Monday, December 7, 2015



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        Below this blog read a quote from Rev. Wyrick's highly accalimed 9th book THE SPIRITUAL ARAHAM LINCOLN

   Remember and believe it that “All things turn out for good to those who love God,.” Rom.8:28.

   It was a moment of inspirational genius when Ted Engstrom wrote…

   "Cripple him, and you have a Sir Walter Scott. …….Lock him in a prison cell, and you have a John Bunyan.………Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge, and you have a George Washington. ………..Strike him down with infantile paralysis, and he becomes Franklin Roosevelt. ……….Burn him so severely that the doctors say he'll never walk again, and you have Glenn Cunningham ……-- who set the world's one mile record in 1934…………      Deafen him and you have a Ludwig van Beethoven. ……….Have him or her born black in a society filled with racial discrimination, and you have a Booker T.Washington, a Marian Anderson, a George Washington Carver.…………..

   Call him a slow learner, "retarded," and write him off as uneducable, and you have an Albert Einstein..

   Which is to say… Life is about 20% in what happens to us and 80% in the way we respond to the events.

   Everyone gets discouraged from time to time…it is just that when it happens some folk collapse and others stagger but refuse to fall.

   Do you want to handle your discouragements rather than have them handle you?

   Lift up your eyes toward the stars more often than you look down at dragging feet.

   When blocked in one direction…change your direction….you may find it was better than the direction you were wasting your time on.

   Retreat not from your problem…retreat toward prayer…there is a difference.

   This is what Jesus did.

   Make a thanksgiving list even though you don’t feel like it…otherwise you do nothing but get more discouraged.

   Above all else…don’t resign from life…you have a duty to yourself and those around you and certainly to your God to persevere.

   It isn’t about how difficult it is…it is just that you don't want to join and become a permanent member of the Fraternity of the Fatigued.

   Discouraged?  Remember how discouraged Noah must have gotten during the 120 years it took to build that ark.

   All those animals bellowing and squirming and squealing. And the local populace calling him a crazy man.

   And since nothing is ever built without hitting the thumb with a hammer.

   Lots of patience.

   And Jesus, yes he was the Son of God but also the Son of Man so he could live among us and understand us and be subject to the same emotions as us …

   Jesus being ignored by the reigning church leaders and discouraged by his own disciples when they couldn’t always understand him.

   Lots of patience.

   Hold on!  Never quit. NEVER!  Remember and believe Philippians 4:13 also. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

   There’s something in me that gets excited when I meet someone who deserves to be in a Rocky movie, who accepts the fact that life begins as a blank sheet of paper.

    And before the final writing there has been written a large collection of both joys and sorrows.

   And they have refused to go down.

   Just remember…

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are lows, and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but DON’T QUIT.

   Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he just stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow.
You may succeed with another blow.

   Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worse, that YOU MUST NOT QUIT.

   Indeed let me close with this quote and then repeat it again…

   ” The business of heaven is operating on a divine schedule that is not altered by our impatience. God may sometimes seem slow, but He is never late!

   ” The business of heaven is operating on a divine schedule that is not altered by our impatience. God may sometimes seem slow, but He is never late!



 Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”

~Vince Lombardi~

   Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.

   When faced with a mountain, I will not quit! I will keep on striving until I climb over, find a pass through, tunnel underneath - or simply stay and turn the mountain into a gold mine, with God's help!
Fredrick von Schilier
                A new quote below from Rev. Wyrick's 9th book THE SPIRITUAL ABRAHAM LINCOLN (read the rave reviews below the quote)

Was Lincoln, before he died, overly proud that he had so much to do with the preserving of the Union? 

       It is more likely that he quoted once again words of one of his favorite poets, William Knox, “Oh, why should the spirit of mortal be proud?”

        As he walked the streets of Richmond, Virginia in an unannounced visit after that city had fallen to the North, it was said that he was the man of the people among the people. 

       When an elderly Negro had run toward him shouting praise, Lincoln lifted his hat and bowed, and wiped away a tear or two.


       "Positive, powerful utterances...skillfully enhancing our understanding and appreciation of Lincoln while revealing the Divine source of his strength."

       Lt. Colonel C.A. Olsen (Ret.) Asbury College (Professor Ret.)

       "The Spiritual Abraham Lincoln is an extremely well written book that investigates what might be termed the spiritual side of President Lincoln. It's both scholarly and very readable. I came away impressed at Mr. Wyrick's portrayal of the President and with an altered and enlarged vision of the man:'

       William Hoffman, Award winning fiction writer; author of Blood and Guile, and Wild Thorn

       "Wyrick has authored a wonderful examination of the spirituality of one of American history's most devoutly religious leaders...a pleasant and readable book that has a rich depth of information."

              Maynard Pittendreigh Presbyterian minister

        "When it comes to invoking religion in support of any of their decisions, politicians need to sit at the feet of Abraham Lincoln. Reinhold Niebuhr once called him 'America's greatest theologian.' Why so great? Because he invariably distinguished between human works and the works of the Almighty. As Wyrick says, 'He wore the mantle of humility easily: because he was more impressed with what God was doing in the world than with what he, president of the United States in the midst of an awful crisis, was doing. That is why in his last major speech he distinguished between both human causes in the Civil War and the Almighty's 'own purposes.' Lincoln would have agreed that it is better to leave God-talk out of politics than to decorate human proposals with divinity. This is a book for our American time. Through his careful study of Lincoln's career, Wyrick compels us to remember that piety belongs in politics only when piety transcends politics."

       Dr. Donald W. Shriver

       Emeritus professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Author of An Ethic for Enemies: Forgiveness in Politics

        "V. Neil Wyrick's fine work allows the reader to appreciate Abraham Lincoln's Christian commitment and his prophetic role in American history. Should have a wide readership."

       James H. Smylie Professor of Church History (Ret.) Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia

       "Neil Wyrick's The Spiritual Abraham Lincoln should be read by anyone attempting to understand the man who was probably the most complex person to ever hold the office of president of the United States. Dr. Wyrick is intent on demonstrating that the spirituality so often expressed in Lincoln's writings and speeches was not merely lip service to a Deity, but rather expressions of a profound faith in a real God. It was this faith that provided the wisdom, compassion, insight and sometimes steel that Lincoln would need in full measure as he led the United States through the Civil War. Dr. Wyrick's clear and unpretentious style of presentation is very much in keeping with the character ofhis subject, and in so doing, Wyrick makes his point very well that Lincoln, his beliefs, and the faith that formed them, are as relevant to a troubled America in 2004 as they were in 1863."

       Daniel Allen Butler, author of "Unsinkable"; The Full Story of the RMS Titanic, The Lusitania and The Age o f Cunard


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