Wise Insights for All of Us to Think Upon

Action

“Action is the proper fruit of knowledge.”
(M.D. Thomas Fuller)

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“Always use objective fact & subjective insight
in applying application to anything.”
(Brent Bolin)

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“There are five things that
you cannot recover in life:

The Stone………..after it’s thrown
The Word……………after it’s said
The Occasion……after it’s missed
The Time………….after it’s gone
A person……………after they die”

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The Bible

“The Bible is such a book, as man could not
write if he would, & would not write if he could.”

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“The New Testament is concealed in the Old,
and the Old is revealed in the New”

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“The Bible: in the old the new is concealed,
in the new the old is revealed.”

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“The Bible: in the old the new is contained,
in the new the old is explained.”

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“An apparent Biblical contradiction is the
Holy Spirit’s way of getting the reader’s
attention so as to point out a hidden deep truth,
which must be examined at great
expense, in order to discover the precious
faith building treasure it contains.”

(Brent Bolin)

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“To most Christians, the Bible is like a software
license. Nobody actually reads it.
They just scroll to the bottom and click ‘I agree.'”

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“This book contains the mind of God, the
state of man, the way of salvation,
the doom of sinners and that happiness
of believers. Its doctrines are holy,
its precepts are binding, its histories are true,
and its decisions are immutable.
Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe
and practice it to be holy.
It contains light to direct you, food to
support you and comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveler’s map, the Pilgrim’s staff,
the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword
and the Christian’s character. Here
paradise is restored, heaven opened and
the gates of hell disclosed.
Christ is its grand object,
our good is its design and
the glory of God its end.
It should fill the memory, rule the heart,
and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently,
and prayerfully.  It is given to you in life
and it will be opened in the judgment and
will be remembered forever.
It involves the highest responsibility,
will reward the greatest labor,
and will
condemn all who trifle
with its sacred contents.”

(Author unknown)

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Character & Integrity

“Character is what you do when no one is looking”

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“Character is easier kept, than recovered”

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“Character is when Godly wisdom
(Psa. 111:10) is added to Integrity.”

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“Integrity is free, but not cheap.”
(Brent Bolin)

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“Adversity doesn’t necessarily build character,
but it does display it”

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“Adversity is necessary to build faith,
as well as display it”

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“Spiritually speaking; tribulation in the form
of trials is necessary for the growth of faith”

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“Integrity is when all the parts of something
are congruent with the whole.”

(Carrie Bolin)

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“Integrity is when belief is combined with the
discipline necessary to practice the belief”

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“People don’t care how much you know, until
they know how much you care.”

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“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find that
the harder I work the more of it I have.”

(Thomas Jefferson)

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“You cannot reach tenacity, until you pass
endurance, and approach exhaustion.”

(Brent Bolin)

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“A great man neither trembles before a king,
nor tramples on a worm.”

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“Hard work beats talent
when talent doesn’t work hard”

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“The difference between
‘involvement’ and ‘commitment’
is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast:
the chicken was ‘involved’ –
the pig was ‘committed’.”

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The Lack of Character & Integrity

“The key is sincerity,
once you learn to fake that,
you have it made.”

(Movie studio executive)

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“Nothing does so much harm as good intentions”

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“What one generation tolerates,
the next generation embraces”

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“When a well-packaged web of lies has been
sold gradually to the masses over generations,
the truth will seem utterly preposterous
and its speaker a raving lunatic”

(Dresden James)

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“Gossip is vice enjoyed vicariously.”

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”A secret is something
you tell one person at a time.”

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“Socialism is the exploitation of the
productive by the unaccountable.”

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“Blaming the prince of the fools, should not
blind anyone to the vast confederacy of
fools that made him their prince”

(Czech Republic Newspaper Prager Zeitung)

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Christianity

Christian idolatry
can be seen when believers:
worship their work,
work at their play,
and play at their worship.”

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Christianity began
in Judea as a community,
was taught in Greece as a philosophy,
was conducted in Rome as an institution,
permeated Europe as a culture,
in America became a lifestyle,
which today has turned into a business.”

