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The Most Influential Person The Trouble with Guiding Principles Philippians 4:1-9

The Most Influential Person The Trouble with Guiding Principles

Why do our moral principles, at times, fail us?

At a Glance

Justin Bieber is a talented young man, but he's been known to get into a few scrapes with the law or media. Yet, he's not a fellow without some guiding principles -- principles that have been instilled in him with help from his mother and his manager. So what gives? Why have his guiding principles on occasion failed him? This takes us to our text, full of pithy principles, and with help from a former CIA analyst, we come to some conclusions.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's OT text, see "It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time ...," October 9, 2011, at

Justin Bieber is one of the most popular young pop musicians today, but he's had his share of difficulties with the law.

That said, Bieber is going to get us to our Philippians text. Hang on.

Last January, Bieber was arrested in Miami for drag racing and charged with a DUI. That same month, he surrendered to Canadian authorities to answer a charge of assault on a limo driver. There've ...

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