The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

Are you spiritual?

I’m not certain how and when it happened, but it’s as if I went out for popcorn, and some of my favorite words changed. In our cultural identity crisis, it’s hard to keep up with even common definitions. “Family” and “marriage” and “gender” and “tolerance” and “rights” all have shifted in meaning.


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Friends

With all of the disadvantages and chaos of moving, there are some bright spots. When you move to a new place, you make new friends. You don’t have to, of course. But if you are aware of your surroundings, and are looking for opportunities to show the love of Christ, you will make connections.


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“Give us a sign!”

“What does it take to convince us?

Seeing is believing. But is it? The Bible records many instances of people coming face to face with God’s miracle power and still turning the other way.


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From Bible Stories to the Bible’s Story

Many of us grew up in Sunday School, or attended Vacation Bible School, or in other ways learned lots of Bible Stories as we grew up.


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Moving

Dad worked for a heavy construction company, and that meant moving after a project was completed. I really experienced only three major moves during my school years, so the process was not terribly traumatic. I know military families move much more often.


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Downsizing

When you live in a big house, you don’t have to be too careful about accumulating things. There is plenty of room without crowding, and the temptation is to be lax about what to keep and what to throw away.


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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
Let me tell you why.

First, it’s uncomplicated and straightforward. You probably have noticed that Thanksgiving is the least decorated of our major holidays. No Santas, no angels, bells, bright lights, or trees.


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Remembering Where We Came From

One of the smartest men I ever knew was a high school math teacher. He was patient with those of us who were not numbers people, and he often would help me after class when I was stuck, as I often was.


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“When you pray. . .”

If you ask Christians where their spiritual struggles lie, many, if not most, say “in my prayer life.” This seems strange when you consider the hundreds of encouragements, examples, and models of prayer in Scripture.


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Smiles and Sadness, Solomon and a Savior

Life is complicated. Schedules conflicted, information mistaken, words misunderstood, our health or even our loved ones snatched from us: all of that is a formula for stress.


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