Saturday, May 21, 2011

One line sermons


Be Fishers of Men.... You catch 'em, He'll clean 'em.

A family altar can alter a family.

A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.

Don't put a question mark where God put a period.

Don't wait for six strong men to take you to church.

Exercise daily. Walk with the Lord!

Forbidden fruits create many jams.

Give God what's right, not what's left!

Give Satan an inch and he'll be a ruler.

God doesn't call the qualified; He qualifies the called.

God grades on the cross, not the curve.

God loves everyone, but probably prefers "fruits of the spirit" over "religious nuts."

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.

Having truth decay? Brush up on your Bible!

He who angers you, controls you!

He who is good at making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

He who kneels before God can stand before anyone!

Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.

Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity.

Never give the devil a ride! He will always want to drive!

Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it.

Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.

"Pray" is a four letter word that you can say anywhere.

Prayer - Don't give God instructions - just report for duty!

The Will of God will never take you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.

This Church is "Prayer Conditioned!"

To be almost saved is to be totally lost.

WARNING: Exposure to the Son may prevent burning!

Watch your step carefully! Everyone else does!

We don't change the message; the message changes us.

We set the sail; God makes the wind.

We're too blessed to be depressed.

Wisdom has two parts: 1) Having a lot to say. 2) Not saying it.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Staying young


Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.

Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. " An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

Enjoy the simple things.

Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.

Be ALIVE while you are alive.

Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.

Your home is your refuge.

Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

And always remember: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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Men's code of conduct


1. Under no circumstances may two men share an umbrella.

2. You may exaggerate any anecdote told in a group of men by 50% without recrimination.

3. The maximum amount of time you have to wait for another guy who’s running late is five minutes. For a girl running late, you are required to wait ten minutes for every point of hotness she scores on the classic 1-10 scale.

4. Moaning about the brand of free beverages in a friend’s refrigerator is unacceptable. Only complaints about the temperature are permissible.

5. Before dating a friend’s ex-girlfriend, you are required to ask him permission.

6. Women who claim they “love to watch” a given sport must be treated as spies until they demonstrate knowledge of the game and, more importantly, the ability to pick a chicken wing clean.

7. No man is ever required to buy a birthday present for another man.

8. If a buddy is already singing along to a son in the car, you must never join in.

9. Never hesitate to reach for the last soda or the last slice of pizza, but not both. That’s just plain mean.

10. If a man’s zipper is down, that’s his problem; you didn’t see anything.

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Success


We are obsessed with success. We are obsessed not only with our own personal success, but we may be even more obsessed with providing our children with the tools they need to become successful. We all do our best, but a lot of times, there's confusion about what real success is. There's a nebulous understanding that success means that our child will one day get a good education, have a good job, a good family and be good citizens.

But that is a very short-sighted view. It's not much success if our children grow up to have worldly success for fifty years and then spend eternity in hell. That's a temporary success, but an eternal failure.

In God's eyes, success means discovering His will for your life and using that purpose for the glory of God, not for the glory of self. We must see that big picture when we help our children become truly successful. When a child grows to understand that, then the child has a far greater chance of experiencing real, lasting success, for they will be successful in God's eyes.



Credits: Bryan Wright

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Troubleshooting


"My car won't start when I buy pistachio."

The manager of a Texas automobile dealership thought the woman who confronted him with this bizarre statement must be crazy. It seems that on hot summer days she would drive to a certain shop for ice cream to take home. It never failed, she said: the car would always start when she bought chocolate, vanilla or strawberry - but when she bought pistachio, she got stranded.

The manager had to see this to believe it. He tried a chocolate trip, and the car worked fine. Vanilla or strawberry - no problem. Then came the trip for pistachio and, sure enough, the engine refused to start.

It was an engineering troubleshooter whose insight solved the problem. He observed that chocolate, vanilla and strawberry were pre-packaged flavors, sold right out of the freezer. But take-home orders of pistachio were hand-packed at the shop. The time needed to have the pistachio packed was just enough for the car to develop vapor lock in the summertime Texas heat. The woman wasn't crazy after all - her car wouldn't start when she bought pistachio.

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Knocking, Asking & Seeking


When Colonel Harland Sanders retired at the age of 65, he had little to show for himself, except an old Caddie roadster, a $105 monthly pension check, and a recipe for chicken.

Knowing he couldn't live on his pension, he took his chicken recipe in hand, got behind the wheel of his van, and set out to make his fortune. His first plan was to sell his chicken recipe to restaurant owners, who would in turn give him a residual for every piece of chicken they sold--5 cents per chicken. The first restaurateur he called on turned him down.

So did the second.

So did the third.

In fact, the first 1008 sales calls Colonel Sanders made ended in rejection. Still, he continued to call on owners as he traveled across the USA, sleeping in his car to save money. Prospect number 1009 gave him his first "yes."

