The new pastor found only one person at his first rural Sunday night service.
“What do you think we should do about the service,” he asked the man, “inasmuch as we have such a small congregation?” The man replied,
“Well, sir, I have never been to school very much. I don’t have much education and I don’t know much about the Bible, but this one thing I know, that when I promise my cows a load of hay, I always keep my promise.”
“Well, come in then, and we will have a service,” said the minister.
However, the service was lengthy, and the preacher was long-winded. Afterward, the minister asked the farmer,
“What did you think of the service?”
“Well,” he said, “I have never been to school, I’m not educated, and I don’t know much about the Bible, but this one thing I know, when I promise my cows a load of hay and only one shows up, I never give it the whole load.”1
“As Paul kept talking, Eutychus drifted off to sleep” (Acts 20:9). “The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, and to have the two as close together as possible.”2
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- A Treasury of Humor, Clyde Murdock, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1967, “Meeting Too Long”.
- George Burns, www.goodreads.com/quotes/55153-the-secret-of-a...