Posts Tagged ‘Quotes’

Will I judge you or ….

We have a choice. We live in a culture where we are all critics. It is an easy trap to fall into to judge people. We don’t like to use the word “judge” but that is what it is all about. Jesus is clear that we shouldn’t live that way.

The choice to make is love. We must love and not judge.

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”~~ Mother Teresa

Not caring …

June 8, 2013 1 comment

It is easier to deal with someone who clearly hates you than someone who just doesn’t care. We have an enemy who hates us and yet we go through most days ignoring that. We have a Father who loves like there is no tomorrow. Humans seem to have the unique capacity for apathy.

May I love like my Father.

“The opposite of love is not hate, its indifference.” ~~C.S. Lewis

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A lot of small things

May 30, 2013 1 comment

We are called to love by our Master Jesus. That is an every moment kind of calling. It is a lot of little things. Of course, in God’s world, that adds up to a lot.

In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love. -Mother Teresa

Do we trust God as much as He trusts us?

You know you feel this way some days. But, God does trust us. Think about it. Everything that is happening in our life is for our good.

Do we trust Him as much as He trusts us?

“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” ~~Mother Teresa

Where does joy come from?

We want joy in our life. We want peace.

Do we long for God? Does our heart yearn to know what God wants us to do today?

Then we will know joy and peace.

“God can not give us joy and peace apart from Himself cause there is no such thing.” -C.S. Lewis

How can you do anything other than obey?

God doesn’t make us do anything. It is all voluntary. It is our choice.

Have you seen Him? How can you do anything other than obey?

“Jesus never insists on obedience, but when we truly see Him we will instantly obey Him.” ~~ Oswald Chambers

What should I worry about as a parent?

May 18, 2013 2 comments

As parents, we worry about all kinds of things. We fret. We get angry.

Here is something to think (worry … ) about. Our children are watching us. The examples we set or don’t tell the story.

May our children see loving parents, grounded in God.

“Don’t worry that your children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” ~Robert Fulghum

Our mission is love

May 12, 2013 2 comments

Jesus challenges us to love everyone, all the time.

Jesus challenges us to love God, with a passion that can’t be replicated.

“Because we love something else more than this world, we love even this world more than those who know no other.” ~~C. S. Lewis

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How does change begin?

The family is the core of values and all teaching. If you spend time together as family, the truth comes through. This is real and it is not to be ignored.

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” ~~Ronald Reagan

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How will others come to know God?

This is an amazing truth. God wants us to love everyone we know or come in contact with.

How will they come to know God? Through our love of them.

“To love another person is to help them love God.” ~~Soren Kierkegaard

“We have guided missiles and misguided men.” ~~Martin Luther King, Jr.

So sad but true.

May God guide is in His path of love.

“We have guided missiles and misguided men.” ~~Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Christ the Lord is risen today, Sons of men and angels say. Raise your joys and triumphs high; Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply.” ~~Charles Wesley

“Christ the Lord is risen today, Sons of men and angels say. Raise your joys and triumphs high; Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply.” ~~Charles Wesley

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“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” ~~Pope John Paul II

“Easter says you can put truth in the grave but it won’t stay there.” ~~Clarence W. Hall

Some great Easter quotes: He Is RISEN! He is Risen indeed!

March 31, 2013 5 comments

He Is RISEN! He is Risen indeed!

Christ the Lord is risen today, Sons of men and angels say. Raise your joys and triumphs high; Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply.
– Charles Wesley

Quotes about Easter ResurrectionGod proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’
– Billy Graham

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
– John 11:25-26

If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.
– Timothy Keller

Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.
– Clarence W. Hall

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
– C.S. Lewis

The devil, darkness, and death may swagger and boast, the pangs of life will sting for a while longer, but don’t worry; the forces of evil are breathing their last. Not to worry…He’s risen!
– Charles R. Swindoll

The resurrection completes the inauguration of God’s kingdom. . . . It is the decisive event demonstrating thet God’s kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven. The message of Easter is that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you’re now invited to belong to it.”
–  N.T. Wright

