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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, 2014

It’s Sunday Again: Time for an attitude check

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Attitudes are like background music in our lives.  Attitudes are ever present, ever influencing our lives, playing in the background during every moment of our lives.  Attitude is a key to consistent Christian living. The attitude we should have is that of Christ (Phil. 2:5). When Christ’s attitude permeates our lives, we are unceasingly in prayer, focused on things that make no sense in this world.  Four attitudes can make a big difference in our daily efforts to live the Christian life–availability, sensitivity, responsiveness, and gratitude.

First, live with an attitude of availability. God, I am available for you to work through me to accomplish your kingdom purposes. I have no personal agenda, I am emptied (Phil. 2:9), I am totally available for you to do your work in and through me wherever and whenever.
Second, live with an attitude of sensitivity.  God, make me sensitive to the world, let me see you, make me aware of your presence in the world, assure me with the presence of your Holy Spirit. Help me see where and how you are at work, help me see opportunities. Make me “kingdom sensitive” so that I see you and your work and your way in the events of my life.
Third, live with an attitude of responsiveness. God, make me responsive to the opportunities you provide. Let me live in integrity, demonstrating the beauty of your plan for your human creation. As I am going, wherever I go, may availability and sensitivity combine to make me a responsive instrument in your hand to accomplish your will.
Fourth, live with an attitude of gratitude. When we understand the love of God for his human creation, we come to understand what he did to save us.  Having invested so heavily in our eternal salvation, he continues to do all he can to protect us from the world about us and Satan’s snares.  For Christians who clearly see this truth, it is harder to turn one’s back on God than we have thought or taught. Living in and basking in the love of God for us empowers us and motivates us (2 Cor. 5:14).

When the background music of my life reflects availability for God’s purposes, sensitivity to God’s presence, responsiveness to God’s power and guidance, and gratitude for God’s provision, life is different. This continual background music, coupled with unceasing prayer, changes lives. It can do the same for you.

It’s Sunday Again: “the ministry God has put in your hands”

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Today I have a rare Sunday at home! I returned home from Nicaragua a few days ago. This has been a stressful week; this has been a blessed week.
Stressful–because the sprinkler system stuck in the “on” position after a severe storm, the gas is off because we have water in the line and it has to be replaced, the internet cable to the house had to be replaced so I was offline for a couple of days, as a safety matter we have to replace some inoperable windows in the house…. Those are the big ones, space does not permit (and you do not want to hear) the entire list.
Blessed–because of time spent with family and friends, time spent with Jan, breakfast with my sons, messages and conversations with lots of Christians with a heart for missions, the opportunity to work on new presentations for future mission trips, encouraging words received.

My brother Pedro from Nicaragua wrote, “Brother Bob…muchas gracias…may God keep blessing you in the precious ministry he has put in your hands.” Those words of encouragement reminded me that God has blessed me in wonderful ways. I continually get to work with, spend time with, and communicate with the most wonderful people on the face of the earth–God’s spiritual Kingdom family. We share common goals, dreams, and hopes. We long for the spiritual growth of the church and the development of healthy, capable churches around the world. We long for the salvation of souls brought to the feet of Jesus.

May I encourage you today to contemplate “the ministry God has put in your hands.” I am confident that God has something for you to do. Pray about it, find that ministry, and do it with all your being to God’s glory!

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