Blessed Messy Things

Life is messy.  Few things go as smoothly as we might wish them to go.  Facets, nuances, and gradations of problems are embedded in just about every circumstance in life.  Few things are completely binary.  But so often it is the mess that defines the value in a thing. A Proverb that has befuddled people …

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When God Is Not There

I’m not looking forward to this.  On September 5th, Michal is flying to North Dakota to be with Emilee as she gives birth to her fourth; Rhordyn Emmerson Lee Bixler.  Emilee’s due date is September 11th so Michal wants to get there prior to the delivery.  It just so happens that little Tootie’s birthday (Evellyn) …

Go Down Death

Before I came to know Christ as my Savior, death haunted me.  I recall as a young child telling my mom I was afraid to die.  She told me to pray every night before I went to bed and ask God to watch over me. That worked for a while, but the specter of death …

Tracing the Hidden God

Years ago at Berean we were a much different church.  The Deacon Body, at that time, was the administrative authority instead of the office of Elder.  On that Deacon Body were good men who nonetheless did not have the spiritual qualifications of elders and that often led to difficulties. One day, a couple of the …

Trapped

Have you ever had the experience of feeling “trapped”? When my children were small, they used to like me to chase them.  At different times we would create “games” where they would have to stay on a predetermined circle, line, or area with safe spots along the way so that dad could not “get them”. …

Being Arlo

Our oldest grandchild, Draycen just turned five.  He is a bright young man with an amazing vocabulary for a five-year-old.  He has a sweet disposition and is generally a very obedient and submissive child.  He has many charming and attractive characteristics.  But, like many young children, he has to work through some childish fears. A …

What’s Your Tassel?

When we hear the word tassel in our culture, of what do we think?  Usually, we think of High School, College, or Graduate School graduation. In academia the tassel is ubiquitous and an important symbolic part of the graduation ceremony. Many of us upon high school graduation placed our graduation tassel on the review mirror …

Our Glory and Joy

Years ago my father in law, David Cummins, pastored a church in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. In the church, there was a good man named Jim Wright.  One day his son and namesake would end up marrying dad’s fifth daughter, Michal’s sister Myra.  Jim and Myra continue to serve the Lord today as missionaries. Jim Wright senior …

Straw or Wheat?

We live in a day of renewed interest in the process of dreams, visions, and impulses to determine the will of God.  Subjective impressions seem to rule the day in the lives of many professed believers.  This is in no small part due to the influence of the TV Evangelist that tries to drum up …

A Great Sinner

I’ve been reading in 1 and 2 Samuel and particularly taking note of the life of David.  In so many ways David was “the man after God’s own heart”.  One wonders why this moniker is placed on a man who had so many deficiencies in his spiritual life.  After all, he committed adultery with Bathsheba.  …