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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 October, 2009

Stars to Steer By: The Center

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Travels and other obligations have presented a major challenge to the intention to provide a weekly quote. Here is a quote without comment–a day later than usual.

“Whatever lies at the center of a person’s life becomes the primary source of security, guidance, wisdom and power.”

A Final Michigan “Post”

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

At least for this trip to Michigan, this will likely be my final post. We travel home tomorrow.

Yesterday was a delightful day–visits, encouragement, beautiful weather (although brisk). Peeks of sunshine and breaks in the clouds to show bright blue sky. As the day progressed, the afternoon rain with temps in the 50s brought back memories. The locals are reminding that winter is not too far away, and the typical speculation about the first snow is intensifying–maybe the weekend, early next week, lots of October left….

The church has responded with great interest to the seminar on evangelism and missions. Through the years, the Holmes Road church has generally been an evangelistic church, and that spirit and expectation continues to be part of the DNA of the congregation.

We are reminded of the ebb and flow of life–the nature of our world. Many with whom we worked in the 70s and 80s are no longer here, both because death takes its toll and because of moves and other dynamics. Others whom we tried to encourage have responded to our efforts are are now faithful servants. Some talk to us of weddings and funerals and shared family events. Others remind us of how we shared special times that intertwined our lives forever.

God has blessed us to be able to share this time with one of the special churches in our life. We are reminded that life goes on without us, and that our role in this world is temporary. Let us do what we can where we are–depending on God to give the increase.

Holmes Road: A Special Day

Monday, October 5th, 2009

The first official day of our evangelism and missions series was equal to the anticipation! To renew friendships in Christ and establish new ones is always special. I understand that the attendance was good, a much larger than normal number returned for the Sunday evening activities, and we ate together twice (noon and evening)!

The weather is cooperating–typical Michigan fall (at least as we remember it). Alternating overcast and sunshine, energizing brisk temperatures. We will spend time visiting, encouraging, remembering, and dreaming for the future. Our time with the Holmes Road church represents over 25% of our lifetime of ministry. Pray for us; pray for this special church. God has a unique plan for the future!

Expectation: What Will God Do?

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

What a magnificent beginning to the time we are sharing with the Holmes Road Church. Some two to three dozen men assembled yesterday for the men’s breakfast and “in house” retreat. The excitement and expectation was obvious. The ladies’ day was well-attended and delightful (according to Jan’s report). I am confident these will provide the springboard for a great evangelism/missions seminar.

God works in mysterious ways. Our task is to join him in the work he is doing in those places where we can. Sometimes we want more than God wants; often we do not see the ways God is at work. Only spiritual people discern spiritual things. When we havae done what we can in the planting and watering process, God gives the increase!

Pray always that we might wait on the Lord–therein is our strength!

It Feels Like Michigan

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Michigan!  We arrived yesterday with no travel problems. Almost as though in honor of our arrival, the Lord has sent a cold rain this morning–mid-40s and raining, the forecast is for rain and moderate temps (mid-50s) throughout the day.  We may not find it convenient to do some of the sightseeing and reminiscing that we were planning for today, but we will certainly feel the memories, and the color (almost non-existent at this point in the lower peninsula) will certainly intensify over the next few days.

In the conversations of last evening, we are reminded already that life is made rich by the people God places in our lives more than by the “stuff” of experiences and possessions.  This weekend we will be reminded of those riches; we pray that we may also enrich others. 

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