(Brent Bolin)

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Christianity began
as a company of lay witnesses,
that has became a
professional troop of performers,
financed by lay spectators.”

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“Faith is not intelligent understanding,
faith is deliberate commitment
to a Person where I see no way.”

(Oswald Chambers)

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“Without Him, we can’t; without us, He won’t.”

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When asked about the dangers
facing the Christian church
 (in the 1900’s),
William Booth replied,

“I consider that the chief dangers
which confront the coming century
will be religion without the Holy Ghost;
Christianity without Christ; forgiveness
without repentance;
salvation without regeneration;
politics without God;
and Heaven without Hell.”

(William Booth)

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Courage

“Courage is doing it scared.”

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“Courage is not the absence of fear;
it is action in spite of it.”

(Brent Bolin)

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“Courage is not the absence of fear,
but rather the judgment that something
else is more important than fear.”

(Ambrose Red Moon)

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Destiny

“Sometimes a man can meet his destiny
on the road he took to avoid it”

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Discretion

“There is a principle which is a bar
against all information,
which is proof against all arguments,
and which cannot fail to keep a man
in everlasting ignorance –
That principle is contempt
prior to investigation.”
(William Paley)

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“Sometimes in life
the hardest thing to know is which
bridge to cross
and which bridge to burn”

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“Good judgment comes from experience,
& experience comes from bad judgment.”

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“When it comes to making
very serious decisions,
if there is any doubt
– there is no doubt.”

(…that IT is wrong)

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“Once you eliminate the impossible,
whatever remains,
no matter how improbable,
must be the truth.”
Sherlock Holmes
(by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859-1930)

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“You reap what you sow,
but you usually
reap it in another season.”

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“Some lessons will not be explained
while you are going through them,
which is a hard lesson to learn,
until after they are over.”

(Brent Bolin)

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“Doing ‘anything’ for the right reason
is not good enough;
it is only in doing the right
thing for the right reason,
and doing it the right
way that is acceptable.
Yet, even more
than
this is doing it based
exclusively
upon God’s Word.”
(Brent Bolin)

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“Expediency & practicality are
no excuse for compromise,
no matter how sincere the motive.”

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“It has been wisely said,
that many times it is
difficult, if not
impossible to understand
the appropriate answer,
unless you know what
the right question is.”

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“Those who cannot learn from history
are doomed to repeat it.”

(George Santayana)

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“History teaches us that man
learns nothing from history.”
(German Philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel)

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“If history teaches us anything,
it teaches us that self-delusion in the face
of unpleasant facts is folly.”
 (Ronald Reagan)

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“Insanity is doing the same thing over and
over again and expecting a different result.”

(Eva May Brown)

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“The definition of insanity
is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results”.
(Albert Einstein)

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“Everything should be
as simple as it can be,
but not simpler”

(Albert Einstein – “A scientist’s defense
of art and knowledge – of lightness,
completeness and accuracy.”)

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“It can scarcely be denied that the
supreme goal of all theory
is to make the irreducible basic
elements as simple and
as few as possible without
having to surrender the
adequate representation
of a single datum of experience.”
(Alice Calaprice)

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“Don’t let the tyranny of the urgent, preempt
what is most important, the priority.”
(Chuck Missler)

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“You are still wrong
if you achieve a right conclusion
based on a wrong hypothesis.”

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Denial can be defined as,
Don’t Even kNow I’m Lying
to myself.”

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“The worst mistake a Christian can make
is to substitute their will for God’s.”

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clip_image001Knowledge + Understanding
= Wisdom.

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Objective Fact + Subjective Insight
= Application of Both.

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“What we have to do is so important,
that we must do it slowly.”

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“A man convinced against his will
is of the same opinion still.”
(William Shakespeare)

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“How many men have climbed
the ladder of success
only to find out
at the
end of their lives that the
ladder was leaning
against the wrong wall.”

(Chuck Missler)

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“We have a tendency in our
planning to confuse
the unfamiliar with the improbable.

