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Mike’s World View

Coffee with Mike airs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on KREJ and KSNS at 8:30 AM and re-airs on KREJ at 5 PM. Station manager Mike Henry shares Scripture, community birthdays, announcements, trivia, and station news, and discusses current events. He regularly writes a column “Mike’s World View” for The Gyp Hill Premiere; these are the most recent articles. Comments are welcome; please email us using our contact us form.

6-17-19 Bob Christensen

I was sad to learn of the passing of my good friend Bob Christensen. He was a truly Christian lawyer (we need all of them we can get) and always tried to live up to his theme verse, Micah 6:8. Bob did a lot of good for a lot of people, myself included. He was a long-time supporter of KREJ/KSNS. He was never ashamed of the Gospel and would often use his many opportunities to point people to Christ.

My wife and I were privileged to do the premarital counseling for Bob and Cindy many years ago. We knew right away that God was going to bless and use this couple in a wonderful way. They wanted to build their lives, family, and ministry on the sure foundation of God’s Word.

Our unbelieving friends wonder how we can keep our faith in the face of such tragedies. I like Peter’s response in John 6:68, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” There’s nowhere else to turn; the world sure doesn’t have the answer. What we do know about the love of God in Christ Jesus causes us to trust Him for what we don’t know. As Dr. Wiersbe would often remind us, “we live on promises, not explanations.”

We do know that a sovereign God allows natural and man-made disasters in this fallen world and that Christians are not exempt. Either way, we can glorify God, whether in life or in death, and that’s what Bob did.

Well done, my friend; we’ll see you up there. Cindy, you feel the loss more than anyone; may God’s grace be sufficient.

6-10-19 Born that Way

The “I was born that way” excuse for sinful behavior needs a little Christian scrutiny. It’s true that we’re all born with a fallen sin nature that we inherited from our parents through Adam and Eve. But God also gave us a free will through which we can choose. This simply means that we are sinners by birth and by choice, and so without excuse. That’s Christian Theology 101. I could bury you with Scripture if you like.

If we allow the LGBT folk to use the “I was born that way” excuse for sin, then we must allow everyone else to use it regarding their particular sin. The result being that no one is really responsible for their behavior; it’s all just basic evolutionary instinct at work. What a hopelessly fatalistic view of life. In other words, you are what you are with no hope for change.

By contrast, the Gospel of Jesus Christ offers glorious hope and change for lost sinners. In Christ all our sins are forgiven and we receive a new nature that loves God and desires to walk in His righteousness. This overcoming power that our Lord Jesus so wonderfully demonstrated is now available to us by grace through faith. Hallelujah!

Someone has well said, “To just be yourself is the worst advice you can give most people.” We don’t want to see the old you (or me) justifying and excusing sin; we want to see the new you, in Christ loving God and obeying His commandments. After Jesus forgave the woman taken in adultery, He told her to go and sin no more, not go and sin some more. Grace is not license.

Sorry I got a little preachy, but I was born-again that way and can’t change.

Check out: Ro. 5:18-19, James 1:14, II Cor. 5:17, I Jn. 2:8-9

6-3-19 No Hope

There was a small item in the news recently that made me wonder if there is any hope for our country. What was the news item and why do I think it’s so significant?

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had dropped funding for Special Olympics in her department budget. Her reasoning was sound. She thought that since Special Olympics was already 90% supported by business and private donations, the government could safely drop its portion of the budget without harming the program. There was an outcry. Instead of being commended for her prudence, she was chastised for being heartless and uncaring. Even President Trump was critical. The funding was quickly restored.

This little incident tells me that our government is simply not going to deal with the issue of deficit spending and the burgeoning national debt. These geniuses are just going to drive our nation off the fiscal cliff. If we can’t even make small, legitimate cuts to the budget, how can we ever make the large, more difficult, and necessary ones later? Apparently, they’re willing to wait until it’s a crisis situation. That would be dangerous, because communists, socialists, and totalitarians all thrive under such circumstances. I would sure hate to see America fail because of sheer fiscal stupidity, but it could happen.

The consolation is that spiritual prosperity could actually grow under such circumstances, as people put their trust in the Lord and not their bank accounts. But I agree with St. Paul, who said in Romans 6:1, “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid.” Let’s work hard to prevent a crisis and not put our cherished freedoms at risk, so we can serve God in peace and prosperity, not chaos and anarchy.

Of course, the problem is more than just financial, it’s all part of the rejection of God’s standards in favor of our own.

memorial display5-27-19 Veterans

I just finished building a memorial display featuring my dad’s Japanese rifle and sword from WW II. He fought on Iwo Jima and was an eyewitness to the first flag raising on Mt. Suribachi. He was part of that “great generation” and passed in 2013.

I don’t think he suffered majorly from PTSD, but he did want the blinds closed at night for fear of snipers. He just wanted to get back home and farm. His grandparents had promised to set him up on the family farm if he made it back from the war.

He would talk about his experiences, especially if you asked, and we did. He had three close calls on Iwo. Once he was on stretcher duty with three other marines when they were ambushed; only my dad and another guy survived. Another time a mortar hit, taking the head and shoulders off a marine just yards away. That wouldn’t have been fun to see. One evening he went to take his coat off and it stuck. He had been grazed by a bullet earlier in the day. His buddy told him to go get a purple heart, but he didn’t think it was that bad. He later wished he would have because it meant getting out 3 months earlier. It’s little wonder he told me, “Son, whatever you do, stay out of the Marine Corps.” He credits President Truman with saving his life by dropping the atomic bomb.

Let’s continue to remember and honor our brave veterans. They would say that they only did their duty. That’s true, but they are still heroes.

War indeed is Hell, but sometimes necessary. By the way, we shouldn’t be pro-war unless we’re willing to send our own sons and grandsons to fight.

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