You think? 2 Corinthians 10

“…That is, listen, error is not trying to establish itself, all its trying to do is destroy truth…”

“…If they were going to accommodate these people’s normal fallen impulses, it would be nice if they were Libertine and throw a little ceremonialism in there so they can crank out some mechanics on Sunday and then go live like they want during the week. I mean, you could invent a popular religion…which is what they did…”

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A. W. Tozer

Oh God, I have tasted Thy goodness…

“Oh God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscience of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, that so I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, ‘Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.’ Then give me grace to rise up and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wondered so long. In Jesus’ name. Amen”

A. W. Tozer

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“A vain man may become proud and imagine himself pleasing to all when he is in reality a universal nuisance.”
Benedict Spinoza

Wiersbe, Warren W.: Be Patient. Wheaton, Ill. : Victor Books, 1996, c1991 (An Old Testament Study), S. Job 32:1

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Dave Ramsey-isms

No one has ever made a mistake by putting their foot in their ear.

If you meet God on the way up, you will certainly get to “know” him on the way down.

Speak loudly.  I have lost almost 40% of the hearing in the vocal tones closest to my wife’s voice.

There’s stupid people even in the church.  That’s why we have church, right?

Do SOME thing!  Even a turkey can fly in a tornado. …Maestro Benjamin Zander – Conductors of an orchestra never makes a sound.  Their power depends on making other people powerful…they awaken the possibility in other people…you can tell whether or not those in the orchestra are getting if their eyes are shinning…WHO am “I” being that causes my player’s eyes to shine.

We call the receptionist “The Director of First Impressions”.

He agrees with his Jewish Rabbi friend who said he sees business as worship…God given and it helps others…work is a higher calling…only difference between the Christian and the non-Christian is the Christian has the “why”…the “why” you give…The excess that I make provides for the needs of others…Used the illustration of a wine glass standing in a deep lipped saucer…you fill it up until it overflows and allow it to pour over into the saucer…What’s in the saucer is the joy… Oh, and by the way don’t gripe about the other person’s cup…if it is bigger than your cup, it’s OK…just because he has a bigger cup, doesn’t mean you can steal from his cup to put it in other people’s cup.

Never make a decision when you are drunk or afraid…some fear may cause you to be wise with caution…but most fear never comes from God…if I am afraid or fearful, I back up, slow down and wait for peace…Peace is from God!

If you treat your people right, they won’t need “Rah! Rah!” sessions to constantly boost them into production…I will fire someone for gossip…it kills morale…we train our people to complain upward to those people who actually have the power to change what is going on.

You can have the finest donkey in the world and they still won’t win the Kentucky Derby.  If you want a race horse, then go to the trouble to hire one.  Quit thinking that you can make a good donkey into a great race horse.

Put up barriers in the interview process that protects you from hiring duffuses, bone-heads and crazies…Crazies are out there…that’s why they call it “human” resources…they are there…If you hire a person who is married to a “Crazy” then watch out…a perfectly good employee married to a “Crazy” has no value to your organization at all.

Spousal interview is one of the greatest discoveries of my life.  The 5th interview happens with my wife and me…my wife has the uncanny ability to spot the “Crazy” ones.

Getting the right people on the bus and then working to get them in the right seat on the bus…”I’m not looking for the best ones.  I am looking for the right ones.”

Boss, I think I have burned out.  No, you haven’t!  You never were on fire.

The kid’s ain’t half as sick as the momma!

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Kill It!

Paul wrote, “Mortify therefore.”
No amount of positive talk about health will cure a ruptured appendix. The doctor will have to “get negative” and take out the appendix. No amount of lecturing on beauty will produce a garden. The gardener has to pull weeds! The positive and the negative go together, and one without the other leads to imbalance.

Wiersbe, Warren W.: The Bible Exposition Commentary. Wheaton, Ill. : Victor Books, 1996, c1989, S. Col 3:5
I am reminded of a pastor who preached a series of sermons against the sins of the saints. A member of his congregation challenged him one day and said that it would be better if the pastor preached those messages to the lost. “After all,” said the church member, “sin in the life of a Christian is different from sin in the lives of other people.”
“Yes” replied the pastor, “it’s worse!”

Wiersbe, Warren W.: The Bible Exposition Commentary. Wheaton, Ill. : Victor Books, 1996, c1989, S. Col 3:5
Bishop Warren A. Candler was preaching about the lies of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5), and asked the congregation, “If God still struck people dead for lying, where would I be?” The congregation snickered a bit, but the smiles disappeared when the Bishop shouted, “I’d be right here—preaching to an empty church!”

Wiersbe, Warren W.: The Bible Exposition Commentary. Wheaton, Ill. : Victor Books, 1996, c1989, S. Col 3:5
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An Arabian proverb says, “Covetousness has for its mother unlawful desire, for its daughter injustice, and for its friend violence.”

Wiersbe, Warren W.: Be Skillful. Wheaton, Ill. : Victor Books, 1996, c1995 (An Old Testament Study), S. Pr 4:1
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