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The elements which determine the make of any particular sermon are three; the preacher, the material, and the audience; just as the character of any battle is determined by three elements; the gun (including the gunner), the ammunition, and the fortress against which the attack is made.

    Topics: Preaching

Preaching is truth mediated through personality.

    Topics: Preaching

Every sermon must have a solid rest in Scripture, and the pointedness which comes of a clear subject, and the conviction which belongs to well-thought argument, and the warmth that proceeds from earnest appeal.

    Topics: Preaching

The religion that makes a man look sick certainly won't cure the world!

    Topics: Religion, Evangelism

Self-confidence is either a petty pride in our own narrowness, or the realization of our duty and privilege as God's children.

    Topics: Self-confidence

No one who has come to true greatness has not felt in some degree that his life belongs to the people, and what God has given them he gives it for mankind.

    Topics: Service

Set yourself earnestly to see what you are made to do, and then set yourself earnestly to do it.

    Topics: Service

The truest help we can render an afflicted man is not to take his burden from him, but to call out his best energy, that he may be able to bear the burden.

    Topics: Struggles

To be a true minister to men is always to accept new happiness and new distress. The man who gives himself to other men can never be a wholly sad man; but no more can he be a man of unclouded gladness. To him shall come with every deeper consecration a before untasted joy, but in the same cup shall be mixed a sorrow that it was beyond his power to feel before.

    Topics: Struggles, Joy, Consecration
    Source: The Influence of Jesus, H.R. Allenson, 1875, p. 191.

You must learn, you must let God teach you, that the only way to get rid of your past is to make a future out of it. God will waste nothing.

    Topics: The Future

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