Old Testament Groaners
Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth?
Q. What do they call pastors in Germany?
A. German Shepherds.
Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
A. Pharaoh's daughter. She went to the Nile Bank and drew out a little prophet.
Q What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden?
A. Your mother ate us out of house and home.
Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible?
A. Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once .
Q. Which Bible character had no parents?
A. Joshua, son of Nun.
Q. Why didn't they play cards on the Ark ?
A. Because Noah was standing on the deck
What do these men have in
Their version of the
World as they want it
People magazine editor:
What determines who we
listen to and follow?
"If you have a story about Jennifer Aniston or Jessica Simpson, or
someone's break up, or a wedding, there's a high likelihood most
readers will dive into that. When you're looking at a story about a
local hero, or a woman who has been dealing with a dying child, or
helping to save her community, you have to work harder editorially
to take the reader in.“
“…the average age of our reader is 40…”
Political journalist Garry Willis at BYU
In an election year we get the presidents we deserve. A great people is
what you need for a great president. Washington was the greatest
president because the people were at their most enlightened and alert.
America right now is escapist. It wants to be soothed, and told is
doesn’t have to pay or sacrifice or learn
How would you define the
difference between a good
leader and a bad leader?
Is that different between an
“effective leader” and one
who is not?
St. Hugh Nibley
Brother Kimball casually took an immaculate linen
handkerchief from the breast pocket of his jacket,
and stooping over, vigorously dusted off my shoes
and trousers. It was the most natural thing in the
world, and we both took it completely for granted.
After all, my shoes were dusty in the race
for the train, and Brother Kimball had
always told missionaries to keep
themselves clean and proper. It was no
great thing…Neither of us said a thing about
it, but ever since, that has conditioned my
attitude towards Brethren. I truly believe
that they are chosen servants of God.
The Influence of Righteous
2 Chr 12 King Jehoshaphat viewing an approaching army
"O our God, ... we have no might against this great company that
cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are
"Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou
king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid
nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is
not yours, but God's. ... "Fear not, nor be dismayed; ... for the
Lord will be with you"
"Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe
his prophets, so shall ye prosper"
And now whereas my father did lade
you with a heavy yoke, I will add to
The House of Israel Splits your yoke; my father hath chastised
you with whips, but I will chastise you
…when all Israel saw that the king
David Unified the Tribes
hearkened not [unto the counsel of the
old men], the people answered the
king, saying, What portion have we in
…So Israel departed into their tents.
Son of Solomon Advisor to Solomon
Judah 10 Tribes of Israel
In the church, we
What does the
Lord expect of
Leaders to Managers: The Fatal Shift
"If you love me," said the greatest of all leaders,
"you will keep my commandments." "If you
know what is good for you," says the
manager," "you will keep my commandments
and not make waves."
True leaders are inspiring because they are
inspired, caught up in a higher purpose,
devoid of personal ambition, idealistic, and
Thy mind, O man! If thou wilt lead a soul
Must stretch as high as the utmost heavens,
and search into and contemplate the darkest
abyss, and the broad expanse of eternity…
…You mind will expand wider and wider, until
you can circumscribe the earth and the
heavens… and contemplate the mighty acts
of Jehovah in all their variety and glory…
Finally- Elder Busche
None of us has enough wisdom, enough
intelligence, enough knowledge, enough skills,
or enough courage, by ourselves, to master
our lives and even succeed in life…
Unless we learn what it means to
surrender ourselves into the
arms of the Lord and be filled with
the Spirit. He wants to
empower us with the gifts that
he promised to give to each of
his disciples who has made sacred
covenants with him.