Beyond Effort

Isa. 64:4: Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. In other words, his way of deliverance will shock you. You will find no logic in it. Acting on your behalf has its origins…

Rescue from the Plague

The pandemic of 1347 called the Bubonic Plague killed up to 30 million people in Europe alone. The name “buboes” described a victim’s infected lymph glands that swelled and turned to blackish boils. The cause of the Bubonic Plague remained a mystery until 1894, when scientists discovered that fleas and rodents infected by the Yersinia…

Grand Season

As we walked, my granddaughter Edie’s song reminded me what really matters. Together we listened to the chorus of wind as it whispered to cottonwoods and birch trees, “Get dressed for winter.” It’s hard to wrestle time from the grasp of obligations — and then give it away. But those memories linger in the heart…

Flare-up

Remember when you threw that dish or punched that wall? God wasn’t shocked. In fact, even running a red light is factored into your relationship with him. You were taken by surprise by your flare-up, but God knew it would happen.   As we wonder “What in the world got into me!” – God is…

See It

For those of us who need to SEE to believe it: The Bible says: For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they [human beings] have no excuse for not knowing God.…

In the Arena

© 2020 Richard Drebert. All Rights Reserved. The Roman senate turned thumbs down on Nero’s egotistical request to demolish one-third of the city of Rome—but the great-grandson of Caesar Augustus wouldn’t take no for an answer. Nero wanted to build a series of palaces on sites of revered Roman monuments. Not long after the political…

Margie’s Memorial

 © 2020 Richard Drebert. All Rights Reserved.  Starkey could barely see over the snow berms piled on either side of the highway. The forest, costumed in powdered sugar, stretched for uninhabited miles, and the old man pondered how that life had lost its sweetness. Margie was gone. He sipped bitter, cold coffee from a metal Thermos…

Chugach Mountain Stroll

We are not the “masters of our own destinies.” No amount of planning can save us from upheavals. ‘We are always heading into a storm or coming out of one” — so it’s a comfort to know that Jesus promises his followers: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [Matt.…

All Heart, No Halo

Peter was a brawny, self-employed seaman who spoke his mind too often. Working with his family under the oppressive Roman government had shaped his attitude toward authority. Nothing in Simon Peter’s rough-cut demeanor would have inspired a refined, educated Jew or Roman. None of Peter’s friends imagined that Peter could spearhead a world-shaking movement—yet, God…

Ruby Chronicles

God unexpectedly delivered a furry “person” into our lives that helped fill an uncomfortable gap we felt by sustained social distancing. This is her story — and ours. (More to come).

Bird Brain

Like a frantic typist, a woodpecker can hammer a tree trunk up to 100 times per minute–and nothing in his appearance reveals what gives him that ability. The woodpecker’s skull is padded with an inner “football helmet” made of cartilage that prevents multiple concussions. After drilling a hole in a tree trunk, his retractable tongue—twice…

Outlaws for a Season

In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. Indeed, it is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it.” (Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden) King was echoing another reformer’s convictions—whose name was Martin Luther. Like King, Martin Luther ignited powerful…

Breaking Bad — Luck

When I was a younger man, I worked in the construction trades, and our foreman, Smothers, almost daily, quoted a proverb that he lived by: “Anything that can go wrong—will…” Smothers growled his aphorism while we hammered ribs to a house’s frame. He said it tongue in cheek—but his attitude bled into every stud and…

McMuffin on the Rocks

No bears on the trail today… Of necessity, I had set out to pick up groceries that I ordered at Fred Meyer days ago—but on this trip, I got distracted by ALASKA… In 30 years of Great Land living, I couldn’t have conceived a more nightmarish reality, where authorities order families to practice social distancing…

Shunning the Handshake

In the church foyer, the man pumped my arm like a jack handle. “Good grip, young man.” As a teenager, I evaluated masculinity by clasping a respected man’s right hand. I felt his knobby fingers and callouses. I observed Sunday morning shoe polish on his knuckle. A handshake verified friendship. A shake lasted for mere…

Beneath the Mist

Sennacherib threatened the Jewish people with slavery and slaughter. [II Kings 18-19] From a Jerusalem rampart, King Hezekiah studied thousands of Assyrian campfires lighting the horizon. The Assyrians had conquered the Northern Kingdom of Israel, and soon they would position siege towers against the walls of Jerusalem. When Sennacherib conquered a fortified city, his soldiers…

Church on the Wall

Written by Richard Drebert ©Good Catch Publishing Mum loved to watch the flutists piping “Blood and Thunder” at the festival commemorating the Londonderry siege of 1688. She cheered the Lambeg drummers in the Apprentice Boys Parade honoring 13 Protestant youths who bolted shut the gates of Derry (Londonderry) against a Catholic king and his army.…

The Way Home

At 17 and 18, Carol and I couldn’t have guessed that, someday, we would be mushing dog teams in Alaska. We’re coming up on 47 years as married partners, and 32 of those years have been spent in the Great Land. Last week, we watched 58 mushers launch off the starting line in Anchorage to…

Believers! Believe the GREAT I AM

I am a sinner — God says I am a saint. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time… [II Tim. 1:9] I am emotionally…