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The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work.
It was not enough to come and listen to a great sermon or message every Sunday morning and be confined to those four walls and those four corners. You had to get out and do something.
It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher.
The message of Jesus is summed up partly in the Sermon on the Mount, and partly when he begins his ministry and quotes the passage from Isaiah: 'I have come to set free the prisoners and restore sight to the blind.' And certainly, his mission is also to bring hope. It was to heal people, to befriend the outcast.
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.
Not all single women want to be married. Not all boys like football. Not all homemakers like to cook. Not all messy people are lazy. And not all the obese are gluttons. There are glands and diabetes and a dozen conditions you never heard of that may account for things. Put your sermon through the counter-stereotype sieve.
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.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
A good ad should be like a good sermon: It must not only comfort the afflicted, it also must afflict the comfortable.
No sinner is ever saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.
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.
Harry S Truman
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.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
A good sermon should be like a woman's skirt: short enough to arouse interest but long enough to cover the essentials.
I contend that it's impossible to read the Sermon on the Mount and not come out against capital punishment.
Preaching is effective as long as the preacher expects something to happen-not because of the sermon, not even because of the preacher, but because of God.
In my neighborhood, everyone had an opinion on the local cantor. You didn't go to a synagogue to listen to the rabbi's sermon. You went to listen to the cantor. It was like a concert.
If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the sermon on the mount.
Omar N. Bradley
The best sermon is preached by the minister who has a sermon to preach and not by the man who has to preach a sermon.
A beautiful homily, a genuine sermon, must begin with the first proclamation, with the proclamation of salvation. There is nothing more solid, deep and sure than this proclamation.
I get one hour, really 25 minutes in a sermon on a weekend, to combat all the hours of the week that people are told you are what you have through billboards, commercials, and sitcoms, and so forth.
In the real world, I see conservatives volunteering at adoption agencies, at churches, at bake sales and the local American Legion Post while the only charity a progressive sends is a smug sermon on fair share and what fairness is.
The devil will let a preacher prepare a sermon if it will keep him from preparing himself.
We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices.
When you are in church, it's always good to carry a pen and notepad to jot down the scripture text, reference scriptures, and sermon notes. When you come prepared with notepad and pen, you are able to feed off the scriptures from the sermon throughout the week, while asking God to open up your understanding for a deeper illumination of the word.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
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