Archives For August 2012

Bike Path

Brad Stanton —  August 31, 2012 — 24 Comments

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I love the artwork on this site so much I just had to reblog it. Hope u like it.

Originally posted on desannlim:

This is for a contest. I sketched the girl, the bike, and the kittens first and then scanned it in so that I could color and work on the background digitally. From cin-harurun’s tumblr I pulled some reference pictures for nature scenes and the bike [Man, are the spoked on the bike tricky things]. I thought it would be fun to put kittens in the basket.

Completed August 31, 2012

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Are vampires real?

Brad Stanton —  August 31, 2012 — 21 Comments

Blood: The Last Vampire (2009 film)

Blood: The Last Vampire (2009 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently I was in a book store with my teenage daughter (that is not a picture of her lol, but it looks a lot like her because she is half Asian). It seems about half the books for her age are about vampires, and of course the movies are popular too. Where did the idea of vampires come from? Even today in some countries people believe that vampires exist and need to be dealt with. There are some possibilities as to how this all got started.

As a dead body decomposes, gas is released into the lungs and may be pressed out through the vocal chords by the weight of the stomach fat, flesh and ribs, causing a groining noise to be heard coming from the mouth. A simple wooden casket would not muffle this noise, especially if casket was not yet buried. Can you imagine what it would be like for a mother of a dead child to hear that on the second or third day after the child’s death?

Sometimes caskets were dug up after burial to check for signs of vampirism.

Decomposing internal organs would begin to emit a watery blood which may have been pushed out the esophagus or windpipe and out the mouth, making it look like the person had been drinking blood.

As the corpse decays, the flesh around the fingernails shrinks, but the fingernails don’t. This makes it look like the fingernails are still growing. The same thing happens to the flesh around the roots of the hair, making it look like the hair is still growing. It is understandable that some would believe this corpse was alive, wandering around at night looking for blood to drink.

Movies often show vampires sleeping in caskets. That is understandable because these creatures were found in caskets.

So how do you kill a vampire? Drive a wooden stake through his heart. I suppose that gave a path for the gas and blood to escape without making a groaning noise or being forced up the esophagus, especially if the stake was removed. But even if it wasn’t, the shrinking of the body tissues would quickly leave a gap around the side of the stake, making a path for the gas and blood to escape. No more groans from the corpse or blood on the mouth.

In many countries around the world, for thousands of years people have been drinking human blood for various reasons. Some ancient paintings show victorious troops drinking the blood of their vanquished foes, possibly because they believed it gave them strength. Some drink blood in satanic rituals or other rites; some do it because they think it is cool. Some people actually believe they need human blood for nourishment.

I once read about a woman who lived about 500 years ago who believed bathing in the blood of beautiful girls would make her more youthful and beautiful. So she did. And there really was a man named Dracula who was very sadistic. One of his bad habits was eating dinner surrounded by impaled people who were dying slowly, earning him a place in Braum Stokers books.

graveyard humor

Summer Sounds

Brad Stanton —  August 29, 2012 — 23 Comments

The Cheers site in Boston

The Cheers site in Boston (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some summer sounds certainly seem sweet. What was the best sound you ever heard? For me it was more than one sound, it was like an orchestra being played every summer evening during that unforgettable time in my life when I had just recently lost half a dozen of the best friends I had ever had. Crickets chirped, cars occasionally whizzed by, dogs barked in the distance, a train honked a horn. They sounded more beautiful than at any other time because I had spent the whole month meditating after work, a new thing for me.

I was in my mid-twenties, single and living in a little one bedroom apartment not far from a train track. The horn of that train always brought back happy memories for me and was very comforting. But about my friends….

It just so happened that during those years I had made friends with half a dozen of the most fun and interesting people I had ever met. We were very close, sort of like the TV show Friends, or Cheers, the little bar where everybody knows your name.

They were the kind of people who could drop by any time and we would have a wonderful time, with plenty of laughter, bantering and fun stories. But during a three or four month period, some of them got married and disappeared from our little gang, the others moved out of town. Suddenly I had no close friends at all.

I had to find something to do with my time, so I took walks at the nearby park. I began to meditate on the good things in life that I still had, even though it was tough to lose my friends. At first it was hard to think of things to feel grateful for. But the more I thought and felt grateful for a few things, the more things came to mind that I could be grateful for.

Sometimes after an evening of meditation and prayer, the sounds of the night seemed like a beautiful orchestra being played for everyone who was willing to take the time to stop and enjoy the sounds.

