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Christian Education is the process of nurturing a person to be the best at what God wants them to be.
S.M. Lockridge, LORD'S PRAYER (1:06.27 great sermon!)
4 an ATHIEST
"For Christians the vision of worldly power is not a calling, but a distraction. It
is a temptation Jesus rejected, not because it
was dangerous, but because it was trivial compared with his mission.
C. S. Lewis had it right: 'If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who
thought most of the next. the Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire,
the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English evangelicals who abolished the slave trade, all left their mark on earth, precisely
because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have
become so ineffective in this one. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth 'thrown in.'
Aim at earth and you will get neither.' Our eyes should be lifted skyward--toward the company of heaven. The time has come for
believers to focus on the next world, not just the next election cycle." Cal Thomas, Newsweek, March 29, 1999, Page 60.
"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
Harry S. Truman
"C. S. Lewis wrote in his essay 'The Weight of Glory,' about what he called 'the overwhelming possibilities' of eternity, he
concluded: 'There are no ordinary people. you have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations--these are
mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry , snub, and
exploit--immortal horrors or everlasting splendours" C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, (San Francisco: Harper 2001) as quoted
in A Life God Rewards, by Bruce Wilkinson ( Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah 2002).
"One measure of the effectiveness of any teacher is the rate at which he makes himself unnecessary to his pupils" Dr. C.B. Eavey
(2.1)The mud ball floated in darkness. God created day, night and time, the first day. The Second day he
extracted the water from the mud and made dirt and separated the sea from the land and said it was good. The next day he formed a garden as large as the World itself. On the fourth day he created the Sun, Moon and galaxies of stars as part of the Glory of God [Romans 1:20]. We see the Sun as necessary for
light, but God is so far above our thoughts [Isaiah 55:8-9] He doesn't need light holders...He is Light! [1 John 1:5] On the Sixth Day He made a man from the mud but withheld his approval until woman walked on His
sod at dusk. On the seventh day God rested from creating the World and the universe around it. Can you imagine the satisfaction on his
face as he sipped tea from the banisters of heaven and viewed his creation?
God did not stay in heaven, but evening-by-evening God walked with his toes in the same grass with man and woman [with no
bellybuttons. Which came first, the chicken or egg? Man and woman came before the baby. The chicken and rooster came before the
egg.] Can you imagine what God talked to them about? And then Man made a choice to do what he wanted to do and disobey God. Man ate fruit God asked him not
to eat. Adam and Eve chose double-breasted leaves suit over God's clothing. God's holiness cannot live with sin and so God extracted himself
from sinful man's
presence, but before he left God continued to teach Adam and Eve in his classroom. He showed them how to make wool suits (clothes
from sheep) and to make a
pleasing sacrifice and I imagine a hundred things your parents taught you. Then God walked slowly back into the heavens, God's holy
nature required separation from sin. How many times did Adam and Eve feel God left them, when they not God, did the leaving?
I will take a verb over a noun anytime--
Wm. Paul Young
God's University started not long after this with God walking in the garden talking with them every evening. After the fall God came showing Adam and Eve
how to make clothes, probably how to start a fire for sacrifices.
I AM -- Jesus
We meet God with his sleeves rolled up working. In the Beginning God created. But part of His time, if that is the right word
for an eternal God was to talk and teach Adam and Eve. This hasn't changed over the millennia. The God of Eternity in his good time
walked into time and gave us his Word in written record we normally call The Book or Bible.
God talked eyeball to eyeball with Adam. God chiseled the commands on rock tablets. Isaiah probably wrote with stylus on skins
and rolled His words just like the Dead Sea Scrolls. Paul may have written in codex (book) format. But today we can see God enjoying
His Word moving into the lives and hearts of men and women. 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21.
God not only thinks, and writes, but God acts. We meet God creating and God realized his love, men and women had no hope. It
would be like having children guaranteed to die of an illness you could prevent. You most certainly would do anything including giving
your life to make your children's lives long and successful. And that is exactly what God did: he sent his Son to die so we could live with
him forever. John 3:14-17.
"Education is what is left after what we have learned is forgotten." B.F. Skinner
God is a verb -- Buckminister Fuller
We evaluate God by who we are. If we had billions of dollars we would buy things for ourselves and those we love. But God has
more money and resources than this, and what God wanted was to love you and me and for us to love him in return. We call this worship.
