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Acceptability of Preaching

"It is not our business to make the message acceptable, but to make it available. We are not to see that they like it, but that they get it." Dr. Vance Havner... Read More

Advice to Young Preachers

"Do not make cronies of any of your flock for your buddy may turn out to be your biggest problem. Do not talk your views, preach them. Dr. Jowett expressed himself from the pulpit but had little to say in general conversation. Do not accept gifts that make you beholden to the giver. A free trip to t... Read More

Applying Preaching

There are many people who do not mind a man preaching against sin unless he begins to name them. Naming them is actually applying the truth to our lives-but some want to call it meddling. Knowing myself as well as I do, if a preacher does not get on some of my sins once in a while, he is not doing m... Read More

Availability for Preaching

A man who listened once to D.L Moody was very critical of his grammar and reprimanded him for it. Moody's response was:" I wish my grammar were better. I wish I had a better education, but I am using all the grammar I have for the glory of God. Are you doing as much with yours?" God is more interest... Read More

Clarity In Preaching

"A preacher ought to so preach, that when the sermon is ended, the congregation shall disperse saying, "The preacher said this." Martin Luther... Read More

Conditional Preaching

The following came out in a minister's sermon as it was addressed to a fashionable congregation: "Brethren, unless you repent, in a measure, and be converted, as it were, you will, I regret to say, be damned to some extent." God save us from that kind of preaching! Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations... Read More

Content of Preaching

"Make Jesus your theme! I have seen preachers espouse causes and champion movements, and when the cause died and the movement collapsed, the preacher vanished too. But, the man who glories in Christ never grows stale." The Vance Havner Quote Book Inscribed on the cornerstone of a large fashionable c... Read More

Conviction In Preaching

David Hume, the agnostic, was reproached by some of his friends because on his inconsistency in going to church each Sunday to hear the orthodox Scottish minister John Brown. Defending himself, he replied, "Well, I don't believe all that he says, but he does, and once a week I like to hear a man who... Read More

Crowds in Preaching

A young preacher once asked John Wesley," How can I get crowds to attend my church services?" Wesley replied," Get on fire and people will come out to see you burn." Knight's Master Book of Illustrations... Read More

Decision in Preaching

Pastor L.G. Broughton tells how he was invited to preach in one of the leading churches of a large city. He went into the pulpit with a special sense of God's presence. When he finished his evangelistic sermon, the Holy Spirit impressed upon him that there were some in the congregation who should be... Read More

Definitions of Preaching

"Preaching is the communication of truth by man to men. The truest truth communicated in any other way than through the personality of brother man to man is not preached truth." --Dr. Phillip Brooks-- Spurgeon said "It is the truth of God mediated through a man's voice, life, heart, mind, in fact, h... Read More

Depth In Preaching

"Depth is not manifested in using complicated terms but through evidence of a personal walk with and knowledge of God." -Dr. Tom Walker-... Read More

Discouragement In Preaching

A very discouraged and overworked pastor went every day to a railroad track to watch an express train streak by. An observe asked, "Pastor, why do you come here every day to see the Dixie Flyer go by?" His response was:"Well, I do like to see something I don't have to push!" Does that get you discou... Read More

Dry Preaching

A man who spoke little English gave this description of a sermon he had heard: he said "Big wind. Much lightening. Loud thunder. No rain!" -Selected-... Read More

Effect of Preaching

"What once almost made us leap in the aisle, now almost puts us to sleep in the pew." –Unknown--... Read More

Excitement In Preaching

"A preacher once put his hand down on a wasp in the pulpit and let out a yell that could be heard all over the churchyard. One listener in the congregation nudged his companion and said, "I am going to like this preacher!" -- Unknown--... Read More

Experience Before Preaching

"Any preacher who preaches beyond that which he has experienced is incapable of preaching with conviction." -Billy Graham-... Read More

Favor In Preaching

"If the audience is entirely in favor of the preacher, then let him beware. He may fall into all sorts of aimlessnesses and carelessnesses." -Dr. G. Campbell Morgan-... Read More

Fearlessness In Preaching

Years ago in my first church, there was a very elderly, godly man with which I talked very often. At one time we were going through a very trying time in the church because my preaching was a bit too rough for some of the members. The old gentleman gave me some of the best advice that I have ever be... Read More

Fervency In Preaching

"I preach as never sure to preach again, as a dying man to dying men." -Richard Baxter-... Read More

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