1. Life is Mysterious and Complex
    05 Nov, 2018
    Life is Mysterious and Complex
    As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.  In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.  Ecclesiastes 11:5-6  Life is complex and mysterious. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either naive or trying to sell you a bill of goods. We so want life to be black and white.  We want
  2. When We Don't Understand
    19 Sep, 2018
    When We Don't Understand
    Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.  This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him."  Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."   Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"  Jesus answered,
  3. Trusting in the Lord or in Ourselves?
    13 Mar, 2018
    Trusting in the Lord or in Ourselves?
    Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.   Proverbs 3:5  "Believe in yourself." "Follow your heart." "You've had what you needed inside you all along." These are phrases we hear a good bit these days.   They sound positive and uplifting. But are they good, sound advice? I would say a big, fat "NO!" to that question.  Not because I'm trying to be contrary, but because I believe in the Scriptures more than I believe in myself. And the Scriptures
  4. 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
  5. Wolves and Sheep, Serpents and Doves
    02 Mar, 2018
    Wolves and Sheep, Serpents and Doves
    Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.  Matthew 10:16  Jesus had a way with words.   Some of his statements are memorable because of the striking imagery they provoke. Think, for example, of the following  . . .   It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. (Matthew 19:24) Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. (Matt. 4:19) Do not give dogs what
  6. The Good Ole Days?
    16 Feb, 2018
    The Good Ole Days?
    Say not, "Why were the former days better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.  Ecclesiastes 7:10  With yet another school shooting in the news this week, the inevitable "The world is getting worse and worse" comments start to flow.   It seems most of us tend to pine for the "good ole days" when "things weren't as bad as they are today." But is it wise to do so? It seems the author of Ecclesiastes doesn't think so.  After all, he says that it is not from wisdom when we