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As I understand it, the English language (as used in America today) has two meanings for the word “Fail”.
1. Being unable to meet a goal (even if you did real, extensive and competent work towards meeting the goal).
2. Being unable to meet a goal because you didn’t really try or because you tried in a poor manner.
Generally speaking, our culture doesn’t call you a “failure” unless you’ve failed in the second way.
If you’ve failed in the first way, you needn’t be ashamed.
In modern day America, it is often the case that when someone says, “Thank God!” they actually mean, “Finally, I’m getting what I deserve.” So instead of humble thankfulness, this phrase indicates bitter entitlement.
This is very close to using the Lord’s name in vain.
In the entire set of lyrics in the song “Bless the LORD (Ten Thousand Reasons)” there is exactly one rhyming couplet.
I found this under the heading “Main Things” – in a document I wrote, dated 11/24/1998
Always do either what you should do or what you like doing. If possible, do things that are both, but never do things that are neither. . i.e. don’t do something you don’t enjoy just to avoid doing what you should do.
There are two kinds of people in the world, those who say “There are two kinds of people in the world, those who say ‘There are two kinds of people in the world,’ and those who don’t,” and those who don’t.
[I could have made this longer, but I was limited by punctuation]
While I don’t think that Sarcasm is always to be avoided, it does have it’s pitfalls. But here’s one suggested guideline – if you think you’ll have to explain that you were being sarcastic, consider not doing it.
The person who first asked, “Are you a cat person or a dog person?” was a dog person. Or (more accurately), an Anti-Cat person.
It’s not done until you do it.
There is no logical way to get from “He has no sense of humor about that issue” to “He is wrong about that issue”.
Here’s a good question to ask when considering spending money on your family: How cheaply can we live and still experience joy as a family and glorify God?
Sometimes I make notes to myself suggesting future blog posts topics. Recently I made this note:
“Ignorance still effective”.
Looking at it, I don’t know what I had in mind. Any ideas?
The Song “My Favorite Things” has been recorded on 35 different Christmas albums.
Also, the first 24 notes of the melody are Do, Re or So.
“The happy, optimistic lyrics—“Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudel”—are just a counterpoint and cover up an undercurrent of fear… the terror contained in the melody is still the dominant emotion”
Okay, going a little dark there, Wikipedia writer?
When I say, “Good Luck” I mean – “May it be so that God ordains that your fortune in this endeavor is good”.
Your bucket list should include only those things that you can’t do, or can’t do something like it but better, in heaven. You know, like missions trips.
Hello, Biblical language experts who are currently creating the next translation of the Bible – here’s my suggestion/plea.
Don’t use ‘Trespass’ or ‘Trespasses’ as a noun. No current day English-speaking person on earth uses Trespass that way. Only as a verb. You know, ‘To Trespass’.
I know, it’s too late for the ESV, but maybe we can prevent this from ever happening again.
Now you might be thinking, “Is this just because you’re trying to write a Fighter Verse song with the word ‘trespass’ in it? Multiple times?”
Why yes – and it’s a really difficult word to – I mean, THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!
Neither of these statements are logical:
I’m decent because I’m better than the worst person in the world.
I’m not decent because I’m not as good as the best person in the world.
I know almost nothing about this book:
… but I’m guessing this: There is a non zero number of people who look at symbol in the middle of the title and say to themselves, “Does ‘>’ mean ‘less than’ or ‘greater than’? Okay, let’s see. Is it an alligator mouth going for the bigger one … or is it a rocket ship pointed towards the bigger one? I can never remember!”
Also, some are wondering if there’s a rap poem in the foreword.
If you’re listening to a sermon and you think, “Boy, it sure would be great for [other person] to hear this”, this may be a thought suggested to you by Satan in his attempt to keep you from thinking, “I wonder how I should apply this sermon to my life?”
Most days walking into work I cross a fairly busy parking lot road. I always look both ways before crossing it, just like I tell my kids to do. I take some comfort in the fact that I’m not a hypocrite, at least with respect to this.
“I shouldn’t spend my time on this activity” doesn’t follow from “There will be no immediate value resulting from this activity.”