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e-비즈니스 [ 사이버 커뮤니티 구축 서비스 ] 사이버 커뮤니티를 쉽게 만들어 드립니다. 미래의 부를 창출해주는 인터넷 비즈니스는 부의 소유구조를 확실히 바꿔 놓고 있다. 창의적인 아이디어와 열정으로 인터넷 비즈니스에 뛰어들어 큰 돈을 버는 20~30대 젊은이들이 늘어나고 있는 것이다. 기존 산업사회에서 꾸준히 봉급을 모아 돈을 모으는 재테크의 방법과는 확실히 다른 모습이다. 이 때문에 남녀노소를 불문하고 인터넷 비즈니스에 뛰어드는 사람들이 늘고 있다. 그러나 누구나 돈을 버는 것은 아니다. 확실한 인터넷 비즈니스 모델이 필요한 것이다. 최근 2~3년간 인터넷 비즈니스가 전개되는 모습을 보면 재미있는 현상을 발견할 수 있다. 처음에는 뉴스나 정보검색 등 정보제공 비즈니스가 출현했다. 다음에는 유머나 게임, 채팅 등 즐거움 제공 사업이 등장하고 이어 쇼핑몰, 증권거래 등 돈을 벌게 해주는 사업으로 발전했다. 마지막 단계로는 동호회나 이익단체를 사이버 형태로 구성하는 커뮤니티 제공서비스다. 현실 사회의 공동체를 사이버 공간에서 만들어 주는 사업이 인터넷 비즈니스에서 부상하고 있다. 현실 공간에서 사람들이 참여하고 있는 커뮤니티인 협회, 학회, 동창회, 축구동호회나 등산동호회, 주말농장 동호회 같은 동호회 모임 및 각종 포럼, 이익단체, 압력단체 등을 가상공간에 옮기는 것은 잠재력이 무척 크다. 이 사업은 시스템 공급업체나 중소 소프트웨어 개발 및 서비스업체들에 적합하다. 이 사업의 핵심은 온라인 커뮤니티 개발 및 사이트 구축 서비스를 제공하며 각종 사회단체나 기관, 동호회 조직을 온라인 커뮤니티로 전환해 실생활과 연계시키는 것이다. 인터넷쇼핑몰 운영, 공동구매, 경매, 소비자 주도형 구매 서비스를 병행, 온라인 커뮤니티로부터 발생하는 수익을 실제 커뮤니티와 공유하는 것도 가능하다. 이 사업을 하는데는 초보자도 손쉽게 홈페이지를 설계하고 구성할 수 있는 솔루션이 필요하다. 이같은 솔루션이 있으면 고객은 단지 홈페이지에 담을 콘텐츠만 마련하면 된다. 기존 소프트웨어 업체들은 기술 인력을 확보하고 있어 이 사업을 하는데 다소 유리한 입장이다. 그러나 기존 인력들이 인터넷 관련 기술을 익힐 수 있도록 재교육하는 것이 필요하다. 특히 다양한 객체지향형 응용소프트웨어( Object-Oriented Application Software ) 개발 툴을 마련, 다양한 커뮤니티를 확보해 온라인화하는 것이 중요하다. 이 사업의 주요 수익모델은 커뮤니티의 온라인화를 위한 디자인 수수료, 사이버 커뮤니티를 구축한 후 회원이 내는 회비, 사이버 공동체에서 이뤄지는 공동구매 등의 부대사업에서 생기는 이익 등이다. 이 사업에 나서려면 어떤 커뮤니티를 목표 고객으로 할 것인지, 확보해야 할 인터넷 솔루션과 기술은 어떤 것인지를 살펴봐야 한다. 또 다른 사업자와 차별화된 애플리케이션을 제공할 수 있는 방안을 연구해야 할 것이다. < 한국소프트창업자문 대표 sovik@softstar.co.kr >
EAGLES
EAGLES Though many of us have seen pictures of a huge eagle\'s nest high in the branches of a tree or in the crag of a cliff, few of us have gotten a glimpse inside. When a mother eagle builds her nest she starts with thorns, broken branches, sharp rocks, and a number of other items that seem entirely unsuitable for the project. But then she lines the nest with a thick padding of wool, feathers, and fur from animals she has killed, making it soft and comfortable for the eggs. By the time the growing birds reach flying age, the comfort of the nest and the luxury of free meals make them quite reluctant to leave. That\'s when the mother eagle begins \"stirring up the nest.\" With her strong talons she begins pulling up the thick carpet of fur and feathers, bringing the sharp rocks and branches to the surface. As more of the bedding gets plucked up, the nest becomes more uncomfortable for the young eagles. Eventually, this and other urgings prompt the growing eagles to leave their once-comfortable abode and move on to more mature behavior. Today in the Word, June 11, 1989 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
EARTH
EARTH The Earth orbits around the Sun at a speed of 18.5 miles per second, making one complete revolution in 365.25 days. The Earth spins on its axis and rotates completely once every 23 hours 56 minutes 4 seconds. The Earth is the fifth largest planet in the solar system, with an equatorial circumference of 24, 902 miles and a total surface area of about 197,000,000 square miles. Of this total surface area, 29 percent or 57,000,000 miles is covered by land. Statistics taken from Brittanica.com.
