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Success Notes: Perhaps The Most Important Comma Of All

The other night, I was in the shower, when I received a startling revelation. I can’t be the only one who gets great ideas in the shower.
Maybe because it’s one of the few times, and the few places I can go and be totally alone. And, it is in the shower that I have gotten not only great ideas, but Jesus has spoken to me in profound ways. Allow me to also say that some of the most intense, sincere prayers I’ve ever prayed … was while I was in the shower.
I have pleaded with God, as the water washed my outside, to clean me from the inside. Once, when I was in a quandary over where we were going to find a new supplier, or suppliers, Jesus’ Word came as clearly to me as the words on this page. As I was voicing one of those “I don’t know what to do, what am I going to do” prayers about how or where were we going to find suppliers, His Word came forth, and I remember it as clearly today as when I stepped out of the shower that day:
Jesus simply said, “I’m your supplier.”
I’ve never worried about “suppliers” since that day.

Often, His spoken Word comes to me “from out of nowhere.” I hope that you can say the say thing. God has spoken to me while I was driving (Isn’t that a favorite place to commune with God?), while I was watching a movie, or in the middle of a ballgame. And, of course, often, when I am reading His Word. There is a simple reason for this, Jesus speaking to me in “odd” places … it’s because I have a relationship with Him, and He is with me all the time, and He is on my mind all the time. How many times do you need to hear that you can’t talk with someone whom you don’t have a relationship with? Especially an intimate relationship with. You can’t really speak, and I mean really speak, with someone you don’t know. Jesus said His sheep will hear, will recognize His voice. And, I can honestly say that Jesus is not particular about where He speaks to us at … He will use any means necessary to reach us.  

Anyway, back to the beginning (interesting play on words if you think about it) … I was talking to Jesus, in the shower, and I received a startling revelation. I always say that one of the great prayers ever prayed was Jehoshaphat, when he was surrounded by the enemy, and he prayed that He did not know what to do, “but our eyes are on you.”
So, that was what I was doing, and I stopped short in the middle of a sentence: I said, “I don’t know, Jesus … ” Of course, it was because I was being honest, and I really did not know what to do.
Then, it hit me: I can say “I don’t know, Jesus,” and it can be one of the greatest prayers of all time, the greatest confessions of all time, to be honest enough to bare your heart and admit that you don’t know. That you don’t know what to do. That, in the middle of a conversation (which is what real prayer is), you find yourself saying, “I don’t know, Jesus.” And, let’s face it, how often have we said this after we’ve gotten a clear instruction. We answer, “I don’t know, Jesus.” In other words, we are saying that, even though Jesus has given us the answer, we still question it. What we are doing is questioning our ability … but, really, deep down, we are questioning His ability …

Anyway, back to the profound revelation, which, spiritually brought me to my knees. Here I was praying, in all honestly and sincerity, that I did not really know what to do about this problem I was facing, that “I don’t know, Jesus.”

That’s when it hit me, in mid-stride, if you will: The saddest revelation of all … I thought about those who did not know Jesus … how important that comma was. Maybe, just maybe, in our lives, in the lives of those we know, in the lives of those we don’t know, this is the most important comma of all. Think about the comma:
I know Jesus, and He knows me. Therefore, I can pray, honestly, “I don’t know, Jesus.”
But, what about those who don’t have the comma. Think about it. All they can say is:
“I don’t know Jesus.”

It’s because they “don’t know Jesus.” Think about how important that comma is. I mean, all of eternity rests, depends upon it.

I thank God that I have the comma, and I can use it.
What about those without that comma?

It strikes me how often I’ve heard that “Jesus came for the common man.”
Let’s add that Jesus also came “for the comma, man.”

It all goes back to the five-word phrase that is the real, true reason for success:
“Know Him. Make Him known.”

I think we need to get out of a spiritual coma, and pray that God will lead us, use us, embolden us, to get that comma added to as many lives as possible.
There are just so many people who need that comma. They need us, they are the ones searching for us, to lead them to knowledge of that comma.
They need the comma. They need to know Jesus. And, we need to know Him more.

We need the comma in the middle of life’s greatest sentence.

Blessings,
Ted

 

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Heroes of the Faith/Success: The Kind Of Guys I Want To Be

Soldiers Praying in CircleThese are the kind of guys:
I want praying for me.
I want praying for my country.
I want fighting for me.
I want fighting for my country.
I want representing me.
I want representing my country.

These are the kind of guys:
I want to see.
I want my country to see.
I want the world to see.
I want God to see.

