21. December 2020


Nearing Thunder

I love middle ages castle movies like Robbin Hood and Camelot and those stories where the castle walls are thick and high, the moat deep, and the castle inhabitants safe. At West Point, we studied the History of Military Art and Warfare. Much changed when gun powder came on the scene.

So instead of having to try to scale the high castle wall to get inside to conquer it, the attacking enemy only had to blow a big hole in the wall. Several holes would do the trick. When you mix cannon fire with exploding cannon balls, warfare changed even more so.

The same goes for bows and arrows. Before gun powder, opposing forces often employed bows and arrows and cross bows, some of them with fire. From the Welsh to the English, the long bow was adapted from a hunting to a tactical warfare weapon. Bow warfare was never the same. On August 26th, 1346 during the early part of the Hundred Years War, the Battle of Crecy, Northern France took place.

The French greatly outnumbered the English but the English had the long bow which could fire 10 to 12 volleys a minute to the crossbowman’s 3 to 5 per minute. The long bow could also shoot some 1800 yards! Guess who won? The English did.¹

The enemies of God may surround you today. You may sense the threatening sound of horse’s hooves. You may see the cloud of dust being kicked up in the distance. Fear not! God is on your side! Those enemies need to fear and tremble at the nearing thunder of God’s Armies!

Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.”  (Psalm 20:6-8 ESV Bold added)

Let’s pray for each other that we would trust the Lord and stand in His uprightness.


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8. December 2020


Seek First

I have sought many things in my life. Some things have been lofty and virtuous. Some have been rotten and ugly. Who wants to stand up on a table at church, work, or at home and shout, I’m telling everybody I know…I’m a wretched, stinking, rotten sinner and here are the specific ways I’ve let God and man down!”

Typically, that is not how any of us act. Over the years and with the Spirit of Jesus in me since age 18, He has worked a sanctifying work in me for His glory and ultimately for my benefit and the benefit of others.

I come from a long line of worriers. My mind travels fast sometimes like a humming bird flitting from one flower to the next. In the past, I have collected so many worries in a day’s time, I would get burdened down and exhausted. I would literally have to cast or fling them to the Lord. (1Peter5:7)

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  (Matthew 6:31-33 ESV Bold added)

So I ask myself and I invite you to ask yourself, What do I seek this day?”

Let’s pray for each other today that He would help each of us to first seek Him and His Word.

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19. November 2020


To The Other Side

“And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:39 ESV Bold added)

We are in the midst of our next United States presidential election. Covid-19 infections are not going away. There are still many people in our cities and now suburbs who live in fear of the next gun shot or fire set. Wild fires burn out west and storms rage on our coasts. Many businesses are diminished. By all appearances, we, as a nation, are in turmoil. Many of us are angry, fed up, and “fit to be tied!” (Google it)

There are many voices coming at us from so many directions: The Media, friends, political leaders, family, work, church, neighbors, Twitter, Facebook, Podcasts, etc. Life has become, in some situations, uncivil.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus was in the boat with His disciples. They were moving across the Sea of Galilee and there were other boats with him. I wonder who was in these other boats and if they experienced the same concern and fear that the disciples had?

I want to challenge us today (and I’m writing largely to myself on this) to take our eyes off the rancor, division, and fretting that swirls around and drenches us like those tumultuous waves of that sea.

I assume the disciples forgot or failed to trust their Master’s words before they got into the boat; On that day when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’” (Mark 4:35 ESV Bold added)

What Jesus had done was to promise them that they would get to the other side of the sea. He did not indicate they would drown. The disciples focused on their immediate circumstances and not on their Lord…the One who made that sea, the world, the universe, and them!

Let’s pray for each other that we each embrace Micah 7:7, “But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” (Micah 7:7 ESV) He will calm our way. 

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17. November 2020


Prepare and Straighten

‘2 As is it written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, 3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”  (Mark 1:2-3 ESV Bold added)

John, the Baptizer, was a true prophet of God who was prophesied about in Isaiah 40:3 and Malachi 3:1 hundreds of years before John or Jesus.

When was the last time you were asked to prepare or straighten anything? I remember preparing for exams in school and preparing for the Obstacle Course at West Point which, to this day, still gives me the shutters!

As a cadet, we had to straighten our rooms on a daily basis. Friday nights we had to really prepare and straighten our beds, uniforms, desks, laundry hampers, shoes, and our socks and underwear drawers. 