EASTER
EASTER The German theologian Jurgen Moltmann expresses in a single sentence the great span from Good Friday to Easter. It is, in fact, a summary of human history, past, present, and future: \"God weeps with us so that we may someday laugh with him.\" Philip Yancey in Christianity Today. 1 Cor. 15:54. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It was May Day, 1990. The place, Moscow\'s Red Square. \"Is it straight, Father?\" one Orthodox priest asked another, shifting the heavy, eight-foot crucifix on his shoulder. \"Yes,\" said the other. \"It is straight.\" Together the two priests, along with a group of parishioners holding ropes that steadied the beams of the huge cross, walked the parade route. Before them was passed the official might of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: The usual May Day procession of tanks, missiles, troops, and salutes to the Communist party elite. Behind the tanks surged a giant crowd of protesters, shouting up at Mikhail Gorbachev. \"Bread!...Freedom!...Truth!\" As the throng passed directly in front of the Soviet leader standing in his place of honor, the priests hoisted their heavy burden toward the sky. The cross emerged from the crowd. As it did, the figure of Jesus Christ obscured the giant poster faces of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Vladimir Lenin that provided the backdrop for Gorbachev\'s reviewing stand. \"Mikhail Sergeyevich!\" one of the priests shouted, his deep voice cleaving the clamor of the protesters and piercing straight toward the angry Soviet leader. \"Mikhail Sergeyevich! Christ is risen!\" Charles W. Colson, The Body, 1992, Word Publishing, p. 231. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In Storytelling: Imagination and Faith, William J. Bausch shares: \"In the Greek Orthodox tradition, the day after Easter was devoted to telling jokes. . . .They felt they were imitating the cosmic joke that God pulled on Satan in the Resurrection. Satan thought he had won, and was smug in his victory, smiling to himself, having the last word. So he thought. Then God raised Jesus from the dead, and life and salvation became the last words.\" William J. Bausch, Storytelling: Imagination and Faith. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Little Philip, born with Down\'s syndrome, attended a third-grade Sunday School class with several eight-year-old boys and girls. Typical of that age, the children did not readily accept Philip with his differences, according to an article in Leadership magazine. But because of a creative teacher, they began to care about Philip and accept him as part of the group, though not fully. The Sunday after Easter the teacher brought Leggs pantyhose containers, the kind that look like large eggs. Each receiving one, the children were told to go outside on that lovely spring day, find some symbol for new life, and put it in the egg-like container. Back in the classroom, they would share their new-life symbols, opening the containers one by one in surprise fashion. After running about the church property in wild confusion, the students returned to the classroom and placed the containers on the table. Surrounded by the children, the teacher began to open them one by one. After each one, whether flower, butterfly, or leaf, the class would ooh and ahh. Then one was opened, revealing nothing inside. The children exclaimed, \"That\'s stupid. That\'s not fair. Somebody didn\'t do their assignment.\" Philip spoke up, \"That\'s mine.\" \"Philip, you don\'t ever do things right!\" the student retorted. \"There\'s nothing there!\" I did so do it,\" Philip insisted. \"I did do it. It\'s empty. the tomb was empty!\" Silence followed. From then on Philip became a full member of the class. He died not long afterward from an infection most normal children would have shrugged off. At the funeral this class of eight-year-olds marched up to the altar not with flowers, but with their Sunday school teacher, each to lay on it an empty pantyhose egg. Leadership. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For family devotions, Martin Luther once read the account of Abraham offering Isaac on the altar in Genesis 22. His wife, Katie, said, \"I do not believe it. God would not have treated his son like that!\" \"But, Katie,\" Luther replied, \"He did.\" W. Wiersbe, The Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching & Preachers, p. 191. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dr. Seamands tells of a Muslim who became a Christian in Africa. \"Some of his friends asked him, \'Why have you become a Christian?\' He answered, \'Well, its like this. Suppose you were going down the road and suddenly the road forked in two directions, and you didn\'t know which way to go, and there at the fork in the road were two men, one dead and one alive--which one would you ask which way to go?\'\" Warren Webster, April, 1980, HIS, p. 13. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dr. George Sweeting tells of an incident in the early 1920s when Communist leader Nikolai Bukharin was sent from Moscow to Kiev to address an anti-God rally. For an hour he abused and ridiculed the Christian faith until it seemed as if the whole structure of belief was in ruins. Then questions were invited. An Orthodox church priest rose and asked to speak. He turned, faced the people, and gave the Easter greeting, \"He is risen!\" Instantly the assembly rose to its feet and the reply came back loud and clear, \"He is risen indeed!\" Today in the Word, September, 1989, p. 8. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- POEMS Some of us stay at the cross, some of us wait at the tomb, Quickened and raised with Christ yet lingering still in the gloom. Some of us \'bide at the Passover feast with Pentecost all unknown, The triumphs of grace in the heavenly place that our Lord has made His own. If the Christ who died had stopped at the cross, His work had been incomplete. If the Christ who was buried had stayed in the tomb, He had only known defeat, But the way of the cross never stops at the cross and the way of the tomb leads on To victorious grace in the heavenly place where the risen Lord has gone. Annie Johnson Flint. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The day of resurrection? Earth, tell it out abroad; The Passover of gladness, The Passover of God. From death to life eternal, From this world to the sky, Our Christ hath brought us over With hymns of victory. Now let the heavens be joyful, Let earth her song begin; Let the round world keep triumph, And all that is therein; Let all things seen and unseen Their notes in gladness blend, For Christ the Lord hath risen, Our Joy that hath no end. John of Damascus. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Christ Jesus lay in death\'s strong bands, For our offenses given; But now at God\'s right hand He stands And brings us life from heaven; Therefore let us joyful be And sing to God right thankfully Loud songs of hallelujah. It was a strange and dreadful strife When Life and Death contended; The victory remained with Life, The reign of Death was ended; Holy Scripture plainly saith That Death is swallowed up by Death, His sting is lost forever. Then let us feast this Easter Day On Christ, the Bread of Heaven; The Word of Grace hath purged away The old and evil leaven. Christ alone our souls will feed. He is our meat and drink indeed; Faith lives upon no other. Martin Luther. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer; Death is strong, but Life is stronger; Stronger than the dark, the light; Stronger than the wrong, the right; Faith and Hope triumphant say, Christ will rise on Easter Day. Phillips Brooks. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ECONOMICS
