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Thomas Merton on Love as Its Own Reward

feat-thomas-merton-800“Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.” Thomas Merton, No Man Is An Island

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beautiful diamond“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” Winston Churchill

5846273434_ffcbff26a6_z“Wise people build their lives around what is eternal and squeeze in what is temporary. Not the other way around.” John Ortberg, When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box

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2974862_91bebf1e6d_z“Spiritual formation for the Christian basically refers to the Spirit-driven process of forming the inner world of the human self in such a way that it becomes like the inner being of Christ himself.” Dallas Willard, Living a Transformed Life Adequate to Our Calling

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Good Intentions + Bad Decisions = Bad Results

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Good intentions are not enough. Wishful thinking may bring feelings of warmth and hope, but good decisions are essential.

I love this line from Jim Collins:

“Bad decisions taken with good intentions…are still bad decisions.”

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Quotebook: The Great Illusion of Leadership

illusionWhatever you want to happen in the lives of the members of your groups must happen first in the lives of your leaders.

I love this line from The Wounded Healer:

“The great illusion of leadership is to think that man can be led out of the desert by someone who has never been there.” Henri Nouwen

You’ll find more from my collection of quotes right here.

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Quotebook: Intentions and Actions


It’s one thing to intend to do something. It’s another thing entirely to do the things that lead to your goal. What makes the difference? What accounts for the gap?

“The gap between intentions and actions is character.” Orrin Woodward

Resolved: 13 Resolutions for Life by Orrin Woodward

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Quotebook: Capturing Imagination

MichaelFrostMichael Frost spoke about the need to tell a better story in a main session at Exponential West.  So good!

In his introduction he said “if you want to change the world, if you want to change people, tell them a different story.”

Doesn’t that ring true to you?

Since I’m always trying to figure out how to help people who are far from God take a step in the right direction, I was captivated by a quote Frost used from author Garrett Green’s Imagining God:

“God conquers not by force, but by capturing the imagination of his fallen human creatures.”

Quotebook: On Being a Friend of Sinners

hugh halterEvery time I listen to Hugh Halter or read his writing I am more persuaded that what he is saying is very important. In a breakout at Exponential yesterday talking about his new book he said this:

“We think you have to condemn or condone. Jesus would tell us, ‘I don’t want you to do either. I want you to be a friend of sinners.'”

Hugh Halter’s newest book is called Brimstone: The Art and Act of Holy Nonjudgement. I’ve been profoundly impacted by his previous writing and have no doubt you’ll be hearing about this one.

Quotebook: Why Are You Developing Leaders?

mac-lakeI don’t know about you, but I’m always trying to find and develop more leaders. I heard Mac Lake say this today at Exponential West:

“When I ask why people want to develop more leaders, the most common answers are that they don’t have enough leaders or they need more leaders. Those are actually the wrong answers. The right answer is ‘because I see potential in the person in front of me.'”

Mac Lake is the Visionary Architect for The Launch Network, a church planting network based out of West Ridge Church in the greater Atlanta, Georgia area. His role is to network with churches and planters to establish healthy church starts across the U.S. and the world. Their goal is to plant 1000 churches in the next 10 years. He is a leadership development genius and blogs at

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