If the contingency
we have not considered
looks strange;
what looks strange
is therefore improbable;
what seems improbable
need not be considered seriously”

(Thomas C. Schelling)

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Faith

Faith (The function of it) can be represented
by the acronym of ABC:

Faith is Action, Based upon Belief,
Sustained by Confidence.”

(E. “Gene Scott)

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“Faith is believing (B) what God
has said in His Word,
due to the confidence 
(C)
it has earned,
to the point that actions 
(A) are affected.”
[Romans 10:17] (Brent Bolin)

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“Faith, there is no other virtue known
to man that pleases God 
(Hebrews 11:6),
therefore, it is faith that deserves
our unending attention in learning how to
please God more and more.”

(Brent Bolin)

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“There are two ways to slide through life:
One is to believe everything you hear,
the other is to doubt everything you hear;
both ways are the same
in that you need NOT think.”

(A. Berlenske)

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Forgiveness

“Only a person who knows he
has been forgiven can be
adequately motivated
to respond to the giver.”
(Reinhold Nieber)

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“Of all the acts of men,
forgiveness is most divine.”

(Thomas Carlyle)

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Freedom & Liberty

“The very atmosphere of firearms
anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference
– they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”
(George Washington)

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“He that exchanges security for
liberty deserves neither.”

(Benjamin Franklin)

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“If ye love wealth better than
liberty, the tranquility
of servitude than the
animating contest of freedom,
go from us in peace.
We ask not your council or arms.”
(Samuel Adams)

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“The value of any commodity
depends on its scarcity.”

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”Crouch down and lick the
hands which feed you.
May your chains sit lightly
upon you, and may
posterity forget
that ye were our countrymen”

(Samuel Adams)

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“A truth not worth fighting for,
is not worth dying for.”

(DB Warfield)

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“Freedoms given away are seldom returned
without the spilling of blood.”
(Benjamin Franklin)

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You cannot strengthen the weak
by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity
by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner
up by pulling the wage
payer down.  You cannot
further the brotherhood
of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and
courage by taking away people’s
initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently
by doing for them, what they
could and should do for themselves.

(Abraham Lincoln)

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Yet we have this consolation with us,
that the harder the conflict,
the more glorious the triumph,”
(Thomas Pain, 12/23/1776)

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“What we obtain too cheap,
we esteem too lightly:”

(Thomas Pain, 12/23/1776)

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“It is dearness only that gives
everything its value,”

(Thomas Pain, 12/23/1776)

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“Heaven knows how to put a
proper price upon its goods;
and it would be strange indeed
if so celestial an article as
freedom should not be highly rated”

(Thomas Pain, 12/23/1776)

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“A government big enough
to give you everything you want
is strong enough to take
everything you have.”

(Thomas Jefferson)

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Concerning free speech:
“There is no speech worth protecting,
unless it is the speech you abhor.”

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“Those who expect to reap
the blessing of freedom
must understand the
fatigue of supporting it”

(Thomas Payne)

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Function & Purpose

“Function should always
be enhanced by form.”

(Brent Bolin)

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“Form must follow function.”

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“Power should be applied to purpose.”

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“Some say, be purpose driven,
not process driven,
process must always have purpose;
but
purpose for the sake of purpose
is busyness, therefore,
we should say be Christ driven,
for Christ’s sake.”

(Brent Bolin)

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“Order is uniformity out of chaos.”

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“Motion does not mean progress.”

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Humility

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself,
but is to think of yourself less.”

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“We are all dwarfs standing
on the shoulders of giants”
(Bernard of Chartres)

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“Keep the clay wet.”
(Chery Parrets)

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“God wants less of us,
but He wants all of us.”

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Legalism

“Self-control without humility is legalism.”

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“God made man in His own image and man has
been returning the favor ever since.”
(Mark Twain)

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“The law is for the proud
and grace is for the humble.”

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“The law is to convict the comfortable –
grace is to bring comfort to the convicted.”

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“Legalism butchers the sheep,
but grace covers them.”

