An old conductor stood at a gate in a railroad station on a bitterly cold night, leisurely and carefully punching tickets while restless passengers grumbled and complained.
“You’re an unpopular man tonight, conductor,” said one as he passed the gate. The old conductor replied,
“There is only one man with whom I am interested in being in good standing, and that is with the superintendent of this railroad.”1
“Enoch…before he was taken to heaven, he received testimony that he had pleased and been satisfactory to God” (Hebrews 11:5).
“Perilous times are upon us and men will not endure sound doctrine. Our age bears all the characteristics of the days of Amos. People hated him for calling the days evil;
Ahab despised Micaiah for prophesying evil concerning him, instead of good; and our Lord said the world hated Him because He testified of it that its works were evil.
Plenty of sermons and articles bewail the hour, and they say we need an Amos. But how far would Amos get in the First Church of any modern Bethel?
Where is there a wilderness prophet now who will be quiet enough to get a message from God and brave enough to preach it?”2
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- Vance Havner: Just a Preacher, Selected Messages by Vance Havner, Moody Press, Chicago, IL, Copyright 1981 by The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, p. 103
- Vance Havner, Why Not Just Be Christians? by Vance Havner, pp. 95 – 96 – www.kingsleypress.com