Even Though We’re Imperfect, He Works with Us

“God has never chosen perfect people to accomplish His perfect will. This is obvious in His choice of Jacob and King David. This is also obvious in his choosing me.”
~ David Yonggi Cho
Co-Founder – Yoido Full Gospel Church, Founder – Church Growth International (1976), Founder – Bethesda University Anaheim, California (1976), Founder – Elim Welfare Town (1986), Founder – Kukmin Newspaper Company (1988), Chairman – World Assemblies of God Fellowship (1992-2000, Chairman – Korean Christian Leaders Association (1998-2021), Chairman – Good People Charity (1999-2021)
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Home: Looking, Feeling & Smelling Good

“I want my home to look good, feel good, and smell good. I want it to be inclusive, to reflect the people who live there.”
~ Cindy Crawford,
Entrepreneur, Model,
Actress, & Television Personality
~ Image via Pixabay

Celebrate It, BEFORE You See It

“Celebrate your harvest before you ever see your harvest and you will receive your harvest. ”
~ Jonathan Cahn,
Messianic Jewish Minister, Author, Novelist, Founder & Leader – Beth Israel Worship Center & Host – Jonathan Cahn: The Book of Mysteries
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>Genesis 12:3 3I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
new International Version

A Dad’s Wish Fulfilled

“I have fulfilled my father’s wish to be a teacher as, through my music, I teach generations of people about my culture and the happiness that is found in just living life. As a performer, I want people to feel their hearts sing and their spirits soar.”
~ Celia Cruz,
a.k.a. Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso
Singer-Performer (1950-2003), 80+ Albums & Songs Recorded, Gold Records (23X), Latin Grammy Awards (4X), Grammy Awards (5X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (1987), Guinness World Record Book (1987 Carnaval Tenerife – Islas Canarias, Spain), Yale University Honorary Doctorate of Music (1989), Celia Cruz Way Street Dedication (1990 Miami, FL, Calle Ocho Walk of Fame Star (1991), Golden Eagle Lifetime Achievement Award in Music (1991 Hollywood, CA), Hispanic Women Achievers Award (1992),
Desi Awards Favorite Film Actress (1992 Hollywood, CA), Encuentro Lifetime Achievement Award (1992 Washington D.C.), La MUSA de Oro Life Time Achievement Award (1994 Caracas, Venezuela), Billboards Latin Music Hall of Fame Award (1994), University of Panama Life Time Achievement Award (1994), Walk of Fame Star Amador Bendayan (1995 Caracas, Venezuela), Costa Rica’s Walk of Fame Star (1997), Galeria Walk of Fane Star (1997 Mexico City, Mexico), Hispanic Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award (1998 Washington, DC)
University of Miami Honorary Doctorate in Music (1999), International Latin Music Hall of Fame (1999)
New York’s Central Park Summer Stage (2002), Calle Celia Cruz Street Dedication (2004 Tenerife, Spain), Celia Cruz Way Street Dedication (2004 Union City, New Jersey), Guinness World Record Book Longest Working Career as Salsa Artist (2005), Celia Cruz Square Dedication (2005 Hollywood, CA) & United States Postal Service Commemorative Postage Stamp (2011)
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If You’ve Been Blessed by America

“… No matter who you are, doesn’t matter, if you’ve been blessed by America you’ve been blessed because when the Jewish people are blessed, the world is blessed!”
~ Jonathan Cahn,
Messianic Jewish Minister, Author, Novelist, Founder & Leader – Beth Israel Worship Center & Host – Jonathan Cahn: The Book of Mysteries
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>Genesis 12:3 3I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
New International Version

Today, It’s a Completely Different Story

“I put off having a family because I knew that I wanted to be there for my family and I was traveling a lot. At that time, the industry was not ready to allow pregnant women the opportunity to still be on camera or on the silver screen. Today it’s a completely different story, but back then, I would have lost my contract. I would have never been hired again because people were just not ready for that at that particular time.”
~ Jayne Kennedy Overton,
Miss Ohio USA (1970), Actress, Model, Sportscaster, Emmy Award (1977), NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (1981), Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Who’s Free to Do Great Things?

“Everybody’s free to go do great things.”
~ Kelly Shackleford, Esq.
President & CEO of First Liberty Institute (1997- ), Constitutional Scholar, William Bentley Ball Award for Life and Religious Freedom Defense, Board of Trustees of the United States Supreme Court Historical Society
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Body Positivity

“Body positivity is so important because [it’s] time we love our bodies in order to transcend them. It’s our character and the people we are in the world that truly matter.”
~ Ali Tate-Cutler
Fashion Model & Lifestyle Podcaster – The Love You Give
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Our Future is Our Friend

“If Jesus is calling us forward, then He’s walking through everything in front of us. And so, our future is our friend, because Jesus has been there.”
~ Laurie Crouch,
Co-Founder – Gener8Xion Entertainment, Film Producer & Co-Host – Praise – Trinity Broadcasting Network, Host – ‘Better Together’ Talk Show

