So, What Happens Next?

I’ve been doing a lot of introspect as of late and to be quite frank with you, I’m not all that pleased with what I see. I think there are a number of factors that are combining to produce the situation that I find myself in, Covid19 and its residual and ongoing effects would be a big one, plus my age which is now 76 years old. Then we have the numerous conspiracy theories, the constantly spun power plays within politics, the watering down of Christianity in all of its various flavours and the never ending stream of different Gospels that deviate from that which we once received in God’s Holy Word. If one chooses to speak out on any of these real life concerns, it generally does not go over well, even when you try real hard not to follow fleshly tendencies.

I think the hardest part to deal with is the almost continual opposition that one faces with disagreements, misunderstandings, criticism and the amount of time that is required to just adequately deal with the various complexities we face. Finding unadulterated truth, aside from God’s Holy Word, is becoming increasingly difficult in almost all quarters. Misinformation and disinformation abounds, injustice is visible almost everywhere, and every one and their dog has an opinion to express, myself included.

I think if I am being as honest as I can be, I would say that I am just plain tired, mentally, physically and emotionally. Tired of the unspoken resentments and distancing, from some of those that I deeply care for, tired of my own inadequacies, and especially tired of my lack of sufficient physical energy and mental where with all, to deal with it all collectively. Right now I need to focus on what I am able to do, in particular with the needs of my loving wife, our single parent daughter who has a young child that we frequently help and using what time we do have left to reinforce our love and concern for our other immediate family members.

My faith, trust and reliance in Jesus is firm, He is my only hope. It’s what I see and hear myself doing at times, that causes me to question the continuation of the course I had set with this blog, for a number of my recent years. There are many who do what I do on this blog, but do it a lot better. I’m just an ordinary man, who of necessity, now needs to modify what I have been doing. It’s actually as simple as that. I won’t be raising objections anymore, nor expounding upon my opinions about the numerous rabbit holes that abound. Posts will be very infrequent (I will complete the Musings on the Gospel of John) and comments radically diminished. It is what I need to do. 

Time is short, Jesus will indeed be returning soon. I may already be with Him when He returns but right now I need to focus on what I can do and do it better than I have been doing. I sincerely trust that all of you who have come to know me over the years, will understand. And although you may not hear from me as often as you previously have, I shall indeed, continue to hold you all up in my daily prayers.

Love in Christ – Bruce

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

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  1. Understood, Bruce. Thank you for taking up the torch (of Christian apologetics) like you did. I am a more recent follower, but the sheer number of words you were about to hitch together each week was astounding.

    I look forward to hearing from you whenever you choose to post. Your faithfulness to God and His Word is commendable.

    God’s best to you and yours.

    David

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  2. Bruce, I could never figure out how you did all you did with your blog. As someone who routinely overcommits, I decided early on to post just once a week, and that has worked well for me. I understand the pressures and commitments of family, and they should be top priority next to your relationship with the Lord. God bless you and your family in your journey, and whenever you do post, we’ll be here and still interested in what the Lord has given you to say. Stay well, stay sane(😏), and above all, stay close to Him.

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  3. Bruce, may God strengthen and encourage you. I have come to value our virtual friendship, made real through our common bond in Christ. I will miss your frequent posts, but value them all the more when they do come. Blessings to you my brother, and to your family. And as you always sign off — Worthy is the Lamb!

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  4. God bless your sweet soul. Thank you for your perseverance. I absolutely love reading your posts and nodding in agreement. Praise the LORD for his everlasting mercy. Enjoy this day and see you later in heaven for the first time!

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  5. I understand, Bruce. I think of my blog as a ministry, but I must balance it with my other responsibilities. When I began blogging, I wrote and published new material every day of the week. Six years later, I’m down to writing new material once or twice a week. When I went back to work in January, I had to cut way back.

    I’ve been blessed by your posts and your fellowship and look forward to future articles when you can. Blessings to you and yours!

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  6. Be encouraged Bruce. There are times to pull over and rest along life’s path. There are times to let those we yoke with pull more weight.
    When new thoughts and insights percolate for a time and time and a half, I’m sure, I hope, you will still feel free to share them. Many things us fellow believers
    need to say can wait till heaven without the distractions and our hearing will be better. Meanwhile, post what God gives you as you are an encouragement to many. I sense there is still some, if not a lot, of pudding left in the bottom of the can you can share with the world.

