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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, 2009

Stars to Steer By: Skunks?

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I have collected and memorized little sayings for years. Some are thoughtful–almost philosophical. Some are common sense and thought-provoking. Some are fun! I hope you find today’s quote enjoyable.

You can’t act like a skunk without someone getting wind of it.

Just In Case….

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Just in case you are among the few readers who visit this blog but don’t check the website, let me call your attention to two recently published articles.

It’s Not Working! asks how the church must reinvent its ministry model and methods to stem the recent decline and refresh the spirit of evangelism and mission.

Missions and Money–Again renews the question of how missions will be done in a future that appears to face diminishing monetary resources for missions.

Church: Where the Gifts of God Come into View

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

[Today, I share my ‘bits from bob’ article from last week’s church bulletin.]

In the church of Jesus Christ, the gifts of God are in glorious view. The church is made up of many members. In the church is made obvious that every Christian has gifts. These gifts are to be used for the wellbeing and edification of the body of Christ, the church. Every member of the body has some gift, but not all the same gifts, so the power of the body is in the sum of the gifts.

First, every Christian has a gift. All have some gift. God has given gifts, and the differing gifts provide power for the differing roles and responsibilities of the members of the body. Every Christian should identify and know his or her gifts. What gifts has God given you for the strengthening of the body? How does your unique place in the body help the body? And by the way, how are you doing in building up the body according to your gift? (Read Eph. 4:7-16; 1 Cor. 12:12-29; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Peter 4:8-11.)

Not all have the same gift (1 Cor. 12:14). The body would be largely incapable of functioning as God intends if every body part had the same gift. Believe it or not, no local congregation needs 200 preachers! The differing gifts give the body interest and capacity. The body can function in outreach, evangelism, fellowship, missions, and worship more effectively because not everyone has the same gift.

The spiritual gifts of God are given for a purpose (Eph. 4:11-16). The body functions as God intends when the sum of the gifts is at work. Christians do not have the right to withhold their gifts from blessing the rest of the body. Every Christian has the responsibility to be involved in the work of the body according to the gifts and abilities God provides.

Stars to Steer By: Second Chances

Friday, February 20th, 2009

If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it.

Church Website Update

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Several readers have commented on the need for a website upgrade at the church.  I am glad to report that the upgrade is almost complete, with a new design and fresh (and constantly updated) information.

If you have not dropped by recently, I encourage you to click the link below, visit us again, and take another look at the church I call home–where I am blessed to serve, with lots of opportunities for growth, ministry, and mission work, and a ‘mini-lab’ where some of my (wildest?) ideas first germinate and take shape. Check out the “resources” page if you would like to see some of what we are doing in adult education and small groups.

McAlester Church of Christ

Two Recent Barna Surveys

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Just in case you missed them, I have summarized the results of two recent surveys conducted by the Barna group. The links to my summaries are below. You can find details of the reports at barna.org.

Christianity No Longer the Default Religion in the United States [released January 12, 2009]

Spiritual Gifts Survey [released February 9, 2009]

Stars to Steer By: Calling

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Quote without comment (a day later than normal this week):
God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

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