Vance Havner


American Preacher

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If there had been a social gospel in the days of the prodigal son, somebody would have given him a bed and a sandwich and he never would have gone home.

Our happy whiles here are but a foretaste of forevers to come.

Today church life runs from rigor mortis to St.Vitus.

A country boy can learn city ways, but the city boy cannot learn country ways.

If they had a social gospel in the days of the prodigal son, somebody would have given him a bed and a sandwich and he never would have gone home.

Plenty of church members are shaky about what they believe, while not many are shaken by what they believe.

Too many church services start at eleven sharp and end at twelve dull.

A man is not the sum total of what he thinks in his head and does with his hands, but what he is in his heart.

If we could answer all the whys we would not need faith.

Some preachers ought to put more fire into their sermons, or more sermons into the fire.

Too many churches start at eleven o'clock sharp, and end at twelve o'clock dull. You will never see revival in a comfortable church.

A soft and sheltered Christianity, afraid to be lean and lone, unwilling to face the storms and brave the heights, will end up fat and foul in the cages of conformity.

If you growl all day you will end up dog tired at night.

Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, Shake well before using. That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.

Unless there is a spiritual revival, we might as well try to hold back Niagara Falls with toothpicks.

All things are His and all things are ours, except ourselves.

If you want to be popular, preach happiness. If you want to be unpopular, preach holiness.

The average church member doesn’t even give the devil enough trouble to get his attention!

We are not going to move this world by criticism of it nor conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God.

An attitude of worship can cut down an avalanche of words.

I'm tired of experts who know all the answers when they don't even know what the question is.

The church is a hospital for sinners and not a museum for saints.

We are suffering today from a species of Christianity as dry as dust, as cold as ice, as pale as a corpse, and as dead as King Tut. We are suffering not from a lack of correct heads but of consumed hearts.

Anybody can be faithful, but many are not.

I'm tired of hearing sin called sickness and alcoholism a disease. It is the only disease I know of that we're spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year to spread.

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