Vance Havner


American Preacher

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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.

The devil will let a preacher prepare a sermon if it will keep him from preparing himself.

We are the salt of the earth, mind you, not the sugar. Our ministry is to truly cleanse and not just to change the taste.

Civilization today reminds me of an ape with a blowtorch playing in a room full of dynamite. It looks like the monkeys are about to operate the zoo, and the inmates are taking over the asylum.

It has not dawned upon most of us that we do not need some new thing so much as some old things that would be new if anybody tried them.

The greatest ability is dependability.

We spend many an hour just talking when we should have been plowing.

Doing leads more surely to talking than talking to doing.

It is one of the ironies of the ministry that the very man who works in God's name is often hardest put to find time for God. The parents of Jesus lost Him at church, and they were not the last ones to lose Him there.

The mighty angel broke the seal, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it as to say, Now look who’s in charge around here.

Were smart enough to walk on the moon, but not safe enough to walk in the park.

Fix your eyes on the glory to come and then what looks dark in the distance will brighten as you draw near.

It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish.

The real problem is sin and science has no answer for sin.

When you cannot trace God’s hand you can trust his heart.

God does not always send his prophets through the convention assembly line lest they come out wearing a stamp that does not become them.

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American Preacher