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Each Friday I will share a quote I appreciate. It might be long or short. It might be funny or thought provoking.

People who are skeptical of prayer’s validity and power are usually those who do not practice it seriously or fail to obey when God reveals His will. We cannot learn about praying except by praying. No philosophy has ever taught a soul to pray. The intellectual problems associated with prayer are met in the joy of answered prayer and closer fellowship to God.

- Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership

Fresh Friday Quote

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 8.36.31 PMEach Friday I will share a quote I appreciate. It might be long or short. It might be funny or thought provoking.

How do we make our ideas clear? We must explain our ideas in terms of human actions, in terms of sensory information. This is where so much business communication goes awry. Mission statements, synergies, strategies, visions – they are often ambiguous to the point of being meaningless. Naturally Sticky ideas are full of concrete images – ice-filled bathtubs, apples with razors – because our brains are wired to remember concrete data. In proverbs, abstract truths are often encoded in concrete language: “A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.” Speaking concretely is the only way to ensure that our idea will mean the same thing to everyone in our audience.

- Chip and Dan Heath, Made To Stickpage 17

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Each Friday I will share a quote I appreciate. It might be long or short. It might be funny or thought provoking.

We are, when under the spell of stories, willing to believe that good is more powerful than evil, that death is preferable to dishonour, that perseverance pays, that truth is more than a word and justice more than a definition of the powerful, that love exists – if only in the cracks. And if we believe all this, and much more, while the story is being told, we do not abandon that belief entirely when we return to our own personal stories.

Daniel Taylor, Tell Me A Story, pages 16-17

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Each Friday I will share a quote I appreciate. It might be long or short. It might be funny or thought provoking.

“When we become too humble to aspire, we’ve stopped being humble.

Humility should never be an excuse for inactivity. Our humility should harness our ambition, not hinder it. Talking about your dreams for God isn’t proud – it’s essential. If you’re too humble to dream, maybe you have an incorrect understanding of humility. The servant who is faithful with little still has his eye on the much.”

Dave Harvey, Rescuing Ambition, page 117

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Each Friday I will share a quote I appreciate. It might be long or short. It might be funny or thought provoking.

“He was the king the Lord promised to David, a ruler from his own body whose Kingdom the Lord would establish forever, ancient and strong. He had courage deeper than David, wisdom greater than Solomon, and faith firmer than Elijah. He was the remnant growing beneath the smoldering ruins of Judah, the son to be given, the child to be born.”

- Russ Ramsey, Behold The Lamb of God, pages 175-176 

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Each Friday I will share a quote I appreciate. It might be long or short. It might be funny or thought provoking.

Oh! But he was a tight- fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self- contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice.

A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog- days; and didn’t thaw it one degree at Christmas. External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Foul weather didn’t know where to have him. The heaviest rain, and snow, and hail, and sleet, could boast of the advantage over him in only one respect. They often “came down” handsomely, and Scrooge never did.

Charles DickensA Christmas Carol

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Each Friday I will share a quote I appreciate. It might be long or short. It might be funny or thought provoking.

Leaders are men and women who can influence a group of people toward a common goal. Their leverage comes from their ability to envision, communicate, and embody a better future. They see something wrong and they want to change it. Yet for a group to be motivated they must come to some level of disillusionment with the status quo; they need motivation to change. The difficulty for those of us who are called into leadership in this era, in a society of spectacle riddled with passive spectatorship and intermittent distraction, is made increasingly difficult.

The society of the spectacle creates passivity among its citizens, a reluctance to initiate, to lead. Instead we are encouraged to view, to consume. We fear committing, worrying that by doing so we will reduce our freedom, cut ourselves off from the myriad of choices that constantly entice us.

- Mark Sayers, Facing Leviathan: Leadership, Influence, and Creating in a Cultural Storm, Pages 59-60 

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Each Friday I will share a quote I appreciate. It might be long or short. It might be funny or thought provoking.

A Conversation between Meg Murry and her mother:

“And you think all this has something to do with Father?”

“I think it must have.”

“But what?”

“That I don’t know. But it seems the only explanation”

“Do you think things always have an explanation?”

“Yes. I believe that they do . But I think that with our human limitations we’re not always able to understand the explanations. But you see, Meg, just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean that the explanation doesn’t exist.”

“I like to understand things,” Meg said.

“We all do. But it isn’t always possible”

- Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle In Time, pages 42-43

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Each Friday I will share a quote I appreciate. It might be long or short. It might be funny or thought provoking.

A conversation between princess Irene and her Grandmother:

“I’ve brought Curdie, grandmother. He wouldn’t believe what I’ve told him and so I’ve brought him.”

“Yes – I see him. He is a good boy, Curdie, and a brave boy. Aren’t you glad you’ve got him out?”

“Yes, grandmother. But it wasn’t very good of him not to believe when I was telling him the truth.”

“People must believe what they can, and those who believe more must not be hard upon those who believe less. I doubt if you would have believed it all yourself if you hadn’t seen some of it!”

- George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, pages 186-18

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Each Friday I will share a quote I appreciate. It might be long or short. It might be funny or thought provoking.

Your world is tiny, yes. But God gets tinier. not one dust mite falls through the carpet fibers and into the pad apart from from your Father. He’s big enough that small doesn’t matter. Dust-mite drama doesn’t use up His attention, taking it away from something deemed by mentally incontinent college professors to be more worthy of His attention. When one is infinite, one can enjoy two black holes arm-wrestling over a galactic snack, and an uncoordinated junior high quarterback struggling to escape an overweight junior high defensive end. Infinite goes all the way up and all the way down; and at every level, with equal attention, He creates with the full dose of his personality.

- N.D. Wilson, Death By Living: Life Is Meant To Be Spent, page 5