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Why Leadership is Tied to Freedom

kristopher-roller-188180-cropped.jpgOn the 4th of July, American’s will once again celebrate our nation’s birthday. The freedom we blindly take for granted today was the result of stand-on-the-edge-of-the-cliff, all-in, leadership. For these courageous men, failure was not an option. When they concluded the Declaration of Independence as shown below, they demonstrated that they understood and embraced the gravity of the path before them. Our founding fathers took the final leap with their eyes wide open believing their cause was worth everything…

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

~The Declaration of Independence

We are blessed with free speech, yet some would corrupt it and use it as a weapon of hate to shout down those who might not agree. We have fake news and bias so prevalent that it has become difficult to know who to trust in the media. We see hate that comes from leaders corrupting a cause and devolving their followers into a weapon of destruction. We know community organizers rally those who buy into a promise of something in it for them to the detriment of others.

Shared Judeo-Christian values brought us together to become a nation. These values were rooted in the 10 Commandments and interwoven throughout our judicial system. Respect for life, honesty, integrity, self-control and respecting the rights and property of others aren’t in opposition to other religions. Everyone has the freedom to worship as their conscience guides them. But, without the strong threads of common social values to bind us together, we’re at risk of tearing apart the fabric of our nation.

As leaders of our businesses, communities, churches, mosques and families, do we fully appreciate the precious gift of freedom that we were given? Freedom begins with equality under the law. However, beyond that there is a higher calling to do what’s morally right because these are the values that made us a great nation. It takes real leadership to stand up and consistently do the right thing, not only for yourself, but for your country.

Our nation’s leaders must also take this to heart. When they act without integrity, respect for others, violate the law, lie or fail to represent their constituency, they’re also tearing us apart. When we fail to hold them accountable, allow them to make some groups more equal than others or buy into the WIIFM (what’s in it for me) mindset, we accelerate the destruction of our national heritage and our freedom.

Today we once again stand on the edge of the cliff waiting to see if we can once again find common ground to bind us together. Every person that has the privilege to call themselves a citizen of our nation carries a responsibility to remember what brought us together in 1776 and exemplify our American values.

Would you pledge your life, your fortune and your sacred honor to uphold the values that make America work? If so, please share this article.

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Founded On The Rock

The left and the right have different approaches to the question of what is our responsibility to the poor.  Both sides agree that sometimes we need to help our neighbors. What we can’t agree on how is that should be accomplished.

The left would create an ever-expanding welfare state that will help the poor and redistribute the wealth.  The right believes that charity should come from the individual.  In both cases, wealth changes hands, the difference lies in the freedom of choice in making that sacrifice.  Sacrifice only has moral value when we alone are free to make that choice.  So, if government takes and gives to the poor, the choice to honor God with our substance is limited more and more as taxes turn into theft as the tax rate steadily increases.

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. -Proverbs 19:17 (ESV)

When charity becomes an entitlement, the government not only enslaves the taxpayer through the wealth redistribution schemes, but also the recipient as they join others on the governmental plantation.

It is no wonder that America is steadily losing ground on the world stage. The welfare state dependent mentality sucks all creativity out of the community as it’s grip tightens to maintain control of the sheep.  We The Sheeple have been led down the road toward a collectivist state, waiting to be told what to think and what to do so that we don’t disturb the security bought through compliance.

We The People are so much more than sheep. We built this nation on a foundation of rock, not of sand.

46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? 47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. [3] 49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:46-49 (ESV)

The ruin of the house that is America will indeed be great if We The People don’t heed the words of the Lord and of our Founders.  Our nation was built by men of great faith and principles. They honored God in their words and deeds.  They knew that it was only with the hand Divine Providence that would allow them to prevail against the odds.  We The People must turn again to Divine Providence for guidance to help us find our way back from the brink of self-destruction.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. – The Declaration of Independence

It’s time to return to our foundation on the rock and trust that Divine Providence can rebuild our unity so that once again we are un-hyphenated Americans joining together to repair that crumbling foundation lest it disintegrate into sand…

God Bless America!

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Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado

Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference

Max Lucado, in is usual down to earth style, has  challenged believers to Out Live Your Life.

We are given a choice…an opportunity to make a big difference during a difficult time. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope?

He uses inspiring stories to bring us to the understanding that regular people, like you and me, can be used by God for his purpose.

God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.

Max Lucado peppers each chapter with biblical examples and scripture to help the reader grasp the reality that God can and will do extraordinary things through ordinary people.

Each of us has a built in set of assumption that we use to view the world we live in.  Lucado makes the reader face head-on their prejudices with pointed examples and more scripture.

And us? We are still pondering … “God has shown me that He doesn’t think anyone is unclean or unfit.”

