The Passionate Preaching of Martyn-Lloyd Jones

by Steven Lawson
– He was a doctor but realized that he was fixing bodies to send them back to the world
where they would just die, so he decided to become a preacher. News spread like
wild fire that he left the medical field, people did not understand why he would give up
such a good career to be just another preacher. He said that those people did not
understand what the Gospel could do.
– A God-called man would rather die if he cannot preach.
– Jones said that no seminary could make a man of God, only God could do that.
– He read two chapters in the morning and two chapters in the evening of the Bible. He
knew the Bible so well that people called him the walking Bible.
– He believed it was his job to declare the Bible, not defend the Bible; he was a
preacher, not an apologist.
– The essential role of the preacher is to make the Bible come alive to the people.
– The preacher is to be a persuader, making people want to come to Christ.
– You’re not preparing a sermon for doctors and professors but for every kind of person
that is in the congregation. Be practical, remember the people who you are preaching
– Information starts at the intellect, but preaching starts at the heart.
– The sermon must be clear to the one in the pulpit if it is to be understood by the ones
in the pews.
– Just as in the Old Testament the wood had to be cut and gathered before placed on
fire for a sacrifice, so it must happen with preaching – the pastor must prepare his
message and then take it to the pulpit so that God can set it on fire. Jones believed
that God would bless sermon preparation, not the lack of it.
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The Purity Principle

by Randy Alcorn
– Purity is always wise and impurity is always unwise. Impurity brings consequences.
– Impurity is avoided by the fear of the Lord. Many other motives will fail.
– Sex is a gift from God. Just as fire, it can do immense good or immense bad.
– Who owns your body? You are not your own, you were bought with a price (I Cor.
– Sexual sins are different from others in that it not only has grave consequences, but it
is against your own body.
– You are targeted by the devil. He cannot take you to hell but he can do his best to
destroy your life right now.
– We tend to be more vulnerable when we are tired, discouraged, or angry with our
spouse – and don’t think that the devil is not aware this too.
– There is really nothing private, God always knows and things come out. Stay pure.
– Be self-controlled and alert because the devil is looking to devour and destroy – 1
Peter 5:8
– Temptations always look good, otherwise they would not be tempting. But the One
who lives inside of us is greater than the one who lives in the world (1 John 4:4).
– Often we say we want purity, but then we make choices to sabotage that.
– If we want different consequences, we must make different decisions. We must put up
boundaries in our lives.
– Proverbs 4:23 — “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
– Our strongest sex organ is our brain, so what we think will make us pure or impure.
Jesus said not only adultery is wrong but the thought of, the looking, is wrong as well.
– Think about the right things — Philippians 4:8-9.
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– If we only try to stop looking and thinking about things, we will not succeed. We have
to look to Christ and He will help us change. Filling ourselves with His Word will
transform us from the wrong to the right.
– Stop feeding lust in your life.
– Men that are married to beautiful women have just as much likeliness of looking at
pornography or lusting over women as anyone else. The reason is because it is not a
physical problem, it is a spiritual and mental problem.
– If you lust, you will soon find your adulteress; whether physical or digital, whether on a
screen or in person.
– Make a covenant with your eyes – Job 31:1. He made a covenant between him and
God and that included his eyes.
– Proverbs 4:14-15 — “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of
evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.”
– Genesis 39:12 — run from temptation, don’t see how close you can get to it.
– II Timothy 2:22 — “Flee also youthful lusts”
– It is easier to avoid temptation then it is to resist it.
– Time with God is the fountain from which holiness, joy, and life flows.
– Psalm 119:11 — hide His word in your heart by memorizing it.
– Titus 2:11-12 — “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should
live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world”
– Why is it that we would be surprised that our son gets a girl pregnant when we let him
watch movies with immoral scenes consistently at home?
– Proverbs 8:13 — “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the
evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”
– Matthew 5:27-30 – Jesus says go to radical measures to cut the sin out of your life.
– If it means that you have to throw out your TV, get rid of your computer, quit going to
sports games or whatever extreme it may be, then so be it! But determine to be pure!
