E-Clips . . . quotes gathered through
three decades of Kris reading and study
Do you have a call? I don’t think I’ve heard a call. Then perhaps you’re not in calling distance. Move closer to God and see if you can’t hear Him
Mel Gibson stated he did not appear in his own movie, by his choice, with one exception: It is Gibson's hands seen nailing Jesus to the cross. Gibson said he wanted to do that because it was indeed his own hands that nailed Jesus to the cross (along with all of ours.)
At Calvary hard rocks rent in two while some men’s hard hearts didn’t even budge
People that we wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole Jesus died for on a ten-foot pole
Never be afraid to do something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the titanic.
Anything unattempted remains unattained
I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately triumph than to triumph in a cause that will ultimately fail - Woodrow Wilson
I'd rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star, I'd rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might-have-been has never been, but a has was once an are - Milton Berle
Leaders stretch with challenges, followers struggle with challenges, losers shrink from challenges
You will always get what you’ve always got if you always do what you’ve always done
When you’re through changing, you’re through - Bruce Barton
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced - James Baldwin
Change is a process, not an event
Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself - Leo Tolstoy
A person’s age can be determined by the degree of pain he experiences when he comes in contact with a new idea - Quincy Jones
What you can tolerate you cannot change. You must hate the present to qualify for a future - Mike Murdock
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man attempts to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man - George Bernard Shaw
If you want to change an area of your life you have to do it immediately and flamboyantly - William James
Nothing changes until something changes
Change is permissible - I’m allowed to change
Change is personal - I need to change
Change is possible - I am able to change
Change is profitable - I’ll be rewarded to change
Change doesn’t usually happen when you see the light but when you feel the heat
It is in the turns not the straight-aways where we lose control - TD Jakes
Blessed are those who are flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.
It’s time to move from analogue to digital. Why wait for the tape to rewind when you can move to the next song in life instantly? Our greatest scientific achievements came when men switched from old math to algebraic abstractions
Choice, not chance determines change
The only person who likes change is a wet baby - Mark Twain
Though all progress brings change, not all change brings progress - John Maxwell
My grandfather had a farm, my father had a garden, and I have a can opener
Don’t rock the boat; sink it and start over - Tom Peters
In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion - Carl Sagan
If the pastor yields to the Spirit, he will immediately start a membership drive - he will drive the members who are preventing revival right out of his church - Sid Roth
True character is the same whether in the boardroom or the bedroom
Reputation is what people think you are. Character is who you really are. Take care of your character and your reputation will take care of itself.
Ability can get you to the top but only character can keep you there - John Wooden
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost -sma
I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him - Abraham Lincoln
Can God use someone who does not have character? Sure - if someone was dying of thirst He in His love would give them a drink even if out of a dirty cup.
Your gift will take you there, but your character will keep you there
As the twig is bent, the tree shall grow
The Mirror test - Am I true to myself?
The Mentor test - Am I true to my teacher?
The Masses test - Am I true to my followers? - John Maxwell
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him - Leo Aikman
It is not the mountains that we conquer, but ourselves - Edmund Hillary
Don't be content with being average. Average is as close to the bottom as it is to the top.
It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright - Ben Franklin
Surely the world we live in is but the world that lives in us - Daisy Bates
Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right... - Martin Luther
The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour - Japanese Proverb
The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right - William Safire
Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us - Thomas Paine
When I do right, no one remembers. When I do wrong, no one ever forgets
Every institution is the lengthened shadow of a man. His character determines the character of the institution - Emerson
Following the path of least resistance is what makes rivers and men crooked
It takes two things to blow down a tree, strong winds and internal decay and rot. As long as the inside is strong no external storm will defeat it
People have three names, the one they inherited, the one their parents gave them, and the one they make for themselves
Lead your life so you won’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip - Will Rogers
You got it from your father, it was all he had to give.
So it’s yours to use and cherish. For as long as you may live.
If you lose the watch he gave you, it can always be replaced.
But a black mark on your name, son, can never be erased.
It was clean the day you took it, and a worthy name to bear.
When he got it from his father, there was no dishonor there.
