Quote of the Week On Keeping Your Mouth Shut


“I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.”

-President Calvin Coolidge

I can only speak from experience: This is totally true.

Quote of the Week On Life


“Read the Bible. Work hard and honestly. And don’t complain.”

-Billy Graham

What else can I say? It doesn’t get any better than that. And who can argue with that?

Quote of the Week On the Struggle of Faith


“When all is said and done, the life of faith is nothing if not an
unending struggle of the spirit with every available weapon against the

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(The Cost of Discipleship)

What do you know about Dietrich?

He was pastor in Nazi Germany. He was one of the few who resisted and spoke out against the atrocities happening to the Jews. He even secretly colluded with opponents of Hitler. This led to his imprisonment and eventual execution by hanging. While Hitler at times claimed to be doing God’s work, it was clear to the faithful that he was a monster.

Dietrich is a hero of the Christian faith. But whether you have faith or not, he is still a hero.

Quote of the Week From Billy Graham


“You’re born. You suffer. You die. Fortunately, there’s a loophole.”

-Billy Graham

I want to live in the loophole. You know, with every year that passes I become more aware of my age. Yes, it’s one part vanity because I can’t believe old I am. I still feel like that 14-year-old kid who took the $20 dollars his dad gave him to get a hair cut but had his friend shave a mohawk in the back yard and kept the money for the mall. But there’s more to it.

As I get older I seem to think more about if I am doing what I am supposed to do with my life. Am I doing enough? Am I using my gifts? Am I contributing good to this world? Am I living with purpose? Am I fulfilling my purpose?

Time is ticking away and I hope my journey through life with God will keep me effective and living well in the loophole.

Quote of the Week On Pain


“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our
pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

-C.S. Lewis

Quote of the Week On Atheists


“If there were no God, there would be no atheists.” -G.K.Chesterton

Come on! You know that made you smile a little, at least after you thought about it for a moment.

I quoted that because I am working on my 2 part review of the book The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails (which I have mentioned here and here ). It’s going to be quite long, because it’s more than a review really (of course). I will try to have it done next week. Let me at least say now that it was a very informative. And I apologize for it taking so long for me to finish.

Have a great weekend!

Quote of the Week On Christianity, God, & the Bet


“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

-C.S. Lewis

I love this quote. There’s something about it that is uncomfortable, which is probably why it’s so amazing. It reminds me of Pascal’s Wager, which is also so good. In fact, why not quote that too? Here it is:

“Let us weighthe gain and the loss in wagering that God is… If you gain, you gainall; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitationthat He is.”

-Blaise Pascal

So will you make the bet? I’m all in.

Quote of the Week On Charity


“Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.”

-Saint Augustine

This quote didn’t make sense to me at first. But then I remembered what I do. You see, let’s say I do something wrong and upset my wife. Often I’m tempted to not admit wrong. Instead I offer her all kinds of other things. I do the dishes, sweep, clean the bathroom, etc. I offer these things thinking they will be a substitute for actually admitting I am wrong, making amends, and changing. They aren’t. Only taking responsibility can bring the healing that justice calls out for.

Quote of the Week On Corruption & Leadership


“Power attracts the corrupt, and the corrupt seek more power.” –unknown author

I thought this was a very appropriate quote for the days we live in. It is perhaps and more modern and tangential version of the old quote about absolute power corrupting absolutely. Today there seems to be such a departure from character and common sense in our leaders and the decisions they make.

Now I support my leaders, God calls me to do that–to submit to the authority in powers. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to be informed, vote my conscience, and speak out about important issues. Plus, in this country that is our duty as a citizen.

Jesus once said, “…those who have authority over others like to be called ‘friends of the people.’ But you must not be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should
be like the youngest, and the leader should be like the servant.
” –Luke 22:25-26

Can you imagine?

Quote of the Week On Kids


“Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to people who are like these children.

-Jesus Christ, Gospel of Luke, chapter 18, verse 16

Quote of the Week On Seeking Truth


“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

-Jesus Christ, Gospel of Luke, chapter 11, verses 9-10

Quote of the Week On Greed


“Be careful and guard against all kinds of greed. Life is not measured by how much one owns.”

-Jesus Christ, Gospel of Luke, chapter 12, verse 15

Quote of the Week On What You Value Most


“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

-Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 12, verse 34

Quote of the Week On True Life


“…Those who give up their lives for me will have true life.”

