Vance Havner: “God uses broken things.”

Vance Havner (1901-1986) was an American evangelist, revivalist, minister, and author who also pointed to the Gospel and would speak at Christian colleges and universities to help influence younger generations. He found himself speaking in outdoor venues all about Jesus Christ. Here are the top 10 quotes from Vance Havner:

“If you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world. ”

“The task of the preacher is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”

“The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs. ”

“If they had a social gospel in the days of the prodigal son, somebody would have given him a bed and a sandwich and he never would have gone home.”

“God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.”

“The early Christians condemned false doctrine in a way that sounds almost unchristian today.”

“A soft and sheltered Christianity, afraid to be lean and lone, unwilling to face the storms and brave the heights, will end up fat and foul in the cages of conformity.”

“If you lack knowledge, go to school. If you lack wisdom, get on your knees! Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is the proper use of knowledge.”

“Church members too often expect service and never think of giving it.”

“Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.”

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