Structure Equals Results – 10 Steps to Achieve Success

Victorious Christian Living By March 16, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Who doesn’t want to be more successful, achieve goals, be a winner? Three words sum up the message, Structure Equals Results. Setting and achieving goals is formulaic — the details change but the way it works is the same. Business, sports, and entertainment celebrities branch out into apparel, furniture design, and housewares. People who learn how to understand and apply their formula…


“Lies We Believe About God” by Wm. Paul Young, author of “The Shack”

Book Reviews By March 13, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 5 Comments

Paul Young is an affable guy with a great story. He’ll tell you himself that story is powerful. His own story is the result of great personal pain and his experience of recovery. Lies We Believe is a book that rebrands the theology of The Shack as doctrine. What would Mr. Young think if I told him that since I’ve…


7 Reflections of Faith on New Year’s

Victorious Christian Living By February 19, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 4 Comments

Faith is the hope of things unseen, of promises and blessings yet to come. What better time to reflect on the simple truths and gifts bestowed on you by our Lord, dear brothers and sisters in Christ? Like most years, 2012 was full of human tragedy and personal trials for many, both saved and not. The sign announcing the path ahead…


How Tolerance became the Doctrine of Death

Victorious Christian Living By February 18, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

The greatest sin to enlightened men is intolerance. Every other (debatable) sin pales in comparison. In fact, the very concept of sin itself has become the poster-child of intolerance. Tolerance is the new standard by which most ideologies and behaviors are judged. The specific content of various doctrines isn’t evaluated, just how well everyone agreeably endorses it. Twisted tolerance is…


Human History – the Final Countdown

Victorious Christian Living By February 18, 2017 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

It’s five minutes to midnight on the clock of human history.  You must be certain that your eternity is settled because time is running out. In Jesus’ parable of the Vineyard Owner, a final offer to idle men is made at the eleventh hour. (Matthew 20:1-16) One way of defining eleventh hour is the last possible moment before it is…


The Best Ways to Sell a Lie

Victorious Christian Living By February 17, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Extreme blood-letting aside, few things bug me more than lies. Adultery is a lie. Betrayal is a lie. Telling someone they’re awesome when they aren’t is a lie. It doesn’t matter how great or small the lie – a lie is a lie. Fallout from lies range from momentary disgust to global war, but the crime is still the same….


A Nation in Extremis – What remains of the real America

Victorious Christian Living By February 9, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Nothing outside the United States of America is powerful enough to tear her down. But the rapidly metastasizing cancer of smallness may soon consumer her vitality from the inside until the contagion stills the heartbeat of a once-vibrant nation and the Great Experiment concludes. The hopeful conviction of a people committed to a Creator and a cause greater than themselves gave birth…


Christians and Politics – the Religious “right” and “wrong”

Victorious Christian Living By February 8, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

Throughout the 2016 election cycle social media preachers passionately debated or declared which candidates were or were not acceptable to Jesus Christ. Not surprisingly, social media preachers did not agree. Perhaps none was right, but I can declare with great certainly that they weren’t all correct. In Ecclesiastes the very wise Solomon repeatedly observes that there is nothing new under…


Why passion fades – Horsemanship and Discipleship Failure

Horses and Owners, Victorious Christian Living By February 6, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

There are a whole bunch of horse folks and groups committed to sharing their passion for horses with newcomers. There are a whole bunch of churches and ministries dedicated to evangelism; spreading the Word in order to bring the lost to Christ. Committed relationship with Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life and you can’t have a relationship with…


Is it ever okay for your horse to say “No”?

Horses and Owners By February 6, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Not long ago as I entered one of our local horse emporiums a clerk called out, “Lynn, can I ask you a question?” “Sure,” I replied. “How can I help?” She wasn’t sure how to interpret her young stallion’s response (or lack of response) from an encounter that morning. He was happily grazing in the pasture when she went to…