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.
– Mahatma Gandhi

The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.
– Basil Hume

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
– Romans 10:9

Immanuel, God with us in our nature, in our sorrow, in our lifework, in our punishment, in our grave, and now with us, or rather we with Him, in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and Second Advent splendor.
– Charles H. Spurgeon

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf of springtime.
– Martin Luther

Salvation is the root–the resurrection is the fruit.
– T.D. Jakes

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.
– 1 Corinthians 15:3-6

We are adopted into God’s family through the resurrection of Christ from the dead in which he paid all our obligations to sin, the law, and the devil, in whose family we once lived. Our old status lies in his tomb. A new status is ours through his resurrection.
– Sinclair B. Ferguson

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
– Romans 6:8-11

Before the Resurrection of Christ, the Holy Spirit came upon individuals only on certain occasions for special tasks. But now, after the Resurrection, Christ through the Holy Spirit dwells in the heart of every believer to give us supernatural power in living our daily lives.
– Billy Graham

In short, I didn’t become a Christian because God promised I would have an even happier life than I had as an atheist. He never promised any such thing. Indeed, following him would inevitably bring divine demotions in the eyes of the world. Rather, I became a Christian because the evidence was so compelling that Jesus really is the one-and-only Son of God who proved his divinity by rising from the dead. That meant following him was the most rational and logical step I could possibly take.
– Lee Strobel

Two thousand years ago, in the Middle East, an event occurred that permanently changed the world. Because of that event, history was split. Every time you write a date, you’re using the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as the focal point.
– Rick Warren

Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer; Death is strong, but Life is stronger; Stronger than the dark, the light; Stronger than the wrong, the right; Faith and Hope triumphant say Christ will rise on Easter Day.
– Phillips Brooks

It was inevitable that Jesus Christ should be crucified. It was also inevitable that He should rise again.
– H.R.L. Sheppard

We live and die; Christ died and lived!
– John Stott

We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.
– Romans 6:9

Because of the empty tomb, we have peace. Because of His resurrection, we can have peace during even the most troubling of times because we know He is in control of all that happens in the world.
– Paul Chappell

The truth of the resurrection gives life to every other area of gospel truth. The resurrection is the pivot on which all of Christianity turns and without which none of the other truths would much matter. Without the resurrection, Christianity would be so much wishful thinking, taking its place alongside all other human philosophy and religious speculation.
– John MacArthur

Let us consider this settled, that no one has made progress in the school of Christ who does not joyfully await the day of death and final resurrection.
– John Calvin

The resurrection is not merely important to the historic Christian faith; without it, there would be no Christianity. It is the singular doctrine that elevates Christianity above all other world religions.
– Pastor Adrian Rogers

Whoever reads the New Testament seriously, or gives thought to the impact which the apostles made upon their generation, must acknowledge that one outstanding historic event alone spurred that small band of 11 ordinary men to an amazing task of evangelization in their generation. Defying every obstacle, loss of home, persecution, even death itself, they evidenced the supreme relevance in their ministry of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
– Erling C. Olsen:

The atonement, or forgiveness of sin once and for all achieved on the cross, weighs in, and heavily. But the atonement is onfirmed, ratified, sealed, and made enduringly good by virtue of Christ’s rising from death. Our justification hinges on a risen life, present in us now because Christ is present with us now.
– Paul F.M. Zahl

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“A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.” ~~Carl Sandburg

March 30, 2013 1 comment

God has many ways to speak to us. This is one of the perfect ways He does every day. We must celebrate life. It is God’s gift.

“A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.” ~~Carl Sandburg

A Baby is Gods Opinion

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“You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.” ~~Lou Holtz

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Is Jesus dominating more today than the day before?

Is Jesus dominating more today than the day before? Is Jesus dominating every interest in my life? Is it happening?

So here is a check list:

  • Is Jesus dominating how I go about my work? Do I check with Him before I make decisions about my focus during the day?
  • Is Jesus dominating what my family is spending time doing?
  • Is Jesus dominating what I do in my spare time? Do I check with Him first?

May I allow Jesus to rule my life, every interest I have.

