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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.

7-22-19 Joe Biden

“Joe, say it ain’t so,” is the business Joe Biden is getting from the “woke” left. He has had to renounce and apologize for the moderate positions he has taken over a very long political career. Things like supporting the Hyde Amendment (no govt funding of abortion) and being too friendly with Republicans.

The only reason Joe is leading in the polls is name recognition. His party clearly doesn’t want an old, straight, white guy as their nominee. Some political analysts believe that the left wing of the party, along with the liberal media, will take him out. I think they’re right. It might not be that hard to do since Joe was never the brightest guy in D.C. and is well past his prime. The Obamas no doubt will simply watch him dangle in the wind. So much for loyalty.

The Democrat party is rapidly becoming a socialist party; just listen to their candidates. The jackass is a fitting symbol for this party. They not only want open borders with no criminal penalties, but full government benefits for those who enter illegally. Why? Well, they need to replace all the hard working middle class voters they’re losing with such extreme policies. Don’t kid yourself. They want non-citizens voting in our elections; that’s why they oppose any voter ID laws.

If next year’s election comes down to socialism vs. capitalism, it’s hard to see the Democrats winning, but anything can happen. Churchill said it best, “Capitalism is the uneven distribution of wealth, while socialism is the even distribution of poverty,” except for the ruling class, I might add.

President Trump will face the usual quite formidable foes: the deep state, Hollywood, academia, the main stream media, and a new one: big tech. The social media overlords have decided to be proactive in next year’s election. Guess on which side? It could get interesting; watch and pray.

7-15-19 Adoption

Every family has family secrets; mine is no exception. We discovered after my very godly grandmother passed that she had a baby out of wedlock as a teenager.

Back in 1916 there was considerable shame associated with such a pregnancy. The decision was made for her to go live out of state until the baby was born and placed for adoption.

We didn’t know any of this until Uncle Everett surfaced with the story. He had discovered who his birth mother was, but waited until she passed to contact the family so as to not embarrass her.

In our shameless culture, we may find this old-fashioned morality strange, but I think there’s something noble in it. It’s not wrong to want to protect the honor and reputation of another.

Today’s approach to the same problem is quite different. Abortion or teenage motherhood is more commonly chosen over adoption. I think that’s unfortunate. For every unwanted pregnancy there are dozens of infertile couples, even existing families, ready to adopt the baby and provide a loving home.

There still is, and should be, a measure of guilt and shame (for the father, too) associated with pregnancy out of wedlock. Abortion, however, only compounds the problem. With adoption you have the consolation of giving the baby life and blessing the socks off a childless couple. That’s a wonderful consolation.

I’ll admit it: I don’t trust this increasingly rabid pro-abortion crowd. Who else will they consider unwanted and decide to terminate?

7-8-19 Love and Hate

People like to ask pastors tough questions. 19th century British preacher C. H. Spurgeon always seemed to be ready for them. A lady asked him one day why God hated Esau and loved Jacob (Ro. 9:13). She clearly had a problem with that. Spurgeon’s response was classic, “I don’t have a problem with God hating Esau; my problem is: what did God ever see in Jacob?”

The truth is that God is both just and merciful in his dealings with man. He said in Romans 9:14 (read the entire chapter to gain an awesome perspective), “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy.” My pastor pointed out in a recent sermon that God slew 3,000 for their sin at Mt. Sinai and then saved 3,000 on the day of Pentecost. God should be praised for saving any of us undeserving sinners, not chided for rightly judging the unrepentant.

Of course, the greatest display of justice and mercy occurred at the cross, where God’s wrath against our sin was poured out on the Lord Jesus Christ so that we might receive His amazing mercy and grace. Anyone so foolish as to reject that kind of jaw-dropping love deserves their fate.

We commonly say that God loves the sinner and hates the sin. That’s essentially true. If, however, the sin never gets separated from the sinner through the power of the Gospel, then only God’s wrath and judgment remain.

Perhaps God would show mercy on more souls if we were more faithful in proclaiming the message of salvation to others. How are we doing on that score? I suspect that we could all do better.

7-1-19 Intimacy

I heard a statistic the other day that made me smile. Research consistently shows that conservative Christian women have the most satisfying sex life in their marriages. The reason is simple. Committed Christians seek to do things God’s way. Sex is a wonderful gift from God designed for procreation and pleasure in marriage. Sex outside of God’s design is simply asking for trouble.

My wife and I married while still in Bible college, which was not uncommon. Get this: the never-married dean of women actually cautioned the young wives not to distract their husbands from their pastoral studies. My response: “You better hope these young preacher boys get distracted by their wives, or they might get distracted by someone else.” I felt like quoting her Proverbs 5:18-19.

St. Paul was never married, but God gave him some great counsel in I Cor. 7:2-5,

… let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. … Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you …

Someone has wisely said that sex begins in the kitchen. Men, your wife might be in the mood more often if you were affectionate and helped out around the house. Ladies, don’t overuse the too tired and headache excuses. Love isn’t selfish. Red-hot passion is great, but we know that long-term success requires some effort.

Of course this earthly experience of marriage will one day give way to the heavenly as the Church becomes the Bride of Christ in the kingdom to come (Rev. 21:2). None of this egalitarian nonsense. Christ is the head of the Church and Savior of the body (Eph. 5:23). We joyfully and reverently submit to His authority. That’s how we experience blessing and intimacy with the Lord.

6-24-19 The Raptors

A loud cheer came from my man cave last Monday night as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors for their first ever NBA Championship.

I was happy for my Canadian kids, who live in the Toronto area. My son-in-law Jon (who, by the way, you can hear preach every 3rd Sunday at 9 AM on KREJ) has taken me to see Blue Jays and Argonauts games. We’ll now have to take in a Raptors game, if we can afford the tickets.

Another reason to celebrate is our own Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet, who played a major role in the victory. We knew he was good, but we didn’t know that he could not only play, but star at an NBA championship level. I like what he said in a postgame interview after scoring 12 crucial points in the 4th quarter, “Kawhi Leonard can’t take all the shots.” Fred knows that when other players are covered, he must take the open shot. Great role players can take up the slack when the star players aren’t having their best game. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.

Finally, I like the lack of cockiness from the Raptor players. Kawhi Leonard, the superstar leader, is a completely unassuming guy, and I think he sets the tone for the rest of the team. Cocky superstar athletes can be entertaining, but it’s nice to see a truly humble one once in a while.

Now that basketball is over, I guess I’ll watch Hallmark movies with the wife until football season rolls around.

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