Qualifying School – known in the golfing world as Q School – is a harrowing ordeal. The players grind through a series of tournaments while their friends and family members…
“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
When Cicero spoke, the people said, “He spoke well.” When Demosthenes spoke, the people said, “Let us march.” Topics Illustrated Include: History Preacher Preaching Quotes Standards Taking Action Teaching…
Answering trivia questions, amongst friends, in a living room, is one thing. Answering trivia questions, against competitors, on a nationally-televised game show, with money on the line, is something altogether different.
Thomas Hurley III learned that difference the hard way.
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If you were putting together a basketball team and had the chance to pick Michael Jordan as one of your players, you would almost certainly do so. But back in 1978, Coach Clifton “Pop” Herring had that exact opportunity…and opted not to.
Instead of MJ, he chose a player that most fans have never heard of.
The Law reveals sin, but is powerless to remove it. The Law points to righteousness but can’t inspire it. It shows us what godliness is, but it cannot make us godly. The Law, in this sense, in incapable of producing what it demands – it is impotent.
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Throughout history, discrimination has struck many different groups; people from the “wrong” race, religion, age bracket, and gender have felt its sting. Of course, unattractive people and overweight people have also been shunned from time to time.
But now, it’s skinny people that are being discriminated against…by gyms!
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The United States military is a demanding employer that places stringent requirements on its personnel. The nature of combat requires soldiers to be the perfect specimen of health, in top condition both physically and mentally.
Or, you could be blind. Whatever.
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Do you know anybody who claims to have “core values” or “high standards” or “particular ethics”? The better question is, do you know anybody who actually lives by the standards he/she boasts?
John Woolman did. His convictions led him to alter everything about his life…and in the process, he changed thousands of lives.