God loves us so much he gave his Son, Jesus. This short comparison of the nature of God and man shows how self-centric, selfish and
sinful we are.
Again, God walked in the dirt, but this time as a man [Matthew 1:23]. He hurt just like other men hurt. He felt every pain and
temptation just like every other person. [1 Corinthians 10:13] He felt the humiliation of the scorn and the pain of the cross just like
other men would feel pain. Why did he do this, because God is Love. God doesn't just love, God is Love! [1 John 4:16] God can do
anything he wants, and he wants to love us. He wanted to save us from the "illness" of sin that will kill us. God wants to walk and talk
with us for eternity. In the Garden God walked in the evening, in Eternity we will be with him all the time forever.
Love is a verb - Toby Mack
Romans 1: 20 NASB, "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been
clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse." God's Universe then is God's University.
God created a cosmos that even the rocks can cry out. [Luke 19:40, "And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these
should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out."] As our eyes view the heavens, flowers and the body of animal and man
they demand a creator. [Psalm 19:1, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork."]
"If I tell you only part of the evidence and you believe it, you have been indoctrinated.
If I tell you all the evidence and you make a decision, then you have been taught."
"To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him, the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement."~St. Augustine
Christian Education is the process of showing everything that exists from the reason the Atom holds together to life to eternal life,
these are topics that fit in Christian Education. They are things that God may have discussed with Adam and Eve in the Garden.
[Colossians 1:16-17, "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be
thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by
him all things consist."]
Occasionally, we imagine heaven as place where we will be sitting bored, harping along on a cloud. I don't think so. I believe God is
so majestic and mighty in power; God will need an eternity to share the half of his infinity to us finite beings just like he began in the
Garden to Adam and Eve. God's University then is Earth and his creation. His students are each person in humanity. Some fail and some
pass. Those that choose to accept his greatness, His gift of Eternal life [Romans 6:23] and accept his grace [Ephesians 2:8-9] will live
with him forever. These students will pass. Not because we deserve it, but because God is working in us and on us. God wants us to pass
his University course. [Luke 19:10]
Love then is a verb. In the beginning God created. For God so loved the world he sent his Son. He asks us to Go into all the world
and preach and teach. Can't you see God grinning and helping those that love him?
As I read my Bible I find the premium is on doing, not knowledge. If knowledge was the end in itself, God could have placed ten
questions at the end of each chapter and if you didn't answer seven correct, a trap door could propel you to the depths. Now you need
to know, to do, but organized activity is where God puts the premium. I believe all knowledge in the church and Christian school and all
other activities of Christian Education should leave us needing to do, not just sit in the pew satisfied we have learned our nugget of truth
for the week.
The last thing Jesus said on this Earth is "Go into all the world teaching and preaching" Matthew 28:19-20. To this point Paul
writes in his letters, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." Romans 10:17
"For He says, `At the acceptable time I listened to you, And on the day of salvation I helped you; behold, now is
'the acceptable time, 'behold, now is 'the day of salvation--"
2 Corinthians 6:2
And James states it this way, "Be ye doers of the Word and not just hearers, deceiving yourself." James 1:22
" Everyone is a genius. But if you Judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its entire life believing that it is stupid." -- Albert Einstein
"About this time I met with a track written by an atheist. It read as follows: "Did I firmly believe, as millions say they do,
that the knowledge and practice of religion in this life influences destiny in another, religion would mean to me everything. I would cast
away earthly enjoyments as dross, earthly cares as follies, and earthly thoughts and feelings as vanity. Religion would be my first
waking thought, and my last image before sleep sank me into unconsciousness. I should labour in its cause alone. I would take thought
for the morrow of Eternity alone. I would esteem one soul gained for heaven worth a life of suffering. Earthly consequences should
never stay my hand nor seal my lips. Earth, its joys and its grief's, would occupy no moment of my thoughts. I would strive to look upon
Eternity alone, and on the Immortal Souls around me, soon to be everlastingly happy or everlastingly miserable. I would go forth to the
world and preach to it in season and out of season and my text would be, "WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT A MAN IF HE GAIN THE
WHOLE WORLD AND LOOSE HIS SOUL?" C.T. Studd, Autobiography, pg 40.
