The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

When the Tide Turns

My dear departed godly aunt used to say, “When things are smooth, they surely will turn rocky, and when things are rocky, they surely will become smooth.” That little bit of “country wisdom” may not seem like much, but those words always are ringing in my ears. Why?


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Job: Another Look

There are many unique aspects to the Old Testament book of Job, but one of the surprises is that in the end, it is the “innocent” and very righteous man who repents. In fact, his exact words are, “I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6).


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Job’s Job

In my annual trek through the Bible, this week finds me in the book of Job. Every encounter with this book comes with questions, new and old. Why do the godly suffer?


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Anyone out there? Anyone? Anyone?

A couple of weeks ago I came across yet another recent article about our sophisticated radio telescopes seeking to hear from life on other planets in other galaxies.


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Faith

Today, much is attributed to faith because we define it so broadly. When an athlete believes he can come back from a serious injury, we say she has faith. When a child writes a letter to Santa,


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Trouble

One morning I saw a little boy, maybe five years old, riding the smallest of two-wheelers in a large parking lot, under the watchful eye of his mother. It was after the rain of the previous two days,


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On Forgiving

Forgiveness is rare because it is difficult, and difficult because it seems to mock justice.

“I’ll never forgive,” we hear, “because the hurt is too deep. He owes so much that he could never repay me or make it right.” Justice tells us that our rights have been violated,


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Better days are coming!

A small flock of Canadian geese have chosen to make their home near ours. They often appear on the river bank, and this morning I was greeted by two proud parents and three small goslings swimming in their wake.


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The Wise, Foolish King

It’s alarming to read that in the latter years of his life, Solomon was drawn away to worship other gods (1 Kings 11:1-8). The text tells us that his love for many foreign women motivated him to build temples to their gods and even participate in their worship.


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Does God ever change His mind?

Those of us who believe that God is immutable (unchangeable) and sovereign are sometimes called upon to answer that very question. It comes up in 1 Samuel 15:10, after Saul has once again gone off the rails and blatantly disobeyed a direct command from the Lord. “The word of the Lord came to Samuel,


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