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Turning Tables

Close enough to start a war
All that I have is on the floor
God only knows what we’re fighting for
All that I say, you always say more

I can’t keep up with your turning tables
Under your thumb, I can’t breathe

So I won’t let you close enough to hurt me
No, I won’t ask you, you to just desert me
I cant give you what you think you gave me
It’s time to say goodbye to turning tables
To turning tables

Under hardest guise I see, ooh
Where love is lost, your ghost is found
I braved a hundred storms to leave you
As hard as you try, no, I will never be knocked down

I can’t keep up with your turning tables
Under your thumb, I can’t breathe
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So I won’t let you close enough to hurt me
No, I won’t ask you, you to just desert me
I cant give you what you think you gave me
It’s time to say goodbye to turning tables
Turning tables

Next time I’ll be braver
I’ll be my own savior
When the thunder calls for me
Next time I’ll be braver
I’ll be my own savior
Standing on my own two feet

I won’t let you close enough to hurt me
No, I won’t ask you, you to just desert me
I can’t give you what you think you gave me
It’s time to say goodbye to turning tables
To turning tables
Turning tables, yeah
Turning, oh.

Songwriter(s):Adele Laurie Blue Adkins
Copyright:Melted Stone Publishing Ltd.

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Aside

1)It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog − Archie Griffen.

2) Nothing lasts forever. Not even your troubles − Arnold H Glasgow

3) There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle − Albert Einstein

4) Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave – Mary Tyler Moore

5) Being strong means rejoicing in who you are, complete with imperfections − Margaret Woodhouse

6) If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place − Nora Roberts

7) I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed − Michael Jordan.

8) The only place you find success before work is in the dictionary − May V. Smith

9) Where hope grows, miracles blossom − Elna Rae

10) A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing − George Bernard Shaw

11) Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent  − Eleanor Roosevelt

12) It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes − Sally Field

13) I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn’t fall down  − Allen H. Neuharth

14) Hope never abandons you, you abandon it − George Weinberg

15) Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you − Ralph Waldo Emerson

16) Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust − Jesse Owens

17) People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within − Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

18) Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance Bruce Barton

19) Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it − John Maxwell

20) Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway − Mary Kay Ash

TOP 20 QUOTES

Inspirational Quotes

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
– Leon Joseph Suenens

Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.
– Ralph Blum

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
– Thomas A. Edison

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
– Dale Carnegie

Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.
– Napoleon Hill

Don’t waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to the next window or break down a door.
– Brooke Shields

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.
– Napoleon Hill

Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.
– Victoria Holt

Inspiration and genius – one and the same.
– Victor Hugo

The future depends on what we do in the present.
– Mahatma Gandhi

Put your future in good hands – your own.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
– Vince Lombardi

If you only do what you know you can do – you never do very much.
– Tom Krause

Whatever you are be a good one.
– Abraham Lincoln

Everyday is a gift, that’s why they call it the present.

Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
– Lao Tzu

Misery is almost always the result of thinking.
– Joseph Joubert

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
– Jimmy Johnson

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
– Mahatma Gandhi

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
– Chinese Proverb

You can always become better.
– Tiger Woods

There are three words I like to repeat to myself, glass half full, just to remind myself to be grateful for everything I have.
– Goldie Hawn

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
– Japanese Proverb

I have enjoyed life a lot more by saying yes than by saying no.

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.
– Ralph Marston

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
– Confucius

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
– Napoleon Hill

You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
– Christopher Columbus

Happiness is the best face lift.

Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.
– Ann Landers

Think of the beauty still left around you and be happy.
– Anne Frank

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.
– Morris West

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.
– Henry Ford

I never need to see the sun again, there enough light in your eyes to light up all the world.

People can live one hundred years without really living a minute.

Live your life in the manner that you would like your kids to live theirs.
– Michael Levine

No Matter what you do there will be critics.

