I recently heard Dr. Condoleeza Rice, the former American Secretary of State, say something like this: “You may not be able to control your circumstances, but you can control your response to your circumstances.” (more…)
I had been gathering my thoughts for an upcoming week of teaching at a Chinese-language ministry school. The people are terrific and it is one of my favorite places to teach and minister. This time, I was to teach on (more…)
I have just written eight lessons on “Walking in the Fullness of the Holy Spirit.” Here is the link to BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES. You will find them on this Free Resources page.
These will become the basis for a new book. I will teach them in August at the Living Streams Chinese Christian Church in Brooklyn.
When it comes to what we think about people, it is human nature for our prior opinions to influence our current judgments or choices. In addition, we are easily tempted to compare ourselves to others by (more…)
I want to share a decisive moment of truth that struck me in a powerful way. On the way to church, I was joking with my wife, Nancy, about hitting the jackpot in the lottery. No, I do not play the lottery! God is my source and (more…)
I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute I want to light your fire… Well, let’s change that to, I want to light your “Fiyaaah!” Here is something that might just do it. (more…)
I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to speak about those times when you find yourself totally in the dark, without a clue about what is coming next. This will be the case when trouble comes and you have no answer for it. However, it can also be true when opportunity shows itself to you. Life will bring both kinds of circumstance. I am reminded of young King Solomon’s reply when God invited him to ask anything. Solomon asked for wisdom. 1 Kings 4:29 (NKJV) says, “And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore.” It is unfortunate that Solomon soon forgot to use what he asked for.
When you find yourself in the dark, without any answers, the Holy Spirit is the one completely dependable source to whom you can turn. Ask for wisdom and understanding. He will provide it and you can proceed with confidence. Make Him your companion through all the journeys of your life. He will show you the truths you need and illuminate the paths you travel. With the Holy Spirit as your guide, you can expect the journey will be just as He says it will be. I strongly encourage you to let total dependence on God find its way into your life. You will move ahead in the light of His glory, because you chose to walk a path of obedience and faith. Then, you will see His glory released, as He leads and guides you to your destiny. Finally, you will gain the opportunity to let His glory be seen by others, because your fruitfulness will demonstrate His faithfulness. I’m Dr. Bob. Ask yourself how diligent you are to include the Holy Spirit in your daily walk through life. What could you change to allow more of His wisdom and understanding to influence you? You can listen to additional Mentoring Minutes at www.mentoringministry.com.
I’m Dr. Bob, and for just a Mentoring Minute I want to warn you stay away from Gilboa. Let me explain. The Bible records, in First Samuel, that King Saul gathered the Israelites for battle against the Philistines. Chapter 28, Verse 5 tells us Saul’s heart trembled in fear before them. We learn that hHe and his sons were subsequently slain in the battle. Throughout life, every person’s journey often passes close to, or through his or her own personal Gilboas – places of fear and danger. When yours does, resist every temptation to stop and visit. Just keep moving. Be especially careful not to climb to the top of the mountain upon which Gilboa sits. It is always a dangerously slippery slope. You will suddenly find yourself slipping and coming down out of control. The end of the slide will inevitably be painful. Here is some advice that will keep you on a solid footing. Psalms 26:1 (NKJV) says, “Vindicate me, O LORD, For I have walked in my integrity. I have also trusted in the LORD; I shall not slip.” As you move past your own personal Gilboas, stay close to your great walking Partner, the Holy Spirit. Trust Him, have courage and get in step with Him. Then, keep walking. I ‘m Dr. Bob. You can listen to additional Mentoring Minutes at www.mentoringministry.com/blogs. Invite a few friends to join you. I know it will bless them.
I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to share some thoughts I have regarding something my pastor, Dr. Tom Peters recently said. Listen carefully. He said, “Choices are the hinges of your destiny.” When I heard this, the Holy Spirit immediately spoke to me. He burned the words that Dr. Peters spoke deeply into my heart. It was clear, and it was powerful. Think about it. The choices you make will be the hinges of your destiny. Let this truth speak to you. Let it encourage you. God has an amazing future for you that is full of amazing blessings. Like many of God’s blessings, those you can receive may be conditional. There is likely to be a big “IF” attached to them. “IF” you will make right choices, chief among which, in my opinion is to do as Jesus said in Luke 9:23 – to choose to deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow Him. When you do, amazing things beyond what you could hope for or dream of will chase you down and bless you. I assure you, these amazing things hinge on the choices you make. Now, don’t try to argue with this powerful truth. You can argue about many things, but there are two with which you can never argue. First, never argue with a man’s experience and second, never argue with the Word of God. I’m Dr. Bob. What I just shared comes from both what I have personally experienced and from what God declared in His Word. So… make the right choice. Be an uncompromising, determined Luke 9:23 Christian. You can listen to my previous Mentoring Minutes at www.mentoringministry.com/blogs.
I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I would like to ask if you are listening? I am specifically speaking about the voice of God. Every day, and even now, the Holy Spirit wants to speak to your heart. He has many things to say. Every one of them has purpose for you. I encourage you to make an effort to hear His voice. Now, let me ask a second question. Up to now, to whom have you been listening? Have you made the right choices about the many voices that try to speak to you daily? John 10:27 (NKJV) says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” You can make a choice concerning every voice vying for your attention. Give maximum, unconditional priority to the voice of the Holy Spirit. He speaks for Jesus, who is forever “Faithful and True” (Revelation 19:11). Whatever you hear from the Holy Spirit will be faithful and true concerning what is the very best for you. If you submit to His voice, what He has to say will change what you have to say… and where you are to go. Then, you will go as a winner and champion for Jesus. You will be dangerous to the devil and a great blessing to God, to others and yourself. I’m Dr. Bob, and I am certainly not God, but I invite you to also to my previous Mentoring Minutes at www.mentoringministry.com/blogs. Who knows, maybe God will speak to you out of the message of one of them.