ECONOMICS Definitions of Political Systems: Communism: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and gives you part of the milk. Socialism: You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor. Fascism: You have two cows. The government takes both cows and sells you the milk. Nazism: You have two cows. The government takes both cows, then shoots you. Bureaucracy: You have two cows. The government takes both of them, shoots one, milks the other, then pours the milk down the drain. Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell one of them and buy a bull. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In a democracy, everyone has two cows, then a vote is taken, and whatever the majority decides to do, you do, and that\'s no bull! Pulpit Helps, August, 1992, p. 8. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ECUMENICISM
ECUMENICISM I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship, and the whole world for my mission field. John Wesley. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
EDIFICATION
EDIFICATION No illustrations yet. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Poems A Builder Or a Wrecker As I watched them tear a building down A gang of men in a busy town With a ho-heave-ho, and a lusty yell They swung a beam and the side wall fell I asked the foreman, \"Are these men skilled, And the men you\'d hire if you wanted to build?\" He gave a laugh and said, \"No, indeed, Just common labor is all I need.\" \"I can easily wreck in a day or two, What builders have taken years to do.\" And I thought to myself, as I went my way Which of these roles have I tried to play? Am I a builder who works with care, Measuring life by rule and square? Am I shaping my work to a well-made plan Patiently doing the best I can? Or am I a wrecker who walks to town Content with the labor of tearing down? \"O Lord let my life and my labors be That which will build for eternity!\" -Author Unknown The Increase, 35th Anniversary Issue, 1993, p. 9. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
EDUCATION
EDUCATION A young boy once approached his father to ask, \"Dad, why does the wind blow?\", to which the father responded, \"I don\'t know, son.\" \"Dad, where do the clouds come from?\" \"I\'m not sure, son.\" \"Dad, what makes a rainbow?\" \"No idea, son.\" \"Dad, do you mind me asking you all these questions.?\" \"Not at all, son. How else are you going to learn?\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously. G.K. Chesterton. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bok\'s Law: If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From the day we entered the ninth-grade health class, one blackboard was covered with the names and locations of the major bones and muscles of the human body. The diagram stayed on the board throughout the term, although the teacher never referred to it. The day of the final exam, we came to class to find the board wiped clean. The sole test question was: \"Name and locate every major bone and muscle in the human body.\" The class protested in unison: \"We never studied that!\" \"That\'s no excuse,\" said the teacher. \"The information was there for months.\" After we struggled with the test for a while, he collected the papers and tore them up. \"Always remember,\" he told us, \"that education is more than just learning what you are told.\" Judith Swanson, in Reader\'s Digest. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don\'t. Pete Seeger, folk singer, quoted in Rolling Stone. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Statistics and Stuff 15 famous people who never graduated from grade school: 1) Andrew Carnegie, U.S. industrialist and philanthropist 2) Charles Chaplin, British actor and film director 3) William \"Buffalo Bill\" Cody, American scout and showman 4) Noel Coward, British actor, playwright, and composer 5) Charles Dickens, British novelist 6) Isadora Duncan, U.S. dancer 7) Thomas Edison, U.S. inventor 8) Samuel Gompers, U.S. labor leader 9) Maxim Gorky, Russian writer 10) Claude Monet, French painter 11) Sean O\'Casey, Irish playwright 12) Alfred E. Smith, U.S. politician 13) John Philip Sousa, U.S. bandleader and composer 14) Henry M. Stanley, British explorer 15) Mark Twain, U.S. humorist and writer From the Book of Lists. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
EFFECTIVE
EFFECTIVE Charles Francis Adams, 19th century political figure and diplomat, kept a diary. One day he entered: \"Went fishing with my son today--a day wasted.\" His son, Brook Adams, also kept a diary, which is still in existence. On that same day, Brook Adams made this entry: \"Went fishing with my father--the most wonderful day of my life!\" The father thought he was wasting his time while fishing with his son, but his son saw it as an investment of time. The only way to tell the difference between wasting and investing is to know one\'s ultimate purpose in life and to judge accordingly. Silas Shotwell, in Homemade, September, 1987. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Efficiency: doing things right. Effectiveness: doing the right things. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Not everything that counts can be counted. Not everything that can be counted counts. Dr. Charles Garfield. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gadarene swine law: Merely because the group is in formation does not mean the group is on the right course. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. Lin Yutang. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
EFFORT
EFFORT About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age. Gloria Pitzer. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In 1986, a group of researchers published a study of Japanese mothers and mothers in Minneapolis. The mothers were asked to rank the most important things that a child needs to succeed academically. The answers tell a lot about the difference in our two cultures today. The mothers in Minneapolis chose \"ability.\" The mothers in Japan said \"effort.\" Richard H. Finan, State Senator from Ohio. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The female steamer duck can fly, but only about 1/4 of the males are able, and only before they eat! The rest are too heavy to get airborne. They use their wings as paddles and beat furiously across the surface of the water, never quite able to break into flight. Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ELECTION