So make sure you guard it wisely, after all is said and done,
You’ll be glad the name is spotless, when you give it to your son
Before you pray for a change in circumstances, you should pray for a change in character - John Allan Lavender
Living a double life will get you nowhere twice as fast - John Mason
Some people try to make something for themselves, others try to make something of themselves
Many a man’s reputation would not recognize his character if they met in the dark - John Mason
Would the boy you were be proud of the man you are? - John Mason
You cannot carve rotten wood - Chinese Proverb
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy - Martin Luther King
He has worn out his constitution and is living on his bylaws - Woodrow Wilson
If I take care of my character; my reputation will take care of itself - D.L. Moody
Where one man reads the Bible, a hundred read you and me - D. L. Moody
Christ before career, character before ministry, unity before growth, people before program, ownership before organization, unreached before reached, integrity before popularity - Saji Lukos, Reaching Indians Ministries International
Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God’s Paradise - Phillips Brooks
Small children give you a headache; big children give you a heartache
When your children aren’t a pain in the neck they are a lump in your throat
Hannah took her kid to church and left him there. Ever feel like doing that?
There are three ways to get something done: Do it yourself, employ someone or forbid your children to do it - Monta Crane
Kids are like mosquitoes, the moment they stop making noise you know they are getting into something
Children may be deductible but they’re still taxing
You can con a con and fool a fool but you can’t kid a kid
Parents need to be the soul supporters of their children
The rocking-chair in a Christian nursery is higher than a throne - RG Lee
Children, like canoes, are easier to control if paddled from the rear
Children today are facing abortion, abuse and abandonment
Where would we be without our children? Maui, Acapulco, etc
Just when your children become fun to live with they live with someone else
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ - Gandhi
In Christianity you don’t get something to believe but Someone to receive
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
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried - G.K. Chesterton
Christianity is not extreme, it is mainstream
Do you call God “our Father” on Sunday then live like an orphan the rest of the week?
Merry Christmas to our Christian friends; Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish friends; to our Atheist friends - good luck!”
A television interviewer was walking streets of Tokyo at Christmas time. Much as in America, Christmas shopping is a big commercial success in Japan. The interviewer stopped one young woman on the sidewalk, and asked, "What is the meaning of Christmas?" Laughing, she responded, "I don't know. Is that the day that Jesus died?" There was some truth in her answer.
To avoid offending anybody, the school dropped religion altogether and started singing about the weather. At my son's school, they now hold the winter program in February and sing increasingly non-memorable songs such as "Winter Wonderland," "Frosty the Snowman" and--this is a real song--"Suzy Snowflake," all of which is pretty funny because we live in Miami. A visitor from another planet would assume that the children belonged to the Church of Meteorology -
Dave Barry in his "Notes on Western Civilization" Chicago Tribune Magazine
The hinge of history was hung on a Bethlehem stable door
According to EF Bullinger in the Companion’s Bible, it appears that Jesus was born on the 15th of Tisri, Sept 29, 4 BC which would have placed conception at Dec 25th, or 1st Tebeth. On Dec 25 the Word was made flesh and Sept 29 tabernacled among us.
As to the “X” in X-mas: in math stands for an unknown. X is a symbol for multiplication. It is the Roman Numeral for 10, a perfect number. X marks the spot. It can be a substitute for someone’s signature. It is “chi” in the Greek alphabet which is the first letter in the word Christos.
Whenever I pass by a church, I always stop to visit, So on that day I’m carried in, the Lord won’t ask, “Who is it?”
The Church is the one institution that exists for those outside it - William Temple
Before Church we talk to God; at church He talks to us; after church we talk to others
Sunday is not the Lord’s morning but the Lord’s Day
Boy was asked what church he attended - “I am a Seventh Day Absentist!”
A cold church is like cold butter - it doesn’t spread very well
Corinth was a fellowship of feuds, factions, frauds and fornicators
Is the church converting the world or is the world perverting the church?
We have filled our church rolls with the names of baptized pagans that couldn’t be found with a search warrant
The church was not intended to be an accompanist with the world but a soloist in the world
In one church, the pastor, apparently fed up with all the excuses given over the years as to why people don't go to church, included "Ten Reasons Why I Never Wash" in the Sunday bulletin:
1. I was forced to as a child.
2. People who wash are hypocrites - they think they are cleaner than everybody else.
3. There are so many different kinds of soap, I can't decide which one is best.
4. I used to wash, but I got bored and stopped.
5. I wash only on special occasions, like Christmas and Easter.
6. None of my friends wash.
7. I'll start washing when I get older and dirtier.
8. I can't spare the time.
9. The bathroom is never warm enough in winter or cool enough in summer.
10. People who make soap are only after your money
What kind of church would my church be if all the members were just like me?
