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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else || Judy Garland
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something || Neil Gaiman
Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one || Brad Paisley
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us || Alexander Graham Bell
The journey is the reward || Steve Jobs
For a new year to bring you something new, make a move, like a butterfly tearing its cocoon! Make a move! || Mehmet Murat Ildan
If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it's yours. If it does not come back, it was never meant to be.
What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year || Vern McLellan
In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away
Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about.
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.
It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return. But what is more painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let that person know how you feel.
The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had.
Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be. Because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.
I have the opportunity, once more to right some wrongs, to pray for peace, to plant some trees, and sing more joyful songs || William Arthur Ward
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it || Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year, but rather that we should have a new soul || G.K. Chesterton
Maybe this year, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives not looking for flaws, but looking for potential || Ellen Goodman
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover || Mark Twain
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them || Walt Disney
Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right || Henry Ford
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing || Helen Keller
Saturday, December 21, 2013
How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts! || Benjamin Franklin
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year || Charles Dickens
Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time || Laura Ingalls Wilder
Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas || Ronald Reagan
My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that? || Bob Hope
Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind || Mary Ellen Chase
Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone || Charles M. Schulz
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
|| Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall || Dave Barry
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful || Norman Vincent Peale
Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you || Steve Maraboli
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree || Roy L. Smith
And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans--and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused--and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself || Sigrid Undset
One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly || Andy Rooney
A man wrapped up in himself always suffocates. But his loved ones will forever hold in their hearts the memory of that Christmas || Bauvard
When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness || Bob Hope
A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together || Garrison Keillor
My parents always said that knowledge was the best gift they could give me, probably because they were too cheap to buy me Christmas or Birthday presents || Jarod Kintz
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love || Hamilton Wright Mabie
What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace || Agnes M. Pahro
Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts || Janice Maeditere
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas || Calvin Coolidge
Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves || Eric Sevareid
Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart...filled it, too, with melody that would last forever || Bess Streeter Aldrich
Yet as I read the birth stories about Jesus I cannot help but conclude that though the world may be tilted toward the rich and powerful, God is tilted toward the underdog || Philip Yancey
Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weaknesses and loneliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself if you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thoughts and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open? Are you willing to do these things for a day? Then you are ready to keep Christmas! || Henry van Dyke
Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day || Helen Steiner Rice
Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart || Washington Irving
Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home || Charles Dickens
Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given--when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes || Joan Winmill Brown
I didn’t feel like buying him the jacket he asked for for Christmas, so I just got him a coat hanger with a sticky note attached that read, “Here’s something for you to hang your dreams on, pal || Jarod Kintz
As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is || Eric Sevareid
The universe is a trillion, trillion threads moving in seemingly unrelated directions. Yet when you look at them together, they create a remarkable tapestry || Richard Paul Evans
Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home || G.K. Chesterton
No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That's the only way to keep the roads clear || Greg Kincaid
At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe || Chris Van Allsburg
And in despair I bowed my head;
There is no peace on earth, I said;
For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
God is not dead, nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
the Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!
|| Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends || Margaret Thatcher
I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world || Norman Vincent Peale
Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall || Larry Wilde
Remember, if Christmas isn't found in your heart, you won't find it under a tree || Charlotte Carpenter
Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world || Calvin Coolidge
Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white' || Bing Crosby
The knowing is easy. It's the doing that gives us trouble || Vannetta Chapman
Everyone wants to feel loved, but when all you feel is alone it's tough to accomplish anything else || Glenn Beck
God is here. This truth should fill our lives, and every Christmas should be for us a new and special meeting with God, when we allow his light and grace to enter deep into our soul || St. Josemaría Escrivá
The human life cycle no less than evolves around the box; from the open-topped box called a bassinet, to the pine box we call a coffin, the box is our past and, just as assuredly, our future. It should not surprise us then that the lowly box plays such a significant role in the first Christmas story. For Christmas began in a humble, hay-filled box of splintered wood. The Magi, wise men who had traveled far to see the infant king, laid treasure-filled boxes at the feet of that holy child. And in the end, when He had ransomed our sins with His blood, the Lord of Christmas was laid down in a box of stone. How fitting that each Christmas season brightly wrapped boxes skirt the pine boughs of Christmas trees around the world || Richard Paul Evans
If you desire to find the true spirit of Christmas and partake of the sweetness of it, let me make this suggestion to you. During the hurry of the festive occasion of this Christmas season, find time to turn your heart to God. Perhaps in the quiet hours, and in a quiet place, and on your knees—alone or with loved ones—give thanks for the good things that have come to you, and ask that His Spirit might dwell in you as you earnestly strive to serve Him and keep His commandments. He will take you by the hand and His promises will be kept || Howard W. Hunter
Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive || Robert Lynd
A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year;
He is almost what he should be when the Christmas season's here;
Then he's thinking more of others than he's thought the months before,
And the laughter of his children is a joy worth toiling for.
