loren Eric Swanson: Quotes from September 2005

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Quotes from September 2005

"A man that can shoot his grandmother at 500 yards might be considered a good shot but I'd hardly consider him a good man." John Lamb expounding on the difference between skills and character.

"You're looking at the calendar. I'm looking at my watch." Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, 1st Army Comander in charge of New Orleans cleanup after Katrina. USA Today, 9/13/05, p. 5A
From a Katrina victim who is starting over in Denver:
"She lost it all to Katrina But as she looked out at the Rocky Mountains, Keyon Ford said she was starting to see the destruction of her old life as a blessing....'We take it day by day,' Ford said. 'I know there is a God and he has something in store for me.'

Her voice-mail message relects her determination to make the most of her fresh start. 'Ive made some changes in my life,' she tells callers. 'If I don't call you back, you're one of those changes.'
LA Times, September 17, 2005, p. A18

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent but the ones most responsive to change." Charles Darwin

"The normal Christian life has become so sub-normal that the normal Christian looks abnormal." Vance Havner

"Service has always been the DNA of Christianity but for most, it is a recessive gene in the gene pool." Monty Schmidt, Rolling Hills Community Church, Tualatin, OR

"In crossing cultures, the missionary teacher becomes a learner, the one who is in posession of divine revelation discovers new truth, and he who seeks the salvation of others finds himself converted all over again." David Smith, Missions After Christendom, p. 78

Hypnogogic images--pictures that appear at the threshold of sleep. Keith Johnstone, Impro, p. 13

"There are people who prefer to say 'Yes' and there are people who prefer to say 'No.' Those who say 'Yes' are rewarded by the adventures they have and those who say 'No' are rewarded by the safety they attain. There are far more no-sayers around than yes-sayers." Keith Johnstone, Impro, p. 92

"I don't have anything against Jesus...it's his wife I can't stand." Denny Bellesi quoting a friend's distain for believers.

"Their gain shall be in the knowledge of our faith and ours such riches as their country hath." Sir Francis Drake

"In a comparison of two things, according to the rule of grammar, it can be said that only one is better than the other. In a comparison of more things only one will be best." Dan Moyer HBR, March 2005, p. 152

Pleasure brings fleeting happiness that lessens in intensity over time. Gratification is a longer lasting joy that requires skill and effort and "can only be had by activity consonant withy noble purposes." To achieve happiness you musht enjoy doing your best while contributingg to something beyond yourself. Martin Seligman, "Authentic Happiness" in INC, March, 2005

"A dollar spent in China buys almost five times more goods and services than a dollar spent in a typical American City." The "China price" is the lowest price possible. More than 80% of suppliers in Walmart have their data base in China. 85% of Walmart's merchandise comes from China. INC, March 2005.

From Leadership Journal, Winter 2005, p. 9
43% of "born-agains" made professions of faith before age 13
13% received Chrsit between 18-21
64% received Christ before age 18
23% received Christ after age 21
1/10 receive Christ in church setting.

"Why don't we have a prison ministry? Because we don't have any prison ministers."


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