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3 “Everything has been figured out, except how to live.” ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

4 “We have achieved more, created more, conquered more, and realized more than anyone in the history of the world could have ever imagined. And yet, for many of us, there remains a longing within. How can this be? How can we have so much and still be wanting?” ~ Michael Schut

5 “Lasting change happens when people see for themselves that a different way of life is more fulfilling than their present one.” ~ Eknath Easwaran

6 “A new philosophy, a new way of life, is not given for nothing. It has to be paid dearly for and only acquired with much patience and great effort.” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

7 “Vision without action remains only a daydream.” ~ Dr. Gary Buffone, Psychologist

8 “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

9 “In order to seek one’s own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life.” ~ Plato

10 “Simplicity is the only thing that sufficiently reorients our lives so that possessions can be genuinely enjoyed without destroying us.” ~ Richard J. Foster

11 “Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.” ~ Plato

12 “O, how amiable this simplicity is! Who will give it to me? I leave all for this. It is the pearl of the Gospel.” ~ Francois Fenelon

13 “Followers of Jesus aren’t called to seek life for themselves. They are called to lose it.” ~ Christine and Tom Sine

14 “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” ~ Albert Einstein

15 “Our gifts are on loan. We are responsible for spending them in the world and we will be held accountable.” ~ Elizabeth O’Connor

16 “The call to follow Christ was an invitation to a whole-life faith that was profoundly counter-cultural both then and now.” ~ Christine and Tom Sine

17 “Materialism is Western culture’s implicit religion – that is, its core value system that significantly shapes its overall orientation.” ~ Michael Shut

18 “But I fear that you will somehow be led away from your pure and simple devotion to Christ, just as Eve was deceived by the serpent.” ~ 2 Corinthians 11:3 (NLT)

19 PROGRESSDifferentiationOver-choiceSTRESS

20 “In the next twenty-five years, the world’s system will produce more goods than all of previous history of the world combined.” ~ Barry Asmus, Economist

21 “Affluenza” The dis-ease of having too much stuff.

22 “Keeping the average family discontent is vital to our economic system. In order to lure me to buy more products, an advertiser must create a dissatisfaction for what I have – or a nagging desire for what I don’t need.” ~ Tim Kimmel ~ Tim Kimmel

23 “Cultural Hijacking” The process of allowing our society’s dominant traits and values to determine our destination.

24 * TRANSCENDENT VISION * Our Sense Of Mission DEATH AS MOTIVATION Our Daily & Weekly Lifestyle Routines * ACCOUNTABLE COMMUNITY *

25 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God--what is good and acceptable and perfect.” ~ Romans 12:1-2 (NRSV)

26 The Meeting House Mission Statement To honour God by proclaiming the irreligious message of Jesus and fostering communities of fully committed followers of Christ.

27 “The cross is the surest, truest, and deepest window on the very heart and character of the living and loving God.” ~ N. T. Wright

28 “The best way to change is to ask yourself what you’d do if your days were numbered.” ~ Dr. Gary Buffone, Psychologist

29 “We don’t have time, my friend, that is the misfortune of human beings. Focus your attention on the link between you and your death without remorse or sadness or worrying. Focus your attention on the fact that you don’t have time and let your acts flow accordingly. Let each of your acts be your last battle on earth. Only under those conditions will your acts have their rightful power. Otherwise they will be, for as long as you live, the acts of a timid man.” ~ Carlos Casteneda

30 “It is the denial of death that is partially responsible for people living empty, purposeless lives; for when you live as if you’ll live forever, it becomes too easy to postpone the things you know you must do.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Psychiatrist

31 “I have formed the habit of having death continually present, not merely in my imagination, but in my mouth. … He who would teach men to die would teach them to live.” ~ Michele de Montaigne, Philosopher

32 “Nothing builds perspective more than dying.” ~ Dr. Gary Buffone, Psychologist

33 “Rehearse death. To say this is to tell a person to rehearse his freedom. A person who had learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.” ~ Seneca

34 “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?” ~ Luke 9:23-25 (NRSV)

35 “I die every day!” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:31 (NRSV)

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