God has already seen them.
I, now, have seen them.
You, now, have seen them.

soldiers prayingI look at this picture, and I see:
What they see
Is what I see.
What They know
Is what I know.

These are the kind of guys:
I want to see on the battlefield.
I want to see come home.

These are the kind of guys I want to see:
As neighbors.
As friends.

These are the kind of guys
I want to see.
These are the kind of guys
Who represent me.
These are the kind of guys
I want to be.
These are the kind of guys
I want the world to see.
These are the kind of guys
I want to be.

These are the kind of guys
I want to see.
These are the kind of guys
Who know about liberty.
And freedom.
And, from where it comes.
Huge Group-Soldiers PrayingThese are the kind of guys
We need more of.
These are the kind of guys
Who bow to look above.
These are the kind of guys
I want to see.
These are the kind of guys
I want to be.

Blessings to you all,
Ted

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Guest Post: “Winsome to Win Some” | THE CRUNCHY CHRISTIAN

We continue to be blessed by the “hearts” behind this blog. Please enjoy this post, and allow it to both encourage, and strengthen you.

“… how much of our discipleship will be spent interacting with others, both unbelievers and brothers or sisters in Christ. Christianity is certainly not a calling to solitude, but to go into the world as Christ did and shine His light and proclaim His message. Christianity also means being knit into a new spiritual family, the church, which serves so many purposes – including the purpose of strengthening, teaching, confronting and sharpening its members spiritually …”

via “Winsome to Win Some” | THE CRUNCHY CHRISTIAN.

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Success: Notes, Quotes, & Folks

For some now, God has laid it on my heart to do a series on success principles … not what you’re thinking … To look at great men and women, especially of the Bible, and in particular, the Old Testament … What principles, characteristics, did they share? What can we learn, and apply, from what they learned, and applied?

There’s an old saying that, to be successful, you look at what successful people are doing, or have done, and you do the same thing. “Copy them” would be another term that comes to mind. I have learned that if something is “an old saying,” there’s a reason it’s still around. Aren’t we supposed to “be like Christ?” Our goal should be to know Him first, and then make Him known to others. I’ve also learned that every “success principle” has its roots in Scripture. Man has taken it, changed it, used it, but these principles haven’t changed.

In no certain order, I’ll just list some of the first characteristics that come to mind, and I can see almost all of, if not all these, in every Biblical hero I can think of:
Faith, humility, courage, obedience, perseverance, patience, they listened, and they spoke boldly.

These were real people, who had real lives. They had emotions, thoughts, and feelings. They faced great challenges-and disappointments. They experienced great victory, and great loss.
They had family, friends, and enemies. They were surrounded by sinful people, and so often, a sinful nation. They were persecuted for their faith. They were mocked, made fun of-all the way up to imprisonment and death. They faced the loss of their family, their property, their status (Oh No! Not That!), even their lives.

The more I write, the more I realize that they were just like us.
But, what did they do, to overcome “all of the above?”

That’s quite a list. Yes, I want to be like Jesus, but He has given us others to learn from. I will always urge you to read your Bible: To pray more, read more, be more. I’ll never forget when, years ago, Carol was reading the Old Testament, when she was approached by someone who asked her, “What are you reading that for?” This was meant in reference to reading the Old Testament, in favor of the New. I have just finished a series of character studies on those great Old Testament saints. I am so glad we have them, and their stories, for our examples. After all, that’s exactly why they were written.

Just today, Carol was saying how awesome the first 6 chapters of Daniel were. I agree. How sad the day was, when I was first involved in teaching youth class. There were kids-teenagers-who were “raised in church” who did not know who Noah was. Who Moses was. Who Joseph was. Etc. How sad that was. I said then, and it’s funny, I have said this often over the past years: “When was the last time you heard a sermon on Moses? On Noah? On Joseph? On Daniel? On Joshua? The three Hebrew boys thrown in the fiery furnace?”

I’ll never forget, one day, I was reading to a boy, probably 8-10 years old, who I can honestly say had never been to church once in his whole life. I just happened to have a “Children’s Bible Story” book on the bookshelf, and I read him the story of Daniel in the lion’s den, and then story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. His eyes were as big as saucers; he was speechless, as he hung on every word, on the edge of his seat. Did I mention he had never been to church before? His reaction to the stories were the same as mine, when I read them again, only recently, and Carol’s reaction today.

What set them apart?
Because they were “Set Apart.”
Often, they set themselves apart, and often, God “put them apart.”
They were “set apart” to “play a part” in God’s plan.
I’m so glad they were, and that we have God’s Word to learn about them, and from them.

