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The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, "God! How could you do this to me?"


Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.


The Moral of This Story: It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering.


Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God!




Beware lest stern Heaven hate you enough to hear your prayers!

--Anatole France in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 4/16/06



Jesus. He pointed us to a cross, not to a spiritual check-out counter.

--Our Daily Bread 1/27/05



Call on God, but row away from the rocks.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson



God will not do for me what I can do for myself. Prayer must never be regarded as a labor-saving device.

--William Barclay


Seems like a good week for prayer.


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[The Muslim fundamentalists] most dangerous enemies, as they see it, are the false and renegade Muslims who rule the countries of the Islamic world and who have imported and imposed infidel ways on Muslim peoples.

--Bernard Lewis in The Crisis of Islam Holy War and Unholy Terror



The implication of all this is that these peoples are incapable of running a democratic society and have neither concern nor capacity for human decency. They will in any case be governed by corrupt despotisms. It is not the West's business to correct them, still less to change them, but merely to ensure that the despots are friendly rather than hostile to Western interests.

--Bernard Lewis in The Crisis of Islam Holy War and Unholy Terror



The difference between Middle Eastern and Western economic approaches can be seen even in their distinctive forms of corruption, from which neither society is exempt. In the West, one makes money in the market, and uses it to buy or influence power. In the East, one seizes power, and uses it to make money. Morally there is no difference between the two, but their impact on the economy and on the polity is very different.

--Bernard Lewis in What Went Wrong?



The Arab world translates about 330 books annually, one-fifth of the number that Greece translates. The accumulative total of translated books since the Caliph Maa'moun's [sic] time [the ninth century] is about 100,000, almost the average that Spain translates in one year.

--a report on Arab Human Development in 2002, prepared by a committee of Arab intellectuals and published under the auspices of the United Nations, quoted in The Crisis of Islam Holy War and Unholy Terror by Bernard Lewis



Middle Easterners' perception of history is nourished from the pulpit, in the schools, and by the media, and although it may be — indeed, often is — slanted and inaccurate, it is nevertheless vivid and powerfully resonant.

--Bernard Lewis in The Crisis of Islam Holy War and Unholy Terror


Staying with longer quotes for another week, let’s look to the east… way east to the Muslim and Arab worlds.  (But you probably already guessed that since another quote slipped out early.  I blame it on the altitude – I composed this week’s quote series while on an airplane last Friday.)


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Most members of Congress have little business experience. The laws that Congress makes often burden businesses with needless regulation: … This can raise the cost of doing business and may stifle productivity. Therefore, the best business environment is one in which there is gridlock in Washington.


With a narrow Democrat majority in the Senate and a Republican White House, not much is going to happen in Washington.


Plus, with the presidential election less than two years away, there will be more political rhetoric than any substantial changes.

--Steve Sanghi "D.C. Gridlock best for businesses" Arizona Republic



The period of secularization was important, but I see us living in a changed world where it is incumbent on politicians and political documents to spell out more clearly their spiritual roots. If we are honest, we often lack the strength to clearly state what our beliefs are and that makes us less credible to others with different beliefs and values.

--German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking to members of her Christian Democratic Union. Merkel would like to see the European Union constitution include references to its Christian roots.



Marcotte and McEwan have apparently gained quite a bit of fame in the blogosphere. Did no one working for Edwards even bother to read their blogs? (Or, worse, did Edwards' people like what they saw when they did?)


And why was there no immediate firing when what Marcotte and McEwan had written came to light? Can anyone doubt that, quite properly, both would have been gone in a heartbeat had the "N-word" been found in their blogs? Or anti-Semitic sentiment? So why the double standard when Christians are targeted?


Edwards often talks of there being two Americas. The America where these two hires came from is an ugly place where people are filled with venom for traditional religious beliefs and practices. Such hatemongers have no business working on any campaign in either party.

--"Edward's Bigot Blogs"



The proofs offered in the film also leave me unimpressed. Why would a prominent archeologist overlook the names clearly inscribed on the stone bone boxes? How do we know the inscriptions are not fakes? Why would followers of Jesus, who needed to maintain the belief that he had been physically resurrected, allow his name to be written on his coffin? How do we know that this is his family tomb and not the tomb of others with the same names? Too many questions and too many financial motivations exist to convince me that a real case has been made.

--Rabbi Marc Gellman "Jesus R.I.P."



"Another characteristic of our culture is that we have bought into the essential sales pitch which drives our economy," and hence believe that "new is true." While new is better than old may apply to dish soap and cell phones, it is a poor way to judge the authenticity of New Testament documents.

