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Sermon Quotes: "Can This Be Fixed?"

“Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is unwashed…And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, ‘Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands.’” Mark 7:1-2; 5

“Life, death, hell and worlds unknown may hang on the preaching and hearing of a sermon.” Charles Spurgeon

“There is no heart in which radical evil has failed to take root.” William Lane

“This list bears impressive witness to the unorganized diversity of sin.” Edmond Hiebert

“There is a deep truth in these words which is frequently overlooked. Our original sinfulness and natural inclination to evil are seldom sufficiently considered. The wickedness of men is often attributed to bad examples, bad company, peculiar temptations, or the snares of the devil. It seems forgotten that every man carries within him a fountain of wickedness. We need no bad company to teach us, and no devil to tempt us, in order to run into sin. We have within us the beginning of every sin under heaven. The seeds of all the evils here mentioned lie within us all. They may lie dormant all our lives. They may be kept down by fear of consequences, the restraint of public opinion, the dread of discovery, the desire to be thought respectable-and above all, by the almighty grace of God. But every man has within him the root of every sin.” J.C. Ryle

“This is a revealing editorial insertion, for Mark seldom steps on stage as an actor in the drama. On the rare occasions when he does so his interpretations should be accorded special significance…This declaration takes precedence over the dietary regulations of both the oral and written laws (e.g., Lev. 11; Deu. 14). Again, in Mark, the teaching of Jesus is supremely authoritative, superseding the Torah itself. Similar to his earlier pronouncement on the Sabbath (2:27-28), in presuming to render a definitive judgment on divine revelation, Jesus assumes the role of God.” James Edwards