Spiritual Splitters

New Hope International Ministries helps with the operation of the Abiding Hope Food Pantry at Bear Pen Worship Center in Eastern Kentucky. Approximately 350 families are served by this vital ministry.

To preserve the food in the pantry, it is necessary to maintain both cool temperatures in the summer and above freezing temperatures in winter. Our traditional system was old and inefficient, and utilities costs weighed heavy on the budget. A friend told us of a relatively inexpensive system that would meet our needs and be less expensive to operate. He introduced us to the ‘Mini-Split’ unit. Mini-Split heating and cooling systems are comprised of a small outdoor/indoor unit that requires nothing more than mounting capabilities and access to electricity. It resembles a window mount air conditioner unit and can move efficiently between heating and cooling. The Mini-Split units helped solve our problem.

In the physical world, a unit like the Mini-Split that alternates between cooling and heating can be the answer. Not so much in the spiritual world. Blowing both hot and cold is not a virtue to be cultivated in Christ’s kingdom here on earth:

  • “These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:14-16).
  • “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24, NIV).

Are you a lukewarm Christian? Scripture says, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5, NIV). The following are some indicators of a lukewarm Christian:

  • No true confession of personal sin, no repentance, no sorrow, and no lasting change
  • Only wants to be a Christian because of fear of hell
  • Only comes to God when there is a problem
  • Goes to church on Sunday, is self-centered the other six days of the week
  • Believes Christianity is about God doing things for them and making them happy
  • Doesn’t obey the Word of God and may even try to twist Scripture to justify sin
  • Compromises with the world because it’s the popular choice and everybody’s doing it
  • Spends little time in God’s word and prayer
  • Gives little time to reaching out to those in need
  • Loves to say things like, “I’m only human;” “Everybody sins every day in thought, word, and deed;” “Nobody is perfect;” “Do not judge;” “It’s not my fault”
  • Is unwilling to make sacrifices
  • Any sacrifices made are small and won’t affect lifestyle

Do you find items on the above list to be characteristics of your spiritual life? Would the Savior say of you, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot” (Revelation 3:15, KJV)?

Don’t Be A Spiritual Splitter!

Finding the Path

I often hear Christians lamenting the increasing secularity of the modern world – that people more and more are seeking avenues other than God for fulfillment and meaning.  While it may be true that our culture is not as saturated by religion as it once was, I would argue that “looking elsewhere” has been a dominant theme of humanity since the Garden of Eden.  Even in Paradise, Adam and Eve sought a shortcut to enlightenment that would leave God out of the equation. 

We could trace that theme further throughout scripture – the Tower of Babel, the Hebrews in the wilderness, idolatrous kings, the rich young ruler, and on and on across human history.  No matter the place, no matter the time, there have always been restless men and women who, instead of seeking God, looked to other sources for fulfillment.  Some have placed their hope in philosophies or political systems.  Some have pursued selfish pleasure.  Some have even sought enlightenment in a chemical-induced high or a psychedelic trip.  Some have tried a form of Christianity that rejects God’s commands and prioritizes happiness over holiness.  None of these alternate routes will lead to the inner peace that the human soul craves.

When the Lord was warning of the coming destruction of Jerusalem, He offered this advice to the people through the prophet Jeremiah:  “This is what the Lord says:  ‘Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find a resting place for your souls’” (Jeremiah 6:16, NASB).  God was giving a roadmap to His people, imploring them to seek “the ancient paths, where the good way is”.  And if they traveled that way, God promised their souls would find rest.  But the people, Jeremiah informs us, tragically replied, “We will not walk in it” (6:16b).  Their refusal would lead to their destruction.

The prophet Isaiah, prophesying of a return to Jerusalem after exile, also called his people to travel a certain path:  “A highway will be there, a roadway, and it will be called the Highway of Holiness.  The unclean will not travel on it, but it will be for the one who walks that way, and fools will not wander on it.  No lion will be there, nor will any vicious animal go up on it; they will not be found there. But the redeemed will walk there, and the redeemed of the Lord will return and come to Zion with joyful shouting, and everlasting joy will be on their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away” (Isaiah 35:8-10, NASB).  Isaiah promised that those who traveled that way – the way of holiness, the way of the redeemed – would “obtain gladness and joy” and that “sorrow and sighing will flee away”.

The default state of fallen humanity is restlessness and longing.  Where we look to address that condition will determine whether we find peace and fulfillment or emptiness and frustration.

