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  • Don’t call it a “Conspiracy” - Because of his message of non-involvement with the superpower Assyria, the prophet Isaiah was considered treasonous by the people of Judah. He chose, however, not to get political during a time of deep and divided political intrigue. He was simply God's prophet proclaiming God's word to the nation of Judah.  God warned the people in Is.… Continue Reading
  • Enjoy Your Wife - I have been reading Ecclesiastes lately.  It has been awhile since I spent time with its message.  "Ecclesiastes challenges the naïve optimism," notes Eugene Peterson, "that sets a goal that appeals to us and then goes after it with gusto... The author's cool skepticism, a refreshing negation to the lush and seductive suggestions swirling around us,… Continue Reading
  • Who Sees Us? - When I listen to many politicians, I picture arrogance prancing right before me, like mischievous children who think they will not get caught. We are told God hates arrogance. "To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance" (Prov. 8:13).  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines arrogance as "an attitude of superiority manifested… Continue Reading
  • The Babylon Bee - My temperament is that of an extroverted, sanguine male.  Because I’m also intuitive, I often feel on the outside looking in when it comes to male camaraderie.  Yet God, by his grace and mercy, has allowed me to feel secure in my maleness even in the company of men very different from me.  In fact,… Continue Reading
  • A Soft Answer - "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" (Prov. 15:1).  This verse became more real to me recently after I spoke in a harsh tone to my wife.  There was no need for such a response.  I was simply frustrated.  In its footnotes, the NET Bible gives an alternative translation… Continue Reading
  • Facing The Giants - There is a lack of "soul care" for men in the church.  More time is spent on the boundaries or circumference of our lives - thinking, managing, and trying to address issues in the church.  Instead of aiming at the soul, however, we tinker with religious performance, programs and activities.  I join the voices crying out in our… Continue Reading
  • Flourishing at 80 - Recently, Judy and I celebrated my 80th birthday with my sister in Northern Michigan (UP), where I was born and raised by my Finnish parents.  Having left home when I was 18, venturing out to California, coming to faith at a Bible school and meeting my "Rachel" at the well, reaching 80 is a milestone… Continue Reading
  • The Fiji Rugby Team - The Tokyo Olympics are now history. The spirit and demeanor of the event changed dramatically this year because of political unrest all around the world. National pride seemed to be a waning, with more focus on individual accomplishment.  The Covid-19 virus certainly impacted every event in some way. Yet the gospel message was presented through the… Continue Reading
  • In a Little While - Haggai is one of the shortest prophecies in the Old Testament.  Haggai wrote this in 538 B.C. to those returning from 70 years of captivity after the Babylonian empire had fallen to Cyrus, King of Persia.  They returned to a land devastated and were shocked to see a ruined temple - the center of their worship… Continue Reading
  • Yet I Will Rejoice - Habakkuk proclaims at the end of his prophecy, "Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior" (Hab. 3:18).  He had seen God at work in some difficult times. In the beginning, however, he had cried out impatiently, "How long, O Lord" (1:2) lamenting, "Destruction and violence are before… Continue Reading