Will you go and share the Good News of Jesus with others on your block and world?
"Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us? "Then I said, "Here am I, Send me!" Isaiah 6:8
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. James 1:22(NAS95)
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Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life.--Dietrich Bonhoefier.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." --George Santayana, 1905.
A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
A saint is never consciously a saint - a saint is consciously dependent on God.-Oswald Chambers
Humiliation is something that God's Grace allows us as a Precious Gift that brings us close to His own Sacred Heart to discover and see who God really IS. -- Abba Anthony the repentant
You can't boast in Jesus while you're preoccupied with yourself---ODB (Estelle Stewart)
"Correlation does not equal causation"!
"Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Confession is agreeing with God about our sin. -- copied
True peace is not the absence of war; it is the presence of God--Loveless.
A wise Rabbi once said, "We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are."
In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act. ~ George Orwell
If you have been united with Christ (ie: married), then communion is like date night. - Luke Simmons
So many people are miserable because they think happiness come from self-gratification. It actually comes from self-sacrifice.-- Rick Warren
It's in solitude that we understand we are never alone.-- Dallas Willard
"Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." - William Faulkner
"...all work is honorable. Always do your best because someone is watching."-- Colin Powell
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. -- Saint Augustine
Reading makes a full man; conference a ready man; writing an exact man -- Francis Bacon born 1561.
A good pun is its own reword. -- Donna Runion
God loves impossible. Impossible is when God gets to show up and show off.- Liz Curtis Higgs
"Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God's will." —Dietrich Bonhoeffer
"A little knowledge of God is worth more than a great deal of knowledge about Him."- J.I. Packer
Worship is the quickening of conscience by God’s holiness;
the nourishment of mind with His truth;
the purifying of imagination by His beauty;
the opening of the heart to His love;
the surrender of the will to His purpose;
and all of this gathered up in adoration
-- Archbishop William Temple
My life is but a weaving, between my God and me;
I do not chose the colors, He worketh steadily.
Oft times He weaveth sorrow, and I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper, and I the under side.
Not til the loom is silent, and shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why
The dark threads are as needful in the skillful Weaver's hand
As threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.--Anonymous
The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else. -Oswald Chambers
"The Christian who is truly poor in spirit goes to worship on Sunday morning singing 'I am poor but I brought myself the best I could; I am Yours, I am Yours.'" -Brennan Manning
"There are 2 things you will deal with all your life: money and relationships...and ONE of them will make you rich."--Pastor Dick Foth (From Becky Carey's FB page)
Love is not a noun to be defined... But a verb to be acted upon.--Scott and Kelli
A pat on the back is only a few inches higher than a kick in the pants. -- Office Truisms
Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.-- Chinese cookie
If I don’t take time to pray, there will be no real communication in our relationship. If I don’t take time to read God’s word, I won’t hear His loving call. And if I don’t make time to be alone with Jesus, our relationship will suffer, because time is integral to any relationship.--Joanna Weaver
We remember: 10% of what we hear, 30% of what we read, 50% of what we see, 90% of what we do
Prostitutes are in no danger of finding their present life so satisfactory that they cannot turn to God: the proud, the avaricious, the self-righteous, are in that danger. -- C.S. Lewis
Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.--Faith Baldwin
Time is the ultimate liar. It makes us think we have lots of time, then it is too late.--d'lyles
There’s no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books. – James Patterson
On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years."
The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?"
On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this , I'll give you a twenty-year life span."
The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?"
And God agreed...
On the third day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."
The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. how about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?"
And God agreed again ...
On the fourth day, God created humans and said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years." Could you possibly give me my twenty, the fourth the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back: that makes eighty, okay?"
"Okay," said God. You asked for it."
So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next fourty years, we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
He who does not prepare for death is more than an ordinary fool, he is a madman. -- C.H. Spurgeon
True humility credits God for every success.
