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This month’s picture--a united worship service of regional churches in Tulcan, Ecuador. Thank you for helping facilitate this work and the building construction! [Click picture to enlarge.]

Culto Unido, Tulcan, Ecuador

Effective ministry and mission work is a team effort. Jan and I have shared ministry and mission work for over 53 years! Countless people have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob" or "Hermano Bob," I am also known as dad and papa (pa-paw). One of my favorite breakfasts is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with hot sauce and a cup of rich Colombian coffee! The greatest joy of my life is being part of the kingdom of Jesus my King. My #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and to help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to share the Good News about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature as disciples of Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by many people around the world!

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LINKS: September 2022 Special Report: Dominican Church Planting
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My Signature Sermon: Jesus

Music historians can tell you what the signature song is for a particular singer. I share a few examples (showing my age!): Tony Bennett singing I Left My Heart in San Francisco (1953), Que Sera Sera, by Doris Day (1956), Crazy, by Patsy Cline (1961), The House of the Rising Sun, by the Animals (1964), What a Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong (1967), I've Gotta Be Me, by Sammy Davis Jr. (1968), We've Only Just Begun, by The Carpenters (1970).

For those who preach, the same principle applies. Preachers have signature sermons, signature themes. Most preachers have a favorite sermon or two. Preachers are often identified by what they emphasize, the message they keep coming back to again and again.
A number of years ago, a group of church leaders invited me to visit their church as the first step toward possibly becoming their preaching minister. I sent the requisite tryout cassette tapes (I told you it was a number of years ago!). I preached one of my signature sermons. In our meeting, one elder commented, "It seems that all you every preach about is Jesus." (I did not get the job!)

Time has sharpened my focus and perhaps broadened my approach, but my signature focus is unchanging -- the mission of God in this world, his eternal purpose to bring everything under the Lordship of Jesus in the Kingdom, the church, empowered by his indwelling presence. The message is Jesus -- who he is, what he does, the importance of knowing Jesus, the preeminence of Christ as the core of faith.
I am on a lifelong pursuit of Jesus, to understand and explain to others his splendor, majesty, and grandeur. That message is at the center of the video series that will be released in within the next few months.
Jesus is my mission in life. The Good News of Jesus has to be the center of the message, the center of what we do and why we do it. The saving work of God through Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of God's eternal purpose, is a mission bigger than any of us. Here is the grandest purpose ever imagined. All else pales in comparison. Sermons that address life and its challenges but fail to spotlight Jesus are but a shadow.

Find a church that is desperately in love with Jesus, a church that hangs on his every word, a church whose whole being is infused with his presence. Find a church that constantly talks about Jesus, a church that is focused on Jesus' purpose, a church that exalts and honors his words. Find a church that believes Jesus, seeks to belong only to Jesus, and is becoming more and more like Jesus. Better yet -- be that kind of church!

Preachers, preach Jesus! This is God's message that powerful alters life -- my life, your life, and the lives of all in the world who faithfully follow him.

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