This new lesson has twelve principles for study about a Father’s heart and two sons attitudes. Use it either individually or as a small group. You will enjoy it.
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
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…)
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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…)
Have you ever seen a sign in a car window, referring to children in the car, that says, “Precious Cargo on board.”? That’s how God sees us as we journey through life with Him. Check out Dr. Bob’s devotional study on this subject.
Here are two simple definitions of love and grace that I believe covers it all. I hope the take on Humpty Dumpty speaks to you.
One Sunday morning I had about five minutes before it was time to leave home and go to church. So I turned on one of the religious channels on TV. There was a man preaching whom I had never heard before. He was a Catholic priest, whose name is Father Cedric. It was obvious he was in love with the Word of God. I don’t normally listen to Catholic priests on television, but (more…)
My good friend, Dr. Keith Pettus, the Senior Pastor of Truth Center Ministries in Long Island, NY, wrote this in his ministry blog: “Victim status is the modern promised land of absolution from responsibility.” It’s not hard to see that victim status has become the norm for the thinking and behavior of many. Thousands of years ago, in Deuteronomy 28:13, God spoke a promise of something different. His promises never change. Take a few minutes to open your Bible and read it.
Now, Let me paraphrase Dr. Pettus’s blog for you. “These days we are told to believe that we are not responsible for our own lives, because we are victims of our circumstances.” This statement is the center of our contemporary culture’s entitlement philosophy. It justifies blaming others and taking on a victim’s identity. You are not a victim. You are a victor! Take ownership of your future by thinking of yourself as God thinks of you. You are who God says you are.