Month: March 2013

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It always starts with one word First, somebody told it, Then the room couldn’t hold it, So the busy tongues rolled it Till they got it outside. Then the crowd came across it, And never once lost it, But tossed it and tossed it, Till it grew long and wide. This lie brought forth others, Dark sisters and brothers, And fathers and mothers– A terrible crew. And while headlong they hurried, The people they flurried, And troubled and worried, As lies always do. And so evil-bodied, This monster lay goaded, Till at last it exploded In smoke and in shame. Then from mud and from mire The pieces flew higher, And hit the sad victim And killed a good name. I am looking forward to the day when people would realize that they should never say anything about anybody behind their back. I hope people will realize that if they can not say something about somebody in their presence, they cannot say it at all to anybody else. By overlooking this simple principle, some people …

Influence


Are you in a position of influence? How do you use it? How do you see it understand it? How does it stack up with authority and power? The following is a collection of thoughts that can shape your thinking on the subject: “He who has great power should use it lightly.” – Seneca “I strongly believe that the responsibility of leadership is to shape the debate—to practice and project the right attributes—whether in a business enterprise, in our society, and even in our religions.” — Farooq Kathwari “Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small.” — Edmund Spenser “In the past a leader was a boss. Today’s leaders must be partners with their people … they no longer can lead solely based on positional power.” — Ken Blanchard “No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.” — Abraham Lincoln “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” — Kenneth Blanchard “There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple, and useful life.” …

The Stick that keeps me Grounded


Could it be, that the very thing you are pleading with the Lord to remove is the very thing that was meant to bless you… the very thing that was meant to keep you grounded? So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ESV 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 What was the thorn in Paul’s flesh? This question has been for a long time the subject of debate and speculation. The following is a …

What happens to those who have never heard the gospel?


Sooner or later, everybody exploring Christianity wrestles with this issue. It can be especially difficult for a seeker because it raises suspicions about the very character of God. The question goes like this: If Jesus is the only way to God, what about all the innocent people who have never heard about Christ? Would God really punish them for something that wasn’t their fault? Sometimes people raise this question as an avoidance maneuver; they look for difficult theological questions to validate their unwillingness to believe. But many skeptics have genuine concerns about worshiping a God who, from their perspective, is so unjust. Thus, we should not take the issue lightly, but seek to better understand how the Bible addresses it. It’s important to recognize that the Bible offers little direct or sustained instruction on this matter. Related topics are discussed, which are helpful for constructing some valuable inferences, but the lack of direct attention suggests we should hold our conclusions tenuously. In addition, it’s misleading to use the word “innocent” when describing people who have never heard …

How to deal with the CRITICS


Your Yelp Updates for the Week of November 28 FROM: Yelp TO: waltbrite@yahoo.com Message body  The Positive Side of Negative Reviews This IS AN EMAIL I RECEIVED FROM YELP some time ago. In it there is a call for business owners to take negative reviews and used them to improve their business. My question is how can a believer take negative criticisms and use them to their advantage? Is there something to gain from negative feedback? According to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and a group of business owners from across the country, the answer is yes. Approximately 80% of the reviews on Yelp are positive, but even the best businesses can get hit with negative reviews. The reason is simple: It’s impossible to please everyone 100% of the time. How do these business owners use negative reviews to improve their business and get even more customers? I don’t know if you have ever been criticized or received negative remarks from friends, family and co-workers. How do you react to them? Is there anything you can learn …

Let the Lord be your Pace Setter: Psalm 23 for busy people


I thought I will share this one again, mostly a prayer for me, cause I am supper busy. I will make it a prayer for you too. Be blessed! Psalm 23 For Busy People The Lord is my Pace Setter, I shall not rush, He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals, He provides me with images of stillness, Which restore my serenity. He leads me in ways of efficiency, through calmness of mind; and his guidance is peace. Even though I have a great many things to carry out each day, I will not fret, for his presence is here. His timelessness, his all-importance will keep me in balance. He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity, by anointing my head with his oils of tranquility, My cup of joyous energy overflows. Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours, For I shall walk in the pace of my Lord, and dwell in his house for ever. _______________________________ -Mariam Wright Edelman

Pablum From the Pit.


Cootchie, cootchie, cootchie-coo, God loves me and God loves you! Smile sinner, don’t be sad; God’s not angry; He’s not mad. Even when you leave the path, There’s no hell and there’s no wrath. So don’t you fear, just do your best. The Judgment Seat won’t be that tough. For you can’t sin away His grace Or take that smile from His face. ’Cause God is love and love is good: He’ll treat you like you think He should! Just trust me, sinner, to the end. My name is Satan, I’m your friend. ______________________________ Michael L. Brown/ Excerpt From Article

Going Not knowing?


Apparently, the experts on all thing ‘Men’ say that men find it difficult to ask for directions – especially when they are lost driving the wife or family to a very important meeting, a vacation destination or anywhere for that matter. I don’t really know if it is a man thing, but some suggest that men feel less manly asking for directions. I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t bother me at all, to stop at a gas station and just simply ask for help. I rather do that than drive around wearing my ego on my shoulder acting as if I know where I am going. Fortunately, technology has given us Garmin, Magellin, Furuno, TomTom, iCOM, Lowrance, RayMarinem DeLorme GPS devices to help us navigate around and be able to reach our destination and not get lost. These devices also assure us that no matter where you are,  if you miss your turn, you can rest assured that your device is going to recalculate your place to set you right back on track. You will hear that …