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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 April, 2008

Birds, Birds Everywhere! [Psalm 84]

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Since I wrote earlier in the month about a bird in Cleveland, I conclude the month with another “bird story.” We have a problem down at the church house. We have too many birds–specifically, they have gotten into our Family Life Center. Frankly, they are messy!

My mind is back in Psalm 84. The sparrows yearn for the house of God–do we? The sparrow wants to be at home in the house of God–do we? The sparrow wants to raise her young near His altar–do we? The sparrows are seeking the protection the house of God provides–do we?

My Faith Grew by Hearing

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Today I visited an old southeast Oklahoma rancher. He and his wife have a beautiful view of the meadows and hills, framed by mini-mountains all around. I’ll call him Bill.

Bill blessed me today–probably without realizing it. Conversation turned to matters of faith and trust, creation and God’s sustaining power. Bill didn’t hesitate to express his faith. “I don’t see how anyone can look at all of these things around us, and not believe in God. For me, it is clear. I believe He made it all.” Shades of Romans 10:17. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God–sometimes faith comes by hearing someone else declare faith.

A simple statement of faith, from a person of faith. My faith was strengthened. Those who meet Bill from day to day may not always see his faith, but God does. I did. And I was encouraged to see the hand of God afresh–in his creation, but even more, in his people.

Another “God Thing”

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I’m flying home from the Ohio Valley University lectureship today. Going back to special places from our past is always a blessing. I am reminded of how my life reflects Christ’s promise of rest in multiplied lands and houses and families. The opportunity to reconnect our lives with friends and spiritual family has been special.

I’m also reminded that God is at work behind the scenes when we cannot see. I pray with gratitude for the blessings I see–also for those I do not see. My wife and I are going to Guatemala this summer–the tickets are written, the plans in place. She will go to language school–I may also spend a few days reviewing and sharpening my language skills. But primarily I plan to do some sermon planning and writing. We will renew friendships, and we will seek to encourage the church where we are. But….we have been troubled by the thought that we could possibly do more while we are there.

This week at OVU I met Pablo Molina, a minister from New Jersey. He is originally from El Salvador. Our conversation turned to Central America. In response to his question about our involvement and plans, I said, “Yes, I am flying to Honduras in June, then going to Guatemala for two weeks in early July, then back to Honduras to meet a group for a one-week mission project in eastern Honduras.” He responded by outlining plans for a two-week campaign in Guatemala in early July. Wow!–we will be in Guatemala at the same time. Where? It turns out his campaign site is about 30 minutes from where we will be staying. “Could you help us with the campaign?”

How can I turn down an invitation that is so obviously from God. I hope you are not troubled by my description of this as a “God thing”–I believe he is at work behind the scenes, orchestrating, coordinating, working his will and purpose. I see these things as an evidence of God’s providence. The only other explanation I know is coincidence. It just happened!–like the view many have of creation.

Psalm 84: Dwelling in a Lovely Place

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Today I am in the Cleveland airport waiting for my next flight. The weather outside is typical of early April in northern Ohio–overcast, blustery, even cold. All around me, people are astir with attention focused on one thing–a single sparrow that has found her way into the warmth and hospitality of the airport. I don’t know how long a sparrow can exist on french fries, but she seems pretty content for the moment.

I am reminded of Psalm 84. How lovely is the dwelling place of the Almighty; my soul yearns to rest in the courts of my Lord. Even the sparrow has found a home near the Lord’s altar. Blessed are those who dwell in the house of God. They always praise Him.

Now the sparrow is comfortable and warm. It can’t last–either she will answer the call of the wild and find her way out to places for which she was made, or she will be forcibly removed.

You and I were made for the courts of the Lord. No lovelier place exists for our dwelling. We are blessed to “dwell in the house of the Lord.” May our lives be constant praise to him.

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