The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

It just so happens. . .

It just so happens that. . .

*Cliff Swallows complete their 6,000 mile return flight (from Argentina) to San Juan Capistrano on or about March 19th every year.
*Fireflies find and attract mates by using matching light flashes.
*Canada Geese make thirteen distinct calls, not just random honks.


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“Just breathe.”

Someone in our church family has pointed out how the two most recent national crises were both related to breathing. In the midst of fighting the Corona Virus, which attacks the lungs, we witnessed a man die at the hands of an officer, all the while pleading, “I can’t breathe.”


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Why would God serve us?

To some it may sound blasphemous to say that God serves us. We serve Him, and not the other way around. But the Bible says that. . .


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“God, at your service!”

Of all the things we need to work on, our view of God should be the priority. What God is like and what He’s about impact everything in our life of faith. Faith itself is only as good as the God in whom it rests. So what happens when we have an inadequate view of Him?


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“. . . and all Jerusalem with him.”

These words are an easily missed phrase in our traditional Christmas reading from Matthew 2. When the Magi had come, they asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and we have come to worship him.”


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Racial Reconciliation Conversation Stoppers

If we truly want to advance the cause of racial reconciliation, there are several unhelpful things which are better not to say.


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We owe what?

The Lord taught us to pray, “forgive us our debts. . .,” and that may be the tactic our nation will have to use, given the size of its debt. According to the U. S. State Department (who ought to know), we owe various creditors, as of now, over 26 trillion dollars. Trillion, with a T.


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Panning for Placer Promises

Most of the world’s gold has come, not from mines, but from placer deposits, minerals eroded long ago from the surrounding rocks. Prospectors use shallow pans to scoop up a bit of the creek gravel and sand, swishing it around to expose the precious grains or nuggets.


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Moral Distancing

We’ve been talking about social distancing for so long that I honestly don’t recall when I first heard it. A popular term, it also is a proven means of preserving good health in the face of a viral threat.


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“As I have loved you.”

The command for believers to love one another was not a new commandment. In fact, Jesus explains (Matthew 22:35-39) that loving others and loving God are the essence of keeping God’s moral law.


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