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  • Ability is what you’re capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do.  Attitude determines how well you do it. (Lou Holtz)
  • During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable, even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism. (Howard Thurman in Jesus and the Disinherited)
  • Our enemies can often correct our faults by their disparagement, just as the flattery of friends can corrupt us. (Augustine)
  • We too often have difficulty in loving our enemies because we are afraid they might repent.  Such was Jonah’s problem.  He would rather die than face a gracious God and the Ninevites as potential friends. (Gregory Jones in Embodying Forgiveness)
  • The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear Him you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else. (Oswald Chambers)
  • As bread nourishes the body, knowledge nourishes the soul (Johannes Kepler)
  • The fight against the joy of knowledge is a fight against nature. (Johannes Kepler)
  • If and when a horror turns up, you will be given Graced to help you.  I don’t think one is usually given it in advance. “Give us our daily bread.” (not an annuity for life) applies to spiritual gifts too. (C S Lewis)
  • The best armor is to keep out of range.
  • An enemy’s gift may be to make us see ourselves in a way our friends overlook.  Thus, our enemy is not merely a hurdle to be leaped over on the way to God, but may be part of the way to God.  Through our enemies we come to terms with our shadows. (Walter Wink in Engaging the Powers)
  • One of the reasons people come to church is to hear real language.  And that means it’s not the kind of language they hear on the job or when they turn on their television. The church needs to give people “memorable speech.” (Kathleen Norris)
  • Beware of a man of one book.
  • Could it be that unless we have the love of Jesus, John, Daniel, or Isaiah, we are not qualified to preach effectively about hell to the lost? (Gorman Gray)
  • Our first task is not to forgive, but to learn to be forgiven.  Too often to be ready to forgive is a way of exerting control over another.  (Stanley Hauerwas)