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Sunday, October 01, 2017

Sabbath Keeping

"And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, 
who will feed you with knowledge and understanding."

"A good sermon is not like a club that beats upon the will
but like a sword that cuts to the heart."

"It was strictly forbidden to preach to other prisoners. It was understood that whoever was caught doing this received a severe beating. A number of us decided to pay the price for the privilege of preaching, so we accepted their [the communists'] terms. It was a deal; we preached and they beat us. We were happy preaching. They were happy beating us, so everyone was happy." ~ Richard Wurmbrand, Tortured for Christ N/E ~  (click on Pastor Wurmbrand's name and listen)

"It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching."
~ Francis of Assisi ~

"When you are possessed by evil spirits, it is crafty manipulations that you follow; but when you are possessed by the Holy Spirit of God, it is wise discretion you pursue!" ~ Israelmore Ayivor ~

"The backslider likes the preaching that wouldn't hit the side of a house, while the real disciple is delighted when the truth brings him to his knees." ~ Billy Sunday ~

"I preached as never sure to preach again,
and as a dying man to dying men."
~ Richard Baxter

"We [pastors] have a balance to strike--not to preach Christ without preaching the text, and not to preach the text without preaching Christ." ~ Tim Keller ~

"Cartooning is preaching. And I think we have a right to do some preaching. I hate shallow humor. I hate shallow religious humor, I hate shallow sports humor, I hate shallowness of any kind." ~ Charles M. Schultz ~

"A man who first tried to guess 'what the public wants', and then preached that as Christianity because the public wants it, would be a pretty mixture of fool and knave." ~ C. S. Lewis ~

"It is the business of a virtuous clergy to censure vice in every appearance of it."
~ Patrick Henry ~

"The preacher is not a chef; he's a waiter. 
God doesn't want you to make the meal;
He just wants you to deliver it to the table without messing it up.
That's all."
~ John MacArthur

"The waters of good preaching are always running downhill to the stream of Christ, who He is, and how He has loved us." ~ David Mathis ~

"The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not 'What a lovely sermon,' but 'I will do something!'"...  ~ Francis de Sales ~

"The gospel-logic moves [in a sermon are]: 'Here's what you must do,' then "Here's why you can't do it,' then 'Here's the one who did it for you,' and finally 'Here's how faith in Him enables you to do it too.' Following this logic in a sermon means that often you bring in practical application in more than one place." ~ Tim Keller ~

"If I had only one sermon to preach
 it would be a sermon against pride." 
~ G. K. Chesterton ~

"If Jesus preached the same message minister's preach today, 
He would have never been crucified."
~ Leonard Ravenhill

"Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth." ~ John Wesley ~

"The preaching of Christ is the whip that flogs the devil. The preaching of Christ is the thunderbolt, the sound of which makes all hell shake." ~ Charles Spurgeon ~

"God has ordained that our preaching become deeper and more winsome as we are broken, humbled, and made low and desperately dependent on grace by the trials of our lives." ~ John Piper ~

"Brothers, pray for us."

Please pray ~ for pastors and ministers preaching Biblical truths ~ for those pastors and ministers preaching milksop ~ for those in Biblical ministry around the world ~ October is Clergy Appreciation Month - a good pastor stands in the gap between the congregation and hell. Likewise, a praying congregation stands in the gap between the pastor and hell. My suggestion to show your Pastor he is appreciated...a gift card to a nice restaurant so his family can benefit. Unless your Pastor is not married, the family is in service to God. How lovely for the spouse to also be shown your gratitude ~


  1. Our church as a whole and as many individuals are privileged to do this in a special way every October!

  2. Great quotes. Pastors need a little love, don't they?

  3. Love that quote by John MacArthur. He was our first pastor after Dear and I were married in 1974. May our pastors continue to preach God's truth bravely and without hindrance.

  4. Hello, What a joy to read all these inspire quotes and scripture!
    Blessings, I so enjoyed reading your last few posts!
    You are a very wise woman and your love for the Lord is precious
    Hugs, Roxy

  5. A great collection of posts, Sandra. When I was a young girl, our little town did not have restaurants and the deacon's wives would host preachers/family for dinner. I remember one time, our neighbor tiptoed in the back door and started hand-washing all of the dirty dishes (mama's good china) while mom and dad chatted with the preacher!

  6. Great quotes dear Sandra. My favorites by Francis of Assisi and John Piper.

    Have a wonderful week ~ FlowerLady

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  8. Thank you for your Sunday Scriptures, quotes, prayers . . .
    It had me remembering my growing up in a small, small town where the word restaurant (as we know it today) didn’t exist.
    “Eating Out” was the church social . . . Inviting Rev Beggs and his family for dinner was just what happened . . .
    I liked the prayer remembrance for the month of October . . .
    And the John McArthur quote . . .

  9. ...a good pastor stands in the gap between the congregation and hell. Likewise, a praying congregation stands in the gap between the pastor and hell....

    It's so important to pray for our pastors. Thank you especially for the last informations.

  10. Love these quotes, thank you. May we have pastors who preach the Truth. xo

  11. Great quotes. I hope you're having a nice beginning to October.

  12. Sandra, thank you!! I think my favorite is from Richard Wurmbrand - I love his sense of humor, among other things!

  13. Blessings, I so enjoyed reading your last few posts!

    แตกใน xxx


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