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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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Archive for February, 2008

The Rest of the Story–Faith

Monday, February 4th, 2008

In a previous reflection, I promised “the rest of the story.” On the day that would have been my mother’s 86th birthday, I shared how God has worked for good in our lives in mysterious and marvelous ways, even in tragic and difficult events.

Today I reflect upon the nature of faith. We have continuously and confidently affirmed that God is God and that God is good (Psalm 100) throughout our lives. We are confident that God is faithful. We did not waver in that confidence in the face of my mother’s untimely death.

Here is what I have learned. The time to decide that God is faithful is not after the difficulties come. One cannot wake up each day and say, “I must decide again today if God is God and if God is good.” Faith must be established before the faith-shattering events occur. When difficulties come, it is too late to decide if one will respond in faith. Disciples of the faithful God are faithful people. That’s how it is for people of faith.

God is Good!

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Today is my mother’s birthday. She is gone from this earth, but not from our hearts. This is the 15th year that I have remembered her birthday without being able to tell her “Happy Birthday.” In reality, the important people in our life never really leave.

My mother had a stroke in 1991. That changed her life–and mine. I never went home again as a care receiver–always as a caregiver. There was always something that needed doing around the house or yard, and I gladly pitched in to do whatever needed to be done. Two years later, my mother and stepfather co-deceased in an automobile accident on Thanksgiving Day, 1993. Had God asked me, I would not have chosen the ways he has worked for good.

Without the accident, I think we would never have moved to Ohio Valley University to assist with the things of the kingdom there. At OVU, we found expanded involvement in mission work around the world. Our interest and opportunities in mission work and kingdom work has moved us from place to place, here and there, longer times and shorter, sometimes inside but often outside our comfort zone.

The opportunity to reflect upon this aspect of my life has been a great strength and buoy for my faith [but that is a continuing story for another day]. For 15 years, I have observed my peers in the “sandwich generation”–concerned both with parents and children/grandchildren. God opened a unique door for us; God works all things together for good! Praise Him!

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