Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Konrad Adenauer became the first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949 at the age of 73. He remained chancellor until his retirement in 1963 at the age of 87.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
That is not all.
“We found some very high levels (of mercury), even after we tried a number of clean-up techniques," said Mark Hyland, Maine director of the Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management. During several of the experiments, for example, he said mercury in the air was more than 100 times levels considered safe even after a floor was cleaned. He said such levels would quickly decline if the room were ventilated and people followed their tips.
This is a double bind. We are damned either way. Buy and die or don't buy and the world melts. Green, or Mercury Red?
SEATTLE - Starbucks is shutting its doors for three hours Tuesday night, the latest drastic step in a company wide bid to improve its sagging fortunes.
The shutdown is one of several big moves spearheaded by Chairman and Chief Executive Howard Schultz, who recently took back the reins of the company amid concerns that it was losing its edge and facing increased competition from the likes of McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts.
Schultz has said the shutdown, which begins at 5:30 p.m. local time, is a way to energize its 135,000 employees and provide some barista re-education in the "art of espresso" at its 7,100 U.S. locations.
1. Attack the successful churches. Preach against the growing churches and tell your people they are from the devil. This is happening with great regularly to Joel Osteen, Rick Warren and Bill Hybels.
2. Beat your members that are loyal. Those who have left are gone so you can't beat them so whip the people who have endured. "When you are riding a dead horse, get a bigger whip."
3. Fire the Pastor. Maybe if the dead hose has a better jockey he will run faster.
4. Play hip hop on Sunday morning. We all know that "Contemporary Music" will heal all wounds.
5. What do you propose?
It takes several decades for any revival to mature into an Awakening and impact society. When we were young we thought that the only route to change was another revival. So, many ex-Jesus Freaks are still preaching the same message they preached during the Seventies. We are well past the time of revival and into the day of the Awakening.
The Jesus Freaks are now Seasoned Believers from age 45 onwards. We have learned, grown, changed and become Seasoned Salty Dogs in action. We have time, money, wisdom and talents as well as experience galore. What we don't have is opportunity and context.
Our churches are stuck in the old model of ministry that places people into roles that are tame and sedentary. Youth is worshipped and Seasoned Salty Dogs or Gray Panthers are asked to take bus rides to Branson and support the new Children's Wing. It isn't enough. We are not tame tigers!
Take a look at the data on seasoned Believers around Greater Cincinnati. There are 2,477, 826 people living in the Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana counties around the 275 Beltway. How many are Seasoned Citizens and then how many are Seasoned Believers as well as un-churched Seasoned Citizens?
The closest guess wins a free book from me.
Don't just sit there, let me know what would draw you into a ministry?
Monday, February 25, 2008
May God bless you all,
Here is the message from LarryNorman.com
Our friend and my wonderful brother Larry passed away at 2:45 Sunday morning. Kristin and I were with him, holding his hands and sitting in bed with him when his heart finally slowed to a stop. We spent this past week laughing, singing, and praying with him, and all the while he had us taking notes on new song ideas and instructions on how to continue his ministry and art.
Several of his friends got to come and visit with him in the last couple of weeks and were a great source of help and friendship to Larry. Ray Sievers, Derek Robertson, Mike Makinster, Tim and Christine Gilman, Matt and Becky Simmons, Kerry Hopkins, Allen Fleming and a few more. Thank you guys. Larry appreciated your visits very much. And he greatly appreciated the thoughts, wishes, support and prayers that came from all of you Solid Rock friends on a daily basis. Thank you for being part of his small circle of friends over the years. Yesterday afternoon he knew he was going to go home to God very soon and he dictated the following message to you while his friend Allen Fleming typed these words into Larry's computer:________________________________
I feel like a prize in a box of cracker jacks with God's hand reaching down to pick me up. I have been under medical care for months. My wounds are getting bigger. I have trouble breathing. I am ready to fly home.
My brother Charles is right, I won't be here much longer. I can't do anything about it. My heart is too weak. I want to say goodbye to everyone. In the past you have generously supported me with prayer and finance and we will probably still need financial help.
