The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

Regret

One of the more comforting sayings of Jesus is, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” It is the first half of John 14:1, which concludes with the idea that if we trust God, we should trust Jesus in the same way.


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Disagreement without Dissension

It was the talk of the seminary campus for at least a week. In the lunchroom, a friendly discussion on doctrine had escalated past the boiling point, continued outside, and at some juncture one of the students knocked the other student into the bushes by the walk.


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“I got this. . .”

A few years ago I enjoyed a book and a short video entitled, One Man’s Wilderness. It was the story of Richard Louis Proenneke, who, in 1967, spent a year in the Alaskan wilderness in a cabin that he built with non-powered hand tools all by himself.


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When They Won’t Listen

My parents were good and godly people and I was blessed growing up in the home they made for us. But one of the lessons I learned was one I have had to modify over the years. Dad and Mom were all about fairness, and to me, that meant treating everyone the same.


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Sabbath Jubilee 2.0

On this, Day 101 of the Blue Box Blog, we proclaim Jubilee 2.0!

When Israel entered the Promised Land, the Lord commanded them to rest one day in seven, and one year in seven, with a Jubilee Year at the end of the seventh seven. You can read about it in Leviticus 25.


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Happy Birthday USA!

On my bookshelf is a two-volume set of sermons I purchased at the Valley Forge National Park bookstore in 2001: Political Sermons of the American Founding Era, 1730-1805. The first volume itself runs to 1,000 pages, and thankfully has a digital version.


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“Religion and Politics”

A few weeks ago in a devotional I referred to the often repeated statement, “We can discuss anything but religion and politics.” The saying hopes to keep peace in a family, workplace, or even a picnic.


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Letting God Be God

In the very first chapter of the very first book of the Bible, we are given an identity. We are creatures made “in the image of God.” Later in the story we discover that our problems began with the temptation to “be like God” (Genesis 3:5).


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Why are they so afraid?

After school one day I saw a bully get, well, pretty beaten up by a quiet kid who rode the same bus. Everyone thought the little quiet guy would get creamed, but the bully slunk off crying.


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Winning Words for a Weary Warrior

Soldiers need more than just training and logistical support. They are in need of good morale as well. All of the equipment and expertise in the world does not erase the fear of battle and create confidence.


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