- "My analysis is that most faith based systems depend upon an
absolute moral order. The declaration of things as absolutely evil
or absolutely good, as sin or virtue, puts liberalism into a
horrible position because it's founded on no judgment on anything.
As a result, any faith that is seriously practiced or understood is
a challenge to the politics that depend on constituencies that would
rather not be told that their choices are bad and their lives are
not virtuous." - Hugh Hewitt
Assumptions - "Assumptions close you to
possibilities, while an open mind is constantly surprised by
unforeseen joys." William Meisheid
Belief - "If you believe what you like in
the gospel, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you
believe, but yourself." St. Augustine of Hippo
Blessings - "May there always be work for
your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you!" - Irish
Bullies - If you let
a bully come in your front yard, he'll be on your porch the next day
and the day after that he'll rape your wife in your own bed." Lyndon
Baines Johnson, 36th US President
Challenges - Smooth seas do not make
skillful sailors. - African proverb
"When things are not working right
and they don't feel right, they probably aren't right. But we all
live our lives based on the opportunities that are presented to us
at the time." -- Rebecca Mark, Former CEO, Enron International.
Christianity - "Christianity stands for
freedom, we don't want to impose our religion on everyone else. We
just don't want secular humanist values or homosexual values to be
forced upon us under the guise of anti-harassment laws, speech
codes, hate crime laws, or sensitivity training. We want to be free
to think and express our views in the public arena or anywhere we
want to. We want to be free to practice our religion with impunity
because that was central to our founding in this country. We will
accord you the exact same rights, whoever you are. You have the
right to freedom of worship, but we just want a level playing field.
We don't want to be singled out, discriminated against, or treated
without tolerance by those for whom tolerance is the highest
virtue." - David Limbaugh
Compromise - "Don't compromise yourself.
You are all you've got." Janis Joplin.
"The New Testament makes it abundantly clear that
whenever the Kingdom of God was concerned Jesus was absolutely
uncompromising, even when he realized that for him personally the
alternative to compromise was crucifixion." Ernest Fremont Title,
Post WWI Methodist minister.
Conscience - “We are fighting the
perversion of our healthiest instincts…That devilish: Thou shalt!
Thou shalt! And that stupid: Thou shalt not…We commence hostilities
against the so-called Ten Commandments; the tablets from Sinai are
no longer in force. Conscience, like circumcision, is a mutilation
of man.” - Adolf Hitler, quoted by Hannes Stein in, “Return of the
Gods,” First Things, November, 1999).
Courage - "I see in
your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may
come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and
break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. This day we
fight." - Aragorn, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
"Criticism should not
be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding,
instructive, inspiring." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Doubts - "Our doubts
are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing
to attempt." Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
Dreams - "It takes a person who is wide awake
to make his dreams come true." Roger Ward Babson
"As long as you put in the work, you can own the
dream. When the work stops, the dream disappears." Jim Dietz
Error - "I believe we were guilty of the
Galatian error: having begun in the Spirit, we quickly degenerated into
the flesh." - Derek Prince, who died last night in Jerusalem at the age of
88. He has heard, "Well done, good and faithful servant." Would that all
Christian leaders had his willingness to admit error and repent. 9-25-03
- "Apple is not sold with advertising despite the long series of
clever advertisements produced for the company over the years. It is
sold with evangelism, one person talking to another. The advertising
reinforces the evangelist message."
Steve Hayden, former Chiat Day
copywriter and writer of Apple's famous 1984 Super Bowl commercial.
Enemy - "We have met the enemy and he is us." - Pogo, 1971, Simon
Failure - "I don't
know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please
everybody." Bill Cosby
"How well I have
learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell.
There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place
for any man." - Johnny Cash who died Friday, September 12, 2003 at
the age of 71. Rest in peace Johnny.
