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Scripture for Thursday, May 18 (5/18)

The scripture for today, May 18, is 1st Thessalonians 5:18 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

0-BK 7-ShadowOfDeath-Cover-new-Medium“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

This is one of the most difficult verses in the Bible to follow. How can we rejoice with the loss of a loved one, of health, of a job, of a home, of a position, of our reputation? The Christians at Thessalonica, in Greece, had been suffering a lot of persecution for being Christians.

Satan will do all he can to cause bad to happen in your life in order to get you to blame God and forsake him. But the real blame belongs on Satan. It may sometimes seem like the harder you try to follow God, the worse things get in our life. In that case, apparently Satan is afraid of your strength in the Lord, so is trying to weaken you and get you back on his side.

And sometimes God stands back and tells Satan, “Do your best. This person will grow stronger, not weaker.” Along with the Christians in Thessalonica, you can “become a model….your faith in God can become known everywhere” (1st Thessalonians 1:7-8).

So rejoice that Satan is so afraid of you. And at the same time, keep your eyes on Jesus who never gave in when Satan caused bad to happen to him.

Rejoice that you are counted worthy.


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Scripture for Wednesday, May 17 (5/17)

The scripture for today, May 17 (5/17) is John 5:17 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

FunWithBibleNumbers-Cover-Kindle“Jesus said to them, ‘My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.’ “

There are places in the Psalms that say God is thinking about us all the time. When we’re walking, riding, talking, doing, coming, going.

God is always working for us. A popular song a few years ago was, “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands.”

But does he always keep us from harm? He gave us free will, and sometimes we don’t make good choices. Others around us have free will, and they sometimes don’t make good choices. Still God is there beside us if we fall, always holding out his hand to lift us up.

God is our Creator.  Jesus ~ the Words of God ~ was the Creator too (John 1:1-2). We are the work of his “hands.” How he loves us and cherishes us and cares for us, always to this very day.


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Scripture for Tuesday, May 16 (5/16)

The scripture for today, May 16 (5/16), is 1st Thessalonians 5:16 (KJV) as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

0-Mefiboset-KINDLE Medium“Rejoice evermore.”

But how can we rejoice when something terrible has happened? The Apostle Paul who wrote this knew that the Thessalonians were being persecuted (2nd Thessalonians 1:4), but he still said, “Rejoice evermore.” Sometimes we have to suffer so that the bad someone does can be revealed to others.

Just remember that, just as God was grieved when his Son suffered on the cross, he is grieved when we suffer. And just as God was able to bring something wonderful out of his Son’s suffering, he can bring something wonderful out of yours too.

In the mean time, chin up, shoulders back, stand straight, be brave, and smile. The world will ask you why.


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Scripture for Monday, May 15 (5/15)

The scripture for today, May 15 (5/15), is Ecclesiastes 5:15 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

Bible Puzzles for Young And Old-Cover“Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.”

As most people enter their senior years, they finally understand this verse. In their youth, they struggled to get jobs and status and things. Some accomplished it and some didn’t. But in the senior years….


when health is gradually declining….

   the world is passing them by….

       and they are sitting in their chair most of the time….

….the main thing people look back on is what difference they made in their world, and how they did or did not help people important to them.

Often in their senior years when their income goes down and they are living only on a small pension, and they are unable to keep their big house, and fancy car, and impressive stuff, they realize they are still the same person inside regardless of what they own.

Ask a senior what they want for a birthday present. It is not likely to be things. It is likely to be time spent with a loved one.   Time: So precious.


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Scripture for Sunday, May 14 (5/14)

00-PAUL COVER-Medium-The scripture for today, May 14(5/14), is 2nd Corinthians 5:14a as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“For Christ’s love compels us….”

Jesus died both physically and spiritually in our place! (Remember when he said God had forsaken him?) He knew we couldn’t come back from either one on our own, so he did it for us. Such terrible things he went through for us!

Love is powerful! It causes us to do things for someone we love that we never wanted to do and never dreamed we could do.

How powerful is your love for Christ? Do you share the love of Christ with others? 1st John 4:18 says, “Perfect love casts out fear.”

You must reach out to people who think Jesus will ruin their fun, or has too many rules, or could never forgive them, or wouldn’t stop a tragedy from happening to them. If not in person, tell them in a note, a phone call, email, even a song. There are ways. Reach out.

