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Ministry and mission work is a team effort -- Jan and I have shared the task of ministry and mission work for over 50 years! (We traveled together to preaching appointments during the year before we were married.) Countless people have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob" or "Hermano Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw. One of my favorite breakfasts is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of rich Colombian coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and to help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature as disciples of 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 December, 2012

My New Year´s Resolutions for 2013

Monday, December 31st, 2012

The last day of 2012–time to put some final touches on my resolutions for 2013. My list for 2013 is a lot like previous resolution lists, but I have made a few additions and done some editing.
I like to publish my list. It is one way I can hold myself accountable. I can check back during the coming year to see how I am doing.
I like using some part of the last week of the year to reflect on the past year and to anticipate the new one, to pray and ask God’s blessings and power for the future. My resolution list is a natural part of this process. Also, I have found that my resolutions last longer with a thoughtful, intentional approach.
Another thing about my resolutions is that they are positive statements that can be pursued continuously, even with lapses. (Negative “don’t” statements are immediately gone when one fails.)

  • I will keep myself sharp–mentally, physically, and emotionally.
  • I will pay attention to and strengthen my spiritual life, staying connected with God and staying connected with those who share like interests in spiritual activities, both locally and globally.
  • I will value, strengthen, and enjoy my family ties. I will not take my spouse or others in the family for granted. I will seek times to share life and relish the special moments.
  • I will spend money on things that matter. I will value experiences and people more than possessions.
  • I will take time periodically to review my life so that I can see more clearly–to identify the things accomplished that made a difference and to understand the direction God is leading me.
  • I will do the little things that give me a sense of accomplishment–little projects around the house, exercise, reading and writing are among my favorites.
  • I will look for opportunities and continue to do what others cannot do or what others are unlikely to do, especially in the areas of ministry and mission.
  • Stars to Steer By: Happy Year End!

    Sunday, December 30th, 2012

    I received a Facebook greeting earlier this month with the above sentiment: Happy Year End!
    Cause for pause.

    Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. –Hal Borland

    Happy New Year!

    Saturday, December 29th, 2012

    Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. –Carl Bard

    Ten Things to Keep in Mind in 2013

    Thursday, December 27th, 2012

    The items I mention in today’s blog are easy for me to remember. They provide a checklist to keep life on track: 1+3+3+3=10. Perhaps you will also find them helpful.

    Keep God at the center of life: seek His will, live out His purpose in my life

    Make time for God
    Make time for family
    Make time for friends

    Know how to to serve
    Know how to work
    Know how to rest

    Make good use of me: use my mind and my creativity to God’s glory
    Make good use of my life: use my time to God’s glory
    Make good use of my “stuff”: use my material blessings to God’s glory

    Stars to Steer By: Christmas

    Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

    On the day after Christmas, I share a quote from a favorite Calvin and Hobbes cartoon.

    Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer…. Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?  ~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes

    Merry Christmas 2012!

    Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

    Merry Christmas!
    May your day be blessed with an awareness of God’s blessings and meaningful reflections about God’s plans for your future. Today, as on Christmases past, I share two quotations: gifts that one can still give to others and to self.

    Christmas gift suggestions:
    To your enemy, forgiveness.
    To an opponent, tolerance.
    To a friend, your heart.
    To a customer, service.
    To all, charity.
    To every child, a good example.
    To yourself, respect.

    —Oren Arnold

    A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
    — Benjamin Franklin

    It’s Sunday Again: Christmas–Living Between Appearings

    Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

    Titus 2:11-14 speaks of the appearing of the grace of God, bringing salvation. The reference is to the coming of Jesus.
    The same text speaks of the appearing of the glory of God–Jesus is coming again. We hopefully await the glorious appearing of our God.

    We live between appearings. We live in the reality of saving grace and in the anticipation of ultimate glory. We are strange creatures living in strange times. It often seems we see glory better than grace. Glory is more fun; grace, frankly, is challenging!
    The appearance of grace disciplines us. It steers us away from ungodly living and worldly passions. It demands of us self-control, righteousness, and godliness. Grace declares our treasured status, uniquely possessed and valued by God. Grace speaks purity and commitment to what is good and right.

    Perhaps this text seems a bit strange for a Christmas week sermon text, but the connection is undeniable. If we do not see God’s grace in the Christmas story, we will continually struggle as we live between the appearances of Christ!

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