Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The First Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

O LORD, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Preaching: Putting Your Heart into the Sermon

[I borrowed the following entry from a post at the Puritan Board. It is entitled, Putting Your Heart into the Sermon].

In his book The Christian Ministry, Charles Bridges writes, "The Minister, that does not manifestly put his heart into his sermon, will never put his sermon into the hearts of his people." How true this statement is. Every preacher should strive to preach to the hearts of his people with great fervency and love for them. The preacher should strive to be plain in his speech rather than eloquent with his words. He should strive to be useful to the lowest of men rather than seek praise by appealing to the highest of men. The goal of preaching is not to bring glory and praise to the speaker but rather to let the Word of God have its perfect work in the hearts of the congregation. The people need the living water and the bread of life not the fine delicacies of high minded, intellectual oratory. Preachers, preach it plain, preach it simple, preach it fervently and through your preaching always love your people as Christ first loved you."

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