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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 Animals Go to Heaven?

Is the Rainbow Bridge something real or a myth than makes losing a loved one easier to bear? The book I’ve always wanted to write (but couldn’t) would answer two very important questions: What happens to animals after they die? Will our most beloved pets be waiting for us on the other side? I’ve researched the issue and prayed about

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Unexpected Stewardship Challenges

Stewardship topped my chart a few years ago when I realized how much stuff we had that we didn’t use. Since then, I actively seek to rehome anything that can better serve elsewhere. If I don’t love something or need it, it’s on it’s way out the door. Five days ago I realized that I’m failing to be a good

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Socialism, Equality, and the Garden of Eden

The relative value of socialism and demands for equality or equity dominate politics, academia, and public debate. What few consider is that the conversation began in the Garden of Eden. Reducing God to human level denies His qualities of being other or more than we. Sinful human nature seeks to bring God down to our level rather than being inspired

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Living With Christian Victory in a World that Denies God

The United States is a hot mess of disunity. If you’re not at war with someone over what they think, you’re not in the game. How do you learn what the game is, who sets the rules, or how to choose a winning strategy? How do you realize Christian victory in our post-Christian society? I’ve noticed that the rules keep

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Miraculous Relationship – Jesus and Horses

Animals see you. The real you. They read your spirit, your intentions, and know your heart. As a child I trusted animals and sought their company. Growing up, I took a stake in the heart on the few occasions an animal didn’t immediately fall in love with me. Critters were my safe place, my comfort zone, my friends, my family.

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Christmas Tradition and Family Heirlooms

Usually you think of heirlooms as things, valued either intrinsically or as inspiration of generational family lore. One lady changed my concept of family heirlooms when I delivered Meals-on-Wheels as a Rotarian. Mrs. K, a lady with too-black hair, greeted me from a wheelchair, her footman a remarkably fat and contented gray cat. She stayed by the door while I

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The True Spirit of Christmas – It’s So Much Better to Give Than Receive

  I discovered this story years ago. May it bless and inspire you as it has me. Miraculous transformations, like Ebenezer Scrooge and The Grinch, are possible once we realize it’s so much better to give than receive. Scrooge: “Bah, humbug!” Narrator: “Oh! but he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!”

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Discovering New Reasons to Celebrate Christmas – Recovering from Humbug

  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 the gift itself –

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