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Principle Twelve: The Bridge of Trust

Principle Twelve: The Bridge of Trust The last of our Twelve Master Principles is the Bridge of Trust. Next to Master Principle #1: Transcendence, it is perhaps the most important of the twelve. Ultimately, all human interaction is mediated across the “bridge of trust” that exists between people. Obviously, the greater the trust, the stronger

Principle Eleven: Results-Based Reality

Principle Eleven: Results-Based Reality In many ways, results-based reality is similar to what is commonly called, the “scientific method,” in that ideas are measured for their truth or effectiveness by the consistent results they produce when carefully applied to various situations or applications. The Scriptures, by the way, are the “father” or primary source of

Principle Ten: Justice-Equality

Principle Ten: Justice-Equality This month’s Bottom Line is an excerpt from Dennis Peacocke’s contribution to Uli Kortsch’s book, The Next Money Crash and a Reconstruction Blueprint, available now on Amazon.  Humanity’s cry for justice and equality has been historic in virtually every people group. The establishment of social customs and laws everywhere attests to this reality. The

Principle Nine: Limits

Principle Nine: Limits The principle of limits cannot be overemphasized as an essential guide for successful living, both personally and socially. Limits protect us from destructive thoughts and actions. Properly applied, they spur us on to new levels of maturation and the excitement of challenge and change. The concept of limits is extraordinary because it

Principle Eight: Localism–Centralization

Principle Eight: Localism–Centralization As noted with Principle Three: Reciprocity of our series on the Twelve Master Principles, many major principles are counterbalanced by an opposite principle. The intertwined examination of the equal-opposite relationship between localism and centralization is one such reality. Human relations tend towards intense, close relationships and, conversely, the constant pull of merging

Principle Seven: Jurisdictional Government

Principle Seven: Jurisdictional Government The Bible has not been written as a textbook. Even though it is full of principles, truths, their numerous applications, and the history of people, cultures, and events spanning thousands of years, it is written as a story with multiple plots. Yet there is one major theme that stands out: Our

Fauci, Masks, and My Brave New Plane Ride

June 2021 – Special Edition Recently, I took my first airplane trip in sixteen months. I have usually flown between 70,000 to 115,000 miles per year since 1978. Needless to say, staying home this much has been a wonderfully strange but much needed time. Of course, getting on the airplane with masked people who clearly

Principle Six: The Separation of Powers

Principle Six: The Separation of Powers As we addressed in our April issue of The Bottom Line and study of the Twelve Master Principles, Principle Four: Service-Based Power is the conduit through which “love makes the exercise of power safe” because empowering others becomes one’s goal. Since government is the structure through which power is

Principle Five: The Division of Labor

Principle Five: The Division of Labor For just as the body is one and yet has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free,

Principle Four: Service-Based Power

Principle Four: Service-Based Power For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of

Principle Three: Reciprocity

Principle Three: Reciprocity As we go through the Twelve Master Principles together, we will see two things about them: First, they are all connected to each other in interesting ways, and second, they are all connected to a counterpoint-balancing reality. The balancing point between the principle of Choice and the principle of Reciprocity is an

Principle Two: Choice

Versión en Español | Français Version | Versão em Português Principle Two: Choice The second of our Twelve Master Principles is about active choice, the foundation of all true freedom. It is counterbalanced by the principle of reciprocity (the subject of next month’s discussion) which measures choice by its effect on others. Together, choice and

Principle One: Transcendence

Principle One: Transcendence The first of our Twelve Master Principles is Transcendence or “ultimate issues.” This principle comprehensively requires that any activity we are seriously investing life into must be carefully able to answer the following questions: What are the ultimate and most important values, outcomes, and strategic investments connected to this endeavor? Exactly, what

“And It Came to Pass”

Over the years, I have heard several preach on the above phrase, which is written hundreds of times throughout the Bible. Usually these sermons were shared in the context of events running their course to the end. We are reminded that tough situations in life come and go, and we should extend patience to that

Clint Eastwood Was Right All Along

“A man’s gotta know his limitations.” —Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan in Magnum Force (1973) The above quote from the iconic Mr. Eastwood applies to literally dozens of situations, people, and events we are currently dealing with in this month of elections. I dare not start the obvious list because, after several consecutive months of

Identity Politics: An Ultimate Deception

I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. —John 17:23 The word “radical” derives from the Latin, radix. At its etymological center is the concept of being centered and

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