1. The Great Reversal
    10 Dec, 2018
    The Great Reversal
    He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. Luke 1:51-53  There is a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelly that almost always gives me pause and brings me to the point of pensive reflection. The poem is Ozymandias. If you haven't hear of this poem before, it describes a broken statue of
  2. In Control?
    24 May, 2018
    In Control?
    And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Luke 12:25-26 Every so often I have a recurring nightmare.  This nightmare began back when I was a public school teacher.  And even though I’ve been out of the public school system for a long time now, I still occasionally have this same dream.  The details are not always the same, but the main gist goes like this: I’m
  3. What Does Your Mouth Say About Your Heart?
    18 Apr, 2018
    What Does Your Mouth Say About Your Heart?
    The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45  What is your mouth saying about what is in your heart? Jesus tells us that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Or as Peggy McCreight would say, "What's down in the well comes up in the bucket." If we listen carefully to what our words are saying about ourselves, we can learn a lot.
  4. Stones Crying Out
    23 Mar, 2018
    Stones Crying Out
    As he was drawing near-- already on the way down the Mount of Olives-- the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"  And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples."  He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out."  Luke 19:37-40 "If
  5. Critiquing Our Criticism
    12 Mar, 2018
    Critiquing Our Criticism
    For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, "He has a demon."  The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, "Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!" Luke 7:33 -34 Hi.  My name is Stuart Mizelle.  And I'm a recovering criticism addict. Just this weekend, I was browsing Facebook for a few minutes and lo and behold, I saw some posts that were wrong.  From deep within me I felt the overwhelming urge to jump
  6. Are We on the Horns of a Dilemma?
    30 Jan, 2018
    Are We on the Horns of a Dilemma?
    One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up and said to him, "Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority."  He answered them, "I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?"  And they discussed it with one another, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why did you not believe him?'  But if we say,