The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

Come on, let them help!

Jesus was on planet earth less than thirty-four years, and He never wrote a book or built a cathedral. Yet, His message is going to the ends of the earth because He delegated the task to others.


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Satisfied

We’ve all laughed when someone scurries around looking for his car keys, all the while holding them. Maybe we’ve even been that person. It’s comical because we automatically stop looking when we’ve found what’s missing.


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Where do you think you’re going?

The question was direct and to the point, just like all of Jesus’ questions. The Twelve had just seen Jesus feed the five thousand, but now people were turning from Him and walking away.


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His Ways are not Our Ways

Isaiah 55:8, 9 are among the more quotable verses in our Bible. Some of us, no doubt, have memorized them, and most of us have voiced their sentiments in so many words:
“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.


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Home Again!

Let’s be honest. Sometimes when we “wander away,” it’s more than just a sheep getting lost from acting like a sheep. We human sheep can come to enjoy a little lostness in a perverse and dangerous way.


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Straying Sheep, Seeking Shepherd

The longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119, is a treasure trove of insights regarding God’s Word and how the believer relates to it. All but two of its verses (see if you can find them) use one or more synonyms like “commands,” “precepts,” “laws,” and “decrees.”


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Ants at the Picnic

It’s perfect. The weather is calm and pleasant, humidity low, and the sky is full of high, puffy clouds. The burgers are gourmet, the rolls soft, the tomatoes bright red, and everyone is relaxing in the shade. The kids are laughing, playing happily nearby on the swings and slide.


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God: Fantasy or Fortress?

People of faith often are characterized by outsiders as being weak, and needing outside support of an “invisible friend” to shield them from the realities of life. The story is that faith is a sign of weakness.


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Symptoms

When someone is running a fever, it might seem wise to plunge the patient into an ice bath. It isn’t, for two reasons: first, that therapy causes shivering which, in turn, tends to raise our core temperature, and second, fever is just a symptom.


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Outwitted!

As we’ve experienced many weeks of separation, and now contemplate physical gatherings, we’re reminded again of what intimacy means. Not hugging and not touching is hard when you feel close to someone. God has made us social creatures, and we crave physical contact.


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