Friday, August 2, 2019


Why write a blog? So many people do. If I had to make one succinct statement regarding blogging it would be this. . .

People blog because they have a passion for something (or in my case, someone) that they want to share.

It's really as simple as that! I've always enjoyed writing but I begin to write in earnest with a purpose after becoming part of a creative writing class. When I started to blog I suddenly realized what "www" really meant - world wide web - people all over the world can read the words you write. That can be intimidating! Every once in awhile I check my 'stats' and discover that indeed, people all over the world are reading my blog - thousands. 

I am thrilled by this because I write about my first love, Jesus Christ, and want others to know the joy and peace that comes from a relationship with my Lord and Savior. My blog, as some have pointed out, has also become somewhat of a memoir because it's impossible to know and teach Scripture without applying it in a practical way to everyday life. The one life I know about is mine. I don't know about your life,  I am convinced we all have a story to share that may help others - doesn't matter what your joy is, re-building old cars, cooking, art, making quilts, parenting skills, and a million other things that make up who we are as people. 

So go for it! I'm going to copy and paste a piece I wrote some time ago on why I blog. Why you blog would be very different, totally you.


I blog to have a voice, to make a difference, to feed a passion and to reach out to others on the World Wide Web.

I blog to have a place to deposit what I’ve learned and continue to learn.  Blogging brings peace and joy to my life.

I blog for the thrill of a new revelation from God’s Word that will help me to challenge and inspire others.

I blog to be honest, vulnerable, and risk criticism. Words written have more weight than words spoken. They aren’t as easily misunderstood or forgotten.

Sometimes I am surprised by a profound thought, other times annoyed by my lack of ability to communicate. I am always aware of the Master I serve.

I blog to add clarity to difficult concepts, and to explore mysteries and miracles that take my breath away.

I blog because I wonder, because I wonder, I search, because I search, I discover.

I blog for excitement, to race and tumble at breakneck speed toward a spiritual treasure that puts life into perspective.

I blog for all those who want to know but will not ask, for family, friends and all who are curious.

I blog because I want to know me, what I blog is me, coming from the One who created me.

I blog because it’s God – directed, and I am in awe when words drift without effort from my fingertips onto the internet.

I blog in hopes that a revelation or a new discovery will bear fruit and ultimately lead someone into a relationship with the Living Word, Jesus Christ.

I blog to introduce, to praise and to give glory to God.

Bobbe Van Hise

Saturday, July 13, 2019


Ahh...summer is here and our San Diego beaches are full of vacationers and locals making footprints in the sand.  We don't need to get on a plane and go someplace, we can stay right here and take a vacation a day at a time. Amazing how this can revive our spirit and flood our souls with a calm that is something like having a Bible in your hands and reading God's Word - really!

God gave us His Word to make our life better.

"Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God's promises to be fulfilled." Romans 10:4

Once you start to study and believe what you are reading, you'll discover all kinds of 'good news'. For instance, maybe you are having a bad day but when you read Scripture you have hope tomorrow will be better.

"The faithful love of the Lord never ends. His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:22-23

We seem to enjoy planning our life, as if we were the one totally in charge. My calendar stays full, yours probably does too. When our plans don't work out we get upset. In your search for peace you may stumble upon some verses in James 4 - 

"How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog - it's here a little while, then it's gone. What you ought to say is, "If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that." James 4: 14 - 15

It's rather pretentious of us to think we have all the answers and know just what to do and when - that is not living by faith and this causes stress. We need to set a course for ourselves, but take your hands off the wheel and let God steer you in the direction He has ordained for your life. He will never lead you astray.

Trying to live the perfect Christian life can frustrate us, so don't try. Instead stand in the truth of the Bible which says in God's eyes you are already 'perfect'. And a funny thing, the more perfect you feel, the more perfect you will behave. 

"But our High Priest (Jesus) offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. (Hebrews 10:12)  For that one offering (dying on the cross) he forever made perfect those who are being made holy. " vs 14

The process of "being made holy" and perfect is called 'sanctification' and is worked out here on earth on a daily basis. However, this work is complete from God's perspective. We can relax and enjoy what the Lord has done for us and know that His Holy Spirit is in us doing the will of God.

We may worry that we tend to focus more on our problems than on experiencing faith, or that others appear to have faith when we don't. Romans 12:3 tells us that God measures our faith, He treats us as His unique child and provides what we need, not always what we want. 

"The Lord will work out his plans for my life - " Psalm 138:8

I try, but I also fail, seems we need to go through that - often, so we can understand who really has the power over our life. . .we discover it's not us!

