The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

Make Room for the Spirit!

I remember well the anxiety of wondering if I were “filled with the Holy Spirit.” Books, sermon series, and seminars once abounded with the supposed spiritual secrets of the successful Christian life.


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Who receives God’s grace?

In Jesus’ very first sermon, He jolts us by asking us not just to tolerate our enemies, but love them (Matthew 5:44, 45). “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.


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Who are God’s Enemies?

Reading through the Psalms I’m once again struck by the many references the psalmist makes to his enemies, and God’s. There are warring armies, threatening adversaries, and faithless friends, all of whom disturb the peace and create chaos. Who are they?


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God, Good, and Glory

Alexander Pope’s line about a little learning being “a dangerous thing” was never better illustrated than when a famous atheist called the God of the Old Testament a bully and a narcissist.


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Routine Mantenance

When the ancient garage door opener finally died, I wasn’t all that surprised, and at my first opportunity, bought and installed a replacement. It worked like a dream for months, and I was quite proud of myself (in the good sense, of course).


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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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