quote by John Calvin

If a preacher is not first preaching to himself, better that he falls on the steps of the pulpit and breaks his neck than preaches that sermon.

— John Calvin

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We live in a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants, in a world that has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. We have solved the mystery of the atom and forgotten the lessons of the Sermon on the Mount. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about dying than we know about living.

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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.

The tragedy is that we have too many dead men in the pulpits giving out too many dead sermons to too many dead people.

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible.


The world does not need sermons; it needs a message. You can go to seminary and learn how to preach sermons, but you will have to go to God to get messages.

The difference between listening to a radio sermon and going to church...is almost like the difference between calling your girl on the phone and spending an evening with her.

Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the sermon on the mount.

Paul never developed a negative attitude.

He picked his bloody body up out of the dirt and went back into the city where he had almost been stoned to death, and he said, "Hey, about that sermon I didn't finish preaching - here it is!"


The Sermon on the Mount commands me to lay up for myself treasures, not upon earth, but in Heaven. My hopes of a future life are all founded upon the Gospel of Christ.

Judas heard all Christ's sermons.

... some people cannot bear the truth, no matter how tactfully it is told. No doubt the haughty, the tyrannical, the unmerciful, the impure and the fomentors of discord take a fierce exception to the Sermon on the Mount.

You've got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body's sermon on how to behave.

Jesus was short on sermons, long on conversations;

short on answers, long on questions; short on abstraction and propositions, long on stories and parables; short on telling you what to think, long on challenging you to think for yourself.


Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation

The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.

Our great object of glorifying God is to be mainly achieved by the winning of souls Do not close a single sermon without addressing the ungodly.

And that's how we measure out our real respect for people—by the degree of feeling they can register, the voltage of life they can carry and tolerate—and enjoy. End of sermon. As Buddha says: live like a mighty river. And as the old Greeks said: live as though all your ancestors were living again through you.

The sermon was based on what he claimed was a well-known fact, that there were no Atheists in foxholes. I asked Jack what he thought of the sermon afterwards, and he said, "There's a Chaplain who never visited the front.


A good ad should be like a good sermon: It must not only comfort the afflicted, it also must afflict the comfortable.

Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you

A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon.

The sermon of your life in tough times ministers to people more powerfully than the most eloquent speaker.

If you want to defend torture, well then go ahead.

But please spare me any sermons about the law ever again.


I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.

Preach by example of your lives rather than by words. Example is the very best sermon.

Children are more influenced by sermons you act than by sermons you preach.

Listen to the sermon preached to you by the flowers, the trees, the shrubs, the sky, and the whole world. Notice how they preach to you a sermon full of love, of praise of God, and how they invite you to glorify the sublimity of that sovereign Artist who has given them being.

Do unto others as you would have them do to you, said the rapist.


Surrender your own poverty and acknowledge your nothingness to the Lord.

Whether you understand it or not, God loves you, is present in you, lives in you, dwells in you, calls you, saves you and offers you an understanding and compassion which are like nothing you have ever found in a book or heard in a sermon.

Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.

Whenever a people are bound together in loyalty to a story that includes something as strange as the Sermon on the Mount, we are put at odds with the world.

Ask and it shall be given you; Seek and ye shall find; Knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh, receiveth; And he that seeketh, Findeth; and to him that knocketh It shall be opened. Aspire not to have more, but to be more.

If I had only one sermon to preach it would be on the Lordship of Christ.

When we get right on that point we are right all down the line. God honors the exaltation of His Son.