Why? Saturday Morning Room Inspection (draws open and staggered) and, later, in ranks inspection zeroing in on the details of our uniforms, haircuts, shaves, rifles, etc. And then we marched in a parade! Of course, we often had classes on Saturday morning as well. Saturday mornings were so much fun…

In this scripture passage, The Prophet-Messenger John, the Baptizer, is said to be one who is “crying”. This does not mean weeping but, rather, it means “to raise a cry, speak with a high strong voice, to implore, to shout out in a tempestuous way.” (David Guzik Commentary www.blueletterbible.org)

In other words, you most likely could have heard him from a distance. During summer training at the Academy, we learned how to shout out loud commands as if we were addressing a great gathering of troops. John was announcing with great volume and vigor that the Lord Messiah, the Christ, was here!

My clear sense is that he was declaring in a rather commanding voice, He is coming! Turn from yourselves, your fruitless wickedness! Become lowly and humble! Prepare your wondering heart. Straighten your priorities! Get right in your relationships! Your Redeemer is here!”

Let’s pray for each other that God would help each of us repent (turn from self – and turn to Christ), prepare, and straighten our hearts and lives so the Spirit of Jesus may have His way with us. 

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13. November 2020


Good Will is God’s Way

The Apostle Paul said, 15 Some preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here (in prison) for the defense of the gospel.”    (Philippians 1:15-16 ESV Bold added)

I had to ask myself this morning, Am I a man of good will or do I internally harbor less excellent motives at times?” I think you know the answer.

Good will is defined as “kindly intent; benevolence”. On the night our Savior, Jesus, was born in Bethlehem, the angels appeared to the low cast shepherds considered the dregs of society back then.

And suddenly the angels appeared and said, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”  (Luke 2:14 KJV Bold added)

In verse 10-11 of Luke 2, he writes, 10 And the Angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”  (KJV Bold added)

‘Good or glad tidings’ literally means “…they preached the gospel to these shepherds, who were regarded as social outcasts.” ( David Guzik Commentary www.blueletterbible.org )

God’s way is clearly mercy, grace, underserved kindness, and His provision-gift of His only Son…all of which are His good will toward us.

Let us pray for each other today that not only would we be messenger-ambassadors for these glad Gospel tidings but that we also would be men and women of His good will toward all we meet both in person, on the phone, and digitally.

Be blessed by this incredible song [PENTATONIX] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJsC0Xr7lq8

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12. November 2020


The Scent of Sacrifice

Autumn is upon us. We were watching our wonderful church service on line. Covid-19 has changed our lives at least until most people are vaccinated. On line church is not the same as being in person experiencing fellowship, hugs, handshakes, smiles, and a nice cup of coffee. Our church, like many worldwide, is doing its best to adjust to this new world. 

Yesterday was Sunday. We found out that it was a Communion Service. We normally don’t have wine in the house, but we had a small bit of red wine. Barbara got each of us a wheat thin for the bread and poured each of us about a half inch of wine in a glass.

Something very gentle and meaningful happened during the few minutes before our pastor shared the elements. I was about 3 feet away from the wine. Softly, subtly, I began to catch the sweat fragrance, the undeniable scent of the wine. It had been years since I had any wine and the sweet fragrance struck me.

In making wine, first the grapes must be crushed. In like manner, our Lord suffered on the cross. This simple wine or juice we drink representing the precious shed blood of our Savior touched my heart in a very special, thankful way. He shed His blood and died for me. He did also for you.

Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.”   (John 12:3 ESV)

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.”  (2 Corinthians 2:14 ESV)

“But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”  (Hebrews 9:26b ESV)

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15. September 2020


Becoming a Gospel Light Marriage

Maintain your First Love
Be Devoted to your Mate
Find a Foxhole Buddy

While I was a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York going on 50 years ago, our trainers decided they wanted us to excel in character development and combat readiness. What fun they had planned for us! On a hot, sunny August morning, they trucked us out in the middle of nowhere to a mountainous area with very high cliffs.

They made us walk up this one mountain side and peer over the cliff. The ground was over 130 feet straight down! The plan that morning was for us to learn and practice the art of repelling down the side of that cliff. Now for someone from Wisconsin who did not even like rock climbing, I knew this activity would be a challenge. I was genuinely scared!