Eighty percent of success in life is showing up.
– Woody Allen

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.
– Samuel Johnson

Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.
– Stephen Kaggwa

Many say I am just one to try. I say I am one less to quit.
– Diego Marchi

Aside

Thought of the day: “TRUE HUMILITY IS ALWAYS CHARACTERIZED BY THANKFULLNESS’’    (Ang tunay na pagpapakumbaba ay nailalarawan o naipapakita sa pamamagitan ng pasasalamat.)

Benefits of Lifestyle of Thanksgiving unto GOD

Benepisyo o kapakinabangan ng pamumuhay na laging nagpasasalamat sa Diyos.

Intro: God wants us to thank HIM not for us to look religious, spiritual or holy but with a purpose or reason and that is to reap the benefits of it.

1 Timothy 4:8 KJV-For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Thankfulness or Gratefulness is a form of Godliness. Ang pasasalamat ay pagiging maka Diyos.

Tagalog- Ito ay sapagkat kung sinasanay mo ang iyong katawan, mayroon naman itong kaunting pakinabang. Ngunit ang pagiging maka-Diyos ay may kapakinabangan sa lahat ng mga bagay. Ito ay may pangako sa buhay sa ngayon at sa buhay na darating.

Ang pamumuhay na laging nagpapasalamat sa Panginoon ay may kapakinabangan sapagkat :

  1. Lifestyle of thanksgiving brings about joy and contentment in our lives.

Ito’y naghahatid o nagdadala ng kagalakan at kakuntentuhan sa ating buhay.

Ang ating nakikita pag tayo’y nagpapasalamat sa Diyos ay yung mga bagay na mayroon tayo at hindi iyong mga bagay na wala tayo na meron ang iba.

Walang mababang uri ng pagpapala mula sa Panginoon sapagkat ang lahat ng iyon ay biyaya mula sa Kanya. Hindi mababang uri ang mga pagpapala na  mayroon ka ngayon, doon sa mga pagpapala na wala ka na mayroon naman ang iba.

The Bible clearly teaches us to “be content” no matter what our circumstances are.

Hebrews 13:5-6 (King James Version)

 5Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have (and be satisfied with your present circumstances and with what you have) for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Hebreo 13:5-6 (Ang Salita ng Diyos) Ang pamumuhay ninyo ay dapat walang pag-ibig sa salapi. Masiyahan na kayo sa mga bagay na taglay ninyo sapagkat sinabi ng Diyos: Kailanman ay hindi kita iiwan at kailanman ay hindi kita pababayaan. 6Kaya nga, masasabi natin na may pagtitiwala:  Ang Panginoon ang aking katulong. Hindi ako matatakot. Ano ang magagawa ng tao sa akin?

Philippians 4:11-13 Paul said, “I have learned in whatsoever state I am in therewith to be content”. 12I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

…Natutunan ko nang masiyahan anuman ang aking kalagayan.12Naranasan ko ang maghikahos at managana, ang magutom  at mabusog ngunit natutuhan ko ng harapin ang ano mang katayuan.13Ang lahat ng ito’y magagawa ko dahil sa lakas na kaloob sa akin ng Panginoon.

Being content does not necessarily mean giving up all your dreams, desire and wants from God. Mark 11:24, Psalm 37:4, 1 John 5:14.

  1. Lifestyle of thanksgiving brings about a change of attitude in our lives.

Ito’y naghahatid o nagdadala ng pagbabago ng ugali o pananaw sa ating buhay.

Not only change of views, being optimistic or having positive outlook in life.

Hindi lamang po nagbabago ang ating pananaw o tayo’y nagiging positibo, maganda ang pananaw sa buhay. Kung hindi tayo rin po ay natututong magpakumbaba.

Thanksgiving leads to humility. Ang pasasalamat ay patungo o humahantong sa pagpapakumbaba.

Proverbs 29:23 – man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Ang magpapabagsak sa tao’y ang kanyang kapalaluan Ngunit ang mapagkumbaba ay magtatamo ng karangalan.

A thankful person is a humble person—gratitude and humility go hand in hand.