Is there a #1 truth to be learned? Yes, there is and once you know it, all else will fall into place according to God's timing. 

Jesus is God, "I am he". John 4:26

Such a simple truth, so hard to hang onto when the world tries to grab Him away and replace peace and joy with stress and fear.

Do you know that as a Christian you never will feel ashamed? 

"Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." Romans 10:11. 

"Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame."  Psalm 34:5

 I like the word 'radiant'; we'll glow before the Lord and in many ways we'll glow in this world also because God's light is within us and He makes it shine for the world to see. 

So, armed with all these wonderful uplifting verses go have a great summer - soak up the SON as well as the sun.

Thank you Lord for summer fun, for dying a painful death on the cross so we can be perfect before our heavenly Father, radiant as we stand before His glory. 

Monday, June 10, 2019


I would like to share a story. I doubt that it's true, made up to illustrate a great truth, one that few of us are willing to believe. 

There once was a man who had become very successful and was extremely wealthy. He and his son enjoyed collecting art and had amassed a fortune in rare and famous paintings. Their home had become an art museum and many came to enjoy it.

Sadly, the son was killed in an accident; his father grieved deeply. When the father passed away he left a trust that stated an auction should be held and the art be sold to highest bidder. The word was passed along, and there was great excitement as the day of auction neared. The room was filled with anxious bidders who wanted a chance to buy these treasures. 

Shortly before his death the father had commissioned an unknown artist to paint a portrait of his son. This portrait was the first piece to be auctioned off. There were some moans and groans from those present; they were impatient and wanted to see the 'real' treasures. The bidding started off very slowly. The auctioneer was finally able to get the bid up to $100 and the son's portrait was sold.  

Excitement grew as the anticipated art waited to be displayed. Suddenly the auctioneer banged a gavel and declared the auction was closed. A huge uproar ensued. Then the auctioneer explained the terms of the owner's trust.  He read, "The person who buys the portrait of my son will be given the whole collection of art." The buyer got it all!  This is a picture of Father God giving His Son Jesus to those who would accept His love and forgiveness. 

The moral of the story is this, If you have Jesus, you have everything. If we could comprehend this, what a joy our life would be! Everything you will ever need, God will supply.  We all have a problem of wanting much more than we need, or not knowing exactly what we need. We humans can't resist trying to fill the void God created in us with everything and anything but Jesus. We think if we move to another location, have more money, impressive car, luxury vacations, designer clothes and as you get older, a pain free working body, then we'll be at peace and experience joy in our life. These things do satisfy for a moment, then we wake up one day and realize that we're the same person, still seeking something that is elusive, something we can't even describe. Depression may come.

My psychologist friends tell me it is at this point that many seek pleasure from drugs and alcohol, review their past and ruminate on who or what caused them pain, or what made them feel insecure and fearful. Now, armed with all this hurtful 'baggage', we're ready to attack! Most often those who've loved and nurtured us the most will be the ones who become the 'villain' in our blinded eyes. You see, this is what Satan does, blinds us to the truth.

We have trouble coping in a world that appears to be in Satan's control. But remember this, God is firmly in control, even though Satan is patrolling the earth watching everything that is going on - New Living Translation - Job 2:2. Notice in Job 2:3 the Lord himself points to Job and asks Satan to consider messing with his life - well, not in those words, but what he was saying to Satan was 'do what you want to my servant Job and see if he'll turn away from me.' 

From Ephesians 1 we learn a lot about our heavenly Father and what He has done for us. Paul wrote this letter and starts out by saying he was chosen "by the will of God", so have we who believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In verse 4...

"Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. vs 5, God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through (his Son) Jesus Christ."

I love as we keep reading and studying we see how the Word punctuates itself. 

Ephesians 1:11 - Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan."

We often don't see the good in what God is doing in or life. He knew we wouldn't or couldn't so this is why we are to walk by faith which is believing in something we hope for, the evidence of things we we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1.

Just like the person who bought the portrait of the son, we can have it all, because Jesus is our all. There is nothing to fear, our lives, good and bad works, our very souls are firmly in the hands of Jesus who loved us and died for us. Get rid of your 'old self' - the person who always searched for 'happy', and be who you are - a child of God.

Galatians 2:20 "My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me."

Thank you Lord for your Holy Word to help us navigate this treacherous world you put us in. On day, we'll understand it all, for now, give us peace, joy and help us to understand how very much you love those you've chosen to be in your eternal Kingdom. 

