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July 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

The best quotes on Health, Wellness, and Nutrition

“Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.”


“Water is life, and clean water means health.”

Audrey Hepburn

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

John Muir

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”

Albert Schweitzer

“The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.”


“There’s a need for accepting responsibility – for a person’s life and making choices that are not just ones for immediate short-term comfort. You need to make an investment, and the investment is in health and education.”

Buzz Aldrin

“It takes more than just a good looking body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it.”


“Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished.”

Og Mandino

“Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul.”


“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”


July 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Quotes from Epic by John Eldredge

“Life doesn’t come to us like a math problem. It comes to us the way that a story does, scene by scene. You wake up. What will happen next?….Life unfolds like a drama. Doesn’t it. Each day has a beginning and an end. There are all sorts of characters, all sorts of settings. A year goes by like a chapter in a movie. Sometimes its like a tragedy. Sometimes its like a comedy.” (p.2)

“Because we humans have this craving for meaning–for the rest of the story. We need to know whats going on.” (p.4)

“Our stories tell us who we are, why we are here, and what we are to do. They give us our best answers to all of life’s biggest questions, and to most of the small ones as well.” (p. 5 – 6)

“We humans share the lingering questions: Who am I really? Why an I here? Where will I find life? What does God want of me?” (p. 7)

“This is the Story in which you have found yourself. Here is how it got started. Here is where it went wrong. Here is what will happen next. Now this–this is the role you’ve been given. If you want to fulfill your destiny, this is what you must do. These are your cues. And here is how things are going to turn out in the end.” (p.11) ???

“I’m serious. Think about your favorite movies. Notice that every good story has the same ingredients. Love. Adventure. Danger. Heroism. Romance. Love. Sacrifice. The Battle of Good and Evil. Unlikely heroes. Insurmountable odds. And a little fellowship that in hope beyond hope pulls through in the end.” (p.11)

“There is a story written on the human heart.” (p.13)

“Story is the very nature of reality.” (p.13)

“Story. An epic.
Something hidden in the ancient past.
Something dangerous now unfolding.
Something waiting in the future for us to discover.
Some crucial role for us to play.” (p. 14)

“Christianity, in its true form, tells us that there is an Author and that he is good, the essense of all that is good and beautify and true, for he is the source of all these things. It tells us that he has set our hears’ longings within us, for he has made us to live in an Epic. It warns that the truth is always in danger of being twisted and corrupted and stolen from us because there is a Villian in the Story who hates our hearts and wants to destroy us. It calls us up into a Story that is truer and deeper than any other, and assures us that there we will find the meaning of our lives.
What if?” (p. 14-15)

“The famous atheist Bertrand Russel suggested that if we could strip away all the mystery of this universe and get to the heart of things, what we would probably find there would be a mathematical equation. Something as scientific and impersonal as the origin of eveyrthing else. A cold view of our world, to be sure.
But it fails to explain one thing: How can human personality have come from something impersonal? How can a creature as quirky as your uncle Ed have come from a mathematical equation? It doesn’t add up.”
(p. 20-21).

“Nature was generated not by a computer but by a Person. It is personal in nature. if it seems quirky, its quirky in the way Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Vang Gogh’s Irises are quirky. It reflects personality.” (p. 21)

“Now add this the fact that walking about in this world there are characters with unique personalities who universally have a sense of humor and a love of story, and all of them are haunted at some level by a longing to make sense of things. If our origins are impersonal and accidental, then why are we fro the most part totally dissatisfied with the answer?
No, only personality begets personality.” (p. 22)

(p. 23 to p. 24)

“Into this world God opens his hand, and the animals spring forth. Myriads of birds, in every shape and size and song, take wing–hawks, herons, warblers. All the creatures of the sea leap into it–whales, dolphins, fish of a thousand colors and designs. Thundering across the plains race immense herds of horses, gazelles, buffalo, running lke the wind. It is more astonishing than we could possibly imagine. No wonder “the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy’ (Job 38:7). A great hurrah goes up from the heavens!” (p. 45)


“Creation is growing in precision and intricacy of form and movement and color. Personality is woven through it. And it is building to a crescendo.” (p. 47)

“God creates us in his image, with powers like unto his own–the ability to reason, to create, to share intimacy, to know joy. He gives us laughter and wonder and imagination. And above all else, he endows us with that one quality for which he is most known.” (p.50)

“And with that heart comes something that just staggers me.
God gives us the freedom to reject him.
He gives to each of us a will of our own.” (p. 51)

“He cares so much for our happiness that he endows us with the capacity to love and be loved, which is the greatest happiness of all.
He endows us with a dignity that is almost unimaginable.” (p. 53).