After two years of making daily sales he had signed up a total of five restaurants. Still the Colonel pressed on, knowing that he had a great chicken recipe and that someday the idea would catch on.

Of course, you know how the story ends. The idea DID catch on. By 1963 the Colonel had 600 restaurants across the country selling his secret recipe of Kentucky Fried Chicken (with 11 herbs and spices).

In 1964 he was bought out by future Kentucky governor John Brown. Even though the sale made him a multi-millionaire, he continued to represent and promote KFC until his death in 1990.

Colonel Sanders' story teaches an important lesson: its never too late to decide to never give up.

Earlier in his life the Colonel was involved in other business ventures--but they weren't successful. He had a gas station in the 30's, a restaurant in the 40's, and he gave up on both of them. At the age of 65, however, Harland Sanders decided his chicken idea was the right idea, and he refused to give up, even in spite of repeated rejection.

He knew that if he kept on knocking on doors, eventually someone would say "yes." This is how Jesus has commanded to approach life. He said, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Luke 11:9) This verse follows a story Jesus told emphasizing the importance of a "never-give-up" attitude in prayer. Jesus is saying, "Ask--not just once, but as many times as is necessary. Keep on knocking till the door is opened." If you have made half-hearted attempts at doing God's will in your life...if you have given up too easily in the past...remember: It's never too late to become persistent. It's never too late to decide to never give up. Keep on knocking. Keep on asking. Keep on seeking.

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Later in the day, I am heading out to Nashville, TN to meet up some of my old friends.  I am just doing the same - knocking, asking and seeking.  The story of Colonel Sanders gave me inspiration to drive up that distance, spend the night and return tomorrow.  Let's see how this pans out.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The fern and the bamboo


Here is a story about the fern and the bamboo.

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One day I decided to quit... I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality, etc., etc.. I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.

"God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?"

His answer surprised me... ""Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?"

"Yes", I replied.

"When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo. In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo." He said.

"In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I would not quit." He said.

"Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant... But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle."

He said to me, "Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots?"

"I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you."

"Don't compare yourself to others." He said. "The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern. Yet they both make the forest beautiful."

"Your time will come", God said to me. "You will rise high"

"How high should I rise?" I asked.

"How high will the bamboo rise?" He asked in return.

"As high as it can?" I questioned

"Yes." He said, "Give me glory by rising as high as you can."

I left the forest and bring back this story. I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you. He will never give up on you.
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Never regret a day in your life. Good days give you happiness; bad days give you experiences; both are essential to life.

Solution


Edward deBono, the Oxford exponent of lateral thinking, suggests that when we can't solve a problem using traditional methods, we should try "detours and reversals," anything that will give us a different angle from which to ponder solutions. To illustrate, he tells this story about a problem faced by executives of a large company.

The company had moved into a new skyscraper and discovered that the builder apparently had not put in enough elevators. Employees were disgruntled because there were long waits for the elevators, especially at both ends of the working day. The company got a wide cross-section of the staff together and asked them to sit down and solve the problem. The task force came up with four possible solutions:

1. Speed up the elevators, or arrange for them to stop at certain floors during rush periods.
2. Stagger working hours to reduce elevator demand at either end of the day.
3. Install mirrors around entrances to all elevators.
4. Drive a new elevator shaft through the building.

Which solution would you have chosen?

According to Professor deBono, if you chose the first, second, or fourth solutions, then you are a "vertical" or traditional thinker. If you chose the third possibility, then you are a "lateral thinker." The vertical thinker takes the narrow view; the lateral thinker has a broader view.

After some consideration, the company chose the third solution. It worked.

"People became so preoccupied with looking at themselves (or surreptitiously at others)," said deBono, "that they no longer noticed the wait for the elevator. The problem was not so much the lack of elevators as the impatience of the employees."

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Who are saved?

Who are the ones that are saved?  Is it true that only those who believe in the Bible will be saved, and others won't?  This is something that I have been reading up, for the past few days.  I am preparing a short write up and post it here shortly.

Little Angel

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Atlanta Passport Office

The State Department officially opened an office in Atlanta to handle US passport books that can be issued on site either the same day or the following day. 

The passport office is located at 230 Peachtree Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30303

Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling 1-877-487-2778

Click here to read more. 

Last time when we had the need to renew a passport, we had to drive down to New Orleans.  

Angel Light



Monday, May 16, 2011

I am not alone


I am never alone
You are with me.
The nights may sometimes stretch long and lonely
Deep down I know
You are with me.

When things are not quite right
Life often seems like a fight
I know, no matter what
You are with me.

When I need a shoulder to cry on
Or someone to uplift me
All I need to do is close my eyes
You are with me.

There is love, understanding and warmth around me
From the moment I wake up, and especially whilst i sleep
I am never alone...
You are with me....

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My Angel


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Sunday, May 15, 2011