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Perceptive

“In the kingdom of blind men,
a one eyed man is king”

(1640 ~ Herbert Outlandish Proverbs #469)

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“Please keep pointing out
the spinach in my teeth –
if not others will see it
and think I don’t own or use
a toothbrush; or worst yet,
I don’t care.”
(Brent Bolin)

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Precaution / Preparedness
”There is nothing so likely to produce peace
as to be well prepared to meet an enemy.”

(George Washington)

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“A lack of planning on your part does not
necessitate an emergency on my part”

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“For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost;
for the want of a shoe the horse was lost;
and for the want of a horse the rider was lost,
being overtaken and slain by the enemy,
all for the want of care about a horseshoe nail.”

(Benjamin Franklin)

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“An ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure.”

(Benjamin Franklin)

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Preparedness is: “Praying for the best,
but preparing for the worst.”

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Responsible Preparedness is:
“Vigilance concerning the things that are
high impact & low probability.”

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Pride

“If I bought you for what
I thought you were worth,
and sold you for what
you thought you were worth,
I’d make a small fortune.”

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“Pride can’t grow where
humility is already planted.”

(Brent Bolin)

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“Pride is preoccupation with self,
either through grandiosity or
self-loathing;
the common
denominator is the focus of attention,
which is on self.”
(Russell Kelfer)

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“Pride has to do with one’s
focus
 (on self): not one’s value.”

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“Proud men usually bask in
humiliating others,
while humble men usually
find pride repulsive.”

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Use the word “pleased,” “inspirited,”
or “grateful;”
instead of the word “proud.”
(BB)

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“If a loud arrogant braggart demands attention
he displays his felt sense of low self-esteem –
and it can be seen in his attempt to convince
everyone else of what he does not truly believe
about himself – that he is the most intelligent,
powerful, noble, important, or right.”

(Brent Bolin)

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“Self-assured people
who are intelligent, powerful,
noble, and important;
have no need to flaunt it in
front of others in order to prove
what they know themselves”
(Brent Bolin)

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“Many of low self-esteem,
while constantly attempting to
display some sense of worth,
attempting to be accepted by others;
are motivated by the humiliation
they feel due to a deep introspection
that the proud man is
void of and refuse to see.”
(This hurts! Brent Bolin)

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“Self-esteem is a reflection of
one’s perceived self-worth,
based upon their own personal
knowledge of their actions
and the true motivations behind them;
it is not a conviction based
upon other’s reassurance.”

(Brent Bolin)

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“The greatest sin of all
is to be conscious of none.”

(Thomas Carlyle)

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Presumption

“The only certain barrier to truth is the
presumption that you already have it.”

(Chuck Missler)

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“All of us are subject to the limitations
imposed by the presumptions we bring to
a topic, and it may be essential to step
back from time to time and reestablish
a fresh perspective.  Because the
only certain barrier to truth is
the presumption that you
already have it.”

(Chuck Missler)

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“Once you eliminate the impossible,
whatever remains,
no matter how improbable,
must be the truth.”
Sherlock Holmes
(by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859-1930)

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Problems

“If the only tool a man possesses is a hammer,
then every problem looks like a nail.”

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“You cannot truly understand the solution
unless to understand the problem first.”

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Responsibility

“My observation is that whenever
one person is found adequate
to the discharge of a duty…
it is worse executed by two persons,
and scarcely done at all if three
or more are employed therein.”

(George Washington)

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“If authority is severed
from responsibility,
or either is held in contempt,
then neither function correctly
and accountability is a fallacy.”

(Brent Bolin)

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When it comes to effective management:

“You cannot separate
authority from responsibility,
nor can you separate
responsibility from accountability,
nor can you separate
accountability from liberty,
nor can you have
liberty without power,
nor can you have
power without authority.”

(Brent Bolin)

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“All that is necessary for the
triumph of evil is
that good men do nothing”

(Edmund Burke)

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“People do not act irresponsibly
because they are “ill,”
they are “ill” because
they act irresponsibly.”
 (William Glasser)

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“Good people do not need laws
to tell them to act responsibly,
while bad people will find
a way around the laws”
(Plato)

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“The difference between
‘involvement’ and ‘commitment’
is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast:
the chicken was ‘involved’
– the pig was ‘committed’.”

