We must preach more upon the great texts of the Scriptures, the tremendous passages whose vastness almost terrify us as we approach them.
No sermon is ready for preaching, not ready for writing out, until we can express its theme in a short, pregnant sentence clear as a crystal.
Pastor, my prayer for you today is that you will have grace for the successes or failures of yesterday so that you may continue this week by grace, doing the impossible ministry God called you to do.
If we give God service it must be because He gives us grace. We work for Him because He works in us.
Ministers are like trumpets, which make no sound if breath be not breathed into them. Or like Ezekiel’s wheels, which move not unless the Spirit move them. Or like Elisha’s servants whose presence does no good unless Elisha’s spirit be there also.
Thank you for your patience while I took a break during a time of weakness at the beginning of the holiday season. Please pray for my family!
Here is a quote I forget until I’m done preaching on Sunday, and then I’m glad its true after I’m done. It reminds me of something one of my seminary professors said (to the following effect): “You’re half as good as you think you are, but twice as good as your critics say you are.”
“Do not imagine when you hear a sermon being made useful, that it was the sermon itself that did the work.”