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Words of a Fether

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In today’s surf-and-skim world, you don’t have a lot of time to step back and think about the Big Picture. These snippets can help.


Atheist: Someone who demands that God stay out of their life, but then rages at God for not preventing bad things from happening.

Misogyny: The belief that God can speak through a donkey (Num. 22:28), a plant (Ex. 3:2), or a rock (Luke 19:40), but never a woman. 

If something in scripture is sharp, don’t try to blur it. If it’s blurry, don’t try to sharpen it. If you have astigmatism, don’t call other people blind.

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink. --- George Orwell 

There are no shortcuts for maturity, nor any “cheat codes” for wisdom. These are only gotten in small installments as you walk along the path of life. All walk, but few pay attention to the scenery or look under rocks and logs for treasure. So have your goals in life, but don’t let the pursuit of them make the trip a waste of time.

How can anyone look at a jet and say “Design!”, yet look at the people who designed it and say “Accident!”?

To trap a monkey, all you have to do is put something it really wants into a jar with a narrow opening, and tie the jar securely to a tree. The opening should be so narrow that the monkey will have trouble getting its hand inside. Once the monkey has its prize in its fist, it can’t remove its hand. The monkey could get free by dropping the object, but it will refuse to open its fist and be free, because it refuses to let go. Satan knows we could easily get free from his trap if we just let go of our pride, but he’s betting we’re no smarter than monkeys. Prove him wrong.

The spiritually dead need to be reborn, not made to look natural.

Religion is like a vaccine against a disease: it gives you just enough peace of mind to keep you from catching the real thing.

Religion is man creating God in man’s image.

An open mind is like an open window with a screen: it lets in the fresh air but keeps out the bugs.

When non-Christians tell Christians how to act like Christians, they act just like the Christians who are not acting like Christians!

Legalism: doing all the right things for all the wrong reasons.

Posted 2007-06-28 under Christian Living, wisdom, handy sayings, proverbs