--to the source 3/6/07, on the film alleging the discovery of Jesus’ tomb


I like short quotes and dislike quoting current events, but I’ll reverse that this week with some long quotes from current events starting with a couple on the Jesus tomb farce, then on to Edward’s bloggers, Angela Merkel, and business.


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It is not the goal but the way there that matters, and the harder the way the more worthwhile the journey.

--Wilfred Thesiger



You only can expand your life if you're moving... You can't steer a parked car.

--John C. Maxwell Leadership Wired v7i17



What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

--Zig Ziglar in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 2/11/07



If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.

--Albert Einstein Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 8/13/06



A goal is a dream with a deadline.

--Harvey MacKay in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 2/11/07


And “goals” is our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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We had lost our focus.  We had taken our eyes off the fries.

--James Skinner, CEO, Mc Donald's



Logic is the art of going wrong with confidence.

--Morris Kline



The man who says what he thinks is finished, and the man who thinks what he says is an idiot.

--Rolf Hochhuth



A loud voice cannot compete with a clear voice, even if it's a whisper.

--Barry Neil Kaufman



The trouble with life isn't that there is no answer, it's that there are so many answers.

--Ruth Benedict


Our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day is… well, actually there is no theme this week.  It’s quote potpourri.


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The story is told of a major corporation that launched a new brand of dog food: Through research, they developed the most sophisticated, most nutritious dog food to date and poured millions into marketing it.


But it didn't sell.


Out of frustration, the corporation gathered in a Chicago hotel. The national sales manager got up and said, "What's the problem? We have this nutritious product that is cheaper and better marketed than our competitors' product. Why is nobody buying it?"


There was a long, uncomfortable silence. Then, from the back of the room, a salesman from Iowa drawled, "The dogs don't like it."


Vision, it seems to me, is overrated. As this story reminds me, it's no match for reality. I've discovered this truth in the only institution that teaches it: the school of hard knocks.


--Wayne Pohl in “Running into Reality



Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

--Carl Jung



Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

--Jonathan Swift



The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision.

--Helen Keller



Poor eyes limit your sight; poor vision limits your deeds.

--Franklin Field


Looking ahead to this week, I see a theme emerging. Almost into view… it’s vision.


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When people are asked what they look for in a church, their number-one response is friendliness. Unfortunately, the reality is that many churchgoers are as distant as a star and as cold as space.

--Haddon Robinson in Our Daily Bread 07/30/06



Jack Mercer, pastor of Harrisonburg (Virginia) Baptist Church says his church stumbled on this point: "Our mission statement is based on the Great Commission, and so we looked at those words of Jesus and everything was fine until we tripped on the word go. Jesus tells us to 'go' and make disciples, but we were just trying to get people to 'come' into the church so we could make disciples.”

--Chad Hall, “Missional: Possible



No amount of air-conditioning and pew-cushioning in the suburban church can cover over the hard truth that . . . discipleship is costly; that, for the faithful, there is always a cross to be carried. No one can understand Christianity to its depths who comes to it to enjoy it as a pleasant weekend diversion.

--W. Waldo Beach in Our Daily Bread 12/11/04



The theologian Jurgen Moltmann highlights in his book The Crucified God three types of churches: the conservative church shaped by tradition, the contemporary church shaped by adaptation, and the church of Jesus Christ shaped by the cross.

--"Leader's Insight: The Cost of Cultural Relevance"



Baseball is like church, many attend, but few understand.

--Wes Westrum


Our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day is baseball… no it’s church… baseball… church.  Ok, even though baseball spring training starts this week, we’ll go with church.  (But you probably already knew that since Thursday’s quote snuck out on Saturday night.)


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Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.

--Anthony Robbins in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 8/27/06



One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.

--John W. Gardner



Not failure, but low aim, is crime.

--James Russell Lowell



Failure is success if we learn from it.

--Malcolm Forbes in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 8/27/06



Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.

--Truman Capote in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 8/27/06


Failure is our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Over and over again, the only thing that matters is actually loving people. Whether that looks cool or not is of no consequence. The way that a leader will come across is not of importance. In fact, the only thing that seems to matter is that way that God will look in the end and whether or not we are doing our part to bring the Kingdom of God to earth.

--Matt Conner in "Church and the King Kong Culture"



What I have found is, just because the talent and the giftedness is there doesn't mean you're going to be able, as a coach, to bring it out of them. But if their values are there—the right ones—you can bring the best out of them every time.

--Coach John Wooden in Leadership Wired v8i14



Don't study the idea to death with experts and committees. Get on with it and see if it works.

--Ken Iverson



Projects require management. Innovation requires leadership. Management is all about doing things right. Leadership is doing the right thing.