A Past, Present or Future: Caregivers

“There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.”
~ Rosalynn Carter
First Lady of the United States (1977-1981), Author, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (1998- ), National Women’s Hall of Fame (2002), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1999), Mental Illness Foundation Dorothea Dix Award (1988), Georgia Woman of the Year Award (1996), Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged (1996), United Nations Children’s Fund International Child Survival Award (1999), Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health – Institute of Medicine (2000), United States Surgeon General’s Medallion (2000) & American Peace Award (2009)
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Business: It’s About People

“In business it’s about people. It’s about relationships.”
“But I look at failure as education. In that respect, I am so well-educated.”
~ Kathy Ireland
Model, Actress, Entrepreneur, Businesswoman, Author, Philanthropist, Activist,
Public Speaker, Anti-Defamation League American Heritage Award (2011), Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Gala Messenger of Peace Award (2012),
California State University honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Ambassador & 9-1-1 For Kids Ambassador
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We Won’t Ignore Their Cries

“People with mental problems are our neighbors. They are members of our congregations, members of our families; they are everywhere in this country. If we ignore their cries for help, we will be continuing to participate in the anguish from which those cries for help come. A problem of this magnitude will not go away. Because it will not go away, and because of our spiritual commitments, we are compelled to take action.”
~ Rosalynn Carter
First Lady of the United States (1977-1981), Author, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (1998- ), National Women’s Hall of Fame (2002), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1999), Mental Illness Foundation Dorothea Dix Award (1988), Georgia Woman of the Year Award (1996), Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged (1996), United Nations Children’s Fund International Child Survival Award (1999), Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health – Institute of Medicine (2000), United States Surgeon General’s Medallion (2000) & American Peace Award (2009)
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Billions of Souls

“So while the world is shrinking in many ways, the population is increasing at a faster and faster rate. Each of those 6.6 billion souls alive today are individuals God loves and sent His Son to die for (John 3:16). And it is our responsibility – those of us who know and serve Jesus Christ – to go and tell them.”
~ David Jeremiah,
Author, Founder – Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries, & Senior Pastor – Shadow Mountain Community Church

So, It’s Never Been Done

“I’m a curious person. I like to ask questions. Well, why? People would say, it’s never been done. It’s never been done does not mean that it can’t be done.”
“But I look at failure as education. In that respect, I am so well-educated.”
~ Kathy Ireland
Model, Actress, Entrepreneur, Businesswoman, Author, Philanthropist, Activist,
Public Speaker, Anti-Defamation League American Heritage Award (2011), Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Gala Messenger of Peace Award (2012),
California State University honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Ambassador & 9-1-1 For Kids Ambassador
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Carrying Confidence

“Confident people have a way of carrying themselves that makes others more attracted to them.”
~ Sofia Vergara
Actress, Television Producer, Presenter, Model, Imagen Foundation Awards (2011), NAACP Image Awards (2011),
Screen Actors Guild (2012), Glamour Awards (2012), Screen Actors Guild (2013) & People’s Choice Award (2017)
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Company: Option vs. Necessity

“Someone told me the other day that he felt bad for single people because they are lonely all the time. I told him that’s not true; I’m single and I don’t feel lonely. I take myself out to eat, I buy myself clothes. I have great times by myself. Once you know how to take care of yourself, company becomes an option and not a necessity.”
~ Keanu Reeves
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Little Eyes are Watching

““Watch what you say and do because little eyes are watching you.””
~ Reba McEntire,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Producer, Grand Ole Opry (1986),
Grammy Awards (3X), & Country Music Hall of Fame (2011)

An Extraordinary Destiny

“Hardships, often, prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
~ C.S. Lewis
a.k.a. Clive Staples Lewis
,
Novelist, Poet, Academic, Medievalist, Literary Critic,
Essayist, Lay Theologian, Broadcaster, Lecturer, & Christian Apologist
~ Image via NAME HERE

Americans’ Rules of Conduct

“Fron the time of the Declaration of Independence, the American people were bound by the laws of God and the laws of the Gospel which they all acknowledge as their rules of conduct.”
~ John Quincy Adams,
Statesman, Diplomat, Lawyer, Diarist, Abolitionist, United States President (1825-1829) & United States Secretary of State (1817-1825)
 

The Cornerstone of Liberty

“The Bible is the cornerstone of liberty.

Perusal of the sacred volume will make us better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands. The practice of morality being necessary for the well-being of society.

“He has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain.”

