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How to live as a Christian in a pagan world. A place to affirm truth, grow faith, and polish your spiritual armor.

How God Revealed Himself Through Two Squirrels

Two squirrels busied themselves on the grass beside the walking trail this morning as I made my daily trek between the backyards of suburban houses and a creek tucked into a dense wood in the middle of town. The squirrels delivered the first God Dot of my day. Miracles and messages from God aren’t reserved for a select few. God

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6 Reasons Not to Burn A Bridge You May Need Later

Is there something you’re about to give up for good — or maybe disappear from or pause for awhile? Real stewardship today means you’re constantly rearranging schedules and assessing all the people, things, and commitments that devour your resources. There’s a seismic difference between scorched earth and retrenchment, between annihilation and scaling back. Maybe you never want to see old

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Christmas to Calvary — A Circle of Joy and Sorrow, Peace and Purpose

The year 2020 transformed what we expected into something else and no one knows for certain what the New Year will bring. Yet Christmas never changes because the events of Christmas and Calvary, while historically past, form a circle of promise both made and kept. The circle of joy to sorrow to joy is the journey from Crib to Cross

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Adam’s Genealogy—Evidence of the Garden of Eden and the Date of the Flood

Do you believe the Flood really happened? Was there really a Garden of Eden from which God evicted Adam and Eve? How long has mankind been around? Aren’t those questions for archaeologists, anthropologists, and scientists? Not if you believe that God’s Word is true. Biblical genealogies offer precise information and an unexpected glimpse at personal relationships that shine brilliant spotlights

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Getting Older? The Good News About Losing Power

My twenty-year old tobacco-colored gelding, Ace, stood quietly while I lumbered up onto a one-step stool carrying the stock saddle I intended to pitch onto his back. Eight out of ten times he steps backwards as soon as I get into launch position, but this day, he was a rock.  Which I especially appreciated as I tightened my core and

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Ministry and Money—Guilt About Getting Paid

Do you have a heart to serve and skills that people need or want, but harbor Christian guilt about accepting payment? At the end of this post, I offer two statements to consider and use for yourself. Once I lay a little foundation, maybe they’ll provide clarity that empowers you to leave guilt on the curb for pick up next

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Why Faith and Horse Problems Originate “In the Beginning”

Everything has a beginning, including train tracks, a horse’s skeleton, and God’s Word. What happens to a horse’s soundness and performance and to our relationship with God, depends on starting in the right place and staying on track. Think of a broken leg that healed crooked and twisted because it wasn’t set properly. Walking is painful. Muscles and soft tissues

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Dealing Effectively With Pushy, Squeaky Wheels

Diva, our three-year-old miniature dachshund, is the one squeaky wheel in our house. She can be pushy, demanding, and vocal. The shrill noises emanating from our cuddly little cutie translate to, “Throw my ball!” or “Pay attention to me!” We’re dealing with her shriekish squeaks because I screwed up. I’m good with managing pushy horses and people, but I became

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