Saturday, May 11, 2019


I recently made a trip to the Phoenix area of Arizona - a four hundred plus drive across the desert to have a good time with good friends. I was staying in Scottsdale which is a very large area and needed to drive every which direction. I have a very poor sense of direction. When on a driving trip with my husband, he would sometime hand me a map so I could 'follow along'. Then he'd look over at me to find I had the map upside down and tell me north is always up!! Really? 

I am very willing to admit I'm extremely flawed when it comes to getting from point A to point B; I need help. I was never good at reading maps so the iPhone navigation system has been a super big blessing and has allowed me the freedom to travel alone without getting hopelessly lost. But, I sometimes don't trust the information I receive. As I was driving around in AZ I discovered how important it was to trust the system. It seldom failed, if it did, the error was quickly corrected. I found I needed to TRUST if I didn't want to become a nervous wreck! 

Definition of the word 'trust' - "The firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something."

How is this different from 'faith' I wondered. Did I need to have faith in my iPhone directions, or should I just trust it.

The Biblical definition of the word 'faith' is...

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

That is amazing that we can believe in something, or someone, without any evidence or proof and still be certain in our belief. Some will say that 'faith' is the substance of hope; however the Bible says if we have faith we can be sure and certain. So where does this kind of faith come from? Again, the Bible has an answer.

"For it is by grace you have been saved (given eternal life), through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God."
Ephesians 2:8-9.

This verse goes on to say that God choose to give us faith as a gift, it is not something we must work for or earn, because He didn't want us to boost about having faith when others may not. Faith was given to me, it simply was a free gift.

If faith is the substance of hope, it requires no evidence, or proof, for belief or practice. The very nature of faith infers that no tangible evidence exists. 

Faith is a gift, trust is a choice. What does the Bible say about trust? 

"Every word of God is pure; he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him." Proverbs 30:5

I like this one in Proverbs 28:26 - "He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe." 

Then we may ask, how do we acquire wisdom? 

"The fear (reverence) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding." Psalms 111:10

The Bible also tells us that our earth was made by his power, and he founded the world by his wisdom, Jeremiah 10:12. Knowing this gives me peace and I don't worry about having to protect our earth from doom - God made it and God will take care of until the day we will have a new heaven and earth. This is where believers will be with God and Scripture seems to indicate that we'll have a job to do - personally, I don't want a job, the Lord has given me much work in this life. I'd just like to be surrounded with the glory of my God. 

Trust and faith seem to be interchangeable, but they are different. I hear people say they are afraid to drive across a desert, or get on a busy freeway driving at brake-neck speeds because they have no trust in other drivers. I consciously make a choice to trust them, but in addition, I have been given the faith to believe that God is sovereign and in control of what happens to me. I believe when the Lord has given us faith, trust follows.

Thank you Lord for your wisdom, protection and love. Thank you for making me feel secure, no matter the circumstances - you are my Rock!

Friday, April 19, 2019


Have you ever wondered where Jesus was the day between His death and the day he was resurrected? 

"This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to a cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep it's hold on him." Acts 2:23-24

I Corinthians 15 tells us the risen Christ appeared first to His disciple Peter,"and then to the Twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred... I was so glad to discover this verse many years ago, because I heard people ask, "How do you know Jesus was resurrected, no one ever saw Him?" Yes, lots of people alive at that time did see Christ.

Luke 24 shares the story of the risen Jesus walking on the road to Emmaus, a village about seven miles from Jerusalem, when he encounters some men who were talking among themselves about what had just happened. He joins them. They didn't recognize Him as the Lord. It wasn't until they were at the table and Jesus gave thanks and broke bread that "their eyes were opened" and they recognized Him. It's the same with us, we can't see who Jesus is until He reveals Himself. 

The day between, where was Jesus, what was he doing? The Scripture doesn't give us a lot of information, but we do know this, He went to hell so those who believe in Him won't ever have to go there! Jonah was a 'type' of Christ. God asked Jonah to go to a city called Nineveh and preach His Word. This city was known to be full of 'evil', Jonah didn't want to go so he hopped a ship that was heading in the opposite direction. A storm threw Jonah overboard and he was swallowed up by a "big fish".  Three days later he was vomited up on the shore of Nineveh. 

I love this story because it shows so clearly that we may have our own plan, but God's desire for our life will prevail! Most Bible scholars believe that Jonah died in the belly of what was no doubt a whale. This happened about 800 yrs prior to Jesus. You might want to read Jonah's prayer in Jonah 2. When he was in the belly of the whale Jonah experienced death, hell and God's saving grace who lifted him out of that place.

