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worship LISTINGS SPECIAL AD VER TISING SECTION to advertise call 214.560.4203 CHECK THIS OUT! Enthusiasm can change the world At the checkout counter of an Oak Cliff grocery store, I watched as pleasant but subdued shoppers marched forward and placed their items on the conveyer belt. It would have been unmemorable except for the constant commentary offered by the one scanning and bagging: “Ooh, this looks really good! I was going to buy some, too, before I go home after work. ” “These flowers are beautiful! She’s go-ing to love them. Got a date tonight?” “I am so addicted to this stuff. I eat it ev-ery morning on my toast. ” I could see the difference her tone and posture made. Smiles emerged on forlorn faces and no one was bothered by the wait. She reminded me that every kind of work carries the possibility of making the lives of others better. The difference? Enthusiasm. Enthusiasm can make a dull work glow, an office come to life, a cause pulse with the possibility of success. I’m concerned that cynicism is on the rise. People often express cynicism about politics, about the environment, about so-cietal challenges such as racial division and about their own lives. The word “cool” could mark these personalities — neither hot nor cold, neither expectant for a better day nor willing to give in to despair. They have dreams, but they don’t pursue them with passion for fear of failure or disap-pointment. But Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Noth-ing great was ever achieved without enthu-siasm. ” The word enthusiasm springs from a di-vine origin. The Greek enthus means ‘pos-sessed by a god, inspired’ with the root word theos, or ‘god’, at its heart. Enthusi-asm could be translated the God inside. An enthusiastic person was believed to house the indwelling Spirit of God. The word athe-ist shares the same root but carries the op-posite meaning. Of course, many atheists live with much passion and vitality, accom-plishing great things on behalf of others. The word no longer speaks only to a Spirit-filled reality, but instead of a zest for life and energy toward a cause. But we all crave that dynamic, full, abun-dant life. We all would say that enthusiasm BAPTIST CLIFF TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH / 125 Sunset Ave. / 214.942.8601 Serving Oak Cliff since 1899 / CliffTemple.org English and Spanish / 9:30 am Sunday School / 10:45 am Worship GRACE TEMPLE BAPTIST MULTI-CULTURAL CHURCH Sunday Worship: English Service 9:30 am / Spanish Service 11:00 am 831 W. Tenth St. / 214.948.7587 / gracetempledallas.org CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS MINISTRY CONFERENCE / udallas.edu/udmc October 22-24, 2015 / Sponsored by Catholic Diocese of Dallas Sessions on Faith, Scripture, & Ministry / Exhibitors / Music / Mass “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” DISCIPLES OF CHRIST EAST DALLAS CHRISTIAN CHURCH / 629 N. Peak Street / 214.824.8185 Sunday School 9:30 am / Worship 8:30 am -Chapel 10:50 am -Sanctuary / Rev. Deborah Morgan-Stokes / edcc.org NON-DENOMINATIONAL KESSLER COMMUNITY CHURCH / 2100 Leander Dr. at Hampton Rd. “Your Hometown Church Near the Heart of the City.” 10:30 am Contemporary Service / kesslercommunitychurch.com is better than apathy, indifference and the ordinary, dull march of mediocrity. So how’s your level of enthusiasm? Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote ex-tensively on the power of positive think-ing, said that, “Enthusiasm can be aroused by two things: first, an ideal that captures your imagination by storm, and second, a definite, workable plan to put that ideal into practice. ” Essentially, enthusiasm needs a source. It’s something that is stirred and sustained inside of you, but not something that is self-generated. As an artist needs a muse, enthusiasm needs an ideal. An ideal with-out a plan will only lead to disappointment and disillusionment. But an ideal with a plan, infused with enthusiasm, can change the world. Those who live with enthusiasm seem to understand that the secret of a full life is found in embracing each day with vigor, believing that they can overcome challeng-es, and enjoying every minute of it. PRESBYTERIAN OAK CLIFF PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH / 6000 S. Hampton Road Sunday Worship at 9:30 am & 11:05 am 214-339-2211 / www.ocpres.com MORE THAN A MAGAZINE Brent McDougal is pastor of Cliff Temple Baptist Church. The Worship section is a regular feature underwritten by Advocate Publishing and by the neighborhood business people and churches listed on these pages. For information about helping support the Worship section, call 214.560.4202. ADVOCATEMAG.COM/NEWMEDIA JULY 2015 oakc lif f.advocatemag.com 29

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CHECK THIS OUT!