My plan is to be buried in a simple pine box with some flowers inside. But still it will be costly because of funeral arrangement, transportation to the gravesite, entombment, coordination, legal papers etc. However money is not really what I need, I want to say I love you.
I'd like to push back the darkness with my bravest effort. There will be a funeral posted here on the website, in case some of you want to attend. We are not sure of the date when I will die. Goodbye, farewell, we will meet again.
Goodbye, farewell, we'll meet againSomewhere beyond the sky.I pray that you will stay with GodGoodbye, my friends, goodbye.
One in four adults ages 18 to 29 claim no affiliation with a religious institution.
"In the past, certain religions had a real holding power, where people from one generation to the next would stay," said Penn State University sociologist Roger Finke, who consulted in the survey planning. "Right now, there is a dropping confidence in organized religion, especially in the traditional religious forms."
Friday, February 22, 2008
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's latest campaign finance report, published Wednesday night, appeared even to her most stalwart supporters and donors to be a road map of her political and management failings. Several of them, echoing political analysts, expressed concerns that Mrs. Clinton's spending priorities amounted to costly errors in judgment that have hamstrung her competitiveness against Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.
"We didn't raise all of this money to keep paying consultants who have pursued basically the wrong strategy for a year now," said a prominent New York donor. "So much about her campaign needs to change — but it may be too late."
The firm that includes Mark Penn, Mrs. Clinton's chief strategist and pollster, and his team collected $3.8 million for fees and expenses in January; in total, including what the campaign still owes, the firm has billed more than $10 million for consulting, direct mail and other services, an amount other Democratic strategists who are not affiliated with either campaign called stunning. (Just think how much of your money she will spend as President.)
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Our Motto: A lifetime of great relationships
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
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Sunday, February 17, 2008
I get a lot of requests to help mainline churches find renewal and new churches find ways to steal sheep from the Mainliners. As an Organizational Development Consultant I am all about finding ways to manage change or change the management.
Maybe better coffee is the answer!
One of the trickiest issues faced by older, more established churches is how to maintain their have.
New churches have the opposite problem. They want to know how to grow a new church and keep the ones who show up. (All this while finding enough money from young singles and families to pay the bills.)
The Mainline Churches are in a panic because they find the competition for new members to be a real challenge, especially while hanging on the the ones they have. Ron Tate, author of The Boomer Blog sent me a file made just for this purpose.
Take a look and call the team immediately.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Almost every state, as well as other countries, has laws on their books that would surprise most people. For instance:
In Oklahoma, you can be arrested for making ugly faces at a dog.
In Danville, Pennsylvania, all fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires.
Finally, in Samoa, it's a crime to forget your own wife's birthday.
Through God’s grace, we are free from regulations that have an appearance of making us holy and are able to enter into a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
So, let's admit that God is green
I often read Norwegian papers because I have many Norske friends and have visited that beautiful land many times. I recently read that their largest paper, The Aften Posten, reported on a Norwegian reporter who ranked American Presidents from best to worst. It is an annual game in the US as well as Norway and it is a silly but harmless past time.
The Professor, Mr. Moen, ranked George W. Bush as the worst in history. That may be true. I do not know. What concerned me as his rationale for naming Mr. Bush the worst. Here they are: Bush started the Iraq War, he was wrong about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, he defied international opinion on a host of other issues, from the Kyoto agreement to rules for an international court, and his tax measures have widened the gap between rich and poor.
Mr. Moen's opinions are as valid as your or mine. However, Mr. Moen has no right to offer wrong information. As you read his reasons, which are patently untrue. Not a matter of judgment, but false?
The first person to pick two of Moen's reasons that are false will get a copy of one of my books.
Click comments and tell me which are historically inaccurate.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
In the late Sixties I became a very passionate promoter of small groups in the church. My passion was built upon my Good Intentions to help my church and promote Bible study methods among the College and Career Sunday school class. In accord with the old adage, "The road to Gahenna is paved with good intentions" my brilliant and passionate ideas blew up in my face. As a result I studied change management or "How to manage change so it doe not blow up in my face."