-- David C. McCasland
You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity. -- Dr. O. A. Battista
We are travelers on a journey without a fixed abode; on our way, not yet in our native land – St. Augustine
The Church is a whore, but she is my mother.- St Augustine
Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.--Jennifer Yane
"Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light." - Dylan Thomas
"Old age is no place for sissies." - Bette Davis
"I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am." - Francis Bacon
Many a false step is made by standing still. -- Chinese cookie
You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. (Anne Lamott)
I have now concentrated all my prayers into one, and that one prayer is this: that I may die to self, and live wholly for Him.
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. —Luther
Every pastor chooses how he will lead a flock: as a risk taker, as a caretaker, or as an undertaker while it slowly dies.-- Rick Warren
Son, whatever weakens your reasoning, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes away your relish for spiritual things; in short, if anything increases the authority and power of the flesh over the Spirit, then that to you becomes sin, however good it is in itself." -- Susanna Wesley
Sin makes you stupid -- Jackson Cramer
What you believe determines how you think.
What you think determines what you do.
What you do dominates your life. -- unknown
"But if you don't know how to read, you don't know how to decide. That's the great thing about our country - we're a democracy of readers, and we should keep it that way." --Ray Bradbury (d June 5, 2012)
The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being. -- Socrates.
"Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind."--C.S. Lewis
Time is the great liar.--d'lyles
"Fundamentalism, whether from the right or the left, is always ugly. Always. The moment we find ourselves valuing our issues over people, we are utterly and tragically lost." - Justin McRoberts
A well-known speaker started off his seminar holding up a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?" Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this." He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill. He then asked, "Who still wants it...?" Still the hands were up in the air. "Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. "Now, who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air. "My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who DO LOVE you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE --Copied
Daydreams may be pleasant but accomplishments are more satisfying.
Tact is the ability to handle porcupines without disturbing the quills
It is easier to fill the head than it is to prepare the heart --E.M. Bounds
The only thing stopping you from marrying your destiny is your still married to your history.--T.D. Jakes
It is not what we do that saves us,
but being saved will direct what we do.
Jacob cheated, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Moses committed murder, Gideon was insecure, Miriam gossiped, Martha worried, Thomas doubted, Sara was impatient, Elijah was moody, Zacchaeus was short, Abraham was old & Lazarus was dead. God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the CALLED!!! Repost if you're not perfect but God is still working on YOU. --Copied
I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born -- Ronald Reagan
God doesn't break things so He can fix them; He fixes broken things so He can use them. Get back in the game! -- Scott & Kelli (KLOVE)
The past, the present, and the future all walk into a bar at the same time... It was tense. -- copied from Kimberly Nosik's FB post
If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity,
nothing else matters. --Harvey Mackey
I have met no people who fully disbelieved in Hell and also had a living and life-giving belief in Heaven. --C.S. Lewis
Human dignity cannot survive in a society that insists that a baby inside the womb has no right to live while that same baby, just seconds later, is a murder victim. Respect for human life cannot endure when a baby inside the womb is just a fetus, but when moved only a few centimeters is a full citizen.
-Dr. Richard Albert Mohler, Jr. is an American theologian and the ninth president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. - Margaret Mead
Success is always temporary. When all is said and done, the only thing you'll have left is your character. --Vince Gill
No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not.
-- H. L. Menchen
"Our ability to reach SEEKERS is directly related to how well WE care for their Children" --Bill Hybels
"God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him...Sin is what we do when we are not satisfied with God."
If we don't see our sin as God does then our eyes are not blinded but our hearts. -- From Pam Bock's FB post
If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. -- Mother Teresa
Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from. --Al Franken
A.W. Tozer's Rules of Self-Discovery:
1. What we want most?
2. What we think about most?
3. How we use our money?
4. What we do with our leisure time?
5. The company we enjoy?
6. Whom and what we enjoy?
7. What we laugh at?
I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers make,
and all the people those little prayers were destined to affect,
and all the consequences of those prayers down through the centuries,
we would be so paralyzed with awe at the power of prayer that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives.
Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers -- Francis Chan
You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.--Dr. A.J. Gordon
When you pray, if you get bored and your mind wanders...it is a gift from God. God is telling you what is more important than Him. Notice what you think about, these are more important than God and therefore your idols. -- Brandon Pasion
See, then, how God educates your soul through prayer, nurturing your desires for truth, love and beauty, and teaching you to discover them in himself. Play truant from the school of prayer and you will never learn these things. You will be a spiritual ignoramus, shallow and undeveloped and unable to understand the things of the Spirit. What Happens When I Pray.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts."
