Surely if men’s hearts were right, short sermons would be enough.
If you always enjoy sermons, the minister is not a good steward. He is not acting wisely who deals out nothing but sweets.
Faithful preachers are among God’s best gifts. Cherish them, and be obedient to their admonitions. I have known persons become offended when a minister is “too personal;” but wise men always prize a ministry in proportion as it is personal to themselves. He who never tells me of my faults, nor makes me feel uneasy, is not likely to be the means of good to my soul. What is the use of a dog that never barks?
You are listening to a man who professes to speak by God, and for God, and to speak for your good; and his heart yearns over you. Oh, it is solemn work to preach, and it should be solemn work to hear!
And so before tomorrow, let's take some time to contemplate our "solemn work to hear!"