He is less a selfish creature than at any other time;
When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the sublime.
|| Edgar A. Guest
Fail not to call to mind, in the course of the twenty-fifth of this month, that the Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth was born on that day; and then smile and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it; for mirth is also of Heaven's making || Leigh Hunt
I think commercialism helps Christmas and I think that the more capitalism we can inject into the Christmas holiday the more spiritual I feel about it || Craig Ferguson
The light of the Christmas star to you.
The warmth of home and hearth to you.
The cheer and goodwill of friends to you.
The hope of a child-like heart to you.
The joy of a thousand angels to you.
The love of the Son and God's peace to you!
|| Sherryl Woods
Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas || Peg Bracken
Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart... filled it, too, with a melody that would last forever. Even though you grew up and found you could never quite bring back the magic feeling of this night, the melody would stay in your heart always - a song for all the years || Bess Streeter Aldrich
Christmas is a time in which, of all times in the year, the memory of every remediable sorrow, wrong, and trouble in the world around us, should be active with us, not less than our own experiences, for all good || Charles Dickens
Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year - and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority || W.J. Cameron
Let the children have their night of fun and laughter. Let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play. Let us grown-ups share to the full in their unstinted pleasures before we turn again to the stern task and the formidable years that lie before us, resolved that, by our sacrifice and daring, these same children shall not be robbed of their inheritance or denied their right to live in a free and decent world || David McCullough
One of the things that Christmas reminds us is that Jesus Christ was once a child || Hark Herald Sarmiento
Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today's Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday || Gladys Taber
I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays - let them overtake me unexpectedly - waking up some find morning and suddenly saying to myself: 'Why, this is Christmas Day! || Ray Stannard Baker
It comes every year and will go on forever. And along with Christmas belong the keepsakes and the customs. Those humble, everyday things a mother clings to, and ponders, like Mary in the secret spaces of her heart || Marjorie Holmes
Christmas works like glue, it keeps us all sticking together || Rosie Thomas
O Christmas Sun! What holy task is thine!
To fold a world in the embrace of God!
|| Guy Wetmore Carryl
I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month || Harlan Miller
A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away;
While quite unselfish, it grows small || Eva K. Logue
Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence || Joan Mills
It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one's fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit || Isabel Currier
A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
The poor man's heart through half the year.”
|| Walter Scott
Christmas is a time for families || Dorothy Koomson
As I wrote 'The Christmas Lamp' I realized that tradition is priceless, whether you have a small family, a large family, or no family. Tradition doesn't have to be logical; it only has to emphasize the light of Christ and his everlasting love || Lori Copeland
Without the door let sorrow lie,
And if for cold it hap to die,
We'll bury 't in a Christmas pie,
And evermore be merry.
|| George Wither
Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion || Ralph Sockman
Money is made at Christmas out of holly and mistletoe, but who save the vendors would greatly care if no green branch were procurable? One symbol, indeed, has obscured all others--the minted round of metal. And one may safely say that, of all the ages since a coin first became the symbol of power, ours is that in which it yields to the majority of its possessors the poorest return in heart's contentment || George R. Gissing
The Church does not superstitiously observe days, merely as days, but as memorials of important facts. Christmas might be kept as well upon one day of the year as another; but there should be a stated day for commemorating the birth of our Saviour, because there is danger that what may be done on any day, will be neglected || Samuel Johnson
Except the Christ be born again tonight
In dreams of all men, saints and sons of shame,
The world will never see his kingdom bright.
|| Vachel Lindsay
At Christmas play and make good cheer, For Christmas comes but once a year || Thomas Tusser
For the rest, silence or good music, not much food, a lot of solitude, walks on the Heath, the time to think while others... well, often fall apart. Not so bad, not so bad at all. Being queer and self-sufficient is the best present at this season || Will Self
There are some wonderful aspects to Christmas. It's magical. And each year, from at least November, well, September, well, if I'm honest, May, I look forward to it hugely || Miranda Hart
Before God does anything, before he makes anything for us to be sustained by, God says, "More than food, more than water, more than shelter, more than other people, they are going to need me.” || Wesley Miller
Mankind is a great, an immense family... This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas || Pope John XXIII
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
In a world constantly besieged by parochial and superficial views, we often find ourselves in the throes of equating music with worship. This tendency is not confined to one specific group of believers, but, sadly enough, it is a worldwide spectacle. It must be understood that while music constitutes one important aspect of worship which contributes to our worship, it is not the final word. While our understanding of worship is lopsided, the Bible is pointedly clear on the issue: We must worship in spirit and truth!