~ Thomas Jefferson,
United States Minister to France (May 1785 – September 1789,
1st United States Secretary of State (March 1790 – December 1793)
2nd Vice President of the United States (March 1797 – March 1801)
3rd President of the United States (March 1801 – March 1809)
Founder – University of Virginia

Providence’s Gift: The Choosing of Our Rulers

“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is their duty, as well as their privilege, in the interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
~ John Jay
Statesman, Patriot, Diplomat, Founding Father, Abolitionist, Negotiator, & Treaty of  Paris Signatory (1783), 2nd Governor of New York, & 1st Chief Justice of the United States (1789–1795).
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The American Revolution’s Highest Glory

“The highest glory in the American Revolution was this: that it tied together into one indissolvable bond the principles of civil government and the principles of Christianity.”
~ John Quincy Adams,
Statesman, Diplomat, Lawyer, Diarist, Abolitionist, United States President (1825-1829) & United States Secretary of State (1817-1825)
 

USA: Subsidizing Abhorrent Ideas with OUR Taxes

“To compel a man to subsidize, with his taxes, the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
~ Thomas Jefferson,
United States Minister to France (May 1785 – September 1789,
1st United States Secretary of State (March 1790 – December 1793)
2nd Vice President of the United States (March 1797 – March 1801)
3rd President of the United States (March 1801 – March 1809)
Founder – University of Virginia

USA: Government of, for & by Us OR A Small Elite?

“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.”
~ Thomas Jefferson,
United States Minister to France (May 1785 – September 1789,
1st United States Secretary of State (March 1790 – December 1793)
2nd Vice President of the United States (March 1797 – March 1801)
3rd President of the United States (March 1801 – March 1809)
Founder – University of Virginia

USA: Everything You Want vs. Everything You Have or Will Have?

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.”
~ Thomas Jefferson,
United States Minister to France (May 1785 – September 1789,
1st United States Secretary of State (March 1790 – December 1793)
2nd Vice President of the United States (March 1797 – March 1801)
3rd President of the United States (March 1801 – March 1809)
Founder – University of Virginia

USA: Tyranny or Liberty?

“When the people fear the government there is tyranny; when the government fears the people there is LIBERTY.”
~ Thomas Jefferson,
United States Minister to France (May 1785 – September 1789,
1st United States Secretary of State (March 1790 – December 1793)
2nd Vice President of the United States (March 1797 – March 1801)
3rd President of the United States (March 1801 – March 1809)
Founder – University of Virginia

Are We Individuals Laboring in Freedom?

“Everything that is really great and inspiring, is created by the individual who can labor in freedom .”

Albert Einstein,
Theoretical Physicist & Nobel Prize – Physics (1921)
Barnard Medal (1920), Matteucci Medal (1921), ForMemRS (1921),
Copley Medal (1925), Gold Medal – Royal Astronomical Society (1926),
Max Planck Medal (1929) & Time Person of the Century (1999)

Secure Liberty in the People’s Hands

“The way to secure liberty is to place it in the people’s hands, that is, to give them the power at all times to defend it in the legislature and in the courts of justice.”
~ John Quincy Adams,
Statesman, Diplomat, Lawyer, Diarist, Abolitionist, United States President (1825-1829) & United States Secretary of State (1817-1825)
 

America’s New Birth of Freedom

“This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”

~ Abraham Lincoln,
Lawyer & 16th President of the United States

Electing People to Serve

“Americans don’t elect people to RULE us or to LEAD us. We elect people to SERVE us.”
~ Greg Stephens
Associate Pastor & e-Pastor – Eagle Mountain International Church (EMIC), Author, Radio Host, Television Host & U.S. Air Force Veteran
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Who You Pretend to Be

“… God cannot bless who you pretend to be. So, you might as well become who you are; everybody else is taken. There is something that He put inside of you.”
~ NAME
Founder, CEO and Senior Pastor – The Lighthouse Church & Ministries & Author
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Being a Human Example of God’s Love

“We’re called to show God’s love, in human form, to each other; that’s why we’re all better together.”
~ Laurie Crouch,
Co-Founder – Gener8Xion Entertainment, Film Producer & Co-Host – Praise – Trinity Broadcasting Network, Host – ‘Better Together’ Talk Show

Waiting to Get Employment? Would We Create Our Own Jobs?

“The idea [the government’s ‘You Win’ campaign] is that instead of young people in Nigeria waiting to get employment, they should create their own jobs and employ their peers and employ other people.”
~ Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Economist, International Development Expert, Founder – NOI-Polls, Founder – Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (C-SEA), Euromoney Global Finance Minister of the Year (2005), Finance Minister of Nigeria (2003–2006, 2011–2015), Director-General of the World Trade Organization (3.1.2021 – ).
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The Equality Act Is Not ‘Equality’ for All

“It’s going to ERASE – not discrimination – but it’s going to erase females; because the sex of FEMALE will no longer be protected as a thing that you could claim as a separate category.”
“It strips away our First Amendment rights & the RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) protections are extinguished.”
~ Doreen Denny
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The Ninth Amendment: Our States’ Rights

“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
~ James Madison
Statesman, Diplomat, Expansionist, Philosopher, Founding Father of the United States, President of the United States (1809-1817), “Father of the Constitution”, Drafter – Constitution of the United States, Drafter – The Bill of Rights, Co-Author – The Federalist Papers, Co-Founder – Democratic-Republican Party, & United States Secretary of State (1801-1809)
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The Fifth Amendment: Our States’ Rights

