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This is going to be a journal of some of my thoughts. Parts of it will be very personal, and you’ll see what God is doing in me “today,” when I post a new comment. Sometimes I want to make a comment about something I’ve posted on the blog. Those comments will be here, too. So, this journal will be sort of random, and my entries won’t be on any particular schedule. Newest items will be on top.
–Bob Young




February 11, 2017
How is it that my own writing moves me to tears? Am I not immune to the power of my own words?
(My answer to myself: “Your best writing is done while straining to see through tear-filled eyes. It’s natural that, when you read those words later, the emotions live again.”)
(My second, more honest, answer to myself: “They’re not your words.”)

June 19, 2016
Jesus didn’t change the world from inside the temple. He changed the temple from inside the world.

June 7, 2016
Me: “God, can I please be a gentle breeze?”
God: “No; I have chosen you to be a howling wind.”

January 16, 2016
Spiritual battles are real. Tonight was the culmination of weeks of effort in the spiritual realm to write and publish Ask Bob #87. Now, it’s done. Father, let many be helped by this article! Amen.

January 2, 2016
“It is finished.” Today I understood something about Jesus’ statement that I never understood before… In the long (to us) string of history, it hardly seems finished. There are still wars. We still get sick. There is still poverty and hunger. Evil sometimes appears not only to survive, but to prosper. So, how is it finished? Now I know! When Jesus sacrificed himself, the outcome became inevitable. He saw the end from the beginning, so to speak. No matter what Satan does now, his doom is determined, and God’s kingdom is established. We are an arrow in flight. We haven’t yet reached the target, but our trajectory is already determined. “It is finished.” He who suffered can now smile.

December 13, 2015
Pacing like a caged lion
I refused to eat
And lost weight
Until one day
I realized
I was thin enough
To slip between the bars.
My pacing had
Made my legs strong.
I leaped
And was free.

November 23, 2015
Now, this is interesting. I am hated for my compassion, by some who claim to be filled with the source of all compassion.

October 17, 2015
Every once in a while I write something in an English style that hasn’t been common for decades. Tonight, preparing the Sunday Message for October 18, is one of those times. The message, “Don’t Neglect Friendship With God,” is written in an old English style. Why? I don’t know. Really, I don’t. It just seemed right.

September 9, 2015
The Middle East will burn until someone from within their own ethnic and religious identity leads them to peace and unity.

August 22, 2015
I’ve published 411 public blogs on this site. Fifteen of them have something about prayer in the title: pray, prayer, praying. That’s 3.65%. That’s not a high enough percentage. I’ll write another article about prayer tonight. Because, you know, prayer is kind of important.

August 15, 2015
“Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love.”
(Jonah 2:8)
What you love, and who you love, has a direct effect on the love you will receive. If you love money or power or reputation, be aware that money, power, and reputation will not love you back.

August 8, 2015
To my nephew: your little sister will idolize you! So it’s important that you become a young man of honor and integrity. Be strong as a warrior, and brave as a lion. Be gentle and merciful, as only the strong and the brave can be. Be confident of this: you will succeed. The road is hard, but not as hard as it looks at the beginning. Remember, the place where you stand now looked too hard to reach before you got here.

July 12, 2015
Once you prefer truth to approval, you become the most powerful person in your life.

July 11, 2015
“And when they opposed and reviled him, he [Paul] shook out his garments and said to them, ‘Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.’” (Acts 18:6, ESV)

God, you sent me to heal. But, now I discover that I cannot heal those who don’t want to be healed!

June 22, 2015
I published a Sunday Message on a different topic and sure enough, it was read by several people in the first hour. I don’t know why “Faith and the Seven Supplements” received so little attention. It’s funny, because I think it’s one of the best things I ever wrote.

June 13, 2015
Tonight I finished writing the last installment in the eight-part series, “Faith and the Seven Supplements.” Personally, I think this series is one of the best things I’ve ever written. But, alas, the public doesn’t see it that way. I published it as part of the Sunday Message category, and the statistics are way down. I’ll be glad to get back to writing other articles for the Sunday Message series, and see if I can’t be appealing, once again, to a larger readership.

June 11, 2015
I’ve been seeing (or hearing) so many things about, “Now is the time.” “Stop wasting time.” “Begin.” “Act now.” I’ve been procrastinating, again. Still. God is graciously nudging me to get going, to persevere, to not be discouraged, to not quit. There is work to be done.