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"Dieters:  people that are thick and tired of it."

Pastor Tim [posts@cybersaltlists.org]

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"The difference between genius and stupidity is, genius has its limits." --Author Unknown (1)

1. Pastor Tim [posts@cybersaltlists.org]

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"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope." --Sir Winston Churchill (1)

1. Pastor Tim [posts@cybersaltlists.org]

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"The reason a smile is better than a frown is that a smile makes you look five years younger." (1)

1. Rev. Denny J. Brake, Raleigh, NC

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"Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow." (1)

 1.  Maria Mitchell, Pastor Tim [posts@cybersaltlists.org]

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"You have to wonder about humans, they think GOD is dead and Elvis is alive!" (1)

1. Pastor Tim [posts@cybersaltlists.org]

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Haddon Robinson tells about the young musician's concert which was poorly received by the critics.

The famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius consoled him by patting him on the shoulder and saying, "Remember, son, there is no city in the world where they have a statue to a critic." (1)

1. Retrieved from: PreachingNow. [preachingnow@preaching.com]

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"No one can be caught in places he doesn't visit." (1)

1. Danish Proverb. Pastor Tim [posts@cybersaltlists.org]

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"Unless you can create the WHOLE universe in 5 days, then perhaps giving "advice" to God, isn't such a good idea!" (1)

1. Pastor Tim [posts@cybersaltlists.org]

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There is no question: Positive thinking may motivate a man to rise from the laundry room to the boardroom. No doubt about it: It works.

But we wonder: Is that why Jesus died upon the cross and rose from death and ever lives to make intercession for us at the throne of Almighty God?

Is that why God, from nothingness, made Orion and the Pleiades?

Is that why ten thousand times ten thousand martyrs washed their robes in the blood of the lamb-so that one or two of us can scramble to the top of the heap?(1)

1. George Everett Ross, Akron, Ohio

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"Too many people don't care what happens so long as it doesn't happen to them."

--William Howard Taft, posts@cybersaltlists.org

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"For every person with a spark of genius,
there are a hundred with ignition trouble." (1)

1. posts@cybersaltlists.org

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"Some people work up steam and some only generate a fog." (1)

1. posts@cybersaltlists.org

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"The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the right answer."

--Thomas Watson (1)

1. cybersaltlists.org

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"A leader is a person you will follow to a place you wouldn't go by yourself." (1)

--Joel Arthur Barker 1.Retrieved from cybersaltlists.org

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God wants you to suffer: This is a heresy of the heart. An old Hasidic tale has a "pious" man die after a lifetime of losing interest and tastes, all for the sake of God. A day or two after he reached paradise they threw him out. He could not understand or enjoy anything that was going on.

--Anonymous

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While setting the table for dinner one evening, a little girl entertained herself by bringing the utensils to life. Her mother listened as knives, forks and spoons carried on conversation and wrestled their way onto the table.

Suddenly the girl looked over at her mother and declared, "If I had to choose -- I'd be a spoon!"

"A spoon," her mother replied, intrigued. "Why would you want to be a spoon? What would be wrong with being a knife or a fork?"

"Well," the girl explained, "forks are too grabby-always stabbing stuff and taking it like it's theirs. Like in school-I hate it when somebody takes a piece of my dessert with their fork and eats it."

"Okay," her mother agreed, "what about being a knife?"

"No, knives are scary -- like, they cut things, and you can't really eat with them, just slice stuff up," she responded.

"But," the little girl continued, holding a shiny spoon in front of her face, "spoons can scoop up lots of stuff and even pass it around. They're just..."

"...Nice and round and smooth and friendly," her mother suggested.

Her daughter's eyes lit up. "Right!" she said. "I'd rather be a spoon!" (1)

1. Quoted in Homiletics, March 29, 1998 Be a Spoon, Used with Permission

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Janice Riggle Huie ended her baccalaureate sermon at SMU by quoting from Robert Fulghum's latest best-seller It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It (New York: Villard Books, 1989). (1)

In this book Fulghum "describes Alexander Papaderos, teacher of Greek culture, politician, doctor of philosophy and a remarkably complete human being. On the island of Crete, next to the mass graves of Germans and Cretans who fought each other so bitterly in World War II, Papaderos has founded an institute for peace which has become the source of bridge-building between the two countries. What kind of vision motivates a man like Papaderos to transcend the focus on the individual self and dedicate his life to compassion and peace?

"'When I was a small child,' he said, 'during the war we were poor and lived in a remote village. One day, on the road, I found the broken pieces of a mirror. A German motorcycle had been wrecked in that place...I kept one, the largest piece...By scratching it on a stone, I made it round. I began to play with it as a toy and became fascinated by the fact that I could reflect light into dark places where the sun would never shine - in deep holes and crevices and dark closets. It became a game for me to get light into the most inaccessible places I could find. I kept the little mirror, and as I went about my growing up, I would take it out in idle moments and continue the challenge of the game. As I became [mature], I grew to understand that this was a metaphor for what I might do with my life. I came to understand that I am not the light or the source of light. But light truth, understanding, knowledge - is there, and it will shine in many dark places only if I reflect it.'

"'I am a fragment of a mirror whose whole design and shape I do not know. Nevertheless, with what I have, I can reflect light into the dark places of the world...and change some things in some people. Perhaps others may see and do likewise"' (Fulghum, 176-77).

Pastor Huie then challenged the graduating class to "Tomorrow take a mirror and catch the rays of the morning sun and let them shine on your face, in your heart, out into the dark places in the world."

1. "Becoming Spiritual in Self-Defense," Perkins Journal, July/October 1990, 5. Copyright Homiletics, February 9, 1992, Has He Appeared to You?, Used with permission

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A young couple from the hills of Arkansas got involved in a church where there was a lot of shouting and clapping and running for Jesus. They were trying to convince Grandma that she should attend.

"You should have seen it," the young man said to Grandma. "The Holy Spirit was really there!"

Grandma kept rocking and didn't say a word.

"And, Grandma," said the young woman, "you should have seen the preacher. He really got with it. He was screaming at the top of his voice and the people were popping up like popcorn to praise the Lord. It was unbelievable!"

Again, Grandma kept right on rocking.

Finally, the young man said, "Grandma, don't you like our church? You never seem to say."

Grandma finally spoke: "Honey, let me just put it this way. I don't care how loud they shout, and I don't care how high they jump. It's what they do when they come back down that counts." (1)

Grandma reminds us that is not what we have that is as important as what we do about it.

1. Adapted from Hal Brady (Dallas, Texas) via Rodney Wilmoth.

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