It is late summer here in the northern hemisphere (I love reading blogs from down under where spring is blooming). Even now I hear the crickets chirping, the comforting sound of a fan and my neighbor’s air conditioner humming. Those sounds bring back the feelings of that Kansas summer that I learned to be thankful no matter what, and that I really could be happy even in the toughest of times.

Opening paragraphs of “The Laws of Success” by Napoleon Hill, 1928:

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Illinois Institute of Technology building. Pre...

Illinois Institute of Technology building. Previously the Armour Institute of Technology main building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some thirty years ago a young clergyman by the name of Gunsaulus announced in the newspapers of Chicago that he would preach a sermon the following Sunday morning entitled:

“WHAT I WOULD DO IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS!” (my note: $1 million in 1898 is worth $26 million now)

The announcement caught the eye of Philip D. Armour, the wealthy packing-house king, who decided to hear the sermon.

In his sermon Dr. Gunsaulus pictured a great school of technology where young men and young women could be taught how to succeed in life by developing the ability to THINK in practical rather than in theoretical terms; where they would betaught to “learn by doing.” “If I had a million dollars,” said the young preacher, “I would start such a school.”

After the sermon was over Mr. Armour walked down the aisle to the pulpit, introduced himself, and said, “Young man, I believe you could do all you said you could, and if you will come down to my office tomorrow morning I will give you the million dollars you need.”

There is always plenty of capital for those who can create practical plans for using it.

That was the beginning of the Armour Institute of Technology (photo above), one of the very practical schools of the country. The school was born in the “imagination” of a young man who never would have been heard of outside of the community in which he preached had it not been for the “imagination,” plus the capital, of Philip D. Armour. Every great railroad, and every outstanding financial institution and every mammoth business enterprise, and every great invention, began in the imagination of some one person.

F. W. Woolworth created the Five and Ten Cent Store Plan in his “imagination” before it became a reality and made him a multimillionaire.

Thomas A. Edison created the talking machine and the moving picture machine and the incandescent electric light bulb and scores of other useful inventions, in his own “imagination,” before they became a reality.

Graveyard humor

Brad Stanton —  August 26, 2012 — 12 Comments


A drunk man left a bar and decided to take a shortcut through a graveyard. It was raining heavily and rather dark, with only a half moon in the sky above, it cast eerie shadows across the tombstones, giving the drunk man the creeps. He didn’t see an open grave in front of him and fell into it. He tried to climb out but the rain made the sides of the hole too slippery to climb. Finally he decided to give up and spend the night there and try again in daylight after he sobered up.

A while later, another drunk left the same bar and took the same shortcut through the graveyard. He too felt scared by the creepy shadows moving over the tombstones and the eerie atmosphere of the graveyard. He, too fell into the open grave. The first drunk was still there and watched him try to climb out only to fall back down into the slippery, muddy hole. Finally the second drunk got tired and sat down to rest. The first drunk said in his scariest voice, “yessss, just sit and ressst, you’ll never get out.”

But he did!

English: U.S. Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Ca...

English: U.S. Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Richard Nixon at the dedication of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Français : Présidents américains Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush et Richard Nixon à la bibliothèque Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many of the world’s greatest people came from very humble beginnings. Former US president Ronald Reagan’s father was an alcoholic. He would sometimes drink until he passed out in the front yard of his house. Can you imagine how embarrassing it would be for your neighbors to see your father passed out on your front lawn? The family moved from town to town as his father lost job after job. But instead of letting a rough upbringing ruin him, Ronal Reagan allowed it to make him stronger.

Though former President Jimmy Carter’s father died a relatively wealthy man, between Earl’s forgiveness of debts owed to him and the division of his wealth among his heirs, Jimmy Carter inherited comparatively little. For a period of time, due to a limited real estate market, the Carters lived in public housing for the poor.

Jack Canfield’s father abused him and his mother divorced him when Jack was young, but Jack went on to be one of the world’s best loved authors. Psychologists say 80% of families are dysfunctional.

Tom Monaghan’s father died when he was four years old. His mother had a very difficult time raising Tom and his younger brother, so she put them in an orphanage for six years. Later he bought a small pizza shop, worked extremely long hours, suffered serious debt problems and saw his shop burn to the ground. But every time his plans were thwarted, he picked himself up and kept working. Now his is one of the richest men in America and his Domino’s Pizza Restaurants are famous.

