9. May 2018


Scariest Day!

“One of the scariest days of my life!”  You’ve probably had one. Some of you have had more. I was a Second Lieutenant Platoon Leader stationed in Germany. The year was 1976. The day: May 6th. It was 9 months to the day and my young wife was at the Hospital giving birth to our 1st child. All appeared joyful and happy on the surface.

Back then, I was not allowed in the delivery room. There I sat all alone in the rather cold, undecorated waiting room.


Suddenly, the German doctor bursts through the door with fear on his face! He blurts out  with a heavy German accent, “Ve are going to try to save da baby undt your wife! Ve might lose both. Ve tink da cord iss wrapped around da baby’s neck. Da baby’s heart rate is too low. Vee are going to perform a radical, emergency C-Section.”


He then rushes back through the swinging door.


I am left there utterly alone. No cell phone. No other people. Nothing. Fear gripped me. Here we were in a foreign country in an old WWI refurbished Hospital in Stuttgart.  And I might lose my wife and new child in a matter of minutes.


Although I had been a born again Christian for 6 years, my maturity level as a follower of Christ was abysmal. Yes, we attended church here and there when I wasn’t on maneuvers and we went to a Bible Study once in awhile, but I was deep inside a people pleaser living a carnal existence. My soul may have been saved but my feet were firmly planted in the world.


My heart raced. I felt a heavy panic. I cried out to the Lord! “Help!” The Army moved us permanently back to the States. We settled in Colorado Springs, Ft. Carson, near Denver’s big military hospital.

Some how God pulled us through.


Isaiah 41:10 (ESV) has become like a friend. “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”


Sara. Soon to be 42, is married with 3 beautiful children. She is the oldest of 7. Let us pray for those of us who are facing scary times and difficult trials. And let’s help and encourage each other if we can.

Please send us you comments or prayer requests to: Jim.Grunseth@Cru.Org

Here is the Gospel:  http://marriageanchors.com/2012/05/18/your-anchor-dont-leave-port-without-him/


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7. May 2018


If You Are Kind, You Are Beautiful.

When was the last time someone was kind to you? I remember there were certain times in my life when people chose to be kind to me. I didn’t particularly deserve it. One time I was about 8. I was skating at the community rink. I wasn’t any good. This older kid was a bully and was skating towards me really fast and threatening to smash over me. I was scared!


At the last second, an older boy who lived two houses away from ours, jumped in front of me taking the hit from this bully. This kind Neighbor’s name is Keith. I was both relieved and grateful. Awhile back, I bumped into Keith at Culvers, a local restaurant. We had such a great chat. He and his wife were there, both now retired, and our friendship connection had not changed. Kindness lasts.


“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”  (Ephesians 4:32 ESV)

Let us pray for each other that we would obey this command.


Please send us you comments or prayer requests to: jgrunseth@centurylink.net

Here is the Gospel:  http://marriageanchors.com/2012/05/18/your-anchor-dont-leave-port-without-him/

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7. May 2018


Are You Smoldering?

I’m learning afresh that Jesus is with me all day and all night by His Spirit. The Holy Spirit. This morning, in the quietness of my heart, He said, “Jim...do not fret. It only leads to evil.” Interesting.....


Psalm 37:8 ESV says, “Refrain from anger, forsake wrath. Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.”


I was fretting these last weeks over something basically unimportant. Typical. The word “fret” in the Hebrew means “a slow burn”: Like burning a large pile of leaves. Hmmm. I’m good at that. How about you? Let’s pray for each other that we will obediently choose to stop fretting over those piles of leaves in our hearts that frequently tend to smolder and smoke. Let us cast these troubles unto Him, King Jesus, the Shepherd and Savior of our souls.


Please send us you comments or prayer requests to: jgrunseth@centurylink.net

Here is the Gospel:  http://marriageanchors.com/2012/05/18/your-anchor-dont-leave-port-without-him/

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29. March 2018


Trouble This Easter?

He is risen but much of the world does not know or embrace this!

We are facing very challenging times. There is trouble in the land.

God's holy, sacred, and ordained institution, marriage, is under direct broadside assault. Perversion is the darling of our culture. Evil is good. Good is evil. Many churches are listing.

The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is being attacked and watered down by many. Churches by the droves are faltering and adopting a social justice, human flourishing, humanistic approach to the Christian faith. The Bible, the Word of God, is not looked upon by many as the final, absolute, inspired, inerrant authority: God's timeless Words breathed into human authors without error.

These apostates say the Bible "contains" the word of God but that human error, cultural changes, and knowledge and understanding have replaced humble submission to "that which is written". This is the end times apostate church: Looks good. Smells good. Does good things. But it is evil and deceptive!

These gifted apostate leaders are Ambassadors of Hell.

This should not surprise us. The devil wants to destroy marriage, family, missions, and the local church. These are God's hallowed instruments that he uses to pass on a godly heritage and win, build, and send souls into the world for the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. The devil does not want Hell robbed of souls soon to be going there.  He doesn't want Heaven filled. He wants lost souls to remain lost and damned forever.

