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QUOTE (Walt Disney) – Dec. 5

December 5, 2015
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“Every person has his own ideas of the act of praying for God’s guidance, tolerance, and mercy to fulfill his duties and responsibilities. My own concept of prayer is not as a plea for special favors nor as a quick palliation for wrongs knowingly committed. A prayer, it seems to me, implies a promise as well as a request; at the highest level, prayer not only is a supplication for strength and guidance, but also becomes an affirmation of life and thus a reverent praise of God.”
~ Walt Disney

“I believe firmly in the efficacy of religion, in its powerful influence on a person’s whole life. It helps immeasurably to meet the storms and stress of life and keep you attuned to the Divine inspiration. Without inspiration, we would perish.”
~ Walt Disney

In honor of Walt Disney, a cartoonist, animator, and co-founder of the Walt Disney Company, who was born on this day in 1901.

Resources:
Famous Birthdays on this Day in History – December 5th
Notable Quotes > Walt Disney Quotes

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QUOTE (Jonathan Swift) – Jan 13

January 13, 2015

Jonathan Swift, by Charles Jervas (died 1739)....

“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”~ Jonathan Swift

In honor of Jonathan Swift, an Irish author and satirist, best known for writing Gulliver’s Travels, who was ordained an Anglican priest on this day in 1695.

Resources:
This Day in History for 10th January
Goodreads > Quote by Jonathan Swift

 

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QUOTE (Alexis de Tocqueville) – April 16

April 16, 2014

Alexis de Tocqueville, French political thinke...

“I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors…; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. The safeguard of morality is religion, and morality is the best security of law as well as the surest pledge of freedom.” ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

In honor of Alexis de Tocqueville, French political thinker and historian, who died on this day in 1859. Tocqueville traveled the United States and wrote one of the earliest works of sociology and political science in his Democracy in America.

Resources:
This Day in History for 16th April
Alexis de Tocqueville Quotes on America as a Christian Nation

 

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QUOTE (George Washington) – Feb 22

February 22, 2014

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“In politics as in religion, my tenets are few and simple. The leading one of which, and indeed that which embraces most others, is to be honest and just ourselves and to exact it from others, meddling as little as possible in their affairs where our own are not involved. If this maxim was generally adopted, wars would cease and our swords would soon be converted into reap hooks and our harvests be more peaceful, abundant, and happy.”
~ George Washington

In honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on this day in 1732.

Resources:
This Day in History for 22nd February
George Washington > Quotes

 

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QUOTE (Fredrick Douglass) – Feb 20

February 20, 2014

Frederick Douglass

“I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ: I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of the land. Indeed, I can see no reason, but the most deceitful one, for calling the religion of this land Christianity. I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds, and the grossest of all libels. Never was there a clearer case of ‘stealing the livery of the court of heaven to serve the devil in.’ I am filled with unutterable loathing when I contemplate the religious pomp and show, together with the horrible inconsistencies, which every where surround me. We have men-stealers for ministers, women-whippers for missionaries, and cradle-plunderers for church members. The man who wields the blood-clotted cowskin during the week fills the pulpit on Sunday, and claims to be a minister of the meek and lowly Jesus. . . . The slave auctioneer’s bell and the church-going bell chime in with each other, and the bitter cries of the heart-broken slave are drowned in the religious shouts of his pious master. Revivals of religion and revivals in the slave-trade go hand in hand together. The slave prison and the church stand near each other. The clanking of fetters and the rattling of chains in the prison, and the pious psalm and solemn prayer in the church, may be heard at the same time. The dealers in the bodies and souls of men erect their stand in the presence of the pulpit, and they mutually help each other. The dealer gives his blood-stained gold to support the pulpit, and the pulpit, in return, covers his infernal business with the garb of Christianity. Here we have religion and robbery the allies of each other—devils dressed in angels’ robes, and hell presenting the semblance of paradise.”
~  Fredrick Douglass

In honor of Fredrick Douglass, arguably the most important black American leader of the 19th century, who died on this day in 1895.

Resources:
Today in Christian History – February 20
Frederick Douglass > Quotes > Quotable Quote

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RUBE-GOLDBERG’S OF GOD – Dec. 25th

December 25, 2012

“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.” Luke 2:1

I appreciate a simple and elegant solution to a difficult problem. God had a little problem with the birth of the Messiah. Mary was in the wrong city. There were a myriad of solutions to get her to travel: business, family responsibilities, friends, etc. but God didn’t take a simple solution.

Rather, He took the superpower of the age and made them do a census. The US just employed 635,000 people & paid $13 billion to do a census. Augustus’ census was probably propositional and resulted in multitudes of people traveling across the face of the earth.  The real purpose of all that effort was to getting one teenage couple from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

That sort of seems like a complicated way of doing things.

