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The devil will let a preacher prepare a sermon if it will keep him from preparing himself.

    Topics: Preaching, Satan

A preacher should have the mind of a scholar, the heart of a child and the hide of a rhinoceros. His biggest problem is how to toughen his hide without hardening his heart.

    Topics: Preaching

The task of the preacher is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

    Topics: Preaching, Comfort, Affliction

I know that some are always studying the meaning of the fourth toe of the right foot of some beast in prophecy and have never used either foot to go and bring men to Christ. I do not know who the 666 is in Revelation but I know the world is sick, sick, sick and the best way to speed the Lord's return is to win more souls for Him.

    Topics: Prophecy, Evangelism

We are sometimes repentant because of the harm we have done ourselves and others in our transgressions but there is little repentance toward God... We may regret what our sins do to our testimony and the evil effect on others but we are little concerned because the fellowship with God is broken. This makes for shallow and inadequate confession because we have not touched the heart of the trouble.

    Topics: Repentance, Confession

The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.

    Topics: Responsibility, Perseverance

Men love everything but righteousness and fear everything but God.

    Topics: Righteousness, Fear

Salvation is a helmet, not a nightcap.

    Topics: Salvation

Doing leads more surely to talking than talking to doing.

    Topics: Service

We need men of the cross, with the message of the cross, bearing the marks of the cross.

    Topics: The Cross

Too many are not willing to give the Gospel a fair trial. They are too ignorant to speak wisely but not wise enough to speak ignorantly. A man is not a sinner because he is a skeptic; he is a skeptic because he is a sinner.

    Topics: The Gospel

The temple of truth has never suffered so much from woodpeckers on the outside as from termites within.

    Topics: Truth

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