Heart View

An illuminating truth is found in I Samuel 16:7: …For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” A commotion interrupted Jesus while he taught in the temple courts one day. A group of religious men dragged a woman to him whom they…

Question Authority

What do you think of when you read the word “party?” I think of birthdays. I think of pin-the-tail on the donkey. Pointy hats, laughing kids and cake… But in our culture, most people associate “party” with plenty of alcohol, hooking up, or some other kind of adult activity. I had a particular intent in…

Facing Change

            A few of us are blessed with a primeval sense of abandon. We live for the satisfying shudder — bungee jumping from a bridge, or standing pat in the face of a grizzly’s false charge. Far more of us are contented to “partake” of Alaska’s perils behind a telephoto lens.              Adventurous or not,…

Wisdom or Worldly Wit

As a younger man, I never gave damaging noise a second thought when cradling a hunting rifle against my chin, or shoving particle board through a screaming panel saw. I wear hearing aids now. It’s taken me a while to adjust to hearing with the help. With practice I’m getting better at using hearing aids…

Too Many Elephants?

When an Asian ruler wished to honor a subject, he rewarded the person with a beautiful and highly-valued gift: an elephant. But if a subject displeased the king, the ruler delivered 10 elephants to the person. All of a family’s resources had to be reallocated to care for too many elephants. How many elephants are…

Casting Care

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (I Peter 5:7) Thank goodness my trout bait was half the size of a pea… I stood in a creek flinging a black gnat into an eddy, immersed in my fishing space—when a “yelp!!” splashed me awake. My eyes followed my tangled line to…

Fish On…Ice

A Norwegian fisherman named Peter Buschmann gazed into the fluorescent blue depths of the mighty Le Conte Glacier in Southeast Alaska, dreaming. In the 1880s, millions of pounds of sockeye salmon were salted and shipped to Seattle in wooden barrels. It was risky business preserving fish — ferrying them to steamships, then delivering the barrels…

Notion of Wings

I sloshed waist deep in a slow, friendly creek, inhaling forest smells and an occasional gnat. A beaver slapped its tail a few feet away, and his image faded under water before I refocused on the elk-hair caddis sinking ahead of my fly line. Perhaps it was time to refit my tippet with a woolybooger……

Life in the Shadow

He lay upon his deathbed, a brilliant man — genius in many ways. He had an uncommon grasp of science, literature, and mathematics. Military-educated. “Self-made,” he would have said. I felt his influence in my life for 30 years, my wife since her birth. He was a staunch Bible skeptic. He was his own god,…

Only One; One and Only

I wrapped my arms around my wife as she washed dishes yesterday. “Will you do that when I’m old and all hunched over?” she asked me. “Isn’t it nice to know that I ALWAYS will?” I said. She splashed my face with water. “And isn’t it nice to know that I’ll ALWAYS do THAT?” she…

Interrupted

God interrupts our plans sometimes. He clips our wings when we think we should be flying. And when we least expect it, he propels us forward at light speed. BE READY. Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do,and he will…

Tent Life

For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. (II Cor. 5:1) It has been about 50 years since…

Know

Col. 1:17: And he [Jesus] is before all things, and by him all things consist. KJV He [Jesus] existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. NLT He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. NIV Know best… Jesus is unoriginated (uncreated; existing forever). He is the fountainhead of…

Tide In, Tide Out

Like many phrases I write, the weight of the words doesn’t hit the bull’s eye until I read them later. “Tide in, tide out” is one of these… My wonder at being 64 is shown in variations of an Old English phrase dating back to the 1300s: TIDE AND TIME WAIT FOR NO ONE…It means that,…

Will My Faith Fail?

Have you ever seen your convictions or ministry or trust in someone ground up and blown to… Well… so did the Apostle Peter. On the threshing floor of decision, God used Satan to “sift” Peter’s ego from his ambitions. (Luke 22) Tribulum A tribulum was a sled constructed with shards of rock or iron driven…

Animalcules

An unseen world exists inside a drop of water. Parasites, fungi, amoebas, and toxin gobblers (called rotifers and copepods) feast and swim in 1.5 sextillion (a number with 21 zeroes) water molecules contained in a single sparkling droplet. Invisible predators prey upon other microbes within this one .05 milliliter-sized drip. Now—consider the millions of creatures…

What Floats Your Boat?

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. (Hebrews 11:7) Like Noah, we are constructing a family “ark” to save our loved ones from…

Spirit Sense

           The tour bus trundled along a muddy ribbon bisecting 6 million acres of pristine wilderness: Denali National Park and Preserve. From their windows 35 deaf visitors studied Mt. McKinley, the Crown Jewel of the North, and delighted fingers intimately shared wonders of the wild.   Black bears and grizzlies wandered the 85-mile stretch of gravel…

Rowdy’s Wing

        Rowdy the Raven never knew what hit him. The last thing he remembered was grabbing one last bite of rabbit flesh near the yellow center line on the highway. This time his aerobatic maneuver was a split-second short of a clean escape and the pickup’s fender slammed him into the ditch. When he awoke,…

Body Language of Christ

Body language is communication via the movements or attitudes of the body. If I tap my foot I’m showing impatience. When I kneel or raise my hands to pray, my body language expresses surrender to God. If I jiggle my leg in church my wife elbows me. This “communicates” that I’m distracting people. Some of…