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
~ James Madison
Statesman, Diplomat, Expansionist, Philosopher, Founding Father of the United States, President of the United States (1809-1817), “Father of the Constitution”, Drafter – Constitution of the United States, Drafter – The Bill of Rights, Co-Author – The Federalist Papers, Co-Founder – Democratic-Republican Party, & United States Secretary of State (1801-1809)
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The Fourth Amendment: Our States’ Rights

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
~ James Madison
Statesman, Diplomat, Expansionist, Philosopher, Founding Father of the United States, President of the United States (1809-1817), “Father of the Constitution”, Drafter – Constitution of the United States, Drafter – The Bill of Rights, Co-Author – The Federalist Papers, Co-Founder – Democratic-Republican Party, & United States Secretary of State (1801-1809)
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Citizens’ Duty

“Duty is ours. Results are God’s.”
~ John Quincy Adams,
Statesman, Diplomat, Lawyer, Diarist, Abolitionist, United States President (1825-1829) & United States Secretary of State (1817-1825)
 

All the Dominions Will Serve & Obey

“… God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,”
~ 1 Timothy 6:15 NIV
“Just as He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, He is The:
Mayor of Mayors, Governor of Governors, Senator of Senators, Representative of Representatives, Teacher of Teachers, Preacher of Preachers, Speaker of Speakers, Coder of Coders, President of Presidents, Vice President of Vice Presidents, Leader of Leaders, … and as promised in Daniel 7:27 NASB1995, “all the Dominions will serve and obey Him.”” ~ Michelle Boddie
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Dominion Over All Dominions

Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.’ ~ Daniel 7:27 NASB1995

THEY’LL be Racist, Sexist & Bigots!

“The Liberals are the ones who aren’t actually feminists, because they judge people based on politics not based off qualifications. Or even the fact that you can say feminist should mean ALL women. if they’re moving up to power that’s a good thing regardless if they’re Conservative or Liberal. They can’t go there ’cause they’re so tied to ideology. THEY’LL be racist. THEY’LL be sexist. THEY’LL be bigots.”
~ Jordan Sekulow,
Executive Director – American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), Lawyer, Radio Talk Show Co-Host – Jay Sekulow Live , Political Consultant, Author & Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Regent Journal of Law and Public Policy
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Putting America First

“In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty. Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens – to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. As President of the United States, I will always put America first … We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism… I am skeptical of international unions that tie us up and bring America down… and under my administration, we will never enter America into any agreement that reduces our ability to control our own affairs … The nation-state remains the true foundation of happiness and harmony.”
~ Donald John Trump,
Businessman, Politician, Television Personality, Author,
Chairman & President of The Trump Organization,
Founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts

The Equality Act Strips Rights

“It’s punishment for us. That’s what the Equality Act is. It’s punishment against people of faith.”
“It strips away our First Amendment rights & the RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) protections are extinguished.”
~ Michele Bachmann
Politician, Minnesota Senate 52nd District (2003-2007), Minnesota Senate 56th District (2001-2003) & United States House of Representatives (2007-2015)
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Take a Chance on Failing

“You know so many people are afraid of failing, but you’re not a failure if you fail at something. …, you’re never going to find out if you can succeed, if you’re not willing to take a chance on failing.”
~ Joyce Meyer
Author, Speaker & Philanthropist
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Creating Emotional Barriers

“Every time we hurt another person, we create an emotional barrier and it doesn’t go away with the passing of time. It goes away with an apology and forgiveness.”
~ Dr. Gary Chapman
Author & Radio Talk Show Host.
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Somebody Else’s Thought

“Really. What can somebody else’s thought do to you? I mean it can’t really hurt you.”
~ Joyce Meyer,
Author, Speaker & Philanthropist

Violence: Good vs. Evil

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”

Mahatma Gandhi,
Lawyer, Anti-Colonial Nationalist & Political Ethicist

Unlock the The Treasures Within

“Inside every human being there are treasures to unlock.”
~ Mike Huckabee
Politician, Christian Minister, 44th Governor of Arkansas (1996-2007), Author, Musician, Public Speaker & Host Huckabee Talk Show
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Doing What You Can to Show You Care

“Do what you can to show you care about other people and you will make our world a better place.”
~ Rosalynn Carter
First Lady of the United States (1977-1981), Author, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (1998- ), National Women’s Hall of Fame (2002), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1999), Mental Illness Foundation Dorothea Dix Award (1988), Georgia Woman of the Year Award (1996), Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged (1996), United Nations Children’s Fund International Child Survival Award (1999), Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health – Institute of Medicine (2000), United States Surgeon General’s Medallion (2000) & American Peace Award (2009)
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The Features of Anarchy

“Laws that are not carried into effect, authorities without force and despised, crime unpunished: property attacked, the safety of the individual violated, the morality of the people corrupted, no Constitution, no government, no justice; these are the features of anarchy.”
~ Jacques Pierre Brissot,
Founder – Abolitionist Society of the Friends of the Blacks
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Socialists Undermine Economics (Our Economy 2020 & Beyond)