The world at its worst needs the church at its best
Seven words that kill a church - We never did it that way before. Seven words that reignite a church - I can do all things through Christ
Church members are like car engines; they start missing a little before they finally quit
He cannot have God for his Father who will not have the Church for his mother - Augustine
Come tired, leave inspired!
The old song “Me and Jesus - Got our own thing goin’” is not only bad grammar, it is bad theology
The church is like Noah’s ark, the stench on the inside would be unbearable if it were not for the storm on the outside
The church is not to be a reluctant caboose following the train of history but is to be the steam engine that directs the course of history
Sometimes the tares make better looking church members than the wheat...but they don’t make very good bread - Jack Hyles
A congregation of morning glories that bloom at church on Sunday morning but fold up for the rest of the week
Some people only go to church three times in their whole life - when they’re hatched, when they’re matched and when they’re dispatched
The church is not to be a reluctant caboose on the train track of history, but is supposed to be a steaming, streaming locomotive that directs the course of history
The temple of truth will not be damaged so much by woodpeckers on the outside as the termites on the inside - Vance Havner
Let us never forget that His church is a sheepfold, not a zoo, and pastors are undershepherds, not keepers of a menagerie - Vance Havner
There is no point in spending our time sighing for the church that was. Neither should we settle down in the church that is - We should make our goal the church that ought to be - until the day when we join the church triumphant, the church that shall be - Vance Havner
Latest news reports are that five terrorist cell groups have been operating in many of our churches. They have been identified as: Bin Sleepin, Bin Arguin, Bin Fightin, Bin Complainin, and Bin Missin
Sign on one church advertised, "Crawl-ins welcome!"
Everyone's welcome, nobody's perfect, anything's possible
The church is the only institution that exists primarily for its non-members
Is it sufficient for a lighthouse to flash its warning of rocks just one night a week? - Leonard Ravenhill
Circumstances - what are circumstances? I make circumstances - Napoleon
We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance - Benjamin Disraeliad
How are you doing? “Not bad under the circumstances.” What are you doing under there?
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them - George Bernard Shaw
The one who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it
Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way - Viktor Frankl
Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstance, it would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of circumstance - Thomas Carlyle
Bob Harrington used this acronym for the CLERGY/ C - Cowardly, L - Lazy, E - Empty, R - Rebellious, G - Greedy, Y - Yo-yos
The kamikaze pilot who was able to fly 50 missions was involved, but never committed - Coach Lou Holz
Other men think of many things all day long. I just think of one thing all day long - Thomas Edison
Two roads diverge in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference - Robert Frost
Some people miss out in life because they are living somewhere in the “terrible too’s” - too tired, too poor, too busy, etc.
Did you know that the average American Christian claims three home churches - Tommy Barnett
A motivational speaker once said there are two kinds of people in this world: those who say "whatever" and those who say, "whatever it takes." "Whatever" is the response of the shrug. It's a "who cares?" attitude, one of indifference and apathy. "Whatever it takes" is the response of the committed. It's a "can do" attitude that refuses to give up or give in.
Then there’s the school teacher who got a nasty call from an irate mother. The mother called - “did you tell the kids in the class that they ought to all be institutionalized?” “No”, said the teacher, “I just told them that they ought to be committed”. Friend, you won’t make it very far in business or life if you’re not committed
You have to pay a lot of tolls along the road to success
Success is achieved by making a decision, making it yours, then if need dying by it!
