Victorious Christian Living

Being in the world but not of it. Living in relationship with God and one another. Simple truth. Simple faith.

Transforming Evils into Bouquets: Posy-Plucking

Victorious Christian Living By July 21, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Ring-a-round the Rosie, A pocketful of posies… I pick bouquets of posies several times a day. You’ll note from the photo that my posies aren’t soft, fragrant, or belong anywhere near my pocket. Ouch! I’d love to rarely see them; discovery an unusual occurrence. Never would be better. Little evils sneak in no matter how hard you work to eliminate…

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Chasing Tribulation, or How I Got Bucked Off My Treadmill

Horses and Owners, Victorious Christian Living By July 18, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Most of you understand bucking. Lots of horse folks know what it’s like to look up from the ground wondering, “What happened? I walk on the treadmill every day without incident. Until last Monday. One moment I was upright and the next I lay crumpled on our garage’s cement floor. The first sign something was amiss was the unexpected noise…

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The Doer of Good

Book Reviews, Victorious Christian Living By July 18, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

There isn’t enough time to do all I want or read every wonderful word composed by great minds and hearts. I’m up to my second rib in a new manuscript, working to say more with fewer words. This short story by Oscar Wilde popped up in my research and blew me away. So, of course, I wanted to share it…

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Are You Content?

Victorious Christian Living By July 7, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

My arena is growing. The process is disruptive, time-consuming, expensive, frustrating, and exciting. Part of the old fence is gone and the new location is marked. Change is constant. Being content amid change is a gift of grace. Contentment is owning where you are. More certain than taxes is change. Today is not a carbon copy of yesterday. “Groundhog Day”…

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Why Teenagers Don’t Talk About Their Faith or Feelings

Victorious Christian Living By July 6, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Why don’t more teens talk about faith and feelings? Research suggests they can’t. Conclusions reached in the National Study of Youth and Religion are sharply disturbing. How well does your teen-ager communicate? Whether it’s your child or a grandchild, do you enjoy emotion-rich conversation? Can you snuggle together in the parlor with a cup of tea and talk about faith, family,…

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Do You Worry You’re Not Doing Enough?

Victorious Christian Living By May 22, 2018 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Like many of you, sometimes I wonder if I’m doing enough. For the Lord, for my family, for the horses, as a good steward, and as a writer. I haven’t posted much since the last newsletter. This month’s list of articles is uncomfortably short. Have I let you down? Shirked? What happened? Life. Fiction writers dream up stories, mysteries, and…

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Can You Prove Christianity?

Victorious Christian Living By May 22, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

“Is Christianity true just because the inerrant Bible says it is?” This is the central question in a June 2018 American Family Association Journal article by Dr. Frank Turek, apologist and Christian radio host. His short answer is, “No,” followed by hundreds of words explaining the “but.” I like this question better, “Is Christianity provable?” It’s simpler and delivers the…

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Social Media Exposes the True State of the Heart

Victorious Christian Living By April 9, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Fifty years ago I was a figure skater. During a practice session, I landed a small jump just as another skater did hers. In case you’re not familiar with skating, jump take-offs are planned; landings are estimated. Our paths crossed, and my super-sharp skate blade lacerated her calf, leaving a scar. It wasn’t anyone’s fault, and neither she nor her…

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The Truth about Truth

Victorious Christian Living By March 9, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

The world is nuts. Maybe you’ve noticed. Nothing is simple. Everything is relative. Gender is uncertain and few agree on when life begins. Hogwash. It’s not that difficult. Eradicate the propaganda and deceptive voices and the truth becomes clear. The truth is constant. The truth is ageless. And truth determines your address in eternity. God is found behind one of…

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Putting God’s Verbs into Action

Victorious Christian Living By March 2, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Guest post by my dear friend, Jo Passmore. When I was nine I became saved. The printed message that gripped me was one that spoke of Hell in no uncertain terms.  That kind of message isn’t in vogue today and few people understand the impact a pamphlet like that can have, especially on a nine-year-old. But the years that followed…

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