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THE SILENT SERMON


A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services
regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit
him.

It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting
before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor's visit, the
man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and
waited.

The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence,
he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After
some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a
brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone
then he sat back in his chair, still silent.

The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember's
flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its
fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead. .

Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The pastor glanced
at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up,
picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the
fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth
of the burning coals around it.

As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running
down his cheek, "Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the
firey sermon. I will be back in church next Sunday".

Iron sharpeneth Iron

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Comment by Eddy Etuk on May 24, 2010 at 10:11am
Amazing
Comment by ologbenla adebowale on May 24, 2010 at 9:36am
we are too noisy to hear God, he speaks to us every moment. we are occupied to notice him, even though he is everywhere. we are too block headed to understand him even though he is very patient. God help us all. amen
Comment by imo eshiet on May 23, 2010 at 11:42pm
the pastor taught exactly as the lord would have done: without words but with maximum impact!!! I'm sure LDS home teachers would love this!!!
Comment by Moses K Tawose on May 23, 2010 at 9:44pm
What a sermon indeed because he got the wisdom to understand the message.......Thanks !!!
Comment by Adesope on May 23, 2010 at 9:15pm
the WORD
Comment by Chika Ilonwa on May 23, 2010 at 10:12am
Indeed iron sharpeneth iron! Did u attend church today?
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