God’s Precious Cargo

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.



Listening with “the Ears of Your Heart”

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…)


Victim or Victor?

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.

 


God Wants to Show You Off When You Have Beaten the Devil.

In Ephesians 3:8-10, Paul wrote he had been given the grace to preach the wisdom of the Gospel, not only to the world, but in particular to the devil’s demonic bunch. Verse 10 (NKJV) says, “to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in heavenly places.” As I read this verse, I noticed I had written at the top of the page in my Bible that “God wants to show you off when you have beaten the devil.” Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) says,For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

 The battle is constant, but you have the power to win. It just takes an unrelenting commitment to Christ and the determination to honor your assignment to do battle. The only way you lose is if you run from your assignment. I’m Dr. Bob. Don’t run from the Devil’s bunch. You are God’s champion. Just stand, do battle. As you do, prophesy to those demonic spiritual forces about their future. It’s sure to get them running, but there will be nowhere to hide. There’s a fiery lake waiting for them. It’s a prophetic promise in God’s Word. Revelation 20:7-10 (NKJV) says, “Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison  {8} and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. {9} They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. {10} The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

God Wants to Show You Off

 


Call Sin What It Is.

I heard Dr. Russell Moore, the president of Southern Baptist convention, say, “Call sin what it is so we can call grace what it is.”  This made me think about churches that have decided to take a “more user-friendly” approach to their message, as the means to build their churches. (more…)


Never Mess With Grace.

For just a Mentoring Minute, let’s talk about grace. How often do we witness someone who disregards the grace of God? It might be understandable, though not excusable if someone is not a Christian. However, for those who know the Lord, there can be no excuse. (more…)


Asking the Right Questions – Sarah Mueller

Sarah Mueller is Dr. Abramson’s daughter. Here’s her Mentoring Minute:

My husband and I like to joke around about what our neighbors might think of us. Do they think we are strange for having 4 kids (yes, really – 4 boys!) ? Do they think we are over-protective because we homeschool? Do they automatically think we are judgmental because we are Christians? When my boys are being much too loud outside, I wonder if the neighbors are rolling their eyes about “all those noisy Mueller boys.”

Today I realized these are the wrong questions to ask myself. I shouldn’t worry about whether someone else thinks I’m strange, judgmental, or over-protective. In Romans 12:2 ESV, Paul said, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” This means we are set-apart. I’m supposed to be different!

What I should ask myself is whether my neighbors see Jesus in my actions. When my son does something wrong, does she see me patiently correcting him in love? Does my neighbor see me loving and respecting my husband when others may be complaining about theirs? Am I welcoming and helpful, loving my neighbor as myself?

Once I redirect myself and focus on sharing and showing God’s love for others, I stop worrying about what others think. The negative impressions may or may not be there, but it doesn’t really matter. The kids are going to be too loud (they are sinners in need of grace just like the rest of us). I’m probably going to mess up and need to ask forgiveness. But I believe it’s in those moments when God’s grace shows through and He is glorified. So what do the neighbors think of us? I still don’t know, but now I realize that I don’t really mind, as long as I’m asking myself the right questions What kind of questions do you ask yourself? Do you need to redirect your focus?

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Everyone Needs a “Worries Box.”

I was talking with a young man who I have mentored as he prepares to become a pastor. The subject came up of anxiety or worry over the decisions and choices he will have to make along the way to his successes. I told him that through the years I have developed my own “Worries Box.” It’s not a physical box, but (more…)


Do What You Believe In. Believe In What You Do.

I was talking with my wife Nancy about a woman on a TV quiz show who, on the final question of the contest, chose to deliberately tie another contestant when she could have won. Nancy and I agreed that, within the woman’s heart, she probably believed in giving grace to others, rather than winning at their expense. (more…)