“Is Jesus Christ more and more dominating every interest of my life?” ~~Oswald Chambers

Are we focused on Jesus?

Are we focused on Jesus?

When Peter was, walking on the water, all was fine. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he started to sink.

Are we focused on Jesus?

“When you are brought face to face with a difficult situation and nothing happens externally, you can still know that freedom and release will be given because of your continued concentration on Jesus Christ.”

–Oswald Chambers

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” ~~Albert Einstein

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How do you stop God?

How do you stop God?

You don’t. When He wants to do something, He will.

You might as well try and dam Niagara Falls with toothpicks as to stop the reform wave sweeping our land.

—– Billy Sunday

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What about that pat on the back?

February 27, 2013 2 comments

It is so very true that the things that irritate us the most about others are the very things that challenge us. You would think we would get it but some days, even looking in the mirror, we miss it.

We all love for people to notice how good we are. It makes us feel better. The pat on the back is nice. It is, however, pride if we let getting kudos drive our behavior. Our motivation must be to please God not to get compliments from others. That is all there is to it.

“The more pride we have, the more other people’s pride irritates us” – C. S. Lewis
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“Life is just a mirror, and what you see out there, you must first see inside of you.” ~~Wally “Famous” Amos

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“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” ~~C. S. Lewis

February 16, 2013 1 comment
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Do you want more courage?

February 11, 2013 Leave a comment

We all need more courage. We should pray to be bolder.

What does it take for more courage in our lives? Faith!

We must believe our Father has great things in mind for us.

“A man of courage is also full of faith.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero.

“A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.” ~~Dave Barry

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“Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.” ~~Democritus

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Will I stop now?

February 7, 2013 2 comments

We have “to do” lists but when God talks, we need “to stop” lists.

What does God causing a doubt mean? How does He do that? It is the difference between my doing something absent hearing from God versus have heard from God, I am doing something. We must admit that many times we just move ahead without having heard from God. God can and will cause doubt about that at some point. When that happens, the best thing is to stop immediately.

“Whenever God causes a doubt about something, stop it immediately, no matter what it may be. Nothing in our lives is a mere insignificant detail to God.” ~~Oswald Chambers

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” ~~Steve Jobs

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“A Diplomat is a Man who Always Remembers a Woman’s Birthday but Never Remembers her Age” ~Robert Frost

February 6, 2013 1 comment
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“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen” – Winston Churchill

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What makes the man?

February 4, 2013 3 comments

We sometimes make the mistake that the circumstances we go through, the trials of life so to speak, give us character. That circumstances make us who we are.

English: WASHINGTON, BOOKER T. Digitally retou...That is a false way of seeing life. It is who we are, in God and through His grace, that defines us. It is our character, not circumstances, that makes us who we are.

“Character, not circumstances, makes the man.” ~~Booker T. Washington

What if there is no plan B in God’s mind?

January 27, 2013 1 comment

It is so very easy to fall into the trap that someone else will change what we so love to complain about. Surely they will.

Or will they?

What if they don’t?

What if God is depending on me to be the one to start the change?

What if there is no plan B in God’s mind?

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~~ Gandhi

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Are we taking Jesus teaching seriously?

January 23, 2013 Leave a comment

It is a completely unreasonable question. At the core of it, Jesus is completely unreasonable with us. Will we take Him seriously?

It is a challenge. Read what He has to say in “Jesus Sayings“. Will take it all seriously?

Francis Schaeffer

“If we are going to do the Lord’s work in the Lord’s way, we must take Jesus’ teaching seriously: He does not want us to press on to the greatest place unless He Himself makes it impossible to do otherwise.”

— Francis Schaeffer in a sermon entitled The Lord’s Work in the Lord’s Way

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“Legislation cannot make you love me, but legislation can restrain you from lynching me, and I think that is kind of important.“ ~~Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 22, 2013 Leave a comment

“It is true that behavior cannot be legislated, and legislation cannot make you love me, but legislation can restrain you from lynching me, and I think that is kind of important. “ ~~Martin Luther King, Jr. (Speech at Oberlin College (1964)

“Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.” ~~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” – Albert Einstein.

