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Thanks for visiting our website! Picture of the Month: sharing the word in Pilanqui, Ibarra, Ecuador; a view of part of the crowd, two baptisms. [Click picture to enlarge.]

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Ministry is always a team effort--Jan and I have shared the work of ministry and missions for 48+ years! Countless others have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw. My favorite breakfast is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of quality coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to serve and share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature in Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by countless people around the world!

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December 2017

NEWS FLASH! "bits from bob" is back!

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Upcoming 2017 Mission and Ministry Schedule

  • November 30 - December 3: Baxter board meeting and graduation, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • The 2018 Calendar is now available online. I hope you can attend an event when I am in your area. Contact me for details or to schedule an event. I am currently booking 2019 and 2020.

    We Need to Renew Our Commitment to Study the Bible!

    I am concerned--because in many places I see a declining emphasis on studying Scripture, because in many sermons I see less focus on the message of the Bible, because expository sermons designed to "expose" the meaning of the text are rare. I am concerned because more and more Christians know less and less about the Bible. I am concerned because some church "Bible study groups" are little more than book clubs, because for many Christians study about the Bible has become a substitute for studying the Bible. Too many Christians read books about the Bible instead of reading the Book! If faith is to survive in a hostile world, Christians must return to serious Bible study as a part of the dynamic of the shared community life of God's people.

    Since my concerns are based on personal observations and experience, it should be clear that I write primarily for those of "my tribe." We who have been known for our commitment to Scripture are lagging and falling behind. Let me describe two approaches to Bible study. Which group describes you and your church?
    Option #1-Some folks and some churches are really "into" the Bible. As I talk with people across the Christian spectrum and read reports, I find that a lot of people in Christ-focused churches are studying the Bible, loving it, thirsting and hungering for God. Many are finding in a renewed emphasis on the study of Scripture a message that is fresh and enjoyable, challenging and exciting. Believers in many different kinds of Christian churches are rediscovering Scripture. (Church history describes various movements that rediscovered Scripture.)
    Option #2-It seems some Christians do not like to study Scripture, they do not personally study and read the Bible, they do not know how to study, they do not know how to ask questions of the text, they do not know how to search out the meaning and message. They find Bible study boring--or at least less than exhilarating.

    This month, I want to put in a good word for Bible study. I want to motivate study of the Bible in place of study about the Bible. I want to encourage God's people to lay aside secondary sources and countless religious books and return to the Bible, seeking to read and understand the message and meaning firsthand. I want to encourage God's people to spend less time studying explanations and applications written by others, and to spend more time studying the Bible, using resources and guides as necessary to help with context, grammar, and vocabulary.

    In the article, I explore three reasons why a return to the study of the Bible is important.
    First, the Bible has the power to mature and equip God's people (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
    Second, Bible study will help Christians mature and develop discernment through practice (Heb. 5:11-14)
    Third, discipleship involves teaching toward maturity (Matt. 28:19-20)

    More....

    As you think toward 2018 and the possibility of renewing your commitment to Bible study, you will find my Daily Devotional Page helpful. The page has several resources, and you can access or download the Annual Guide to New Testament Bible Reading with Devotionals for Every Chapter.

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    The complete article can be accessed and downloaded at: Renewed Commitment to Bible Study.

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