In Robert Frost’s most famous poem, “The Road Not Taken”, he describes a traveler who is faced with two possible paths.  The traveler could not discern much difference between the two, but faced with the choice, he took the road that appeared less used.  And the traveler notes that one day he will look back on this choice, as inconsequential as it seemed at the time, and realize his life was indelibly marked by that choice.  When you are faced with diverging paths, follow the advice of Jeremiah:  “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find a resting place for your souls.” The path you choose will make all of the difference.

Perhaps, like Thomas, we would ask, “Lord…how do we know the way?” (John 14:5, NASB).  Jesus replied, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me” (14:6). He says to all of us looking for the path to fulfillment, Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NASB).

~ Matt Kinnell, NHIM Board Chair

A New Acronym

There are so many new acronyms surfacing day by day, I can’t keep up. Trying to negotiate the internet is especially challenging. I have been informed that “BYOB, OMG, LOL and FYI are just soooo…yesterday”. New abbreviations pop up on social media every second, so it’s normal to feel lost and confused about the origin and correct usage of letters like “JIC” (just in case).

A new one came to my attention recently while visiting a sick friend. ‘HAI’ came up in the conversation about the person’s illness. My blank stare must have signaled my confusion. I was informed that HAI refers to a Hospital Acquired Infection. It’s a scary phenomenon. My wife was in the hospital recovering from a heart attack and suffered a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) which was an HAI. Unfortunately, it seems hospitals are places where it is common for one to acquire an infection.

I have decided to create my own acronym. It’s germane to my calling as a minister of the gospel. The acronym is CAD, or Church Acquired Disease. Just as hospitals can be an unexpected place to acquire an infection, churches may be an unexpected place catch a disease. ‘CAD’ can taint or tarnish a believer’s understanding of a true follower of Jesus Christ. In the context of a church, a person can experience hurtful words or unkind treatment. A cold reception is not an uncommon experience in some churches. As hard as it is to believe, a person may encounter bitterness, critical spirits, and self-serving attitudes among members of a congregation. The Epistle of James says, “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so” (James 3.10, NKJV).

There has never been a time when the Church, the ‘Bride of Christ’, needs to be “a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless(Ephesians 5:27, NIV). As members of His Church, we must have clean hands and a pure heart if we are going to be a ‘spiritual hospital’ for needy people. We need to take every precaution not to contribute to CAD*.

Prayer: Lord, may we “be an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity (1 Tim. 4:12 KJV).

*PS: Dictionary definition of word ‘cad’: an unprincipled person; one who behaves dishonorably.

~ Brother Roy

Help Somebody Today

Some people might consider me a religious mystic. Other may think I tend to be a bit of a fanatic. I do plead guilty to believing in the power of prayer and believing God answers prayer. On a recent morning I was talking to God – praying, if you please. I was asking His guidance in how I should spend my day. With time available and the absence of a restrictive schedule, I was inquiring about what I could do that would be pleasing to Him.

In a matter of moments, the words of a hymn began to run through in my mind. I believe the words came too quickly and were too connected to my prayer request to be a coincidence. The hymn was an old one that I remembered from my youth. I had not thought of the song for decades, but there it was. To me it was God’s clear answer to my petition:

Look all around you, find someone in need, Help somebody today!
Though it be little—a neighborly deed—Help somebody today!

Many are waiting a kind, loving word, Help somebody today!
You have a message, oh, let it be heard, Help somebody today!

Many have burdens too heavy to bear, Help somebody today!
Grief is the portion of some everywhere, Help somebody today!

Some are discouraged and weary in heart, Help somebody today!
Someone the journey to heaven should start, Help somebody today!   

(Carrie E. Breck, 1904)

Sensing God’s answer, I embraced the day. What a glorious day it was! I was privileged to do some small acts of kindness. Oh, what joy came to my heart. I look forward to more wonderful days to come. Friends, we may not be able to do some great noteworthy tasks, but it is certainly within our capabilities to speak a kind word, help bear a burden, or take a friend a donut. An understanding smile or a hand on a shoulder stooped by a heavy load is something any of us can do. It may be little more than to listen with compassion to a troubled heart or perhaps utter a simple prayer of encouragement that truly helps somebody.

