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The only patriots worth their salt are the ones who love their country enough to see that in a nuclear age it is not going to survive unless the world survives. True patriots are no longer champions of Democracy, Communism, or anything like that but champions of the Human Race.

    Topics: Patriotism
    Source: Whistling in the Dark

Go where your best prayers take you.

    Topics: Prayer

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom," the good thief said from his cross (Luke 23:42). There are perhaps no more human words in all of Scripture, no prayer we can pray so well.

    Topics: Prayer
    Source: Listening To Your Life

If preachers decide to preach about hope, let them preach out of what they themselves hope for.

    Topics: Preaching, Hope

If we are to love our neighbors, before doing anything else we must see our neighbors. With our imagination as well as our eyes, that is to say like artists, we must see not just their faces but the life behind and within their faces. Here it is love that is the frame we see them in.

    Topics: Relationships

If you forget me, one of the ways I remember who I am will be gone. If you forget me, part of who I am will be gone.

    Topics: Relationships

By and large a good rule for finding out is this: the kind of work God usually calls you to is the kind of work a) that you need most to do and b) the world most needs to have done. If you really get a kick out of your work, you've presumably met requirement a), but if your work is writing TV deodorant commercials, the chances are you've missed requirement b).

    Topics: Service

All theology, like all fiction, is at its heart autobiography.

    Topics: Theology
    Source: The Sacred Journey

Toleration is often just indifference in disguise.

    Topics: Tolerance

Our eyes are just our eyes and not all we have for seeing, maybe not even the best we have for seeing. Facts are all the eye can see, eyes cannot see truth. It's not with the eyes of the head that we see truths like that, but with the eyes of the heart. To see (Jesus) with the heart is to know, in the long run, that his life is the only life worth living.

    Topics: Truth

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