--Dean Kamen



I asked my wife where she wanted to go for our anniversary. "Somewhere I haven't been in a long time!" she said. So I suggested the kitchen.

--Red Skelton


My wife does frequent the kitchen, so I took her to Hawaii for our anniversary.  She’s wanted to go for every anniversary; apparently the 40th time is the charm.  We both loved it.  I expected to go through withdrawal from my computer, but it was not remotely a problem.  But now Carl’s Quote of the Day is back and our theme this week is one of my favorites: leadership.


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Universities are full of Knowledge; the freshmen bring a little in, the seniors take none away, and the knowledge there accumulates.

--Abbott Lawrence Lowell


A rare occasion next week – Carl’s Quote of the Day will be on hiatus.  Carl is taking a vacation that does not include computers – an amazing occurrence.  Look for Carl’s Quote of the Day on January 29.



Knowledge might be power, but only when you take action.

--Richard Keeves



As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.

--Albert Schweitzer in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 1/8/06



Good judgment is usually the result of experience. And experience is frequently the result of bad judgment. But to learn from the experience of others requires those who have the experience to share the knowledge with those who follow.

--Barry LePatner



One of the greatest joys known to man is to take a flight into ignorance in search of knowledge.

--Robert Lynd


Knowledge is our theme this week.


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What boots up must come down.

--Computer-literate Proverbs



The geek shall inherit the earth.

--Computer-literate Proverbs



The e-mail of the species is deadlier than the mail.

--Computer-literate Proverbs



Anywhere you hang your @ is home.

--Computer-literate Proverbs



A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exception of handguns and tequila.



Sometimes the choice for the theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day is as plain as the nose on your face, but this week it’s as plain as the computer on my lap.


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The newest books are those that never grow old.

--Holbrook Jackson



Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all.

--Henry David Thoreau



Some books are to be tasted; others swallowed; and some to be chewed and digested.

--Francis Bacon



That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed in profit.

--Amos Bronson Alcott



Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen.

--Samuel Paterson


“Books” is our theme again here at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  But… I disagree with this quote since I read a lot.  In fact, in 2006 I read 42 books, the most I’ve read in a long time.


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Twelve disciples: Were they management potential?



Jesus, Son of Joseph

Woodcrafter Carpenter Shop




Jordan Management Consultants



Dear Sir:


Thank you for submitting the resumes of the 12 men you have picked for management positions in your new organization. All of them have now taken our battery of tests; we have not only run the results through our computer, but also arranged personal interviews for each of them with our psychologist and vocational aptitude consultant.


It is the staff opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education, and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. They do not have the team concept. We would recommend that you continue your search for persons of experience in managerial ability and proven capability.


Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper. Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership. The two brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place personal interest above company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale.


We feel that it is our duty to tell you that Matthew has been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau. James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus definitely have radical leanings, and they both registered a high score on the manic depressive scale.


One of the candidates, however, shows great potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness, meets people well, has a keen business mind and has contacts in high places. He is highly motivated, ambitious, and responsible. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your controller and right-hand man. All of the other profiles are self-explanatory.


We wish you every success in your new venture.


Sincerely yours,

Jordan Management Consultants


*Source: Greg Ogden, "Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time."

quoted in SojoMail 10.29.03



It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.

--Whitney Young, Jr. in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 3/5/05



We are never prepared for what we expect.

--James Michener in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 1/29/06



We all have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life.

--Jim Rohn's in his weekly E-zine 8/31/04


It’s time for the post-Christmas, new-year-planning, resolution-making theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day.



Wise men today worship not only the Child of Bethlehem, but also the Man of Calvary.

--Our Daily Bread 12/23/04


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The simple shepherds heard the voice of an angel and found their Lamb; the wise men saw the light of a star and found their Wisdom.

--Archbishop Fulton J Sheen


Merry Christmas!



Most scholars suggest that in Luke's account it's not just that the inns were full but that Mary and Joseph were forced to take the barn because their family had rejected them. Joseph has relatives or friends of relatives in Bethlehem. So rather than being received hospitably by family or friends, Joseph and Mary have been shunned. Family and neighbors are declaring their moral outrage at the fact that Joseph would show up on their doorsteps with his pregnant girlfriend.

--Joy Carroll Wallis in Sojo Mail 12.22.04



A man with no human father, a king who died a criminal's death, a God who assures us of everlasting life in a world to come while the world he made is consumed by war and strife: Christianity is a religion of perplexing contradictions.

--Jon Meacham at



He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.

--Roy L. Smith



So if a Christian is touched only once a year, the touching is still worth it, and maybe on some given Christmas, some quiet morning, the touch will take.

