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Twenty-Five Proverbs to Mull Over

Trust in the LORD with all your heart         and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him,
       and he will make your paths straight. (3:5-6)Work
Lazy hands make a man poor,
       but diligent hands bring wealth. (10:4)
 He who works his land will have abundant food,
       but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment. (12:11)

Words
He who guards his lips guards his life,
       but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin. (13:3)
The tongue has the power of life and death,
       and those who love it will eat its fruit. (18:21)
 For lack of guidance a nation falls,
       but many advisers make victory sure. (11:14)
He who listens to a life-giving rebuke
       will be at home among the wise. (15:31)
A gossip betrays a confidence;
       so avoid a man who talks too much. (20:19)

Wages
Dishonest money dwindles away,
       but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow. (13:11)
A generous man will prosper;
       he who refreshes others will himse…

Beliefnet Article

Check it out!  I was quoted extensively from www.rickharrington.org in an article at Beliefnet on denominations.  Check out the article HERE.  To see the original post on this blog, look HERE.

For the Beauty of the Earth

A view from the top of Mount Washington (the highest mountain east of the Mississippi).  Stunning to stand with the clouds at eye level!





















For the beauty of the earth,   For the beauty of the skies,For the Love which from our birth   Over and around us lies:Christ, our God, to Thee we raiseThis our Sacrifice of Praise.For the beauty of each hour   Of the day and of the night,Hill and vale, and tree and flower,   Sun and moon and stars of light:Christ, our God, to Thee we raiseThis our Sacrifice of Praise.

Axioms

Here are some leadership axioms I wrote down a few years back.  These are principles to live and minister by!

1. Scripture always trumps (tradition, feelings, opinions, etc.)

2. Preaching nourishes other ministries

3. Faithfulness before faddishness

4. Take time to pray over issues

5. Simplify as much as possible

6. Openness is the best policy

7. Mentoring means being with people

8. See it from the perspective of the outsider

9. Bless your enemies, critics, and opponents

10. Love is a good guide

Some More Axioms on Leadership

1. Candor is necessary for great leaders (Jack Welch)

2. Great leaders pass on the credit to others (Jim Collins)

3. Process, movement, alignment (have a clear process towards your vision that allows people movement or steps and align everything with that process) (Simple Church)

4. There is a big difference between having a vision, and knowing how to get there

5. When the leader gets better, everyone benefits (Bill Hybels)

Speaking of Hybels, a great clip that shows great leadership in action: candor, openness, bless your critics, etc.


God's Existence

Atheism is irrational.  I think I can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that atheism is truly irrational.  That seems like a bold claim, I know, but let me give it a try.

First we need to define the term.  Atheism literally is a claim that there is no God.  This is distinct from agnosticism which claims, "we don't know" when it comes to God.  Sometimes the term anti-theism is used, which is like agnosticism but goes further to claim that all the evidence points away from the existence of God.  Let's first deal with atheism proper.

Atheism is Irrational

The issue here is one of epistemology, the study of how we know things.  In order to know there is no God one would have to have knowledge of his non-existence.  As an analogy, if I claimed there are no aliens, I would have to have knowledge that there is no other intelligent life in the universe.  Since I do not know this, and certainly cannot produce evidence that there is no alien life out there, it is not rational fo…