(Unknown)

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Serenity
The Original / Full Serenity Prayer:
“God, give us grace to accept
with serenity the things that
cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.  Living one
day at a time, enjoying one moment
at a time, Accepting hardship
as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will
make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably
happy in this life,
And supremely happy
with You forever in the next.”

(Reinhold Nieber)

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Serenity Prayer for the Spiritual:

“God grant me the serenity to
accept the things I cannot
change, the courage to change
the things I can, and
the wisdom to know the difference.”

[Short Version] (Reinhold Nieber)

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For the Substance Abuse Counselor:

“God grant me the serenity
to accept the person I
cannot change,
the courage to change
the person I can,
and the wisdom to know
that I am that person.”

(An exhausted Substance Abuse Counselor)

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For the Elderly:

“God grant me the senility to
forget the people I never liked,
the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
and the eyesight to tell the difference.”

(A wise senior)

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Thinking & Thought

“Think with your mind, and feel
with your emotions; never think
with your emotions,
and feel with your mind.”

(Brent Bolin)

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“I think, therefore I am.”
(Descartes, 1596-1650)

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“Sow a thought, reap an attitude,
sow an attitude, reap an action,
sow an action, reap a habit,
sow a habit, reap a destiny.”

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“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”
(Frank Outlaw)

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Violence

“It is better to be violent,
if there is violence in our hearts,
than to put on the cloak of nonviolence
to cover impotence.”

(Gandhi)

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Miscellaneous

“An agnostic Jew is a Jew who knows
what the God that he doesn’t believe in, requires of him.”

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“If you don’t let me ever color
outside the lines
 (make mistakes)
,
maybe the problem is not
that you don’t like my coloring,
but that you don’t trust anyone
else with the crayons.”
 (Control)
(Brent Bolin)

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“The joy of being a cynic;
you expect nothing,
get less,
and you remain serene.”
(Charles Krauthammer)

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“Fathers may have to heat
up their children’s posterior
in order to melt the
wax in their ears,
so they can hear.” 
(Correction)

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Intimacy can be defined as:
“In-to-me-you-see.”

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“Concerning conjecture and faith:
An atheistic humanistic scientist
might contend concerning
spiritual things:

Whereof we cannot speak –
thereof we must be silent
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Yet, this type of arrogance
presupposes absolute insight
concerning the physical world
at the expense of the spiritual.


The concept of dimensionality,
as well as spirituality
prove this expression to be false.”

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Liberal theology has
a God without wrath, who
brought men without sin,
into a kingdom without judgment,
through the ministration of a
Christ without a cross.”

(Reinhold Niebuhr)

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Neurotics build castles in the air,
and psychotics live in them”

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“Worry about nothing,
Pray about anything,
Give thanks for everything.”

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“To repent is to change one’s mind;
however, true Biblical repentance
changes one’s life direction.”

(Brent Bolin)

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Sin progresses;
it: preempts – preoccupies – predominates.”

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“The principle behind
God becoming God to man,
is one of spiritual reformation,
not forcible revolution.”

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Success is neither magical
nor mysterious.
Success is the natural
consequence of consistently
applying basic fundamentals.”
(Jim Rohn)

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“Learn to recognize
the supernatural in the natural.”

(E. “Gene” Scott)

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“Those that can, do;
those that can’t, teach.”

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“Nature abhors a vacuum, and so do I.”
(K. Morris)

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“You can’t change the past,
but you can ruin the present
by worrying about the future”

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“It could be worst,
it could be me.”
(An unknown Doctor)

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“If you love what you do for a living
– you will
never work a day in your life”

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“Many folks want to serve God,
but only as advisers.”

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Coincidence is when
God chooses to remain anonymous.”

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“God doesn’t call the qualified,
He qualifies the called.”

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“God promises a safe landing,
not a calm trip.”

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“He who angers you,
controls you!”

Brent

Perspective is an ongoing topical series dealing with abstract thoughts, ideas, and insights
from a conservative Christian mindset and meant as a catalyst of thought. 
Perspective is an outreach ministry of Faith Video Ministries Inc. You may contact us
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