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Yearly Archives: 2012

DECEMBER 2012 STATEMENT, YEAR 1, MONTH 7

For almost a hundred years, a huge piece of flawed carrara marble lay in the courtyard of a cathedral on Florence, Italy. Then in 1501, young sculptor was asked to do something with it. He measured the block and noted it’s imperfections. In his mind, he envisioned a young shepherd boy. For three years, he […]

NOVEMBER 2012 STATEMENT, YEAR 1, MONTH 6

Fred, a clerk in a retail store, was rude to the customers and lazy. On several occasions, his boss was about to fire him. But he didn’t follow through because of his concern for Fred’s wife and children who would suffer from his dismissal. One day a regular customer stopped by and noticed that Fred […]

OCTOBER 2012 STATEMENT, YEAR 1, MONTH 5

Some people pray only in a crisis. They have a ‘quick fix’ mentality that sees GOD mainly as a problem solver. When merciful solutions come, He is courteously thanked, then more or less forgotten until the next crisis. The story is told of a young rich girl, accustomed to servants, who was afraid to climb […]

SEPTEMBER 2012 STATEMENT, YEAR 1, MONTH 4

Our gratitude is deepened when we remember when the price others paid to help obtain freedom. In the United States, one such person was Richard Stockton. Stockton was one of the signers of the declaration of independence. He was a prominent lawyer and a very wealthy land owner. Because he supported the war efforts, he […]

AUGUST 2012 STATEMENT, YEAR 1, MONTH 3

On November 9th 1965, there was a wide spread power outage that darkened eight states in the North East US, and portions of Ontario and Quebec in eastern Canada – covering 80,000 square miles and affecting 30 million people. With no electricity lights, candles were in great demand. An announcer on a New York radio […]

JULY 2012 STATEMENT, YEAR 1, MONTH 2

When riding in a car, I passed a sign that warned: $100 FINE FOR THROWING LITTER ON THE HIGHWAY. Soon I saw another sign that stated LITTER BARREL - 1 MILE! A short time later, I passed a garbage truck on it's way to the disposal plant. There are three things you can do with [...]

JUNE 2012 STATEMENT, YEAR 1, MONTH 1

Inventor Charles Kettering has suggested that we must learn to fail intelligently. He said, 'Once you've failed, analyse the problem and find out why, because each failure is one more step leading to the cathedral of success. The only time you do not want to fail is the last time you try.' Kettering further gave [...]