face and ate and drank. You will go to them; they cannot return to you. Comfort yourselves with the double thought of their joy in Christ and Christ's joy in them. Add the triple thought of the Father's joy in Christ and in them.

Let us watch the Master's call. Let us not dread the question—who next, and who next? Let none of us start back as though we hoped to linger longer than others. Let us even desire to see our names in the celestial roll call. Let us be willing to be dealt with just as our Lord pleases.

Let no doubt intervene; let no gloom encompass us. Dying is but going home. Indeed, there is no dying for the saints. Charles Stanford is gone! Thus was his death told to me: "He drew up his feet and smiled." Likewise you and I will depart. He had borne his testimony in the light, even when blind. He had cheered us all, though he was the greatest sufferer of us all. And now the film has gone from the eyes, the anguish is gone from the heart, and he is with Jesus. He smiled. What a sight was that which caused that smile!

I have seen many faces of dear departed ones lit up with splendor. Of many I could feel sure that they had seen a vision of angels. Traces of a reflected glory hung about their countenances.

Oh, brothers and sisters, we shall soon know more of Heaven than all the Christian scholars can tell us! Let us go home now to our own dwellings, but let us pledge ourselves that we will meet again. We will meet with Jesus, where he is, where we shall behold his glory.

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ALCORN * Charles Spurgeon, always God centered rather than man centered, starts this message on Heaven with an emphasis on the triune God, whose eternal fellowship among Father, Son, and Spirit is the basis for all our relational capacities and longings and joy.

Spurgeon, speaking this message at age fifty-one, passionately anticipated Heaven. He speaks with a warm fondness for his colleague Charles Stanford, who lived and preached in south London, not far from Spurgeon. Stanford had been blinded by glaucoma five years before his death, but he continued to write with the aid of a typewriter until his life ended, just before Spurgeon's message.

Notice Spurgeon's confidence that Heaven is the place of great union with Christ and reunion with redeemed loved ones. As a caring pastor, Spurgeon desires his people to understand that embracing the gospel should change their view of death. He says, "Let no doubt intervene; let no gloom encompass us. Dying is but going home." Only six years later, at age fifty-seven, Spurgeon himself would go home to Jesus, joining his friend Charles Stanford.

Jesus came to deliver us from the fear of death, "so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death" (Hebrews 2:14-15, NIV). In light of the coming resurrection of the dead, the apostle Paul asks, "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" (1 Corinthians 15:55, NIV).

We should not romanticize death. But those who know Jesus should realize that death is the gateway to never-ending joy.

Grasping what the Bible teaches about Heaven shifts our center of gravity and radically alters our perspective on life. This is why we should always seek to keep Heaven in our line of sight.

In 1952, Florence Chadwick stepped off Catalina Island, California, into the waters of the Pacific Ocean, determined to swim to the mainland. An experienced swimmer, she had already made history as the first woman to swim the English Channel both ways.

The weather that day was foggy and chilly; Florence could hardly see the boats accompanying her. Still, she swam steadily for fifteen hours. When she begged to be taken out of the water, her mother, in a boat alongside her, told her that she was close and that she could make it. But Florence, physically and emotionally exhausted, stopped swimming and was pulled into the boat. It wasn't until she was on board that she discovered the shore was less than half a mile away. At a news conference the next day, she said, "All I could see was the fog.... I think if I could have seen the shore, I would have made it."

When you face discouragement, difficulty, or fatigue, or when you feel surrounded by the fog of uncertain circumstances, are you thinking, If only I could see the shore, I could make it?

Set your sights on Jesus Christ, the Rock of salvation. He is the One who has promised to prepare a place for those who put their hope in him, a place where they will live with him forever. If we can learn to fix our eyes on Jesus, to see through the fog and picture our eternal home in our mind's eye, it will comfort and energize us, giving us a clear look at the finish line.

When the apostle Paul faced hardship, beatings, and imprisonment, he said, "One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14, NIV). What gave Paul the strength and perspective to "press on toward the goal"? A clear view of Heaven.

Ask your Savior for his grace and empowerment, and keep your eyes on the shore. By his sustaining grace, you'll make it.


Excerpted from WE SHALL SEE GOD by RANDY ALCORN Copyright © 2011 by Eternal Perspective Ministries. Excerpted by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Meet the Author

Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM). Prior to 1990, when he started EPM, he served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has spoken around the world and has taught on the adjunct faculties of Multnomah University and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. 

Randy is the best-selling author of over 30 books (3.5 million in print), including the novels Deadline, Dominion, and Deception as well as Lord Foulgrin's Letters, the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home, Wait Until Then (children's picture book about Heaven) and Tell Me About Heaven (picture book illustrated by Ron DiCianni). 

