“Who – More Important than “How”

I heard Pastor Jamie Peters say something that really caught my attention. It was, ““Who” is more important than “how.”” He was referring to the Gospels’ descriptions of the different ways Jesus healed three blind men. (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…)

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…)

Trading Fog for F.O.G.

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a mentoring minute I want to clear up something. There are times when you may feel your life is like a ship in the fog. You are in motion but cannot see where you are going, or what is in your path. It can be unsettling. There seems to be no way to see what is ahead. However, (more…)

“I Am” Had All Power. “I Am Not” Had No Power

When they came to arrest Jesus, He asked them whom they were seeking, knowing it was Him. Their reply was “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said, “I am He.” The power of those words “I am” was so strong that His enemies “drew back and fell to the ground.” This indicates (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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Consumed with Thanksgiving

For just a Mentoring Minute, I want to talk about having a voice of thanksgiving. There will be times when we have to step out in faith with the powerful weapon of thanksgiving spilling off our lips. For me, such a time came in 1994, when I was preaching on the street in an undesirable and dangerous part of Auckland, New Zealand. (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…)