There Is No Such Thing As a Dull Preacher

“I am disturbed therefore when I am often told by members of churches that many of the younger Reformed men are very good men, who have no doubt read a great deal, and are very learned men, but they are very dull and boring preachers; and I am told this by people who themselves hold the Reformed position. This is to me a very serious matter; there is something radically wrong with dull and boring preachers. How can a man be dull when he is handling such themes? I would say that a ‘dull preacher’ is a contradiction in terms; if he is dull he is not a preacher. He may stand in a pulpit and talk, but he is certainly not a preacher. With the grand theme and message of the Bible dullness is impossible.”

– Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers, p.87

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Blessed Are The Pure in Heart…

Here is a quote from Martyn Lloyd-JonesStudies in the Sermon on the Mount commenting on Matthew 5:8:

“But of course that is a mere nothing as compared with what is yet to be. ‘Now we see through a glass, darkly.'[1 Corinthians 13:12]. We see in a way we had not seen before, but it is still much of an enigma. But then we shall see ‘face-to-face’. ‘Beloved, now we are the sons of God,’ John says, ‘and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like; for we shall see him as he is'[1 John 3:2]. This is surely the most amazing thing that has ever been said to man, that you and I, such as we are, pressed with all the problems and troubles of this modern world, are going to see Him face-to-face. If we but grasped this, it would revolutionize our lives. You and I are meant for the audience chamber of God; you and I are being prepared to enter the presence of the King of kings. Do you believe it, do you know it as true for you? Do you realize that a day is coming when you are going to see the blessed God face-to-face? Not as in a glass, darkly; but face-to-face. Surely the moment we grasp this, everything else pales into insignificance. You and I are going to enjoy God, and to spend our eternity in His glorious and eternal presence. Read the book of Revelation, and listen to the redeemed of the Lord as they praise and ascribe all glory to Him. The blessedness is inconceivable, beyond our imagination. And we are destined for that. ‘The pure in heart shall see God'[Matthew 5:8], nothing less than that. How foolish we are to rob ourselves of these glories that are held out before our wondering gaze. Have you in a partial sense already seen God? Do you realize you are being prepared for this, and do you set your affection on it? ‘Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth'[Colossians 3:2]. Are you looking at these things which are unseen and eternal? Do you spend time meditating upon the glory that awaits you? If you do, the greatest concern of your life will be to have a pure heart” (p. 97-98).

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