The devil also knows that there is no greater tool in God's plan to win lost souls, mend or prepare them, and then send them out to reach others for Christ than His ministering agent: MARRIAGE.   Chuck Swindoll says, “Home is where life makes up its mind.” 

With all the political and moral turmoil, godless arrogance, and nonsense that we see via our national media and offices of political power, Barbara and I are focusing on just a few things:


  • This Easter Week we are focusing on Jesus and His Word. Consider this: Read out loud together sections of the Bible's Easter story each day this week. Discuss it. Then pray together out loud. We actually pray each night in the bed at bedtime. We pray out loud and we either cuddle or hold hands. We call it "Cuddle Praying". Most Christian couples, we find, refuse to do this. Amazing! This praying together as one is what the devil hates. He adores isolation. Praying together out loud in humble, teachable love is what God loves and works mightily through! God loves oneness.


  • Because the Spiritual Warfare has been intense lately, Barbara and I are focusing on our marriage, not letting anything including family and ministry get in between us.  What's best for your marriage will be best for your children, your work, your in-laws, and your church.


  • Finally, we want to focus on and thank God for you and we want to pray for you specifically by name. Please e mail us your chief, confidential prayer requests to  jgrunseth@centurylink.net


  • We'd be honored to email you all of our free biblical materials anywhere in the world for you to use, share, copy, translate, and publish at no cost to you. We want to give our lives away for the Lord Jesus! We want to advance toe Gospel.   jgrunseth@centurylink.net


Barbara and I ask the Lord to bless and encourage you this Easter.

Have a peaceful, blessed time focusing on Jesus. Let your heart not be troubled. He has overcome the world!    John 16:33


He is Risen!





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

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11. February 2018


Do You See Him?

Zechariah (written 520 – 518 B. C.) predicted more concerning the coming Messiah than anyone except for Isaiah.¹


Are we looking for Jesus today? Are we searching the Scriptures for Him? Do we see Him in the face of the poor child, the homeless mother, the person languishing in prison, or the sick in the hospital?

You know, most people miss seeing Him. Most miss Him all together.

Let’s read what Zechariah wrote

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”   (Zechariah 9:9  ESV)

I believe the main reason most Jewish people in Jerusalem failed to see Jesus, the promised Messiah riding on that donkey during His Triumphal Entry the week He was crucified, was they simply weren’t looking for Him. They had the Old Testament Scriptures. Many of them were taught in school about the coming Messiah. Their hearts were not humble. They were not looking up. They were caught up with the things of this world. Their hearts were hard and cold…self-focused on temporal things.

Let us pray for each other today that we would have eyes that can see, ears that will hear, and hearts that will find Him. Let us be Christ-focused and Heaven-Minded.


¹Ryrie NIV Study Bible, Book of Zechariah Introduction, p. 1273.

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10. February 2018


Who Are You?

 In God's eyes, there is a great distinction between two kinds of people:



First, there are those saved, forgiven individuals who have been declared righteous, holy, and blameless by grace through personal faith. They have chosen to trust in who Jesus is and what He has done for them on that Cross.



Second, there are those lost, unsaved, unforgiven people who reject the Lord Jesus as the only provision and hope for one’s forgiveness, salvation, and new, eternal life. Many of these “Rejecters” are visibly wicked people: unrepentant thieves, murders, rapists, pornographers, drug and human traffickers, carousers, drunkards, etc.


Many, however, are not visibly wicked. Yet, in God's eyes, they suffer from a wickedness, the stench of which is utterly unbearable to our Holy God. This is the wickedness of the unsaved, lost person’s own self-righteous attempt at being good and impressing God.


This person may go to church, serve the poor, give money to charity, and help a neighbor in need. They may think they are saved, and going to Heaven someday, but they are not.

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23 ESV)


1 … there is none who does good. 2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. 3 They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;  there is none who does good, not even one.”   (Psalm 14:1-3 ESV)


They, in fact, are already condemned in their own wretched pride and self-worthiness. They are blind to redemption because, quite honestly, they do not think they need forgiveness, repentance, faith, and redemption. They actually think they can gain entrance into Heaven based on their own merits. They don’t need the merits of Christ.


Let us pray for not only each other that we might walk in repentance, faith, and complete humility, but let us also pray for those who desperately need Jesus but don’t yet know it.

Your Anchor: Don’t leave port without Him!

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8. February 2018


Do You Have a Difficult Assignment?

These prophets in the Old Testament had a tough calling from God and a rough road for much of their lives. Once again, our friend, Joel (835 B. C.) had a difficult assignment. Has God given you a difficult assignment? I bet glazed donuts He has!


In chapter 2 of Joel, the prophet is required by God to exhort the Jewish people to repent from godless living. They were, indeed, a stubborn and stiff-necked people.


13- and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.   (Joel 2:13   ESV bold added)


Through Joel, God is commanding these wayward people to “tear”  in peaces their hearts like a wild beast would do or “split asunder” their hearts. (Strong’s 7167 www.BlueLetterBible.org (Lexicon)

God is then commanding them to “repent” or “restore”. The way of the flesh is so alluring. Choosing to turn to or return to the Lord and live by His Spirit in order to walk in His ways according to His Word is seldom easy. But it is best. Let us pray for each other that we would do the same.

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