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It is in vain for the preacher to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one-half of the world.

It is not a minister's wisdom but his conviction which imparts itself to others. Nothing gives life but life. Real flame alone kindles other flame; this was the power of the apostles: "We believe and therefore speak." Firm faith in what they spoke, that was the basis of the apostles' strength.

It requires as much reflection and wisdom to know what is not to be put into a sermon, as what is.

It was said of one who preached very well, and lived very ill, that when he was out of the pulpit, it was a pity he should ever go in; and when in the pulpit, it was a pity he should ever come out.

Let your sermon grow out of your text, and aim only to develop and impress its thought. - Of a discourse that did not do this it was once wittily said, "If the text had the small-pox, the sermon would never catch it."

Many a meandering discourse one hears, in which the preacher aims at nothing, and - hits it.

Men of God have always, from time to time, walked among men, and made their commission felt in the heart and soul of the commonest hearer.

Oh, that our prelates would be as diligent to sow the corn of good doctrine, as Satan is to sow cockle and darnel.

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

Pulpit discourses have insensibly dwindled from speaking to reading; a practice of itself sufficient to stifle every germ of eloquence.

Reasons are the pillars of the fabric of a sermon, but similitudes are the windows which give the best light. The faithful minister avoids such stories as may suggest bad thoughts to the auditors, and will not use a light comparison to make thereof a grave application, for fear lest his poison go further than his antidote.

Send your audience away with a desire for, and an impulse toward spiritual improvement, or your preaching will be a failure.

Sermons in stones and good in every thing.

Sir, a woman preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well: but you are surprised to find it done at all.

Some plague the people with too long sermons; for the faculty of listening is a tender thing, and soon becomes weary and satiated.

That is not the best sermon which makes the hearers go away talking to one another, and praising the speaker, but which makes them go away thoughtful and serious, and hastening to be alone.

The Christian ministry is the worst of all trades, but the best of all professions.

The defects of a preacher are soon spied. Let him be endued with ten virtues, and have but one fault, and that one fault will eclipse and darken all his virtues and gifts, so evil is the world in these times.

The life of a pious minister is visible rhetoric.

The meanness of the earthen vessel which conveys to others the Gospel of treasure, takes nothing from the value of the treasure. A dying hand may sign a deed of gift of incalculable value. A shepherd's boy may point out the way to a philosopher. A beggar may be the bearer of an invaluable present.


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