His nonfiction works include Money, Possessions and Eternity, ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments, In Light of Eternity, The Treasure Principle, The Grace & Truth Paradox, The Purity Principle, The Law of Rewards, Why ProLife, Heaven, Heaven for Kids (8-12 year olds), 50 Days of Heaven (meditations on Heaven), and TouchPoints:Heaven

Randy has written for many magazines and produces the popular periodical Eternal Perspectives. He's been a guest on over 500 radio and television programs including Focus on the Family, The Bible Answer Man, Family Life Today, Revive Our Hearts, Truths that Transform and Faith Under Fire. The father of two married daughters, Karina and Angela, Randy lives in Gresham, Oregon, with his wife and best friend, Nanci. They are the proud grandparents of four grandsons, Jacob, Matthew, Tyler and Jack.

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Craig_T_Owens More than 1 year ago
It wasn't for nothing that Charles Spurgeon was called "the prince of preachers." In "We Shall See God" by Randy Alcorn, you can get a taste of Spurgeon's eloquence, and of Heaven's majesty. We Shall See God is a collection of Spurgeon's sermons about Heaven. Randy Alcorn has done a masterful job of culling through the prince's sermons to pull out excerpts that talk about the beauty of Heaven and the horrors of Hell. Randy's comments following each passage from Spurgeon are wonderfully presented. He doesn't "talk over" Spurgeon, nor does he simply rehash what Spurgeon already said. He eloquently amplifies or briefly explains. This book is designed to be used as a 50-day devotional reading. But I'll be honest with you: I couldn't put it down! I was so enthralled by Spurgeon's description of Heaven, that I couldn't wait to read more. And now I can't wait to tell others more about Heaven. Lately there have been so many authors and blogger hypothesizing about Heaven and Hell and the after-life. But Spurgeon doesn't give us his opinion, he gives us biblical insight. And wouldn't you much rather hear what the Creator of Heaven has to say about it, than what any mere mortal has to say? I highly recommend this book to you. You will not only look forward to Heaven even more, but you will enjoy your brief journey on this Earth even more too.
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Daniel23 More than 1 year ago
Randy Alcorn in We Shall See God collects fifty experts from Charles Spurgeon's sermons on the topic of heaven. Alcorn has selected from Spurgeon's vast treasury of sermons excerpts that show Spurgeon's thoughts on heaven and the importance of Jesus in a theology of the afterlife. After every two to five page Spurgeon excerpt, Alcorn provides commentary on Spurgeon's thoughts and helps provide linkages to the modern day. Alcorn for his modern reader additionally edited each section to meet modern conventional grammar, often resulting in rearranging large paragraphs into smaller chunks. Alcorn along with the excerpts provides biographical information on Spurgeon for readers unfamiliar with his life and ministry. For the purposes of this review, I want to focus primarily on Spurgeon's thoughts. Though Alcorn's commentary is helpful and helps readers get to the point of sermons written in the language of the 19th century. Spurgeon overall paints a picture of heaven that is exciting, better than one can expect and adventurist. Spurgeon chaffs at those who view heaven as a boring uninteresting existence that humans would not want to spend an eternity in. Instead heaven is a place of rest and sabbath where believers will finally know Jesus in a personal manner. The saved will live in heaven as kings, redeemed by the work of Christ. In heaven there will be no place for sin, but there will be room for laughter and joy. Spurgeon believed that believers would retain their personal identities and friendships, deeper than we could have in the old earth, in the restored creation. This is a devotional book and the cheery and exciting picture that Spurgeon paints of heaven is highly encouraging. On a side note there have been a lot of discussion about heaven and what does it mean to be an Universalist. Spurgeon makes clear that he believes that he believes that there will be more in heaven than those that are lost to hell, an existence without God. Alcorn states his belief that Spurgeon is not an Universalist in anyway, as Jesus is the key to salvation. But it does lead to questions about what does it mean to be an Universalist and the importance to provide each other grace in this debate. In my opinion, we are currently experiencing an vigorous theological debate amongst believers about heaven. In short, it's nice to see where we have been already to help us determine where we are going. Review Copy Provided by Tyndale House Publishers
mandaandtom More than 1 year ago
Randy Alcorn has compiled 50 days of readings of Charles Spurgeon's sermons on Heaven. The book begins with an introduction on the life of Charles Spurgeon giving you a glimpse into the life of a man who had crowds of thousands listening to his sermons. Each daily reading has an excerpt from one of Spurgeon's sermons on heaven and then some thoughts by Randy Alcorn. Some edits have been made to the sermons only to help clarify the english language that has changed in the past 150 years. Randy Alcorn explains all the changes that have been made in his introduction to this book. We Shall See God has been an interesting read. I was excited to read this book since I had never read any of Spurgeon's writings before. Randy Alcorn has done a great job compiling and editing the readings for this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed having my focus directed heavenward. I don't think that we mediate enough on all that God has prepared for us in His dwelling place called Heaven. It is too easy to focus on this world and the temporal instead of the eternal. "In Heaven we'll at last be freed of self-righteousness and self-deceit. We'll no longer question God's goodness; we'll see it, savor it, enjoy it, and declare it to our companions. Surely we will wonder how we ever could have doubted his goodness. One look at the scarred hands of our Savior will suffice, for then our faith will be sight--we shall see God." (pg. 23) If you want to focus on the eternal rather then the temporal life, I would definitely recommend this book. **Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
