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Thanks for visiting this website! This month's photo was taken in September 2014. During my mission trip to Nicaragua, I had to privilege of speaking on the national television program, "Nicaragua For Christ." Pictured with me is Miguel Nicanor, 2013 Baxter graduate and host of the program. [Click picture to enlarge.]

national TV in Nicaragua

I am Jan's husband; this is her work as well as mine. I am also dad and papaw. My favorite breakfast is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a great hot sauce and a cup of good coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and develop "kingdom people." I seek to serve and share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by so many people around the world!

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It’s Sunday Again: Time for an attitude check

October 19th, 2014

Attitudes are like background music in our lives.  Attitudes are ever present, ever influencing our lives, playing in the background during every moment of our lives.  Attitude is a key to consistent Christian living. The attitude we should have is that of Christ (Phil. 2:5). When Christ’s attitude permeates our lives, we are unceasingly in prayer, focused on things that make no sense in this world.  Four attitudes can make a big difference in our daily efforts to live the Christian life–availability, sensitivity, responsiveness, and gratitude.

First, live with an attitude of availability. God, I am available for you to work through me to accomplish your kingdom purposes. I have no personal agenda, I am emptied (Phil. 2:9), I am totally available for you to do your work in and through me wherever and whenever.
Second, live with an attitude of sensitivity.  God, make me sensitive to the world, let me see you, make me aware of your presence in the world, assure me with the presence of your Holy Spirit. Help me see where and how you are at work, help me see opportunities. Make me “kingdom sensitive” so that I see you and your work and your way in the events of my life.
Third, live with an attitude of responsiveness. God, make me responsive to the opportunities you provide. Let me live in integrity, demonstrating the beauty of your plan for your human creation. As I am going, wherever I go, may availability and sensitivity combine to make me a responsive instrument in your hand to accomplish your will.
Fourth, live with an attitude of gratitude. When we understand the love of God for his human creation, we come to understand what he did to save us.  Having invested so heavily in our eternal salvation, he continues to do all he can to protect us from the world about us and Satan’s snares.  For Christians who clearly see this truth, it is harder to turn one’s back on God than we have thought or taught. Living in and basking in the love of God for us empowers us and motivates us (2 Cor. 5:14).

When the background music of my life reflects availability for God’s purposes, sensitivity to God’s presence, responsiveness to God’s power and guidance, and gratitude for God’s provision, life is different. This continual background music, coupled with unceasing prayer, changes lives. It can do the same for you.

Latin American Leadership Development: October 2014 Summary

October 13th, 2014

In recent months, I have served in the following ways.
• Preached for four U.S. churches in Mission Emphasis Days and gave mission reports; keynoted a men’s leadership retreat; taught classes on missions and attended missions meetings in Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Michigan
• Consulted with church leaders in a Michigan church to help in the development of future ministry plans
• Taught adult Bible class on Restoration History at Park Plaza in Tulsa
• Spoke at Peru National Church Leaders Conference in Lima, seminar on Revelation
• Taught a special class focused on ministry in the church, at EBL (Lima Bible School)
• Site visit to Panama missionaries
• Finalized the translation and first printing of the evangelistic Bible study series, “En Pos de la Verdad.” These 8 lessons are part of the original Fishers of Men series, more recently known as “Quest for Truth.” Worked with Quest for Truth to finalize legal documents to transfer to me ownership of the Spanish translation. Worked with Spanish Literature Ministry to arrange future printing and distribution
• Helped facilitate EVO training seminar with Pedro Sanchez at Iglesia de Cristo, Park Plaza
• Attended Baxter Seminar and spoke on evangelism, distributed hundreds of lessons for evangelism in the “En Pos de la Verdad” series
• Spoke on Park Plaza summer series
• Preached and taught in numerous Latin American churches as part of four mission trips to 7 different countries
• Presented seminar series for Ocotepeque Mission work at six churches in the area around La Palma, El Salvador and Ocotepeque, Honduras
• Worked with Mission Upreach in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras in Leadership Training Series with 24 participants from across western Honduras, focusing on goal of developing well-trained, self-supporting evangelists, preachers, and church leaders
• Presented seminar, “Going deeper in Christ: Studies in 1 John,” at Barrio Cabanas, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
• Spent three weeks in Ecuador and Colombia, working with 13 churches in Colombia and 5 churches in Ecuador. Presented seminars on discipleship, Acts, How to Study and Understand the Bible, evangelism, and leadership
• Preached at site of proposed new church plant in Colombia
• Presented seminars for two churches in Managua, Nicaragua, on leadership, Christian family, evangelism, and the Gospel of Mark. Visited numerous congregations and church leaders in and around Managua

It’s Sunday Again: “the ministry God has put in your hands”

October 12th, 2014

Today I have a rare Sunday at home! I returned home from Nicaragua a few days ago. This has been a stressful week; this has been a blessed week.
Stressful–because the sprinkler system stuck in the “on” position after a severe storm, the gas is off because we have water in the line and it has to be replaced, the internet cable to the house had to be replaced so I was offline for a couple of days, as a safety matter we have to replace some inoperable windows in the house…. Those are the big ones, space does not permit (and you do not want to hear) the entire list.
Blessed–because of time spent with family and friends, time spent with Jan, breakfast with my sons, messages and conversations with lots of Christians with a heart for missions, the opportunity to work on new presentations for future mission trips, encouraging words received.