Ang taong mapagpasalamat ay taong mapagkumbababa sapagkat ang pasasalamat at pagpapakumbaba ay hindi maaring magkahiwalay. At ang biyaya ng Panginoon ay mag-uumapaw sa ating buhay at makikita natin na ito’y  may kabuluhan..

Because the more we are thankful or grateful to God the more we become humble, and it causes the GRACE of GOD to increase and abound towards us and it makes our lives significant.

James 4:6-10, 1 Peter 5:5.

  1. Lifestyle of thanksgiving brings about wholeness in our lives.

Ito’y nagdadala o naghahatid ng kakumpletuhan o kaayusan sa ating buhay.

Halimbawa: A. dati rati  ikaw ay sakitin ngunit ngayon ay hindi ka na nagkakasakit at nararanasan mo na ang kalusugan. B.Hindi makatulog dahil sa sobrang pag iisip ng problema ngayon ikaw ay may kapayapaan na at nakakatulog ka na ng mahimbing. C. Namumuhay sa kasalatan ngayon ay sa kasaganaan, D. parating may sama ng loob ngayon ay mapagpatawad.

Luke 17: 11-19

Wholeness – Used as an adjective, the word whole comes from the Greek words of holos and holokleros meaning all, entire and complete. These two words come from the noun holokleria meaning completeness.

  1. Lifestyle of thanksgiving brings about miracles in our lives.

Ito’y nagdadala o naghahatid ng himala sa ating buhay.

Romans 4:17-21

How old was Abraham when God promise him a son?

75 years old – Genesis 12:1-7 and Isaac came When he was a 100 years old

Genesis 21:1-5, Abraham and Sarah waits for 25 years for the promise son, which is Isaac. What did Abraham did while waiting? Verse romans 4:20- He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, GIVING GLORY to GOD.

Thanking the Lord is giving glory to God.

  1. Lifestyle of thanksgiving brings about increase or multiplication in our lives.

Ito’y nagdadala o naghahatid ng pagdami o pagdagdag ng biyaya sa ating buhay.

 

The Lord Jesus multiplies 2 fishes and 5 loaves.

He give thanks first to God before the increase and multiplication happens.

Matt 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-14.

  1. Lifestyle of thanksgiving brings us into reality that we can do nothing and we don’t have anything apart from His LOVE and GRACE.

 Ito’y nagdadala o naghahatid sa atin sa realidad o katotohanan na wala tayong magagawa at wala tayong natatanggap na anumang bagay kung hindi dahil sa Pagmamahal at biyaya nya.

Thought of the …

Aside

The Vision Without Which People Perish

“Where there is no vision, the people perish . . .”
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)

Proverbs 29:18 may be one of the most misapplied verses in all the evangelical church today. Many a church leader has used it to spiritualize his strategies and blackmail followers into supporting his entrepreneurialism. Vision statements are cast. Mission statements are crafted to serve the vision. A list of values is composed to serve the mission. An array of programs is developed to serve the values. A stable of leaders is recruited to serve the programs. An army of volunteers is inspired to assist the leaders.

Much of what goes on in our local churches serves to make sure the church machine keeps running. In less healthy — but sometimes very big — churches, the entire machine is designed to put on an excellent weekend worship service. All of this would indeed perish if that vision were not cast.

But what if a leader’s good idea for church growth or success was not the vision Proverbs 29:18 had in mind? What if we aren’t free to insert anything we come up with, no matter how spiritual or “inspired by God”?

The verse is longer than is usually quoted. Proverbs 29:18 (in the ESV) in its entirety reads: “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.” The vision is “prophetic vision”; what is in mind here is the revelation of God to his biblical spokesmen. Where there is no vision shared with us by the prophets, to whom God revealed the mysteries of the ages, we like savages run wild. In other words, we may have a vision, but if it is not the one given to the biblical representatives of God’s revelation and the forecasters of God’s coming glory, it is not to be conformed to. “But blessed is he who keeps the law.” The latter part of the verse implies that when the vision of the prophets is held by the people, the blessing of living God’s way ensues.

