educate equip enable
A man charged with murder bribed a friend on the jury to hold out for a verdict of manslaughter. The jury was out for a long period of time, but finally brought in a verdict of manslaughter. Upon visiting the prisoner the following week, the friend was thanked. "You must have had a tough time getting them to vote for manslaughter." "Tough is right," replied the friend. "The other eleven wanted to acquit you."
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell
God has ways of letting lies catch up on you. A pastor had had a very busy program and so decided to take the Sunday off and go and play golf. So he contacted his elders and told them he had been invited to preach in a neighbouring city and he would be away Sunday and so he arranged for someone to take his place. The following Sunday came and the Lord looked down as the pastor was about to take his first swing. Speaking to an angel, he said, "Watch this. I'll teach him a lesson." The pastor swung and his first shot was a hole in one. Then he lined up again and again and each time got a hole in one. After a while the angel could contain himself no longer. "Lord," he said. "I thought you were going to teach him a lesson." The Lord smiled and said, "Think about it. He's never had a hole in one in his life before and now he's got all these. And who can he tell?"
Gospel Truth - The preacher, one Sunday, asked the congregation to read the Gospel of Mark, chapter 17, for the following Sunday. On the appointed day, the pastor asked, from the pulpit, how many had read it. A large number of the worshippers put up their hands. "There are only sixteen chapters in Mark," said the pastor. "This morning I am speaking on honesty."
Even the early church found it difficult to adapt to the leading of the Holy Spirit. ACTS 1:8 - But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Even them the message still didn't get through. In Acts 10 God sends Peter to Caesarea to preach to a Roman. When he gets back, boy is he in trouble. They called a big meeting and were ready to give him a roasting. "You went to the uncircumcised and preached the gospel? You actually ate with the Gentiles?" Then Peter defends the grace of God by telling them what happened. I can just imagine what happened. There they are ready to lay into him for preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised, and Peter tells them how God filled them with the Holy Spirit, just like He had with them. I bet they had a sudden change of heart. They're all ready for a fight, then suddenly they realise, "Hey guys, it seems that God has overruled. We better let this one go." What a blow to their theology!
You can stand on the Chrysler building and say you believe gravity has no power over you. But if you jump, you will end up as a little jam drop because you ignored one vital element - the truth.
A 95-year-old who had married a much younger woman, visited his doctor and told him that they were expecting a baby. "Here's a story that might interest you," said the doctor. "An absent-minded man went on safari, but he accidentally picked up his golf club instead of his rifle. Suddenly, he was charged by a lion. He aimed his golf club at the lion and fired, killing the animal immediately." "Impossible," cried the old man. "Somebody else must have killed the lion!" "That's exactly right," said the doctor.
A grandmother was looking after her two little grandchildren - a 7-year-old girl, and a 5-year-old boy. And boy, were they naughty. When it came time for their mother to pick them up, the little girl said, "Are you going to tell Mummy?" The grandmother replied, "No, I'm not. But if she asks me, I can't tell a lie." The little boy looked up to her and said, "Why not? I'm only five, and I can lie great."
Three boys decided on the way to school to go fishing and stayed so long they became very late. When they arrived, the teacher asked them why they were so late. They said that they'd had a flat tyre. But the teacher suspected something was amiss, and handed each of them a blank sheet of paper and said, "You sit over there, you over there, and you over there. Now I want you each to write down which tyre was flat."
Christopher Columbus was considered to be mad, and was rejected and even threatened with being burnt at the stake. All this was because he believed the world wasn't flat, but round. Isn't that amazing? What's really astonishing, is that in 322 BC Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, knew that the world was round. Not only did the Greeks know that the world was spherical in shape, but in 240 BC another Greek, Eratosthenes, accurately calculated the Earth's diameter! So why, more than 1700 years later, did they believe the earth to be flat? If you repeat a lie often enough and for long enough, people begin to believe it's the truth.
The US Treasury Department has a special group of men whose job it is to track down counterfeiters. They are not trained by spending hours examining counterfeit money. Rather, they study the real thing.
If you asked a rocket scientist how a rocket worked, he might describe the need for a certain amount of thrust to break free of gravity, the trajectory, the effect of the gravitational pull of the sun and the moon, and lots more. You would probably end up saying, "I'll just take your word for it." Just because you don't understand something doesn't mean it isn't true.
A pastor agreed to conduct the funeral of a local criminal named Jim. His brother Bill promised that if the pastor said that Jim lived like an angel, he would donate $50,000 to the church. If he didn't, the pastor would be a dead man. At the funeral, the pastor told how Jim robbed everyone he could, cheated, lied and was unfaithful to his wife. Bill was getting more and more furious. Then at the very end the pastor said, "Jim was guilty of all these things, but compared to his brother Bill he was an angel."
Early 20th century London newspaper ad by famous South Pole explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton: Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger. Safe return doubtful." The response was so overwhelming that Shackleton wrote later, "It seemed as though all the men in Great Britain were determined to accompany us." How many have the courage, and are just waiting for the opportunity and a leader with a vision?
Bookmark: Look famous. Be legendary. Appear complex. Act easy. Radiate presence. Travel light. Seem a dream. Prove real.
Pepe Rodriguez was one of the most notorious bank robbers in the wild, wild west . He would creep over the border into Texas, rob a bank and then flee back to Mexico. The Texas Rangers got so frustrated they decided to illegally cross the border and track him down. After a long search, they finally cornered him in a Mexican bar. All the lawmen had their guns drawn. Pepe could speak no English and the Rangers couldn't speak any Spanish. So they asked Pepe's friend, the bartender, to translate. He explained to Pepe who they were. The Rangers asked the barman to explain to Pepe that they wanted to know where he had hidden all the money. If he didn't tell them, they would shoot him down like a dog. The bartender translated, and Pepe began to shake with fear. "Tell them the money is hidden in the well. Count down 17 stones from the handle, and that's where all the loot is." The bartender turned to the Rangers and said in English, "Pepe is a very brave man. He says that you are a bunch of stinking pigs, and he is not afraid to die."
A woman rang her husband on his mobile phone. "Where are you?" she asked. "I'm at work in my office, of course. Where do you think I am?" "Well I know you're not at work." "Why would you think that?" "Because you work at the World Trade Centre and I'm watching the footage showing the buildings collapsing." He was in a motel room with another woman.
I'm a politician and as a politician I have the prerogative to lie whenever I want. US politician Charles Peacock.
Being truthful when you know it will cost you, is the true test of honesty. Dave Weinbaum