ELECTION (see also PREDESTINATION) No illustrations yet. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Statistics and Stuff The elect are the whosoever wills, the non-elect are the whosoever won\'ts. D.L. Moody. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \"Elect\" is always used of those who have already become believers, never of those who have not yet received the call. J. Huther, Ed., Critical and Exegetical Handbook to the Epistles of St. Paul to Timothy and Titus, Meyer\'s Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the N.T. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Paul begins here to extend as it were his hand to restrain the audacity of humans, in case they should clamor against God\'s judgments. We cannot by our own faculties examine the secrets of God, but we are admitted into a certain and clear knowledge of them by the grace of the Holy Spirit. And just as we ought to follow the guidance of the Spirit, so where He leaves us, we ought to stop there and fix our standing. \"If anyone will seek to know more than what God has revealed, he shall be overwhelmed with the immeasurable brightness of inaccessible light. But we must bear in mind the distinction between the secret counsel of God and His will made known in Scripture. For though the whole doctrine of Scripture surpasses in its height the mind of man, yet an access to it is not closed against the faithful, who reverently follow the Spirit; but with regard to God\'s hidden counsel, the depth and height of it cannot be reached. John Calvin. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
EMBARRASSMENT
EMBARRASSMENT While she was enjoying a transatlantic ocean trip, Billie Burke, the famous actress, noticed that a gentleman at the next table was suffering from a bad cold. \"Are you uncomfortable?\" she asked sympathetically. The man nodded. \"I\'ll tell you just what to do for it,\" she offered. \"Go back to your stateroom and drink lots of orange juice. Take two aspirins. Cover yourself with all the blankets you can find. Sweat the cold out. I know just what I\'m talking about. I\'m Billie Burke from Hollywood.\" The man smiled warmly and introduced himself in return. \"Thanks,\" he said, \"I\'m Dr. Mayo from the Mayo clinic.\" Bits & Pieces, March 3, 1994, p. 24. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My sister, Becky, prepared a pasta dish for a dinner party she was giving. In her haste, however, she forgot to refrigerate the spaghetti sauce, and it sat on the counter all day. She was worried about spoilage, but it was too late to cook up another batch. She called the local Poison Control Center and voiced her concern. They advised Becky to boil the sauce again. That night, the phone rang during dinner, and a guest volunteered to answer it. Her face dropped as she called out, \"It\'s the Poison Control Center. They want to know how the spaghetti sauce turned out.\" Contributed by Gene Solomon. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When my wife, Diana, and I met a new couple at church one Sunday, we stopped to introduce ourselves and to exchange pleasantries. We described the friendly neighborhood we lived in, and listened sympathetically as they lamented that theirs was just the opposite. Saying our good-byes, we got in our cars and drove home. As we approached our house, we were horrified to see that our new-found friends were pulling into the driveway next to ours. Contributed by Kent Eikenberry. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As we were leaving the lobby of a hotel in which we were staying, our three-year-old son looked down at the doormat with the hotel logo on it. \"Hey!\" he exclaimed. \"That\'s on our towels at home.\" Contributed by Sandra Newman-Bentley, Reader\'s Digest, February, 1994, p. 50. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Author Leo F. Buscaglia, on the moment he\'d most like to forget: \"When speaking in public I perspire profusely, and thus always carry a few neatly pressed white handkerchiefs. Once, before a large audience, I had already used two handkerchiefs. I reached for number three and proceeded to wipe my forehead--only to find to my horror that I was using a pair of pressed white briefs, underwear that had inadvertently been piled among the handkerchiefs. With as much poise as I could muster, I completed the dabbing and quickly returned the underwear to my pocket. I often wonder how many viewers in the national audience shared the \'brief\' embarrassment. Robert Morley, Pardon Me, But You\'re Eating My Doily! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Avery\'s observation: It does not matter if you fall down, as long as you pick up something from the floor when you get up. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 28 members of a weight watching club on an outing in Australia suffered the exquisite embarrassment of having their bus sink up to its axles in a tarred parking lot. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sir Thomas Beecham, the British conductor, once saw a distinguished-looking woman in a hotel foyer. Believing he knew her, but unable to remember her name, he paused to talk with her. As the two chatted, he vaguely recollected that she had a brother. Hoping for a clue, he asked how her brother was and whether he was still working at the same job. \"Oh, he\'s very well,\" she said, \"And still king.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- At a ballet performance in Cape Town, South Africa, the music began and the curtain rose to reveal a workman on his knees, nailing down part of the set. He got up slowly, lifted his hands above his head in a graceful gesture, raised himself on his toes and pirouetted offstage. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The wife of a retiring bishop was impressed when she and her husband left the home of their host, the Episcopal bishop of Panama, and found a crowd waiting near the front of the house. Having seen these people during a morning church service, she greeted each one present and thanked them for such a warm good-bye. Her enthusiasm waned, however, when a city bus appeared and the puzzled crowd climbed aboard. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Steve Lyons will be remembered as the player who dropped his pants. He could be remembered as an outstanding infielder ... as the player who played every position for the Chicago White Sox ... as the guy who always dove into first base ... as a favorite of the fans who high fived the guy who caught the foul ball in the bleachers. He could be remembered as an above-average player who made it with an average ability. But he won\'t. He\'ll be remembered as the player who dropped his pants on July 16, 1990. The White Sox were playing the Tigers in Detroit. Lyons bunted and raced down the first-base line. He knew it was going to be tight, so he dove at the bag. Safe! The Tiger\'s pitcher disagreed. He and the umpire got into a shouting match, and Lyons stepped in to voice his opinion. Absorbed in the game and the debate, Lyons felt dirt trickling down the inside of his pants. Without missing a beat he dropped his britches, wiped away the dirt, and ... uh oh ...twenty thousand jaws hit the bleachers\' floor. And, as you can imagine, the jokes began. Women behind the White Sox dugout waved dollar bills when he came onto the field. \"No one,\" wrote one columnist, \"had ever dropped his drawers on the field. Not Wally Moon. Not Blue Moon Odom. Not even Heinie Manush.