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The Attraction of the CrossAuthor: Dr. Gardiner Spring (1785–1873)
ContentsThe Narrative of the CrossThe Truth of the CrossThe Cross an Effective Propitiation for SinThe Cross the Only PropitiationThe Actual Purpose of the CrossThe Cross Accessible to AllThe Cross a Completed JustificationFaith in the CrossThe Inquiring Sinner Directed to the CrossA Stumbling Block RemovedThe Greatness of Sin No Obstacle to Salvation by the CrossThe Holiness of the CrossThe Religion of the Cross in Distinction from Religions that are False and SpuriousThe Cross the Test of CharacterThe Cross the Preservation from Final ApostasyFull Assurance of Hope at the CrossThe World Crucified by the CrossAll Things Tributary to the CrossThe Cross the Admiration of the UniverseThe Triumphs of the CrossThe Sinner’s Excuses Refuted by the CrossThe Cross Rejected, the Great Sin
 My Prayer for TodayHeavenly Father, as You led me to this book: The Attraction of the Cross, Author: Dr. Gardiner Spring (1785–1873).

Morning and Evening : Daily Readings

Morning, March 4      Go To Evening Reading

“My grace is sufficient for thee.” 
         — 2 Corinthians 12:9

If none of God’s saints were poor and tried, we should not know half so well the consolations of divine grace. When we find the wanderer who has not where to lay his head, who yet can say, “Still will I trust in the Lord;” when we see the pauper starving on bread and water, who still glories in Jesus; when we see the bereaved widow overwhelmed in affliction, and yet having faith in Christ, oh! what honor it reflects on the gospel. God’s grace is illustrated and magnified in the poverty and trials of believers. Saints bear up under every discouragement, believing that all things work together for their good, and that out of apparent evils a real blessing shall ultimately spring—that their God will either work a deliverance for them speedily, or most assuredly support them in the trouble, as long as he is pleased to keep them in it. This patience of the saints proves the power of …

A Prayer for Guidance

March 4: A Prayer for Guidance
Psalm 5:1–12; John 12:1–19

When we feel downtrodden, it’s easy to lash out at those around us. Too often, caught in the injustice of it all, we might begin to feel an unhealthy amount of self-justification. It’s difficult to see where the lines of right and wrong fall when anger and hurt overwhelm us.
The psalmist presents an alternative to this: turning to the God of justice for guidance, protection, and insight. Psalm 5 records a heartfelt cry. This cry is directed at the God who acts justly in a world where evil seems to win (something not always easy to comprehend). Before making a judgment, the psalmist says, “I will set forth my case to you and I will watch” (Psa. 5:3). Rather than push forward with his own agenda, he calls out for God’s justice because Yahweh is “not a God who desires wickedness” (Psa. 5:4).
The psalmist acknowledges God’s sovereignty and love, which is the basis for his confidence: “through the abundance of your steadfast love I w…