Posts Tagged ‘Truth’

Bait and switch

Bait and Switch. You heard the phrase, but what does it mean? Webster defines the phrase as “the ploy of offering a person something desirable to gain favor (such as political support) then thwarting expectations with something less desirable.” When you’re told one thing, but are delivered something else, you feel “used” or worse –…

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When character is lost

Billy Graham said many profound things, but among them was this statement, “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.”   Why is it that character plays such a huge part in leadership? Character is fundamental to effective leadership because good character builds…

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Sincerity

Sincerity is a good thing. It often speaks of character and moral fiber. When you speak, it’s important to speak with authenticity. Being “real” and genuine is huge. No question about it. But there’s a caution. Sincerity does not equal truth. Some of the greatest communicators of all time have spoken with sincerity and they…

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Science and the Bible

The Bible is the most amazing book on the planet. Many of you reading this blog may be aware of the uniqueness of the Scriptures. Josh McDowell and Lee Strobel have written extensively about its historicity and veracity. But I’d like to share a different thought. My undergraduate degree was in science. So, when I…

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Bold proclamation

I’ve been fortunate to travel to India five times. Each time I come back to the United States, I return with fresh insights. They often come as a result of looking at the world through a different “lens”. Mission trips have a way of doing that. Most recently, my observations didn’t come from my eyes,…

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Integrity

Integrity. What does it mean? Google defines it as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” It is the thing you want for others. It is what you want for your family, your kids, and your grandkids. You want it for your company. There is no question about this. I’m…

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Book titles

Did you know that books in the United States can have the same title, even though they are different books with different authors and different content? In other words, titles cannot be copyrighted. Therefore, two or more books can have the same title. That was a little factoid I didn’t know. Here’s how I found this out. I…

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History repeats itself

Maybe you’ve heard the phrase, “History repeats itself.” That phrase originally is attributed to George Santayana in 1905. What he actually writes in the book Reason for Common Sense is “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it!”. In a 1948 speech to the House of Commons, Winston Churchill changed the quote slightly when he said “those who fail…

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Active Ignorance

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman in the 1800s. I ran across this quotation from him that sparked some interesting thinking especially in light of the tumultuous days we’re living in. He said, “There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance.” Active ignorance implies taking something into your mind, and actively using, information that is…

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Zombies?

It used to be hard to talk to someone about the reality of the resurrection. Someone who was thoroughly dead being brought back to life. But maybe not so much anymore. My wife teaches the little kiddos in Sunday school. She was explaining the resurrection of Jesus to the kids. Knowing my wife, she was…

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Road less traveled

In elementary school, we had a section of my English class that was devoted to the “classics”, especially poetry. One of those “classics” was a poem by Robert Frost called “The Road Not Taken”.It begins, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both.” It ends, “I took the one…

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Time

Time is the great equalizer. At least, that’s what people say. What does that mean? To put it succinctly, it doesn’t matter how rich or successful you are…how old or young–everyone gets only 168 hours each week. Period. You can’t buy more time, but you can give your available hours away. When we do that…

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Don’t hide

One must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true. Albert Einstein The Bible clearly says, “There is no God.” Really? It’s true. This statement comes from Psalm 14:1. How could the Bible, which is all about God, say that there is no God? Does that rattle your faith? What’s the…

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Nothing but the truth

I don’t want to get particularly political, but we do live in an age where news sources may or may not be reliable. I might not use the term “fake” news, but the reality is the line between fact based journalism and opinion pieces are harder and harder to tell apart. How might one define…

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The Great Debaters

Hollywood doesn’t often communicate values that I embrace. But, the movie, The Great Debaters, was a refreshing release back in 2007. It is based on an article written about the Wiley College debate team by Tony Scherman. It’s the true story of a debate coach, Melvin B. Tolson from a historically black college and his efforts to place…

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Real Justice

The Bible is living, staying relevant to each generation. There is a passage in Isaiah that cuts through rhetoric, arguments, politics, the religious talk and “Christian-ese” and gets to the heart of a critical issue. Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness,…

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The Truth

One of my mentors through the years used to say, “Don’t check your brain at the door.” That was his way of saying, “Use your head. Don’t do things arbitrarily.” “Have a reason for everything you do.” I’ve tried to take it to heart, some days are better than others. But, living life on purpose…

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JUSTICE AND WHOLENESS – Issues of Integrity

Justice in its deepest meaning involves making people whole, by keeping goodness and impartiality. In the book of James, it’s defined as the center of true religion.  He says it’s the kind of “religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and…

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LYING – Issues of Integrity

Ever see the movie, “Liar, Liar”? Sure you did. This guy, by a twist of fate, is compelled to tell the truth, no matter what. No white lies, nothing. Sounds laughable. Why’d we laugh?  Because we’ve all been there at one time or another. A time when a lie just slips out.  Some people couldn’t…

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TRUTH AND PEER PRESSURE – Issues of Integrity

How to Combat the lie of Peer Pressure What causes so many of us to believe that we must have everyone’s love and approval? This is the mantra of today’s junior high and high school campuses, and it’s a conversation we have with our kids more and more often. “Nobody loves me, nobody cares…mom, dad you…

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