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Robert E. Lee - Principles in the Bible (illustration)

“If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper, but if we and our posterity ignore its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.&qu …

John Hus burned at the stake at age 42 (illustration)

The Bohemian reformer John Hus was a man who believed the Scriptures to be the infallible and supreme authority in all matters. He died at the stake for that belief in Constance, Germany, on his forty-second birthday. As he refused a final plea to renounce his faith, Hus’s last w …

Aristotle - The Greatest Thinker of All Time? (illustration)

For centuries people believed that Aristotle was right when he said that the heavier an object, the faster it would fall to earth. Aristotle was regarded as the greatest thinker of all time, and surely he would not be wrong. Anyone, of course, could have taken two objects, one he …

Power Driven Leadership Destroys Relationships (illustration)

Many people can simply force people to do what they want because they have the power to make them do it. However, few people like to be forced to do anything. Eventually such power driven leadership destroys relationships. On the other hand, some have the ability to lead through …

Pig Squeals When a Shepherd Lays Hands on It (illustration)

A pig joined a flock of sheep and grazed with them. One day the shepherd laid hands on it, and it began to squeal and struggle. The sheep found fault with the pig for crying out. “He takes hold of us often,” they said, “and we don’t make a fuss.” “ …

Authority (illustration)

During his years as premier of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev denounced many of the policies and atrocities of his predecessor, Joseph Stalin. Once, as he reproached Stalin in a public meeting, Khrushchev was interrupted by a shout from a heckler in the audience. “You w …

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