Bill Gothard

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Bill Gothard

William "Bill" W. Gothard (born November 2, 1934) is an American speaker and author. He started the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) in 1961.

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  • "A message prepared in the mind reaches a mind; a message prepared in a life reaches a life."[1]
What it means: Something that is thought through in the mind may have an impact on another mind, but something that is practiced in life could have an impact on another person.
  • "Do you realize that God expects you to consider that you are actually working for Jesus Christ on your job?"[2]    
Simple: Do you understand that God expects you to know that you are living for Jesus while working at your job?
  • "We don't focus on corporal punishment. We focus on teaching and training."[3]
Simple: Our focus is not on corporal punishment. We focus on teaching and training people.
  • "We are not guilty of the things that are being spoken of here. The law has been followed in every case, and we'll stand by that."[4]
Simple: We have not done the bad things people say we have done. We have followed the law in everything we have done, and we will not change in this view.
  • "We're there to serve the city."[5]
Simple: Our purpose is to serve the city of Indianapolis.


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