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“Ultimate confidence in the goodness of life cannot rest upon confidence in the goodness of man. If that is where it rests, it is an optimism which will suffer ultimate disillusionment. Romanticism will be transmuted into cynicism, as it has always been in the world's history. The faith of a Christian is something quite different from this optimism. It is trust in God, in a good God who created a good world, though the world is not…Continue
Added by Frank Coleman on December 26, 2011 at 5:27am — No Comments
AS WE DECIDE, SO WE ARE
“Every time you make a choice, you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And, taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central…
Added by Frank Coleman on December 23, 2011 at 12:48am — No Comments
“We want to be holy because we know that to be holy is to be like God and to be near him. But sometimes we drift. Pleasure entices us. Troubles mount. Sin calls. The world beckons. We wonder why our hearts seem empty and cold. What happened to the zeal we had? What happened to…Continue
Added by Frank Coleman on December 19, 2011 at 3:14am — No Comments
"Multi-tasking is dead. It never worked and it never will. Intelligent people love to sing its praises because it gives them permission to avoid the much more challenging alternative: focusing on one thing."
- Timothy Ferriss
Added by Frank Coleman on December 16, 2011 at 3:50am — No Comments
"The concept of sin is a stark acknowledgment that we can never be omnipotent, that we are bound and limited by human flaws and self-interest. The concept of sin is a check on the utopian dreams of a perfect world. It prevents us from believing in our own perfectibility or the illusion that the material advances of science and technology equal an intrinsic moral improvement in our…Continue
Added by Frank Coleman on December 15, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments
"No man has ever risen to the real stature of spiritual manhood until he has found that it is finer to serve somebody else than it is to serve himself."
- Woodrow Wilson
Added by Frank Coleman on December 13, 2011 at 1:02am — No Comments
"Jesus' kingdom (and Paul's 'citizenship in heaven') was about the real world, hear and now. It was about allegiance. Jesus and Paul were telling the people that they must live here with their identities as aliens. They must live by the rules of heaven amid the violent earthly powers. And to claim that one's citizenship is in heaven is to say that you pledge allegiance not to any of the kingdoms of the world but to Jesus and the body of those who take on his…Continue
Added by Frank Coleman on December 11, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments
"If human beings were created for an eternal existence, nothing could be more important than finding out what that eternal future is all about and making sure that we are going in the right direction."
- Kenneth D. Boa & Robert M. Bowman, Jr.
Added by Frank Coleman on December 8, 2011 at 12:53am — No Comments
"What would happen if God answered every prayer? By answering every possible prayer, God would in effect abdicate, turning the world over to us to run. History shows how we have handled the limited power granted us: we have fought wars, committed genocide, fouled the air and water, destroyed forests, established unjust political systems, concentrated pockets of superfluous wealth and grinding…Continue
Added by Frank Coleman on December 5, 2011 at 1:30am — No Comments
VERSE TO PONDER
"At just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."…
Added by Frank Coleman on November 8, 2011 at 8:42pm — No Comments
"A knowledge of the real Jesus is essential, not just for Christians but for wider society, because his influence is so wide. The reality of an individual who has set the western calendar, permeated human thought and history for over 2,000 years, and influenced the culture of the dominant nations for a millennium demands to be taken seriously. The huge questions about just who Jesus is are more than mere…
Added by Frank Coleman on November 8, 2011 at 1:40am — No Comments
"If the people of God were to transform the world through fascination, these amazing teachings [in Matthew 5-7, the Sermon on the Mount,] had to work at the center of these peculiar people. Then we can look into the eyes of a centurion and see not a beast but a child of God, and then walk with that child a couple of miles. Look into the eyes of tax collectors as they sue you in court; see their poverty and give them your coat. Look into…Continue
Added by Frank Coleman on November 7, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments
“'Evangelical' means being radically open to the gospel in all of its implications, including challenges to our comfort zones and vested interest in upholding the status quo and reiterating the past."
- Roger E. Olson, in How to Be Evangelical without Being Conservative
Added by Frank Coleman on November 6, 2011 at 12:51am — No Comments
Technically, self-pity cannot exist. By definition from the New World Dictionary of American English, it is literally impossible to achieve, but much like other oxymorons such as jumbo-shrimp and plastic-glasses, two words, contradictory in nature, are put together to form a completely new noun. Let's take a look at each word: Self- One's own person as distinct from all others. Pity- Sorrow felt for another's suffering or misfortune. …Continue
Added by Frank Coleman on November 5, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Added by Frank Coleman on November 5, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments
“I believe that if there is one thing which pierces the Master's heart with unutterable grief it is not the world's iniquity but the church's indifference.”
- F. B. Meyer
Added by Frank Coleman on November 4, 2011 at 11:50pm — No Comments
Added by Frank Coleman on November 1, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments
TODAY IS THE DAY
“There are many fine things which you mean to do some day, under what you think will be more favorable circumstances. But the only time that is surely yours is the present. Hence this is the time to speak the word of appreciation and sympathy, to do the generous deed, to forgive the fault of a thoughtless friend, to sacrifice self a little more for others. Today is the day in which to express your noblest qualities of mind and heart, to do at least…Continue
Added by Frank Coleman on October 17, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments
REVIVAL: IT REQUIRES OBEDIENCE
by A. W. Tozer
"But why do you call Me "Lord, Lord," and not do the things which I say?"
- Luke 6:46.
It is my conviction that much, very much, prayer for and talk about revival these days is wasted energy. Ignoring the confusion of figures, I might say that it is hunger that appears to have no object; it is dreamy wishing that is too weak to produce moral action. It is fanaticism on a high level for,according to…
Added by Frank Coleman on September 30, 2011 at 12:02am — No Comments
Who Are You?
I recently met a brother and was puzzled by his introduction of himself.
I said; "Hi, I'm Frank Coleman, pleased to meet you."
He responded with "Hi, I'm Pastor ____ ______; pleased to meet you."
I didn't negate his name for his privacy, I negated his name because I don't remember it.
His introduction and strong inflection as "pastor" so outweighed his introduction as ____ ______ that any further conversation with him…
Added by Frank Coleman on September 29, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments