Balancing Business, Family and Church

This is a study on keeping a biblical balance to all three aspects of a business person’s life. You can find this file in “Life Experience Issues.”

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The Squeeze Chute – b

My friend, Pastor Glenn Holderead, raises cattle in Oklahoma. We talk often, encouraging each other with what the Lord shows us from our every day lives. We were talking about the corral in which he gathers his cattle to care for them. Pastor Glenn described it to me and explained how it’s used. As he did, the Holy Spirit began to show both of us how a simple thing like this fenced in holding area for cattle can illustrate how perfectly God cares for us. (more…)

Leadership “charges” or “mandates” from Paul

The Apostle Paul gave Timothy at least twelve “charges” or “mandates” in First and Second Timothy. Here is the link to your study of them. 

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…)

Desperate, Hungry and Longing

Here are three significant words for you: “desperate,” “hungry” and “longing.” Do they describe your approach to Jesus? Are you desperate for a touch from Him? Are you hungry for more of Him? Do you long to be so close to Him that it’s as if (more…)

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…)

If You Don’t Have What You Want, Do Things God’s Way.

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I’d like to talk about the superior way to make sound judgments that have good outcomes. We are reasonably smart people who generally make sound judgments. However, often we tend to rely exclusively on our assumptions and experience to determine the choices we make. This seems to be a good way to approach many of our decisions, and can become a habit. We will experience unintended consequences and problems when the choices we make don’t result in the outcomes we desire. Simon Peter experienced this after fishing all night without catching anything.  Luke 5:4-6 (NKJV) says, “When He [Jesus] had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” {5} But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” {6} And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.”

Simon Peter’s response to the Lord’s words presents us with a scriptural lesson in the value of the Word of God, whether spoken or written. Simon replied to Jesus that in spite of the natural condition of the moment (his failure to catch fish after trying all night), he would follow what Jesus said, and he did. I’m Dr. Bob. There will be times when we just have to do it God’s way, especially after our way has not netted us any results. It’s a faith challenge, and these don’t often make sense to our natural thinking. Just believe God, then obey and watch the outcome be your blessing.

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Some Things You Have to Pass On (Forego).

I’m, Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to tell you about something that happened in the midst of a conversation with my friend Pastor Jonathan Cook. As we were talking, I said something that profoundly struck both of us. At that moment, we stopped the conversation and both wrote it in our smart phones for later reflection. Here’s what I said: “Some things you have to pass on and some things you have to get past.” Then I added, “You have to place more value on hearing and obeying the voice of God than on the things you have, the things you have to pass on (to forego) or the things you have to get past.” I have had time to reflect on my words and find them to be authentic guidelines to a significant God-pleasing life. 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 (NKJV) says, Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. {10} For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

Our lives are filled with God-given opportunities. He does His best to show us the ways we should go, and just as often, the ways to avoid going. Unfortunately, we don’t always value what He shows us or says to us. In addition, we don’t always do our best to obey, even when we know it’s best for us. I’m Dr. Bob. Why do we take foolish chances when we can do the sure thing, which is to obey God? My only answer to this is that we still have carnal tendencies that come from our sin-nature that we acquired from our first parents, Adam and Eve. Thank God that, because of Christ’s atoning sacrifice, we have a superior spiritual-nature and heritage as born-again sons and daughters of the Most High.

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One Bullet Remaining

Here’s a thought for you to consider as the new year begins. Ignorance puts us in prisons of misunderstanding and unreached potential. Knowledge and understanding frees us. (more…)