\" Within twenty-four hours of the \"exposure,\" he received more exposure than he\'d gotten his entire career; seven live television and approximately twenty radio interviews. \"We\'ve got this pitcher, Melido Perex, who earlier this month pitched a no-hitter,\" Lyons stated, \"and I\'ll guarantee you he didn\'t do two live television shots afterwards. I pull my pants down, and I do seven. Something\'s pretty skewed toward the zany in this game.\" Fortunately, for Steve, he was wearing sliding pants under his baseball pants. Otherwise the game would be rated \"R\" instead of \"PG-13.\" Now, I don\'t know Steve Lyons. I\'m not a White Sox fan. Nor am I normally appreciative of men who drop their pants in public. But I think Steve Lyons deserves a salute. I think anybody who dives into first base deserves a salute. How many guys do you see roaring down the baseline of life more concerned about getting a job done than they are about saving their necks? How often do you see people diving headfirst into anything? Too seldom, right? But when we do ... when we see a gutsy human throwing caution to the wind and taking a few risks ... ah, now that\'s a person worthy of a pat on the ... back. So here\'s to all the Steve Lyons in the world. Max Lucado, In the Eye of the Storm, Word Publishing, 1991, pp. 247-248. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In Ralph Emery\'s autobiography, Memories, the country- music D.J. and host of TV\'s \"Nashville Now\" relates one of his early experiences in radio: An exuberant man of the cloth came into the studio one day with his wife, another woman and a guitar with an electrical short in its amplifier. I could tell it was defective by the loud hum in his speaker. I walked from the control room into the studio to exchange pleasantries, and then assumed my position on my side of the glass separating the rooms. I raised the sound as they played their opening theme song and then said, \"Here again is Brother So-and-So.\" These fundamentalist preachers, many self-proclaimed and well-meaning, were, however, loud and demonstrative. To escape the screaming, I would simply turn off the monitor in my control room. I couldn\'t hear any of his yelling, although I could see through the glass his jumping and straining. Every so often, I would raise my eyes from a newspaper and watch the Gospel pantomime. Suddenly I heard him yelling through his sheer lung power, \"Oh-oh-oh-oh!\" -- his face contorting. My God, he\'s having a seizure, I thought, and jumped to my feet. Then I noticed his thumb. The instant he had touched the steel string of his guitar and simultaneously reached for the steel microphone in front of him, he grounded himself because of the short in his amplifier. He was jumping and shaking at 110 volts shot through is torso. His moist palm was rigidly clamped to the microphone. The guy couldn\'t let go. He was a captive of voltage. Suddenly his wife raised her arm, and in karate fashion, hit his arm with all her force. The blow broke his grip from the charged microphone, but his painful yells had gone over the air. As calmly as I could, I said, \"one moment please.\" With Tom Carter, Memories (Macmillan), Reader\'s Digest, June, 1992, p. 66. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
EMOTION
EMOTION I am spellbound by the intensity of Jesus\' emotions: Not a twinge of pity, but heartbroken compassion; not a passing irritation, but terrifying anger; not a silent tear, but groans of anguish; not a weak smile, but ecstatic celebration. Jesus\' emotions are like a mountain river cascading with clear water. My emotions are more like a muddy foam or a feeble trickle. G. Walter Hansenin, Christianity Today. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A group of motion-picture engineers classified the following as the ten most dramatic sounds in the movies: a baby\'s first cry; the blast of a siren; the thunder of breakers on rocks; the roar of a forest fire; a foghorn; the slow drip of water; the galloping of horses; the sound of a distant train whistle; the howl of a dog; the wedding march. And one of these sounds causes more emotional response and upheaval than any other, has the power to bring forth almost every human emotion: sadness, envy, regret, sorrow, tears, as well as supreme joy. It is the wedding march. James S. Flora in Pulpit Digest. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oliver Cromwell, who took the British throne away from Charles I and established the Commonwealth, said to a friend, \"Do not trust to the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you and I were going to be hanged.\" Warren Wiersbe in Be Satisfied. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Persons who have uneven temperaments appear to have a much greater chance of developing serious illness and of dying young than do those with other temperaments. Drs. Barbara J. Betz and Caroline B. Thomas report in the Johns Hopkins Medical Journal. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In 1948, Betz and Thomas classified 45 Johns Hopkins medical students in three personality groups on the basis of psychological tests and questionnaires. The students were listed either as \"alphas,\" described as cautious, reserved, quiet and undemanding; \"betas,\" spontaneous, active and outgoing; or \"gammas,\" moody, emotional and either over- or under-demanding. Thirty years later, Betz and Thomas looked at the health records of the former students. They found that 77.3 percent of the gamma group suffered from major disorders, including cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and emotional disturbances. The incidence of disorders was only 25 percent in the alpha group and 26.7 percent in the betas. The doctors repeated the study on another group of 127 male students from the classes of 1949 through 1964 with similar results. \"Too often, gamma people get lost in their own emotions,\" says Betz. \"While a person\'s temperament cannot be changed, more support from outside sources--such as more human contacts--might help lessen a gamma\'s risk of disease.\" Quoted in Reader\'s Digest, November, 1979. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
EMPATHY
