Swim like a Salmon

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute I want to share some thoughts on the determination of salmon as it strives to reach its spawning ground. The salmon has enjoyed the freedom of the ocean. Now must fight the strong currents riding over the rocks. This presents it with life’s great challenge. It must fight upstream to reach its destiny and then reproduce itself. Have you seen video of the bears wading in the water, with salmon jumping all around them? Many of these salmon will become breakfast for the bears. Within the salmon’s danger-filled journey, there is a picture of a principle we all need to understand and highly value: If you are to reproduce what God has made you to be, you must determine to strive to finish, regardless of the difficulties, risks and effort it entails. Acts 20:24 NKJV says, “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” My friends, destiny awaits those who make the effort and accept the challenges. I strongly suggest you keep your heart turned toward your destiny. Do not quit. Focus on your purpose, not the bears or rocks of life. When it seems to be beyond your reach, just keep going. Just do it. You will make it. I’m Dr. Bob and that’s my Mentoring Minute. You can listen to previous Mentoring Minutes at: www.mentoringminutes/blog/.

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Adjust Your Sail

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to assure you that it’s your ship alone. Many years ago, I enjoyed a few hours as a guest on a small sailboat. I knew nothing about sailing. I was fascinated to watch how my host sailed the boat by repeatedly trimming the sail as she coordinated it with constant adjustments to the rudder. Thinking back on this reminded me of how we journey through life, with all kinds of winds to catch and seas to cross. It is a journey that requires constant adjustment to the conditions we face. I want to assure you that it’s your ship alone to steer. You may have to steer it through all kinds of waters, in all kinds of weather, with all kinds of advice, in every imaginable situation, but only you will set your own sail and manage your own rudder. Regardless of what life’s journey brings, you alone will make the choices that define who you are and where you are going, and along what route you will take to get there. If you make wise choices concerning how you set your sail and navigate the currents of your life, you will find yourself on a proper heading with a great destination. I’m Dr. Bob. Write me at www.mentoringministry.com and tell me how you set your sail and caught the wind of God’s will for your course through life.

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Love is Grace Released

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to point out to you that it is easy to recognize genuine love. A great deal of the trouble in our lives comes from failing to recognize and understand the life-changing, life-saving value of love. This value is clear to see in love’s simplest, focused definition, which is that “love is grace released.” I want to assure you that if you think you love or are loved, but the love is defined by feelings alone, or driven by selfish motivations, it is not love. It cannot meet the definition. It is just a counterfeit that will disappoint, damage and possibly even destroy you or someone else involved with it. To decide whether love is real, ask if, when released, it becomes the delivery vehicle of God’s grace. When you demonstrate unselfish love toward others, your actions release a divinely designed dose of God’s grace into their lives. Most of the time, this release of His grace depends on your willingness to provide it, even knowing it might cost you. If you hold love back, or selfishly substitute something you deliberately disguise as love, someone will miss the grace. However, as you release a demonstration of real Christian love, God’s grace lands squarely on the need it has been designed by heaven to fill… only because you cared enough to love enough. I’m Dr. Bob and that’s a Mentoring Minute. You can listen to previous Mentoring Minutes at http://www.mentoringministry.com/blog/.

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Contribution or Sacrifice?

I’m Dr. bob and  for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to share a life-changing thought I received while listening to the preaching of Pastor Jamie Peters, a friend and apostle to Africa. He pointed out that though a contribution is given with good intentions (there is certainly nothing wrong with that); there is a far deeper meaning to a sacrifice than there could ever be with a contribution. Romans 12:1 (The International Children’s Bible) says, “So brothers, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him. This is the spiritual way for you to worship.” If you have been content to approach your time in church by giving a contribution (such as money, service or even praise to God), I want to encourage you to take it up a life-changing notch. Let your contribution become a sacrifice. It will get God’s immediate attention, because He will understand and value your surrender to the inconvenience, pain, or even great discomfort a sacrifice requires. Then, something supernatural will occur. The fire if God will come down. Only a sacrifice brings the fire of God. Ask Elijah or the prophets of Baal. 1 Kings 18:20-40 tells us they had firsthand knowledge of the power of a sacrifice to bring down the fire (1 Kings 18:20-40). I’m Dr. Bob and that’s my Mentoring Minute. You can listen to my previous Mentoring Minutes by going to www.mentoringministry.com/blog/

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God Acts When You Ask

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to encourage you that we all go through times when we feel stuck in situations, seasons or places we need to get past. Everyone experiences these times. The critical question is typically twofold. First, what can we do to put these difficult, uncomfortable and perhaps even fearful times behind us? Second, how can we gain a victory as we come out of them? Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; {7} and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Here is a teachable truth from you can completely rely on. It is from my pastor, Dr. Tom Peters. He says, “God does nothing except in answer to prayer.” If you need a move of God in your life, for whatever reason, here is what to do. Bring yourself to the throne. Then, make your requests known to God. Finally, wrap yourself in peace until the answer arrives. Maybe today is a good time to ask. One more thing, ask according to His will, and be sure your prayer is a righteous request. You will find, that He will answer. His ear is carefully tuned to your voice. It is His character always is to be faithful. Make it yours always to believe when you ask. I’m Dr. Bob and that’s my Mentoring Minute. You can listen to previous Mentoring Minutes at www.mentoringministry.com/blog/.

