If you knew you could not fail, what would you attempt to do for the glory of God and the growth of his kingdom? - Anon We cannot make up for failure in our devotional life by redoubling energy in service. We shall never take people beyond our own spiritual attainment. - W. H. Griffith Thomas Think yourself empty, read yourself full, write yourself clear, pray yourself keen. - W. H. Griffith Thomas I remember when in Chicago many were toiling in the work, when a minister began to cry out from the depths of his heart, "O God, put new ministers in every pulpit!" The next Monday, I heard two or three men say, "We had a new minister last Sunday&md;the same old minister, but he had gotten new power." I firmly believe that is what we want to do all over the land. We want new ministers in the pulpit. We want people quickened by the Spirit of God. - D. L. Moody The minister's shortcoming simply cannot be concealed. Even the most trivial soon get known However trifling their offenses, these little things seem great to others, since everyone measures sin, not by the size of the offense, but by the standing of the sinner. - John Chrysostom (347-407) A church janitor was heard to say, "The blower still works, but the fire has gone out." He was discussing a problem with the furnace, but the parishioner who overheard him thought he was speaking about the pastor. - E. Lutzer, Pastor to Pastor, p. 67. "True patience is waiting without worrying." Growing Strong, C. Swindoll, p. 124. "Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind." - Leonardo da Vinci It was King James I, I believe, who became annoyed with the irrelevant ramblings of his court preacher and shouted up to the pulpit: "Either make sense or come down out of that pulpit!" The preacher replied, "I will do neither." - Steve Brown, in Tabletalk, August, 1990.