EMPATHY Empathy: Your pain in my heart. Jess Lair. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One night while conducting an evangelistic meeting in the Salvation Army Citadel in Chicago, Booth Tucker preached on the sympathy of Jesus. After his message a man approached him and said, \"If your wife had just died, like mine has, and your babies were crying for their mother, who would never come back, you wouldn\'t be saying what you\'re saying.\" Tragically, a few days later, Tucker\'s wife was killed in a train wreck. Her body was brought to Chicago and carried to the same Citadel for the funeral. After the service the bereaved preacher looked down into the silent face of his wife and then turned to those attending. \"The other day a man told me I wouldn\'t speak of the sympathy of Jesus if my wife had just died. If that man is here, I want to tell him that Christ is sufficient. My heart is broken, but it has a song put there by Jesus. I want that man to know that Jesus Christ speaks comfort to me today.\" Today in the Word, MBI, October, 1991, p. 10. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- British statesman and financier Cecil Rhodes, whose fortune was used to endow the world-famous Rhodes Scholarships, was a stickler for correct dress--but apparently not at the expense of someone else\'s feelings. A young man invited to dine with Rhodes arrived by train and had to go directly to Rhodes\'s home in his travel-stained clothes. Once there he was appalled to find the other guests already assembled, wearing full evening dress. After what seemed a long time Rhodes appeared, in a shabby old blue suit. Later the young man learned that his host had been dressed in evening clothes, but put on the old suit when he heard of his young guest\'s dilemma. Today in the Word, February, 1991, p. 10. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In 1886, Karl Benz drove his first automobile through the streets of Munich, Germany. He named his car the Mercedes Benz, after his daughter, Mercedes. The machine angered the citizens, because it was noisy and scared the children and horses. Pressured by the citizens, the local officials immediately established a speed limit for \"horseless carriages\" of 3.5 miles an hour in the city limits and 7 miles an hour outside. Benz knew he could never develop a market for his car and compete against horses if he had to creep along at those speeds, so he invited the mayor of the town for a ride. The mayor accepted. Benz then arranged for a milkman to park his horse and wagon on a certain street and, as Benz and the mayor drove by, to whip up his old horse and pass them--and as he did so to give the German equivalent of the Bronx cheer. The plan worked. The mayor was furious and demanded that Benz overtake the milk wagon. Benz apologized but said that because of the ridiculous speed law he was not permitted to go any faster. Very soon after that the law was changed. Bits & Pieces, April 1990, p. 2. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
EMPTINESS
EMPTINESS Tennis star Boris Becker was at the very top of the tennis world -- yet he was on the brink of suicide. He said, \"I had won Wimbledon twice before, once as the youngest player. I was rich. I had all the material possessions I needed ... It\'s the old song of movie stars and pop stars who commit suicide. They have everything, and yet they are so unhappy. I had no inner peace. I was a puppet on a string.\" Becker is not the only one to feel that sense of emptiness. The echoes of a hollow life pervade our culture. One doesn\'t have to read many contemporary biographies to find the same frustration and disappointment. Jack Higgens, author of such successful novels and The Eagle Has Landed, was asked what he would like to have known as a boy. His answer: \"That when you get to the top, there\'s nothing there.\" Our Daily Bread, July 9, 1994. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ENCOURAGEMENT
ENCOURAGEMENT Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. William Arthur Ward. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Duke of Wellington, the British military leader who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, was not an easy man to serve under. He was brilliant, demanding, and not one to shower his subordinates with compliments. Yet even Wellington realized that his methods left something to be desired. In his old age a young lady asked him what, if anything, he would do differently if he had his life to live over again. Wellington thought for a moment, then replied. \"I\'d give more praise,\" he said. Bits & Pieces, March 31, 1994, p. 24. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mercedes Ruehl, one of the few actresses to win a Tony and an Oscar in the same year (for Lost in Yonkers and The Fisher King), saw her first Broadway show when she was in grade school. Her family was in New York visiting relatives and driving through Times Square. On the spur of the moment her parents decided to see if they could get tickets to The Unsinkable Molly Brown. \"I remember waiting in the car,\" says Ruehl, \"while my mother ran up to the box office. The only tickets left were for box seats. Box seats! To me there were no better seats, and I remember my father saying, sure, go for it. One of the best qualities of my parents was that they liked to have fun. \"As we watched the play, I could not take my eyes off its star, Tammy Grimes. She must have felt my adoration, because at one point she looked up and held my eyes. It was probably for no more than one second, but it seemed like ten seconds. I always felt that was my official invitation to be an actress. With her gaze I was touched like a knight on both shoulders with a sword.\" Madeleine Blais in Reader\'s Digest. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Forty thousand fans were on hand in the Oakland stadium when Rickey Henderson tied Lou Brock\'s career stolen base record. According to USA Today Lou, who had left baseball in 1979, had followed Henderson\'s career and was excited about his success. Realizing that Rickey would set a new record, Brock said, \"I\'ll be there. Do you think I\'m going to miss it now? Rickey did in 12 years what took me 19. He\'s amazing.\" The real success stories in life are with people who can rejoice in the successes of others. What Lou Brock did in cheering on Rickey Henderson should be a way of life in the family of God. Few circumstances give us a better opportunity to exhibit God\'s grace than when someone succeeds and surpasses us in an area of our own strength and reputation. Our Daily Bread, June 19, 1994. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One morning I opened the door to get the newspaper and was surprised to see a strange little dog with our paper in his mouth. Delighted with this unexpected \"delivery service,\" I fed him some treats. The following morning I was horrified to see the same dog sitting in front of our door, wagging his tail, surrounded by eight newspapers. I spent the rest of that morning returning the papers to their owners. Marion Gilbert in Reminisce, Reader\'s Digest, February, 1994, p. 12. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Everyone needs recognition for his accomplishments, but few people make the need known quite as clearly as the little boy who said to his father: \"Let\'s play darts. I\'ll throw and you say \'Wonderful!