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We take refuge from God in God.The Thinker

That’s kind of strange when you think about it.

The only escape from God’s wrath is God’s mercy.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Quips from the Short Sage

 

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Silent Tongue

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Dare I speak on such a day?  I cannot.

(Oh foolish tongue!  What can you muster in light of this?!)

“Thank you Jesus.”  ……Pathetic.

(Silence.)

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Quips from the Short Sage

 

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I respect those I admire.The Thinker

I can show respect to those I do not admire.

but…

I can not respect those I do not admire.

Strange, subtle difference.

I can respect those I do not admire but not in the same sense that I respect those whom I do admire. Make sense? I can hold one in high regard and at the same time not respect much about them.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2013 in Quips from the Short Sage

 

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Kill God

“If You Meet (god) Buddha On The Road, Kill Him.”
– a frequently used paraphrase of a Buddhist koan (a poem used to provoke thought)

 attributed to Zen Master Linji.

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It’s not from the Bible but it has some teeth.

St. Augustine said, “If you comprehend it, it is not God.”

Thomas Aquinas said, “The highest human knowledge of God is to know that one doesn’t know God.”

Something I keep relearning is that although I look intently and seem to understand more with each passing prayer, reading and struggle, in the end I don’t really know anything much about this God whom I serve.  As years pass I find errors or incomplete pictures in things I embraced, which shows how frighteningly shallow my knowledge of the divine is. I know His attributes.  I know His work.  I know the story.  I understand the church culture.  I understand the current thought.  I understand what I believe.  But I do not understand God.  I do not understand His ways.

I need to keep killing the god I create.

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2013 in Quips from the Short Sage

 

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Facebook and Cigarettes

At its best, Facebook is a cigarette break.  It lets one step out of life for a few minutes to regroup and relax for a moment before getting on with life.  At its worst, it becomes an addictive habit that kills the life you meant to get back to.smoking_cigarette[1]

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Quips from the Short Sage

 

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The Pencil Speaks To Me

thispencilI watched my son as he did his work today, struggling yet persisting with this pencil. I asked if he wouldn’t like to use one of the new ones I bought to replace this old one. He refused, in fact, he adamantly resisted the idea.

“Silly, stubborn boy,” I thought.

I continued to watch him and then stopped when I suddenly saw myself. God prevail in me to throw away all of the old pencils in my life, and use the new He gave me, that sits there waiting for me, waiting for me to discard the old one.

 

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