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A great book I highly recommend is:
[b]HEARTS AFIRE: Light on Successful Soul Winning[/b]
[i]by Vance Havner[/i]

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Vance Havner was a powerful and anointed author and preacher. [b]Billy Graham [/b] is quoted as saying that no other man has promoted and preached revival in his entire generation more then Vance Havner. [b]A W Tozer [/b] shared his pulpit once with Vance. After the message Tozer went up to him and said "Finally, a man I don't have to clean up after."

I was very stirred by this book. This truly is a classic. If you enjoy reading men like Leonard Ravenhill, you will love Vance Havner. Their style is basicly the same.

[b]Here are some quotes from the book:[/b]

"There is a lot of soft, sentimental talk about Him today that brings no conviction. When Isaiah saw the Lord, he did not feel comfortable! Neither did Habakkuk nor Daniel nor Paul nor John. We want a picture of Him today that does not disturb us, that smiles at sin, and winks at iniquity. I remember a man who told me he wanted to hear no hell-fire sermons but rather about the meek and lowly Jesus. Yet the poor man did not seem to realize that the meek and lowly Jesus said more about hell than is reported from the lips of anyone else in the Bible! We need a true and complete vision of God in His holiness and Christ in His glory that will bring us to repentance."

"Young people gaily "accept Christ" and with joy recieve the Word, but afterward show no evidence of a new heart. We are trying to produce blessedness without any preceding bitterness, rejoicing without repentance, making the house of God a delightsome place before it has ever been a dreadful place where repentant sinners meet God."

"Men will not desire a physician until they know they are sick, and they will not seek a closer walk with God so long as they are content to get along without it."

"But we are a pretty comfortable crowd of Christians, who seem to forget that for us the Gospel is not something to come to Church to hear, but something to go from the Church to tell. The cause of Christ is not carried forward by complacent Sunday morning bench-warmers who come in to sit but never go out to serve."

[b]This is a great story taken from the book:[/b]

"Years ago a convention met in Indianapolis to discuss "How to Reach the Masses." One day during the convention a young man stood on a box on a corner and began to preach. A crowd gathered, mostly workingmen going home to their suppers. They were electrified by the sermon. They forget that they were tired. They forgot that they were hungry. The crowd became so dense that they had to move. The preacher announced that he would preach again at the Academy of Music. They followed him down the street and they filled the main floor of the building, sitting with their dinner buckets, while he preached again with such power that they were moved to tears. But he had only a few minutes to preach, because the convention on "How to Reach the Masses" was gathering in the same auditorium. While the convention was discussing how to reach the masses D. L. Moody was doing it! He was preaching the Kingdom of God, and every man was pressing violently into it!"

 2005/6/19 3:25

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Will become a broken record saying this, but please search the forums, the things one might discover.

Thanks Jesse, great recommendation here.

Mike Balog

 2005/7/4 12:57Profile

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