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You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!

By Pastor Michael CattFrom: The Revelation of Jesus Christ sermon series Revelation 1:12-20 The Promise Of The Revelation. V. 1-3Louis Talbot – Many people treat the book of Revelation like the priest and Levite treated the man who was beaten and robbed in the story of the Good Samaritan…they pass by on the other side. […]

"If you asked twenty good men today what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply unselfishness. But if you asked almost any of the great Christians of old he would have replied, love. You see what has happened? A negative term has been substituted for a positive, and this is of more than philosophical importance. The negative ideal of unselfishness carries with it the suggestion not primarily of securing good things for others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the important point. I do not think this is the Christian virtue of love." - C.S. Lewis in The Weight of Glory

"He who begins by loving Christianity better than truth will proceed by loving his own sect or church better than Christianity, and end by loving himself better than all." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Aids to Reflection: Moral and Religious Aphorisms

"Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it. Bitterness paralyzes life; love empowers it. Bitterness sickens life; love heals it. Bitterness blinds life; love anoints its eyes." - Harry Emerson Fosdick in Riverside Sermons, Christianity Today: February 9, 1998

"I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no more hurt, but only more love." - Mother Teresa

"It is a small step from looking down on others to looking up to oneself." - P. J. O'Rourke in the Weekly Standard

"The test of love is in how one relates not to saints and scholars but to rascals." - Abraham Joshua Heschel in A Passion for Truth

"Simply put, the stability of marriage is a by-product of an iron-willed determination to make it work." - James Dobson

"The pain of love is stronger than the pain of legalism." - Scotty Smith

"Without love, almsgiving is no more important an action than brushing your hair or washing your hands, and the Pharisees had just as elaborate a ritual for those things as they had for alms, too, because all these things were prescribed by law, and had to be done so. But love does not give money, it gives itself. If it gives itself first and a lot of money too, that is all the better. But first it must sacrifice itself." - Thomas Merton in Run to the Mountain: The Journals of Thomas Merton, Vol. 1, 1939-41

"Disturbers are to be rebuked, the low-spirited to be encouraged, the infirm to be supported, objectors confuted, the treacherous guarded against, the unskilled taught, the lazy aroused, the contentious restrained, the haughty repressed, litigants pacified, the poor relieved, the oppressed liberated, the good approved, the evil borne with, and all are to be loved." - Augustine


"Leadership is influencing a community to follow Jesus." - Dan Kimball

"Leadership is influence. Leadership says, 'Here's where we're going, here's how we'll get there, and these are the values we'll take with us.'"- Jake Perk

"Leadership is the ability to know where you're going and take others with you." - Rick Wood

"Leadership is the ability to energize human communities by painting a picture of the preferable future and empowering people to sculpt activities to match the picture." - Tammy Kelley

"Leadership is the ability to influence people and motivate them to do what needs to be done to accomplish a goal, vision, or mission." - Robert Johnson

"Leadership is the ability to inspire others to follow you. A leader never pushes or pulls. A leader moves, and those around him fall in behind and go with him wherever he takes them because they trust him." - Brian Cameron

"Leadership: The relational process whereby a person or people energize others to accomplish together what they could not individually." - Alan Nelson

"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor. That sums up the progress of an artful leader." - Max DePree

"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." - Bill Gates

"Leaders are those who make the most of every moment, of every opportunity, and of every available resource." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Great leaders never tell people how to do their jobs. Great leaders tell people what to do and establish a framework within which it must be done. Then they let people on the front lines, who know best, figure out how to get it done." - General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

"Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them." - Dr. Robert Jarvik, inventor or the Jarvik-7 artificial heart

"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." - Dwight D. Eisenhower, quoted in The Toronto Sun

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

"The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands." - Robert Pirsig

"Charisma becomes the undoing of leaders. It makes them inflexible, convinced of their own infallibility, unable to change." - Peter Drucker

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

"The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority." - Kenneth Blanchard

"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be." - Rosalynn Carter

"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand." - General Colin Powell

"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant." - Max DePree

"Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall." - Stephen Covey

"Any committee is only as good as the most knowledgeable, determined, and vigorous person on it. There must be somebody who provides the flame." - Lady Bird Johnson

"The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it." - Elaine Agather

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker." - Helen Keller

"If you want to know the temperature of your organization, put a thermometer is the leader's mouth." - Rick Warren

"Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish." - Sam Walton

"The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails." - John Maxwell


You Know You Grew Up In The 80s and 90s If…

You’ve ever ended a sentence with the word “PSYCHE”. You watched the Pound Puppies. You can sing the rap to the “Fresh Prince of Bellaire” You wore biker shorts under your skirts and felt stylish. You yearned to be a member of the Baby-sitters club and tried to start a club of your own. You […]

Rules for Writers

No Wonder English Is So Hard To Learn We polish the Polish furniture.He could lead if he would get the lead out.A farm can produce produce.The dump was so full it had to refuse refuse.The soldier decided to desert in the desert.The present is a good time to present the present.At the Army base, a […]

Did You Know

What makes for a good church? Paul Wilkes, a professor at the University of North Carolina, named these 10 characteristics: Has a congregation with a “joyful spirit,” where people enjoy being part of the community Is welcoming and accessible to everyone Has innovative, thoughtful worship Instills values of a true Christian community Is aware of […]

Who Owns the Land

– Stanley Ellisen & Charles Dyer. Tyndale House Publishers. This is a timely book that answers these questions as it traces the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and provides the background for the modern dispute over the Middle Eastern holy land. Originally written in 1991 by Stanley Ellisen, Dr. Charles Dyer has written an updated […]

Transforming Congregational Culture

– Anthony Robinson. Eerdmans. Writing from twenty-five years of experience in four congregations of differing size, location, and ethnic makeup, Robinson describes concrete changes in the practice of ministry that have been tried, tested, and lived out to great success. At the heart of Robinson’s framework for church renewal is what he calls “cultural change.” […]

The Guide to Understanding the Bible

The World’s Easiest Guide to Understanding the Bible – Stan Campbell. Moody. Easy-to-read primer on exploring the riches of God’s Word. A basic, easy-to-digest primer on the why’s and how’s of studying the Bible. Other World’s Easiest Guide Books include The World’s Easiest Guide Book to Finances, Larry Burkett and The World’s Easiest Guide to […]

Fire in the Well

– Henry and Ella Mitchell. Judson Press. “Any book of sermons written by either Henry or Ella Mitchell would be eagerly sought, avidly read, and highly prized. Fire in the Well is no exception. One detects in Ella Mitchell’s sermons a fresh vision of the gospel. There is a becoming note of tenderness, both firm […]

Before You Quit

– Blaine Allen. Kregel. Discouragement has permeated the ranks of Christian ministry. Record numbers of Christian leaders are desperate and contemplating leaving the ministry. Blaine Allen helps restore perspective by providing the tools that will help your readers review their expectations for ministry, evaluate the roots of dissatisfaction, and honestly assess their physical, emotional, and […]

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