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"It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher."  ~ George Whitefield

“I have never once feared the devil, but I tremble every time I enter the pulpit.” ~ John Knox

"Preaching is effective as long as the preacher expects something to happen—not because of the sermon, not even because of the preacher, but because of God." ~ John Hines

"When preaching is done right, it can change lives. When it is done badly, my failure goes beyond the utterly human." ~ John Ortberg

"People have an idea that the preacher is an actor on a stage and they are the critics, blaming or praising him. What they don't know is that they are the actors on the stage; he (the preacher) is merely the prompter standing in the wings, reminding them of their lost lines.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard

“I don't like to hear cut and dried sermons. No—when I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

"The first duty of the gospel preacher is to declare God's law and to show the nature of sin." ~ Martin Luther

"Preach not calmly and quietly as though you were asleep, but preach with fire and pathos and passion." ~ Charles Spurgeon

“Leave Christ out? O my brethren, better leave the pulpit out altogether. If a man can preach one sermon without mentioning Christ’s name in it, it ought to be his last, certainly the last that any Christian ought to go to hear him preach.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

“The reason most preaching is ignored today is that it deserves to be." ~ Alistair Begg

"If there is no controversy in your ministry, there is probably very little content in your preaching." ~ Al Mohler

“I would have every minister of the gospel address his audience with the zeal of a friend, with the generous energy of a father, and with the exuberant affection of a mother.” ~ Francois Fenelon

"Apostolic preaching is not marked by its beautiful diction, or literary polish, or Cleverness of expression, but Operates "in demonstration of the Spirit and of power." ~ Arthur Wallis

"I would say that a 'dull preacher' is a contradiction in terms; if he is dull he is not a preacher. He may stand in a pulpit and talk, but he is certainly not a preacher." ~ Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“He preaches well that lives well.” ~ Miguel de Cervantes

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Christian K

commented on Aug 9, 2013

When God gives you a revelation of eternity and the unseen world, an unstoppable desire to save the lost is birthed - Christian K

Larry Steverson

commented on Aug 9, 2013

D. Martin LLoyd-Jones once said, in a message about preaching, "I fear that I have only really preached twice in my life. And on one of those occasions, I was dreaming." Of course the crowd of preachers he was speaking to, roared with laughter.

Michael Cooper

commented on Aug 9, 2013

Max Lucado said, "The greatest sin of a Christian communicator, is to bore someone with the good news of Jesus Christ." I agree.

Robert Walderman

commented on Aug 9, 2013

I forget the source but..."There may be small congregations, but there is never a small sermon."

Gerald Graham

commented on Aug 9, 2013

"In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage?with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry." -The Apostle Paul, 2 Tim 4:1-5

Michael Fabunmi

commented on Aug 9, 2013

I do not envy people with money, I envy people with salvation and heavy anointing. Pastor Sam Adeyemi----- Daystar Ministries, Lagos Nigeria.

Michael Fabunmi

commented on Aug 9, 2013

I do not envy people with money, I envy people with salvation and heavy anointing. Pastor Sam Adeyemi----- Daystar Ministries, Lagos Nigeria.

Michael Fabunmi

commented on Aug 9, 2013

God is too faithful to fail on my life.

Robert E. Jeffrey

commented on Aug 9, 2013

"The real sermon is made in the closet. The man ? God?s man ? is made in the closet. His life and his profoundest convictions were born in his secret communion with God. The burdened and tearful agony of his spirit, his weightiest and sweetest messages were got when alone with God. Prayer makes the man; prayer makes the preacher; prayer makes the pastor. . . . Prayer is with the pulpit too often only official ? a performance for the routine of service. . . .Every preacher who does not make prayer a mighty factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God?s work and is powerless to project God?s cause in this world." E.M Bounds

Charles Ballard

commented on Aug 9, 2013

We preach some by what we say, some by what we do, but most by who we are. Ernest Lossner.

Dr Elisha Mafunga

commented on Aug 9, 2013

In prayer, there is never be a small congregation because god is always around to hear our prayers.

Jimmy Haile

commented on Aug 10, 2013

I don't remember who said it, but it has always stuck with me...A young preacher told a old preacher one time, "When I preach and give the invitation, no one comes down." The old preacher asked, "Did you expect them to?" The young preacher replied, "No, not really." The old preacher said, "Then that is why!" We should always expect God's word to move people, we are just the instrument He uses. His word never comes back void!!

Emory Kestner

commented on Aug 11, 2013

When you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, the one you hit is the one that yelps... Denny K.

Minister Sanders

commented on Aug 11, 2013

God answers Prayer......And he ignores Pride.

Gail Surrago

commented on Sep 2, 2013

Ignores pride? Not hardly. Pride is the ultimate sin that un-repented of will surely bring the kind of attention from God you haven't prayed for.

William Hayes

commented on Aug 11, 2013

A person who is not willing to serve, is not fit to lead.

William Hayes

commented on Aug 11, 2013

A person who is not willing to serve, is not fit to lead.

Roberto Treviño Medina

commented on Aug 12, 2013

Don?t give to the Scriptures your logic, the Scriptures give to you the right logic

Roberto Treviño Medina

commented on Aug 12, 2013

Scriptures give to you the logic. Do not give to the Scriptures yours.

Andrew Shields

commented on Aug 20, 2013

The Spurgeon quote is fantastic. Like something more modern then see the book by "Church Unique." author Will Mancini

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