“If Socialists understood Economics they wouldn’t be Socialists”
~ Friedrich August von Hayek, CH FBA
Economist, Philosopher, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1974), Companion of Honour (1984) & Presidential Medal of Freedom (1991)
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Carrying His Hope to Our World

“What a glorious faith God has imparted to us. We carry His hope to our world. We give His love to people everywhere we go. We are living proof of the all-encompassing Redemption Jesus (the Christ) has provided to every person who will believe and receive it! “
~ Kenneth Copeland,
Author, Singer, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory
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This Kind of Poverty: A Whole Different World from Our Own

“The truly poor won’t be at our church services. They won’t be at our committee meetings. They won’t be at the supermarket where we shop. And they aren’t here today. We have to reach out and find them where they are.”
“We found a whole different world from our own. We found people living without bathrooms or running water – with holes in their roofs and floors – people so poor they had no beds, no stoves, no shoes. Until that day, I had never imagined this kind of poverty – right next door to our own snug and comfortable lives.”
~Barb Mains
Founder – Help4Kids
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Put Yourself on That Happiness List

“As women, we’re nurturers by nature.  We want to make sure everyone is happy.  That’s a good thing, but we also have to put ourselves on that ‘Happiness List’.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder, Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Those Beautiful, Lit-up, Bejeweled ‘Christmas’ Trees

“I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.
And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call
those beautiful, lit-up, bejeweled trees ‘Christmas’ trees.
I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against.”

Benjamin Jeremy “Ben” Stein
Actor, Writer, Lawyer, Commentator,
& Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host

Be a Blessing

“Make it a point to be a blessing to someone today with a smile, a word of encouragement or an act of kindness.”
~ Lisa Osteen Comes,
Associate Pastor – Lakewood Church & Author

Try to Inspire People

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”
~ Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Player (20-Seasons), NBA Championships (5X), All-Star(18X), All-NBA Team (15X), All-Defensive Team (12X), NBA Most Valuable Player (2008), NBA Finals MVP (2X) & Summer Olympics Gold Medals (2008 & 2012) & Academy Award – Best Animated Short Film (2018)
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Your Life Influences Others

“Our life ripples out, and it has influence. That’s why it’s important that we’re at our best and that we’re influencing others for the good.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

A Little Bit of Help

“Sometimes people just need a little bit of help to get going in the right direction.”
~ Frank Diaz
,
U.S. Veteran, Entrepreneur, Military Catering Specialist, Owner/Founder & Pitmaster – Tin Hut BBQ & Aloha Gourmet Food Trucks Hawaii
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Living Respectfully

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
~ Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,
Activist, Politician, Philanthropist, Lawyer,
1st President of South Africa, Philanthropist
Nobel Peace Prize Awardee(1993) & Presidential Medal of Freedom Awardee

Jesus Brought His Disciples to the Streets

“You only have to follow the Scriptures to understand why Jesus brought his disciples to the streets.
The best classrooms are in the streets. You get to encounter many different natural (Supernatural) & spiritual situations,
that you normally may not encounter in a church building environment.”
~ Frank Diaz
CEO/Founder/Owner – United We All Can, Inc., Founder – Pantera Records
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Looting: An Injustice That Doesn’t Make Justice for Another Crime

“Looting … for people who claim to be representatives of their own people
to commit this bare-faced robbery is shameful.
Where is the rule of law?”
~ Kayode Fayemi
 Governor of Ekiti State (2018- ), (2010-2014)
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To Represent All the People

“Donald intends to represent all the people, not just some of the people.
That includes Christians and Jews and Muslims;
it includes Hispanics and African Americans and Asians, and the poor and the middle-class.
Throughout his career, Donald has successfully worked with people of many faiths and with many nations.”
~ Melania Trump,
Model (former), Jewelry Designer &
First Lady of the United States (2017 – )

Sacred Boundaries

#ThankYouRavi
“Pleasure without God, without the sacred boundaries, will actually leave you emptier than before; and this is biblical truth, this is experiential truth. The loneliest people in the world are amongst the wealthiest and most famous who found no boundaries within which to live. That is a fact I’ve seen again and again.”
~ Ravi Zacharias,
Christian Apologist, Author, Radio Host, Scholar &
Founder & Chairman of the Board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Family Really is Important

“I think a lot of the problems we have as a society is because we don’t acknowledge that family is important,
and it has to be people who are present, you know, and mothers and fathers,
both are not present enough with children.”
~ James Earl Jones,
Emmy Award (3X), Tony Award (2X), Golden Globe (1970), Grammy Award (1970),
Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (2008), Academy Honorary Award (2011),
Voice Arts Icon Award (2015) & Harvard University Honorary Doctor of Arts (2017)

As Long As They’re Hiring

“I’ll continue working as long as people want to hire me.”
~ Maye Musk
Model, Dietitian, Author & Entrepreneur
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Only One Act of Kindness

“Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.”
~ Jackie Chan,
Actor, Martial Artist, Film Director, Producer, Stuntman,
Singer, Clothier, Restaurateur, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist,
Founder – Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation &
Founder – Dragon’s Heart Foundation

A Better Way to Live

“I like people who are working on practical things and who are working in teams.
It’s not so important to get the glory. It’s much more important to get something that works. It’s a better way to live.”
~ Freeman Dyson
Theoretical Physicist, Mathematician, Author, Fellow of the Royal Society (1952), Dannie Heineman Prize – Mathematical Physics (1965),
Lorentz Medal (1966), Max Planck Medal (1969), J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Prize (1970), University of Cambridge Honorary Fellow of Trinity College (1989),
Harvey Prize (1977), Wolf Prize (1981), University of Cambridge (1989), Duke University Fritz London Memorial Lecturer (1990),
Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science (1996), Enrico Fermi Award (1993), Jerusalem-Harvard Lectures – Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1995),
Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion (2000), Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology (2003),
Winchester College Old Wykehamists Honor (2011) & American University of Beirut Presidential Science and Humanism Award (2018)
~

Too-Small Dreams

“If your dream only includes you, it’s too small.”
~ Ava DuVernay
Filmmaker, Writer, Director, Producer, Film Distributor, Tribeca Film Institute’s Heineken Affinity Award, African-American Film Critics (2011),
Sundance Film Festival Directing Award (2012), Film Independent Spirit Awards -Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award (2012),
African-American Film Critics Association (2X), Women Film Critics Circle – Josephine Baker Award (2012), Black Reel Awards (2X), Black Film Critics Circle (2014),
Central Ohio Film Critics Association (2X), Alliance of Women Film Journalists (2X), Dorothy Arzner Directors Award (2015), Mattel “Sheros” (2015),
Smithsonian Magazine’s American Ingenuity Award (2017), 49th NAACP Image Awards Entertainer of the Year (2018),
~

Who Determines Your Self-Worth?

“Your self-worth is determined by you.
You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.”
~ Beyonce Knowles,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress & Philanthropist

We Can Look Out for Other Humans

“There are people who can look out for other human beings;
there are people who can speak up when something is not right and say,
‘This is wrong, and something should be done.’”
~ Alek Wek
Model, Designer, Missionary – World Vision International & Author
~

Giving is Investing

“Giving should be entered into in just the same way as investing. Giving is investing.”
~ John D. Rockefeller, Sr.,
Business Magnate, Philanthropist,
Founder:
Standard Oil Company,
University of Chicago,
Rockefeller University,
General Education Board
& the
Rockefeller Foundation

Regarding Private Enterprise

“Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot.
Others look on it as a cow they can milk.
Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchilll,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ( 1940-1945 ) & (1951–1955),
Non-academic Historian, Writer, Artist,
Nobel Prize in Literature (1953) &
Honorary Citizen of the United States (1963)

The Church Must Be One

“The Church must be one because a fragmented Church is not much help to a fragmented world.”
~ Justo L. Gonzalez
Historian, Theologian, Author, Co-Founder – Apuntes, Co-Founder – Association for Hispanic Theological Education,
Co-Founder – Hispanic Theological Initiative & Washington Theological Consortium Ecumenism Award
~

Going After Dreams & Goals

“You have to be vigorous. That’s the only way you are going to get it because everybody has dreams
and everybody has goals, but the only people who achieve them
are the ones that go after it and don’t take no for an answer.”
~ Nick Cannon
Actor, Comedian, Rapper, Director, Writer, Producer, Television Host,
Activist, Hollywood Film Festival (2006), Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (2002) & NAACP Image Awards (2012)
~

The Combination of Action-Adventure & Love

“I love emotion. I love being in love. And showing that on screen. I think it’s wonderful.”

“I would love a combination of action/adventure and… love, and stories told with heart.
I would like people to be invigorated as well as moved; people to see the movie and see that.
I love to play, y’know, well-rounded characters.”

~ Dennis Haysbert
Actor & Voice Actor
~

The Education of Children

“I don’t think anybody anywhere can talk about the future of their people or of an organization
without talking about education. Whoever controls the education of our children controls our future.”
~ Wilma Mankiller
Activist, Social Worker, Community Developer & Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation (1985 – 1995).
~

His Desire: Everybody’s Well

“My family has reaped the benefits of learning that God desires for
everybody to be well, and HE sent His Word to make sure we would know it.”
~ Dodie Osteen,
Co-Founder – Lakewood Church, Speaker & Author

A Sense of Humor Helps

“If you don’t have a sense of humor, you probably don’t have any sense at all.
A sense of humor reduces people and problems to their proper proportions.”
~ Canon J. John
Speaker, Storyteller, Evangelist, Social Activist & Author
~

The Haters

“Anyone that hates on you is always below you, because they’re just jealous of what you have.”
~ Miley Cyrus
Singer, Songwriter, Actress & Philanthropist