For many years I have believed and taught that Christians have a mandate from God to "Tend creation". I come from rural Illinois and learned as a youth the importance of caring for the earth, water and air. But when the "Global Warming Fanatics" started promoting all kinds of very expensive ways to protect the environment, I was suspicious. I started researching how well these changes will work and not "Blow up in our face".
For example, I studied bio-fuels made from corn and other plants. It was quickly obvious that making bio-fuels was a disaster economically and environmentally. Taking so much corn from food would raise the price of cereals, grain and meat dramatically. And, bio-fuels cause more carbon in the air. Yes, I said MORE carbon, not less.
Here is the conclusion of the Wall Street Journal article in today's paper.
So, incredibly, when the hidden costs of conversion are included, greenhouse-gas emissions from corn ethanol over the next 30 years will be twice as high as from regular gasoline. In the long term, it will take 167 years before the reduction in carbon emissions from using ethanol "pays back" the carbon released by land-use change. As they say, it's not easy being green. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120286874755264143.html
Why did President Bush and Congress pass laws mandating biofuels? Because farmers love the idea and politicians are buying their votes and punishing the rest of us.
So, let us understand the reality of making changes in what we grow, the fuels we use and what we ask the government to do for us. The Congress of the United States gets reelected by buying out votes. The $600.00 kick back recently voted by Congress is a disasterous policy and will hurt the economy badly. They voted to give us money to buy our votes despite the fact that it will hurt American economy.
When a politician says, "I am here to help you," cover your pocket book and run as fast as you can to the nearest exit.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Ps My spell checker is broken.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Jesus was smart, savvy, spiritual and wise. He is the kind of man we need to emulate. This drawing from a Roman Catholic Church outside Moscow shows both His toughness and tenderness.
Jesus was tender when needed and tough when needed.
I have been thinking about our work at Sweeten Life Systems. We specialize in developing Seasoned Leaders. We transfer the knowledge, skills and values necessary to effectively influence others to Seasoned Believers and help them become better leaders.
We are well trained in the art and science of influence. We have many years of working with leaders all around the world so we know what works. We transfer our wisdom and to others so they can build leadership capacity and multiply themselves over and over again.
Coach to Seasoned Believers
Consultant to Seasoned Leaders
What happened? Did we suddenly inherit a lot of money from some rich relative? Did we play the lottery and win? No, we were blessed to live in America, the best place in the world for poor people because few stay poor.
Thomas Sowell was recently interviewed on the supposed gap between rich and poor in America. Like so much that is reported in the news, it is a myth. Here is Dr. Sowell's comment.
It's maddening to me to keep hearing how the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, and so on. The fundamental difference is the difference between talking about abstract statistical categories and talking about flesh-and-blood human beings. Since the book came out, for example, there's been a study released by the Treasury Department based on income tax returns. There, they are talking about following the same human beings over a span of years, which is wholly different from following income brackets over a span of years, because in all the brackets more than half the people change in the course of a decade. So what happens to a bracket is an abstract question; what happens to the flesh-and-blood human beings is different.
For example, for the flesh-and-blood people who were in the bottom 20 percent of taxpayers in income in 1996, their average increase of income over the next decade was 91 percent -- so they almost doubled their incomes. Meanwhile, for the people in the top 1 percent -- presumably the rich who are getting richer -- their average income declined 26 percent. That's diametrically the opposite from what we're hearing from nearly every newspaper and practically every political platform.
Maurie, my elder brother, Tom, my younger brother and I are all prosperous America provides opportunities for the poorset of the poor to get ahead if they get an education, work hard and save money. We three did and came up out of poverty in a very few years. PTL we were born in America.
Friday, February 08, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
© Gary Sweeten
Now I lay me down to sleep
I thank the Lord, my soul will keep.
No fear of night,
He will provide
His angels near,
My sleeping side
At morning’s dawn,
I will awake,
To live again
For Jesus’ sake
He gives me strength,The whole night rest,
Enough each day
To give my best
© Gary Sweeten
LifeWay Ministries Inc
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Have you ever caused people to be upset with your new ideas? What were the ideas? What happened?
Were any of you ever burned at the stake?
How innovative is your church?
Coach to Seasoned Believers
Consultant to Seasoned Leaders