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  7. Do what you can do and do it well. I Iike that.
    Sometimes I would get this feeling that I HAVE to post something. That people need to hear from me…or I will lose my following. I cannot imagine how our younger adults and children keep up with the continual scrolling through social media that they do. Life is here for the living.
    I hope you know I’m your friend and I’ve always appreciated your blog

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  8. I understand and respect you decision, Bruce. Though your posts will be less frequent, maybe now I will be able to keep up with reading them! Thank you for your faithful encouragement these past few years.

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  9. Dear brother Bruce, every one of your posts that I have read has blessed me, some of them by a lot. I wish I could find the time to read all of your posts, but the problem is that I have too much to do! I am the caretaker in my family, so I don’t have a lot of free time. Plus I am writing my memoir every day, and I also love to read books. I have dozens of books on my Kindle tablet that I want and intend to read, ‘someday’ when I find the time. Currently I am reading a wonderful book that you recently recommended in one of your posts: Another Gospel by Alisa Childers. Thank you so much for posting about that book!!

    As I read this post of yours, I felt guilty for not reading all of your posts. I want to, I really do! But like Annie said in her comment above, I don’t know how you can be so prolific on your blog. I haven’t written anything new on my blog in way too long. I’ve had a lot of ideas for blog posts, but not enough time to flesh them out. Right now, I have to carefully prioritize how I spend my time.

    A case in point: while I was writing this comment, I was interrupted by a 22 minute phone call about the troubling issues involving my husband’s great-grandchildren. I spend a lot of time on the phone with various family members, often multiple hours per day, and I am NOT a phone person. But when a child or grandchild wants to talk to me, I am not going to ignore that call!

    There are a small number of people that I want to be a beta reader for my memoir, when it is finally ready for proofreading. I want my beta readers to pick my book apart, to not worry about hurting my feelings, but to tell me anything they don’t like about my book so I can make my book the best it can be, before it is published. At the slow rate that I am going, it may be another year before I am ready for beta readers. YOU, my dear Christian brother, are one of the few that I hope will be willing and able to be a beta reader, when the time finally comes.

    God bless you, my friend. Take care of yourself and your precious family.

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    • I would really love to be one of your beta readers Linda, thank you for thinking of me. I understand what you mean about life getting in the way. Same thing is happening to me right now and some things just aren’t optional. Love ya in the Lord, blessings Linda.

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  10. Love Ya Bruce. Look forward to seeing you when we all get to Heaven. Meanwhile I have been profoundly impacted by your work and I should live long enough to say I have been through it all. Being in His will sometimes leads to less of this and more of that. I may not get as many notices of new posts but you are being lifted up in prayer even so.

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  11. There is a time, season, and purpose for everything. I’m glad you’re heeding the Lord’s voice to regroup. I know he will help you through this time, and I’m glad you’re not totally disappearing! Take care.

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  12. Tired is a good way of putting it. You have to do what you need to do to. My posts have become less frequent as the pressures and commitments of life have increased, but I don’t want to quit altogether. I look forward to reading whatever and whenever you post.

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    • Thanks Anna, I’m calling it a bit of a regroup or a re-balance, due to necessities. Considering what you deal with, I can see how that could wear you down. BIG blessings to you too!

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  13. Hi Bruce, I relate! I swing from wanting to be educated so I seek, discipling to help others, to becoming overstimulated and worn out from this new crazy time. Then I hibernate and just sit with Jesus, seek Him, learn about Him, until I have His strength again. Thank you for your honesty.

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  14. I understand and accept your decision. However, I am disappointed. I always look forward to what you have to say. I know you will always follow God’s leading, and that’s what is most important. I will keep you and Peggy and your family in my prayers. Your blog has been enormously helpful to me. It has also helped me to stand strong in the truth of God’s Word, even in the face of opposition. I just had a family member tell me I am legalistic because I think homosexuality is a sin. Discussion on this is not an option. Thank you for all the help you have provided me and others. I will still look forward to reading when you are able to post. You are a fine man and brother in Christ. Blessings, Bruce and Peggy!

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    • Thank you Cindy, your kind words mean a lot. Just reducing the number of posts down somewhat, to factor in some other requirements. Still here, just moved to the rear of the room. Blessings to you and yours also!

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