This study will draw you deeper into understanding the power of prayer. It includes twenty-two principles for prayer at the end of the study.
Dr. Bob’s newest book (August, 2018): It’s a Contemplative Journey Through Psalm Ninety-Two. Psalm 92 reminds us of many reasons why it is “good to give thanks to the Lord.” God can turn any experience into one that works in ways that fulfill His purpose for you. Keep seeking Him. You will find, understand and fulfill the purpose to which He called you; and you will flourish.
Coming in August or September – my newest book: “Fresh and Flourishing, a Contemplative Journey Through Psalm Ninety-Two.” I thought you might enjoy a sneak preview into one of my thoughts I recorded in the book:
“I can vividly remember what it felt like, years ago, to give up my church and no longer occupy the position of its pastor. I had so much loved being a pastor. When I had to move on, I felt empty. My entire being had been focused on helping others through the gifts God had placed in me in my role as a pastor. Suddenly, though the gifts were still there, the opportunities were not. I felt used up and unable to see what purpose there was for me, beyond being a pastor. Nevertheless, I understood that this new season of life would have fruitfulness in it I could never have had if I stayed in the season God wanted to close. Yet, there remained a hole in my heart for the calling I had so diligently fulfilled. Perhaps I will never fully get past the feelings I so greatly enjoyed as a pastor meeting His people’s needs. I had always seen myself as this important thread in a coat of many colors. Now, it was like I was pulled from the coat, floating like a loose thread falling to the floor. What was I to do?
It took me far too long, but years later, I began to see that coat of many colors from a very different perspective. No, I wasn’t one of those shiny colorful threads for everyone to see. I was really just a small thread in the lining of God’s coat of many colors. It was my high privilege to be so! My task was to be a functioning part of that lining that consists of innumerable servants of God. This had become my opportunity to fit and function without allowing my pride to tell God where I belonged in that coat. I began to see the value of what my experience and age could bring to younger pastors, using my gifts in ways I could never do in the past. Now, my ministry and life are very different, but certainly no less fruitful. I now clearly understand why, in all things, “it’s good to give thanks to the Lord.”
Look for the book later, but let what you just read speak to you today. – Dr. B
Are you dealing with someone who has depression. Here’s a Mentoring Minute I posted recently. Perhaps it will help: “Let’s talk about a great question God asks us from time to time. It’s “What are you doing here?” 1 Kings, Chapter 19, tells us of Elijah fleeing from Jezebel’s threat to revenge the deaths of the prophets of Baal by killing him. If you take the time to study the chapter, you will see (more…)
My friend, Pastor Glenn Holderead, raises cattle in Oklahoma. We talk often, encouraging each other with what the Lord shows us from our every day lives. We were talking about the corral in which he gathers his cattle to care for them. Pastor Glenn described it to me and explained how it’s used. As he did, the Holy Spirit began to show both of us how a simple thing like this fenced in holding area for cattle can illustrate how perfectly God cares for us. (more…)
My friend, Pastor Glenn Holderead, raises cattle in Oklahoma. We talk often, encouraging each other with what the Lord shows us from our every day lives. We were talking about the corral in which he gathers his cattle to care for them. Pastor Glenn described it to me and explained how it’s used. (more…)
We were visiting my daughter Sarah’s family and about to go to church with them. My then four-year old grandson Jack walked up to me and said, as only a small child can, “My father is ushering today and he’s going to feed us food from God.” I realized he was talking about the bread and juice that would be served for communion that Sunday. (more…)
I’m Dr. Bob and for just a mentoring minute, I want to ask you, “What if?” You are probably thinking, “What if what? (more…)
I was immersed in my daily Bible reading when I realized that I experience a unique comfort from it. I value the Bible as a very special place into which I can go. It’s like a zone of its own amazing texture and color. It also carries an aroma and a taste that is pleasant and appealing. (more…)
I was thinking about the things I have done to try to keep myself healthy and strong enough to accomplish what I believed was the will of God. I am acutely aware that I must value and apply these same disciplines going forward. Being disciplined has made possible