--Harry Reasoner quoted in Our Daily Bread 12/04/05


Touched by Christmas for a week and a day.


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Netherlands… A country famous for tolerating prostitution, drug use, euthanasia and public nudity considers Muslim veiling beyond the pale.

--“Intolerance in Europe” Washington Post



The imams should be told, forcefully, that making an intimidating row of rituals is not the American way and won't be permitted. If a half-dozen Catholic priests insist on conducting a Mass aboard an airliner, they will be told to stop it. Six Baptist preachers won't be allowed to conduct a revival meeting amidst either the cheap or expensive seats. Jewish mohels can't perform circumcisions aboard (even for volunteers). We don't do things like that in America, and no apology is forthcoming.

--Wesley Pruden in “Real respect for Muslims among us” Washington Times



And just as some Europeans managed to create a Christianity without compassion, so did some Middle Easterners create a democracy without freedom.

--Bernard Lewis in What Went Wrong?



The difference between Middle Eastern and Western economic approaches can be seen even in their distinctive forms of corruption, from which neither society is exempt. In the West, one makes money in the market, and uses it to buy or influence power. In the East, one seizes power, and uses it to make money. Morally there is no difference between the two, but their impact on the economy and on the polity is very different.

--Bernard Lewis in What Went Wrong?



The vast majority of Muslims are not Arabs or Middle Easterners. While the Arab world remains the heartland of Islam, and Arabic is the language of the sacred texts, the religion has spread far beyond these roots. Only about one-fifth of the world's Muslims are Arabs, and many Arabic-speaking people are not Muslims. In the United States 79 percent of the people from Arab backgrounds are not Muslims. They are Christians.

--Paul Marshall, Roberta Green, and Lela Gilbert in Islam at the Crossroads


There was an article by a Muslim in the paper Sunday about the imams being removed from a recent US Airways flight.  He felt they should not be complaining.  Anyway that prompted me to dig out some quotes from recent books read.  So about Islam and Muslims this week.


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God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters.

--Our Daily Bread 12/18/03



When God permits trials, He also provides comfort.

--Our Daily Bread 8/5/03



...tears are God's gift for the cleansing of the soul...

--David McCasland in Our Daily Bread 06/16/03



In alarming situations, listen for God's wake-up call.

--Our Daily Bread 05/27/04



God uses our difficulties to make us better—not bitter.

--Our Daily Bread 1/27/04


Difficulties, alarms, trials, and comfort – all part of this week’s theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Most of us think having a list of priorities is a sign of a motivated, serious person. But there is one essential flaw in this perspective. We are not guaranteed a future; and even if we were we could not live in it. All we have is now.

--George Lawrence-Ell in The Invisible Clock



We judge others by their behavior. We judge ourselves by our intentions.

--Ian Percy



The smallest deed is greater than the grandest intention.

--Patti LaBelle



If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.

--Edward Everett Hale, Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 6/5/06



You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.

--Henry Ford


Let’s build a theme around building a road with our good intentions.


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Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.

--Hubert H. Humphrey in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 5/21/06



The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

--Donald Kendall Leadership Wired v9i18


Thanksgiving Day bonus quote for those in the US celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday:

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting . . . Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

[Note to self: be thankful the other 364 days of the year, too.]



The road to success is always under construction.

--Arnold Palmer in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 9/9/06



You can tell you're on the road to success; it's uphill all the way.

--Paul Harvey in Leadership Wired v9i3



The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you’ve got it made.

--Jean Giraudoux, Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 10/23/05


Success is our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day – not necessarily the most serious look at success though.


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If you are planning for a year, sow rice;

if you are planning for a decade, plant trees;

if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.

--Chinese proverb



There is no education like adversity.

 --Benjamin Disraeli, Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 9/17/06



Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught.

--George Savile (Lord Halifax), Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 11/05/06



Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

--Robert Frost quoted in Leadership Wired v6i9



Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

--Will Durant, Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 11/05/06


Education is… our theme this week.


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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

--1 John 1:9 (NIV)



A man is first startled by sin; then it becomes pleasing, then easy, then delightful, then frequent, then habitual, then confirmed.

--Jeremy Taylor



The most deadly sins do not leap upon us, they creep up on us.

--Our Daily Bread 06/29/04



If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

--1 John 1:8 (NIV)



Whether or no man could be washed in miraculous waters, there was no doubt at any rate that he wanted washing.  But certain religious leaders in London, not mere materialists, have begun in our day not to deny the highly disputable water, but to deny the indisputable dirt.

--G.K. Chesterton in Orthodoxy


The dirt – our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  The dirt (also known as sin).


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