Parachuting out of a plane would not be my idea of a Sunday picnic either but at least you have a main chute and a back up chute. With repelling, you live or die based on
the ROPE. There are no back up ropes. If it fails, then d-o-w-n you go.

A key Scriptural verse is found in Ecclesiastes 4:12.

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

I have worked with marriages, families, mentoring, discipleship, and evangelism for going on 40 years now. I find I do best to survive and thrive on the face of the steep cliff of life by applying a relationship equation from the above mentioned verse.

Relationship Equation:
First Love + Devotion to Mate + Foxhole Buddy = A Gospel Light Marriage for Christ

I want to challenge you today. Think for a minute. Why are you on this earth? There is a reason. The Lord Jesus, the Son of God, wants to save you and commission you to be His Ambassador. He wants to reach, save, strengthen, and equip other people in this world through you!

Your marriage is to be a cinematic representation of the love and forgiveness of Christ to others. He wants to increase Heaven through your marriage. Now you know why the devil is bent on crippling and destroying traditional marriage. He has a plan to ruin yours.

Enjoy our book (free) by going to: Remember The Rowboats: Anchor Your Marriage to Christ

The Lord Jesus of Nazareth wants to give you His heart passion for the lost, the lonely, and the hurting. He wants Heaven filled. In straightforward terms, Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, desires passionately that your marriage becomes:

A Gospel Light Marriage!

In Matthew 5:14, Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Please observe the lighthouse in the storm.

What do you think is its purpose?

In a similar way, The Lord’s marriage is to shine for Him. The people in this marriage are to be yielded to the power, presence, and leading of the Holy Spirit. They are to be in the Word of God, the Bible, individually and together. As a result of others observing this marriage, the lost and lonely would want to seek Jesus and find Him too.

God’s love is to be contagious! Gospel Light Marriages open their homes often to show hospitality. They see it as their mission to serve those with legitimate needs. They possess the desire to be involved in a Christ-honoring, Bible believing church. They find it essential and natural to be mentored by or to mentor other couples who love God’s Word and want to follow the Lord Jesus no matter what.

Just prior to Jesus ascending into heaven after His resurrection, He charges us with His Great Commission: With absolute authority, He commands all true followers of His. In Matthew 28:18-20 He says,

18 …All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” {Bold added}

What Jesus is saying here is while we are going about our life and going to locations and people He leads us to, we are to constantly share the name and love of the Lord Jesus Christ, His message of redemption, His desire for a personal one on one relationship, and His forgiveness of our sins.

With tender humility, we are to model the Christian faith and teach God’s commands from Scripture to others.

We are to witness to people and share our spiritual journey. We are to talk of Jesus, our True Friend. We are not to be ashamed of this. It is not our job to convince anyone.

Rather we are to share His love. We are to share what we believe and why. We are to stand for truth and honor. We must then leave the timing, the quality, and the quantity of all results up to God.

We are to be patient and kind in the grocery line or at the airport when delays and difficulties occur. We are to be controlled and empowered by the Holy Spirit at all times. We need to be the same person outside of our homes as we are inside our homes. It is called being a Congruent Person.

Your marriage is to be a Gospel Light and His Ambassador to win, build, and send out as many souls and marriages as we can to, likewise, be Gospel Lights to others.

Click on this link if you want to know with 100% confidence that you belong to God and, thus, are His follower: Your Anchor and please listen to this short audio message by Senior Pastor Andy Woods of Sugar Land Bible Church, Sugar Land, TX: The Gospel Explained in 5 Fingers

A great website to help you grow in faith and to help you mentor others is:

Growing in Christ


Do you, as a married couple, want to follow the Lord Jesus? Then ask Him to give you His passion for people. If you are going to be serious about following and abiding in Christ, Barbara and I want to challenge you to adopt three closely linked priorities as you are led by the Holy Spirit.

