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Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #5 --- Service

Updated on October 4, 2015

Quotations on Service

There is no vacation period in the service of God.

---Matthew C. Gleeson, New York Tribune, New York, N.Y., June 14, 1909.

Do a kindness today. Don’t devote all of your life to preparation for service. There’s a worthy task under your nose right now. There’s a kindness you can bestow this hour. Every second offers an opportunity for service.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Sept. 30, 1932.

There is no joy to be compared to the joy to be found in serving others.

---J.O. Helsabeck, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Jan. 30, 1922.

There is more genuine enjoyment in doing good than can be derived from any other thing.

—Moses Thatcher, Deseret Evening News, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 1, 1891.

You will enrich yourself and you will serve your fellowmen in the proportion in which you master the truths of the Spirit and the power to communicate them by them by the worth and beauty of your life.

---John Martin Thomas, Middlebury Register, Middlebury, Vt., June 26, 1914.

The call to service implies preparation for service.

---Henry P. Bond, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Sept. 26, 1914.

Faithfulness where we are is the best preparation for higher service.

---John N. Lyle, Washington Times, Washington, D.C., July 11, 1903.

To grow old in usefulness and honor is the sweetest reward that life can claim.

---Orison Swett Marden, Success Magazine, New York, N.Y., November 1905.

To live in the service of our fellows is to know life at its best and to secure for ourselves the spirit of eternal youth.

---Chelsea H. “C.H.” Kelley, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Dec. 11, 1948.

Service is the ritual of love. Love is the great equalizer.

---S.S. Lappin, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Aug. 16, 1941.

Service to each other is the warp that binds people together.

—Ezra L. Marler, Liahona the Elders Journal, Independence, Mo., June 22, 1943.

One deed well done is better than ten deeds well meant.

---James B. Boen, The Oklahoma Christian, Guthrie, Okla., March 9, 1899.

One good turn is better than a multitude of turns-down.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., March 19, 1916.

He has a share in a good deed who cheers another on to it.

---Lew B. Brown, Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla., Dec. 9, 1909.

Before there is an abundance of good will, there must be the will.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Dec. 29, 1939.

If you cannot see beauty in service, you are more to be pitied than a blind man.

‑‑‑B.C. Forbes, Forbes Magazine, New York, N.Y., Jan. 19, 1924.

No one begrudges the longevity of good deeds.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., May 13, 1910.

Service is the evidence of divine humility.

---Ernest Orlando Sellers, The Citizen, Berea, Ky., May 3, 1917.

Service is the joy of the spiritual thoroughbred.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 23, 1933.

Service is love’s latchkey to heaven’s door.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 25, 1943.

Service is the best sacrifice.

---John J. Wicker, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Jan. 3, 1921.

Gratitude voicing itself in service will do more to bring the world to Christ than the most eloquent preaching of the gospel.

---J. Frank Williams, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, May 20, 1912.

The best index of our faith is our serviceableness.

---Miles Hanson, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, May 27, 1916.

God is served by every faithful worker who performs a service for the community, supports his family, and lends his influence by example, testimony and friendship for every good cause.

---William Goodell Frost, The Citizen, Berea, Ky., Dec. 3, 1914.

Service is the evidence of faith, the sign of salvation.

-‑‑Henry Alford Porter, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., April 10, 1916.

In service for others is found the seal of solidarity.

‑‑‑Moore Sanborn, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 4, 1905.

Service to others is the patent to the only true nobility.

—George W. Truett, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 22, 1908.

Service begins in the will to serve.

---Jack Williams, Sr., Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Feb. 16, 1935.

Service is the universal stamp of the Son on the saints in His school.

‑‑‑Martin A. Wood, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 11, 1917.

Service is of the most noble nature as you walk in the footsteps of the Savior. Your service is elevating, enriching and ennobling, for you are seeing change wrought in the lives of our Father’s children.

—T. Bowring Woodbury, Millennial Star, London, England, July 1960.

The reward of a good deed is power to do a better one.

---James L. Gordon, Washington Herald, Washington, D.C., April 7, 1917.

Our diligence in service proves our sincerity. Obedience is the keystone in character building and the doorway to success in Christian experience.

-‑‑William M. Anderson, Sr., Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Jan. 8, 1922.

Service is real service only when it supplies a need.

‑‑‑Floy L. Bennett, Saints' Herald, Independence, Mo., Oct. 12, 1953.

Service is love within getting out and into action. Service is love laying itself at the feet of that which it loves.

‑‑‑Robert E. Goodrich,The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., Aug. 6, 1925.

Making good, in the large sense, is making life good for others. It is to “lend a hand” that man may be bettered. He who lends a hand may in the process be made worthy.

---Frederick Marsh Bennett, Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Aug. 26, 1912.

A life of service to God and to men builds a monument that time cannot destroy.

—Adam S. Bennion, Juvenile Instructor, Salt Lake City, Utah, December 1925.

