No More Junk Drawers -b

At breakfast with my friend, Pastor Bryan Rosenbarger, we talked about how vital it is that leaders in the church live organized, disciplined lives. Everyone is watching. Pastor Bryan said to me, “Leaders who are disorganized and undisciplined are like junk drawers in a kitchen. Most of us have one or two of these drawers, filled with all kinds of things that were randomly thrown in them.” For the most part, the things in a junk drawer have become part of a mixed up mess of seldom or never-to-be used again items. In Philippians 3:7-8, we read that the Apostle Paul well understood junk, as he wrote this: “I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. {8} Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ…” A junk drawer, jammed together with neglected and effectively useless items, is a picture of confusing disorder. It speaks of a lack of discipline and perhaps even laziness. We all (and especially leaders) need to clean out our lives of any confusion, lack of discipline or disorder and sometimes, even laziness. I’m Dr. Bob. People are watching. They value, are affirmed and secured when their leaders display steadiness, discipline and order. Eliminate the junk! (more…)


“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…)


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…)


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…)


Go Where Anything is Possible

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to ask if you are headed in the right direction? Or, are you going where only disappointment and discouragement await you, perhaps even failure? When you look ahead, do you see yourself headed for mediocrity and fruitlessness? Well, why don’t you pick a new direction and walk into your destiny. Go where anything is possible. (more…)


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

 


Entitled to Nothing – Expecting Something

I have always struggled against a personal sense of entitlement. I’m easily tempted to say things like, “I deserve it” or “I worked hard for it” or  “As a child of God, it’s my right to have it.” I know these things are really expressions of my carnality and pride. In fact, whenever I say them, I minimize the grace of God that changed my life forever, and also provided whatever I have. The only thing I deserve or am entitled to is the one thing that Jesus stopped from happening – the crucifixion and pain He went through in my place. I should have gone through it as a sinner in the eyes of our holy God. However, His sacrifice stopped me from having to go through what I really deserved, or even worse, and for all eternity. I know this sometimes may be hard to grasp and can sound like religious talk, but it’s true. It’s always good to remind ourselves of the gift of God, lest any of us should boast. Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV) says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, {9} not of works, lest anyone should boast. {10} For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

What can we expect if we’re not entitled to anything? Actually, there are two things to expect and yes, to which we are entitled. They come from our surrender to Christ and the lives we now live in Him. First, we can expect all the promises of God to be true – without exception and regardless of our current circumstances. Then, we can also expect opportunities to make a meaningful difference to so many people we will touch. I’m Dr. Bob. Here’s a third expectation to which you are entitled. It will depend on you. It’s that you can expect to know God in a more personal and gratifying way, every day.

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A Thought Worthy of Consideration

Here’s a thought: When you locate the validity of the strategy, you will no longer be captive to the problem. Allow me to explain. One of the first questions we instinctively ask is “Why?” (more…)