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.
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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