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“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~~Albert Einstein

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“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.” ~~Seneca

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“It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” ~~Albert Einstein

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There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do. – Derek Jeter

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On the Plains of Hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions, who, at the Dawn of Victory, sat down to wait, and waiting–died -George W. Cecil

This is so powerful. May I go in and take, with God’s help, the promised land.

On the Plains of Hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions, who, at the Dawn of Victory, sat down to wait, and waiting–died -George W. Cecil

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“Communism doesn’t work because people like to own stuff.” ~Frank Zappa

January 4, 2013 1 comment
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“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” – Pericles

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“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” ~~Dr. Seuss

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Is Jesus increasing?

December 16, 2012 1 comment

Oswald Chambers makes an amazing point. Is my witness about myself or about Jesus?

Goodness and purity should never be traits that draw attention to themselves, but should simply be magnets that draw people to Jesus Christ. If my holiness is not drawing others to Him, it is not the right kind of holiness; it is only an influence which awakens undue emotions and evil desires in people and diverts them from heading in the right direction. A person who is a beautiful saint can be a hindrance in leading people to the Lord by presenting only what Christ has done for him, instead of presenting Jesus Christ Himself. Others will be left with this thought— “What a fine person that man is!” That is not being a true “friend of the bridegroom”— I am increasing all the time; He is not. ~~Oswald Chambers

Love is about action

December 15, 2012 Leave a comment

“Love is not about concepts; love is about action. The only way to master love is to practice love.” – Don Miguel Ruiz 


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“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” ~~Albert Einstein

December 14, 2012 Leave a comment

We have all been in situations where fear took over. Fear of making a mistake. Fear of being found out we are a fraud.

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We couldn’t move forward.

We have also experienced freedom from fear. Working in an environment where we know it is ok to try something new. Knowing we will learn something valuable if it doesn’t work.

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” ~~Albert Einstein


“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” ~Michelangelo Buonarroti

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment

The work of Michelangelo is stunning. Clearly a man of creative vision and huge artistic talent. This sums it all up I think.

Michelangelo Buonarroti

Of course I love the reference to the angel. God give us great talent. We can see but will we carve?

Jesus challenges us to see and carve.

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” ~Michelangelo Buonarroti

In honor of Dale Carnegie’s birthday (Nov 24th) – “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”

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Fun is important. Happiness is worth it’s weight in gold.

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” ~~Dale Carnegie

Do I love enough?

November 18, 2012 Leave a comment

This says so much. And I think St. Augustine knew something about this. God wants us to love him like we love no one else. That is the main thing about the main thing. Do we long for Him?


May my whole existence long for You. Every minute of every day.

“The whole life of the good Christian,” said Augustine, “is a holy longing.”

“Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.” H. L. Mencken

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What if I don’t feel like it?

September 25, 2012 1 comment

We live in a world where if we don’t feel like doing something we don’t. That is all there is to it.

That isn’t God’s world. Corrie Ten Boom knew the power of prayer and power of commitment. God doesn’t have problems, only plans!!

“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” ~~Corrie Ten Boom

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What does God’s passion look like?

September 23, 2012 Leave a comment

There is a greater flame that Jesus lights in our soul that the passion we have from this world. This world thinks of love in a completely different way than God.

Jesus described in ways like being hungry for God. Or being thirsty for God. George Herbert a little differently but may our hearts pant after God.

Immortal Heat, O let thy greater flame

Attract the lesser to it: let those fires,
Which shall consume the world, first make it tame;
And kindle in our hearts such true desires,
As may consume our lusts, and make thee way.
Then shall our hearts pant thee.
—–George Herbert (1593 -1633)

“The test of love is in how one relates not to saints and scholars but to rascals.” ~~ Abraham Joshua Heschel

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How does God’s power come to us?

September 6, 2012 3 comments

The power of God comes like a mighty locomotive. The rails it travels on are our prayers.We were created to have conversations with God. He wants us to connect with Him constantly. We wants to give us direction. That is how we tap into His power.

May my prayers unleash His mighty power.

