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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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Preserving Your Passion and Identity in the Midst of Change

The world is changing. No one knows what August will look like, much less New Years 2021. My question to you is, “Does it matter?” The easy answer is a loud impassioned, “Yes!”, because what people fear most is the loss of control in the midst of change. Change can also play havoc with your art, your passion, and your

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The Wrongness of Worry for Christians

Most Christians agree that adultery is wrong. God’s beef against His people in the Old Testament was serial spiritual adultery, worshipping other Gods, disobedience, and breaking covenant. We are blessed by the Holy Spirit, yet continue to worship the idol of worry. In the late 1970s, I bought a Sherman on the Mount greeting card. I cut it in half,

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Why Rural America is Conservative

Someone asked me why rural America tends to be more conservative. I’ve lived in the city, the suburbs, and the country. Since I’ve produced several species of livestock, ranched, and planted and baled my own hay, I’m as qualified to answer as anyone. Of course, everyone in rural America isn’t conservative, because country is no longer populated exclusively with farmers

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The Reason for Conflict–Us vs Them

Given the choice, people tend to associate with others like themselves. Collective Identity is the shared sense of belonging to a group which establishes the rules, social mores, and doctrines to which members adhere. Leaders receive the power to define membership and guide group members. The primary reason for conflict is groups with incompatible values. Every group competes with every other group.

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Being Christian Amid Protest and Pandemic

It’s still crazy out there. Sin is rampant. Excuses are ridiculous, horrible, and coming in from every side. Mr. Baber and I spent nearly two years learning and sharing with disciple-making veterans of more than 60 years. When we brought a question to JD, about politics, current events, or some personal quandary, his response was the same. “What’s the kingdom truth?”

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Intimacy with God–The Power of Small Gestures

What’s your personal sign from God? A cloud formation, a song that comes on the radio while you’re praying for guidance, a dragonfly, or a glorious rainbow when it isn’t raining? Mine is red cardinals. We most cherish the intimate things of God in our relationship with Him. Intimacy is impossible without familiarity and connection. Your husband’s fingers touching yours

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