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    "In Acts the apostles prayed for 10 days then preached for 10 min-

    utes and 3000 people were saved. Today pastors pray for 10 minutes

    then preach for 10 days and wonder why no-one is saved."

    -B.H. Clendennen.

    "There is a lot of soft, sentimental talk about Him today that brings

    no conviction. When Isaiah saw the Lord, he did not feel comfortable!

    Neither did Habakkuk nor Daniel nor Paul nor John. We want a

    picture of Him today that does not disturb us, that smiles at sin,

    and winks at iniquity. I remember a man who told me he wanted to

    hear no hell-fire sermons but rather about the meek and lowly Jesus.

    Yet the poor man did not seem to realize that the meek and lowly

    Jesus said more about hell than is reported from the lips of anyone

    else in the Bible! We need a true and complete vision of God in

    His holiness and Christ in His glory that will bring us to repentance."

    -Vance Havner.

    "Some years ago a fearful railroad wreck took a dreadful toll of life

    and limb in an eastern state. A train, loaded with young people

    returning from school, was stalled on a suburban track because of what

    is known as a "hot-box." The limited was soon due, but a flagman was

    sent back to warn the engineer in order to avert a rear-end collision.

    Thinking all was well, the crowd laughed and chatted while the

    train-hands worked on in fancied security. Suddenly the whistle of the

    limited was heard and on came the heavy train and crashed into the

    local, with horrible effect.

    The engineer of the limited saved his own life by jumping, and some

    days afterwards was hailed into court to account for his part in the

    calamity. And now a curious discrepancy in testimony occurred. He was

    asked, "Did you not see the flagman warning you to stop? "He replied,

    "I saw him, but he waved a yellow flag, and I took it for granted all

    was well, and so went on, through slowing down.". The flagman was

    called, "What flag did you wave? "A red flag, but he went by me like a

    shot." "Are you sure it was red?" "Absolutely." Both insisted on the

    correctness of their testimony, and it was demonstrated that neither

    was color-blind. Finally the man was asked to produce the flag itself

    as evidence. After some delay he was able to do so, and then the

    mystery was explained. It had been red, but it had been exposed to the

    weather so long that all the red was bleached out, and it was but a

    dirty yellow! Oh, the lives eternally wrecked by the yellow gospels of

    the day-the bloodless theories of unregenerate men that send their

    hearers to their doom instead of stopping them on their downward

    - H. A. Ironside

    "And what is wrong with the old method of scaring the ungodly with

    a sermon on hell?"
    - Vance Havner

    "Obedience is the crown and honour of all virtue."

    -Martin Luther

    "Spiritual maturity is reached when obedience [to God and His

    word] becomes a joy."
    - Jesse Yoder

    "It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the

    hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher."

    -George Whitefield.