You can and you will, for Christ’s love compels you!


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Today is my birthday

Ken & Me

Today is my birthday.  Me getting born was quite an adventure. First, I was almost born in the basement when my mother was shoveling coal into the furnace that cold May morning in Michigan.  She rushed (waddled) upstairs, my aunt staying with us called the doctor (yes, we had a telephone in 1940), the doctor came, then I came.


Butttt, when the doctor asked my mother how she felt, she replied, “I feel awfully full.” After a few moments, the doctor told her she had another one in there. He induced labor, and an hour after I was born, my twin brother was born, precisely at 8:00 AM. We were our mother’s Mother’s Day gift.

Many years after that when my brother and I would argue, he would say he was older than me because eight was a bigger number than seven.

What was it like having a twin?  We were never bored. We always had someone to play with.  I called him KeeKee and he called me KayKay.  It wasn’t until we were in college that people started asking us if we were identical.  Duh?



Me, age 17 with the big hair

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Kenneth, age 17 & so handsome

We had a lot of the same freshman college courses, so walked to the classes together. But everyone thought we were dating.  So we agreed for one to walk in front of the other and pretend we didn’t know each other. 


One convenient thing about having a twin in college is that I put his picture in my dorm room, and he put my picture in his dorm room.  Then, when one of our friends said, “Oh, isn’t s/he cute!  Is s/he your boy/girl friend?” we would smile and say, “No, s/he is my brother/sister. Would you like to meet him/her?”  

After graduation, we went our separate ways the rest of our life except for times of visiting each other. I would tell people it was easy to tell us apart:  He was the one with the beard.



Me in 1967 during the Viet Nam War when I was 27

What has life been like these 77 years? Not anything like I had dreamed it would be. I have had my share of  unimaginable ups and unbelievable downs like anyone else. What held me together was remaining a faithful Christian through all those ups and downs. Dreams? Among others, I think my two greatest dreams were to be a missionary and to write.  


Well, I went to Korea for awhile between college semesters, and there seemed to always be roadblocks to returning. But I have tried to stay in touch with the missionaries there these nearly sixty years since. And I have taught and converted quite a few Muslims through World Bible School and World English Institute. So I guess I became a kind-of missionary after all.

As for writing, my first book was begun when I was 17.  I finished that book when I was 60.  But it was no accident.  I started by writing parts of the life of Christ and showing them to my girlfriends. Pretty soon they were saying I should write a book about him.  I said, “I’m too young. I need to do a lot of living before I can come close to truly understanding what Jesus said and did among people.”  Through the years I’d get the MS out and toy with it, then put it back in the closet.  But I kept my promise to my young self and my girlfriends and finished writing it when I was 60.  It included 100 people Jesus met and struggled with.


Ken-Age 57

Ken, c. age 57, in US Sub-marine Corp

0-THEY MET JESUS-Medium-front coverIt took me another 13 years to get it published. That was four years ago.  Ten days from now I am going to be pitching They Met Jesus to nine Hollywood producers and screenwriters to turn my 80 chapters into a weekly TV series. If it is accepted, it will be another three years raising money, hiring, building, and screenwriting to get the first episode out. I will be ~ shall I confess? I will be eighty by then.


But that’s okay. Between finishing the eight books of They Met Jesus and now, I have written thirty-eight other books ~ both non-fiction and fiction (and have bunches more in my head).  If God wants me to keep writing, he will keep my mind fresh and my body reasonably healthy.  May I accept with grace whatever shall be.

One final thought.  Since teaching the Bible to so many Muslims (6000 so far) and encouraging them when they lost jobs, were beaten, had their children taken away, were hauled into court, were threatened with imprisonment and death, I have thought much about my own earth leaving.  Shall the student be braver than his teacher?

When I was younger, I used to pray for “a quiet hour in which to die”.  But I do not do that anymore. Now I pray, “Let my dying have meaning.” Let it be my last gift to the world ~ that I stood up for Christ and let his enemies destroy my earthly body rather than renounce him.

So, now, I come to the end of my musings on this, my 77th birthday.  My wish for all of you who have read through this whole thing is a special understanding of your eternal soul ~ yes, eternal.  And that death is life ~ if you belong to HIM.  May we all face our “life-taking” some day with boldness and jubilation.  

I may live another twenty years. But, I’m putting the angels on notice.  Attention angels. Are you ready?  I’m getting closer….

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