Blessings,
Ted  

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Jesus: Of Rock and Role

Well, it started with me working on a new poem about Jesus being the Rock … Then, I started to investigate the story behind the great Gospel hymn “Rock of Ages.” … Then, I never knew just how many Scripture verses specifically call God “the Rock,” culminating with Paul’s declaration “that Rock was Christ.”

In studying the Scriptures, one thing really stands out:
The “Role” that the “Rock” plays is the most important fact in your life.
I can say with total confidence that if your life has the “Rock” as its foundation, if you are grounded in the Rock, that makes all the difference-especially when those cold, hard winds of life try to blow you away. The old Gospel hymn is right: If you don’t stand on “Christ the Solid Rock, all other ground is sinking sand.”

After just having gone through a tremendous time of pain, mourning, and grief, I can tell you with the most realistic certainty that, without Jesus, how could we make it through? Plain and simple: We can’t.
Is your “house,” your life, built upon the Rock? What “Role” does the “Rock” play in your “house?” in your life?  

Here are the verses declaring the “Role” of “The Rock:”

Deuteronomy 32:4   He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

 Deuteronomy 32:15   But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

1 Samuel 2:2   There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.

2 Samuel 22:2   And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

2 Samuel 22:3   The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

 2 Samuel 22:32   For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?

2 Samuel 22:47   The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

2 Samuel 23:3   The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

 Job 28:10   He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.

Psalms 18:2   The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalms 18:31   For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
 
Psalms 18:46   The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

Psalms 27:5   For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

Psalms 28:1   Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.

Psalms 31:2   Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.

Psalm 31:3   For thou [art] my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.

Psalms 40:2   He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Psalms 42:9   I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

Psalms 61:2   From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Psalms 62:2   He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

Psalms 62:6   He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. 
(Note this is one of few times which an exact Scripture is repeated, word for word, in the same chapter).

Psalms 62:7   In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Psalms 71:3   Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.

Psalms 78:35   And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.

Psalms 89:26   He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.

Psalms 92:15   To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Psalms 94:22   But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

Psalms 95:1   O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
(Ever notice that all of the altars were made out of rock? They were, yes fire-proof.)

Isaiah 17:10   Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:

Isaiah 51:1   Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

Matthew 7:24   Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
(This really begs the question:  Is your house, is your life, built upon the Rock?)

Matthew 7:25   And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
(This is what happens when you build your house, your life, upon the Rock.)

Luke 6:48   He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
(You might say His Role is the Rock.
What role does the Rock play in your life?)

Romans 9:33   As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

1 Corinthians 10:4   And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Now, that is what I call “Old Tyme Rock and Role!”

Blessings,
Richard.Vincent.Rose.

 

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Heroes of the Faith: Jacob Abbott

Jacob Abbott1In our nation’s early history, many children learned to read, by reading the Bible. While, yes, this is a great idea, we must also consider that there just wasn’t much literature, in print during this time, which was written at their level. Jacob Abbott, born in 1803, in Hallowell, Maine, would help to change this. Jacob Abbott was possibly the most prolific American writer of juvenile literature of the nineteenth century.

Jacob Abbott was from a long line of Puritans, the second of seven children. He and each of his four brothers graduated from Bowdoin College, studied theology, and became teachers or ministers. Three of the five boys became authors, and with his brother, John Charles, Jacob authored the famous and widely read “Makers of History” series of biographies. He wrote books with titles like The Way for a Child to Be Saved. With one of his brothers, he prepared a child’s translation of the New Testament.

He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1820; studied at Andover Theological Seminary in 1821, 1822, and 1824; was tutor in 1824-1825, and from 1825 to 1829 was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Amherst College; was licensed to preach by the Hampshire Association in 1826; founded the Mount Vernon School for Young Ladies in Boston in 1829, and was principal of it in 1829-1833; was pastor of Eliot Congregational Church (which he founded), at Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1834-1835; and was, with his brothers, a founder, and in 1843-1851 a principal of Abbott’s Institute, and in 1845-1848 of the Mount Vernon School for Boys, in New York City.
It is Jacob Abbott’s fiction which made him famous. He wrote over 200 books, many of them in series. One of his series taught science, travel and other subjects through the adventures of a boy named Rollo. Jacob created Rollo with enough personality and naughtiness to seem real. His parents used his misbehavior to teach him right from wrong. Other characters were also realistic enough to stick in the mind. And the Rollo stories were full of fun things to try.
His Lucy series may have been the first girl’s series, first published in 1842.
Jacob AbbottDevout and orthodox, he became a teacher, writer and preacher. Jacob trained as a Congregational pastor. As a teacher, he introduced methods of kindness in place of harsh discipline and pioneered women’s education. One of his most famous pupils was young Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Many authors would follow in Abbott’s footsteps.