Did you have lousy parents? Maybe they had anger problems or mistreated you and your siblings. That doesn’t mean you will do the same. You can get rid of the habits that were instilled in you by your parents. You don’t have to let those memories ruin your joy. When you forgive, the person you help most is yourself.

Don’t let anything that has happened to you in the past, don’t let any mistake keep you down. Mistakes can make you stronger. Everybody makes mistakes in life, everybody has done things they are ashamed of and would like a chance to do over.

Every day is a brand new day. Like Zig Zigglar (he was extremely poor growing up) says: “Today’s gonna be a great day and tomorrow’s gonna be even better!” Your best is still ahead of you.

Don’t let divorce, wayward children, unfair spouse, or a mean boss keep you down. Keep working and believing and you can turn any bad situation around.

Blind humor/humour

Brad Stanton —  August 23, 2012 — 19 Comments

English: A student working as a barmaid in a B...

A blind man visits Texas

A blind man went to Texas and stopped at a restaurant. He sat down and said to the waitress “Wow, what big chairs these are!”
“Everything is big in Texas” the waitress replied.

After dinner he went down the street to a bar. The bartender put a large mug of beer in front of him and he said “Wow, what big mugs these are!”

“Everything is big in Texas” the lady bartender said.
After drinking some beers the man asked where the bathroom was.

“Second door to the right down that hall” the bartender replied.

The blind man started heading down the hall and found the first door and went past but didn’t feel the second door with his cane. He proceeded to walk a little farther to a third door. it was actually the door to the swimming pool. He opened the door thinking it was the second door with the restroom and walked forward, only to fall into the pool.

Scared to death the blind man started shouting “Don’t flush! Don’t flush!”

Blind man here to see you

At a convent the mother superior was taking a shower. A nun came into the bathroom and said “There is a blind man here to see you.” The mother superior said “Well if it is a blind man it won’t matter if I am in the shower. Send him in.”

The blind man walked into the bathroom and the mother superior began to tell him how much they appreciated him. She talked on and on and after about ten minutes the man interrupted and said “Wow, this is really nice of you, in fact this is the best treatment I have ever been given since I started selling these blinds, but where should I put them?”

OK, was this last joke a little too much? Leave a comment.

Winners never quit

Brad Stanton —  August 23, 2012 — 62 Comments

A photograph of Henry Ford, Thomas Alva Edison...

A photograph of Henry Ford, Thomas Alva Edison, and Harvey Samuel Firestone- the fathers of modernity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thomas Edison was one of many people who rose from poverty and very humble beginnings, even severe failure, to change the world for the better and become rich and famous. As a student, Edison’s mind often wandered and was a very poor student, he obtained only three months of formal schooling. His mother taught him at home and he was fascinated with books.

There are several stories as to why Edison was hearing impaired. The actual cause is probably scarlet fever, although Edison attributed it to being struck on the ears when one of his many scientific experiments went wrong, causing a fire on the train and was thrown off a train, and later saying a conductor had pulled him up on a train by the ears.

When he was young he sold candy and newspapers on trains and also vegetables to travelers. He sold newspapers on the road and started his own newspaper. He eventually started 14 companies, including General Electric which is still one of the largest publicly traded companies in the world and certainly one of the most influential companies in the US.

Edison failed many times. When he was 19 years old, he was fired from his job at Western Union because his experiment with batteries spilled acid on the floor and it went between the floorboards to his boss’ desk below. He was one of many people who were fired from a job and moved on to incredible success.

Most people with difficulty hearing and limited education would decide to work at some simple job, but not Edison. His passion for inventing and his curiosity pushed him forward. He decided failures were not bad things, but actually good things. He tried 10,000 different ways to invent the light bulb and said that all those attempts were not failures but were stepping stones on the path to finding the right way. Most people would have given up after a few tries, even more after a few thousand, but Edison kept trying. He had incredible persistence and faith in his abilities.

Sometimes when I think about quitting, I remember people like Edison and I am motivated to keep on trying even after I have failed many times. Nobody who accomplished great things gave up easily.

Leave a comment, I love to hear from you! What do you think?

Since we reap what we sow we can sow thoughts of abundance to reap abundance. What is true wealth? Some people have millions of dollars but don’t have much happiness. If we want more good things like peaceful, loving relationships, health, wealth, success in career and parenting, we can reap good thoughts.