There can be no growth which is worthwhile without service, cooperation, and harmony with one’s fellow man. To realize oneself, one must give bonds to destiny, which is equivalent to allying oneself with others. Self-sufficiency, either in the individual or in the nation, is self-stultification.

---Edward Howard Griggs, Jamestown Evening Journal, Jamestown, N.Y., Aug. 1, 1939.

To render a service to anyone is the highest remedy for prejudice against him.

---Lyman Abbott, quoted by John Grant Newman, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 22, 1931.

True service for Christ consists in following in His footsteps, doing what He would do, at least what He would have done, surrendering the will to His. The servant of Christ must be single in his aim and effort, dismissing from the mind those questions that lead away from present duty.

---J.E. Gilbert, St. Louis Republic, St. Louis, Mo., May 4, 1901.

Our service must be of the heart. A religion of mere outward forms will not force us through the narrow gate. There are many works so arduous that if the heart is not in them they cannot be performed, and so it is with religion.

---Newman Hall, The Evening Telegraph, Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 18, 1867.

The impulse to service is not human, it is divine. It comes from God, not derived from facts.

---John W. Hoffman, Duluth Herald, Duluth, Minn., Nov. 22, 1915.

To see need is the Christian’s call to supply need.

---Daniel H. Tuttle, The Progressive Farmer, Winston, N.C., Aug. 25, 1896.

The good that we give to the lives of others, comes back to our own.

---Frank Francis, Weber Herald, Ogden, Utah, April 7, 1924.

The law of service is the touchstone of human endeavor.

---E.Y. Mullins, Oswego Daily Times, Oswego, N.Y., July 31, 1909.

Service is the greatest thrill in the catalogue of human pursuits.

---Burrows Matthews, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 25, 1931.

The purpose of living is service; therefore the business of religion must be the cultivation of proficiency in service.

---Henry F. Cope, Lincoln County Leader, Toledo, Ore., Jan. 26, 1906.

Christ taught that a man’s life only gains its true significance when it is copied after the pattern He gave, and, as was His, is laid upon the altar of service to his fellows. Every man is held responsible, not only for his own actions, but for the extent of their influence upon his brother man. Christ was greatest when He denied Himself for others. The higher a man’s character and reputation the greater is his influence.

---Philip Lowry, Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Mont., Sept. 11, 1893.

Lyman Abbott said, “To live well and to die well is to love well and to serve well.” Could any better expression of a great truth be found? “To love well and to serve well.” In this phrase is included all that men can hope to do and to achieve—for themselves and for the race. All the hopes of the living man, all his strivings, all his ends are gained if he has learned to love well. Service and reward meet in such a life. And if the life that has been will lived is crowned by a death which is a last outpouring of love, is has been well finished. Living and dying, loving and service, and doing them well—in these are comprehended all that all good and great men have learned and taught of the problem of the universe.

---Lucius W. Nieman, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., May 1, 1912.

The man who is of value and a credit to his fellowman, is the man who is always ready unstintingly to render quality service where such service is vital. This was the outstanding characteristic of the Christ. He might have been crowned King of the Israelites and become a wealthy potentate overnight. But He refused. His mission was “quality service”—service to His fellowmen. And nothing could detour Him from this field of activity. You can be of service to mankind if you set your heart and mind on quality, and not on quantity service.

---John Peter Janett, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., June 17, 1929.

The true life is a life of service. In the nobler sense of the word, to serve others is to promote their interests in any way you can. It is to contribute to their well-being in every department of their nature, physical, intellectual and moral. It is to aid others by cooperating in their efforts, or by showing them the kindness and sympathy which increase their power to put forth efforts. This is the highest form of life, the most perfect life ever lived on earth is thus described: “The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto but to minister.”

---J.U. Brown, Ohio Democrat, Logan, Ohio, June 15, 1905.

“And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be the servant of all.” (Mark 10:45.) It is not easy to be forgetful of self, and mindful to serve. But that is Christ’s way. The only man who deserves to be called “great” is the man who loves to serve, and lives to serve. Jesus brought out clearly that to be basely self-seeking was not the way to live. It was not His way. He came here to serve, not to be served, to give His life a ransom for many. Life, then, is for service; and service is life. Men who serve are the men who are loved. That truth is seen everywhere in the world today. Christ’s idea has caught the imagination of all good men. And from this idea of His, we must never turn back.

---John Grant Newman, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 31, 1937.

A reflection of the real heart of a community is seen in the fact that those who serve their respective religious doctrines most faithfully show the finest spirit of consideration for their fellow men. They are people of principle who interpret deeds in accordance with inspiration and apply the yardstick of achievement on the basis of devotion to the common welfare rather than that of individual success as it may be summed up in the material sense.

---Carlton Montayne, Miami Daily News, Miami, Fla., Sept. 25, 1953.

Service is the application of our intelligence to the things of God.

—Wilfred G. Hurley, Intermountain Catholic, Salt Lake City, Utah, Aug. 23, 1930.

Service is the armor of purity.

—F.C. McConnell, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 8, 1918.

Service to humanity is the road to happiness. The longer you travel it the happier you are.

