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Ministry and mission work is a team effort -- Jan and I have shared the task of ministry and mission work for over 50 years! (We traveled together to preaching appointments during the year before we were married.) Countless people have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob" or "Hermano Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw. One of my favorite breakfasts is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of rich Colombian coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and to help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature as disciples of Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by countless people around the world!


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Archive for the ‘Quote’ Category

From my Mother: Wealth

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Happy Mother’s Day! If your mother is still living, count your blessings this day.

My mother collected little thoughts and sayings. She had many little pieces of paper, some cut out of a church bulletin, others where she had written down something she had heard or read. She put these scraps of paper everywhere–in the textbooks from which she taught, in her Bible, in the multiplied books of poetry and inspiration she collected. Today I share one that I heard her recite on several different occasions, one that she had written out in her own hand. It is slightly edited from Walter Lewis Smith’s “Fulfillment.”

I have planted a garden, so I know what faith is,
I have seen birch trees swaying in the breeze so I know what grace is,
I have listened to birds caroling, so I know what music is.
I have seen a morning without clouds, after a shower, so I know what beauty is.
I have read a book beside a wood fire, so I know what contentment is.
I have seen the miracle of the sunset, so I know what grandeur is,
And because I have perceived all these things, I know what wealth is.

Stars to Steer By: Grace

Friday, April 24th, 2015

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

Accepting Truth

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

“Most men … can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it obligates them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught others, and which they have woven thread by thread into the fabric of their lives.” –Tolstoy

“Dear God, please give me a pliable heart open always to your truth, regardless of how wrong it shows me to have been, of how much I am forced to admit I was wrong, and of how much change is required in my life as a result. Mold me and make me after your will.”

Stars to Steer By: The Root of Marital Problems?

Friday, 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.

Stars to Steer By: Doing Good

Friday, 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)

Stars to Steer By: Getting Ready

Friday, 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

Friday, September 5th, 2014

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

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