Have you ever sat under a shade tree on a day in late summer when the leaves are still on the trees, the breeze is cool, the cicadas are chirping and you look out over the grass and trees and feel very content? Just relax and soak in the goodness of being alive. Think about the abundance of good things that you enjoy, that you already have and more will come to you. I love to sit outdoors with a cup of strong tea on Saturday morning and enjoy the invigorating feeling it gives me. Then I love to count my blessings and feel good about each one. This is wealth. These feelings can fill you to overflowing with gladness and peace.


Gratitude is a powerful thing. Many people say that it attracts good things into your life. I know that when I am grateful I tend to be more abundant in my relationships. Would you rather spend time with a person who was grateful for all the little things you do for them or a complainer who is never satisfied and always wants more?


If you were a boss at work and you had several people working for you would you promote the grateful one who was energetic and enthusiastic, always ready to help and take on another task, or would you promote the complainer, the one who is always trying to avoid work?


Gratitude brings good things into your life.  Joy brings abundance. It really is true, you reap what you sow. Sow victorious and grateful thoughts and attitudes and you will bring good things into your life.


Prescription placebos used in research and pra...

Prescription placebos used in research and practice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Scientists, religious leaders and most people who have achieved great success in life agree that positive thinking, or faith, is very important.

A woman named Dodie Osteen was battling cancer but she wanted to keep faith in the ability to get well and her attitude good, so she used what some people call “props.” Props are anything that you can see, feel, touch, taste, etc. that helps you build your faith. She put up pictures of herself before she was sick, when she was vibrant and healthy. After getting sick she turned a yellow color and lost a lot of weight. If she spent time looking at herself in the mirror, it didn’t help her faith or attitude. Seeing the pictures of herself healthy helped her believe that she could overcome cancer.

She put up a photo of herself riding a horse, having fun and in many different poses. People prayed for her. Slowly she beat cancer and is healthy now and has been for many years.

Cathy Goodman had breast cancer. She kept her faith strong by being thankful for her healing that she believed had occurred. Every morning and afternoon she constantly said “thank you for my healing.” In the evening she watched funny movies with her husband because laughter has a healing effect. She was healed of cancer without any chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

Cathy’s husband, Morris was in a plane crash and was told by many doctors that he would never breath without a machine, eat, walk or talk again. But he had incredible faith that he could do the impossible. He told himself over and over again to breathe, and as time went on he was able to breathe without a machine. He kept working hard and dreaming of success, and finally he walked out of the hospital on his own.

I am not suggesting that you avoid medicine; I take medicine when I am sick. But certainly there are people who take medicine and continue to get worse. Others combine prayer and faith with their medicine and heal quickly.

You have heard of placebos. They give a sugar pill to certain people and the real medicine to others in a group. Some people get healed by the placebo. Why do some get healed by placebos? It’s because they have strong faith. I used to think they were suckers. Not anymore. Now I feel they are champions.

Many medical doctors believe that a positive mental attitude overcomes many illnesses. The opposite is also true. My grandmother told me that when she was in the hospital she began to feel depressed. She told the doctor about her feelings and how she wanted to get out of the hospital and go home. He let her go home because he knew the depression was not conducive to healing.

Sam Walton, the man who founded Walmart said “If people believe in themselves, it is amazing what they can accomplish.”

W. Clement Stone, who was very poor but became extremely rich by selling life insurance said “Anything the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

Jesus said “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed (very little) you can tell a mountain to move and it will do it. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 Note: mountain probably meant difficulty, just as in our modern idiom, “don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.”

Bringing about strong, unwavering faith in your life takes a lot of time. One way to bring about faith is to repeat promises (some people call them affirmations). For example, repeat any of the quotes above. Say it out loud ten times every day and it will strengthen your faith. There are many other things you can do to increase your faith. I wrote a book about that very subject, there is way too much information to write in today’s blog, but I plan to add ideas about this to my blog often.

Here is a link so some of the scriptures Dodie Osteen made about healing.

What do you think, does faith work? Where have you seen faith work? Leave a comment or click Press This if you want to reblog this post.

Rita and John's Marriage Certificate

crochetA man and woman had been married for more than 65 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.

In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife’s bedside.She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000. He asked her about the contents. “When we were to be married,” she said, “my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.”

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

“Honey,” he said, “that explains the dolls, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?”
“Oh,” she said, “that’s the money I made from selling the dolls for one dollar each.”

this joke was put on my blog by  thanks, KeithTheGreen!!

I’ve been nominated!

