Clowns Feeding Goats

I have always enjoyed from reading the works of Charles Spurgeon. He wrote this in 1879: “A time will come, instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns feeding the goats.” It’s easy to (more…)

The Remedy for Laziness

There may be times when know you it is right to do something, and you know it is God’s will that you do it, but you just feel too lazy to do so. This can become a life-controlling habit that will keep you from the joy of success and significance. This should be a warning bell to you. Proverbs 26:15 (NKJV)says, “The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.” Proverbs 26:14 (NKJV) says, “As a door turns on its hinges, so does the lazy man on his bed.”

Here are three biblical principles concerning laziness. First, laziness is a trap, a snare and something of which to be wary. Avoid it at all costs. Second, obedience is the necessary ingredient for success and significance. Do it at all costs. Otherwise, you will wake up one day, knowing you have wasted your life Third, willingness to put your heart into what God calls you to do is vital, especially when you don’t feel like it. Zeal ought to be a product of your being willing to go the extra mile with effort and excellence, once you know that God has directed your path.

Perhaps there are things that you know are of God, but which you have only reluctantly worked at. A lack of enthusiasm toward the will of God should be a signal that you are to put your heart into it, even if you don’t feel like it. Never resist the will of God. Is it time to ignite a fire under your attitudes and efforts?

The Remedy for Laziness

The Power of Words – from the Heart to the Mouth

Have you ever noticed the power of words? I have observed that many people not only wear their emotions on their sleeves, (more…)

Easy Generosity

I would like to share the spiritual secret to becoming a generous giver. Just remember this time-tested truth. “It is easy to be generous with somebody else’s money.” On the surface, this may not seem to be very spiritual. However, everything we have belongs to God, who is our provider. He asks us to trust Him with all He puts in our hands. Because we understand that all our resources and wealth belong to Him, we can be relieved of any pressure to hoard what He has given us. We simply have stewardship over our wealth. If you do not think this is spiritual, let me point you to the Bible.

 Proverbs 11:24-25, 28 (NKJV)

 “There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. {25} The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself. {28} He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage.”

In Christ, we are free to be generous with what we have. Why? Because it is easy to be generous with somebody else’s money – in this case, with God’s money. Remember, you will never out give God! My dear friend, Pastor David Briggs recently said, “Money, wealth and giftings are directional.”He said that if you sow these things into your purpose, you would be rewarded with so much more than you sowed. You will fulfill your call from God. You will reach your destiny, and do so with good success. You will have traveled in the direction of God-pleasing service and gained eternal significance. My advice is simple. Sow generously what God has given you. Then, expect great things… all the way to your destiny.

Easy Generosity

Get Moving

I would like to share a thought I heard near the end of 2012. I heard it as I was listening to my young friend, Pastor Dan Grittner preach. He is on his way to (more…)

A Mosaic of Memories – Dr. Bob’s Three Hundredth Mentoring Minute

I’m Dr. Bob. This is the three hundredth Mentoring Minute. Have you considered what you will leave behind when your days are finished and you move on to eternity? Hey, we are all headed there. A legacy does not begin with the end of things. It starts and is built in the now. When you are gone, the complete legacy of your life will remain, and it will represent how you touched your world. It will cover all of your activities and every one of your opportunities to be an influence to those you encountered. It will define how people will remember you. John 15:16 (NKJV) records Jesus saying, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain…”

At a recent memorial service I attended, I heard Pastor David Briggs say, “You will be a mosaic of the memories of those who knew you.” A mosaic is made of diverse elements that form an image. It can be a good image or one not so good. The greatest impression you can leave behind, when you eventually move on to eternity, will be a mosaic of memories in those God brought across your path. Everything you say, all that you are and all that you do, will represent individual pieces in the mosaic of your life. Taken as a whole, they will give an eternal picture of how you influenced your world in the time you had here on earth. I’m Dr. Bob. Here is the point of this Mentoring Minute. The only one who can create and arrange the pieces in your life’s mosaic is you. Now that is worth some careful meditation. Selah.

A Mosaic of Memories

The Circus of Dysfunction

I was talking politics with my friend, Pastor David Briggs and he used the term “the circus of dysfunction” to paint an illuminating picture of (more…)

A Passionate Cause will capture your Destiny.

Recently, I heard Pastor Jamie Peters preach about vision. His words captured my attention when he said, “When a vision turns into a cause, anything is possible.” I began to think of (more…)

Fresh and Flourishing

With time, we all have a tendency to lose our passion for the work of the Lord. We can fall victim to becoming joyless and too laid back. This is a common temptation. (more…)

The Heart of the Wise

I want to look into an extraordinary statement of truth with you. I discovered it as I was doing my devotions this morning in the Book of Proverbs. As I came across Proverbs 16:23, it stopped me from (more…)