The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

A Sabbath Jubilee

On this, our fiftieth day of the Blue Box Blog, we proclaim Jubilee!

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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God and Government

The Book of Acts contains a gallery of portraits of Christians responding to government. Early on we see attempts to oppress the Gospel, and the Apostles resisting commands to be silent.


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“Conspiracy!”

We are made in God’s image, which means we are created rational beings. But The Fall made us lazy thinkers, and we love short cuts. So instead of patiently gathering relevant data and connecting the dots, we may tend just to accept what we find by clicking a link.


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Out of the Darkness

It starts with a disappointment, a betrayal, the loss of a job, or isolation. At first it is a low grade sadness that envelops us and builds day by day. It continues until we are prisoners of our own thoughts.


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Heart Trouble

Jesus often took the Pharisees to task because of their focus upon the externals. He told them that what defiles us is not what enters our stomach, but what comes out of our hearts. Matthew 15:10-20


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Making Peace With Mom

The problem with holidays is that, while they are occasions of celebration and joy, they can mask or gloss over our sadness. For many, that’s enough, just a little relief. But some hurts go deeper.


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Trial By Fire

One of the more common themes in Scripture is testing. Job was tested in losing everything, Abraham in the sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22:1), Israel at Sinai (Exodus 20:20) and Marah (Exodus 15:25), and King Hezekiah in his treasury (2 Chronicles 32:31).


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Alive and Well

In yesterday’s entry, “When Church Reopens,” we considered that the church is people, not a building. The church in Jerusalem began outside a building, and for the first three or four centuries, believers met in homes or in the open air, not dedicated, official church buildings.


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When Church Reopens

Ever since George Bolton Lownes of Springfield built a Quaker style meeting house in 1832, it’s been both landmark and beacon. It’s a landmark because it is the oldest structure on a long stretch of Baltimore Pike, the southbound thoroughfare out of Philadelphia.


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Home Alone

Just as there is no “average family,” there are no average singles. Each situation is unique, since men and women find themselves single, or choose to be single, for a variety of reasons. Many love their lives, and would not want things any different. Others long to belong.


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