A Sample of Thoughts from My Newest Book

Coming in August or September – my newest book: “Fresh and Flourishing, a Contemplative Journey Through Psalm Ninety-Two.” I thought you might enjoy a sneak preview into one of my thoughts I recorded in the book:
“I can vividly remember what it felt like, years ago, to give up my church and no longer occupy the position of its pastor. I had so much loved being a pastor. When I had to move on, I felt empty. My entire being had been focused on helping others through the gifts God had placed in me in my role as a pastor. Suddenly, though the gifts were still there, the opportunities were not. I felt used up and unable to see what purpose there was for me, beyond being a pastor. Nevertheless, I understood that this new season of life would have fruitfulness in it I could never have had if I stayed in the season God wanted to close. Yet, there remained a hole in my heart for the calling I had so diligently fulfilled. Perhaps I will never fully get past the feelings I so greatly enjoyed as a pastor meeting His people’s needs. I had always seen myself as this important thread in a coat of many colors. Now, it was like I was pulled from the coat, floating like a loose thread falling to the floor. What was I to do?

It took me far too long, but years later, I began to see that coat of many colors from a very different perspective. No, I wasn’t one of those shiny colorful threads for everyone to see. I was really just a small thread in the lining of God’s coat of many colors. It was my high privilege to be so! My task was to be a functioning part of that lining that consists of innumerable servants of God. This had become my opportunity to fit and function without allowing my pride to tell God where I belonged in that coat. I began to see the value of what my experience and age could bring to younger pastors, using my gifts in ways I could never do in the past. Now, my ministry and life are very different, but certainly no less fruitful. I now clearly understand why, in all things, “it’s good to give thanks to the Lord.”

Look for the book later, but let what you just read speak to you today. – Dr. B


The Sound of Many Colors

It was 1993. I was at a primitive Bible school in the sugar cane fields of a remote place in the Fiji Islands. From this place thousands of missionaries have been trained and sent around the world. It’s the kind of place where life is at its most basic. You ate what they raised in their gardens and took your bath in the river. Teaching there for a short time was glorious. At night the sky was black and filled with stars shining like a thousand lamps. The first morning there we were awakened before dawn by the sound of about a hundred voices in a symphony of worship music that would make angels melt. Psalm 63:1-2 (NKJV) says, “God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You, In a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. {2} So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory.”

The building where the worship was coming from was a primitive structure with floors of unfinished concrete. There was no glass in the windows and they were open to the elements. As we walked in, I saw that the students were seated in rows of hard metal folding chairs. It was apparent someone was leading them, but I looked and could not find the worship leader. Then I realized he was seated about three rows back, lost in the crowd of worshipers. He simply strummed his guitar and began each song by raising his voice until it was drowned by the voices of a hundred others.

The anointing was so strong it could drive your face into a pool of tears on the concrete floor. The sound was beautiful and brilliant as if it were the sound of many colors. I cannot tell you who that worship leader was, but listening to the students that day, I learned a lesson I will never forget. True leadership never seeks attention for itself. Its motivation is to humbly help others to attain what they are trying to reach, and do so with deep excellence.

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Where’s the Line to see Jesus?

I want to share a beautiful moment I experienced in a Christmas morning service at my church. We were shown a video in which (more…)


Break the Power of the Devourer

Too often people are held captive by the power of the devil. In Malachi 3:11, the prophet Malachi called him “the devourer.” God said He would rebuke this devourer for your sake. Though Malachi spoke for God about the results of faithfully tithing, the same principle works for many faithful acts of God’s people.

The key to breaking the power of that despicable devourer, the devil, is simpler than you think. Exercise a steady, consistent, heart-filled diet of daily worship. Be sure you worship verbally. I recommend you turn your words into songs. Paul and Silas did and they walked free of their chains. Acts 16:25-26 (NKJV) tells us that, “…at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God… immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.”

Singing to the Lord attracts angels and you become part of something supernatural. It breaks off the work of the devil. Give it a try. Then tell the devil good bye. While you are at it, remind him of where he is going, even as you declare that you will not be joining him. I’m Dr. Bob. What would be an excellent song with which you can worship God in the good times, so it would readily come to mind in the difficult ones? Now, listen to additional Mentoring Minutes at www.mentoringministry.com.

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