When Nobody Else Does

“Believe in yourself when nobody else does.”
~ Mary J. Blige,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress,
Grammy Awards (9x), Multi-Platinum Studio Albums (8x),
Founder – Matriarch Records, Fragrance – Melodies by MJB,
Fragrance Foundation FIFI Awards (2x), World Music Awards Legends Award (2006)
& ASCAP Voice of Music Award (2007)

Keep Your Mind & Heart Focused

“As you keep your mind and heart focused in the right direction, approaching each day with faith and gratitude,
I believe you will be empowered to live life to the fullest and enjoy the abundant life He has promised you!”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

The Tuesday After Thanksgiving

“You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
There’s another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday.
The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving,
shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity.”
~ Bill Gates,
a.k.a. William Henry Gates III
Business Magnate, Entrepreneur, Investor, Author,
Co-Founder –  Microsoft & Philanthropist

Something We Should All Celebrate Every Day

“We’re getting ready to sit down at the table and have Thanksgiving,
and there’s people that are not with their families.
There are people that are in dangerous areas, putting their lives on the line
to keep our country free, and I think that’s something we should all celebrate every day.”
~ Guy Fieri,
Restaurateur, Author, Television Host, Hunt & Ryde Winery Owner & Emmy Award
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Coming From Little & Giving a Lot

“My parents came from little, so they made a choice to give a lot:
buying turkeys for homeless shelters at Thanksgiving,
delivering meals to people in hospices,
giving spare change to those asking for it.”
~ Meghan Markle,
Duchess of Sussex,
Actress, Model, Calligrapher,
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – The Tig (2014-2017)
& Humanitarian

Become Honest with Each Other

“The more we become honest with each other, we’re going to get past this racist mess.
You can’t just talk the talk, you gotta walk it, and it means changing the way you talk to people,
thinking about how you describe people, think about the jokes you tell.”
~ Monica Kaufman Pearson,
Television Broadcast Journalist, News Anchor (WSB-TV Atlanta, 37 yrs),
Radio Host, Guest Lecturer, College Instructor, Columnist & Emmy Awards (33X)

Humanity Can Rise

“Sometimes you see how humanity can rise above any kind of cultural ills and hate
that a person’s capacity to love and communicate and forgive can be bigger than anything else.”
~ Viola Davis,
Actress & Producer

Have Faith & Hope

“I want people to know that God is a good God.
He does want to answer prayers; all we have to do is have faith and hope.
Sometimes life is hard, but God helps us get through.”
~ Dodie Osteen,
Co-Founder – Lakewood Church, Speaker & Author

Wrong Believing & Right Believing

“If we’re honest, we all have some measure of wrong believing in our lives.
If you don’t believe this, all you need to do is ask yourself,
‘Have I often felt anxious, worried, or fearful that the worst
would happen to me and my loved ones?

What you believe is very powerful. If you have toxic emotions of fear, guilt and depression,
it is because you have wrong thinking, and you have wrong thinking because of wrong believing.

Wrong believing puts people in a prison. Even though there are no physical shackles,
wrong believing causes its inmates to behave as though they were incarcerated in a
maximum-security penitentiary. What you believe is powerful.


If you can change what you believe, you can change your life!”
~ Joseph Prince,
Author, Co-Founder & Pastor – New Creation Church

The Advice & Experiences of the Amazing, Smart Ones

“I’ve learned that while I’d be a fool not to stay open to the advice and experiences of the smart, amazing people in my life, I also need to listen to what I have to say.”
~ Alicia Keys
a.k.a. Alicia Augello Cook,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress

Gifts & Blessings

“If you’re given gifts or blessings in your life, it’s up to you to help the guy coming up behind you.”
~ Jimmy Smits,
Actor, Co-Founder – National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts,
Primetime Emmy Award (1990), Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995),
Golden Globe Awards (1996), Satellite Awards (1998),
ALMA Awards (2006) & Saturn Awards (2009)

Our Wisdom, Knowledge & Experience

“I think that we have a great opportunity to impart our wisdom and our knowledge and our experience to this younger generation. It may be different times, but experience transcends time and wisdom transcends time.”

 

Be Unbreakable

“If I hadn’t been told I was garbage, I wouldn’t have learned how to show people I’m talented,
and if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn’t have figured out how to be so funny.
If they hadn’t told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty,
and if they hadn’t tried to break me down, I wouldn’t know that I’m unbreakable.”
~ Gabourey Sidibe
Actress, Director, Author,
Women Film Critics Circle Awards (2009), Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards (2009),
National Board of Review (2009), Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Florida Film Critics Circle Awards (2009),
Hollywood Film Festival (2009), Detroit Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Chicago International Film Festival (2009),
Satellite Awards (2010), NAACP Image Awards (2010), Iowa Film Critics Awards (2010), Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2010),
Independent Spirit Awards (2010), Black Reel Awards (2010) & Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (2012)

A Well-Educated Populous

“The natural evolution of a well-educated populous is integration,
and this is not political, it’s not theoretical, it’s not even partisan. ”
~ Stacey Dash,
Actress, Talk Show Host & Author

You Don’t Have to Succumb to All of That

“I’m here to say that anybody who has doubts—because everybody has them,
doubts and despair and negative thoughts—it’s always important to realize they’re just thoughts and you can easily just say,
‘Go away, you’re not helping me.’
Failure is just succumbing to all of that and not believing in yourself and taking chances and taking risks.”
~ Marg Helgenberger,
Actress & Philanthropist

This Blessing is Global!

