Archive for July, 2016



   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

There is a verse in the Psalms that I just rediscovered. It is a Psalm that David likely wrote referring to his affair with Bathsheba:

I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cling to me” (Psalm 101:3). This is a refrigerator verse that I have copied and placed on my computer screen. I want it to be a reminder to me all my days. Unholy garbage sneaks its way before our eyes every day. Those images burn themselves into our pysche (mind) and pervert what God has made holy.

So, I declare to those wicked things I have set before my eyes: You will not cling to me! As David learned to be an overcomer, so I will learn to be an overcomer. Because I never want to turn aside from God’s grace in my depraved life.



   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

So, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the Republican candidate Donald Trump “a faker”. That’s pretty judgmental. A Supreme Court justice is supposed to be non-political. When a President gives his State of the Union speech the Justices never applaud for any position. Their job is to be totally unbiased and judge based on the established laws of the land. They stay out of politics. So, why would she want to jeopardize the integrity of her office by making such a biased statement regarding a candidate?

I think Donald Trump has done this to himself. When he says over and over again that he is opposed to political correctness, he deserves to reap what he sows. Now, Ginsburg has picked that up and thrown it back at him. What she said was not politically correct. But, as Donald Trump speaks his mind, so has Ginsburg.

Whether Donald Trump will be “a faker” or not as President remains to be seen, but I expect we’ll see a lot more of this kind of non-political correctness in the days ahead. Do you think a Supreme Court Justice should be politically correct?



   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

While Anita and I were on vacation at Turkey Run State Park in Parke County, Indiana, we drove about 10 miles to the Women’s Prison at Rockville, Indiana. There we spent two hours visiting a female inmate who we had led to the Lord who is serving a prison sentence for conspiring to commit murder involving a police officer. We try to visit her every year and, being just ten miles away, it seemed the best use of our time and effort.

She was doing fairly well, although she had had a spiritual setback when she got involved in a fight with another inmate and got removed from a really nice job. That embarrassed her enough that she stopped going to Chapel services, led by a former student of mine, Chaplain Hayes. She now attends the Catholic service, which she says is more subdued and fits her temperament better. But Anita and I both know she was running away from her issues, something that got her into this mess in the first place.

It is a common mistake to not want to humble ourselves and run to hide from our problems. We run to another church, another spouse, another job. Adam and Eve were the first to hide from the exposure of their sin. I was running away when God found me, arrested me, and confronted me. The Hound of Heaven sought me out and I could not hide from Him.

We encouraged her in her relationship with Father God, because he will never stop loving her.



   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

This is my first day back in the office from a 2-week vacation, and I’m pleased that the office staff took care of so much that my desk does not have that much on it. The first week our daughter and grandchildren were here for a visit, and the second week Anita and I went to Turkey Run State Park for several days. Turkey Run has a nice stream (Sugar Creek) running through some rocky passes. We went kayaking (our first experience) down Sugar Creek. Canoeing requires teamwork, but with one-man kayaking, we could both be in charge.

The 4 mile stretch of Sugar Creek was very pleasurable, the weather was perfect, and we greatly enjoyed ourselves. The problem was when we came to our end point at Cox Bridge. There was a very steep bank that we had to climb to get up to the return bus. It had rained the day before and it was really slippery. Anita slipped on the mud and couldn’t get back up. It took myself and one other guy to help her get up and get some footing. And then she had to sit in the bus seat with mud all up her backside. I thought it was funny, but didn’t dare laugh.

The Psalmist Asaph wrote: “Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. But, as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped” (Psalm 73:1-2). Have you ever felt like Asaph and Anita? God seemed to be blessing everyone else around, but you can’t seem to get a grip on your own life? He concluded the Psalm by writing, “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works” (Psalm 73:28).