BookinHandJB More than 1 year ago
In We Shall See God Randy Alcorn scoured the sermons of Charles Spurgeon's and compiled his thoughts on Heaven in a devotional format. (Heaven, which according to Randy Alcorn should be capitalized because it is a real place and a proper noun. :-) From the publisher: No author in history has more material in print than Charles Spurgeon. During his lifetime, Spurgeon and his writings affected the world far and wide. Today, nearly 120 years after his death, countless people continue to have a passion for this London preacher, and more and more discover him every day. Some of Spurgeon's most powerful sermons were those that he preached on the topic of Heaven. Up until now, however, very few of these sermons have been accessible to a mass audience. In what is sure to become an instant classic, best-selling author Randy Alcorn has compiled the most profound spiritual insights on the topic of eternity from these sermons and arranged them into an easily-accessible, highly inspirational devotional format complete with his own comments and devotional thoughts. Whether you are familiar with the works of Charles Spurgeon or not, you are in for a treat, as Alcorn invites you to sit at the feet of the Prince of Preachers and discover timeless pearls of wisdom from one of the greatest theological minds of all time. Format: The book is divided into fifty day. Each day begins with details on the sermon from which the day's reading comes, the circumstances surrounding the sermon or the life of Spurgeon at the time and a corresponding verse. Following that is the sermon excerpt and then comments from Randy Alcorn. Each day varies in length but averages 4 pages. My thoughts: At first, I was hesitant to "like" the fact that Alcorn was making comments on Spurgeon. In fact, I had a prejudice against these comments. After all, in his introduction he said "I resisted this [the publisher's desire for him to add additional content], primarily because I thought it presumptuous to coauthor a book with a man who not only towers over me but could not be reached for permission!" However, as I started reading the devotional I realized the great value in his comments. There were times where Spurgeon's sermon excerpt swirled in my head never landing in that place of understanding. For this reason, I was grateful for the thoughtful and clarifying commentary that Alcorn added. I like this book. I highly recommend it. I received this book free from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.
Mama-of-a-Dozen More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful devotional book that you may want to get a couple extra copies of. It is a collection of fifty sermons by Charles Spurgeon, all on eternity and heaven, compiled by best selling author, Randy Alcorn. I really like the layout of We Shall See God. Each devotional tells the title of Charles Spurgeon's sermon it came from, along with the date he preached it and what number sermon it was. Some of the devotionals include where he preached it. It includes several pages of his sermon, then followed thoughts from Randy Alcorn. At the end of We Shall See God Randy Alcorn writes about Spurgeon's life and I was quite touched by this man. Spurgeon was sick most of his life, dying at the age of 57. Alcorn quotes Spurgeon: "I am afraid that all the grace I have got of my comfortable and easy times and happy hours might almost lie on a penny. But the good I have received from my sorrows and pains and griefs is altogether incalculable . . . Affliction is the best bit of furniture in my house. It is the best book in a minister's library." This would also make a great gift, especially for those who have recently lost a loved one.
McDawg81 More than 1 year ago
We Shall See God - Charles Spurgeon's classic devotional thoughts on Heaven is a must have for the Spurgeon fan! One of history's most revered preachers, Spurgeon has more material in print today that any other author in history. Many of his sermons have been published in various forms for us to enjoy today. Heaven was one of his favorite topics for preaching and many of those sermons weren't available until this book. Retrieving 50 sermons from the archives of history, Randy Alcorn has provided a great service in collecting and publishing some of Spurgeon's most passionate sermons. Reading this classic collection, I was reminded of Spurgeon's life mission, as he clearly stated:" I have no purpose to serve except to make the Scripture as plain to you as possible." His passion and his gift for clarity are prominently displayed in these sermons. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to young (teens) and old alike. All who choose to read will be impacted by the words of perhaps the world's second greatest preacher (behind Paul). Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through their bloggers review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago