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Quotes of the Day for 9 December 2001 – Sermons

On this day in 1621, Robert Cushman stood up in front of a group of recent arrivals at Plymouth, Massachusetts and preached the first sermon in New England. It happens I'm skipping church today, but here are some thoughts on sermons anyway.

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The quotes:

The deeds you do today may be the only sermon some people will hear today.
     - Saint Francis of Assisi

The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not "What a lovely sermon," but "I will do something!"
     - Saint Francis de Sales

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venemous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
     - William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Few sinners are saved after the first 20 minutes of a sermon.
     - Mark Twain

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