Brilliant, Godly, Humble Mind — A Rare Combination Is Earth’s Loss, Heaven’s Gain
I can just imagine the excitement at Heaven’s Gates on May 1 as Nancy, Chip and Mark gathered to welcome their husband and father home! And there was Jesus to greet his faithful servant.
In 2004, I was blessed to travel to Israel on a Compass International Tour of The Holy Land. I suppose any Christian would cherish taking the Lord’s supper in the Garden of Gethsemane; delight sailing the Sea of Galilee; and treasure the opportunity to walk inside the empty tomb! Our superb tour guide grew my appreciation for every scene with details most Westerners would never know about the culture, the laws, or the history of the Jewish people.
But my trip was extra special, for the bus seat in front of me was occupied by two brilliant, godly, humble minds—those of Nancy and Chuck Missler. Their in-depth knowledge of minute details, missed by most, generously poured out during the entire 10-day trip. I found myself struggling to hear when they were not close by, knowing that I was missing treasured nuggets I might not ever hear again this side of eternity. My pen and paper could not begin to keep up, and my visual-learner, dyslexic mind couldn’t push a record button. But they both tried.
It would seem impossible that the titles of Congressional Appointment to the United States Naval Academy, PhD degrees, Commissioned Branch Chief of the Department of Guided Missiles, Senior Analyst for the US Intelligence Department and the Department of Defense; Establisher of the first International Industrial Computer Network; Consultant to the Board of Directors of Rockwell International for Corporate Acquisitions, Member of 12 Public Company Board of Directors and Chief Executive Office of five; and Advisor to the Super-Wide Area Satellite (SWANsat) System could all belong to one man during his FIRST career, but they did. Those were some of Chuck Missler’s job positions before entering his SECOND career!
And truly, it was his second field in which he found his life-passion of encouraging others to commit to serious Bible study, trusting it as the inerrant Word of God. Dr. Missler applied his brilliant mind to his scrupulous study of Scripture. His photographic memory let few details escape his musing. His leadership skills, combined with his astute studies, made him a natural teacher and speaker. These skills and an informal affiliation with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California propelled Chuck to become internationally known for his insight into the integration of Scripture with science, history and prophecy.
One-liners and humor gave needed comic relief, allowing audiences to stay focused on his quick-paced lectures. When listeners approached him with questions beginning with, “Dr. Missler, do you,” they were cut off by the genius’ interruption of, “It’s Chuck. Just call me Chuck.” The spotlight seemed to always turn to him, not because he demanded it, but because of his sincere desire to help others see deeper and broader, and higher and wider just how awesome the Creator of the universe really is. To help share their knowledge, he and Nancy founded Koinonia House a ministry based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and prolifically produced books, DVDs, and online studies.
“The greatest barrier to truth is the presumption that you already have it.” —Chuck Missler
It seemed Chuck never lost his earnest gratitude for his redemption. And he wanted others to enjoy the same peace and awestruck love he reveled in with His Savior. Perhaps this humility, even more than his brilliance, is why his second career of more than forty years teaching Bible truths literally touched millions. I’m thankful I was privileged to be one of them.