Posts Tagged ‘influence’



   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Back in 1990, Cable television’s Ted Turner, who has condemned abortion foes as “bozos” who “look like idiots,” lashed out at Christianity. “Christianity is a religion of losers,” Turner told the Dallas Morning News. Referring to Christ’s death on the cross, Turner said, “I don’t want anybody to die for me. I’ve had a few drinks and a few girlfriends, and if that’s gonna put me in hell, then so be it.” Turner also told a group of broadcasters, “Your delegates to the United Nations are not as important as the people [broadcasters] in this room. We are the ones who determine what the people’s attitudes are. It’s in our hands.”

What do you think? After ten years, do you think broadcasters have the say on attitudes in America?

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Ever questioned your influence? Think you don’t matter? Consider these amazing facts from real life history:

In 1645, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.
In 1649, one vote caused Charles I of England to be executed.
In 1776, one vote gave America the English language instead of German.
In 1845, one vote brought Texas into the Union.
In 1868, one vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.
In 1875, one vote changed France from a monarchy to a republic.
In 1876, one vote gave Rutherford B. Hayes the presidency of the United States.
In 1923, one vote gave Adolf Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party.
In 1941, one vote saved the Selective Service – just weeks before Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Your one vote may not seem like much, but it matters. So vote with your actions and let’s change the world.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

I remember the date well: February 9, 1964. The Beatles were performing on The Ed Sullivan Show. My classmates had talked it up all week long. My parents could not understand why it was so important that I tuned in to this show, which meant they had to miss their regular show, nor could they understand what was so impressive about The Beatles.

I was captivated with each of the five songs they sang, as were the record 73,ooo,ooo viewers that night. I immediately decided to join my classmates in growing my hair longer, much to my conservative Dad’s frustration. I would have joined one of the garage bands springing up, but music was not my thing.

But America was learning an important lesson about the power of influence. Years later, I still seek that power of influence in my Christian walk. How can I motivate others to discover what I have learned? How can my life impact the life of others? How can my example challenge others to walk down the same path?

Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses it flavor, how shall it be seasoned?” (Matthew 5:13).

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in WORK OF AN EVANGELIST

A Sunday school teacher named Edward Kimball wasn’t always sure his life had much consequence. In 1858, he at least was able to lead a shoe clerk to Christ. The clerk, Dwight L. Moody, became an evangelist, and in 1879 Moody awakened an evangelistic zeal in the heart of F. B. Meyer, the pastor of a small church in New England. Meyer, preaching on a college campus, won a student named J. Wilbur Chapman to Christ.

While Chapman was engaged in YMCA work, he employed a former baseball player named Billy Sunday to help with evangelistic meetings. Sunday held a series of services in the Charlotte, N. C. area, and a group of local men were so enthused by the meetings that they planned another campaign. This time they brought preacher Mordecai F. Ham to town.

During one of his meetings, a young man named Billy Graham yielded his life to Christ. Since then, millions have heard the gospel through Graham’s ministry. Kimball had started quite a ripple effect!

Go ahead, start a ripple effect of your own.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Casting Out Cancer

While I spent time developing a sermon series for January, Anita, Jenny and Lauren set up a Christmas tree in the living room yesterday. Its a little early, but we’ve brought Christmas gifts along and will be opening them before we leave.

My granddaughter Lauren is now a 5-year old dishwater blonde who attends pre-school at a Baptist Church two days a week. She has a daily chore list posted on the pantry door and appears to be very responsible. As a typical little girl, she learns from every thing she sees. While setting up Christmas decorations, we heard her exclaim, “Oh, how romantic!” We wondered how a 5-year old picked a phrase like that up.

Later she wanted us to watch a DVD with her on the cartoon story of The Twelve Princesses. In that story we heard one of the 12 princesses say, “Oh, how romantic!” That illustrates the importance of the influence of TV on impressionable little kids, and how important it is for parents to screen what they see and hear.

What do you think? Agree or disagree? Why or why not?

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