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Thanks for visiting the website! In this month’s picture, I share a flashback to the early days of Latin America Leadership Development, special Quito memories with Bob and Ridglae Stephens (2008). [Click picture to enlarge.]

Quito memories with Bob and Ridglae

Ministry and mission work is a team effort -- Jan and I have shared ministry and mission work for over 50 years! 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 in my family. One of my favorite breakfasts is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with hot sauce and a cup of rich Colombian coffee! The greatest joy of my 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 so many people around the world!

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It’s Sunday Again: Three resolutions that will change your life

We come to the end of another year. Thinking about 2020–thinking about spiritual growth and development in 2020. We have done something; we have not done everything. We could have done more. Why have we….why have we not? I share three resolutions that will change your 2020!
We have worries and fears because we are human. Faith in a God who is too big to allow fears to take over will see us through. Consider four Bible examples. (1) 2 Kings 6, Israel is surrounded by the enemy. “Open our eyes” to see the protection and care of God. (2) John 2, Jesus’ mother turns to Jesus in faith when they run out of wine at the wedding in Cana. “Do what he says” to see the power of God. (3) Acts 1-6, the compelling story of the early church. Accept individual responsibility. “You decide for yourself, but we must speak and we will speak.” In the midst of challenges, we are responsible for seeing and being the presence of God. (4) Phil. 3:12-14, we will pursue what can only be seen with spiritual eyes. The Christian life requires some forgetting, some straining, and some vision, so that we can see the provision of God.
Three resolutions are suggested by these passages, with the primary reference being Phil. 3:12-14.
I WILL NOT BECOME COMPLACENT. We are too satisfied. Mediocrity is sufficient. We are happy to repeat the past — doing the same things, hoping for different results. We must change, we must keep up. We must learn, grow, develop, dream, expand, plan, escape. Passion must burn ever brighter. Complacency will stall you, bring you struggles, and silence your heart. When complacency sets in, we stay where we are and repeat the same things. Here is a helpful prayer — “God, make me dissatisfied!” I will escape complacency.
I WILL LET GO OF THE PAST. The future is often hindered by the past. What we have done in the past will never be good enough again! You do not move forward effectively by looking in the rearview mirror. We do not move forward by repeating what we have always done. We do not move forward without developing spiritual vision that gazes longingly at the things of God and seeks the way forward. You will struggle to move forward if you purposefully limit your vision and fail to plan. Some fail to plan because it was not necessary in the past. Sometimes churches swell without doing much, they get by without planning. What a tragedy! What could have been! How much more would have been accomplished in the kingdom by aligning resources and focusing on God’s priority? You can count on this – to fail to plan is to plan to fail. The past is like an anchor, weighing you down and holding you back. The past can inform my future, but the past must never define my future.
I WILL PRESS ON TOWARD GOD’S GOAL. Pressing on requires consistent energy, purpose, priority, planning. The goal must be visible, the way to reach it defined. I repeat, planning is essential. What is the goal? What is the path forward? I identify the path and I press onward, letting God guide me forward. Knowing Jesus is our aim. He compels us. He holds our future.
If I could sum up these three ideas in one concept, the goal is to LIVE INTENTIONALLY! I will be intentional – each day focused, looking forward, anticipating the future.

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