—Arthur Growden, The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., Dec. 5, 1927.

The person who does not expect or look for rewards for doing good, aside from the satisfaction he receives for having contributed to the welfare of others, will live long after his death. No good act is ever lost.

—Phil Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Feb. 20, 1950.

An effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves.

—Lydia M. Child, The Friend, Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 31, 1885.

To do what you can to lighten the burdens of those who have toiled in your behalf, to try to help them secure a larger share of the products of their labor and enjoy in fuller degree the higher satisfactions of life, should in all fairness and justice be your aim and effort.

—Arthur Jeremiah Roberts, Lewiston Evening Journal, Lewiston, Me., June 18, 1923.

The gold of love that is coined into service is the legal tender of Heaven.

—H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, March 28, 1927.

Every day God lets you live, help somebody else to climb a few rounds higher in the ladder toward heaven and dry the tears on their cheeks and let them catch a glimpse of Jesus through your life and through your influence.

—Billy Sunday, Jackson Daily News, Jackson, Miss., Jan. 22, 1925.

For the Christian, love and service stand in an inseparable union. Love without service is a sentimental farce; service without love becomes cold, condescending. ... Love demands the kind of service in which every individual is actively concerned with the welfare of others.

—Alfred A. Knox, The Louisiana Methodist, Little Rock, Ark., Feb. 29, 1968.

Every Christian is an intern or a nurse for the great Physician in a sin-sick world.

—James DeForest Murch, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 2, 1943.

The door between us and heaven cannot be open when the door between us and our fellowmen is closed.

—Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 25, 1920.

Service to one's fellows builds a monument higher than any sculptor yet has wrought in granite or marble.

—Emmett J. Lee, The Gazette, Farmerville, La., Oct. 31, 1928.

To whom much is given, from him is much required. The fact that we possess any talent or power which humanity needs is a call of God. ... We are obligated to use the abilities that are ours in service to mankind. Our capacities are the gift of God, and we owe them all to Him. We give them to God by giving them to the people who need them. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

—J.E. Nunn, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, July 9, 1932.

Service is made of three factors, quality, quantity and mode. Quality is that of living in daily communion with the source of every good and perfect gift. Develop a hunger for things worthwhile. Keep your mind open only to love impulses, and raise the bars of your soul against the destructive elements of jealousy, envy, hate and fear. The mode is that of pleasantness, paths of peace.

—L.L. Squires, DeRidder Enterprise, DeRidder, La., Sept. 3, 1921.

There are things measurable and there are things immeasurable. We can set a value on the services of a laborer, but we cannot even approximate the value of an act of unselfish service. We may forget it and will if the act is unselfish, but down through the years the deed forgotten reappears.

—J. Perry King, Clarendon News, Clarendon, Texas, June 25, 1936.

Service does not arise as obedience to lofty ideals; it is the spontaneous reaction to the new life of faith and love to situations in need of it. When a man trusts God, the inevitable corollary is love and care for his fellowman.

—David S. Schuller, Lutheran Witness Reporter, St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 14, 1965.

If you have lost happiness, try service to your brother. It is a great magnet to attract joy.

—W.A. MacKenzie, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., March 6, 1927.

The only correct standard for a Christian citizen to have is that of service. No man has a right to be absorbed and satisfied with himself. No man can separate himself from the throbbing world around him. The Bible standard of success and greatness is service. ... Service is the law of life. ... Every man owes a duty to every other man. Man is his brother’s keeper. ... A man’s greatness is measured not by the number who serve him, but by the number whom he serves.

—Pat M. Neff, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Feb. 10, 1910.

Those who are teachable are of the most service to the Lord.

—George F. Richards, Millennial Star, Liverpool, England, July 10, 1919.

Service is the beginning of government in humility.

—John A. Widtsoe, Millennial Star, Liverpool, England, Sept. 29, 1932.

We lose the joy of service when we begin to count the rewards.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Dec. 30, 1936.

Service, as I see it, means to act to benefit another or being sensitive to another's needs and fulfilling those needs by our actions.

—Thayne Thompson, The Cumorah, Rochester, N.Y., July 1972.

Faithful service means further service.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 14, 1927.

Doing good unto others is one way of praising the Lord.

—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., Dec. 17, 1938.

Love and service always go together. Where ever a man's heart is, there is his love. He may sham it off to some for a while, but the great Seer knows the heart and the motives. Service is best when wrapped in the cloak of love. There is one and only one reason for the rut that the world is in. The world has missed the greatest lover anywhere–Christ. To know Christ is to love Him, to love Him is to inspire a fervent wish to serve Him. Christ is the unchanging friend, one that will be the same tomorrow that He was today. He is the everpresent friend, the one near in trouble, sorrow, joy, gladness and pain. Christ is everybody's friend, yet thousands are missing the greatest friendship in all the world.

—Woodrow Hodges, Monroe Morning World, Monroe, La., Oct. 28, 1929.

You do not lend your services to God; you give them.

Methodist Layman's Herald, Parkersburg, W.Va., June 29, 1911.


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