"All originality and no plagiarism makes for dull preaching"
As a preacher, I am constantly on the lookout for a great thought or a great quote. Recently my beloved bride came across Christian Quotes.com. It is a good site where the reader can search by topic, Author or by key phrase. I have come to use it regularly.
"A word to the wise is sufficient."
One preacher from days gone by was known for what were called "one-sentence sermons." This is the idea behind "the quote." One great thought, versed well can often paint a picture that clearly illustrate a point.
"A picture is worth a thousand words."
I personally enjoy it when someone takes some great sage statement and turn it on it's head. I had a friend, a successful business man, who coined one of my favorite sayings:
"Everything worth having is worth working hard for. But not everything you work hard for is worth having."
I heard about a teacher who gave her students half of a "wise saying." Their assignment was to complete the saying with something original. One student with a particularly morbid since of humor wrote:
"Never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.
By then you're a mile away and he's bare foot; you can say anything you want."
I have long been a collector of such quotes. I thought that some day I might make some great statement for which I would be remembered. I have made statement that I feel might merit repeating. So lets give it a shot. Here is my attempt, (however vain) to wax eloquent.
"Do not lie to God; He knows better."
"Pastor and playing golf must be similar. Both get me criticized quite a bit."
"Don't marry some one because you want to go to bed with them. marry them because you want to wake up next to them every day for the rest of your life."
(And my all-time favorite:)
"It is always encouraging to know that the devil is interested in what you are doing."
Check out the web site at: http://christianquotes.org/search
It's good! You can quote me on that.
Just a thought. Thank you for reading.