– It is a sin to put ourselves in a position where we will very likely commit sin (Romans
13:14). If going to a certain spot or doing a certain activity puts you at risk, whether
looking or being tempted, than stop doing that activity!
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– Remember that if you want a different outcome, you must begin to make different
– If you are falling, get rid of what is tripping you up.
– Christian marriages face the same struggles that non-Christian marriages face, but
the difference is that we have supernatural help.
– Rekindle your attraction to your mate. Appetites can be cultivated. What you focus on
will be what you like.
– Train your eyes to stay away from pictures and focus on your spouse.
– Proverbs 5:18-19 — be captivated by your wife’s love.
– Lust thrives on secrecy. Nothing kills lust so quickly as discovering it instead of
keeping it secret.
– Have accountability partners that can and will help you. The more visible a Christian
leader becomes, the more accountability that he needs (although sadly it is usually
less he has). Have 911 friends that are there to help you.
– If we plant purity today, we will reap a harvest of joy later.
– We do not have to live with regret.
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The Rhinoceros Success

by Scott Alexander
– Get out of bed in the morning like a rhinoceros, not a sloth.
– Wake up with a purpose of what to do that day. Don’t be like a lazy cow going back to
the same old pasture, be like a rhinoceros and go out and charge.
– Charge, put all of your weight and all of your strength into it and charge forward.
– Your skin is so thick as a rhinoceros, you’re not worried when torpedoes are flying
your way to discourage or criticize you. You are big and can take the punches, you
almost enjoy the challenge because you are a rhinoceros.
– A rhinoceros charges with one single focus/purpose. You can be so successful
because you charge only one thing at a time, not two. You charge your one goal and
then accomplish and go for the next, you are a rhinoceros.
– What is it that turns a boring, lazy old cow into a rhinoceros? Why does the
rhinoceros charge and what keeps them charging? What are the cows after…
apparently not much. They have ears, eyes and feet just like you, but why don’t they
care – a rhinoceros may look like a cow yet is so different. The great difference is
belief. Cows just don’t care or believe they can, so they just don’t charge, they stay
put. Cows have the same opportunities, they see the same thing, and they are
capable of the same, but they just don’t care or they are lazy.
– It is your belief that electrifies yourselves, ignites you and causes you to charge.
Enthusiasm gets you out of the bed in the morning. You are a rhinoceros.
– Rhinoceroses have a zeal for life, they charge forward and are not easily distracted.
Their belief is what pushes them to charge, to have a different attitude and outlook.
– Believe and succeed. You have to believe yourself, no one else can put this on you or
force you to.
– Your attitude is the most important ingredient in being a rhinoceros. If you don’t really
want to be a rhinoceros, you won’t be. You must be like an atom bomb that is waiting
to be dropped, like Niagara Falls that continues flowing… Your attitude creates your
zeal, desire, and pushes you forward. It is better to attempt something and fail then
attempt nothing and succeed.
1 Te Rhinoceros Success by Scot Alexander Book Summary by Jeffrey Bush
– Do not ignore the negative, but do not saturate your mind with it either. Sure, you
have thick skin, but there’s no reason to point a canon at yourself just to prove it.
– We become the product of three things: the books we read, the people we associate
with and the media that we listen to. Associate yourself with Eagles and not turkeys,
with horses and not donkeys. You become what you feed your mind with. Gather
good books and articles and feed your mind with those.
– Plan it. Plan for nothing and you get it every time. Plan on something and work hard
and you will get it. Plan your dreams and then work your plan. Be a rhinoceros and
charge. The plan itself will not work, but a rhinoceros will charge and work that plan.
Plan your attack and then attack your plan. What are you going to be doing in 5
years, how about in 1 year, how about this week?
– The more energy you put into something, the more you will get out of it – this works
with anything.
– Take care of yourself. Don’t put cheap gas into your Rolls-Royce. Don’t try to run on
seven cylinders when you have eight. Eat right and take care of your body. Learn
what is good for your body and get in the habit of regular exercise.
