An Irritating Teachable Moment

I was studying my daily Scriptures; and as part of my routine every morning, I recite Philippians 4:4-9. It begins in Verses 4-5 by saying “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to all men, the Lord is at hand.” Just as I finish reciting these two verses out loud, the phone rang. (more…)


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…)


With What or Whom Will You Agree?

Consider this. It’s not just what we do. It’s what or whom we agree with that makes the difference. Paul understood this, and in Ephesians 4:22-24 (NKJV), he wrote about an exchange for every follower of Christ that will make this difference. (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.

 


“The Wrong Road Never Leads to the Right Place.”

I must admit I love old TV westerns from the 1950’s or 1960’s. While watching one of my favorite black and white TV westerns from a series about a man named Bat Masterson, I heard one of the actors say, “The wrong road never leads to the right place.” I thought to myself, (more…)


Communion is food from God

We were visiting my daughter Sarah’s family and about to go to church with them. My then four-year old grandson Jack walked up to me and said, as only a small child can, “My father is ushering today and he’s going to feed us food from God.” I realized he was talking about the bread and juice that would be served for communion that Sunday.  (more…)


Catch and Release

Let’s talk about fishing. As much as I love eating fresh fish, I’ve never been much of a fisherman or spent time fishing. I don’t enjoy it and I’m certainly not any good at it. Besides, who wants to clean fish? Obviously some of us do.

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The “If” Factor

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a mentoring minute, I want to ask you, “What if?” You are probably thinking, “What if what? (more…)


The God Who Whispers

Recently, I came across a movie on TV called “Finding Normal.” I only saw a few seconds of it before I changed the channel. However, in those few seconds, I heard one of the actors say,  “Most people are looking for a God who shouts instead of one who whispers.” That caught my attention and I thought of Elijah hiding from Ahab in a cave (1 Kings 19). 1 Kings 19:11b-12 (NKJV) says, “…And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; {12} and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.” Psalm 46:10a (NKJV) says, “Be still, and know that I am God;”

We all have varying degrees of difficulty hearing or recognizing God’s voice. Perhaps it’s because we don’t put enough effort into listening. Instead, we expect Him to speak with a voice of thunder, as He has been known to do in the Bible. Perhaps much of the time He just wants to have our complete attention so He can whisper to us. I’m Dr. Bob. Many of our richest times come when we quietly wait on the Lord. These become fertile ground in which to hear from Him. Will you “Be still,” listen quietly, and know His voice? It may come as a peaceful, quiet sound, just for you.


Man Overboard!

I’m Dr. Bob, and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to call your attention to a biblical case of “man overboard.” Of course, I am referring to Peter. (more…)