Encouraging and Equipping for Victorious Kingdom Living

Attitude

  • Anticipating 2024

    Anticipating 2024 Can I make a confession? I hate Christmas! Or perhaps more explicitly, I hate all the extra work Christmas entails. I enjoy the lights, the decorations, the focus on the Reason for the Season, the traditional meals, and especially the extra time with the family. But I struggle to enjoy any it because…

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  • From Grumbling to Gratitude

    Are you a grumbler? Complainer? Many of us are… We see the impact of the Israelites’ grumbling and complaining in the book of Exodus. God repeatedly provided for them, always in miraculous ways. And yet, over and over, the Israelites grumbled, complained, and whined. They didn’t like the water. They didn’t like the food. They…

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  • LIKE A GOOD SOLDIER

    Near the beginning of the war in Iraq, our friend, Jesse[1], was unexpectedly called up. A physician in his 50s and a member of the reserves for years, he certainly didn’t expect to see active duty. But there he was, living in a tent and eating dust, his medical practice on hold and his wife…

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  • HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE ME?

    My four-year old grandson is experimenting with the concept of like and love. Out of the blue he’ll tell me where I fall in his hierarchy of affection. One day he’ll “like like” me. Another day he’ll love me, “but not as much as Mommy.” It’s almost as if he’s rolling the thoughts around in…

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  • A LIFE WORTH LIVING

    Whenever I see a caged hamster frantically racing around in his wheel, but going nowhere, I think I know how he feels. Maybe you do too—wondering what all the busy activities and tight schedules accomplish, fearing that one day you’ll look back on your life and not see much meaning to all the motion.    I…

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  • Devastation!

    Snow in Texas? Indeed! As many of you know, Texas experienced a highly unusual and devastating snow/ice/rain storm in February. And as many of you also know, we moved to Texas a couple of years ago. So yes, we experienced about five days of utter devastation. We were without water for five days and without…

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  • Joy in the Midst of Disruption

    Disruption! How we hate it! And yet, doesn’t that seem to be the stuff of the Christian life? I don’t know about you, but I honestly don’t know many Christians who actually have the cushy, comfy life they long for. And if they do, it doesn’t last forever. I’ve done a lot of counseling and…

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  • My Anchor of Hope

    How’s your hope quotient? It’s no secret that we’ve come through one of the most challenging and turbulent years in my lifetime (and I’ve been around for a while!). We’ve lived through a toxic stew of a worldwide pandemic (complete with illness, death, shutdowns, and shut-ins), a venomous election (complete with alleged fraud and deceit),…

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  • How To Guarantee 2021 Will Be Your Best Year Yet

    For the past several months social media has been filled with bad-mouthing 2020. It seems that everyone was glad to see it go, and almost everyone was sure that 2021 was going to be different. That somehow, turning the page of the calendar would make all things new. And bright. And shiny. And perfect. I’m…

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