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Preacher Vance Havner used to tell this story:

Years ago a convention met in Indianapolis to discuss "How to Reach the Masses." One day during that convention a young man stood on a box on a corner and began to preach. A crowd gathered, mostly workingmen going home to dinner. They were electrified by the sermon. They forgot that they were tired and hungry.

The crowd became so large that it had to move. The preacher announced that he would preach again at the Academy of Music. They followed him down the street, singing as they went, and they filled the main floor of the building, while he preached again with such power that many were moved to tears.

But he had only a few minutes to preach because the convention on "How to Reach the Masses" was gathering in the same auditorium. While the convention was discussing how to reach the masses, Preacher D.L. Moody was doing it!

It's one thing to talk about preaching Christ and it's another to actually preach Christ to people! And that's what Moody was doing. We talk about Jesus in the church but what about outside?

(From a sermon by Steve Shepherd, "In the Face of Human Suffering," 2/3/2010)

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