Future - "I recently
had a conversation with an EU official who, apropos a controversial
proposal to tout the Continent's religious heritage in the new
constitution, kept using the phrase "Europe's post-Christian
future". The evidence suggests that, once you reach the
post-Christian stage, you don't have much of a future." Mark Steyn
Goals - "A goal without a plan is just a
wish." Larry Elder, columnist
Goodness - "Goodness
is the only investment that never fails." - Henry David Thoreau
Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile. William Shakespeare
(1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Albany, in King Lear, act 4,
sc. 2, l. 38.
Grace - ''Grace was in all her steps, heaven in
her eye, In every gesture dignity and love." John Milton. "Let your
conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you
may know how to answer everyone.Colossians 4:6.
Habits - ''We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is
not an act, but a habit.'' - Aristotle
Ideas - "The value of an idea lies
in the using of it.'' - Thomas Edison
Leaders under pressure - "Besieged leaders see an effect, but
not what is causing it." - Carter Pate and Harlan Platt, Authors.
Living - "Work like you don't need the
Love like you've never been hurt;
Dance as if no one were watching;
Sing as if no one were listening;
and live everyday as if it were your last." - Irish proverb
Loss - "Any loss, especially when
deep, opens the heart to the memory of loss itself. Our greatest
loss has always been eternal, our born separation from God. Even
being born again does not remove the deep memory of that loss." -
"Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God." - Benjamin Franklin's
choice for the Great Seal of the United States.
Persistence - ''Studies
indicate that the one quality all successful people have is
persistence. They're willing to spend more time accomplishing a task
and to persevere in the face of many difficult odds. There's a very
positive relationship between people's ability to accomplish any
task and the time they're willing to spend on it.'' - Dr. Joyce
Pride - "No man ever
had a point of pride that wasn't injurious to him." Ralph Waldo
Problems - "It’s
remarkable how quickly a problem goes away once the people with a vested
interest in there being a problem go away." -
Promises - "If you wish to be
success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing." - Napoleon
"Leaders who win the respect of others
are the ones who deliver more than they promise, not the ones who
promise more than they can deliver." Mark A. Clement, American writer,
Prophets - "The true prophet
disturbs consciences, and most people do not like to be disturbed.
The false prophet is popular because he soothes the consciences of
the wayward with his easygoing teaching." Bruce Vawter, The
Conscience of Israel
- Why have so many turned against reason? There are several
explanations, but among the foremost must be failure of the quixotic
hopes vested in it. Reason was misrepresented as an all-powerful, divine
force, with its own supreme mission. In fact, it has no aim and no
inherent goodness. Reason is simply and solely a tool, without any
legitimate claim to moral content. - Donald B. Calne, neurologist and
Repentance - "Remorse is impotence; it
will sin again. Only repentance is strong; it can end everything."
Honoré de Balzac in The Human Comedy.
Shortsightedness - If you're always chasing the
next problem, you can't see three problems ahead because you are so
focused on what is in front of you. Unknown
- Simplicity is the discipline of common sense. -
Jensen, author and workplace consultant.
Striving - "A man's
reach must exceed his grasp, or what's a Heaven for"? - Robert
Success - "Successful people compare their
achievements with their goals, while failures compare their
achievements with those of other people." - Unknown.
Time's demands - "It's better to be 80% right today
than 100% right tomorrow." - Becky Stein, Russell Reynolds Associates
Truth - "What is truth?"
Pontius Pilate (John
18:38); "I am the way, the truth, and the life." - Jesus Christ (John
14:6); "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth
came through Jesus Christ." - the Apostle John (John
- "Seek virtue and of that posest, to Providence resign the rest." -
Vision and Focus - "In an uncertain world vision
provides direction, while plans to implement that vision provide
focus." William Meisheid
Words - "Our greatest human creation is not the tool but the word,
not the technology that we so treasure and depend on but the language
that has allowed us to talk about it. Language, not technology, is the
most compelling artifact of the human intellect." - Dale Peterson, an
accomplished student of primate life.