It is better to die for something than to live for nothing - Bob Jones Sr
When Christ calls a man He bids him come and die - Deittrich Boenhoffer
Wherever you are…be there
A man who won't die for something is not fit to live - Martin Luther King
When I'd get tired and want to stop. I'd wonder what my next opponent was doing. I'd wonder if he was still working out. I tried to visualize him. When I could see him still working, I'd start pushing myself. When I could see him quit, I'd push myself harder - Dan Gable
Do not quit! Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard - E. Joseph Cossman
The toughest part of getting to the top of the ladder is getting through the crowd at the bottom
University of Moscow student to Billy Graham colleague - “You Christians say you are going to win the world, but we’ve done more in fifty years than you have done in 2,000 years. And do you know why? It is because you are uncommitted. We are. We will win, you see”
Don't go into something to test the waters, go into things to make waves
What a strange army! A sword in one hand and a suitcase in the other - Mario Murillo
It’s very dangerous to try to leap a chasm in two bounds - Chinese proverb
We need to fence off our altars so high that to get to them would take a do or die effort - Leonard Ravenhill
For everything you gain you lose something - Ralph Waldo Emerson
One movie actress saw the other reading her horoscope and said, “I didn’t know you believed that”. “Oh”, she responded, “I believe everything a little bit”. That’s the problem with people, they don’t believe anything with their whole heart - Billy Graham
Could Hamlet have been written by a committee, or the Mona Lisa painted by a club? Could the New Testament have been composed as a conference report? Creative ideas do not spring from groups. They spring from individuals. The divine spark leaps from the finger of God to Adam - A. Whitney Griswold
As individuals they do nothing; as a group they decide nothing
A camel is a horse that was designed by a committee
Search all the parks in all the cities; you won’t find any monuments to committees
If Columbus would have had an advisory committee he would still be at the Portuguese dock
Don’t be so open-minded that your brains fall out
Never sharpen a boomerang
How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin - Ronald Reagan
I have one question for those rulers: If communism is the wave of the future, why do you still need walls to keep people in and armies of secret police to keep them quiet? - Ronald Reagan
Two Soviets...were talking to each other. And one of them asked, "What's the difference between the Soviet Constitution and the United States Constitution?" And the other one said, "That's easy. The Soviet Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of gathering. The American Constitution guarantees freedom after speech and freedom after gathering - Ronald Reagan
Communism has won more in a cold war than it could ever win in a hot war - Vance Havner
Christian lady was dressing the open oozing wounds of a leper in Calcutta. Another lady said, “Ooh, I wouldn’t do that for a million dollars”. The other replied, “I wouldn’t either”. Christian love is worth far more than that meager sum
Compassion needs tempered with wisdom. Mother ostrich went for a drink; compassionate elephant’s motherly instinct took over and decided to help out, so she sat on her eggs and made scrambled eggs
I couldn’t care more
Good for you, you have a heart, you can be a liberal. Now, couple your heart with your brain, and you can be a conservative - Glenn Beck
How far you go in your life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these - George Washington Carver
Some people seem to confuse confidence, which is a function of attitude, with competence, which is a function of ability…If you think you can do something, that’s confidence. If you can do it, that’s competence - John Maxwell
Would you like some cheese with your Whine?
“Whines” are the products of sour grapes
A drive-up window complaint department deals in fast feuds
In Numbers they mumbled about the man and grumbled about the manna
A lion and lamb laid together in a cage. Sign said “study in mutual coexistence”. “How do you get the two to get along?” someone asked. “That’s easy, we’ll just throw a couple more lambs in tomorrow morning”
Have you ever seen a four-way yield sign?
Samson lost his locks in the world’s most expensive haircut at the Sorek barber shop
Middle of the road people get ran over
A school teacher applying for a job was asked if she taught that the world was round or flat. “Which way do you want it taught? I can teach it both ways”
Too many are trying to be neither-nor in a world that is either-or. The need is for courage under fire but they are known for caution under cover
Boenhoffer was executed less than a week before his prison camp was liberated. By compromising he could have held out a week - he didn’t
The greatest moderate of Luther’s day was Erasmus. It was said that he could shade down “yes” until it sounded like “no”, and burnish up “no” until it almost passed for “yes” - Vance Havner
It is better to die for a conviction than to live with a compromise - Vance Havner
Adlai Stevenson was reported to have devised the word “yo”, which can mean either yes or no
The only colors Mr. Spurgeon knew were black and white. In all things he was definite. With Spurgeon you were either up or down, in or out, alive or dead - Joseph Parker
They say we can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, but we’re not in the fly catching business
There is nothing in the middle of the road except yellow stripes and dead armadillos - John Mason
I dreamed that somehow I had come to dwell in Topsy-Turvydom,
Where vice was virtue, virtue was vice,
Where nice was nasty, nasty was nice,
Where right was wrong, wrong was right,
Where white was black, black was white
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last - Winston Churchill
Antipas, whose name means "against all," was advised that "the whole world is against you!" He replied, "Then I am against the whole world!"
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing - Emo Phillips
I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image - Stephen Hawking
Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest - Isaac Asimov
The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers - Sydney J. Harris
Why is it drug addicts and computer aficionados are both called users? - Clifford Stoll
There will be a road. It will not connect two points.