Brad Stanton —  August 19, 2012 — 18 Comments

Rules for the super sweet award

1. give credit to the wonderful person who nominated you. The lovely Nizy nominated me

2. Answer the super sweet questions

3 Nominate 13 blogs

Super Sweet Questions
1. Cookies or cake? I like cookies best
2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
3. What is your favorite sweet treat? Milk with ice cream
4. When do you like sweet things most? Evening

People I nominate because they followred
my blog and have great blogs:

A little humor (humour)

Brad Stanton —  August 19, 2012 — 20 Comments

A man died and left his wife $20,000. After the funeral she told a friend that she was broke.

“You’re broke?!” The friend asked. “I thought your husband left you a lot of money.”

“He did, but I spent $5000 on the funeral and $15,000 on a memorial stone.”

“That must have been a really big memorial stone” the woman said. “How big was it?”

The widow lifted up her left hand to show the woman and said “Oh, about three carats.”

Later the widow was in a car accident and the doctors thought she was dead. They used everything they could and soon her heart started beating again. The woman prayed to God and said “Oh thank you so much for letting me live. By the way, how much longer are you going to let me stay alive down here?”

God told her she had 40 more years to live.

She was so happy that she decided to stay at the hospital and get a face lift, a tummy tuck and breast augmentation. Soon she was able to leave the hospital.

Then one day about a month later she was hit by a car and died. As her spirit was being taken to heaven she asked God, “Hey, I thought you said I had forty more years down here, What happened?”

God said, “Oh, sorry, I didn’t recognize you.”

Disclaimer: these are just a little humor and certainly not doctrinally correct. I know some of you are thinking, yep, very little humor. Oh well, you get what you pay for and this was free.

traffic raiser award

Brad Stanton —  August 17, 2012 — 51 Comments

I made this award to help drive traffic to your blogs. Did you know that the more
web sites your web address appears in put you higher in search engine ratings?
Anyway, this will get your website address on lots of sites (hopefully) and drive up traffic
to your site–more views and visitors. If you read this post, you can nominate anyone you
want with these rules. I nominate you.

  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you
    She actually nominated me for a different award, but who cares?
  2. Paste the award image anywhere in your blog
  3. Tell us 7 facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers
  5. Post a comment on your nominees’ blogs telling them of their nomination
  6. Leave a comment here, vote for your own and one other. That is all you have to do.
    You can copy this and add it to a post on your blog if you want.

Seven facts about me:

  1. I’m probably a nerd
  2. I love baked chicken
  3. My hobby is looking at blogs
  4. I LOVE blogging
  5. I wrote a book called The Amazing Power of Prayer
  6. I live in Kansas, USA
  7. I lived in China for ten years

Leave a comment with a link to your web site and I will add it to this list. That will help you rated higher in search engines. The more people who list you the better.
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The Boy and the Puppy

Brad Stanton —  August 17, 2012 — 8 Comments

Argentine Dogo puppy

A little boy walked out to a farm not far from where he lived because he heard the farmer was selling puppies. It was a warm June evening and the boy was tired and sweaty when he arrived to look at the puppies. The farmer gave him a cold drink of water.

The farmer took him to the old red barn where the puppies were so that he could choose one. The boy watched the puppies playing near their mother for awhile and then he pointed to a cream colored puppy.

“No, you don’t want that one,” the farmer said. “There is something wrong with his back legs and he can’t run like his brothers and sisters can. You won’t be able to run and play with him. You should take one of the other puppies.”

The little boy pulled up his pants leg to show the farmer the braces on his legs. “Well, mister, I wanted that puppy because I understand how he feels and he needs someone like me to give him the special love that he needs.”

Faith Bible verses

Brad Stanton —  August 15, 2012 — 25 Comments

Many come to my blog because they are searching for Bible verses about faith. Here are some.   amazing power of prayer

Matthew 7:7“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Matthew 8:13Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.
Matthew 9:22Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
Matthew 9:29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored.
Matthew 15:28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
Matthew 17:20 Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 18:19“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 21:21Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Mark 4:40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Mark 5:34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
Mark 10:52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Mark 11:22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.
Mark 16:14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.)
Luke 5:20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
Luke 7:1 [ The Faith of the Centurion ] When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum .
Luke 7:9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel .”
Luke 7:50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Luke 8:25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
Luke 8:48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
Luke 12:28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!
Luke 17:1 [ Sin, Faith, Duty ] Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come.
Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” v6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
Luke 17:19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Luke 18:42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”
Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
John 1122 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.
John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
What do you think about these verses? Please leave a message. There are many more verses like this, didn’t write them all because they get repetative.