\'\" Bits & Pieces, December 9, 1993, p. 24. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Edward Steichen, who eventually became one of the world\'s most renowned photographers, almost gave up on the day he shot his first pictures. At 16, young Steichen bought a camera and took 50 photos. Only one turned out -- a portrait of his sister at the piano. Edward\'s father thought that was a poor showing. But his mother insisted that the photograph of his sister was so beautiful that it more than compensated for 49 failures. Her encouragement convinced the youngster to stick with his new hobby. He stayed with it for the rest of his life, but it had been a close call. What tipped the scales? The vision to spot excellence in the midst of a lot of failure. Bits & Pieces, February 4, 1993, pp. 4-5. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- During quail season in Georgia, an Atlanta journalist met an old farmer hunting with an ancient pointer at his side. Twice the dog ran rheumatically ahead and pointed. Twice his master fired into the open air. When the journalist saw no birds rise, he asked the farmer for an explanation. \"Shucks,\" grinned the old man, \"I knew there weren\'t no birds in that grass. Spot\'s nose ain\'t what it used to be but him and me have had some wonderful times together. He\'s still doing the best he can -- and it\'d be mighty mean of me to call him a liar at this stage of the game!\" Bits & Pieces, August 20, 1992, pp. 15-16. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It wasn\'t like Scott Kregel to give up. He was a battler, a dedicated athlete who spent hour after hour perfecting his free throw and jump shot during the hot summer months of 1987. But just before fall practice everything changed. A serious car accident left Scott in a coma for several days. When he awoke, a long rehabilitation process lay ahead. Like most patients with closed head injuries, Scott balked at doing the slow, tedious work that was required to get him back to normal -- things such as stringing beads. What high school junior would enjoy that? Tom Martin, Scott\'s basketball coach at the Christian school he attended, had an idea. Coach Martin told Scott that he would reserve a spot on the varsity for him -- if he would cooperate with his therapist and show progress in the tasks he was asked to do. And Tom\'s wife Cindy spent many hours with Scott, encouraging him to keep going. Within 2 months, Scott was riding off the basketball court on his teammates\' shoulders. He had made nine straight free throws to clinch a triple-overtime league victory. It was a remarkable testimony of the power of encouragement. Our Daily Bread. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- An elderly widow, restricted in her activities, was eager to serve Christ. After praying about this, she realized that she could bring blessing to others by playing the piano. The next day she placed this small ad in the Oakland Tribune: \"Pianist will play hymns by phone daily for those who are sick and despondent--the service is free.\" The notice included the number to dial. When people called, she would ask, \"What hymn would you like to hear?\" Within a few months her playing had brought cheer to several hundred people. Many of them freely poured out their hearts to her, and she was able to help and encourage them. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The American painter, John Sargent, once painted a panel of roses that was highly praised by critics. It was a small picture, but it approached perfection. Although offered a high price for it on many occasions, Sargent refused to sell it. He considered it his best work and was very proud of it. Whenever he was deeply discouraged and doubtful of his abilities as an artist, he would look at it and remind himself, \"I painted that.\" Then his confidence and ability would come back to him. Bits & Pieces, September 19, 1991, p. 9. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CBS News anchor Dan Rather admits he was always fascinated by the sport of boxing, even though he was never good at it. \"In boxing you\'re on your own; there\'s no place to hide,\" he says. \"At the end of the match only one boxer has his hand up. That\'s it. He has no one to credit or to blame except himself.\" Rather, who boxed in high school, says his coach\'s greatest goal was to teach his boxers that they absolutely, positively, without question, had to be \"get up\" fighters. \"If you\'re in a ring just once in your life--completely on your own--and you get knocked down but you get back up again, it\'s an never-to-be-forgotten experience. Your sense of achievement is distinct and unique. And sometimes the only thing making you get up is someone in your corner yelling.\" Reader\'s Digest, December, 1990. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jean Nidetch, a 214 pound homemaker desperate to lose weight, went to the New York City Department of Health, where she was given a diet devised by Dr. Norman Jolliffe. Two months later, discouraged about the 50 plus pounds still to go, she invited six overweight friends home to share the diet and talk about how to stay on it. Today, 28 years later, one million members attend 250,000 Weight Watchers meetings in 24 countries every week. Why was Nidetch able to help people take control of their lives? To answer that, she tells a story. When she was a teen-ager, she used to cross a park where she saw mothers gossiping while the toddlers sat on their swings, with no one to push them. \"I\'d give them a push,\" says Nidetch. \"And you know what happens when you push a kid on a swing? Pretty soon he\'s pumping, doing it himself. That\'s what my role in life is--I\'m there to give others a push.\" Irene Sax in Newsday. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Abraham Lincoln carried with him a newspaper clipping stating he was a great leader. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We can\'t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by. Will Rogers. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lengthy Illustrations One man who was ousted from his profession for an indiscretion took work as a hod carrier simply to put bread on the table. He was suddenly plunged into a drastically different world; instead of going to an office each day, he was hauling loads of concrete block up to the fifth level of a construction site. Gone was the piped-in music in the corridors; now he had to endure blaring transistors. Any girl who walked by was subject to rude remarks and whistles. Profanity shot through the air, especially from the foreman, whose primary tactics were whining and intimidation; \"For---sake, you---, can\'t you do anything right? I never worked with such a bunch of --- in all my life...\" Near the end of the third week, the new employee felt he could take no more. \"I\'ll work till break time this morning,\" he told himself, \"and then that\'s it. I\'m going home.