3 Speaking Secrets from Abraham Lincoln

Is there a better way I can say this? The best way to improve the skill of wordcraft is reading and listening to other speakers.

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Marking 150 Years of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

Lincoln called his audience “to the great task remaining before us, … to that cause for which [the fallen soldiers] gave the last full measure of devotion,” and it sounds so near to the writer of Hebrews in chapter 12 declaring beautifully,

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

The similarity is not for nothing. I’m reflecting on that today, 150 years after Lincoln’s speech, and who knows how long after the pen touched parchment for the book of Hebrews.

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How Abraham Lincoln inspires us to lead with powerful humility

  Reblogged from Marcus Brotherton’s Inspiring presidents series Today, we’d say Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) had a disadvantaged childhood, a dysfunctional family and a deprived school experience. He found ways around these issues to become the 16th president of the United States, called by many the greatest president ever. He led a troubled country through four […]

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