The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

What is a church?

The very first thing I remember learning in Sunday School was the little rhyme, complete with folding-finger and hand movements,
Here’s the church, And here’s the steeple;
Turn it inside out, And there are the people!


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Conflict: Crucible of Character

Paul’s problem children in Corinth probably caused him more sleepless nights than all of the other churches combined. We have no record of any other first century church with more conflict and divisions, as even a casual reading of the Corinthians correspondence will show.


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Grace!

One day my dad took me to a nearby freight station, and we picked up a large carton. At the time, I had no idea what it was. When we got home, he took out the parts of a beautiful red bicycle, which he assembled and presented to me on my fifth birthday.


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Why so angry?

Have you noticed all of the people screaming at each other? I know there always have been hotheads, but it seems like anywhere you turn, whether near or far, you see red faces and hear raised voices. Why?


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“Acres of Diamonds”

In order to finance the beginnings of Temple University, Pastor Russel Conwell gave one speech over six thousand times. He was a great story teller, and the speech survives online and in many print versions.


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God’s Greatness in Defeating Our Foes

We’ve seen that our God is worthy of worship because nothing can stop Him, and because He is able to turn even the worst of things into good for His people.


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God’s Greatness in Blessing His People

How do we see Job’s confession (Job 42:2) play out in real life? If no plan of God’s can be thwarted, what does that mean for His children?


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Just how great is God?

When our passion for worship wanes, it usually happens in the rough and tumble moments of life. We’ll get back to church later, when things smooth out. I’ll finish my through-the-Bible reading when life is less hectic. I can’t pray today because I’m so busy and distracted.


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Why should we care?

I was surprised by the estimate that 25,000,000 Christians chose not to vote in the 2016 presidential election. Actually, surprised and troubled. Were that many believers so busy that they could not take the time to vote? Did they not care enough to vote?


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“I’ll be glad when this year’s over!”

People everywhere seem to be wishing this year will end so that a better year can begin. COVID-19 brought lockdowns, slowdowns, and shutdowns, and racial tensions became the excuse for rioting, looting, and statue-toppling.


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