This was particularly stinging for me. Even though I try never to judge a book by its cover, we all find ourselves making assumptions about people because of their labels: biker, divorced, fat or homeless. How often are we wrong?

Labels relieve us of responsibility. Pigeonholing permits us to wash our hands and leave.

You will not be able to sit comfortably by after reading Out Live Your Life if you have allowed any part of this book to soak in.

I recommend this book for anyone who has ever wondered “Why am I here?”. For those who are interested, it even has a discussion and action guide at the end.

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The Butterfly Effect

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Like ripples in a pond, every decision man makes has far reaching and unimaginable consequences. In his book, The Butterfly Effect, Andy Andrews illuminates the significance that a simple act of kindness can have in the course of human history. Andrews masterfully weaves a series of historical events, which until this telling seemed totally unrelated, into a powerful tale that will inspire everyone to be courageous and wise in the course of their otherwise ordinary lives.

A butterfly flapping its wings in South America can affect the weather conditions in Central Park. ~Edward Lorenz 1963

Andy Andrews’ ability to touch hearts and transform lives with his words, just as he did in The Noticer, challenges each of us to be more than the circumstances we find ourselves in. Ultimately, he brings the reader to the realization that every action and every decision matters.

I highly recommend this book. I believe that many people will be forever changed once the significance of the tale sinks in. How your life matters is subject to the consequences of each decision or action that spread out like ripples in a pond. The Butterfly Effect would also make an excellent gift.

God Bless America!

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Book Review: What Difference Do It Make?

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By: Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent

When Ron Hall and Denver Moore set out to share Deborah’s enormous faith and love for the homeless in Same Kind of Different as Me, the preceding book, they couldn’t imagine what impact that would have on the many readers.  What Difference Do It Make? is filled with the stories of the many people who were touched and inspired by it.  As word of mouth spread about their first book, Ron and Denver traveled around the country encouraging people to get involved because one person can indeed make a difference.  Eventually, Ron and Denver had many stories of people who were led to do extraordinary things after reading about Deborah Hall.

What Difference Do It Make? is a collection of some of those amazing ways that ordinary people reached out to the homeless.  It is also the story of Ron’s journey through the unimaginable grief of a man who lost his beloved wife.  Denver shares the story of how he ended up homeless and hopeless in a down to earth manner.  Peppered throughout Ron and Denver’s journey, is the fruit that Deborah’s unconditional love bore as she lived her faith in action for the homeless.  This book will dispel any doubt that God moves in America today.  I highly recommend reading this book.


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Book Review – Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

Jesus Calling coverSarah Young’s Jesus Calling: Devotions for Every Day of the Year has been such a blessing to me as I read through it.  In it is the gift of her time spent quietly sitting in God’s presence and then writing about it in her prayer journal.  The depth of intimacy shared on these pages draw the reader in to seek His presence.

I have been uplifted, encouraged, emboldened and comforted by my own journey through these pages.  At times, I have spent the entire rest of the day, in the midst of my own busyness, contemplating the message that touched me.

Each day is presented as a direct message from Jesus.  The scripture references keep it Biblical and let the reader dig deeper if they want even more.  I know you will want more and more as you delve into this rich encounter with Jesus.  I have found Jesus on these pages.  I highly recommend this daily devotional as a wonderful way to get drawn deeper into your faith.


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Book Review: Fearless by Max Lucado

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In his new book Fearless, Max Lucado systematically takes on every form fear takes in our world today.  Though the pages are filled with the very real worries ordinary people face this book is all about the hope we find as followers of Christ.

Jesus got into a boat, and his followers went with him.  A great storm arose on the lake so that waves covered the boat. (Matt 8:23-24 NCV)

In his down to earth style, Max vocalizes the thoughts running through the minds of many who finally realize that being a follower of Christ doesn’t guarantee a life without turmoil.

Wouldn’t you hope for a more chipper second sentence, a happier consequence of obedience?

There are storms in this life, that is a given, but the message that Jesus doesn’t want us to be afraid is clear.  Max Lucado uses biblical passages to give substance to Jesus’ message to “fear not.”

Real courage embraces the twin realities of current difficulty and ultimate triumph.  Yes, life stinks.  But, it won’t forever.  As one of my friends likes to say, “Everything will work out in the end.  If its not working out, its not the end.”

Having Christ’s perspective gives that solid rock on which to build a life of freedom from the gloom that can easily overtake and paralyze its victims.  The circumstances we all face today can make even the bravest of us all succumb to fear.  It’s nice to know that Jesus is with us every step of the way.  I strongly recommend to everyone, whether or not you live in fear, to let the light of hope shine through the pages of Fearless.

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