I wrote a book about powerful prayer.  amazing power of prayer

Our journey toward a powerful prayer life begins with faith. In Matthew, we read, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:22). But you might ask, how do I have faith, how can I really believe God will give me what I ask for? Or perhaps you’re asking, why don’t we get everything we ask for immediately? Those questions will be specifically answered in the chapters that follow; but as we begin, let’s take a look at the faith that is required for powerful prayer.

Faith is more than just belief. It involves hope and love. The apostle Paul said “these three things remain: faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love.” Love is incredibly important and it is what God wants from us. We will never have a powerful prayer life if we do not truly love God. Our faith in God must be firmly rooted in our love for Him.

If you get a Bible concordance and look up any word, it will show you many places in the Bible where that word is used. Try looking up the word “prayer” in a concordance and read each passage. Look up the word “faith,” “belief,” and other words that are involved with powerful prayers. It is amazing to see how these ideas are explained in the New Testament Gospels and throughout the entire Bible. When you see all the verses on “belief,” it gives you a new perspective of the concept of belief. I did this with many of the words associated with prayer. I was amazed at the new perspective it gave me and the power of the thread of ideas that were woven through the first four gospels .  read more What do you think about this post? Please leave a reply.

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From Chapter one of “The Amazing Power of Prayer.”
I’m not going to tell you that you will get everything you want through prayer. No, I’m going to tell you about something even better.. You will get everything God wants for you through prayer because God wants the best for you. He wants even better things for you than you do. God loves you much more than you love yourself and wants you to have joy and peace even more than you do. You will get everything you want through prayer if it is God’s will and you have faith.

Yes, it’s true: You will experience powerful answers to prayer if you use the guidelines for prayer found in the Bible. We’ll explore these guidelines as we travel this prayer journey together. It is said we use less than 10% of our brainpower; but I think it’s very safe to say that most Christians use less than 10% of their prayer power. I have been in many churches across the United States and I find that most people don’t understand the power of prayer. Why is it that some churches see remarkable answers to prayer and others do not? Perhaps you know some Christians who have very powerful prayer lives. Yet others, who seem to be “good Christians”, do not. Those believers with powerful prayer lives have learned and practice what the Bible says about how to have a powerful prayer life. After you read this book, you’ll know the secret, too.

God doesn’t want powerful prayer to be a secret. He wants your prayers to be powerful and He wants you to experience good things as a result of those prayers. I believe with all my heart that God put us here on earth for a reason. The reason is to glorify God and to love him. Hebrews 11:6 tells us: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he REWARDS (my emphasis) those who earnestly seek him.” We glorify God and please Him when we seek Him through prayer. But to really glorify Him, we need powerful prayer. read more
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5 things a day

Brad Stanton —  August 12, 2012 — 19 Comments

Someone told Jack Canfield that if you have a sharp axe, you can go out to a large tree and chop five times each day until the tree falls, no matter how big it is. He took this to heart and made a goal of doing five things per day to promote his book. Some things Jack Canfield and his co-writer did to promote his first Chicken Soup for the Soul book:

• Called people who could review the book
• Wrote press releases
• Sent copies to ministers to use in sermons
• Gave free talks at churches
• Did book signings at any store that they could
• Got the book on military base stores
• Asked fellow speakers to sell them at their talks
• Asked seminar companies to put it in their catalogues
• Went to gift shops and other shops asking them to carry the book
• Got bakeries, gas stations, restaurants to sell it
• Mailed a copy to many celebrities
• Gave a copy to each of the jurors on the OJ Simpson trial, some were seen in the news with a copy
• Sold them at lectures and talks they did

They ended up selling 8 million copies in about 40 languages. It took a long time, the book took over a year to make the bestseller list, but they did it by doing a little bit each day during the time they had speaking jobs in addition to promoting their book.

It is amazing what a person can accomplish if they plan to do five things a day. What could you accomplish if you did five things a day to accomplish your goals and dreams? read more

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Brad Stanton —  August 10, 2012 — 17 Comments

  1. Jim Carrey used affirmations
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  2. Jack Canfield’s affirmations and things he did to sell his book (you can use the same ideas to sell your books or any items)

Jim Carrey said:
I’ve always believed in magic. When I wasn’t doing anything in this town, I’d go up every night, sit on Mulholland Drive, look out at the city, stretch out my arms, and say, “Everybody wants to work with me. I’m a really good actor. I have all kinds of great movie offers.” I’d just repeat these things over and over, literally convincing myself that I had a couple of movies lined up. I’d drive down that hill, ready to take the world on, going, “Movie offers are out there for me, I just don’t hear them yet.” It was like total affirmations, antidotes to the stuff that stems from family background.

