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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 January, 2014

Stars to Steer By: Friendship

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Today I share a quotation that has across several decades been one of my favorites. For several years, a typewritten copy was tacked to my wall where I saw it regularly. I think I first heard the quotation shared by Wayne and Betty Smith in DeQueen, Arkansas over 40 years ago. It has been my guiding star in many friendships since.

While the quotation is often attributed to George Eliot, the original author is Dinah Maria (Mulock) Craik. More information on authorship and history is available at this link: www.geonius.com/eliot/quotes.html. I hope the quotation is a blessing to you as it has been to me. [Note: The quotation was originally written in prose, and I have retained the prose with original punctuation.]

Oh, the comfort–the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person–having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

It’s Sunday Again: Sololá, Guatemala

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Today I will worship with the believers in Sololá, Guatemala. I will have the privilege of delivering God´s word, but always the fellowship shared as the church assembles, sings, prays, and surrounds the Table is delightful. Pray for God´s people around the world, many of whom assemble in relatively remote places to worship God, to strengthen one another, and to celebrate what God has done and is doing among his people.

Stars to Steer By: Resolution

Friday, January 24th, 2014

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” –Abraham Lincoln

Southeast Oklahoma New Year’s Area-Wide Worship

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

The first Sunday of 2014! A group of churches in southeastern Oklahoma will gather in one assembly this morning. Some of the congregations will have cancelled services at their locations to participate. These churches began this custom in 2000 with Y2K. This will be #15!

I have been invited to preach at the assembly today. Cold weather may put a damper on attendance, but inside the Southeast Oklahoma Expo Center, the spirit will be warm and the worship fervent. Each year the theme deals with some aspect of unity. I have chosen the theme, “United in Good Works.”

Sundays are special because of the opportunity to look upward, celebrating our restored vertical relationship with God through Christ. Today will be special because of the opportunity to experience something of what heaven will be like as hundreds gather from multiple congregations to share that experience as the one body of Christ.

New Year’s Resolution: Unconditional Love

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

For today, wisdom from Elizabeth Kubler-Ross: “The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others, but ourselves as well.” In all of our Christian talk about agape love, have we missed one of the essential elements? Have we overlooked the importance of loving ourselves with the kind of love God extends to us?

What kind of love is this? Love that does not count merits and demerits; undeserved love. Love that centers in the lover rather than the one loved. Love that doesn’t keep score. Love that knows how to forgive. In the midst of a host of New Year’s Resolutions which are coursing through my brain, today I’m adding one that is often overlooked. In 2014, I will love better. “I will love God better, I will love others better, I will love myself better.”

Perhaps this is only an impossible dream, but if I get this one right, won’t it help make a lot of others things right also?

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