Reading Time: 5 minutes Thirty years ago I loved everything about Christmas, firing up seasonal songs the first of November, singing along with off-key gusto when no one could hear, searching out the perfect gift for each special person on my long list. Some years my decorations were photo worthy, often designing gift-wrapping as personal to the recipient as […]
Victorious Christian Living
... in a post-Christian world. Encouragement. Bible study. Inspiration. Tips, strategies, tools, and encouragement for Christians facing daily distractions designed to tempt their toes off the Narrow Path.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Acquisition is a basic human concept, we’re born with the desire to get, to receive, and to have. Depending on the circumstances, this completely natural tendency can spark wars or inspire remarkable displays of altruistic service and generosity. Curiously, the topic of treasure in heaven popped up several times in recent conversations. The one that […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s Christmas and I wanted to offer you something in the spirit of the season. I love unique, seldom-seen or little-known factoids, wonderful stories or quotes overlooked by the main stream. These ten Christmas quotes made my list this year. I hope you find a gem among them. -1- “The hinge of history is […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes Christmas is three weeks away, barely enough time to shop, create menus suitable for diabetic Uncle Ralph and gluten-intolerant Cousin Sally, re-home dust bunnies, and drag out boxes of decorations. Unless the heart of your celebration is little kids, it’s doubtful Santa plays a significant role in your 2018 holiday plans. Because Santa isn’t real, […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes I love obstacles. Sometimes we think of obstacles as bad and challenges as good. I tend to think they’re one and the same. What makes one good or bad isn’t in the details, but how we choose to respond. The idea of a daily routine is laughable, few of my days are carbon copies of […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes The children’s story of The Three Bears offers valuable insight to preachers and teachers. Occasionally I leave a conversation berating myself, “Why didn’t I shut up sooner?” Sometimes I’m on the other end of an unending lecture, listening past my point of interest. Exceptional listening skills guide how you both hear and speak.
Reading Time: 4 minutes You are what you do. (most.) The way to achieve excellence is making small changes and consistently building on them. Every great thing rests on a series of tiny things done until they create habit; muscle, spiritual, or obedience habit. When trouble comes, habit rules the day. Some folks believe they’ll step up in a big crisis, that something held in reserve will miraculously appear. Crises don’t make us better, they reveal our habits.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Once a year I sit myself down for a serious talk about the same two things. Each year distractions foil my resolve to master two simple concepts. The first is simplify. The second is — Slow down! If you have one mega-calorie nutrition bar capable of sustaining life for three weeks, would you eat it all […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes You know what it’s like to act from a sense of duty; it’s expected, something you have to do it to maintain your “good person” status. Looking in the mirror would be a bit uncomfortable if you don’t do what you believe you ought. Duty has it’s place – as long as joy gets equal […]