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There are many ways to address problems. North Dakota Indian tribe wisdom[sermon-fodder.com, 9-27-03]: If you discover you are riding a dead horse, dismount.


We often expand this basic tribal wisdom in our church life and personal life. If we find ourselves on a dead horse, we simply change riders. Or we do nothing: “this is way we’ve always ridden dead horses.”

We can, of course, hire someone to ride the dead horse for us. Some might form a committee to study the horse & see how dead it really is. Liberals would merely re-classify the dead horse as “living impaired.”

Accountants would declare that since the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is no strain on the budget.

Bureaucrats would promote the dead horse to a leadership position.


The most effective way to address any problem is to consult God’s Word.

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