It was around 1848 that Jacob and his brother embarked on the idea of doing a series of biographies aimed at young people. The Abbott brothers eventually produced a set of biographies that were critically acclaimed, and widely read. Within a few years of their publication, the Abbott biographies became standard reference works of juvenile history, and were available in libraries throughout America. They were originally published as the ‘Illustrated History’ series, but were republished many times during the next sixty years in various collections, entitled ‘Famous Characters of History’, ‘Famous Queens of History’, and others. They were most recently republished in the early 1900’s as the ‘Makers of History’ series.
An example of the significance of the “History” series can be found in this quote:
“I want to thank you and your brother for Abbott’s series of Histories. I have not education enough to appreciate the profound works of voluminous historians, and if I had, I have no time to read them. But your series of Histories gives me, in brief compass, just that knowledge of past men and events which I need. I have read them with the greatest interest. To them I am indebted for about all the historical knowledge I have.”
Abraham Lincoln

Jacob Abbot died on October 31, 1879, in Farmington,  Maine, where he had spent part of his time after 1839, and where his brother, Samuel Phillips Abbott, founded the Abbott School.
For more information, including a great archive of Jacob Abbot’s books, with all of his books and series chronicled, visit the official website:
Jacob Abbot.com

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A Message of Thanks-Keep Looking Up

Hello and Blessings:
We just want to thank you all so much for visiting our blog!
Since we started, in May of 2012, we have been blessed to have thousands of friends visit us here, from all over the world.
So far, we have had visitors from a total of 99 different countries, and from every continent and region of the world.
We praise God for that, and for the opportunity to share with so many wonderful friends from, literally, all over (and, “under”).

Looking ahead … well, we’re not looking ahead, necessarily, … but, we certainly will keep looking up, and we encourage you all to do the same: As Jehoshaphat prayed, and what a great prayer recorded in 2 Chronicles 20: “… neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee” (verse 12).

So, we wish to do all we can to encourage you, most of all, to make your relationship with Jesus just the way He wants, not the way you want … His will be done in you, and through you, to the glory of God … Allow me to say that, today, this year, we don’t need a new resolution … we need a new revelation … of Who Jesus is, and can be, in and through us …

“Now thanks be unto God, which ALWAYS causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14).
Why, yes, that does mean, also, in the workplace … and in our homes … even among our families …

Back to 2 Chronicles 20, this time to the words of Jahaziel:
“Be not afraid or dismayed … for the battle is not yours, but God’s … set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you … for the LORD will be with you” (15-17).

So, to all our friends, please have faith, believe, and act on it! We always say that, “When we act on faith, we’re not acting!” God, and God alone, has met all of our needs, all of this year. And, we still trust Him, because He hasn’t changed, nor has His love for us changed.
Gotta love that 2 Chronicles 20: “Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper” (verse 20).

As the old “CBer’s” used to say, “10-4 on that” … (Yes, I remember the old CB craze) … I wonder if all that meant 2 Corinthians 10:4: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”
Gotta love that 2 Corinthians, too!

In closing, allow us to thank you again for joining us this year, and we do promise to do a better job in putting together more information about encouraging Pastors and their families … We welcome any encouraging words you’d like to send us to encourage both the Pastor, and the flock …

Closing # 2: We do encourage you to pray more, and to study your Bible more, so that you can be more … like Jesus!
And, please make a point to read those great stories from the Bible about the lives and actions of all of the great characters in our past, our relatives in the faith … I just finished studying about Moses, and Noah, and Abraham … can’t wait to read again the story of Joseph … and, so many others … their stories are there, just like we pray our stories will be here, to witness to, and encourage you all …
Please allow us to hear from you!
And, speaking of Abraham:
” … And I will bless them that bless thee …” (Genesis 12:3)

On behalf of Carol, and I, thank you again … and bless you all,
Ted
Freedom Unlimited Resources, LLC

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Napoleon Bonaparte: Believer?

