Thoughts for Preachers to Ponder

A few meaningful quotes on proclaiming the gospel, from the writings of Christmas Evans, an early 19th century Welsh preacher:
“Reading, prayer, and temptation are necessary to strengthen, and to purify the talents of a minister…. Remember this, that you cannot commit some loved sin in private, and perform the work of the ministry in public, with facility and acceptance.”
“The gospel, as a glass, should be kept clean and clear in the pulpit, that the hearers may see the glory of Christ and be changed to the same image…. Preach the gospel of the grace of God intelligently, affectionately, and without shame…. Let the preacher influence himself; let him reach his own heart, if he would reach the hearts of others; if he would have others feel, he must feel himself.”
And finally, the best one:
“Life is the only cure for death, not the prescriptions of duty, not the threats of punishment and damnation, not the arts and refinements of education, but new, spiritual, Divine Life.”

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