Zis-N-Zat From Pastor Asher

God is my conscience, Jesus lives in my heart… this blog is about what I see, what I think, what I do and how I serve God

> K – Daily “Ramblings”

1-August-2010: “To become something new, we must consciously do something different than we have been doing.”

— Sister Joan Chittister

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14-July-2010: “The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”

— Charles DuBois

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30-June-2010: “Jesus didn’t die so that we could go to heaven instead of hell. He died so that God could live, not in heaven, but in us.”

— Mike Ruffin
http://www.devotions.com/2006/09/why-did-god-send-his-son-2.html

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16-June-2010:  The “Kingdom of God” can’t be captured in a position paper, doctrinal checklist, or religious system. That thing Jesus of Nazareth pointed towards can only be realized in the midst of real life and living. There is no manual.

— Shawn Anthony  (Shawn blogs at http://lofitribe.com/)

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25-May-2010: German theologion Bultmann wrote that “the believer can only measure the significance and claims of what he has to undergo when he actually meets it. He [or she] anticipates the future in faith, not foreknowledge” (The Gospel of John, 573).

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8-May-2010: “People with the least, tend to give the most”
—  From CNN’s video interview with Shay Kelley

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7 – April – 2010: “Faith taken too seriously becomes deadly, and loses the joy of the resurrection. If the resurrection of Jesus can’t bring a smile to your lips, nothing can!”
Anonymous

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6-April-2010:  “Ubi Christus, ibi ecclesia,” — “Where Christ is, there is the church.”  
— Ignatius of Antioch

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6-April-2010: “It is not Jesus Christ who needs our ministries; it is our ministries that need Jesus Christ.”
— Karl Barth

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22-February-2010: “Every trouble you overcome increases your understanding of life.”   — Lisa Wroble

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22-February-2010 “Hope rides on the decision either to believe that God stands on this dark road waiting to walk with us toward new light again or to despair of the fact that God who is faithful is eternally faithful and will sustain us in our darkness one more time.”

— Joan Chittister

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03-February-2010: “The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them. Just as love to God begins with listening to His Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. It is God’s love for us that He not only gives us His Word but also lends us His ear. So it is His work that we do for our brother when we learn to listen to him. Christians, especially ministers, so often think they must always contribute something when they are in the company of others, that this is the one service they have to render. They forget that listening can be a greater service than speaking.

Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking where they should be listening. But he who can no longer listen to his brother will soon be no longer listening to God either; he will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of God too. This is the beginning of the death of the spiritual life, and in the end there is nothing left but spiritual chatter and clerical condescension arrayed in pious words. One who cannot listen long and patiently will presently be talking beside the point and be never really speaking to others, albeit he be not conscious of it. Anyone who thinks that his time is too valuable to spend keeping quiet will eventually have no time for God and his brother, but only for himself and for his own follies.”
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer
1906-1945

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2-February-2010 “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” 

== Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojarhiu)

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20-January-2010

“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”

“In essential, unity;
in non-essentials, liberty;
in all things, charity.”

== Word of Wisdom from John Wesley

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“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.”

— Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

— Leonardo DaVinci

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“Peace begins with a look of respect that recognizes in another man’s face a person, regardless of the color of his skin, nationality, language or religion.”

— The Holy Father Benedict XVI during the Mass marking beginning of the new year 2010

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“When God hates all the same people that you hate, you can be confident that you have created God in your own image.”

–Anne Lamott

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9-December-2009  “Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.”

–Angela Monet

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9-December-2009 “The secret of success is to do common things uncommonly well.”

–John D. Rockefeller

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7-December-2009 “Don’t look down on a man unless you are trying to pick him up.”

—  Charles Evans

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29-November – 2oo9 “Without mistakes, there is no forgiveness.
Without forgiveness, there is no love.”

— Author unknown

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24 – November – 2009 “Knowing that something is wrong is not the same as believing in what is right. ”

— doroteos2 http://doroteos2.wordpress.com/2009/11/19/the-neverending-story/#more-2445

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21-November-2009. “There are a whole lot of religious people in America, including the majority of Democrats. When we abandon the field of religious discourse — when we ignore the debate about what it means to be a good Christian or Muslim or Jew; when we discuss religion only in the negative sense of where or how it should not be practiced, rather than in the positive sense of what it tells us about our obligations toward one another; when we shy away from religious venues and religious broadcasts because we assume that we will be unwelcome — others will fill the vacuum. And those who do are likely to be those with the most insular views of faith, or who cynically use religion to justify partisan ends.”

— Barack Obama

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18-November-2009.   “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

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16-November-2009. “Nature forms us. Sin deforms us. School informs us, but only Christ transforms us.”

— Unknown

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16-November-2009. “There are two types of education. One should teach us how to make a living, And the other how to live.”
— John Adams

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12-November-2009. “Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.”
— Marcus Valerius Martialis

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10-November-2009. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” — Dale Carnegie

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9-November-2009. “One’s sanity should never be defined or limited by another’s tunnel vision or intellectual ignorance.” From LoFiTribe a.k.a. Shawn Antony

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9-November-2009. “How about measuring success in terms of lives transformed by Jesus Christ through the ministries and witness of the church and it’s members, rather than the number of people who showed up and comparing the number to the same event last year?” From http://ThePerplexedPastor.Wordpress.com

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