Christianity thrives on martyrdom. When Caesar threw a Christian Church Father, Polycarp, into the arena around 100 A.D., all he demanded of the priest was to proclaim, “Caesar is Lord.”

Instead, Polycarp responded:

“Eighty-six years I have served Christ, and He never did me any wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who saved me?”

And the state killed him.

Things never change, do they?

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When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God’s word.
From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states …

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