The Innocents Abroad (1869) Mark Twain
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.- J.R.R. Tolkien
"The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd." (Bertrand Russell)
But humility in politics is as scarce as integrity. –Becky Akers (http://personalliberty.com/rifling-us-for-guns/)
Prayer found in the Breviary of St. Theresa of Avila
Let nothing trouble you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All is passing,
God alone is unchanging.
Who possesses God
Wants for nothing.
God alone suffices.
Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.-- Francis Chan
Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.–Confucius
I pray you so live, that when you stand over your child's dead body, you may never hear a voice coming up from that clay, "Father, your negligence was my destruction. Mother, your prayerlessness was the instrument of my damnation.--Spurgeon
"God's work done in God's way, the devil can't destroy!" -- Myron Cederholm
Forgiveness has more to do with your tongue than your head or heart. If you’re still talking about it, you haven’t forgiven. --Mark Gungor
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world your best anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength--Corrie Ten Boom
Worry is like paying on a debt that may never come due.-- Will Rogers
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. -- George Bernard Shaw
Time spent waiting on God is never wasted.---ODB
We can, whenever and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children whose schooling is of interest to us. We already know more than we need to do that. Whether or not we do it must finally depend on how we feel about the fact that we haven't so far.
Don's Axiom reads, "Every organization starts with vision and zeal, moves to complacency and ends killing itself with rules and regulations--always with the best intentions."
When you have an unforgiving spirit,you put yourself in prison spiritually and emotionally, you pay dearly for the luxury of carring a grudge. Is it worth it???
-- Warren Wiersbe
Talk to God about your feelings, Psalm 6:6
Talk to God about your weaknesses, Psalm 25:16
Talk to God about your strengths, Psalm 24:8
Tell God your fears, Psalm 55:5
Pour out to God the desires of your heart, Psalm 38:9
Openly and emotionally admit your sins to God, Psalm 38:17
Say, out loud what you know to be true, Psalm 18:1f
--The Relationship Principles of Jesus, Tom Holladay
You don't really understand human nature unless you know why
a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time
around - and why his parents will always wave back.
~William D. Tammeus
The true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers. -- William Deresiewicz
I may not yet be as old as dirt, but dirt and I are starting to have an awful lot in common... Steven Donaldson
"Loosen up. Don`t you have some people to hug, rocks to skip, or lips to kiss? It`s time to retire...not from your job, just retire from your attitude. Honestly, has complaining ever made the day better? Has grumbling ever paid the bills? Has worrying about tomorrow ever changed it? Let someone else run the world for a while."~Pat Ahrens
"We live in America, where it seems like losing your phone is more dramatic than losing your virginity" --Anonymous
Safety chooses convenience over freedom. Corollary, One is safe in solitary confinement. There will be no automobile fatalities if everyone walks. ~ dlyles
"So we find that the three possible solutions of the great problem of increasing human energy are answered by the three words: food, peace, work. Many a year I have thought and pondered, lost myself in speculations and theories, considering man as a mass moved by a force, viewing his inexplicable movement in the light of a mechanical one, and applying the simple principles of mechanics to the analysis of the same until I arrived at these solutions, only to realize that they were taught to me in my early childhood. These three words sound the key-notes of the Christian religion. Their scientific meaning and purpose now clear to me: food to increase the mass, peace to diminish the retarding force, and work to increase the force accelerating human movement. These are the only three solutions which are possible of that great problem, and all of them have one object, one end, namely, to increase human energy. When we recognize this, we cannot help wondering how profoundly wise and scientific and how immensely practical the Christian religion is, and in what a marked contrast it stands in this respect to other religions. It is unmistakably the result of practical experiment and scientific observation which have extended through the ages, while other religions seem to be the outcome of merely abstract reasoning. Work, untiring effort, useful and accumulative, with periods of rest and recuperation aiming at higher efficiency, is its chief and ever-recurring command. Thus we are inspired both by Christianity and Science to do our utmost toward increasing the performance of mankind. This most important of human problems I shall now specifically consider." --Nikola Tesla
"When churches approach ministry with a business mentality, there are at least four tragic results:
1. The Gospel Becomes a Product
2. People Become Consumers
3. Appeal Becomes the Priority
4. Numbers Become the Measurement "
Chase, Mitchell (2010-11-15). The Gospel is for Christians (p. 174). Lucid Books. Kindle Edition.