It will connect all points.
Its speed limit will be the speed of light.
It will not go from here to there.
There will be no more there. We will all only be here - 1994 MCI ad
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing
A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer
To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people. A conceited man is satisfied with the effect he produces on himself - Max Beerbohm
Don’t say you’re from Lose-iana - say Win-iana
God gave you a mouth to conquer your mind - Mike Murdock
“Everything I eat goes straight to my hips” - you’ve conditioned your hips to receive the command. “I can’t see myself doing that” - you’ve set the image. “I’m sick and tired of that!” - you just made yourself sick and tired
Faith is voice activated - Mark Hankins
The little rock in [David’s] sling followed the path of the rock that had already come from his lips - Billy Joe Daugherty
If you believe everything you say will come to pass, it will shorten your conversation - Billy Joe Daugherty
What is spoke to you must be spoken through you
Stop saying what you have and start having what you say
The word spoke to you must be spoken through you - Mark Hankins
Jesus told you to speak to the mountain. The mountain has been speaking to you - Mark Hankins
Self-confidence is the product of information
Self-confidence isn’t learned in a course but rather on a course - Robert Schuller
A lion doesn’t have to look in the mirror and say, “I’m a lion, I’m a lion, I’m a lion…” He knows what he is - Mike Murdock
There are two kinds of people in the world - those who walk into a room and say, ‘There you are’ - and those who say, ‘Here I am!’" - Abigail Van Buren
If you think you are beaten, you are; If you think that you dare not, you don't; If you'd like to win and you think you can't It's almost certain that you won't. If you think you'll lose, you've lost; For out in the world you'll find Success begins with a fellows will- It's all in the state of mind. If you think that you are out-classed, you are; You've got to think high to rise; You've got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize. Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man; But sooner or later the man who wins Is the man who thinks he can - Edgar Guest
Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you - Stewart White
If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me - Emerson
First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, I believe - Norman Vincent Peale
Self-confidence is the result of a successfully survived risk - Jack Gibb
Never get in a spittin’ match with a skunk. Even if you win, you come out smelling bad
Don't be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against; not with; the wind - Hamilton Mabie
You can't shake hands with a clenched fist - Indira Gandhi
Marriage means expectations and expectations mean conflict - Paxton Blair
Conscience: the part of you that feels so bad when the rest of you feels so good
The testimony of a good conscience is better than a dozen character witnesses
The voice of the spirit is conscience, the soul is reasoning, the body is feelings
The man who loses his conscience has nothing else worth keeping - Izaak Walton
There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience - French Proverb
Most of us follow our conscience as we follow a wheelbarrow. We push it in front of us in the direction we want to go - Billy Graham
Joseph would rather lose a good coat than lose a good conscience
Conscience is the internal jury, the world is the external jury and God is the eternal jury
Some mistake the stretching of his conscience for the broadening of his mind - Vance Havner
The moral sense, or conscience, is as much a part of man as his leg or arm. It is given to all human beings in a stronger or weaker degree, as force of members is given them in a greater or less degree. It may be strengthened by exercise, as may any particular limb of the body - Thomas Jefferson
No earthly prosperity, no human love, no mirth, music, fun, or intoxication can dispel its clouds or assuage the agony of its gnawing tooth [conscience] - R. A. Torrey
The consequences of our crimes long survive their commission, and, like the ghosts of the murdered, forever haunt the steps of the malefactor - Walter Scott
It is astonishing how soon the whole conscience begins to unravel if a single stitch drops - C. Buxton
If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him, you will always remember - Kahlil Gibran
I don’t have to attend every argument I am invited to
Yield larger things to which you can show no more than equal right; and yield lesser ones, though clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite - Abe Lincoln
I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me - Dave Barry
Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument an exchange of ignorance - Robert Quillen
The Romans sometimes compelled a captive to be joined face-to-face with a dead body, and to bear it about until the horrible effluvia destroyed the life of the living victim. Virgil describes this cruel punishment: “The living and the dead at his command, were coupled face to face, and hand to hand; till choked with stench, in loathed embraces tied, the lingering wretches pined away and died”
Today’s Christian has too many opinions and not enough convictions
Said the Guide in Pilgrim’s Progress - “I care not for all that profession that begins not with heaviness of mind. The first string that the musician usually touches is the base when he intends to put all in tune. God also plays upon this string first when he sets the soul in tune with Himself”
When before an African Queen, the Holy Spirit spoke to Reinhard Bonnke - “Forget protocol, give an altar call!”
