“Preach first to thyself” by John Owen

"A man who preacheth that sermon only well unto others which preacheth itself in his own soul. And he that doth not feed on and thrive in the digestion of the food which he provides for others will scarce make it savoury unto them; yea, he knows not but the food he hath provided may be bad poison, unless he have really tasted of it himself. If the word do not dwell with power in us, it will not pass with power from us."

–John Owen, The Works of John Owen, ed. William Goold, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1965), vol. XVI, p. 76.

2 thoughts on ““Preach first to thyself” by John Owen

  1. cavman – I grew up on NH, but have been living in exile in FL since 1991. I am still a Boston sports fan. I also love to talk about theology, movies, music, politics, books etc. (my wife says I just love to talk). I have a beautiful wife, and we have a beautiful daughter who brings us great delight. We look forward to adding to the family. I also brought a dog into the marriage. Huck is on record as the dumbest dog in the civilized world
    cavman on said:

    That’s a great quote and a good reminder.

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