\" He\'d already been the butt of more than one joke when his lack of experience caused him to do something foolish. The stories were retold constantly thereafter. \"I just can\'t handle any more of this.\" A while later, he decided to finish out the morning and then leave at lunchtime. Shortly before noon, the foreman came around with paychecks. As he handed the man his envelope, he made his first civil comment to him in three weeks. \"Hey, there\'s a woman working in the front office who knows you. Says she takes care of your kids sometimes.\" \"Who?\" He named the woman, who sometimes helped in the nursery of the church where the man and his family worshiped. The foreman then went on with his rounds. When the hod carrier opened his envelope, he found, along with his check, a handwritten note from the payroll clerk: \"When one part of the body of Christ suffers, we all suffer with it. Just wanted you to know that I\'m praying for you these days.\" He stared at the note, astonished at God\'s timing. He hadn\'t even known the woman worked for this company. Here at his lowest hour, she had given him the courage to go on, to push another wheelbarrow of mortar up that ramp. Dean Merrill, Another Chance, Zondervan, 1981, p. 138. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recently, I heard a touching story which illustrates the power that words have to change a life -- a power that lies right in the hands of those reading this article. Mary had grown up knowing that she was different from the other kids, and she hated it. She was born with a cleft palate and had to bear the jokes and stares of cruel children who teased her non-stop about her misshaped lip, crooked nose, and garbled speech. With all the teasing, Mary grew up hating the fact that she was \"different\". She was convinced that no one, outside her family, could ever love her ... until she entered Mrs. Leonard\'s class. Mrs. Leonard had a warm smile, a round face, and shiny brown hair. While everyone in her class liked her, Mary came to love Mrs. Leonard. In the 1950\'s, it was common for teachers to give their children an annual hearing test. However, in Mary\'s case, in addition to her cleft palate, she was barely able to hear out of one ear. Determined not to let the other children have another \"difference\" to point out, she would cheat on the test each year. The \"whisper test\" was given by having a child walk to the classroom door, turn sideways, close one ear with a finger, and then repeat something which the teacher whispered. Mary turned her bad ear towards her teacher and pretended to cover her good ear. She knew that teachers would often say things like, \"The sky is blue,\" or \"What color are your shoes?\" But not on that day. Surely, God put seven words in Mrs. Leonard\'s mouth that changed Mary\'s life forever. When the \"Whisper test\" came, Mary heard the words: \"I wish you were my little girl.\" Dads, I wish there was some way that I could communicate to you the incredible blessing which affirming words impart to children. I wish, too, that you could sit in my office, when I counsel, and hear the terrible damage that individuals received from not hearing affirming words -- particularly affirming words from a father. While words from a godly teacher can melt a heart, words from a father can powerfully set the course of a life. If affirming words were something rarely spoken in your home growing up, let me give you some tips on words and phrases that can brighten your own child\'s eyes and life. These words are easy to say to any child who comes into your life. I\'m proud of you, Way to go, Bingo ... you did it, Magnificent, I knew you could do it, What a good helper, You\'re very special to me, I trust you, What a treasure, Hurray for you, Beautiful work, You\'re a real trooper, Well done, That\'s so creative, You make my day, You\'re a joy, Give me a big hug, You\'re such a good listener, You figured it out, I love you, You\'re so responsible, You remembered, You\'re the best, You sure tried hard, I\'ve got to hand it to you, I couldn\'t be prouder of you, You light up my day, I\'m praying for you, You\'re wonderful, I\'m behind you, You\'re so kind to your (brother/sister), You\'re God\'s special gift, I\'m here for you. John Trent, Ph.D., Vice President of Today\'s Family, Men of Action, Winter 1993, p. 5. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Statistics and Stuff A compliment can be a great motivator, particularly if you put a little thought into the why, when, and how of delivering it. Be sure to comment whenever someone on your staff keeps working in the face of rejection, handles a difficult situation well, catches an error, given another employee a helping hand, sells a particular product for the first time, or gives you a lead that proves fruitful. Most of the time, a compliment should be given in public, either at a meeting or on the company bulletin board. If the situation is delicate, convey your praise through a personal note that the employee can share with his family. As with all rewards, praise should be given immediately after good performance to provide the greatest reinforcement. Bits & Pieces, May 27, 1993, p. 12. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
END OF THE WORLD
END OF THE WORLD The Danish philosopher, Kierkegaard, tells a parable of a theater where a variety show is proceeding. Each show is more fantastic than the last, and is applauded by the audience. Suddenly the manager comes forward. He apologizes for the interruption, but the theater is on fire, and he begs his patrons to leave in an orderly fashion. The audience think this is the most amusing turn of the evening, and cheer thunderously. The manager again implores them to leave the burning building, and he is again applauded vigorously. At last he can do no more. The fire raced through the whole building and the fun-loving audience with it. \"And so,\" concluded Kierkegaard, \"will our age, I sometimes think, go down in fiery destruction to the applause of a crowded house of cheering spectators.\" Resource, July/August, 1990.
ENDING
ENDING Most of us were taught that a preposition is not a good word with which to end a sentence. A small boy, home sick with a cold, managed to come up with a sentence that ends with five of them in a row: \"Mom, why did you bring that book I didn\'t want to be read to out of up for?\" Bits & Pieces, May 27, 1993, p. 1. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ENDS
ENDS If we are but sure the end is right, we are too apt to gallop over all bounds to compass it; not considering the lawful ends may be very unlawfully attained. Wm. Penn. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ENDURANCE
ENDURANCE (see also FAITHFULNESS and PERSEVERANCE) The Greeks had a race in their Olympic games that was unique. The winner was not the runner who finished first. It was the runner who finished with his torch still lit. I want to run all the way with the flame of my torch still lit for Him. J. Stowell, Fan The Flame, Moody, 1986, p. 32.