People will change, not so much when they see the light, but when they feel the heat
Revival conviction puts the sinner in a spiritual check-mate - the Holy Spirit pins him against the wall with nowhere to turn.
Dwayne Friend talks about the man that was saved in one of his meetings at the Cathedral of Tomorrow which was a round auditorium. He felt like there was no place for him to turn. The Holy Ghost had cornered him in a round auditorium
Conviction of sin puts man before the jury. He faces himself - an internal jury, he faces others - an external jury, and he faces God – the eternal jury
Dr. Michael Brown asks us to finish the following line - “I will pour out my ______”. Most will say “I will pour out my Spirit”, but the Bible says “I will pour out my wrath” many, many times more
The difference between first century preaching and last century preaching is that back then Paul was appalling, but today Peale is appealing, Not that Peale is all that bad but that his little “Peal-ings” have twisted everything he has said and taken the sting out of his words
We have too many men of science and not enough men of God. We live in an age of nuclear giants and spiritual pygmies - Omar Bradley
Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor - Oliver Wendell Holmes
The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions - John Mason
Nothing can come of nothing - Shakespeare
A belief is something you will argue about. A conviction is something you will die for - Howard Hendricks
The men of the past had convictions, while we moderns have only opinions - H. Heine
You can’t eat enough carrots to be able to see behind you. You don’t need better eyes, you need another set of eyes
Those who disagree with your solution to their problem disqualify themselves for further counsel - Mike Murdock
A wishbone can never replace a backbone
It takes guts to leave the ruts - Robert Schuller
It is easy to be brave from a safe distance - Aesop
We cannot lower the mountain, therefore we must elevate ourselves - Todd Skinner, Mountain Climber
Courage comes from a word that means “core” - so it is “core” “age”, or maturity at the core
The turtle has to stick his neck out to get ahead
Courage is fear that has said its prayers
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen - Winston Churchill
He that does not dare will not get to share
It is better to be the widow of a hero than the wife of a coward
True courage is like a kite, contrary winds only cause it to rise higher
Clearwater, FL/ 1/31 - A high school freshman who walked out of a weightlifting session after Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once - Shakespeare
He is not worthy of the honeycomb who shuns the hives because bees have stings - Shakespeare
Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them, they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight - Orison Marden
A man is a hero not because he is braver than other men but because he is brave for ten minutes longer than other men - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Courage is mastery of fear, not absence of fear - Mark Twain
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened - Billy Graham
The opposite of courage is not fear; it is conformity - John Mason
Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave - Seneca
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because it is the quality that guarantees all others - Winston Churchill
When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened - Billy Graham
If science could cross breed a jellyfish with a parrot, it could create academic administrators - Thomas Sowell
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you - Dale Carnegie
Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours - Yogi Berra
They call it the God particle: a mysterious sub-atomic fragment that permeates the entire universe and explains how everything is the way it is. Nobody has ever seen the God particle; some say it doesn't exist but, in the ultimate leap of faith, physicists across the world are preparing to build one of the most ambitious and expensive science experiments the world has ever seen to try to find it - David Adam, The Guardian, August 21, 2004
The world did not bring itself to be, for then it would have been prior to itself, in which case it already was and did not need to become. We are left to finding the cause of the world's existence before and outside the world - Ramesh Richard
Those who design skyscrapers have a different creativity than those who build doghouses. The pay differs too - Mike Murdock
The most valuable resource you bring to your work and to your firm is your creativity. More than what you get done, more than the role you play, more than your title, more than your ‘output’ - it’s your ideas that matter” - Annette Moser-Wellman
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up - Picasso
There is a correlation between the creative and the screwball. So we must suffer screwballs gladly - Yale president Kingman Brewster
Sometimes creative thinking lies along the lines of invention, where you break new ground. Other times it moves along the lines of innovation, which helps you to do old things in a new way - John Maxwell
The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a creative mind to spot wrong questions - Antony Jay
Heads of Industrial Light and Magic, George Lucas’s Star Wars tech company say, “We tell our directors and writers not to write their scripts based on what their understanding of technology is, rather to really roam free and take advantage of their creative spirit”. ILM has provided special effects for eight of the ten highest grossing films of all time, and in the process won 12 Academy Awards.