What is the vision of the prophets? It is “the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints” (Col. 1:26; see also Rom.16:25 and Eph. 3:9). The vision is Jesus.

The world would have us know a billion other things. The church would sometimes have us know many other things, as well. But those who have beheld the life-changing vision of our glorious Lord Jesus Christ know better. Here is what Peter says:

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (2 Peter 1:16-19)

You will do well to pay attention. We have something more sure, more true, more bright, more majestic, more powerful. He is the only surety, the only truth, the only light, the only majesty, the only power.

This is an excerpt from Chapter 11: The Blessed Fixation from my book Gospel Wakefulness.

The Vision With…

Aside

[In chapter 13 we find “The More Excellent Way Of Love” carefully and

beautifully defined for us.  Paul’s discourse on love is divided into

three parts, the first being…]

 

I. THE NECESSITY OF LOVE

 

   A. DESCRIBED BY PAUL…

      1. Necessary in the exercise of spiritual gifts – 1Co 13:1-2

      2. Necessary in the exercise of great sacrifice – 1Co 13:3

      — Without love, such things are of no value!

 

   B. APPLIED BY US TODAY…

      1. Without love, any ability we have is of little value (such as

         teaching, preaching, etc.)

      2. Without love, any knowledge we obtain will only hurt us – cf.

         1Co 8:1

      3. Without love, any service rendered is not pleasing to God – cf.

         Re 2:1-5

      — Love is truly a necessary virtue!

 

[But what exactly what is love?  That leads us to the second part of

Paul’s discussion of “The More Excellent Way Of Love”, in which he

describes…]

 

II. THE QUALITIES OF LOVE

 

   A. LOVE’S POSITIVE QUALITIES…

      1. Suffers longs – endures slights and wrongs patiently and long,

         like God Himself (Ps 103:8) – B. W. Johnson

      2. Is kind – obliging, willing to help or assist – Complete

         WordStudy Dictionary

 

   B. LOVE’S NEGATIVE QUALITIES…

      1. Does not envy – is not jealous of what others have or have

         become – Pulpit Commentary

      2. Does not parade itself – does not brag or boast of one’s

         abilities or possessions – Barnes

      3. Is not puffed up – swelled with pride and elated with a vain

         conceit of himself – Gill

      4. Does not behave rudely – to behave in an ugly, indecent,

         unseemly or unbecoming manner (cf. 1Pe 3:8, “be courteous”)

         – The Complete WordStudy Dictionary

      5. Does not seek its own – does not seek its own happiness to the

         injury of others (cf. 1Co 10:24,33) – Barnes

      6. Is not provoked – does not fly into a rage, but keeps the

         temper under control – B.W. Johnson

      7. Thinks no evil – puts the best possible construction on the

         motives and the conduct of others; not malicious, censorious,

         disposed to find fault, or to impute improper motives to others

         – Barnes

      8. Does not rejoice in iniquity – Does not rejoice over the

         “vices” of other people; does not take delight when they are

         guilty of crime, or when, in any manner, they fall into sin. It

         does not find pleasure in hearing others accused of sin, and in

         having it proved that they committed it. – ibid.

 

   C. LOVE’S POSITIVE QUALITIES (CONT.)…

      1. Rejoices in the truth – lit., “with the truth”; truth is

         personified as is love, and when love sees truth manifested in

         the lives of others, love greatly rejoices along with it, cf.

         2Jn 4; 3Jn 3-4

      2. Bears all things – lit., “covers, protects”; but as used by

         Paul elsewhere, it can also mean to endure, suffer (cf. 1Co 9:

         12; 1Th 3:1,5); thus in regards to the sins or failings of

         others, there is willingness to bear with them patiently

         – Barnes

      3. Believes all things – in regard to the conduct of others, there

         is a disposition to put the best construction on it; to believe

         that they may be actuated by good motives, and that they intend

         no injury; and that there is a willingness to suppose, as far

         as can be, that what is done is done consistently with

         friendship, good feeling, and virtue. Love produces this,

         because it rejoices in the happiness and virtue of others, and

         will not believe the contrary except on irrefragable evidence.