God could have gotten Augustus to send out messengers announcing the birth of the Messiah just like they did for the census.  He did not use scrolls or official announcements; He used the sky.  The birth announcement of the Son of God was made with the ink of planets and constellations.

Seems like a complicated way of doing things.

English: Leon Powe dunks in game 1 of the Bost...It all seems like a “rube goldberg” solution, until we consider why. Why does an NBA basketball player do a slam dunk when a lay-up or just a dunk will do? A slam dunk is a statement. The census of Caesar is a mankind slam dunk – a statement by God in relation to humanity and our political systems. The Star of Bethlehem is a cosmic slam dunk – a statement by God in relation to the entire physical universe.

God’s redemptive plan is about His glory even down to the details of getting people into the correct locations and the birth announcement. Caesar, any political leader or superpower, is not beyond God’s control and never has been; God can even use pagan Rome to accomplish His purposes; slam dunk – statement!

The orbit of planets and stars are not beyond God’s control. God placed them where He wants them to be and they go where He tells them to go and always have.  Nothing is too hard for him. He writes in the sky even when all but a tiny handful will miss the real meaning. God can use the universe to accomplish exactly what He wants; slam dunk – statement!

God’s glory is about God.

God does because He can.  We should be encouraged in all situations and give Him all the glory because He deserves it. May our eyes be open to the reality that God is doing “slam dunks” all the time. We just need to be looking to see how awesome our God is.

PRAYER: Lord – you are so far beyond me that I tremble in fear of your vastness. I feel my smallness when I consider the displays of your glory. I am astounded that you would send your own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh for sin, in order to remove the condemnation that I faced in my flesh. I am in awe that the righteous requirements of your law is fulfilled in me as I walk not according to the flesh but according to your Spirit. Thank you, Lord. Thank you for sending your Son to save me.   Amen

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RUBBER PRAYER – Dec. 12th

December 12, 2012

“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” Luke 18:1

Dark Moon Tree on Night Sky / Magic Fantasy SpaceI think every praying person has experienced a night of intercession futility; the discouragement of spewing forth your heart to a blank ceiling; a night of pleading to your God under a canopy of stars that speaks only to your smallness. Those nights can cause us to question the value of prayer. Why pray to a God who knows everything about me? Isn’t that just telling Him what He already knows? What is the point of prayer?

We need to consider what came first – the feeling of ineffective prayers or the discouragement. For me, my struggles with prayer have come when I was already low.  My discouragement proceeded the nights where it seemed as if I was merely talking to myself.

I think that we often overlook this aspect of prayer. This verse tells us that we ought to always pray and not lose heart. There is a link between the two. It is a link between our praying and our confidence.

Title: The Prayer of Jesus (St John Passion - ...I am most encouraged when I see my God at work. I am most encouraged when I see God working in a very personal way in my life but how do I know when it is God working or just the random chaos of the universe.  Consider what prayer is.  Prayer is my communicating with God (my praise, concerns, hopes, fears, plans) and God responding in accordance to His will. When I see him respond to something that I have specifically asked for, then I know it is Him and I am encouraged; I am protected from losing heart because my God is very real to me.

Now, what if I had not prayed? It is entirely possible that God would do exactly the same thing but there will be missing aspect – my encouragement. I will be the one missing out.

As a parent, it is important for me to tell my kids why they are being rewarded or why they are being disciplined. It creates a cause-effect relationship for them that I hope will result in encouraging or discouraging a specific behavior. Prayer creates a cause-effect opportunity for God to teach us. When we see God answer a very specific request that we have laid before Him then we are encourage and respond with praise. We give him the glory that he is due.  We fulfill our purpose.  That is good for us – that teaches us.

Jesus told us that “we have not because we ask not”.  God is not a begrudging Father that is selfishly not giving us good things because we didn’t say please. Have you considered that God is not giving you something because He wants the best for you? The best for you is that you are encouraged in your faith and you respond in praise to him.  That is the best for you!

We will maximize the opportunity for God to respond to us when we are in constant prayer. There will be more cause-effect opportunities for us to behold, the more we pray.  We will be more encouraged, the more we praise. We will have more to glorify God for, the more we pray.

Pray – it is good for you.

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for being a God that listens and responds.  Thank you for knowing and providing the things I need that I don’t even have a clue to ask for.  Forgive me for neglecting the incredible blessing and priveledge of coming to you in prayer.  I feel so foolish to have not valued that gift I should. Lord – make me into a man of prayer; I want to see you more, please bless my time of prayer with you to fulfill that.    Amen

 

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