The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

Power for what?

We saw that David “strengthened himself” in God, and that meant being able to trust God on the darkest of days because He is faithful, and always at work in our lives.


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When the going gets tough. . .

It was a low point in David’s life, even before he gained the throne of Israel. He had led a raid on his enemies, only to return home to discover that his outpost had been attacked and his own wives and children kidnapped.


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Flourishing Fruitfulness

Stepping into the clearing, I could see the lone pear tree. It was tall, too tall, I was thinking. Most fruit trees in orchards are short, rather stubby affairs, with low branches for easy picking.


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Wishing for Tomorrow

We certainly can excuse children looking past early December to Christmas. And we can’t begrudge a bride counting off days to her wedding or a soldier calculating the weeks until his safe discharge. We easily understand a patient recovering from an illness anticipating a healthier near future.


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The Cruel Teacher

I’m an avid bumper sticker reader. I find it fascinating when someone feels so strongly about something that he displays the sentiment for all to see. It may be worth reading, and when safely possible, I try to get close enough to do so. (Getting close enough to read tattoos is much more dangerous, and I don’t advise it.)


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Praying for Crop Failure

No farmer would ever hope for a poor harvest, but many people don’t seem to grasp that the same laws that govern agriculture and horticulture also apply to popular culture. What you sow, you reap.


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Foundations

From the living room window I can see a neighbor’s deck. Twenty years ago it looked great, but over the years it began to sag. The house has had three or four owners, but the sagging never stopped.


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What time is it?

In a midwestern factory town, a man paused every morning in front of a corner jewelry store. He took note of the oversize clock in the window, set his watch, and went on his way. The jeweler noticed the man’s behavior, and when he no longer appeared, he wondered why.


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Stop! Joy Thief!

The quote is attributed to Teddy Roosevelt: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” When I heard it the first time, it made me think, and the more I consider it, the clearer it is as to why and how it works.


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A Great Cloud of Witnesses

We’ve often been encouraged to do right and persevere in our faith because “someone is watching.” We think of all of the people in Heaven looking down on us to approve or disapprove of our actions. But is that a biblical idea?


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