Be careful how you hear preaching this weekend!
It is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience, they are not the better for having heard the truth.
God will never reveal more truth about Himself to you, until you have obeyed what you know already.
The smallest bit of obedience opens heaven, and the deepest truths of God immediately become yours.
If you obey God in the first thing He shows you, then He instantly opens up the next truth to you.
So long as the church pretends or assumes to preach absolute values, but actually preaches relative and secondary values, it will merely hasten the process of disintegration. We are asked to turn to the church for our enlightenment, but when we do so we find that the voice of the church is not inspired. The voice of the church today, we find, is the echo of our own voices. When we consult the church we hear only what we ourselves have said.
There is only one way out of the spiral, and the way out is the sound of a voice, not our voice, but a voice coming from something beyond ourselves, in the existence of which we cannot disbelieve. It is the duty of pastors to hear this voice, to cause us to hear it, and to tell us what it says.
Fortune Magazine, January 1940