“To hate a nationality,
to hate a location because of its people,
to hate someone
is:
– self-destructive (the acid of hatred is destroying you from the inside out),
– self-cursing (the hatred you’re verbalizing, expressing, acting out, demonstrating and
writing are magnetizing the negativity of the same and worse to happen to you, immediately or later),
– a demonstration of a lack of a measure of intelligence about the Human Family,
and
– a demonstration of a lack of knowledge about The Blessing of Genesis 12:3

~ Michelle ‘Chaella’ Boddie

Trying to Keep Up with Others’ Goals

“People who race against other people always stumble, because you cannot run forward looking sideways.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

Criminalized for the Lack of Bail

“Money bail is ruining the lives of literally millions of poor people
and costing the country unnecessary billions of dollars
in incarceration costs every year.
Local jail populations grew by 19.8 percent just between 2000 and 2014,
with pretrial detention accounting for 95 percent of that growth. …
… The single feature shared by almost every defendant in pretrial detention is that they are poor.
Rich people make bail; poor people don’t.
Regardless of actual guilt or innocence,
poor people are criminalized for their inability to buy their way out of jail.”
~ Peter Edelman, ,
Lawyer, Policy Maker, Law Professor, Co-Founder – New Israel Fund, Author (Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America),
Former United States–Japan Leadership Program Fellow, Former J. Skelly Wright Memorial Fellow at Yale Law School, Co-Founder – Parents United

Pleading GUILTY While Innocent

“The major shortages of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders,
coupled with the number of people being held in jail awaiting trial
has led to a crisis
in which it is not possible
for every defendant who wants a day in court to get one.
So, the courts need a way to keep the trials from taking place.
By imprisoning poor people who cannot put up money for bail,
the system uses the threat or reality of extended imprisonment
to extract guilty pleas, even from people who are innocent
or have other valid defenses.
Not able to get a timely trial, they have only one option – plead guilty.
It is a Hobson’s choice, more so even than many of the defendants realize,
because the guilty please have serious collateral consequences
they may not even be aware of and which stay with them for the rest of their lives.
But, pleading guilty is what they do by the thousands, every day, all over America.”
~ Peter Edelman, ,
Lawyer, Policy Maker, Law Professor, Co-Founder – New Israel Fund, Author (Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America),
Former United States–Japan Leadership Program Fellow, Former J. Skelly Wright Memorial Fellow at Yale Law School, Co-Founder – Parents United

A Yardstick of Your Success

“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success
will be how you treat other people –
your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”
~ Barbara Bush,
37th First Lady of the United States (1989-1993), 33rd Second Lady of the United States (1981–1989),
Jefferson Awards Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged Award (1995),
The Miss America Woman of Achievement Award (1997)

Becoming Independent of Charity

“Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.”
~ John D. Rockefeller, Sr.,
Business Magnate, Philanthropist,
Founder:
Standard Oil Company,
University of Chicago,
Rockefeller University,
General Education Board
& the
Rockefeller Foundation

Compassion, Friendship & Unity

“When people have compassion, friendship, and unity, they speak and think
in a constructive way to ensure national independence and prosperity.
~ Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand (June 1946 – October 2016)
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Equal Upon Principle

“I should like to know if, taking this old Declaration of Independence,
which declares that all men are equal upon principle,
you begin making exceptions to it,
where will you stop?
If one man says it does not mean a Negro,
why not another say it does not mean some other man?”

~ Abraham Lincoln,
Lawyer & 16th President of the United States

The Irrevocable Decree of Political Separation

“The Declaration of Independence pronounced the irrevocable decree of political separation,
between the United States and their people on the one part,
and the British king, government, and nation on the other.”
~ John Quincy Adams,
Statesman, Diplomat, Lawyer, Diarist, United States President (1825-1829) & United States Secretary of State (1817-1825)
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The Actions of Others

“If you focus on the actions of others and allow them to constantly upset you,
then you are handing your peace over to them and giving away your power.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Keeping Their Sex Between the Two

“God says, ‘One woman, one man,’ and everyone says, ‘Oh, that’s old hat, that’s that old Bible stuff,'” ….
“But I’m thinking, well let’s see now. A clean guy – a disease-free guy and a disease-free woman –
they marry and they keep their sex between the two of them.
They’re not going to get chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and syphilis, and AIDS. It’s safe.”
~ Phil Robertson,
Professional Hunter, Businessman, & Reality Television Star