Racism is an insult to God.--Pastor Rick Warren
How to really love a child -- Be there. Say yes as often as you can. Let them bang on pots and pans. If they're crabby put them in water. Read books out loud with joy. Go find elephants and kiss them. Encourage silly. Giggle a lot. Remember how really small they are. Search out the positive. Keep the gleam in your eye. Go see a movie in your pajamas. Teach feelings. Realize how important it is to be a child. Plan to build a rocket ship. Stop yelling. Invent pleasures together. Surprise them. Express your love, a lot. Children are miraculous! -- copied from Facebook.
"Everyone is a genius. But if you Judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its entire life believing that it is stupid." -- Albert Einstein
You can tune a guitar, you cannot tuna fish, unless you play bass....copied (from Brigitte Peters FB page)
I'm good friends with 25 letters of the alphabet… I don't know Y.--Chris Turner
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit -- Aristotle
...it is possible to spend your whole life filling your plate with your favorite parts of God, while your soul starves of spiritual malnourishment. -Jarrett Stevens
The people that died yesterday, had plans for today. Today is the day of salvation. -- copied
Jesus is the Light of the world. Lucifer is an Angel of Light. Be sure which light is guiding your life's path. -- d'lyles
If you believe God created Adam and Eve, each homosexual act is an insult to Jehovah. – d’lyles
When I walked to the front door of my home, I was dismayed that only one key opened the door: I thought all keys would open any door. When I needed to enter heaven, I was dismayed that only one key, belief in Jesus as director of my life, opened the door.--d'lyles
Mr. Scott died this weekend. One of my best memories in life occurred with his son Mike and daughter-in-law Laura. His last words after saying good-bye to his family around his bed was, "Well it is now just you and me Lord Jesus." Suddenly, the activity of life became unimportant. I have not been able to break the spell of these simple words. Life is after all about what happens after the last breath.
Leaders are readers -- d'lyles
If given two choices, always pick "C". -- d'lyles
Never forget Haman and Sir Thomas More were the King's right hand man--the day before they lost their head. -- d'lyles
Sin is selfishness -- dlyles
A book in bed means there will be one less child in trimesters. -- d'lyles
Young is beautiful. Old is comfortable.-- d'lyles
The problem is, government has no common sense only election sense.-- d'lyles
The problem with the law is that it has no common sense.-- d'lyles
May the strength of God pilot us,
May the wisdom of god instruct us,
May the hand o God protect us,
May the Word of God direct us. –St. Patrick
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me. -- St. Patrick
(underlined words are prepositions)
“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it.” ~Michelangelo
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Chesterton's Everlasting Man, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/questionofgod/ownwords/joy.html The ebla tablets, dead sea scrolls, or qumran scrolls, writings from Egypt such as, rosetta stone, behistun inscriptions, mesha stele, Rosetta Stone, the Tell el-Amarna Letters, the Stela of Merneptah, the Elephantine Papyri, and the Sinai Inscriptions. Writings From Mesopotamia such as Behistun Inscription, the Creation and Deluge Tablets [Epic of Creation, Sippar Tablet, Gilgamesh Epic, Nippur Tablet, other generally unnamed but important tablets from Nineveh, Nippur, Kish, etc], the Code of Hammurabi, the Mari Tablets, the Nuzi Tablets, the Records of Shalmaneser [his Monolith, Bronz Plates, Black Obelisk, etc], Annals of Tiglath-Pileser III, Cylinder of Sargon II, Cylender of Sennacherib, Archives of Ashurbanipal, Babylonian Chronicle Records From Syria: These include [among others], the Ras Shamra Tablets, the Gebal Inscriptions, the Dog River Gallery. Records From Palestine: These include [among others], the Lachish Letters, the Siloam Inscription, the Samaria Ostraka, the Moabite Stone, the Gezer Agricultural Tablet, the Lachish Ewer.