“Most of the misery we suffer on this planet is the fruit of the human heart gone bad. This glorious treasure has been stained, marred, infected. Sin enters the story and spreads like a computer virus.” (p. 57)

“Why does every great story have a rescue?” (p. 61)

“Rescuing the human heart is the hardest mission in the world.
The dilemma of the Story is this: we don’t know if we want to be rescued. We are so enamored with our small stories and our false gods, we are so bound up in our addictions and our self-centeredness and take-it-for-granted unbelief that we don’t even know how to cry out for help. And the Evil One has no intention of letting his captives walk away scot-free. He seduces us, deceives us, assaults us–whatever it takes to keep us in the darkness.” (p. 63)

“He seeks his allies still. Not religion. Not good church people. Lovers. Allies.” (p. 66).

“His death and resurrection shatter the power of the Matrix, set the captives free.” (p. 67)

“God creates us in his

“This is written on the human heart, this longing for happily ever after.” (p. 78)

“Do you see? Wherever humanity was broken, Jesus restored it. He is giving us an illustration here, and there, and there again. THe coming of the kingdom of God restores the world he made.” (p. 82)

“Stories are equipment for living.”
Robert McKee

July 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Areas and Tools of Christian Apologetics

Here are 21 key areas and tools of Christian apologetics

  1. Stories/Parables/Allegories
  2. Questions
  3. Ethics/Sin
  4. Virtue/Character
  5. Forgiveness
  6. Identity
  7. The Gift
  8. Leadership/Wisdom
  9. Love/relationship (faith/trust)
  10. Service/social justice
  11. Felt needs
  12. Spiritual disciplines
  13. Intentionality
  14. Mens ministry/Womens ministry
  15. Cultural analysis/Foolishness of the world
  16. Adventure/risk
  17. Science and Religion
  18. Historical/Cultural (impact)
  19. Historical Jesus
  20. Art/poetry/literature
  21. Logic/philosophy


July 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Dr. Jürgen Habermas on Christianity and Human Rights–The Real Quotes

There are at least two versions of this quote:

“Universalistic egalitarianism, from which sprang the ideals of freedom and a collective life in solidarity, the autonomous conduct of life and emancipation, the individual morality of conscience, human rights and democracy, is the direct legacy of the Judaic ethic of justice and the Christian ethic of love. This legacy, substantially unchanged, has been the object of continual critical appropriation and reinterpretation. To this day, there is no alternative to it. And in light of the current challenges of a postnational constellation, we continue to draw on the substance of this heritage. Everything else is just idle postmodern talk.”

Jürgen Habermas – “Time of Transitions“, Polity Press, 2006, pp. 150-151, translation of an interview from 1999

“The ideals of freedom and a collective life in solidarity, the autonomous conduct of life and emancipation, the individual morality of conscience, human rights and democracy, is the direct legacy  of the Judiac ethics of justice and the Christian ethic of love…To this day, there is no alternative to it…We continue to draw on the substance of this heritage.  Everything else is just idle postmodern talk.”

Jürgen Habermas, Religion and Rationality, p. 149

This is re-quoted from Timothy Keller, An Invitation to the Skeptical: Making Sense of God


July 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Eleanor Roosevelt Quote–Face your Fears

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’

July 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Understanding the micro and the local is important to understanding the world

“To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi”

-William Faulkner

July 11, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Aristotle Quotes on Friendship and Virtue

Friendship . . .is a virtue and is besides most necessary with a view to living. Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.


Moreover, friendship would seem to hold cities together, and legislators would seem to be more concerned about it than about justice. For concord would seem to be similar to friendship and they aim at concord among all, while they try above all to expel civil conflict, which is enmity.

Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics, Book VIII)

Friendship is perhaps the highest summit of the moral life. in which virtue and happiness are united. Friendship is a worthy outlet for the talents and energies of great-souled people. Friendship likewise completes and goes beyond justice. The goodness shown in noble friendships seems higher than justice because it is entirely dependent upon one’s own character and choice and is not defined or compelled by law. Acts of friendship seem both more truly generous and more conducive to one’s own happiness than acts done strictly because they are moral. Acting for the sake of what is good means having primary regard for one’s own virtue and the good of one’s own soul, whereas acting for a friend seems to be self-forgetting. And spontaneous acts of friendship tend to be more pleasant than impersonal acts of virtue for the doer as well as for the recipient.

Lorraine S. Pangle, Aristotle and the Philosophy of Friendship, p. 7.

Good relationships, and especially friendships based on admiration of the good qualities of one’s friend bring the best out in people.

Gerard Hughes, Aristotle on Ethics, p. 176