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Statue of Billy Graham Unveiled in Statuary Hall of US Capitol

Salvation in Christ Jesus was offered in National Statuary Hall May 16, 2024 at the unveiling of a 7-foot tall bronze statue of the iconic late global evangelist Billy Graham (who died at age 99 in 2018) which has John 3:16 and John 14:6 carved in its base.

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US House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson, other congressional members, dignitaries, and the Graham family and friends officiated at the hour-long ceremony, which was carried live on C-SPAN.

In his prayer of invocation, US Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black described Mr. Graham’s life as “the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless day, and like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth. Lord, we celebrate his laudable example of blameless living, of obedience to your commands, and of telling your good news of salvation around the world. Inspired by his great and sacrificial life, may we emulate his commitment by refusing to deviate from integrity, living above reproach, and striving to transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.” [Editor’s Note: These expressed characteristics are the same advocated by living the SemperVerus life.]

Small Decisions Matter: The 1% ‘Marginal Gains’ Rule

The little decisions we make every moment of every day add up to major results for the good or bad of our lives. The SemperVerus motto reminds us to Stay True to what is right in every step we take and every choice we make.

Illustrating this is the Marginal Gains Rule: small changes lead to significant outcomes. This article offers this example:

“Sir Dave Brailsford, former performance director of British Cycling, believed making a 1% improvement in a host of tiny areas would result in extraordinary cumulative benefits. The theory of marginal gains can be credited for vaulting the British cycling team from a mediocre performer to 16 gold medals over two Olympics and seven Tour de France wins in eight years. The dedicated focus on improvement in the smallest of tasks is what separates the elite few from wayward others.”

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“Success is a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.” —Jim Rohn

SemperVerus Helps You Be Authentic : The 2023 Word of the Year

The craving for authenticity in our internet culture of bogosity and the breakdown of society reflected in deepfakes, post-truth, situational ethics, “your-truth-is-not-my-truth,” and artificial intelligence, has resulted in Merriam-Webster declaring authentic its Word of the Year, based on the high-volume lookup data during 2023 on the dictionary’s website, driven by stories and conversations about AI, celebrity culture, identity, and social media.

Among the other highly searched words in the dictionary’s 2023 data, is deepfake: “an image or recording that has been convincingly altered and manipulated to misrepresent someone as doing or saying something that was not actually done or said.”

Authentic has a number of meanings, including not false and not imitation, and its synonyms include real, actual, legitimate, pure, reliable, and true.

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SemperVerus is here to help you “stay true to what is right” (1 Timothy 4:16 NLT) by adhering to the teachings of Scripture; as Jesus prayed to God the Father, “Use the truth to make them holy. Your word is truth” (John 17:17 NIrV).

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Self-Awareness Is Part of Situational Awareness

Whenever we get the chance, we remind you that the name SemperVerus is Latin for Stay True and its foundation is the Bible verse 1 Timothy 4:16 (NLT) — “Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.”

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In his article, Leadership and Self-Awareness…, Dr. James Scott, Jr., says, “Sin is humanity’s great problem, but a wholesale lack of self-awareness…is a leading contributor to the problems and troubles we create for ourselves. We hurtle through life more unconscious of our own selves, and the lives of others, than sharply aware and purposely alert.”