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Ministry and mission work is a team effort -- Jan and I have shared the work of ministry and missions for 49+ years! Countless people have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother 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 serve and 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 ‘Mother’ 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.

My Mother’s Birthday: 2/2/22

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Today is my mother’s birthday. She would have been 94. She went to be with the Lord a little over 20 years ago, but she is present in my heart and mind rather than physically.
I still try to live my life in a way that would make her proud. She was and is my heroine. She would be amazed, but perhaps not surprised, at the opportunities God has afforded her son. Her faith, lived out in my life, has taken me around the world to places we never dreamed or imagined, always to the glory of God.
Today I remember my mother, her influence, her strength, her faith, and her love in the words of Paul to the Ephesians: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus, throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (3:20-21).

Honoring Our Mothers–One More Reflection

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Through the years, I have often mentioned my mother in sermons, church bulletins, and more recently in blogs and Facebook postings. Nearly always, someone comments that they would like to have known my mother. Some have mentioned that they were brought to tears as they listened to a sermon or read an article.

I have reflected on this the last couple of days. “Why? Why do simple reflections cause people to cry? Why would people want to know my mother?” There are several answers. One truth, although not technically an answer, is that people want to know those who shaped us because of what they see in us.
We honor our parents, teachers, and mentors by the lives we live. Honoring our mothers is not a once a year occurrence. You can honor your parents today by the life you live.

It’s Sunday Again: Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Mother’s Day sermons are unique. Across the past 50 years, few are the Mother’s Days that I have not had a preaching obligation. Preparing the “just right” sermon for each occasion is always a challenge, a bit of a mystery, and an opportunity to pioneer and blaze new trails. On Mother’s Day, the church expects the sermon to say something about mothers. Today, I do not have a preaching appointment, but I want to say something about mothers.
Of all of the characteristics that mothers exhibit, one seldom mentioned is faithfulness. The mother who is unfaithful to her children is an enigma. She makes the news. Something is wrong. Everyone wants to know, how can it be?
Faithfulness is used to describe friendships, church leaders, ministry, missions, dogs and cars. We value faithfulness. The writer of Hebrews says faithfulness comes from endurance and keeping one’s eyes set on the goal, perseverance and keeping one’s eyes on Jesus. There are other factors, but today I am thinking of these two truths as they relate to mothers, and as they relate to our lives in Christ.
On Mother’s Day we are especially grateful for our mothers and we honor them. Mothers teach us to glorify God.
Contemplating mothers and faithfulness reminds me also of one final truth: if your mother could say to you what is on her heart today, among the things that she would most want to mention is this: Be Faithful!

Stars to Steer By: Cheap

Friday, April 20th, 2012

My mother saved sayings and quotations. They were everywhere–little pieces of paper in books, on shelves, in and on her desk…. I started ministry doing likewise. Soon I had an envelope box filled with little strips and pieces of paper, many cut or torn from church bulletins. The box got fuller and heavier over the years.
I recently threw my treasure box away (the Internet is filled with sayings and poems and pithy sayings), but not before one last look. I saved a few of the quotes I liked best, typed them into a document for future reference. Most do not have authors cited. I have tried (with Internet searches) to the find the author of the paragraph below, but without success. If someone knows the author, I will gladly add that information.

Christianity is a way of life that is most demanding. We are to put on the Lord Jesus Christ to such an extent that we make the world stand up and take notice. We are to walk with Jesus even when it is not popular. We are to daily serve him in the spirit of holiness. There is nothing cheap about that.

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