As a young man, D. L. Moody was called upon suddenly to preach a funeral sermon. He hunted all through the Four Gospels trying to find one of Christ's funeral sermons, but searched in vain.
He found that Christ broke up every funeral He ever attended. Death could not exist where He was. When the dead heard His voice they sprang to life. (preachology.com)
Jesus said: “I am the resurrection, and the life.” (John 11:25)
“The reason why congregations have been so dead is because they have dead men preaching to them. How can dead men beget living children?” - George Whitefield.
“If you want to be popular, preach happiness. If you want to be unpopular, preach holiness.” - Vance Havner.
“What is the chief end of preaching? I like to think it is this: It is to give men and women a sense of God and His presence.” - Martyn Lloyd-Jones.