The Bible speaks of three 'hells'. The Old Testament refers to hell as 'Sheol' the New Testament calls it 'Hades'. They are the same place. Revelation 20 - 21 describes the third hell, a place of unending torment which has the Greek word 'Gehenna'. We who know Jesus as our Lord and Savior will never be there.

Jesus did for us what we can't do for ourselves. We cannot erase guilt or overcome our sin by doing 'good deeds'. We can only escape hell by faith in our Savior. This is a hard truth to share and when you do, you'll no doubt take a few 'hits', I know I have. Keep sharing the truth and leave the results to God - He always wins! 

I wrote a poem a few years ago using only Bible text to share the Easter story, I'm going to re-post.

John 1, Matthew 27, Isaiah 52:14, Psalm 22

In the beginning was the Word, 
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God,
He was with God in the beginning.

Through Him all things were made;
without Him nothing was made
that has been made., He
became flesh and lived among us.

In Him was life, and that life was
the light of men.
The light shines in darkness,
but the darkness has not understood it.

At the appointed time in history,
foretold by prophets of old, 
a bloodied and beaten body, 
marred beyond human likeness,
was nailed to the cross.

The mid-day sun was replaced by
darkness over all the land.
He was heard to cry out;
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Then, He gave up His Spirit.

At that very moment the curtain of the temple
was torn in two from top to bottom.
The law has been fulfilled
providing free access 
to God the Father
through the living Word, Jesus Christ.

The earth shook that day, the rocks split,
tombs broke open
and bodies were raised to life.
Those present exclaimed,
"Surely this is the Son of God!"

It is finished.
I've been redeemed.
To God be the glory!

Sunday, April 14, 2019


I recently was looking for Easter cards and found one that touched me because of the total truth it shared about who Jesus is. This is what it said...

"There is only one man, the Author of life who overcame death and the grave.
There is only one Lamb who is holy enough, whose blood has the power to save.
There is only one Shepherd with love so great
He'd chose to die for our gain.
There is only one Lord, one matchless King, who is worthy
forever to reign."

How do we know that this is true? Many ways come to mind; believers share their love for God, the Holy Spirit has given us new life, God reveals His truth to us personally, we watch God at work around us, God shows Himself in nature, brings to life what once looked dead, we see God change people, He changes us and finally, we have God's holy written Word - the Bible. 

Do you ever wonder if it's worthwhile to study the Bible? Yes, a resounding YES it is!! Here are a few reasons why. . .

I'm using my friend Glenna Salsbury's list of reasons written in her thoughtful, insightful little book, Bible by Alphabet. 

Psalm 119:25 - David called on God to revive him - give him strength and energy when his was lacking.

Psalm 119:130 - The Word provides understanding and wisdom in making daily decisions, God's Word gives light.

Psalm 119:74 - God's Word provides hope that produces joy in life that flows from us to others.

Hebrew 4:12 - The Word of God is living and active.

Romans 10:17 - The Word is the means by which we come to have faith. Faith comes when we hear the message and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

Psalm 119:11 - We are protected from evil/sin, because we have hidden His word in our heart.

I Peter 1:23 - We are 'born again' through imperishable seed, the source of eternal life. 

John 1:14 - the Word of God became visible in Jesus Christ, who came to earth in a human body and walked among us.

John 1:3 - God's Word created the world - "God said. . ."

John 1:1 - last but most important in this list of reasons to read and study the Bible - JESUS is the Word. Forgiveness, salvation and ultimately eternal life come through Jesus Christ. 

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He (Jesus) was with God in the beginning."
John 1:1-2.

The photo on this post is the Bible given to my Swedish grandmother, Johanna Enroth by her father in 1889 when she was 'confirmed in the faith'. Wild flowers pressed between the pages are well preserved and I wonder why they were special. 

The inscription reads, "Johanna Svensdotter Hesslehult - 1889. These are the verses he wrote on the front page of the Bible. I know from this that my great-grandfather was a believer and he understood God's salvation, grace, sovereignty, purpose of the 10 Commandments and that we are a work in progress.  

John 1:29 - John saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world."

Galatians 3:24 - "Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith." 

Jeremiah 31:31-34 - "Behold the days are coming when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel...I will put My law within them, and on their heart I will write it...I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.

Philippians 1:6 - "For I am confident of this very thing, He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus."

It was exciting for me to find that my great-grandfather believed in the Bible as God's Word and treasured the same verses I do. We've never met, not yet, but I have every confidence that this man will be one of my 'greeters' as I enter heaven.

