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Friday, November 30, 2007

Wonderful Quotes

[King] David certainly was aware that his lust for power had become a barrier to inwardness. Careers, even religious careers, may become little more than forums for our own advancement. But how are we to deal with such ambition? Our longing after Christ must exceed our need for status in the world. Calvin Miller

A loving heart is the truest wisdom. Charles Dickens

A man leaves all kinds of footprints when he walks through life. Some you can see ... others are invisible, like the prints he leaves across other people's lives. Margaret Lee Runbeck

A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's. Jean Paul Richter

A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done. Dwight D. Eisenhower

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him. Sidney Greenberg

And I smiled to think God's greatness flowed round our incompleteness ... Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Philo

Children are natural mimics--they act like their parents in spite of every effort to teach them good manners. Unknown

Christmas is not just a time for festivity and merry making. It is more than that. It is a time for the contemplation of eternal things. The Christmas spirit is a spirit of giving and forgiving. J. C. Penney ("Christmas Thoughts")

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots. Frank A. Clark

Enthusiasm spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment. Norman Vincent Peale

Every gift, though it be small, is in reality great if given with affection. Pindar

Every man is the architect of his own fortune. Sallust

Every time we open our mouths, men look into our minds.

Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, And when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, "I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me." Ann Landers

Faith is unutterable trust in God, trust which never dreams that He will not stand by us. Oswald Chambers

Funerals, divorces, illnesses, and stays in the hospital -- you can't lie about life at such times. Maybe that's why he's always present at such moments. Max Lucado

God builds his kingdom primarily through ordinary people who are willing to use daily encounters to tell others about the salvation that is available in Jesus Christ. Anthony Campolo

How many people stop because so few say go? Charles Swindoll

I can forgive, but I cannot forget" is only another way of saying, "I will not forgive." Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note - torn in two and burned up so that it never can be shown against one. Henry Ward Beecher

I invite you to reach out in love to a needy child and give that boy or girl something valuable -- love and hope. Patty Anglin

If you are good, be better. Anonymous

If you have one eye on yesterday, and one eye on tomorrow, you’re going to be cockeyed today. Anonymous

In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him. C. S. Lewis

It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them. Agatha Christie

Jesus humbled himself. He went from commanding angels to sleeping in the straw. From holding stars to clutching Mary's finger. The palm that held the universe took the nail of a soldier. Why? Because that's what love does. It puts the beloved before itself. Max Lucado in A Love Worth Giving

Lead and inspire people. Don't try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed but people must be led. Ross Perot

Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. John Henry Jowett

Make the most of the present moment. No occasion is unworthy of our best efforts. God often uses the humble occasions and little things to shape the course of a man's life. James Garfield

Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression. Dodie Smith

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing—that's why we recommend it daily. Zig Ziglar

Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. Henry Ward Beecher

Real encouragement occurs when words are spoken from a heart of love to another's recognized fear. Larry Crabb

Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a riple with no logical end. Scott Adams

Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can. Willis Whitney

Some pursue happiness, others create it.

The grand essentials for happiness are: something to do, something to love and something to hope for. Chalmers

The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life - the children; those who are in the twilight of life - the aged; and those who are in the shadows of life - the sick, the needy and the handicapped. Hubert Humphrey

The ultimate proof of total forgiveness takes place when we sincerely petition the Father to let those who have hurt us off the hook -- even if they have hurt not only us, but also those close to us. R. T. Kendall

The unfortunate thing about this world, Is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones. Somerset Maugham

The Word became flesh," John said ... He was touchable, approachable, reachable. And, what's more, he was ordinary. If he were here today you probably wouldn't notice him as he walked through a shopping mall. He wouldn't turn heads by the clothes he wore or the jewelry he flashed. "Just call me Jesus," you can almost hear him say. Max Lucado

Those of us who are most familiar with the Spirit's promises are in the greatest danger. ... familiarity may not breed contempt, but it takes the edge off awe ... promises that drop the jaws or widen the eyes of newcomers but provoke no more than a raised eyebrow in the old-timers who have ceased to dream. Jim McGuiggan

Thou who hast given so much to me, give me one more thing - a grateful heart! George Herbert

We should all sleep like babies every night knowing we are children of the Lord, yet we look to stock portfolios, popularity, jobs, social standing, and other things to give us the security only God can give. We continually construct little emotional bomb shelters, ignoring the more profound gift God offers us, the deep sense that things are all right within us, that in Him we are safe at home. W. Phillip Keller

What he's been creating, since the first beat of your heart, is a living, breathing, priceless work of art. Steven Curtis Chapman

Whatever you are, be a good one. Abraham Lincoln

When purity is reduced to legalism, our hearts are no longer free; they are focused more on maintaining rituals and customs than on living out a genuine character change. David Edwards

Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter. Bono

Why do so many people have struggles when it comes to prayer? .. Men and women were originally created to desire communion with God. But the effects of sin have dulled most of that original human desire. Sin turned a natural activity into an unnatural function. Gordon McDonald

Why is purity such a struggle? Why is it so difficult to order our lives in a way that allows Christ to shine through us? ... We destroy purity by equating it with legalism and forgetting that it is first and foremost a work of the heart. Reducing it to a set of rules trivializes the purpose of purity and creates a veneer of purity without the genuine, underlying character. David Edwards

You are unique. Just like everyone else. Anonymous

You know how it is -- you say the same words, yet they mean different things to those hearing them. you offer the same touch, yet it yields different results in different lives. Some people soak up your touch; others wipe it off. You might look at these situations and get discouraged: "Fine! I just won't do anything nice for anyone!" Yet look back at the example of Jesus. Amy Nappa

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Powerful Quotes

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. Irish proverb

A passion to obey Christ is born out of our relationship with him. The more we love him, the more we want him to be a part of our affairs. Calvin Miller

As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled. Victor Hugo

Be faithful in the little practices of love which will build in you the life of holiness and make you Christlike. Mother Teresa

Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best. Mother Teresa

Do not complain about growing old, some do not have this privilege. unknown

Does God indeed need to rest? Of course not! But did God choose to rest? Yes. Why? Because God subjected creation to a rhythm of rest and work that He revealed by observing the rhythm Himself, as a precedent for everyone else. In this way, He showed us a key to order in our private worlds. Gordon McDonald

Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you. Winston Churchill

Dreams come in a size too big so that we may grow into them. Josie Bisset

Even a small thorn causes festering.

Every dog is brave on his own doorstep.

Experience teaches only the teachable. Aldous Huxley

For the Christian, nothing less than the presence of the Spirit is enough to explain the marvelous changes worked in human lives. Call it grace; call it providence; call it the result of Bible study ... just so we understand that in and behind any or all the instruments is the presence and work of the Spirit who seeks and finds and transforms. Jim McGuiggan

Forgiveness is having the courage to take down the walls that we think are there to protect us.

Go the extra mile. It's never crowded. Executive Speech writer Newsletter

God might want you to extend his love by offering to baby-sit for the single parent down the street. He might want you to prepare a hearty meal for that lonely old man who lost his wife -- and to sit and visit with him while he eats. Who knows, he might even want you to reach out and touch the life of a total stranger in some way you can't imagine right now. Are you willing to set aside your own comfort to touch someone else with God's love? Amy Nappa

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals. Benjamin Franklin

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel. Anonymous

I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap. Bob Hope

I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back. Zsa Zsa Gabor

I learned that life is not just a destination but a journey. While the expedition can be long and arduous, it can be full of beauty and pleasure as well. Wayne Holmes

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. Groucho Marx

It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot (1819-1880) English Novelist

It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired -- you quit when the gorilla is tired. Robert Strauss

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. Samuel Johnson

May your walls know joy; May every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility. Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey

Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty .. But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out. Phyllis Diller

My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying. Rodney Dangerfield

Never tell your mom her diet's not working.

No matter how long you've gone on a wrong road...TURN BACK! Turkish Proverb

One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession. Sophocles

Opportunity will knock, but it won't knock your door down. Nathaniel H. Bronner Jr.

Our new cultural postmodern credo for avoiding sin is, "Hurt no one and do what you please." ... I much prefer Augustine's credo for avoiding sin: "Love God and do what you please." Calvin Miller

Parents are not quite interested injustice, they are interested in quiet. --Bill Cosby

Reflect upon your blessings, of which every man has plenty, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. Charles Dickens

Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year. Victor Borge

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strength. When you go through hardship and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. Ovid

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. Andrew Jackson

The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk. Jacqueline Schiff

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity. - Francis Maitland Balfour

The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show. Unknown

The next time you feel like complaining, remember that your garbage disposal probably eats better than 30 percent of the people in the world.

The real tragedy of life is not in being limited to one talent, but in the failure to use that one talent. Edgar W. Work

Those of us who are most familiar with the Spirit's promises are in the greatest danger. ... familiarity may not breed contempt, but it takes the edge off awe ... promises that drop the jaws or widen the eyes of newcomers but provoke no more than a raised eyebrow in the old-timers who have ceased to dream. Jim McGuiggan

True thanksgiving means that we need to thank God for what He has done for us, and not to tell Him what we have done for Him. George R. Hendrick

Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was SHUT UP. Joe Namath

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is awaiting us.... The old skin has to be shed before the new one is to come. Joseph Campbell

When I come to the end of my rope, God is there to take over.

When you get right down to it, one of the most important tasks of a leader is to eliminate his people's excuse for failure. Robert Townsend

Where there is much prayer, there will be much of the Spirit; where there is much of the Spirit, there will be ever-increasing prayer. Andrew Murray

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away. Sir Arthur Helps

You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.

You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.