-Jesus Christ, the Gospel of Luke, chapter 9, verse 24

Quote of the Week on What’s in the Heart


“Good people bring good things out of the good they stored in their
hearts. But evil people bring evil things out of the evil they stored
in their hearts. People speak the things that are in their hearts.”

-Jesus Christ in the gospel of Luke, chapter 6, verse 45

Quote of the Week On Greatness


“Whoever makes himself great will be made humble. Whoever makes himself humble will be made great.”

-Jesus Christ, from the gospel of Matthew, chapter 23, verse 12

Quote of the Week On Being Weak


“The spirit wants to do what is right, but the body is weak.”

-Jesus Christ from the gospel of Mark, chapter 15, verse 38

Quote of the Week On Love


“Love your neighbor as you love yourself. There are no commands greater…”

-Jesus Christ from the gospel of Mark, chapter 12, verse 31

Book Review & Quote of the Week: The 5000 Year Leap


“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…”
-President George Washington in his farewell address, as quoted in The 5000 Year Leap.

I recently finished reading The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen. This was one of those books that has been on my list to read for a while. Person after person recommended it to me over the last couple of years. One even said, “It’s one of my top 20 most important books to read.” That’s when it got put in my queue.

The 5000 Year Leap sets out to essentially give the background of the 28 formative principles (taken from philosophers, historical events, and religion, etc. which were observed to have worked and elevate humanity, to some degree) that were the basis of the Constitution of The United States of America (and thereby, our nation)–along with background on the framers and signers of it.

This established a nation based on the rule of law to guide all matters of legislation and social order, and not birthright or might. This created a nation of the people, by the people, and for the people, and not some dictatorial oppressive ruler.

And that changed everything.

The result of that was within 200 short years the world advanced more than it had in the previous 5000. That is, the original settlers in Jamestown essentially pioneered the land like all other pioneers in other lands had for the previous 5000 years. Civilization had made little progress to that point, still using the axe, shovel, hoe, plow, and beasts of burden. But with the establishment of this new nation via the Constitution, American independence, free-enterprise economics, and personal liberty produced the most phenomenal results in history.

By 1976 (200 years later), there was a mighty leap in technical, political, and economic achievement. These included electricity, the proliferation and perfection of the internal combustion engine, jet propulsion, spacecrafts and vehicles, nuclear energy, and much more (radio, telephone, light bulb, computer…). And this spirit of freedom spread around the globe and inspired it as well.

Some things of note from the history in this book:

*America is not a Democracy. It is a Constitutional Republic.
*America has the oldest written Constitution still in use.
*Nearly all (if not all) the Framers (in their own words) believed in a Creator who authored certain obvious absolutes (what they called Natural Law). The Constitution sought to acknowledge these and protect them, with regard to the rights of the people.
*Without constant vigilance, citizens would slowly give away their rights for the illusion of safety and comfort until they finally found themselves under the thumb of tyranny. Some of the Framers even thought that Republic would need to be ‘reset’ to some degree every 20 or so years.
*The Constitution was meant to guarantee equal opportunity–not equal outcomes.
*To maintain sovereignty, America was to avoid international entanglements–called separatism. The idea was, “A friend to all, but servant to none,” in the obligatory sense.
*Historically (and factually), the core unit that determines the strength of any society is the family.
*In just 40 years after the signing of the Constitution (establishing of America), the citizenry of the nation were the most informed and literate of all nations. These were the observations of dignitaries from other nations who traveled through the cities and frontiers.
*The Separation of Powers (the three branches: executive, judicial, and legislative) was supposed to make the process of leading and lawmaking slow and clumsy, as to inherently protect the rights of the citizens.

This is an informational book. It is not something that you want to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It is definitely a learning experience. I made comments on nearly every page.

I highly recommend this book. It has certainly filled in many of the gaps that my public school education left empty, or seemed to fill with some misinformation. In fact, this is a book I will read with my kids one day (when they are older). My biggest complaint about this book is that it started to fall apart about 1/3 of the way through. That was annoying. It didn’t seem to be bound very well. But it didn’t deter me.

So jump to it and read The 5000 Year Leap!

Quote of the Week On Sinners


“It is not the healthy people who need a doctor, but the sick. I did not come to invite good people but to invite sinners.”

-Jesus, from the Gospel of Mark, chapter 2, verse 17.

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