On that special day mentioned above, I experienced a great blessing. I reaffirmed, to my joy, the truth of a wonderful verse of scripture: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap” (Luke 6:38, NIV). I encourage you to ‘help somebody today’. Three will benefit:

  • The person you reached out to will be helped and encouraged.
  • You can experience the joy of helping. As noted in the above scripture, blessing “will be poured into your lap”.
  • The Lord will be pleased. “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40, NIV).

Prayer: Lord, help us to be sensitive to those around us that we could help. May we be willingness to do so. May we see people around us through your eyes.

~ Brother Roy

Remember, and Forget Not

It was Memorial Day morning when we looked out the front door of our patio home. We live in Wesley Village, a Senior Retirement Community, and the patio homes are located on a half mile circle. Passing by our home was a lone senior citizen carrying an American Flag around the circle. Later in the day, a village celebration was held on Veteran’s Circle, but the picture in my mind is of the lone walker and his act of remembrance.

The act of remembering life-changing events and those who have gone before is a powerful tool to motivate those who follow. Faith is forged in the fires of remembrance. Scripture provides the pattern. The fourth chapter of the book of Joshua gives us these words:

  • And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ (Joshua 4:20-22, NIV).
  • “He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God” (Joshua 4:24, NIV).

The Apostle Peter provides us with the wise words of counsel: “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body” (2 Peter 1:12-13, NIV).

The lone walker carrying the flag helped us remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom to worship and serve the Lord without fear. He “refreshed our memory“ of the Lord’s hand on us and our nation.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits. (Psalm 103:2, NKJV)

~ Brother Roy

Hidden from View

I was showing a friend some recent photos on my iPhone. He is much younger and certainly more tech savvy than I am. He said, “Let me show you a feature on your phone that you probably didn’t know was there. In the Photo icon is a section labeled Albums, and then in Albums open the heading Utilities, click on the line labeled Hidden. Here photos can be hidden from view and only accessed by a special code”. He was right. I was unaware of the feature.

My naïve response to this revelation, “What would you need that for?” My young friend’s retort was, “Duh.” The light finally began to dawn. “Do you mean it’s there so you can hide pornography, clandestine images, and other surreptitious stuff?” A telling smile crossed his face. 

I took the occasion to talk ‘straight’ to my young friend who is in his beginning years of ministry. Sadly, I have counselled with a number of ministers who have destroyed their ministries because of pornography and illicit activities that they thought were hidden from view. Let me affirm my belief that no matter how sophisticated technology becomes, no matter the lengths to which some go to guarantee secrecy, sin can never really be hidden. My  conclusion on the matter: “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23, KJV). It’s true every time – maybe sooner, maybe later – but sin will always find you out.

From ancient days to the present moment, people have sought ‘dark places’ to hide immoral activity from others and from the Lord. God’s word has much to say on this point. The Apostle John says, “Men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil” (John 3:19). The very fact that there is a desire to conceal certain activities could be an indication that these activities are evil.

May I share just a few scriptures on the matter.

  •  “For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed, neither hidden that shall not be known” (Luke 12:2).
  • All things are naked and open to the eyes of Him we have to do with” (Hebrews 4:13).
  • “Can any hide himself in a secret place that I shall not see him?” (Jeremiah 23:24).
  • The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3).

There is a remedy for the problem of wanting to hide things from view: “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:9).

~ Brother Roy

Press on to Maturity

Has anyone ever said to you, “Oh, grow up!”?  Surely not.  Well, how about this – have you ever looked at someone and said to yourself, “That person is so immature. I wish they would grow up!”?  If you have ever had such a thought, you have an idea of what the writer to the Hebrews was feeling when instructing Christian believers about some of the more advanced details of the Christian faith.

In Hebrews 5:11-14, the writer scolds, “you have become poor listeners. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the actual words of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.  For everyone who partakes only of milk is unacquainted with the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to distinguish between good and evil.”

The writer to the Hebrews is like a schoolteacher who knows they need to move on to more difficult content, to deeper waters, but their students have become poor listeners.  Often students are eager to learn at the beginning of the school year, but as the year slogs on, they become apathetic.  Such seems to have been the case with these Hebrew believers.  They should be experts.  They should be teaching this stuff to others.  But here they are, plowing the same soil over and over again.

The writer says these believers are so immature that they can’t handle solid food.  Like an infant, they are only able to digest milk, which the writer compares to the bare basics of the Christian faith – repentance, faith, baptism, resurrection, eternal judgement.  But if a human never consumes anything other than milk, they’re not going to grow properly.  We all reach a stage when milk is not sufficient – we need to add solid foods that provide the nutrients and vitamins and calories that we need to grow. 

