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Thanks for visiting this website! This month's photo was taken in June 2014. I was in the city park in Ocotepeque, Honduras early on Sunday morning for a quick breakfast before going to church. Several wanted to know the reason for my presence in Ocotepeque. In the picture I am talking about the church and the desire to go back to the Bible. [Click picture to enlarge.]

early Sunday morning Bible study in the park

I am Jan's husband. This is her work as well as mine. 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 a 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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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)

It’s Sunday Again: I Am, Therefore I Act

September 14th, 2014

We spend a lot of energy in the church trying to get people to do what they ought to do. We study motivation–we encourage, we scold, we “lay on” guilt trips. We have missed a basic truth of Scripture. I am, therefore I act. One cannot get “faith actions” out of “unfaith” people. According to James 2, faith acts. If faith is present, actions follow. If actions are lacking, faith is lacking. My actions tell others who I am. My identity comes first–my actions follow. My actions are consistent with my identity. If I am a person of faith with loyalties and allegiances, priorities and purpose clearly defined–I do what I am made to do, what I am intended to do, what I must do to live a consistent life (without internal conflicts which lead to doubts).

The great need in the church is to develop genuine faith that determines the nature and actions of my life in every circumstance. Paul told the Corinthian church that Christians are “compelled by Christ”. Some churches have spent a lot of energy developing mission statements–statements of desired or intended actions. Some mission statements begin with identity statements. This is as it must be. Most churches would do well to develop identity statements. “This is who we are, therefore, this is what we do.”

We have let people think of themselves as “church members” without becoming disciples. We have made it easier to be a member (be baptized) than to be a disciple (total commitment of all I am and do and have). People are baptized but worship only sporadically. We use the word Christian impotently. Some are called Christians (or call themselves Christians) who little resemble Christ. Some who call themselves Christians jump in and out of church like it was a social club or automobile association. Genuine Christians are not “in it” for the benefits. Genuine Christians are “in it” because of who they are, or better, who they have become through the transformation effected in Christ and by Christ.

When people look at our lives–what we do–do they take note that we have been with Jesus?

Stars to Steer By: Getting Ready

September 12th, 2014

“I will study and get ready, and perhaps my opportunity will come.”  –Abraham Lincoln

I don’t know when I first read the above quote.  I have had it in my mind for many years.  It has guided my life.  I have shared it with others; I have used it as illustration in classes and sermons.  It has been one of the polar stars in my life.  I am committed to life-long learning.  Study is never over–preparation is never done.  Every part of life is part of a continuing process of getting ready for whatever God brings into our lives.  Our God is a providing God.  He opens doors and closes doors.  We walk by faith and not by sight.  I want to follow unhesitatingly.

What are you doing, Bob?  I am getting ready!

Stars to Steer By: Relativism

September 5th, 2014

Relativism:  having one’s feet firmly planted in midair.

Stars to Steer By: Grace

September 5th, 2014

From an email sent by my friend, Jim Frazier–

“Grace binds you with far stronger cords than the cords of duty or obligation can bind you. Grace is free, but when once you take it you are bound forever to the Giver, and bound to catch the spirit of the Giver. Like produces like, Grace makes you gracious, the Giver makes you give.” — E. Stanley Jones

September 3rd, 2014

[Great food for thought in this article by Jim Killam, “Post-Sunday Newsletter for Church Leaders,” from Moody Publishers]

Famed 19th-century missionary Hudson Taylor suggested a four-part process for engaging congregations in missions.

    Missions are preached every Sunday;
    Every person in the church knows his/her personal responsibility to support the work of missionaries;
    Missionaries must give accurate and compelling reports; and
    All of this must be bathed in prayer.

Taylor’s third point describes journalism–accurate and compelling reports–and it catalyzes the other points. Maybe someone took the time to interview a refugee family from a war-torn country. Maybe someone produced a video about a culture that desperately needs the Bible in its own language. Or maybe someone talked about tutoring troubled kids in your town, and asked for help.

Those kinds of reports inspire kingdom impact. People not only pay attention, they discover their own role. Think about it: Every person who engages in mission has been influenced by someone’s story. If those stories aren’t being told, or if they’re being told poorly, people don’t pray, give, send or go. They tune out.

How does your church fare on Taylor’s four-point scale? Are you satisfied with the amount of mission engagement? Is there untapped potential for impact?

Accurate and compelling reports can transform people from consumers to participants in ministry. What if your short-term mission teams came home and engaged the congregation–not with Facebook selfies or tales about the gross foods they ate, but well-crafted stories, photos and videos about people whose lives they impacted?

Go a step further. What if we took Taylor’s advice and preached missions every Sunday? Maybe it isn’t always the full sermon. But what if an accurate, compelling story of God at work in the world became part of every worship service? How would that impact your church? How would it impact the world?

Does your church want to produce more world Christians: people who accept responsibility for their part in reaching the unreached? It starts with equipping your congregation, and the missionaries you support, to report those stories better.

Stars to Steer By: Opportunity

August 29th, 2014

Another Friday, another quote.  This one from my high school days.  I’ve never forgotten it.  I don’ t know the original source.  Perhaps my mother found it and shared it.  She loved little sayings and quotes.

“When opportunity knocks at the front door, too many are in the back yard looking for four-leaf clovers.”

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