“Our prayers lay the track down which God’s power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.”

—–Watchman Nee

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“I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.” ~~Forrest Gump

September 4, 2012 2 comments

Love is something that when you feel it, you know it. God is love. He shows us the way. I don’t have to be smart to know that. It is something we all have in our heart. We can rationalize why God is not love. But, we know it in our heart!!

Love is the only thing that counts. All else pales in comparison. I don’t have to be brilliant to express it. No matter what, I can show it to everyone. Jesus challenges us to love. He knows that is the main thing about the main thing. Love God. Love everyone we come in contact with. Do it every day.

Here is to Forrest who shows us the way.

I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.
—–Forrest Gump

“Football is a mistake. It combines the two worst elements of American life. Violence and committee meetings.” ~George F. Will

September 3, 2012 1 comment
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“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” ~~Jerry Rice

September 2, 2012 1 comment
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“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.” ~Helen Keller

Jesus gives us life. It is an adventure. I am thankful for the gift every day.

I used to ask my dad how he was doing when we talked. His response: “I got up this morning”.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.” ~Helen Keller

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“I have never understood why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you’ve earned, but not greed to want to want to take somebody else’s money.” ~~Thomas Sowell

August 20, 2012 6 comments

This rings true during this season of politics. Generosity should be through the act of individuals. It always serves the needs of the deserving better that way I think.

“I have never understood why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you’ve earned, but not greed to want to want to take somebody else’s money.” ~~Thomas Sowell


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Am I a stranger to power?

Tapping into God’s desire at any given moment opens us up completely to His power. His rule here, just like it is in heaven, is the big thing. Talking and listening to Him is the most important thing. I should never cease to check in and see what He wants me to do right now.

If I know what He wants me to do, I have His power all the time.

“If you are strangers to prayer you are strangers to power.”

—- Billy Sunday


“From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.” ~~Dr. Seuss

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“Sanctification is not something Jesus puts in me— it is Himself in me.” ~~Oswald Chambers

“Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.” ~~Corrie Ten Boom

July 21, 2012 1 comment
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“Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible spiritually to God for other people?” ~~Oswald Chambers

July 5, 2012 3 comments

English: Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

Sometimes I have to be challenged. Jesus does it all the time. This quote from Oswald Chambers hit me right between the eyes. I am responsible to GOD for other people coming to His Son Jesus. There is no plan B. GOD is counting on me.

“Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible spiritually to God for other people?” ~~Oswald Chambers

Do I have a burning passion for Jesus?

July 5, 2012 2 comments

Do I have a burning passion for Jesus? Is He my all in All? Do I love Him more than life?

“I slept not all night, because Thy love, O my God, flowed in me like delicious oil, and burned as a fire . . . I love God far more than the most affectionate lover among men loves his earthly attachment.”

—–Madame Guyon, a French mystic (1648-1717)
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“The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.” ~William Havard

July 4, 2012 1 comment

Why are we here? What is our purpose in life? We are to love GOD and love everyone we come in contact with every day.

And, we have a responsibility to pass on the freedom we have in Jesus to our children.

“The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.” ~William Havard

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” ~~Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Yes, we did produce a near perfect Republic. But will they keep it? Or will they in the enjoyment of plenty lose the memory of Freedom? Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction.” ~Thomas Jefferson

“Keep praying, but be thankful that God’s answers are wiser than your prayers!” ~~William Cultbertson

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“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” ~~Groucho Marx

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“Leave things better than you found them.” ~Everett Wiley Wilson (my father)

June 17, 2012 5 comments

I can hear my dad (Everett Wiley Wilson) now. I’m playing baseball. Normally I am catching but today I am playing left field (or “left out” as my dad would call it). There is always plenty of time on your hands in left field. Not much action.

My dad is the coach. He wanders down the line and asks me to pick up rocks in between pitches and throw them off the field. “Why” I say in my best indignant tone of voice.If I had thought about it I would have known what his answer would be. It wasn’t the first time he said it. It wouldn’t be his last.

“Leave things better than you found them”, he says. And so … I picked up rocks and threw them off the field. I left things better than I found them. I was no worse for the wear.