To help Christians better understand what it means to worship and directs them to true worship, Gareth J. Goossen, who has conducted workshops and seminars on the theme of worship, offers relevant and practical insights in his book Worship Walk: Where Worship and Life Intersect.
Worship Walk is a three-part book with practical steps to show how one’s life and worship should come together, and how one should live out the life meant to be lived as a true worshipper. The first part entitled Getting Started details the essence of true worship. The second part Walking It Out offers practical steps to help the life of a true worshipper. And the final part is Tying Up the Loose Ends which sums up the entire book.
A careful study of the book teaches that worship is not about us, it is not a way of life, not entertainment or what many of us wrongfully perceived as a weekly activity.
Then what is worship? Gareth points out that worship is about God, an intense longing to know and love Him, cultivate a deeper relationship with God, and the ultimate desire and conscious effort to get close to Him as far as humanly possible. It is living your life as worship to God. At the heart of all true worship is the humble submission before God which engages all of our being, and not just the praises we offered through singing.
Worship Walk: Where Worship and Life Intersect is a must-read book, containing insightful and practical truths, which is a timely reminder of what worship is all about and how we are to walk it out in our lives.
|Gareth J Goossen|
GARETH J GOOSSEN is the executive director of MakeUsHoly ministries. He has been instrumental in encouraging the church across denominations in North, Central and South America in their corporate worship and in their ability to enjoy the presence of God in everyday life. His passion is for renewal through worship, prayer and discipleship. Gareth is excited at the moving of God’s Spirit, igniting the passion for God in young people and adults alike.
Gareth, together with his wife Gayle and family, followed God’s call from their farm in Starbuck, Manitoba, Canada, to Fresno, CA, USA, where he attended the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, 1984–1986. Following graduation with a Masters of Arts in New Testament Theology he was associate pastor to youth, young adults and worship ministries in two Canadian Mennonite Brethren Churches—Cariboo Bethel Church in Williams Lake, BC (1986–1989) and Kitchener Mennonite Brethren Church in Kitchener, ON (1989–1994). During this time God stirred Gareth’s heart in worship and renewal. He has been actively leading worship for since 1986.
In 1993 Gareth organized the makeusholy: Worship and Renewal Conference, held at the Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church in Waterloo, ON, Canada. It was here that he first met Dr. Peter H. Davids and Brian Doerksen. The conference was a watershed moment for the direction God was leading him.
As a result, in 1994 Gareth resigned as youth and worship pastor of Kitchener Mennonite Brethren Church and began makeusholy ministries in response to the need for foundational teaching that invites renewal through worship, prayer and discipleship. Gareth travels across North America and Latin America encouraging churches in their worship—many of who are going through transitions in their musical expression of worship. Gareth seeks to bring foundational teaching on worship to the church; create a middle ground of blessing between the generations; work with worship teams to elevate expectation and excellence. More recently much of his focus is in teaching the broader church—beyond the musicians and singers—a passionate pursuit of Jesus in a daily walk of worship. Broadening the understanding of worship beyond the walls of the church and into the nitty-gritty of everyday existence is where the revolution begins.
In 2001 Gareth met Danilo Montero at a CoiCom conference in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. As a result of this meeting God began to open many more doors into the Latin American church, starting with a speaking engagement at Danilo Montero’s Worship Retreat in San José, Costa Rica the following year.
The love for the Latino people and the church there has led to the translation and publication of Worship Walk into Spanish. In August of 2012 “Caminar en Adoración: donde la adoración intercepta con la vida” was released on WestBow Press.
Gareth, with his wife Gayle, live in Breslau, Ontario, Canada. They have their three adult children—Chris, Dan, Carine—and three grandchildren—Ashton, Ava, Gabriel. They are actively involved in leadership responsibilities with The Meeting House—their home church in Kitchener, ON. The focus of the church is the irreligious message of Jesus and bringing his presence to the people in the community by actively engaging with them in acts of compassion. A church that is attempting to worship walk—intersecting the worship of the church with the life of the community!