– Have discipline. Discipline is something that we do not like to do, but we do it. The kid
who could do anything he wanted, and his parents let him do anything he wanted, is
now a cow and does very little. You are a rhinoceros, discipline yourself. We can do
anything we want, no one tells us what to do but a rhinoceros disciplines himself. We
get out of bed, work and charge because we are motivated by the belief we have in
us. Rhinoceroses have self-discipline, they charge and have audacity. You are your
boss. You are the president of you-Inc. so run your company wisely. You are a
rhinoceros, so don’t slip back into the pasture with the cud-chewing cows.
– Rhinoceroses are happy when they’re charging at their goals; cows are happy when
they are sitting on their couch surfing the Internet or watching TV. But we need cows
– we need them for milk, meat, leather for a good wallet, etc. Cows make a good view
while driving on a Sunday afternoon. We need cows, so some people have to be
cows. But you choose if you’re going to be a cow or a rhino. You don’t have to be a
cow if you don’t want to and you can be a rhinoceros if you want to.
– Happiness is so simple yet so many try to complicate it. If you want to be a happy
rhino, then choose to be happy right now. You don’t have to be miserable, you choose
that. Decide now that you’ll be a happy, cheerful, exuberant, friendly, charging
2 Te Rhinoceros Success by Scot Alexander Book Summary by Jeffrey Bush
– It comes down to how you believe. If you believe it will work out, you will be happy
and accomplish it. Believe in your goals, and yourself and your future, you can get it
done. Charge!
– You are audacious, this is what separates you from the cows and sheep. You have
guts, you have nerve, you have backbone.
– Rhinoceroses have no excuses. No excuse for complacency, for not being happy and
friendly, or for not enjoying life. Being too big, too young or old, different color, bad
breath or anything else is no excuse. Take control of your thoughts and don’t make
– Never give up. Tenacity is in every cell of your body, you are a rhinoceros. Nothing
can cause you to not succeed, not landmines, or any other hurdles thrown your way.
Your persistence keeps you charging no matter what comes your way.
– Rhinoceros success is from becoming a rhinoceros all of the time. You do not achieve
rhinoceros success just by being a rhinoceros sometimes.
– If you go rhino, it will help you in 6 areas of your life: financial, work, family, physical,
social, and spiritual.
1. Financial. Work on making money, but not loving money. Make money your
hobby, not your savior. Give to God. You have to give to get. Luke 6:38; Proverbs
2. Work. Work at something that you enjoy and that you are interested in. If you
dread each day because of your work, get out fast. Give more of yourself and
you will get more back. Be happy at work. One rhinoceros can shake everything
up, be that one.
3. Family. Your family can either make or break you. You don’t want to work so
much that you forget your family, you have to take care of your family as well.
Learn to balance things. Don’t jump ship at the first rough seas. Marriage is like a
garden, you have to nurture it, keep the bugs and animals out. Involve your
family and your plans. Buy your spouse a gift once a week.
4. Physical. A healthy body is required to live a rhinoceros life. If you’re not in
shape or you’re sick all the time, you’re not going to feel like charging, so figure
out what you need to do and fix that situation.
5. Social. Associate with the right people, with the ones that build you up not tear
you down. You’ll be like the people that you hang around. Proverbs 13:20.
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6. Spiritual. Believe in God. You have nothing to lose by believing, but everything
to gain. Matthew 17:20. Have a rhinoceros faith in God.
– Rhinoceroses are always prepared for problems. Rhino problems are bigger
problems than others have. Whatever problem comes your way, give the needed
focus to fix the problem. The problem is your enemy, so don’t let it just linger around,
fix it. Just lower your head, point your horn and charge full steam ahead.
– Worry is a fatal disease that is found in every animal except for the rhino. Rhinos
have nothing to worry about, because they are bigger than everyone else except for
the elephant, which is a friend anyway, so all of the problems are smaller than the
rhino. You have 2 inch thick skin.
– Don’t try to be cool, not everyone will understand you and you won’t be able to please
them. Don’t be pessimistic, change your mindset.