Thank you Lord for preserving some of my Christian heritage. Thank you for being my friend every day in every way. I pray that my readers will see the wisdom and benefit of studying your word and help them Lord to know You and feel your presence in their life. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing."  Galatians 3:20-21

What do these verses mean? I will list verses that will help in understanding this passage at the end of blog, but first give a step by step narrative. This narrative would be meaningless unless it's based totally on the Bible. After many years of study, I have come to think in Bible verses. If I can't visualize a verse that will validate the truth that I want to convey, I may not have the 'truth'. What I think, how I feel, or my opinion doesn't mean a thing if I can't substantiate it with Scripture.

        "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live"...
Jesus was nailed to a cross and hung there until He died. Crucifixion was not uncommon at that time, in fact Jesus was hung between two thieves. We obviously didn't hang on a cross with Him. The apostle Paul wrote these words in a letter to the Galatians in hopes of having them understand that when Jesus died on the cross He, God in the flesh, took our sinful human nature upon Himself. The wages of sin is death the Bible says. Jesus paid the penalty for our sin so we don't have to, therefore our sin was killed, crucified, with Jesus that day. 

        "I no longer live" may not make sense since we know we are very much alive. Again,when you explore Scripture you see that Paul was saying our old sinful nature died and we became a new person. The old is gone and the new has come.  We look the same, and truth be known, we may very well behave the same until the Holy Spirit works within us so that we have the power (God power!) to resist our human nature.

        "...but Christ lives in me" - How can this be? The Bible doesn't use the word 'trinity', this is a term we use to comprehend the three persons of God - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. One God in three persons. You may be a husband or wife, a parent and a sibling, but you are one person with three different roles. We have a heavenly Father who is sovereign over all, His Son Jesus whom the Father sent to "become sin" for us - Jesus, our Lord and Savior. And finally, the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and enables us to accept spiritual truth. We come to know God, not because we are smart, but by revelation through the Holy Spirit.

        "The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Our human faith fails so
in this world, in my earthly body surrounded by problems, chaos, pain, fear, insecurity - all the elements of being human, I don't depend on my faith being steadfast. I count on the Lord, He will never fail me, I'm fragile.

 What exactly did I do, or not do, to have earned this incredible love God has for me? Nothing! Before the foundation of the world He called me and ordained that I would be one of His sheep. Paul taught the gospel of grace which was an enormous stretch for the Jews who struggled to gain their own 'righteousness' and live by the Mosaic Law, not understanding that God gave the 'law', Ten Commandments, in order for us to know that we need a Savior. Jesus was prepared from the beginning to be that Savior.

The Lord will pursue His sheep until every one has come into the fold. None will be lost. We had five children. Now and then we'd be someplace where there were crowds of people and suddenly we'd lose track of one of them. I remember the panic we felt while trying to remain calm as we searched for the missing one. When our 'little lamb' strayed into view, we were so relived, angry too because the kids were supposed to keep an eye on us and not get lost!

When the Lord seeks us out, we will come, we must. We have no other option. The day Jesus found me at the kitchen sink with a jar of jelly I couldn't open asking Him for help, was the day I was filled with the Holy Spirit. He will never take this away from me, I'm His forever! Life has never been the same. Even though my life isn't perfect, I know the old me was made new that day. 

       "I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing."

We can't achieve perfection by following a set of rules. Only Jesus can clean us up and make us presentable to our heavenly Father. He, because of His grace and mercy, did this by paying the price for our earthly sins by dying on the cross. His words, "It is finished." Jesus did for us what we couldn't do for ourselves, He did not die needlessly.

Even though we know our salvation is secure, we can't behave any way we want because the Holy Spirit in us won't let us. It's important how we look to others, many will never read let alone study the Bible, but if you claim to be a Christian, they'll read your life. I once had a pastor who would say at the end of his message, "Now go out this week and make Jesus look good." We understood what that meant. We lift up Jesus, never ourselves.

"To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy...
through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!"  Jude 24

Luke 23:32 - 49  - The crucifixion
Romans 3: 21 - 26 - Righteousness through faith in Christ
II Corinthians 5:17 - New creation in Christ
Romans 8:26 - 27 - The Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf
Galatians 1:11- 12 - Gospel received by revelation from Christ
Galatians 3:24 - Law put in charge to lead us to Christ
Romans 10:4 - Christ is the end of the law
Matthew 5:21- 22, 27-28 - How God view anger and lust
Ephesians 2: 8 -9 - Saved by grace through faith, a gift from God
Matthew 18: 10-14 - Parable of the lost sheep.
John 19:30 - Jesus said, "It is finished."
Acts 2;38 - 39 - We received the gift of the Holy Spirit

Thank you Jesus, all praise and glory belong to you.