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…)


Adversity Reveals Our Character

Discouraging experiences are inevitable. I heard Mr. Jalen Rose, a retired professional basketball player, say, “Adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it.” When I heard this, I thought about the Jewish Queen of Persia, Esther.  (more…)


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…)


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.

 


Getting Wet is Part of Life.

My wife, Nancy and I were driving down the highway in a rainstorm. Nancy pointed to a large white bird, sitting on a branch in a tree near the side of the road. It was clearly very wet, being completely exposed to the downpour. We talked about how getting rained on is not only part of the bird’s life, but ours too. We all have our share of difficult days. Jesus said, in Matthew 5:45 (NKJV), that our heavenly Father “makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

The Lord’s words reminded me that, like the white bird in the rain, we all experience times of obvious discomfort. Even the majestic eagle has its times experiencing a downpour. The eagle often chooses to launch out and soar above it, riding the currents and enjoying the warmth of the sun. We can be like the eagle, choosing to soar above our problems and feeling the warmth of the presence of the Son. If you’re experiencing problems and feeling down, take to heart Isaiah’s words. In Isaiah 40:31, he wrote, “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” I’m Dr. Bob. God has given us the ability, like the eagles, to soar with God-given strength above the storms of our lives. Will you fly like an eagle or stay stuck in the storms of life without flying above them by faith?

Getting Wet is Part of Life


If You Want to Win the Battle, Lead the Way with Praise.

For just a Mentoring Minute, I want to revisit a battle that carries a lesson for all of us. It was recorded in 2 Chronicles, Chapter 20 that the battle was weighted heavily in favor of Judah’s enemies. It was a fearful time. (more…)


Conviction Matures into Automatic Responses.

Since meeting the Lord, I have worked diligently to develop a set of disciplines to live by. These reflect my conviction to do what’s right that would honor and please the Lord. I am certainly far from perfect, but I try my best to give this the highest priority. Thinking about this, I realize (more…)


Run From It!

The Apostle Paul warns us to run from sin. In my opinion, not running away from it is a dangerous carnal miscalculation. It would be a very bad choice that leads to destruction. Sin will entice and entrap us, and (more…)


Nobody Escapes the Battles.

Nobody escapes the battles that come with life. Often, they will be battles against difficult, or even malevolent forces. When this happens, these forces, which are demonic in nature, will be cunning and relentless. Though they may leave us alone for a season, (more…)


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…)