Sunday, September 30, 2012

It may be that...

"In the light of eternity we shall see that what we desired would have been fatal to us, and that what we would have avoided was essential to our well-being."
~Francois Fenelon

Saturday, September 29, 2012

In life...

"You don't win the race the first time around; you win it the last time around."
-From Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Friday, September 28, 2012

Look at the making of Les Miserables...




For Musical Theatre Friday...
This video discusses new process used for filming live musical numbers in upcoming film version of Les Miserables...



Thursday, September 27, 2012

In conversation...

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

In a family, church or business...

"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team."

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Remember...

"You can never do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late." 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, September 24, 2012

Consider...

"I don't think the thing is to be well-known, but being worth knowing."
~Robert Fulghum

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Remember in your ministry...

"Preachers are not sermon makers, but men makers and saint makers, and he only is well-trained for this business who has made himself a man and a saint. It is not great talents nor great learning nor great preachers that God needs, but men great in holiness, great in faith, great in love, great in fidelity, great for God - men always preaching by holy sermons in the pulpit, by holy lives out of it. These can mold a generation for God."
~E.M. Bounds

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Truly...

"As nothing is more easy than to think, so nothing is more difficult than to think well."
~17th century poet Thomas Traherne

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Music Feature

Ever had a karaoke party at your house?  Sang in the kitchen while preparing dinner?

Check out this performance of Nessun Dorma by Alfie Boe in a friend's kitchen.

By the way, the friend is Matt Lucas who played Thenardier in the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Miserables.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

The presence of God...

"They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse."
~Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Life and Death

"Only what is fated to die is capable of living. Only what dies lives."
~Giannina Braschi

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A word from Dr. Tozer...

"The glory of God always comes at the sacrifice of self."
~A.W. Tozer in The Crucified Life

Monday, September 17, 2012

Remember to...

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." 
~Judy Garland

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Dream Lives...

Keeping with the tradition of "Musical Theatre Fridays," here is the trailer for the new film version of Les Miserables.  Might have to be at the first nearby showing for this.  I don't think Cameron Mackintosh will let it be bad.  Different, maybe, but not bad.

Check out this cast...

Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean,
Russell Crowe as Javert,
Anne Hathaway as Fantine,
Amanda Seyfried as Cosette,
Eddie Redmayne as Marius,
Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as the Thenardiers,
Aaron Tveit as Enjolras,
Samantha Barks as Eponine,
and a special guest appearances by the original Jean Valjean, Colm Wilkinson and Frances Ruffelle, the original Eponine.



Thursday, September 13, 2012

Successful people know that...

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."
~ John Wooden

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

In times like these remember nothing is truly new...

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way..."
~Charles Dickens wrote this in the mid-19th century as the opening to A Tale of Two Cities

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

On Patriot Day...

E pluribus unum.

"From many, one."

The motto of the United States of America.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Life teaches us that...

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." 
~Robert F. Kennedy


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Remember...

"The trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more."
~Erica Jong

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Profound yet simple


"If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great 
for me to make for Him." 

~ C.T. Studd, one of the wealthiest men in Britain and world-famous cricket player, who in his twenties gave away everything that he had, trusted God by faith and for over 5o years served as a missionary to China, India and Central Africa.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Valjean Quartet to start your weekend!



Four of the greatest Jean Valjeans in the history of the 25 years worth of world-wide productions of Les Miserables.
Two parts to point out.  Alfie Boe, who sang the part at this concert, hangs back until about the 2:20 mark of the video.  Then, just listen.  To realize that the other three men are some of the most accomplished tenors on Earth makes his sound even more amazing.
Then note the originator of the role, Colm Wilkinson's, ability to hold the final note.  The others just step back and watch it happen.
Enjoy!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Slow down and remember...

"There is no substitute for simple satisfaction in the Word of God, in the presence of God. That affects all your actions."
~ Dallas Willard

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Truly...

"God delights in using ordinary Christians who come to the end of themselves and choose to trust in His extraordinary provisions.  He stands ready to allocate His power to all who are radically dependent on Him and radically devoted to making much of Him."
~David Platt

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Bears repeating...

"The accomplishment of a day isn't so much about accomplishing goals - but abiding in God."
~Ann Voskamp

Monday, September 3, 2012

Where is your satisfaction?

"When you become satisfied with God, everything else so loses its charm that He can give it to you without harm."
~A.B. Simpson, founder of the Christian & Missionary Alliance

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Here and Now or By and By?

For the last week, news coverage around our country bounced between the wrath of Hurricane Isaac and the upcoming Presidential election.  Stories about both events focused on different aspects of our country.  The Isaac reports focused on immediate problems such as flooding, a lack of safe water and the fact that thousands of people were either evacuated or were stranded without power.  The political stories asked us to look beyond the here and now and attempt to decide between two parties with different goals for the future.  One story was about the present while the other was largely about the future.
As Christians, the story that we tell has to be in touch with our current lives as well as preparing us for the eternal future we all face.  Some Christians want to focus only on the here and now.  They think the main mission of the church is helping with the immediate needs of people.  Other Christians seem to ignore the current needs of those who are struggling and talk constantly about a great future in Heaven.  They are so focused on eternity that they do not confront the present reality.
Which approach is correct?  Simply neither.
The church must impact the world around us because the impact we have here and now is the only way we can impact eternity.  We must change the world by our giving, our sharing and the truth of our message.  Christ’s Gospel is good news for this life as well as the life to come.  When we neglect the focus on one aspect of the Gospel for the sake of solely focusing on the other, I am afraid we will be surprised when we achieve neither.  If we aim for Heaven and seek to obey God’s commands and avail ourselves of His grace, we will by necessity seek to improve the lives of people around us.  Our ministry must be focused on bringing people to Christ now so that they will get to enjoy communing with Him later.  

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Not just a prayer for a missionary...

"Lord, I give up
All my own plans and purposes,
All my own desires and hopes,
And accept Thy will for my life.
I give myself, my life, my all,
Utterly to Thee
To be Thine forever.
Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit.
Use me as Thou wilt,
Send me where Thou wilt,
Work out Thy whole will in my life
At any cost,
Now and forever."

- Betty Scott Stam, missionary of the China Inland Mission, 
martyred, along with her husband, in China in 1934.