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

> K4–Daily Ramblings Part “four”

We aren’t much, O God
but we are all we have.

Take us with our assorted
weaknesses and limitations
and by the power at work
within us make us
channels of grace,
agents of reconciliation,
and bearers of hope
wheresoever we may be

Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Amen

—-Ernest T. Campbell

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Church community is like a strong tree whose beauty is derived from the continuous regeneration of its leaves, but whose strength comes from the old trunk, with solid roots in the ground.

The task of church revitalization therefore must be one of mutual renewal and reaffirmation, where members of the community help each other and their neighbors to deepen their relationship with God.

~~ Based on quotes from the Holy Father Paul VI (26 September 1897 – 6 August 1978) and Elliot Richardson (20 July 1920 – 31 December 1999)

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“The very fact that so many religious people have to so vigorously prove and defend their salvation theories makes one seriously doubt whether they have experienced divine mirroring at any great depth.”

~~ Fr. Richard Rohr

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“You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.”

“The first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself. … Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

~~ Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013)

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“Love the sinner, hate the sin? How about: Love the sinner, hate your own sin! I don’t have time to hate your sin. There are too many of you! Hating my sin is a full-time job. How about you hate your sin, I’ll hate my sin and let’s just love each other!”

“We don’t help people by showing them our trophies.  We help them by showing them our scars.”

~ Mark Lowry

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You can’t create the future by clinging  to the past

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Grace is what God gives us when we don’t deserve and mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve.

~~ Author unknown

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God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that can be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish one from the other

~~Reinhold Neibuhr

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  • If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

  • It is not the level of prosperity that makes for happiness but the kinship of heart to heart and the way we look at the world. Both attitudes are within our power . . . a man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy, and no one can stop him.

  • It is the artist who realizes that there is a supreme force above him and works gladly away as a small apprentice under God’s heaven.

  • Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience . . . from generation to generation. In this way literature becomes the living memory of a nation.

~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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“Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, your actions louder than your words, and your faith stronger than your feelings.”

~~ Author unknown

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I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.”

~~ Walter Anderson

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Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

~~ Maria Robinson

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“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground.  Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…” 
~~   Wilferd Peterson

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“You can’t stop the future… You can’t rewind the past… the only way to learn the secret …is to press play.”

~~ Jay Asher, Contemporary American Author and Novelist

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“Once in seven years I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago.”

~~ John Wesley

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People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos, is because things are being loved, and people are being used.

~~ Author Unknown

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 One day your life will be just a memory in other peoples’ minds. Make it a good one…

~~ Author Unknown

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Pain, disappointment or failure can either result in two things, fear or strength… the choice is in your hands.


– Mithilesh Chudgar

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“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.”

– Muhammad Ali

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“A person’s most useful asset is not a head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love with an ear open to listen and a hand willing to help.”

~~ Anonymous

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The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.

~~ Anonymous

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“We’ve bought into the idea that education is about training and ‘success,’ defined monetarily, rather than learning to think critically and to challenge. We should not forget that the true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers. A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power, which mistakes management techniques for wisdom, which fails to understand that the measure of a civilization is its compassion, not its speed or ability to consume, condemns itself to death.”

Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

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The purpose of Christianity is not to avoid difficulty, but to produce a character      adequate to meet it when it comes. It does not make life easy; rather it tries to make us great enough for life.

~~ James L. Christensen

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“Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.”

~~ Saint Augustine

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