  1. Maintain your First Love with the Lord Jesus.
    a) Seek Him daily. Yield to Him fully and unconditionally.
    b) Confess and repent of any sins He brings to light.
    c) Spend quality, uninterrupted time with Him.
    d) Read, study, and meditate on His Word, the Bible. The book of John in the New Testament and Psalms in the Old Testament are great places to start.
    e) As your first priority, by faith, choose to yield to the Holy Spirit each hour of the day. Think of yourself as a baseball glove and the Holy Spirit is the hand that wears it. You belong to the hand. The hand has the right to wear you. You have no will of your own; only that of the hand’s choosing. He lives within every follower of Christ. When you yield to Him by faith (a choice of the will) and obedience, He, then, allegorically speaking, can fill you, wear you, and use you in Center Field, Third Base, behind Home Plate, etc. If He so chooses, He could toss you into the dug out for awhile. He does not have to explain “Why?”
  • As Major Ian Thomas, author of The Saving Life of Christ, once told me over lunch: “It is our job to avail ourselves fully to God each morning. It is then God’s job to place us in whatever field of endeavor He so chooses.” (Paraphrased + It sounded a lot better with his British accent.)

Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” NIV

John 15:5 says, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”

NASB Matthew 5:18 says, “Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,” NLT

If you would like to know how to be filled with the Holy Spirit go to:

How To Be Filled With The Holy Spirit

These links are also helpful:

www.startingwithgod.com, www.everystudent.com, http://www.everyperson.com, http://excellentorpraiseworthy.org/ http://militaryreadyfamily.org/ http://www.familylife.com/, http://www.focusonthefamily.com/ http://www.calvarycommunity.net/

2. Be wholeheartedly devoted to your mate.

a. Be honorable in all relations with the opposite gender.
b. Never be alone with the opposite gender, not for coffee, not for lunch.
c. You must be accountable on the use of all computers, PlayStation Devices, TVs, and cell phones; wherever you have internet access. The fool will refuse to do this.
d. We strongly recommend www.covenanteyes.com . The website states: More than 1 in 8 web searches are for erotic content.

67% of children admit to clearing their internet history to hide their online activity.

79% of accidental exposures to internet porn among kids take place in the home.

56% of divorce cases involve one party having an obsessive interest in online porn.

29% of working adults accessed explicit websites on work computers.

Psalm 86:11 states, “Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” NIV

If your heart is divided toward the Lord and toward some other idol or Giant in your life, then you will most assuredly share the devotion pledged to your mate at the marriage altar with others: Co- workers, friends, porn, sexting, sexually stirring movies and books, chat rooms, dating sites, strip clubs, prostitutes, etc.

Pastor Chuck Cervenka, from Calvary Community Church in Williams Bay, WI. shared in a recent sermon that he and his wife were at the mall. Out of the corner of his eye, he could make out the 14 foot tall poster of a Victoria’s Secret model. Chuck said he chose to look straight ahead. He shared, “If it is supposed to be Victoria’s secret then why is the photo 14 feet tall?” He then humbly shared with us, “My wife’s secret is enough for me.”

The Golden Rule of Christian Marriage: “What is best for your marriage, will be best for your family, in-laws, church, work, and community.” Go to: What Is Best For Your Marriage, and Matthew 19:6 Also check out our website: www.marriageanchors.com. -ALL FREE!

To learn how to love your mate, click here:

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3. Find a Foxhole Buddy!

Have you ever been alone or lost in a woods at night? It is better if you have a trusted friend with you. If you are in a foxhole with another soldier, you become very thankful you are not alone. The trust and bond that forms cannot be described well other than: You’ve got each other’s back.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 is clear:
“9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Who do you think the third strand is here? -

The Holy Spirit.

Go to: By the way, who is the Holy Spirit and why did He come?

I meet almost every week at a small restaurant in my home town, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, with a trusted confidant, my Foxhole Buddy. Bottom line? We have each other’s backs. In the military, they say, “six’s” like the bottom number of a face clock.
There are three verses FoxHole Buddies live by:

James 5:16
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” NLT

Galatians 6:2
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” NIV

Hebrews 3:13
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” NIV

Read Battle Casualty and maintaining strong moral fences:

Please know that Barbara and I are here to help you, coach you, and pray for you! We care for you, your marriage, (or upcoming marriage) and your family. Please let us know if you will join us and become:

A Gospel Light Marriage.

May God bless you as you learn to love, follow, and obey the Lord Jesus!


Jim & Barbara Grunseth, Cru

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Our Passion:
To help marriages, families, individuals, and local churches find lasting hope and a future in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jeremiah 29:11-14, Deuteronomy 31:8

Our Prayer:
For God to raise up Hearts and Homes to be Gospel Lights to the Nations! Matthew 5:14

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