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Ministry is always a team effort--Jan and I have shared the work of ministry and missions for 48+ years! Countless others 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. My favorite breakfast is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of quality coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and 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 in Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by countless people around the world!

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Understanding the Christian Life

Monday, January 12th, 2015

The words from Mark Bergin caught my attention: “And so we open the Scriptures and say our prayers, not in an effort to be with him, but because he is already with us.”
What a wonderful truth, shining light clearly on a common misunderstanding of the Christian life. Bible reading and prayer is not a part of a daily checklist to be pleasing to God. For the Christian, communication with God is not courtship and seeking relationship. It is the faithful action of the bride of the Lamb seeking ever-deepening relationship and understanding, ever growing love.

A Bible Problem

Monday, October 28th, 2013

It really was not funny (at least not to the person involved), but several people in the Bible class were laughing.
Jan and I were visiting another church, sitting near the back of the auditorium which was only sparsely populated. In the middle of the Bible class we began hearing someone speaking. At first I thought it was interference with the microphone system and that we were hearing feedback from other channels, shortwave, police, etc. Before long, I could tell that the voice was coming from a pew two rows in front of us. It seemed the noise was getting louder.
Finally, the person sitting in front of us got up to exit the class. As we she walked by us she explained, “The Bible on my phone is reading the text to me and I can’t figure out how to turn it off.”

The situation got me to thinking about possible uses for a Bible ap that reads the Bible to you and cannot be turned off. Equally useful would be an ap that turns the Bible on and begins the Bible reading automatically when the owner is contemplating some negative action. Even better, the ap could choose especially appropriate verses.

A more practical thought: In reality, the Bible cannot be turned off. We may choose to read it or not, to hear it or not, but the Bible is still there, and God’s Word is still God’s Word.

A Good Time to Begin

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Three months of the new year have passed. Most thoughts of New Year’s resolutions are ancient history. A common element in the resolutions of many Christians is the desire to spend more time in the Word of God.
This is a good time to begin–the daily devotional readings which are available on the website are beginning the Gospel of John. You can access the readings through the link in the right menu box: Daily Devotionals: April.

Stars to Steer By: Education

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

A favorite quotation: “The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.”

I spend a lot of space in my blogs to share information and provide orientation. Generally, my blogs are a lot more information than reflection. From time to time it is good to remind that the goal is not information but reformation–life change that integrates learning and living!
The word educate comes from a root which means “to draw out.” Education is a process of drawing out, helping others discover how what is within them integrates with what is outside them in our world. Education is self-discovery and world-discovery. Education is self-understanding and world-understanding. Education integrates logic and living, code and conduct, doctrine and duty, preaching and practice.
Christian education is challenging–the successful integration of self into a hostile world so that identity is maintained and God’s people are not tossed about by every “thought breeze” that blows through life. Authentic education encourages people to become what God calls them to be, providing teachers and leaders for God’s people.

Daily Bible Reading: Begin Now!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

On Sunday evening, the lesson reminded us of the need to be continually in the word of God. It is never too late to begin. Habits develop only after we begin to act systematically.
Perhaps you will find the Daily Devotionals posted on my website helpful. Tomorrow we begin the Gospel of John. So far in 2012, we have worked our way through Matthew, the Corinthian correspondence and James. It would not take long to read those texts along with the Daily Devotionals. You could also work through those texts as “make up” work, or you could begin the daily Bible reading habit now and finish up the New Testament a year from now.

Check out the Daily Devotionals Index to understand the schedule: 5 days each week times 52 weeks to read the 260 chapters in the New Testament. Each devotional attempts to catch the “flavor” of the “chapter of the day” and to reflect upon its importance, context, and lessons. A briefer textual reading is included in the devotional along with a daily prayer.

May God bless you in your efforts to be in the Word!

Guatemala Reflections: Developing and modeling an approach for effective Bible study

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Our seminar approach is not only to share specific Bible information, with different classes and lessons which can be adopted and taught “as is.” We do some of the former, but we more often seek to demonstrate and model an exegetical approach to Scripture, a way to study and understand God’s Word, beginning by thinking about what the text meant in the original historical context given the intent of the original author. It takes time to explain and model the process, but it is essential. The text cannot mean what it never meant. The application of Scripture in contemporary culture is dependent on valid Bible interpretation. The knowledge of world history which many of the Guatemalan ministers and leaders have is amazing. Equally amazing is how quickly and adeptly they learn and use the exegetical process.

2012 Bible Reading: It’s Not Too Late to Begin!

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

The New Year has come, we have passed the 24-hour mark on our way to 8784! Many New Year’s resolutions have already been broken–crashed and burned on the first day!

A good resolution is to fill our minds with the word of God. My personal approach is two-fold. (1) A part of my Bible reading each year involves large sections of Scripture read in an intensive effort. I find this especially valuable in my Old Testament reading as it allows me to connect events in historical sections or to consider the message of a prophet as a whole. (2) I also keep a chart in my Bible which allows me to mark off sections when they are read, regardless of the reason for the reading–Bible classes, during sermons, personal reading, research, etc. This chart is available online: Bible Reading Chart.

Another alternative is to use the 5×52=260 plan for New Testament reading. This plan uses only five days each week to read the New Testament in a year. Scheduling only five days allows ample time for catching up or other readings. I have published a plan using this approach: Daily Devotionals for 2012.

Good News!–this schedule begins TODAY! The schedule begins in Matthew and ends in Revelation, but alternates between literary types during the year. The published schedule includes a selected textual reading from each chapter for those who struggle to read an entire chapter daily, along with a devotional thought based on the text.

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