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  • Where Will You Draw the Line?

    Where Will You Draw the Line?

    A coalescing of political, economic, medical, and spiritual forces has given our world a historic epoch yet to be defined. I foresaw this phenomenon (minus the COVID crisis) and wrote about it ten years ago in my book, On the Destiny of Nations. I referred to it as the “Great Reset” that would accompany a […]

  • Is Western Civilization Worth Saving?

    Is Western Civilization Worth Saving?

    When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? —Psalm 11:3 Thirty-seven years ago, I wrote my first book, Winning the Battle for the Minds of Men, to assure Christians that we could and would block the attacks coming against the church through the proper application of God’s principles. I wanted to turn […]

  • Abortion: What Does It Mean to Be Alive?

    Abortion: What Does It Mean to Be Alive?

    Abortion: What Does It Mean to Be Alive? For in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, “For we also are His descendants.” —Acts 17:28 As a nation, the US remains divided over the issues surrounding abortion. There are massive amounts of literature and commentary on […]

  • 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 the bridge. The stronger the bridge, […]

  • 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 this methodology of truth […]

  • 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 challenges associated with […]

  • 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 carries opposite meanings […]

  • 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 primarily exercised, this principle of love […]

  • 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 peace. On the throne […]

  • 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 excellent example of […]

  • Principle Two: Choice

    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 reciprocity give us appropriate freedom within the context of “loving your neighbor as […]

  • 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 are we doing […]

  • “And It Came to Pass”

    “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 […]

  • Scripture In the Culture: How Long, How Deep?

    Scripture In the Culture: How Long, How Deep?

    The freedom, prosperity, and quality of life of a nation can easily and most accurately be assessed by answering one question: How long have the Scriptures been seriously studied by leaders in the culture, and how much have the Scriptures penetrated their legal systems? I could stop this essay right here and say, “End of […]

  • Where Are the Kingly Priests?

    Where Are the Kingly Priests?

    Yes, it is He who will build the temple of the Lord, and He who will bear the honor and sit and rule on His throne. Thus, He will be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace will be between the two offices. —Zechariah 6:13 This well-known Scripture from the book of […]

  • Eight Minutes and Forty-Six Seconds

    Eight Minutes and Forty-Six Seconds

    Eight minutes and forty-six seconds—that is the amount of time George Floyd had as a last reprieve to stay in this world. The murderer was told that George had no pulse and he could get up and get his knee off the carotid artery in Floyd’s neck. But he did not. Why? Because he did […]