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The Need for Courage and Convictions


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The deck of the workshop by Mr. Philip Paul, CEO Unlimited Innovations at the SALT Conference 2012

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The Need for Courage and Convictions

  1. 1. SALT 2012The need for courage and conviction Philip Paul
  2. 2. Brain teaser #1A farmer returns from the market, where he bought a she-goat, a cabbage and a wolf (what a crazy market :-). Onthe way home he must cross a river. His boat is small andwon’t fit more than one of his purchases. He cannot leavethe she-goat alone with the cabbage (because the she-goatwould eat it), nor he can leave the she-goat alone with thewolf (because the she-goat would be eaten).How can the farmer get everything on the other side inthis river crossing puzzle?
  3. 3. Brain teaser #1Take the she-goat to the other side. Go back, take cabbage,unload it on the other side where you load the she-goat, goback and unload it. Take the wolf to the other side where youunload it. Go back for the she-goat. Thats it.
  4. 4. Brain teaser #2A fellow encountered a bear in a wasteland. There wasnobody else there. Both were frightened and ran away.Fellow to the north, bear to the west. Suddenly thefellow stopped, aimed his gun to the south and shotthe bear. What color was the bear?
  5. 5. Brain teaser #2It all happened on the North Pole. When the man shot, hemust have been right on the North Pole. Getting it? So itmakes sense to assume that the only color the bear could bewas WHITE.
  6. 6. Brain teaser #3The day before yesterday I was 25 and the next year Iwill be 28. This is true only one day in a year. Whatday is my birthday?
  7. 7. Brain teaser #3He was born on December 31st and spoke about it on January1st.
  8. 8. Have you witnessedcourage recently?Michael MansoorFukishima Nuclear PlantworkersMohamed Bouazizi
  9. 9. Some references1. Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”2. Deuteronomy 31:7 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance.3. Deuteronomy 31:23 The LORD gave this command to Joshua son of Nun: “Be strong and courageous, for
  10. 10. Some references4. Joshua 1:6Be strong and courageous, because youwill lead these people to inherit the land Iswore to their ancestors to give them.5. Joshua 1:7“Be strong and very courageous. Becareful to obey all the law my servantMoses gave you; do not turn from it to theright or to the left, that you may besuccessful wherever you go.6. Joshua 1:9Have I not commanded you? Be strongand courageous. Do not be afraid; do notbe discouraged, for the LORD your Godwill be with you wherever you go.”
  11. 11. Some referencesJoshua 1:18Whoever rebels against your word anddoes not obey it, whatever you maycommand them, will be put to death. Onlybe strong and courageous!”Joshua 10:25Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; donot be discouraged. Be strong andcourageous. This is what the LORD willdo to all the enemies you are going tofight.”1 Chronicles 28:20David also said to Solomon his son, “Bestrong and courageous, and do the work.Do not be afraid or discouraged, for theLORD God, my God, is with you.
  12. 12. Courage - SpiritualDiscipline? God to Joshua David to Solomon Spiritual Disciplines Faith and Courage
  13. 13. Courage“Courage is simply not oneof the virtues but the formof every virtue at thetesting point. Withoutcourage, we will shed anyvirtue like a raincoat at themoment we need it themost” - C. S. Lewis
  14. 14. CourageCourage is not the absenceof fear but the capacity foraction despite our fears” -John McCain
  15. 15. CourageWithout courage, all virtueis fragile; admired, soughtafter, professed, but heldcheaply and surrenderedwithout a fight” - WinstonChurchill
  16. 16. Courage & ConvictionEsther “I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
  17. 17. Courage & Conviction Daniel Daniel 1 1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.
  18. 18. Courage & ConvictionDaniel II Kings 25:7 1 So in the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army. He encamped outside the city and built siege works all around it. 2 The city was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. They killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes. Then they put out his eyes, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon.
  19. 19. Courage & ConvictionShadrach & Co. Daniel 3:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[a] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
  20. 20. What are some causes thatcould be areas of conviction Evangelism Child labor Missions Illiteracy Bribery Poverty Abortion Orphans Human trafficking
  21. 21. Will you act out yourconvictions?Are your ready tobe courageous onyour convictions? Benny Yu
  22. 22. Courageously pursuing your calling Are you ready to fulfill your purpose in life by following Christ, being a part of a Community and work on a Cause by following your Convictions Courageously?
  23. 23. Contact Questions?E-Mail: Philip Paul Philip Paul