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Truth is Radical. Lies are Normal.

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute I want to remind you that far too many people, regardless of what religious label they wear, now reject God’s truth as radical and accept lies as normal. Our society justifies living with self-determined standards, calling them correct and truthful. Today, if you refuse to accept this as the norm for life, you will be called politically incorrect and offensive. You will be ridiculed and ostracized. What can be done about this affront to God and His holiness? 2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV) says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Unless you accept God’s Word as infallible and God-breathed, you are open to embracing populist, non-Scriptural standards as right and truthful. Doing so leads you to errors in judgment, resulting in your enslavement to our fallen society’s evolving, sinful, self-destructive ways. To protect yourself and reverse this course in your sphere of influence, take these actions: First, offer a clear and truthful picture of righteousness through the ways you live. Next, do the same by the ways you speak. As you combine these two in a demonstration of your life, they will display the timeless truth of God’s Word. You become a living epistle for God and His glory. I’m Dr. Bob and that’s my Mentoring Minute. You can listen to my previous Mentoring Minutes by going to www.mentoringministry.com/blog/

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The Light of His Glory

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to encourage you that the light of God’s glory can brighten your life. Yes, there are times when you will find yourself totally in the dark, without a clue about what is coming next. This is especially true when trouble comes and you have no answer to it. However, it can also be true when opportunity shows itself to you. We will all find both kinds of circumstances many times. Habakkuk 2:14 (NKJV) says, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea.” You may find yourself in the dark, but God is always in the light. So, when you have no idea what the story is, look for the glory. You can always know where the glory is, regardless of what you may face. Here is my suggestion, and a truth that will never fail you. Get in the glory, and then expect that the rest of the story will be written just as God said it would be. Believe God… and this teachable truth to live by will find its way into your life. You will see the light of His glory through the eyes of your faith. Then, you will see the glory released through His miraculous response to your faith. Finally, you will gain the opportunity to let His glory be seen by others, as your fruitfulness demonstrates His faithfulness. I’m Dr. Bob and that’s my Mentoring Minute. You can listen to previous Mentoring Minutes at www.mentoringministry.com/blog/.

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I’m Not Changing My Message

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to encourage you that the light of God’s glory can brighten your life. Yes, there are times when you will find yourself totally in the dark, without a clue about what is coming next. This is especially true when trouble comes and you have no answer to it. However, it can also be true when opportunity shows itself to you. We will all find both kinds of circumstances many times. Habakkuk 2:14 (NKJV) says, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea.” You may find yourself in the dark, but God is always in the light. So, when you have no idea what the story is, look for the glory. You can always know where the glory is, regardless of what you may face. Here is my suggestion, and a truth that will never fail you. Get in the glory, and then expect that the rest of the story will be written just as God said it would be. Believe God… and this teachable truth to live by will find its way into your life. You will see the light of His glory through the eyes of your faith. Then, you will see the glory released through His miraculous response to your faith. Finally, you will gain the opportunity to let His glory be seen by others, as your fruitfulness demonstrates His faithfulness. I’m Dr. Bob and that’s my Mentoring Minute. You can listen to previous Mentoring Minutes at www.mentoringministry.com/blog/.

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Why Faith Fails

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I would like to explain why your faith might sometimes fail you. Perhaps there have been times it has failed you, and you could not make sense out of it. You prayed in earnest. You stood on your faith. You believed it would come to pass. So, how could it fail? Too often, as people of God, we focus completely on having faith for something, and when it does not happen, we wonder why. This can shake us to the foundations of our belief system. Here is a principle worth remembering. Faith for something will sometimes fail you. Faith in Someone, whose name is Jesus, will never fail you. Make this simple prayer adjustment. Try setting your heart on Jesus. Make Him your heart’s desire. If you will, He will respond to your prayer for what you desire. It is great to believe as long as you set your faith on Christ and not what just on what you want… or not even on the process of praying. Make yourself a firm, uncompromising pledge that Jesus is always going to be the focus of your prayer life. He will never fail to respond to your focus. I am not saying you will always like the answer, but it will always be His best for you. I’m Dr. Bob. Contact me at www. Mentoringministry.com and let’s agree that Jesus is always going to be the focus of your prayer life and mine.

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Snake Talk

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, let me warn you about “snake talk.” In Genesis, Chapter 3, the serpent deceived Eve. She joined with him in “snake talk,” allowing the snake to call God a liar. This put doubt in Eve’s heart. She opened herself up to the deception and the deception opened up her (and Adam… and all of us) to sin, death and broken fellowship with God. Once the snake got away with this, he had entrance to say anything, and Eve would entertain his words. We still listen to far too much “snake talk” today. What can we do about this? In Matthew 11:15, Jesus said, “He who has ears, let him hear.” He referred to hearing His words, not some snake’s lies. Here is the point. Never listen to any snake who wants you to doubt or water down the absolute truth of God’s Word. Use the discernment God has given you, coupled with the knowledge you have of God, to reject words that would cause doubt or compromise. Write this expression in the depths of your heart; “No snake talk!” Always stand on the foundational truth that “snake talk” is exactly what it always has been – a deathblow from the devil. Remember, God’s Word is truth, and brings abundant life forever more. I’m Dr. Bob. Contact me at www.mentoringministry.com and let’s agree that snakes are liars and God is always true!

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