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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.

Do Children and Horses Mirror Your Mistakes?

Biology isn’t the only criteria for who is or isn’t a mother or father. Raising bold, believing children requires knowledgeable, dedicated, persistent, and God-fearing parents.  Likewise, it takes knowledgeable, dedicated, and persistent owners or trainers to develop confident, reliable horses. The cause of most disobedient or dangerous teenagers is parents who were absent physically, emotionally, or both. Horses without firm,

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Seeing God—What It Means to Be Pure in Heart

Some people don’t want to see God because they don’t believe He exists. Curiously, the people who are most passionate about not believing are the same ones who harbor the greatest doubts.  The rest of us eagerly await the moment when we shall behold Him. One day we’ll meet face-to-face, but for most of us that isn’t today. However, you

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7 Reasons Why God Doesn’t Say “Yes” When You Ask

How often does God give you what you ask for? I don’t have all the answers, but I know that coincidences don’t exist and that it’s possible to improve the odds of getting a “Yes” when you ask God for something. On the walking trail this morning I mentioned something I would like and God delivered it in less than

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Temptation Valley—Danger For the Weary

Struggling against oppressive heat and humidity on my morning walk a few days ago, the forecast high a blistering 105 degrees, I recorded my efforts to move and breathe. One of the most natural human responses when we find ourselves in a pit is to dig a little deeper. So I did. If Satan has a theme song, this is

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Don’t Cheat Your Future With Your Past

Cheating delivers a big, fat, juicy, nothing-burger. Another definition for cheating is, “I don’t care.” Like human students, horses learn to cheat when they think they can get away with it and don’t have a significant relationship with the teacher. Cheating horses only do what’s necessary to remove the pressure, to satisfy. No foundation, security, leadership, trust, or confidence is

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Transforming Limitations into Miracles of Opportunity

Imposed limitations or losses because of aging, disease, family changes, or financial reversals can create angst, anger, or insecurity, hijacking your vitality and focus, enticing you to brood over your challenges or woes. These distractions and temptations intend to hide the path to abundant life waiting in the lane God chooses for you.  “But, God.” I haven’t run one step

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Conflict Is More About Feelings Than Ideology

“He’s gone.” The news that my friend’s beloved dog passed away from a horrible accident is devastating. More to her than me, but my heart still twists with grief for my friend and the amazing waggly buddy I grew to love. Share the news with six people that never met my friend or the dog and the news won’t inspire

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How Galapagos Animals Preach This Beatitude

My morning walk is a precious time of peace, quiet, and the pursuit of relationship with the deer, squirrels, and birds living in the woods along the creek. I learned a lot about bringing a peaceful spirit to animals from Saint Francis, but more recently, by reading about the tame animals of the Galapagos. Conflict is largely a human characteristic.

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