– The secret of success is believing and charging. Think rhinoceros and act like a
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The Richest Man in Babylon

by Denis Waitley
– All of us have time, but we must decide to learn during that time.
– If you take advice about your savings from the one who does not know, you will be
– Set aside or save at least a tenth out of every paycheck.
– Learn to live on less than you earn.
– We call someone with wealth lucky, but would we call a good fisherman lucky just
because he’s taking the time to learn how to fish better?
– Wealth grows wherever we exert energy.
– Make a budget for yourself.
– Make your money to multiply. One’s gold is not what is in his purse but the continual
income that keeps flowing into the purse. Make your money work and bring you more
– Protect your treasures from loss. Consult the lies about where you invest your money
instead of confiding in just anyone.
– Own your own home.
– Save for your future.
– The more knowledge we obtain, the more income we will have.
– LUCK is actually:
Laboring. Under. Correct. Knowledge.
1 Te Richest Man in Babylon by Denis Waitley

Time Management

by Brian Tracy
– How you manage your time will determine your success or failure in business and
other areas of life.
– Time is something that when it is used can never be recovered.
– Time is something that we all have, but depending on how we use it will allow us to
get more accomplished or not.
– Not using time well will causes great stress. But when we use time well, we will feel
better about life, get more sleep, be less stressed and get more done.
– The four D’s of successful time management.
1. Desire – desire to change your lifestyle and habits and to begin managing
your time well
2. Decisiveness – you must decide that you will use good time management if
you want to accomplish more in and with your life.
3. Determination – you must persist in the face of all temptations that will
distract and rob you from getting things done.
4. Discipline – you must discipline yourself in life to manage your time well.
Discipline yourself to do what you know you should do whether you feel like it
or not.
– Learn to form good habits and let those habits form you.
– The loss of control. This law says that you feel good about yourself or not depending
on if you are in control of your time and life.
– You have to know your priority if you’re going to manage your time well.
– Review your plans daily and consistently.
– Making a checklist and knowing what needs to be done will give you superior
1 Time Management by Brian Tracy Book Summary by Jeffrey Bush
– Every 1 minute you use to plan out a list of what needs to be done is a minimum of 10
minutes saved in execution.
– A goal without a deadline is not really a goal, it’s merely a discussion.
– All successful people do a daily to-do checklist.
– The best time to make a list is at night so that your subconscious can think about it
through the night and in the morning you are ready to get to work.
– The most important things on the list should be those that brings the biggest
– “No” is the greatest time-saving word. Just say no. Say it early and often.
– You can only get things done by not doing things that don’t matter as much.
– Use the 80-20% rule. Choose the 20% of your tasks that will give you 80% success
and that day.
– There are urgent activities that are unimportant and urgent activities that are
important. Most people spend the majority of time in the urgent activities that are
unimportant. The key to good time management is to spend time in what is both
urgent and important.
– Clarity is essential
– Delegate tasks to others.
– Concentrate on one thing at a time. If you cannot concentrate on what you’re doing,
you will not be able to do it well or be successful.
– Procrastination is the thief of life. Your ability to overcome procrastination will
determine your success.
– Use business meetings to plan. Start on time and have an agenda.
– A stand-up business meeting is sometimes the best meeting so that you can discuss
what you need and then everyone can get back to work.
– Be wise in your reading. Tear out articles that you want to read but do not have time
to read. Choose your books carefully. Read the title and first paragraph of an article
instead of the whole article, most of the pertinent information is there.
– Remember that leaders are readers. You cannot stay current with information or grow
if you do not selectively and frequently read.
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– Invest in personal development. One of the best things that you can do for both you
and your company is to continue growing and becoming better in your area of
– You can go no further tomorrow on the knowledge and information you have today –
you must learn and grow more.
– You have to learn more to earn more.
– Attend seminars and learn from people who have been successful in your area of
– Keep a clean desk, it will help you get more done in a less amount of time.
– Organization increases productivity.
– The quality of your life will be determined by three areas:
1. The quality of your inner life – how you feel and look at yourself.
2. Your health – no amount of success will compensate for your health. Eat
right, exercise, and get the right amount of rest and relaxation.