My brother Pedro from Nicaragua wrote, “Brother Bob…muchas gracias…may God keep blessing you in the precious ministry he has put in your hands.” Those words of encouragement reminded me that God has blessed me in wonderful ways. I continually get to work with, spend time with, and communicate with the most wonderful people on the face of the earth–God’s spiritual Kingdom family. We share common goals, dreams, and hopes. We long for the spiritual growth of the church and the development of healthy, capable churches around the world. We long for the salvation of souls brought to the feet of Jesus.

May I encourage you today to contemplate “the ministry God has put in your hands.” I am confident that God has something for you to do. Pray about it, find that ministry, and do it with all your being to God’s glory!

It’s Sunday Again: Doing a Lot with a Little

September 28th, 2014

I spend a lot of Sundays involved in mission efforts–Mission Emphasis Sundays in the U.S., mission reports, teaching and preaching. I spend many more Sundays in various parts of Latin America. In the average year, I talk to a lot of churches and a lot of church leaders about missions. Speaking generally, U.S. churches are tremendously blessed with financial resources. Today I am thinking about how churches are involved in missions.
As I think about how we use our blessings and how we are involved in missions, churches have several options. Most churches receive blessing after blessing from God. Some receive more than others, but all are blessed. We have to decide what we will do with those blessings. We must decide what we will do. Some do a lot with a lot; others do a little with a lot. We can do nothing with a lot; we can also do nothing with a little. We can do a little with a little; we can do a lot with a little.

A congregation of God’s people may have limited resources and think they have only a little to contribute to mission work. I remind us that God can do a lot with a little. The question is not one of quantity but one of heart. When we set our hearts on fulfilling God’s purpose in the world, God does great things with our little efforts and our little resources. The Bible is filled with stories of God doing a lot with a little—Gideon, David, a little boy with five pieces of bread and two small fish.

Regardless of how God has blessed you—with a little or with a lot, pray this day that he will in his power turn that which you willingly hand over to him into a lot! He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we have imagined, thought, or usually ask. Let us dream, think, plan, and pray!

Stars to Steer By: The Root of Marital Problems?

September 26th, 2014

“More than 95% of marriage problems are rooted in what happens to a person before the age of 9.”

Don’t know whether this is provable; is at least food for thought.

It’s Sunday Again: Approved!

September 21st, 2014

Today the people of God around the world assemble as a grand Christian community and declare His praise and virtue. God is acknowledged and recognized–songs of praise exalt him, his purpose, his wisdom, his compassion, and his love demonstrated in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. The church speaks to God and listens to God. We listen in the word read and preached. The Christian community seeks his will for the coming week; remind us what God wants from us. Remind us of our glory, our potential, our responsibility. Remind us of our capacity because of his presence among us. Refresh our commitment to his cause and his work–generate within us renewed strength so that we go forth restored and whole resonating with his presence in our hearts and lives.

A significant part of the weekly assembly for the first century church was the opportunity to “break bread”. This biblical phrase refers both to fellowship meals, sometimes called “love feasts”, and also to the weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper or the communion. The church assembles to remember and give thanks to God in the Supper.

When I lead God’s people in thoughts and prayers to prepare mind and hearts for the Supper, I am constantly in search of fresh words and translations. Today I share the first few verses of Romans 5.
“Now that God has approved us, thanks to faith and through our Lord Jesus Christ, there is peace between God and us. Through faith, Christ has delivered us to the generous love of God that we now enjoy, and we are happy with the hope of sharing the glory of God. There is more. We are able to feel this happiness even when we suffer because the sufferings teach us to be patient. If we have patience, our character is strengthened and with a strong character, our hope grows even more. That hope is not going to fail us because God gave us the Holy Spirit who has poured out God’s love on us. Christ died for us in the necessary moment when we unable to save ourselves, being enemies of God. It is difficult to imagine that someone night die to save a righteous person, but perhaps someone might risk their life for a very very good person. But God demonstrated his love in that Christ died for us even we were sinners.”

Time does not permit a complete treatment of this text, so I call attention to only a few concepts.

  • Approval. God has stamped us “approved”. We have God’s approval, we are being “let through”. We may not feel approved, we may not look approved, we may not act approved, but God has put his seal of approval on us and in us. (This is the way Paul describes the Holy Spirit in other biblical passages.) Today as you partake of the Supper, relish and enjoy the fact of God’s approval.
  • Peace. This is not only the peace of God which Paul describes to the Philippian church, but peace with God.
  • Hope. We enjoy love and are happy in hope. Is the love of God something you enjoy? Does hope make you happy? Notice the cycle of happiness which we celebrate in the Supper: hope, problems, patience, character, more hope.
  • Love. The love of God provides the great bookends for this repeated cycle. We enjoy God’s generous love because Christ has introduced us to it and because the Holy Spirit pours it out in our lives.

As described in the next chapter of Romans, the continual poured out love of the Spirit is only possible because of our transition from enemies to friends. The text of Romans 5 does not apply to those who continue to live as enemies of God. That we are now friends of God is shown by the fact that we do with our lives what he did with his life. We participate in his activities. We attend his parties. He is our hero–we imitate him. We participate in his death (through baptism) so that we will participate in his glory. The hope of his glory in the text of chapter 5 is made reality as we are assured of participation in his resurrection–both in renewed lives here on earth, and also in the ultimate resurrection at that final day.

The approval God grants is not random; it is not fleeting. The foundation of this approval is firm; God has acted in Christ, we have reacted, God continues to bless. Approval, peace, hope love. These we celebrate today as we eat this Supper together.

Stars to Steer By: Doing Good

September 19th, 2014

I have a selection of Bible verses which I really like.  They are guides for my life.  I call them my vitamin B.

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is within your power to act.” (Proverbs 3:27)

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