• A Detail-Oriented Church Article by Kevin Struyk

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2017

    Growing up in the home of an entrepreneur gave me some unique experiences. I can remember learning from a young age the importance of working hard, treating people with respect, and paying attention to details. Early mornings were common, helping my dad with a work project, delivering newspapers on the weekend, or doing yard work. My parents taught me to respect those in authority and to be courteous to those whom you serve—remembering names and significant details of their lives if possible. While these things may not seem unique on the surface, I believe they are lessons that fewer and … View Resource

  • That Others May Live Article by Kevin Struyk

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2015

    One of the most elite special operations forces in the United States Air Force is the pararescuemen, often referred to as PJs. These men are responsible for going into hostile territory anywhere in the world and rescuing wounded soldiers at a moment’s notice. Their motto is, “That others may live.” This motto is part of a creed that all pararescuemen recite and live by, a reminder of their duty, privilege, and responsibility to save lives even at the expense of their own comfort and safety. I believe the motto of the PJs provides a helpful illustration for the Christian … View Resource

  • Trust and Obey Article by Kevin Struyk

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2008

    A few months ago, I had the privilege of watching my brother commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. It was a fascinating experience. After three months of rigorous training, my brother’s status changed from “enlisted” to “commissioned” with the pinning on of gold bars. Those gold bars symbolize his achievements as well as his new-found responsibilities. As an officer, my brother is now looked up to as a leader — responsible to make sure the orders he receives from his superiors are carried out by the men under his command. This “chain of command” that holds together … View Resource

  • An Infallible Map Article by Kevin Struyk

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2007

    I enjoy looking at maps. Not only are they helpful tools to navigate unfamiliar territory, they also provide a unique “big-picture” view from an omniscient vantage point. Do you ever wish there was a map available to show where your life was going? I do. Will my life be like traveling on a curvy road on the edge of a high mountain with no guardrail? Will it be like cruising a straight highway through the plains of Iowa? Will it be a scenic route? Will I ever run into a dead end?  The future is unknown to us. Tomorrow your … View Resource

  • Standing On The Promises Of God’s Word Article by Kevin Struyk

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2007

    It doesn’t take long to feel overwhelmed in most Christian bookstores these days. So many books, some good, some bad, all competing for your attention and dollar. You may buy a book every so often, only to have it sit next to your other books collecting dust, one of which might be your Bible. It is so easy to bypass the Word of God in our day. Television, phones, and the Internet fill up the “free-time” we have and give us the sense of being “plugged-in” and up-to-speed with our families and current world events. All of this is not … View Resource

  • Our Identity in Christ Article by Kevin Struyk

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2006

    Remembering all the personal identification numbers, passwords, login names, ID cards, and the like that are a part of my everyday routine gets tiring. In order to conduct any business on the Internet, enter my residence, pay bills, access email, or enter my gym, I either enter a plethora of keystrokes or flash one of my various ID cards. Despite these little inconveniences, it is a relief to know that there are still a few places such as the homes of friends and family and the church where “secret handshakes,” ID cards, and special personal identification numbers are not … View Resource

  • Consistent Service Article by Kevin Struyk

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2006

    Over the last couple months I’ve been extremely busy. Like most American’s today, I am driving around in my SUV from one appointment to the next; attending church functions, get-togethers with friends and family, all the while tending to my everyday responsibilities at Ligonier Ministries. This amounts to a lot of work. Sometimes all this work is burdensome, and the joy of working for Christ’s kingdom here on earth is nowhere to be found. After reading the second chapter in Genesis, I was struck by the fact that before the fall, the Lord God took Adam and placed him in … View Resource

  • In Word and Deed Article by Kevin Struyk

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2005

    Recently there was a community-wide garage sale at my apartment complex. I love garage sales. It gives me a chance to meet all kinds of people and find great deals on “junk.” But after this past week’s shopping experience, I was saddened. Not only because I missed out on a three-dollar shovel (someone beat me to it), but because I learned that many people were selling possessions that may have once belonged to their ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, or ex-spouses. One lady was selling books about commitment and love. Curious, I started to browse through them. “Are you married?,” she … View Resource