One Seed Can Split A Rock

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to talk about the amazing power of a small seed. Did you know that when a seed is blown into a tiny crack in a rock it has the ability to take hold and secure itself? Then, it begins to grow. One day it becomes a small tree. Then, an amazing thing happens. As it continues to grow, it has the power to split the rock and make a way for itself that cannot be denied. Imagine that. A tiny tree growing in a mountain rock face can even split granite. Matthew 13:31-32 (NKJV) says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, {32}”which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches. You can be sure that a small seed of love in the kingdom of heaven will grow into something big that will split the hardness of a person’s heart. I’m Dr. Bob. I highly recommend you allow seeds of love to have their place in your life. Let them crack open any hardness in your heart. It will do the same in others. Then, love so amazing will grow, and the rock-hard hearts around you will begin to soften. You can listen to previous Mentoring Minutes at www.mentoringministry.com/blogs.

One Seed Can Split A Rock


Love is Grace Released

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to point out to you that it is easy to recognize genuine love. A great deal of the trouble in our lives comes from failing to recognize and understand the life-changing, life-saving value of love. This value is clear to see in love’s simplest, focused definition, which is that “love is grace released.” I want to assure you that if you think you love or are loved, but the love is defined by feelings alone, or driven by selfish motivations, it is not love. It cannot meet the definition. It is just a counterfeit that will disappoint, damage and possibly even destroy you or someone else involved with it. To decide whether love is real, ask if, when released, it becomes the delivery vehicle of God’s grace. When you demonstrate unselfish love toward others, your actions release a divinely designed dose of God’s grace into their lives. Most of the time, this release of His grace depends on your willingness to provide it, even knowing it might cost you. If you hold love back, or selfishly substitute something you deliberately disguise as love, someone will miss the grace. However, as you release a demonstration of real Christian love, God’s grace lands squarely on the need it has been designed by heaven to fill… only because you cared enough to love enough. I’m Dr. Bob and that’s a Mentoring Minute. You can listen to previous Mentoring Minutes at http://www.mentoringministry.com/blog/.

Love is Grace Released


Tolerance? NO!

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute I want to set the record straight about the deception of tolerance. We live in a society that demands a standard of absolute tolerance for everyone who lives by their own rules, while doing their own thing. Is this good? Are we to accept tolerance? Do you know what tolerance really is? Consider this definition: Tolerance is the lack of moral strength to stand for what you believe is right in the sight of the Lord. Let’s set the record straight. The deception called tolerance is nothing but a thinly veiled disguise for allowing sinful behavior to keep people captive. I strongly recommend that you reject tolerance and do the right thin by embracing compassion. Compassion is this: Your conviction in action that leads someone to freedom from bondage, especially when his or her behavior is going to ruin his or her eternity. I’m Dr. Bob. Do not be tolerant. Instead, be compassionate. It might change someone’s eternal destiny because you cared enough not to tolerate them going to hell. Write me at www.mentoringministry.com and tell me how you did so.

Tolerance? NO!


Broken by His Love

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a mentoring minute I want to talk with you about the beauty of being broken by His love. I heard Michael Card singing about it on the radio in the quiet of my night. I was so taken by remembering how God so graciously broke into my life with the power of His love. Let His love break into your life, even as you hear this. Please share this with someone who needs to hear it. I’m Dr. Bob. Contact me at www.mentoringministry.com and let me know how this short message touched you.

Broken by His Love


Flower Gardens

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a mentoring minute I want to talk to you about flower gardens. A flower garden will only reach its potential when it is nourished, cared for and kept free from the damaging intrusion of things that should not be growing there. Your marriage is very much like a flower garden. For it to reach the fullness of its beauty, you must nourish and care for it, while protecting it from what has no place growing in it. Look for my new book, “Growing Together – Marriage Enrichment for Every Culture.” It will be on my website bookstore in May. I’m Dr. Bob. Contact me at www.mentoringministry.com and let me know what you think… and if you have any questions about marriage, or enriching your marriage, I will be happy to try to answer them for you.

Flower Gardens


Love is what?

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a mentoring minute I want to ask if you understand what love is? Have you ever said, “I love movies” or “I love pizza” or “I love my car”? What is love? Let me suggest a definition of love, according to how God sees it. Here it is: Love is your deliberate effort to bring as much of God’ goodness and grace to someone as you can, at whatever the cost to you might be. Think about it. Share the thought with a friend. I’m Dr. Bob. Contact me at www.mentoringministry.com and let me know what you think.

Love is what?