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.…

Rangers in the Gap

A few years ago I wrote the book: “Rangers in the Gap” about Dave and Karen Eubank and the Free Burma Rangers. Their movie depicts the impact of their “boots-on-the-ground ” ministry, and opened in theaters around the nation.

Power on Display

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 have no excuse for not knowing God.  [Romans 1:20]

Cold Contradiction

At subzero, the Knik Arm freezes several feet thick, while beneath its silty crust a violent tide surges and recedes. Tidal pressures split the crust along veins and faults, and irregular icy shards the size of trucks and buses breach the surface. My wife and I stood on the banks of frozen Peters Creek as…

Hush Up

When we keep quiet rather than yield to impulse; when we resist our right to express outrage; when we stanch our urge to correct someone; when we deny our craving to be understood; when we zip our lips, though we stand on the moral high ground; when we leave vindication to God… Our act of…

Near Christmas Calamity

The day after Christmas, we discovered a giant spruce tree leaning toward the corner of our house. A little wind and crash! The tree would have gouged a sky light into our bedroom! To make matters more interesting: The spruce inclined within inches of a metal storage shed. The tree couldn’t be felled without flattening…

His Pic

We have no ability to “google” zoom in or zoom out as God can. We can be content that Jesus knows the landscape better than us. His choices are viewed from every possible angle. And thankfully, our mistakes are calculated into his choices, too. God owns the canvas of our lives. He determines where to…

Able

My prayer verse today: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. [Ephesians 3:20, 21 KJV] God is able: I depend upon God…

The Broken Road: Addiction and Redemption

The Story of Chaplain Mike Ensch, Former Administrator of Chaplaincy Services for the Alaska Department of Corrections. Written by Richard Drebert (c) Good Catch Publishng Please note: I interviewed Chaplain Ensch in 2011 for a book written by several authors for Alaska Correctional Ministries called Warriors of Transformation. Mike passed away Monday, 11/11/19 and his…

The Promise

An Alaskan storm roared outside his cabin as Grandpa tucked his granddaughter into bed one evening. Thunder crashed and the child snuggled deeper beneath the covers. “Can you leave the light on, Grandpa?” she asked.           “Sure.”           “…and not turn it off ALL night?”           “Of course, sweetheart.”           Granddaughter looked thoughtful, listening to…

Lighting the Path

Charles Templeton and Billy Graham had been charismatic, soul-winning evangelists who worked together in the 1940s—before Templeton renounced his faith in Christ and became an atheist. Templeton was in his 80s when he completed his book Farewell to God, and in it he recalls a frank discussion he had with his old friend, Billy: “In…

Certainty

The Devil visited an elderly man at his kitchen table one morning. “Old Timer, do you remember the date you committed your life to God’s son, Jesus?” The man thought hard, and realized that he could not recall. “I was very young,” he said. “Then, are you certain that you will go to heaven when…

Am I “Raised?”

Forty-six years ago a ceremony and certificate told the world that my wife and I were married, but this isn’t what validates our relationship today. What enriches our oneness is KNOWING we are married. In every decision we make, every thought that passes through our heads, every moment awake or asleep (without analysis) we KNOW…

Obsess or Rest?

For followers of Christ, DUE DILIGENCE is our “conscientious effort to serve God in a given circumstance.” But what happens when we have exhausted our due diligence—when all that we CAN do has been done? When all options have been tried? When our minds feel drained of ideas? When our resources cannot deliver resolution? When…

Worth It?

Psa. 46:-1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,  though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. God is an “ever present” help. He is nearer…

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,…