Those affirmations gave Jim the confidence he needed to accept the constant rejections that come to people in Hollywood. But there is something more to it than that. He calls it magic. Some people call it faith. Jesus said “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Some eastern religions and scientists who don’t believe in God say the same thing. Some call it the Law of Attraction.

You reap what you sow, if you think and speak about success long enough, you sow thoughts of success and later you begin to reap success. Charles Stanley says this works every time, but that it takes time to come about and you reap more than you sow.

The converse is true too. If you sow thoughts of worry and dread, bad feelings toward other people, bad things will come about. I find this is especially true in relationships. Bad attitudes toward other people soon becomes apparent in facial expressions or a certain coldness, or even unkind words. Most communication is nonverbal, scientists say.

Click to read the rest of the story–how Jack Canfield sold books using ideas you can use to sell books or anything read the story   what he did to sell books
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Motivational Quotes

Brad Stanton —  August 10, 2012 — 26 Comments


Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier

For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. Mary Kay Ash, founder Mary Kay Cosmetics
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Difficulties are opportunities to better thinking; they are stepping-stone to greater experience. When one door closes, another always opens; as a natural law it has to, to balance. Brian Adams

It’s always too soon to quit! Norman Vincent Peale

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Calvin Coolidge

the slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. Calvin Coolidge

Never give up on your hopes and dreams. Many People

Fall down seven times, get up eight times. Japanese Proverb

Don’t give up too soon. Your dreams are your real job. Joyce Spizer, author

Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. Ross Perot, self made billionaire

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually met heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. Forbes, founder Forbes magazine

They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats. Forbes

He who stops being better stops being good. Oliver Cromwell

Humans were given a left foot & right foot to make a mistake first to the left, then right, left again, repeat. Buckminster Fuller

Feedback is the breakfast of champions. One Minute Manager

It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA. from rejection slip for Orwell’s Animal Farm.

I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat. Sylvester Stallone

Never give up on your dream. Perseverance is all important. Tawni O’dell, Author

If you don’t have the desire and the belief in yourself to keep trying after you’ve been told you should quit, you’ll never make it. Tawni O’Dell author

You’ve got to ask. Asking is the world’s most powerful  and neglected secret to success and happiness. Percy Ross self made millionaire

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented from the successful is a lot of hard work. Stephen King, bestselling author

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“If the most important part of your life is ahead of you, then even during the worst times,Purpose

one can be assured that there is more laughter ahead, more success to look forward to, more children to teach and help, more friends to touch and influence. There is proof of hope . . . for more.”  The Noticer by Andy Andrews (chapter 6, p. 85).

God adores you and has a wonderful plan for your life. You may be going through difficult times or great times. You may be struggling to reach your goals and dreams in life. If you are like most people, good relationships are one of your top goals in life, but you are not completely satisfied in that area and haven’t achieved all your dreams yet. But no matter what happens, you can be sure that everything will turn out good. That is a promise in Romans 8:28 “For all things work together for good to those who love God…”

Life is a bit like making a cake. You put in flour, butter, salt, eggs and other ingredients. These by themselves don’t taste good at all. I would hate to eat raw eggs and plain flour. Some of the bad things in life are like raw eggs and flour. But after you mix them together and they pass through the heat of the oven (like we feel our life is passing through a crucible) it turns out tasting really good and it is delightful.

One evening I sat playing cards with a group of people I had never met before. To my left was an elderly woman who was very hard of hearing and that isolated her from other people. During the evening I found out her husband had died about 20 years prior. I asked her if that was difficult, she said, “It is hell.” Then she added, but it has gotten easier.”

I realized that life must be rather lonely for her because she lived alone and was so hard of hearing that communication was very difficult. I wondered why God allowed her to stay alive, when it seemed she would rather be with her husband in heaven. (Don’t worry, I now there is no marriage in heaven, if there were heaven would be called hell………..just joking.) I told her that with all that spare time she could be a very powerful prayer warrior.

Why are you here? What is your purpose in life? In a book called “The Noticer” by Andy Andrews, he makes some points (see chapter 6 pp. 83-85). He says that God has a purpose for every person alive on this earth and that you won’t die until you finish that purpose. So if you are still alive and kickin’, it means God still has a plan for you and it is a wonderful plan. If you haven’t finished your purpose, then the most exciting part of your life is ahead of you, not behind you.

