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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.

Learning About Christian Character from a Horse

  Everyone is wonderful some of the time. Few people are delightful all the time. Authentic character is expressed in hard times, not days of leisure. It’s easy to be kind and agreeable when circumstances are kind and agreeable. If you’re a student of Christian character, horses make marvelous instructors. When in doubt about genuine or feigned character traits, just

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“Drinking from my Saucer” – Perfectly Simple Prayer of Gratitude

An elderly man in a motorized chair sat at the head of the Thanksgiving table. Contentment wasn’t a gift he’d enjoyed in the first eighty-four years of life and gratitude was not his usual perspective on the world. He honestly could do almost anything. Name any skill – he probably had it. Which peeved a bunch of folks, and often

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Your Spinning Hamster Wheel – Addicted to Busyness

  My husband and I challenge one another, “If not now, when?” Whether it’s a change of lifestyle, visiting someplace you’ve only dreamed of, or a purchase you keep putting off for later, eventually later isn’t an option. We’re staring that reality in the face, making decisions instead of doing more of what we do and depending on later. When

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Craving Obedience and Chocolate

  No one craves chocolate unless they’ve tasted it. For more than 50 years I didn’t give a hoot about chocolate. I’d tasted chocolate many time. But not REAL chocolate. A few years ago my husband remarked, “I would really love some chocolate.” Huh? We’d been married thirty years. I didn’t buy chocolate. We didn’t eat chocolate. And he’d never

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Tribulation to Transformation – God Wastes Nothing

In retrospect, my most painful life experiences are the ones most valuable to me today. I don’t want to relive one day of the trials, but it was time well spent. Not only did I learn that God is unfailing in His presence and care, but living through the toughest times prepared me to serve God by serving others. A

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51-Word Pseudo-Haiku for Christians of a “Certain Age”

  God is good – all the time Don’t take yourself so seriously Retirement isn’t scriptural. ~ God expects you to serve You’re still relevant Gravity is inevitable. ~ Relationships matter Paper-white teeth aren’t natural Love. ~ It’s a journey. Let’s share it Laugh. ~ Lonely happens Praise God anyway He is good – all the time. Fifty-one words. Let

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Testing the Spirit in Tragedy – Neighbors and Samaritans

There’s a lot of bad news. Hurricanes. Wildfires. Earthquakes. The worst mass shooting in US history. How often do you remind yourself that there would be no need for the good news of Jesus Christ if there were no bad news? Are you looking for Samaritans? They’re out there. Media, politicians, and talking heads of all sorts laud one thing

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Less is More

Simplicity is the good old days. Youth. Freshness. Just two pairs of shoes to choose from and no Google calendar. Simplicity is a decision limited to one thing or another, not the push and pull from dozens of options or opinions every waking moment. Can you remember a time when you had the leisure of uncommitted hours? Time is an

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