Napoleon-frontAt church, a friend handed me this quote, attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte:
“Alexander’s kingdom and my kingdom will ultimately come to naught. But, Jesus’ kingdom is indestructible, because His kingdom is ruled by the power of love.”
I had, in the past, heard that Bonaparte believed in the deity of Jesus.
I think that Napoleon, in his later years, had changed his views on many things, God included. It seems that the quotes I have been able to attribute to Napoleon, regarding his beliefs, came in his later years, especially during those moments of exile, when he must have had plenty of time to just think.

napoleon-sideI discovered this on the “www.adherents.com” website, with most of the information culled from Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias, 2000, W. Publishing Group, Nashville, Tennessee … quoting from Henry Parry Liddon, Liddon’s Bampton Lectures 1866 (London: Rivingtons, 1869), 148.

Apparently, Napoleon Bonaparte had a strong belief in God, but he voiced many criticisms of organized religion. Many quotes by Napoleon indicate a strong belief in Jesus Christ. Possibly Napoleon’s views changed over time, or possibly some quotes have been inaccurately attributed to him.
From: Ervin Shaw, “Napoleon Bonaparte: ‘Emperor’ to EMPEROR” webpage, posted circa 2000, latest addition 14 August 2005; in “Christian Testimonies” section of “The Truth . . . What Is It?” website (http://poptop.hypermart.net/testnapb.html; 
“I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is not a man. Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist. There is between Christianity and whatever other religions the distance of infinity…” So says Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), emperor of France.
Napoleon expressed the following thoughts while he was exiled on the rock of St. Helena. There, the conqueror of civilized Europe had time to reflect on the measure of his accomplishments. He called Count Montholon to his side and asked him, “Can you tell me who Jesus Christ was?” The count declined to respond. Napoleon countered:
Well then, I will tell you. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded great empires; but upon what did these creations of our genius depend? Upon force. Jesus alone founded His empire upon love, and to this very day millions will die for Him. . . . I think I understand something of human nature; and I tell you, all these were men, and I am a man; none else is like Him: Jesus Christ was more than a man. . . . I have inspired multitudes with such an enthusiastic devotion that they would have died for me . . . but to do this it was necessary that I should be visibly present with the electric influence of my looks, my words, of my voice. When I saw men and spoke to them, I lightened up the flame of self-devotion in their hearts . . . Christ alone has succeeded in so raising the mind of man toward the unseen, that it becomes insensible to the barriers of time and space. Across a chasm of eighteen hundred years, Jesus Christ makes a demand which is beyond all others difficult to satisfy; He asks for that which a philosopher may often seek in vain at the hands of his friends, or a father of his children, or a bride of her spouse, or a man of his brother. He asks for the human heart; He will have it entirely to Himself. He demands it unconditionally; and forthwith His demand is granted. Wonderful! In defiance of time and space, the soul of man, with all its powers and faculties, becomes an annexation to the empire of Christ. All who sincerely believe in Him, experience that remarkable, supernatural love toward Him. This phenomenon is unaccountable; it is altogether beyond the scope of man’s creative powers. Time, the great destroyer, is powerless to extinguish this sacred flame; time can neither exhaust its strength nor put a limit to its range. This is it, which strikes me most; I have often thought of it. This it is which proves to me quite convincingly the Divinity of Jesus Christ.”

Now, these quotes, from www.giga-usa.com:

“Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I myself have founded empires; but upon what do these creations of our genius depend? Upon force, Jesus alone founded His empire upon love; and to this very day millions would die for Him.”

“All systems of morality are fine. The gospel alone has exhibited a complete assemblage of the principles of morality, divested of all absurdity. It is not composed, like your creed, of a few common-place sentences put into bad verse. Do you wish to see that which is really sublime? Repeat the Lord’s Prayer.”

“All the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a ruined edifice, before one single word-faith.”

“From first to last, Jesus is the same; always the same-majestic and simple, infinitely severe and infinitely gentle.”

“If you (to General Bertrand) do not perceive that Jesus Christ is God, very well; then I did wrong to make you a general.”

“Religion is, in fact, the dominion of the soul; it is the hope, the anchor of safety, the deliverance from evil. What a service has Christianity rendered to humanity!”

“What a solace Christianity must be to one who has an undoubted conviction of its truth!”

And, finally, this, from www.wordproject.org:

“The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.”
napoleon-horseback

 

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Today’s Quotes: W. Clement Stone

stone

Prayer is man’s greatest power.

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.”

Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right.

Regardless of who you are or what you have been, you can be what you want to be.

Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.

Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.

 You always do what you want to do. This is true with every act. You may say that you had to do something, of that you were forced to, but actually, whatever you do, you do by choice. Only you have the power to choose for yourself.

There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

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