You are destined to do great things in life! Click the photo of the little girl praying above and to the right for more of these ideas. What do you think? Is this true? Is your best still ahead of you? amazing power

Are you responsible for your success and happiness or are other people? Is your spouse, company or country responsible for your success and happiness, or are you?

Everyone has a different idea of what success is, but almost everyone agrees that they want success in their relationships.

W. Clement Stone was brought up in a poor family. His father died when he was 3 years old and his death left the family impoverished because he had large gambling debts. He mother first worked as a dressmaker and later opened an insurance company. Stone began selling newspapers on the street in the south side of Chicago when he was 6 and had started his own newsstand by the time he was 13. He loved to read Horatio Alger stories about poor boys overcoming difficulties to become successful.

Later Stone began selling insurance by making cold calls, which he called “gold calls” which gives a sense of his optimism and powerful personality. He later hired other people to sell insurance and trained them how to succeed. He claimed he could tell within a few minutes of interviewing a potential salesperson if they would do well or not, probably based mostly on their confidence and willingness to try new things.

During his life, Stone gave over $275 million to charity including Christian and mental health organizations and civic groups. Not bad for a high school dropout.

Stone asked people he trained if they were 100% responsible for their life. If they said they thought so, he would tell them it was a yes or no question and expect a definite answer. He would ask this “Have you ever complained about anything?” If the person said yes, Stone would say that means:

1. You don’t take 100% responsibility for your life.
2. You have to acknowledge that you are responsible for absolutely everything that happens to you.

This is probably very difficult for most people to swallow. Most people say their failure is because the stock market dropped, their spouse was no good, the weather was too dry for crops, their parents were abusive, or their company just didn’t understand them.

George Washington Carver was born in an era in the southern part of the USA when blacks were not allowed in most schools. It would have been very easy for him to use that as an excuse and never become the great scientist that he was. He discovered over 325 uses for the peanut. But he said this: “99% of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.”

Stone said that if you are going to have the life of your dreams, you will have to take full responsibility for your life. He also said “Regardless of what you are or what you have been, you can still become what you may want to be.”

Jesus said the same thing 2000 years ago, “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23 amazing power

Failure brings success

Brad Stanton —  August 1, 2012 — 25 Comments

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Prime Minister Winston Churchill gives the “Victory” sign to crowds in London on Victory in Europe Day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the simplest, yet best quotes I ever heard was from Winston Churchill. He said “Never, never, never give up.” He had a very difficult life. His parents put him in a boarding school while they lived without him. He wrote letters begging his parents to come visit him there, but they seldom did, even though their travels sometimes took them quite near the school. But his rejections in life made him strong, strong enough to lead Great Britain through one of her most challenging and darkest periods of history, World War II. Many people couldn’t cope with the difficulties of the Nazi bombing of London, but because of the many difficulties Churchill had faced and conquered, he was able to stay strong and motivate that nation to never give up.

Harland Sanders, better known as Colonel Sanders failed many times in his life. His father died when he was five years old. His mother had to find any work she could, so she worked in a tomato-canning factory. Harland dropped out of school when he was 12.

Harland had many jobs, including: steamboat pilot, railroad fireman, insurance salesman, and farmer. His marriage failed; his wife left him when he lost a job. But he did not give up on life. He started a service station in which he cooked chicken dishes, country ham and steaks for the customers at the gas station and people liked the food so well that he started a restaurant. The restaurant did well for a long time.

He experienced another failure at the age of 65 due to a new interstate being put in which took traffic away from his restaurant. But he didn’t let that deter him. He paid off all his debts which left him with very little money. He left home with $105 from his Social Security check and a pressure cooker in the back of his truck to cook chicken, he traveled around the country visiting potential franchisees. His idea of a new chicken restaurant was rejected over 300 times. But finally he met success, and the rest is history, as they say. Now there are well over ten thousand Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in over 80 countries in the world. Colonel Sanders did not let failure beat him down. He had a dream and goals and was willing to be persistent in reaching them. After years of hard work he is now known for excellence all around the world. It would not have happened if his restaurant had not failed due to the new interstate highway.

Have you failed? Everybody has. Maybe you feel you have failed more than most people. Churchill and Colonel Sanders probably felt that way. But they became champions because of their difficulties. So can you! amazing power