Studies of creativity suggest that the biggest single variable of whether or not employees will be creative is whether they perceive they have permission - David Hills
Weed out the dullards; nurture the nuts! - Tom Peters
Too many live life critically instead of creatively
Composer Darius Milhaud was asked, “If you had to go to a desert island, which of your compositions would you take with you?” He replied, “I would take some blank paper because my favorite composition is always the one I will write tomorrow”
All good work is done in defiance of management - Bob Woodward
There has been an average of 160,000 troops stationed in Iraq during the last 22 months. During this time the firearm death total was 2,112 for a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000. The rate in Washington, DC is 80.6 per 100,000. That means that you are more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation's Capitol (which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation) than you are in Iraq. Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington, D.C.
Outside of killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country - Marion Barry, former mayor
To reform a criminal you must begin with his grandmother
The criminal is the product of spiritual starvation. Someone failed miserably to bring him to know God, love Him and serve Him - J. Edgar Hoover
It doesn’t take much size to criticize
Blowing out someone else’s candle won’t make your own shine any brighter
People who “knock” do so because they don’t know how to ring the bell
Critic, cynic, skeptic, etc. all end with “ick”
Never be afraid of honest criticism. If the critic is wrong, you can help him; and if you’re wrong, he can help you. Either way, somebody’s helped - A.W. Tozer
Where there’s an allegation there’s an alligator
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others throw at him - David Brinkley
When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him - Jonathan Swift
Fun people go places and do things. Critics go places and boo things
He who throws dirt loses ground
To escape criticism - do nothing, say nothing, be nothing
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism – Norman Vincent Peale
Cynics and critics wake us up. Kindness often covers up the truth and allows us to sleep on in our ignorance - Wilfred A Peterson
One time many years ago preacher Dwight L. Moody was criticized because of the evangelistic methods he used. Moody replied, "I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it
Life would be a perpetual flea hunt if a man were obliged to run down all the innuendoes, inveracities, insinuations, and misrepresentations which are uttered against him - Henry Ward Beecher
If I tried to read, much less answer, all the criticisms made of me, and all the attacks leveled against me, this office would have to be closed for all other business. I do the best I know how, the very best I can. And I mean to keep on doing this, down to the very end. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I had been right would make no difference. If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against me now will not amount to anything - Abraham Lincoln
TV personality Gary Moore had a special way of handling criticism. Whenever he would receive a particularly nasty letter, he would send it back with a note: "The enclosed letter arrived on my desk a few days ago. I am sending it to you in the belief that as a responsible citizen you should know that some idiot is sending out letters over your signature."
Get a friend to tell you your faults, or better still, welcome an enemy who will watch you keenly and sting you savagely. What a blessing such an irritating critic will be to a wise man, what an intolerable nuisance to a fool! - Charles Spurgeon
It’s constructive criticism when I criticize you; it’s destructive criticism when you criticize me - John Maxwell
He’s on the “critical list” - he criticizes everything
There is an unfortunate disposition in man to attend much more to the faults of his companions that offend him then to their perfections which please him - Greville
I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism - Charles Schwab
I love the scene at the end of the movie Saving Private Ryan. Ryan, who is now seventy years old, returns to Normandy, and he is looking at the grave marker of Captain Miller, the man who died to save him during World War II. Ryan is on his knees. The grave marker is a stark, white
cross. He addresses Miller, now long dead: "I’ve tried every day to live up to what you did for me...I hope I’ve lived a life worthy of your sacrifice" - Let’s remember the Cross and strive to live worthy of the sacrifice
There will be no crown wearers in Heaven that were not cross-bearers on earth - John Hagee
The lost boy said to the cop, “I don’t know my address, but I live by a church with a big cross on its roof. If you can get me to the cross, I can make it home from there”
We seek for a higher life, and we shall find it if we sink deeper into the fellowship of the cross with our Lord. God has given the crucified One the highest place - Andrew Murray
The old rugged cross still stands outside the city walls of most organized religion today - Vance Havner
The Lamb obtained His greatest victory with His hands and feet nailed to the cross. We abide in the shadow of the Almighty only so long as we abide under the shadow of the cross – Andrew Murray
Carry the cross patiently, and with perfect submission; and in the end it will carry you - Thomas a Kempis