Is That Your Final Answer?

Is That Your Final Answer? Just wondering with Billy Graham, Regis Philbin, & Jean Wilund via Billy Graham got me wondering.

I read Billy’s final My Answer column, and he got me wondering.

What if God set Regis Philbin of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” fame (remember that show?) outside heaven’s doors with one final question and four multiple choice answers?

What would your final answer be? 

I talk about both over at today.

Check it out by clicking on the photo or the link.


Welcome to the Bible: A Thick Book With Lots of Authors — An Overview of Who Wrote the Bible

Welcome to the Bible: A Thick Book With Lots of Authors — An Overview of Who Wrote the Bible

In the Beginning . . .

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). And thus began the story of the Bible.

It took God only six days to create the world but about 1,500+ years to complete the Bible.   

In my first post in the Welcome to the Bible series, I introduced the Big Picture and mentioned it helps us understand the more confusing smaller pieces of the Bible. We’ll talk about that more. Later.

First, I’d like to address the Bible as an actual book. A thick book — unless you have a copy with tissue-thin pages and tiny type — written by lots of authors.

So Many Authors — So Many Backgrounds

God inspired about 40 different authors from three different continents (Africa, Asia, and Europe) who wrote in three different languages (Hebrews, Aramaic, and Greek) to write down in 66 books what He wanted us to know.

All without contradiction.

All point to Jesus.

And all without error.

In the original language, the Bible is infallible. [Read more…]

Welcome to The Bible: So Much to Confuse and So Little to Understand — Wait a Minute. Strike That. Reverse It. — See the Big Picture to Increase Understanding and Reverse Confusion

Welcome to The Bible: So Much to Confuse and So Little to Understand -- Wait a Minute. Strike That. Reverse It. -- See the Big Picture to Increase Understanding and Reverse Confusion (via

Welcome to the Bible Tour — And Willy Wonka

I’m starting the New Year with a Bible Tour blog series: The Welcome to the Bible series. And naturally, I’m introducing the series with Willy Wonka. 

Ok, maybe not so naturally. In fact, this may be the first article you’ve ever read about the Bible and Willy Wonka. 

In case you’re not familiar with Willy Wonka, he’s a crazy character in a book and two movies, which tell about his bizarre search for a new owner of his chocolate factory. He gives out golden tickets to lucky winners to tour his factory where they meet Oompa Loompas, geese that lay golden eggs, and other oddities. 

Fans of the original Willy Wonka movie may recognize this Wonka line that inspired today’s title:

Willy Wonka: We have so much time and so little to see. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.

The Bible can often make us feel like we’re on a Willy Wonka tour — overwhelmed and confused.

A burning bush? A talking donkey? A crucified Savior? (How can a dead Savior save?)

The book of Revelation alone will leave you wide-eyed and scratching your head. 

It can be confusing and surreal. Until we see the Big Picture. 

The Big Picture reverses our confusion, turns it into clarity, and leaves us amazed at God and His unfathomable ways.

What’s the Big Picture?

The Big Picture is both a Who and a what.  [Read more…]

Jesus is Born, The True Story – Christmas According to Kids

Jesus is Born - The True Story According to Kids via

If there’s someone who doesn’t know the story about Christmas and the birth of Jesus, perhaps it’s because he was only born yesterday. Literally. Or at least in the past year, and he’s still discovering his toes.

While most know about Christmas, how many know the true story? 

I thought I did until I watched this video. The kids in this hilarious video set the story straight. And apparently, it involves a purple stuffed hippo. 

(If you’re reading this on email, you have to go to my blog to see the video. Click “Read More.”)

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Need Encouragement When Life Has Gone to the Dogs? Visit Me at “Inspire A Fire” Today

I may be having issues with my blog, but you can find me today over at the website  Inspire A Fire.

I’m excited to announce I’ve been invited to be a monthly contributor to this encouraging website. Visit me there and check out my first post.

Click on the link below:

Encouragement When Life Has Gone to the Dogs

Encouragement when life has gone to the dogs. (via by Jean Wilund

See you there!

The Story of War Revealed Through a Single Look – Welcome Home, Hank Januchowski

The Story of War Revealed Through a Single Look - Welcome Home, Hank Januchowski

Power in a Picture

War Veteran Hank Januchowski was just doing his job that day in Vietnam when photographer Larry Burrows asked to take his picture.

“What do you want me to do?” Hank asked Larry.

“Just do what you’re doing.”

So Hank kept doing his job, the job of a marine. And Larry captured an image of Hank that’s reached into the hearts of millions over the past 40 years and told the story of war in one look.

Hank’s daughter, Cinncinati news reporter Kristyn Hartman, asked her dad, “How would you describe that expression?”

“Anybody that’s been in combat and has been shot at, and if they told me they weren’t scared, I’d call them a liar. That’s just the way it is. That’s what I see. I see . .  .  I see a marine that was doing his duty. Doing his job.”

Final Image in Tour of Duty by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Famed filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick created the PBS 10-episode special “Vietnam War” and chose Hank’s picture out of about 25,000 photos as the final image for the “Tour of Duty” episode.

Kristyn watched the special at home and instantly recognized her dad.

This led to the moment she’d waited for most of her life. Her dad finally opened up about his experience in Vietnam and this photo.

Together with Kristyn, the WCPO news team created a gripping report on her dad — this courageous war vet — and the power of a picture. A picture of not only Kristyn’s dad but of my dear friend Craig’s as well.

When my husband Larry and I met Craig, one of the first things he talked about was his mom and dad’s amazing love story. And then he talked about his dad’s service in the war. And this photo. 

At times, the look in Craig’s eyes when he speaks of his dad mirrors the look his father’s eyes held that day Larry Burrows froze them in time.

Craig’s eyes speak a man who’s seen and experienced life in ways no man ever should.

But then Craig’s eyes brighten and laugh as he looks back on what it was like to be raised by this man who fought hard when necessary but came home and loved well.

Larry and I have had the great pleasure and honor of meeting Hank, and now to see this incredible story, we’re even more honored.

War Vets, We Honor You

Over the course of history, men and women have sacrificed much for God, country, and family.

Every soldier has gone into battle not knowing what the end of the day would bring. If they’d ever see their loved ones again. But they went anyway.

For those who fought for freedom and died, I say Thank you! May God pour out blessings on your family and comfort them.

For those who fought for freedom and lived, I say, Thank you! And welcome home! May you feel honored by all of us who’ve benefitted from your sacrifice. And may you know the comfort only the Lord can give when memories you long to forget return. You did it for us so we wouldn’t have to. Thank you!

Today, I honor Hank and all the other war vets in our country by sharing this touching report on the look of war and the power in a picture. And thank you, Kristyn, for sharing your dad’s story with us: [Read more…]