3. Relationships – never be so busy that you do not have time for the key
relationships in your life such as your marriage and children.
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The Shark and the Goldfish

by Jon Gordon
– Goldfish wait to be fed while sharks go out and find their food.
– Gold fish swim around in it’s little bowl waiting for food and listening to the music that
is being played. Not much they can control outside of their own attitude (if fish could
do such a thing).
– Adversity is not the end, it is just the beginning if you think it is. The best days could
be ahead of you or behind you depending on what you think they are.
– There are many who want to focus on the impossible instead of the possible, on the
negative instead of the positive.
– Your belief must be greater than all the negativity and doubt.
– Positive belief turns into positive action. Positive fish find more food.
– Learn to listen to all the negative voices but make positive choices.
– Both fear and faith believe in something that has not happened. Fear worries about
what has not happened but faith believes and hopes in what has not happened.
– Expect success and you’ll find it.
– The only one who can limit yourself is you.
– There’s no substitute for hard work. You have to be positive, but it takes more than
that – you have to work hard.
– Be more focused than others. Focus on what you want and throw out the distractions.
Focus is not something that you’re born with, it is something that you can learn and
grow better in.
– Don’t settle. If you work at becoming better each day, you will become one of the
greatest in that area. Don’t settle for being average or just going on what you know.
– Learn from others and model their success.
– You won’t find food if you’re not looking for it.
– If you believe it is too late in life to find what you want, then it is.
– Be humble and be hungry.
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This is Where You Belong

by Melody Warnick
– The average American moves 11.7 times in his/her life.
– People think that they will have it better and then soon feel that they are missing out
by not being geographically elsewhere.
– We think the move will fix everything, that there is some magical reset button when
we move to another place.
– It takes at least 6 months and often 3-4 years to adapt to a new place.
– Americans have become one of the most mobile people. Each year, 12% of
Americans move. Americans are just as restless in their jobs as they are with moving,
the majority changing jobs every few years.
– We talk about searching for happiness as if it was a geographical place.
– When it comes to where we live, it is more about what we think than about the
geographical place. You can be happy at a place that others do not like.
– Studies have shown that whether you feel happy or not in a place will many times
depend on the length of time you are in that place.
– Loving the place where you live is something that you can make happen.
– If you want to love your town, you have to act like you love it.
– You have to choose to love where you are at, it is a conscious effort.
– You can do things to enjoy where you live: walk, get friends, find and like certain
restaurants, activities, etc. By liking a place, you will begin to feel like you belong in a
– We have to learn where things are at to orient ourselves if we are going to feel like we
– Every city has beautiful places, you just have to figure out where they are.
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– Go to a festival, buy tickets to a play, visit the parks and go to a game of a team that
is in your city. When you start getting out, the city will become your home and you will
begin to feel attached.
– Being satisfied where you live could actually be creating a repository of good
memories that you have done in that place. Each memory will be penned to your
mental bulletin board.
– Find what events and activities are going on in your town — search them online.
– Find the beautiful places that interest you and visit them often. People are happier
living in places that they like, so find places what you like where you live.
– The more your hobbies lie in the place that you live, the more you will begin to love
where you live.
– Do random acts of kindness in your city on a planned day: like take donuts to law
enforcement offices, pick up trash, take quarters to Coke machines, go help
someone, volunteer to help at fair or event, hand out water bottles, give restaurant
card to new couple at your church, etc. The more you will give to your town, the more
you will get out of it.
– At the end of the day, your personality is going to be as strong as your happiness
wherever you live.
– Unpack your life wherever you are
– Wherever you’re at, find joy.
– The place we live is what we think it is.
– Emotions follow behavior, feelings follow action.
– If you are happy and healthy, than you are happy and healthy where you live.
– Relationships with people is what really makes you feel at home.
– Every place is good at something, do what they are good at.
– Happy memories create place attachment.
– There’s not a right place for everyone, just the right place for you right now.
– Experience joy for as long as you are there.
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