These believers are stuck on milk, and they’re not really interested in anything better.  The grace and mercy part of their faith is warm, it’s fuzzy, it’s comforting.  And so they are in this state of arrested development.  The writer says as we mature, we gain practice, and our senses are trained to discern right and wrong.  But if we don’t mature, we don’t progress, and if we don’t progress, eventually we regress.  Oliver Cromwell had written in Latin on his Bible, qui cessat esse melior cessat esse bonus – “He who ceases to be better ceases to be good.”

THEREFORE, the writer says, “leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity” (Hebrews 6:1).  There is so much more to the Christian’s calling than those basics!  And the writer calls us to move on from those things and press on to maturity.  So what does maturity look like for the Christian believer?

To avoid any confusion, perhaps we should first look at what maturity is not

  • Maturity is not necessarily related to age.  It has little to do with how long you have lived, or how long you have been a Christian – you can be old and immature.  God desires that as we grow older we will mature, but that does not always happen.
  • Maturity is not always related to appearance.  You can appear to be spiritually mature by the places you frequent – church, a Christian school; by activities in which you engage – volunteering, teaching Sunday School, carrying a big Bible.  But the fact is many can and have disguised themselves as a spiritual person.
  • Maturity does not necessarily relate to achievement.  You can accomplish many things – in studies, in vocation, even in ministry – and still be very immature.

The word “maturity” implies growth, development, moving toward completion.  So “pressing on to maturity”, at least in the spiritual sense, is about moving on from simple understandings and practices and rituals, and advancing to the life of obedience and fruit-bearing and loving and evangelizing and serving to which God has called us.

We are to be ever “growing up” in the things of God.  When we give our lives to Christ, that first sprout of the seed of salvation that was planted in our lives, that is the beginning, not the end of our salvation.  So, as the writer to the Hebrews exhorts us to do, let’s not be satisfied with the very basics of belief, but acquaint ourselves with the words of righteousness (5:13) and through the practice of our faith have our senses trained to discern good from evil as we move forward to maturity.

~ Matt Kinnell, NHIM Board Chair

Dry Places

Have you ever gone through times in your spiritual journey when you felt like you were in ‘a dry place’? Has your soul been thirsty for the refreshing presence of the Lord, yet you felt He was far away? I’ve been there and perhaps you have been also.

I was working on a sermon whose setting was the Wilderness of Beersheba. It was a desolate, arid wasteland about 50 miles south of Jerusalem. It is part of the foreboding Negev Desert. It has been described as a rocky desert that is a mélange of brown, rocky, dusty mountains interrupted by wadis (dry riverbeds) and deep craters. The Wilderness of Beersheba was certainly a dry place.

Yet, Beersheba was a place where several notable people came into contact with God. Hagar (Genesis 21:17) was first. Isaac (Genesis 26:24) and Jacob (Genesis 46:2) both heard from God in dreams they had in Beersheba. Elijah (1 Kings 19:5) was in the wilderness of Beersheba when God spoke to him. God used this barren, dry place to shape some of the most significant lives in the Bible.

Could it be that it sometimes takes extreme circumstances to get our attention? Maybe we do not really long for the Water of Life until we are in a dry place. If we think we have no need of Jesus, He will not force entry into our lives to help. “Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick(Luke 5:31, NKJV). The beautiful words of Lucy Rider Meyer’s hymn, Come, Every One Who Is Thirsty, speak to my heart:

Come every one who is thirsty in spirit;
Come, every one who is weary and sad.
Come to the fountain, there’s fullness in Jesus –
All that you’re longing for; Come and be glad!

Child of the world, are you tired of your bondage?
Weary of earth-joys, so false, so untrue?
Thirsting for God and His fullness of blessing?
List to the promise, a message for you:

“I will pour water on him that is thirsty;
I will pour floods upon the dry ground.
Open your heart for the gifts I am bringing;
While ye are seeking Me I will be found.”

Prayer: Let us pray with David, “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1).

~ Brother Roy

Things Left Behind

A friend called and wanted me to meet him at a rental property he owned. When I met him there, I encountered a ‘surreal’ situation. The house was completely furnished. Couches, chairs, tables, lamps, beds, dressers, appliances, a large screen TV, rugs, and more. Dishes and cooking utensils were in the cabinets, there was food in the refrigerators, cupboards were stocked with supplies, and there were clothes in the closets.

