January Sermon Illustrations

January 17, 2010

Knowledge of God

One cold winter afternoon the philosopher Thomas Carlyle was sitting before the open fireplace in his library. The door opened and the new pastor of a local church entered the room. After Carlyle and the young minister had spoken for a few moments, the young minister asked the great philosopher, 'What do you think this parish needs most?' Carlyle, without hesitation, replied, 'What this parish needs is a man who knows God otherwise than by hearsay.'

David Hume said of John Brown of Scotland, `That old man preaches as if Christ were at his elbow.' How much we need men of this kind today.—Indian Christian

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