Wisdom From Vance Havner 1

At the rate America is decaying morally, we shall have to change our national symbol from an eagle to a vulture.

Come ye yourselves apart . . . and rest a while (Mark 6:31) is a must for every Christian. If you don*t come apart, you will come apart.

Most church members live so far below the standard, you*d have to backslide to be in fellowship. We are so subnormal that if we were to become normal, people would think we were abnormal!

Illustrations in a sermon are like windows, but a sermon should not be all windows. A good story helps, but I have heard sermons that were built several stories too high.

There is value in togetherness. Dr. J. B. Gambrell used to say that crooked sticks seem to straighten each other out when they are tied in a bundle. A singing congregation usually sounds fine but I wouldn*t want to hear them one at a time.

The temple of truth has never suffered so much from woodpeckers on the outside as from termites within.

Snowflakes are frail, but if enough of them stick together they can stop traffic.

An egotist is a man who talks about himself so much that you don*t have a chance to talk about yourself.

Some fights are lost even though we win. A bulldog can whip a skunk but it just isn*t worth it!

The business of a doctor is not to make sick people happy but to make them well. When they are well, they will be happy. Christ came to earth not primarily to make everybody happy but to save us from our sins. When we have been healed, we shall be happy. Moreover, getting sick people to act as if they were well does not cure them of their infirmity. We must deal with the trouble itself.

What our Lord said about cross-bearing and obedience is not in fine type. It is in bold print on the fact of the contract. We have put the demands of discipleship in fine print for fear we will scare away *prospects.* An old doctor in Indiana used to have a motto on his office wall, and it read: *It*s what you learn after you know it all that counts.* In the light of that poster, it*s about time for quite a few people to go back to school. Too many church services start at eleven o*clock sharp and end at twelve o*clock dull. *The clock struck twelve at Sunday noon and the church gave up her dead.*

Our Lord would have the Laodicean church be boiling and repentant. Some of us simmer all our lives and never come to a boil.

It is sometimes said of certain unsound books and strange cults, *But there is some truth in them.* Would you say *This milk has some arsenic in it, but most of it is milk . . . so go ahead and drink it?* In my boyhood home we had an old clock that wouldn*t run. It was right twice every day! God*s Word is right all the time.

I believe in being dogmatic. When I go to the pharmacist to have a prescription filled, I want him to be dogmatic about the proportion of the ingredients. I do not want a doctor who says, *Your ailment could be this or it might be that. We*ll try these pills, and if they don*t kill you we*ll try something else.* When I ride a train, I don*t want the engineer to say, *I*m tired of this old timetable. It is too dogmatic. We are going to throw it away and follow no set schedule.* I want to hear a dogmatic preacher who preaches from a dogmatic Bible.

If you enjoy the wisdom of Vance Havner you might find some of his short but powerful books online, in a Christian bookstore or from Baker Book House, 2768 E Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (616) 957-3110 or copy and paste this in your URL: bakerpublishinggroup.com.

These are some of the titles:

By The Still Waters
The Secret Of Christian Joy
Road To Revival
Rest Awhile
It Is Time
Hearts Afire
Day By Day
Rest For The Weary
Truth For Each Day
Peace In the Valley
Why Not Just Be Christians
Pepper N Salt
Living In Kingdom Come
Lord of What*s Left

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