         – ibid.

      4. Hopes all things – that all will turn out well. This must also

         refer to the conduct of others; and it means, that however dark

         may be appearances; how much so ever there may be to produce

         the fear that others are actuated by improper motives or are

         bad people, yet that there is a “hope” that matters may be

         explained and made clear; that the difficulties may be made to

         vanish; and that the conduct of others may be made to “appear”

         to be fair and pure. Love will “hold on to this hope” until all

         possibility of such a result has vanished and it is compelled

         to believe that the conduct is not susceptible of a fair

         explanation. This hope will extend to “all things” – to words

         and actions, and plans; to public and to private contact; to

         what is said and done in our own presence, and to what is said

         and done in our absence. Love will do this, because it delights

         in the virtue and happiness of others, and will not credit

         anything to the contrary unless compelled to do so. – ibid.

      5. Endures all things – bears up under, sustains, and does not

         complain. Bears up under all persecutions at the hand of man;

         all efforts to injure the person, property, or reputation…

         The connection requires us to understand it principally of our

         treatment at the hands of our fellowmen. – ibid.

 

[The final quality of love introduces us to the third and last section

of “The More Excellent Way Of Love”…]

 

III. THE PERMANENCY OF LOVE

 

   A. LOVE NEVER FAILS…

      1. Love never fails – to fall away, to fail; to be without effect,

         to cease to be in existence.

         a. While other endowments of the Holy Spirit must soon cease

            and be valueless, love would abide, and would always exist.

         b. The “argument” is, that we ought to seek that which is of

            enduring value; and that, therefore, love should be

            preferred to those endowments of the Spirit on which so high

            a value had been set by the Corinthians. – Barnes

      2. Spiritual gifts (e.g., prophecies, tongues, and knowledge) will

         fail, cease, vanish away – 1Co 13:8-12

         a. Such gifts were to reveal and confirm the Word – cf. Mk 16:

            19-20; He 2:3-4

         b. Once the Word was completely revealed and confirmed, the

            need for such gifts ceased – cf. 2Ti 3:16-17; 2Pe 1:3;

            Jude 3

 

   B. LOVE ABIDES…

      1. Along with faith and hope – 1Co 13:13a

         a. Spiritual gifts like prophecies, tongues, and knowledge

            would cease

         b. Yet the virtues of faith, hope and love would “abide” (Grk.,

            meno – remain, dwell, continue, tarry, endure)

         c. Implying a period of time between the cessation of spiritual

            gifts and the fulfillment of faith and hope

      2. Greater than faith and hope – 1Co 13:13b

         a. We now walk by faith, not by sight – 2Co 5:7

         b. We now hope for what is unseen – Ro 8:24-25

         c. When Christ comes, the need for faith and hope will be no

            more!

            1) We will then walk by sight, not faith!

            2) We will see that for which we eagerly await, and no

               longer need hope!

         d. Yet throughout eternity, in the presence of Christ, “love

            never fails!”

 

CONCLUSION

 

1. Love is truly “a more excellent way” (1Co 12:31), what Paul

   describes elsewhere as…

   a. The fulfillment of the Law – Ro 13:8

   b. The bond of perfection – Col 3:14

 

2. When properly defined and understood, love is also “the way of

   Christ”

   a. For in Paul’s description of love, we see a picture of the

      character of Christ

   b. As disciples of Christ, we are to walk in the way of love as well

      – cf. Ep 5:1-2

 

3. How does our conduct measure up to Paul’s description of love…?

   a. In our dealings with others, whether they be friends or foes?

   b. Remember, without love, our labor means nothing!

 

Are we committed to walking in “The More Excellent Way Of Love”…?

[In chapter 13 …