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…

If It Quacks Like a…

That raspy staccato “quacking” — like a tiny, frantic duck — isn’t one. You are being serenaded by an Alaska wood frog (Rana sylvatica). In spring, wood frog males congregate by ponds and call females to procreate. Some of these old amphibians have overwintered in harsh Alaska conditions for up to 10 years. Wood frogs…

Flight from Perversion

The Story of Roy O Written by Richard Drebert ©Good Catch Publishing The Butcher Baker is a convicted serial killer. He was also my barber. And while we talked, sometimes his eyes glazed over as he drifted in his own private universe. He had confessed to murdering at least 17 women. I was serving jail…

Wrong Path?

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? (Luke 15:4) The shepherd will not rest UNTIL he rescues the sheep. A sheep is seldom cooperative. A sheep will “try” the path,…

Threads of Mercy

When confusion overwhelms, When financial ruin seems inevitable, When betrayal defeats us, When stress overpowers our peace, When bad memories assail us, When panic scatters our well-being, When unbelief smothers our hope, When we discover that what we “own,” owns us, When we realize the logical way is the wrong way… It’s time to scrap…

Impossible, Improbable, Impassable

Are you standing at the edge of a ruined reputation, bankruptcy, mental breakdown, illness or other unnamed trials? Are you huddling on the strand, waiting for God’s direction, unable to see a way forward? Sometimes there is no possible “way forward” yet… You cannot retreat. The Egyptians behind you are bent upon enslaving you or…

“Hey Sweetie!”

The black-capped chickadee handles Alaska’s subzero temperatures due to its ability to convert seeds to fat quickly. Their plumage acts as insulation and they can gain eight percent of their body weight every day. At night they drop their body temperature to conserve fuel needed for foraging the next day. What a memory! A chickadee…

Being Known

As I look back in my journal, the size of two books now, I see a pattern: I think I know, but I do not “know” at all. I stare at events like a painting and distinguish primary figures while completely missing the background that makes the picture come alive. I never see the complete…

Believe and Breathe

Therefore I [Jesus] tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24) When we committed our bones to Jesus, he invaded our space. God replaced our Heart 1.0 with a brand new upgraded version: Heart 10.0. Our new spiritual heart is able to…

Passover Panic

Perhaps it’s time to stop searching for an answer to the question “Why?” and embrace the mystery of God’s grace instead. Jesus was 12 years old when he traveled with his parents to Jerusalem to celebrate the Jews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt. Thousands of bleating lambs and the voices of children and parents filled…

Rock n’ Roll Blessings

On the way to the hospital to visit our 18th grand-baby on January 4th, my wife and I considered how blessed we are. Not everyone would see it this way: Due to the earthquake, the building we have used as floor space for our business in Anchorage is tagged unsafe. We are scrambling to move…

From the Edge

“Gramps!” I turned to Ivan’s voice and my heart stopped beating. Ivan stood inches from a 14-foot drop at the edge of the shop roof, smiling proudly. He was four years old. I had been nailing roofing panels, my focus upon lining up edges on a chalk line. The steep pitch didn’t scare me much.…

Beware Brooding

Jesus admonished his disciples to beware the “leaven of the Pharisees”—but also considered the Herodians to be a threat to his disciples (Mark 8:15). The Herodians were fair-weather friends with the Pharisees, but set aside their differences to brainstorm ways to catch Jesus in an offense worthy of execution. The Herodians differed from the Pharisees…

Proof of Love

God’s justice outguns every terrestrial court that has existed. God’s justice steamrolls every model of jurisprudence (philosophy and principles that lead courts to make the decisions). Your trial, the verdict, and your sentence has been absorbed into Jesus Christ. As Sovereign God yet man, Jesus Christ stands as your perpetual heavenly defender. He lives inside your circumstance…

Magpies and Mercy

Some creatures mentor their offspring to be wild and malevolent. Their family is ruthless. Opportunistic. But then, that’s just the way magpies are. A sudden flash of ebony and white warns any living thing smaller than a fox that the deadly pica hudsonia (scientific name for magpies) is on the hunt. About 180,000 magpies call…

Campfire Communion

After Jesus’ resurrection, he gathered his disciples around a campfire on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. They likely ate Tilapia Galilea (also known as Saint Peter’s fish), but an ugly specter haunted the disciples. Only days before, their friend had been nailed to a cross of timbers by Roman soldiers. In the glow…