That is the way my dad lived his life. It was important to him. It was almost a holy obligation. We weren’t here to take from others. We are here to serve. We must leave things better than we found them. This meant in the simple things in life. Playing baseball. Walking through a room. Work. It doesn’t matter.

My dad taught me lots of great things like that. Simple but very important.

I miss him but he is with me in these important lessons I learned from him. As a father myself, I hope I am passing this along as well.

“Leave things better than you found them.” ~Everett Wiley Wilson

And the wall came down

25 years ago today, President Ronald Regan made a speech at the Berlin Wall. He said

General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

And the wall came down!!

“Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. ” ~~ Terry Lynn Taylor

“I will not allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure.” ~~Og Mandino

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“If you scatter thorns, don’t go barefoot.” ~~Italian Proverb

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“The cat is mighty dignified until the dog comes by.” ~~Southern Folk Saying

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“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” ~~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Who understands me?

Wow. Now here is a thought. How much of our current culture is built around trying to understand ourselves. Way too much and not the way things are in God’s world.

“We have to get rid of the idea that we understand ourselves. That is always the last bit of pride to go. The only One who understands us is God.” ~~Oswald Chambers

Will I obey God?

Am I willing to let others experience pain because I am following Jesus?

“If we obey God, it is going to cost other people more than it costs us, and that is where the pain begins.” ~~Oswald Chambers

“Most of all, are you mis­nam­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and call­ing them risks instead?” ~~Seth Godin

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“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Faith doesn’t deny a problems existence. It denies it a place of influence.” ~~Bill Johnson

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“The nature of the spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty.” ~~Oswald Chambers

We live in a world where the conventional wisdom is that we must have goals and will only be successful if we achieve them. Really?? Is that all there is to life.

Jesus demands we don’t see it that way. He knows we only have today and that is devoted to doing what our heavenly Father wants us to. Tomorrow will take care of itself.

. . . it has not yet been revealed what we shall be . . . —1 John 3:2

via My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

“The business of America is not business. Neither is it war. The business of america is justice and securing the blessings of liberty.” ~~George F. Will

“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.” ~~Knute Rockne

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“Our work is not to save souls, but to disciple them.” ~Oswald Chambers

“We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” ~John F. Kennedy

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This doesn’t sound liberal or conservative. It sounds right!!

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” – John F. Kennedy

“Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity. “ ~~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Do you wish men to speak well of you? Then never speak well of yourself.”–Blaise Pascal

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“Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.” ~~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.” ~~J. G. Holland

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“”All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning.” ~~Oswald Chambers

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“Jesus cannot forget us; we have been graven on the palms of his hands.” ~~Lois Picillo

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“God is never in a hurry.” ~~Oswald Chambers

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“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” ~~Bill Gates

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Let’s start the coalition of Yes!

This is a very powerful concept. It seems some days, we do live in a culture of No. I don’t want to live there. I want to be able to be able to say yes. Let’s start the coalition of Yes!!

It’s easy to join.

There are a million reasons to say no, but few reasons to stand up and say yes.

No requires just one objection, one defensible reason to avoid change. No has many allies–anyone who fears the future or stands to benefit from the status quo. And no is easy to say, because you actually don’t even need a reason.

No is an easy way to grab power, because with yes comes responsibility, but no is the easy way to block action, to exert the privilege of your position to slow things down.

No comes from fear and greed and, most of all, a shortage of openness and attention. You don’t have to pay attention or do the math or role play the outcomes in order to join the coalition that would rather things stay as they are (because they’ve chosen not to do the hard work of imagining how they might be).

And yet the coalition of No keeps losing. We live in a world of yes, where possibility and innovation and the willingness to care often triumph over the masses that would rather it all just quieted down and went back to normal.

Yes is the new normal. And just in time.

via Seth’s Blog: The coalition of No.

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“A heartless Christian must be a terrible grief to our Lord.” ~~Oswald Chambers

“May we learn to intercede so wholeheartedly that Jesus Christ will be completely and overwhelmingly satisfied with us as intercessors.” ~~Jesus

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