Sunday, November 2, 2008

More favorite quotes

You who seek God, let your heart revive. -Psalm 69:32b (NASB)

Personal commitment is the key to certainty. -Tim Keller

Only Christianity says God put Himself into the play. -Tim Keller

Defend the Bible? I would as soon defend a lion! Unchain it and it will defend itself. - Charles Spurgeon

If you have one true friend you have more than your share. -Thomas Fuller

Good sermons and good books are of excellent use, but yet they can serve no other end but that we practice the plain doctrines of scripture. -Jeremy Taylor

Religion is not transforming people; rather it is being transformed by the people. It is not raising the moral level of society; it is descending to society's own level... and society is smiling accepting its surrendor. -A. W. Tozer

The cross breaks the dominion of sin, but the presence of sin remains -the Puritans

If you find the perfect church, don't go, you'll ruin it. -Zig Ziegler

Remember: silence helps the killer, never his victims. -Elie Wiesel

Ah! The clock is always slow; it is later than you think. -Robert W. Service

The church is not the master of the state, or the servant of the state, but the conscience of the state. -unknown author

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. -Albet Einstein

Where you live, should not determine whether you live or die. -Bono

We need a banner because of the truth. - preface to the 1689 London Baptist confession

The lessons of history, theology and the life and teachings of Jesus himself are unambiguous: the most effective, strategic and life-changing expressions of the love of Christ, are those that involve generous, heartfelt acts of service and compassion: not separate from the proclamation of the gospel, but integral to it. -Tim Myers, Pioneers

Community Health and Developement is a great door opener and trust builder, especially in village contexts. It has proven effective for long-term platforms, and is a strong expression of the gospel. -Pioneers in Asia leader

They may take our lives, but they will never take our liberty. -William Wallace

You don't need a title to continue to serve. -Gabriel Bejjani

Get out of the way, figure out where God is going, then go with Him. -Nick Kersen

Unknown authors:

We can go 40 days without food, 8 hours without water, 4 minues without air, but only 8 seconds without hope.

The noble army of the martyrs.

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. -Psalm 42:1

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Starbucks and Bono: an alliance for Africa

Bono and Starbucks have teamed up to help fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria- the big disease killers in Africa. Bono and Bobby Shriver founded (RED) in 2006 to provide money for the Global Fund created previously to fight these killers.

Bono and Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, presented the news this week in New Orleans to 10,000 Starbucks employees and store managers. The sale of selected holiday beverages will benefit the fund between November 27 and January 2. Five cents will go to the Global Fund for every drink sold. The Starbucks drinks that will help the fund include the peppermint mocha twist, gingersnap latte, and expresso truffle. And these "(RED)" products will not cost extra. Also, Starbucks money will continue to support the Global Fund after January 2nd. Bono said that "you can't measure the true success of a company on a spread sheet."

More than 4,000 people die every day in Africa because they can't get the basic medication they need to fight the big-killers. Life extending anti-retro-viral medications for AIDS (2 drugs) cost only 43 cents per day.

Starbucks buys its coffee beans from these African countries (alphabetically: Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zaire. It is opening farmer support centers in Ethiopia (where coffee was first discovered) and Rwanda next year, which will also help the local economies there.