Enthusiasm can change the world

At the checkout counter of an Oak Cliff grocery store, I watched as pleasant but subdued shoppers marched forward and placed their items on the conveyer belt. It would have been unmemorable except for the constant commentary offered by the one scanning and bagging:

“Ooh, this looks really good! I was going to buy some, too, before I go home after work.”

“These flowers are beautiful! She’s going to love them. Got a date tonight?”

“I am so addicted to this stuff. I eat it every morning on my toast.”

I could see the difference her tone and posture made. Smiles emerged on forlorn faces and no one was bothered by the wait. She reminded me that every kind of work carries the possibility of making the lives of others better.

The difference? Enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm can make a dull work glow, an office come to life, a cause pulse with the possibility of success.

I’m concerned that cynicism is on the rise. People often express cynicism about politics, about the environment, about societal challenges such as racial division and about their own lives. The word “cool” could mark these personalities — neither hot nor cold, neither expectant for a better day nor willing to give in to despair. They have dreams, but they don’t pursue them with passion for fear of failure or disappointment.

But Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

The word enthusiasm springs from a divine origin. The Greek enthus means ‘possessed by a god, inspired’ with the root word theos, or ‘god’, at its heart. Enthusiasm could be translated the God inside. An enthusiastic person was believed to house the indwelling Spirit of God. The word atheist shares the same root but carries the opposite meaning. Of course, many atheists live with much passion and vitality, accomplishing great things on behalf of others. The word no longer speaks only to a Spirit-filled reality, but instead of a zest for life and energy toward a cause.

But we all crave that dynamic, full, abundant life. We all would say that enthusiasm is better than apathy, indifference and the ordinary, dull march of mediocrity.

So how’s your level of enthusiasm?

Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote extensively on the power of positive thinking, said that, “Enthusiasm can be aroused by two things: first, an ideal that captures your imagination by storm, and second, a definite, workable plan to put that ideal into practice.”

Essentially, enthusiasm needs a source. It’s something that is stirred and sustained inside of you, but not something that is self-generated. As an artist needs a muse, enthusiasm needs an ideal. An ideal without a plan will only lead to disappointment and disillusionment. But an ideal with a plan, infused with enthusiasm, can change the world.

Those who live with enthusiasm seem to understand that the secret of a full life is found in embracing each day with vigor, believing that they can overcome challenges, and enjoying every minute of it.

Brent McDougal is pastor of Cliff Temple Baptist Church. The Worship section is a regular feature underwritten by Advocate Publishing and by the neighborhood business people and churches listed on these pages. For information about helping support the Worship section, call 214.560.4202.

BAPTIST

CLIFF TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH / 125 Sunset Ave. / 214.942.8601
Serving Oak Cliff since 1899 / CliffTemple.org
English and Spanish / 9:30 am Sunday School / 10:45 am Worship

GRACE TEMPLE BAPTIST MULTI-CULTURAL CHURCH
Sunday Worship: English Service 9:30 am / Spanish Service 11:00 am
831 W. Tenth St. / 214.948.7587 / gracetempledallas.org

CATHOLIC

UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS MINISTRY CONFERENCE / udallas.edu/udmc
October 22-24, 2015 / Sponsored by Catholic Diocese of Dallas
Sessions on Faith, Scripture, & Ministry / Exhibitors / Music / Mass

DISCIPLES OF CHRIST

EAST DALLAS CHRISTIAN CHURCH / 629 N. Peak Street / 214.824.8185
Sunday School 9:30 am / Worship 8:30 am - Chapel
10:50 am - Sanctuary / Rev. Deborah Morgan-Stokes / edcc.org

NON-DENOMINATIONAL

KESSLER COMMUNITY CHURCH / 2100 Leander Dr. at Hampton Rd.
“Your Hometown Church Near the Heart of the City.”
10:30 am Contemporary Service / kesslercommunitychurch.com

PRESBYTERIAN

OAK CLIFF PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH / 6000 S. Hampton Road
Sunday Worship at 9:30 am & 11:05 am
214-339-2211 / www.ocpres.com

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