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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 ‘God Sightings’ Category

A “God Thing”

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

[Note: reposted from 12/27/07]

I must admit I wasn’t thrilled when Jan called from the U.S. to tell me the airport was closed due to the weather. I would be at least a day late getting home after a one-week mission trip that had drained me emotionally. I had two options. #1–The airline would fly me to Houston with no guarantees for a connecting flight. #2–Stay in Tegucigalpa, Honduras since the airline would rewrite the ticket for the next day at no charge.
…Hmmm. Given that I have more friends in Tegucigalpa than I do in Houston, the decision was easy. As much as I was anticipating being home and seeing Jan, I would wait 24 hours.
As a result of the delay, I spent the extra evening in Honduras with a group of Baxter Institute students who were forming a missionary/church planting team to the Dominican Republic. I wish you could meet Eulalio and Sarah. They will be the first phase of the team–-Dominicans arriving in the Dominican. Eulalio and Sarah just graduated from Baxter. He has an evangelistic heart, fervor and intensity about him. He has been directly responsible for teaching and baptizing 186 people in the last 2 1/2 years. I am sure that God is going to continue to bless this team with a great heart for God.
After dinner, we sang–-in Spanish, songs with too many words that went by too fast for the notes. Another English-speaking brother and I regaled them with an extra fast rendition of “I’ve got the wonderful love of my blessed Redeemer way down deep in the depths of my heart.” We laughed, until we cried. We prayed. We dreamed and planned. They asked advice; I served as advisor and consultant for the infant team. We talked about the early stages, about the need for developing leaders.
As the evening grew late but eventually wound down about 11 p.m., one of the brothers in the group said that my presence with them that evening was a “God thing.” Yes, even in my 24-hour delayed departure from Honduras, God was blessing events that did not go as we had planned. He was opening doors, controlling events, making new connections possible, equipping for the future. They asked if I could come and help them with leadership matters in a year or so. They said that if I could come, that would be another “God thing.”

God, we thank you for “God things.” We thank you when you act in our lives and we can see you at work. We also thank you when you work behind the scenes and work for good in our lives, and we do not even notice. Help us by faith to see you in all of your grandeur and splendor and presence.

Another of God’s Marvelous Days

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

About three millennia ago, the Psalmist wrote words that are today well known and often quoted: “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (118:24)
Today is another of God’s marvelous days. I have seen over 23000 of them–every sunrise and every sunset different, evidence of God’s creative genius. Days of hope and difficult days. Each one a gift from God.

Lord, help us relish our days as we seek your wisdom. May we know that you are the provider of all, and that you richly bless us for our enjoyment. We praise and bless your name because you have blessed us beyond measure with blessings both physical and spiritual. May we be a blessing to others as you have blessed us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

God Sightings

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

A popular religious song asks, “Have you seen Jesus my Lord?” The song affirms that Jesus can be seen in numerous aspects of daily life. Theologically, one might ask whether sunset and rolling waves clearly declare Jesus, or God. Can one see the necessity of a Creator God in such experiences, or do such experiences demand the existence also of a Jesus Savior? Despite the theological imprecision, the point of the song is valid.
God has revealed himself in his Word. The purpose of the Bible is to reveal God. This is special revelation.
God is seen in nature. He is visible in our world. These evidences are called natural revelation.

I am working on a devotional series focused on “God sightings.” Where have you seen God? Where have you caught a glimpse of God? I hope to include responses in the devotional series, with credit noted, of course.

It’s Sunday Again: Seeing God Every Day Everywhere

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Some days I am not very good at seeing God. That is why I am working and writing on two new blog categories: “God Sightings” and “Life Savors”. I admit that some of my purpose in establishing these two categories is selfish.

For most of us who live in the U.S. the last week has brought some wicked weather–frigid air, bone-chilling wind, and more snow and ice than normal. Last Monday, with an eye on the weather forecast, Jan and I returned home a day early from last weekend’s appointment. Now the television commentators and news broadcasters are warning of seasonal distress, cabin fever, and the challenges of being cooped up with the family that we are supposed to love but often have trouble getting along with. Lots of plans have been put on hold, activities and commitments rescheduled. I am not exempt. I have had to postpone a church consultation scheduled for today–it is simply not safe to make the road trip.

Even though I have stayed pretty close to the house, I have been working on details of upcoming speaking appointments. Of course, a part of those emails tends to be commentary on the weather. One brother wrote, “The snow and the cold have been a blessing for me personally for I have been more conscious of the things of God.” Another wrote, “I’m sorry your travel plans were messed up by the weather, but it might be a blessing to be trapped and unable to carry on a frantic pace.” You will be able to tell that the brother writing this second comment is a missionary in a different climate by his next sentences, “My wife and I feel a little sorry to miss the excitement of the storm. Then we come to our senses and realize how nice this spring-like weather is.”

These comments remind me that God’s presence is not limited to Sundays. Did you see God in the storm? Do you see God when the weather is pleasant? Do you see God in the normal things of life? Or does it take something especially good or something especially bad for us to see God?

He is there, and he is not silent. Sometimes we are not tuned in. This week, make a conscious effort when you get up each morning to “set your tuner”. Set it to receive the “God Channel”. Then you will see God in your life and in our world–every day, everywhere.

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