Now for the surreal part. The couple who had lived there abruptly moved out leaving everything behind. They vacated the property over a year and a half ago. There had been no subsequent communication. My friend needed to clear everything out of the house so it could be refurbished and made ready to rent or sale.

Surveying the situation, I recalled Biblical accounts of people suddenly moved out of their life’s circumstances leaving everything behind. A phrase from the Gospel of Luke echoed in my mind: “Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” (Luke 12:20, NIV).

Later that evening I had time for more serious reflection. As we move through the days of our lives, we are never really certain when we will depart this life for eternity. Scripture gives us this warning, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (Proverbs 27:1, NIV). When the moment of death comes, ”No one has power over the spirit to retain the spirit, And no one has power in the day of death” (Ecclesiastes 8:8, NKJV).

When the summons comes from God, we will drop everything and leave all things acquired or accumulated behind. We will hurry off for our appointment with judgement. “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27, NKJV). A person ought to be aware of what will take place at judgement. John said, “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. “And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books” (Revelation 20:12, NKJV).

I determined, in those moments of reflection, not to be like the man Jesus described in the Gospel of Luke. That man said, And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’” (Luke 12:19-20, NKJV). I want to follow the Lord’s advice not to lay up treasures here on earth to be left behind, but rather to lay up treasures in heaven where they will be waiting for me (Matthew 6:19-21, NKJV).

There is a poignant phrase in Eastern Kentucky that I remember from my youth: ‘You never see a U-Haul pulled behind a hearse.’  Scripture says, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1 Timothy 6:7, NKJV).

Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.” – C.T. Studd

~ Brother Roy

The Sharpest Knife in the Drawer

As I was preparing dinner one night, the knife I was using to cut up the raw meat had grown dull and wasn’t slicing cleanly, leaving me sawing away in futility while my frustration grew.  For whatever job one undertakes, having the proper tool in good working order is essential, and this is especially true in anything requiring cutting.

In multiple New Testament references, the word of God is described as a sharp tool.  Paul, in his inventory of the armor of God, described the word of God as the “Sword of the Spirit” (Galatians 6:17).  When John had a vision of Jesus from the island of Patmos, out of His mouth came a two-edged sword (Revelation 1:16).  A two-edged sword, when properly sharpened, is an especially useful or dangerous tool, as it can cut or penetrate from any angle.

The writer to the Hebrews develops this idea of the sharpness of the word of God further: “For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, even penetrating as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him to whom we must answer” (Hebrews 4:12-13, NASB).

In that passage from Hebrews we read that the word of God is living and active – it is not archaic or irrelevant.  It is in force, it is effective, it has not exceeded its use-by date.  And that living and active word is capable of penetrating any chamber, no matter how secure.  We read that it can divide the soul and spirit, the bones and the marrow, the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  The word of God is a scalpel that can probe the most secret parts.  There is no veil, no chamber, no membrane, no protective covering that cannot be sliced open and exposed by the word of God.

And furthermore, we read that no creature is hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him to whom we must answer.  We cannot hide anything from God – He sees all and can compel us to reveal even what we would prefer stay hidden.  No matter what we do to conceal or keep secret the desires of the heart, the motivations of our thoughts, the things we wouldn’t ever want anyone to see – at some point those things will be laid bare.  The word of God will open those private chambers, and our faces will be forced to meet the probing eyes of God, from whom nothing is hidden and to whom all of us must answer.

Trying to disguise our deeds and intentions is as old as the Garden of Eden.  The first time in human history that someone disobeyed God, what was the first thing they did? They hid!  They sinned, and when they looked down, they had been laid bare.  So they hid.  But they discovered that no creature can be hidden from His sight, so they tried to disguise their motivation – Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent.  They didn’t want God to know their true motivation – that they thought they could become like God.  But all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him to whom we must answer.

If you would rather not find yourself suddenly laid bare, exposed by the sharp truth of God’s word, it would be wise to do a little self-surgery.  We can do that, you know?  We can use the word of God to examine our own behaviors, thoughts, and motivations.  It might not be easy or comfortable, but there is no better tool for the job.

“Search me, God, and know my heart;
Put me to the test and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there is any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.”
(Psalm 139:23-24, NASB)

~ Matt Kinnell, NHIM Board Chair