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Ministry and mission work is a team effort -- Jan and I have shared the work of ministry and missions for 49+ years! Countless people 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. 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 serve and 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 January, 2015

Understanding the Christian Life

Monday, January 12th, 2015

The words from Mark Bergin caught my attention: “And so we open the Scriptures and say our prayers, not in an effort to be with him, but because he is already with us.”
What a wonderful truth, shining light clearly on a common misunderstanding of the Christian life. Bible reading and prayer is not a part of a daily checklist to be pleasing to God. For the Christian, communication with God is not courtship and seeking relationship. It is the faithful action of the bride of the Lamb seeking ever-deepening relationship and understanding, ever growing love.

It’s Sunday Again: Relating Faith and Wisdom

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

First Sunday of the New Year, what to say, how to begin. Thoughts from the book of James. Seeing clearly in a world of shadows. An unchanging God in an undependable, ever-changing world–waves, burning sun, temptations, shadows. Ours is a world of trials and challenges. Sin easily overcomes. Only a singular focus on God will guide the journey.

  • Seeing God clearly helps us see ourselves and others clearly.
  • The faith that sees God clearly acts in response.
  • When one sees God, God’s wisdom shapes faith and life.
  • Seeking God requires establishing priorities.

2015: Seeking a beginning, or an ending?

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

As I get older, I am more and more amazed at the emphasis placed on the beginning of the New Year–almost as though there is something magical in turning the calendar and learning to write a new number. What I really want for 2015 is not a new beginning; I want a more certain ending! Since my beginning has already been written, what I am really looking for is the ending.
In one sense, a new beginning is not possible. I cannot ignore or undo what has gone before. I cannot pretend the past did not happen. Louisa Fletcher got it right in her poem, The Land of Beginning Again. “I wish that there were some wonderful place In the Land of Beginning Again.” Beginning again is wish, not reality.
I cannot begin again, but I can change my future. I cannot rewrite the past, but as I write my present my future is changed. Each day, the ending is nearer, in fuller view, in better focus. Therefore, in 2015 I am not seeking a beginning, I am focusing on the ending.
In 2015, learn from your beginnings (your past) and move certainly and faithfully toward the ending God has in mind for you. Keep your eyes on the goal! There is a resolution I may be able to keep!

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