Pondering life with Pious Bob - Dancing wherever we may be

October 23, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O LORD, my God, I will give thanks to you forever.” (Psalm 30 NRSV). David wrote this psalm at the time of
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Keeping watch over our dead side

October 9, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Showing up to accept our prize

October 2, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - A prayer for all reasons

September 25, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Being a “Yes” person for Him

September 18, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not ‘Yes and No’; but in him it is always ‘Yes.’ For in him every one of God’s promises is a ‘Yes.’ For this reason, it is through him that we say the
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Preparing for His visitation

September 11, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Branching out to servanthood

September 4, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The whole world in His hands

August 27, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Blinded by ignorance or arrogance?

August 21, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Jesus said, ‘I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind…If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘we see,’ your sin remains.’” (John 9:18-41 NRSV). We were in darkness and
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Pushy pottery

August 14, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “But who indeed are you, a human being, to argue with God? Will what is molded say to the one who molds it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one object for special use and
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Determining how we are raised

August 7, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Greater than astronomical

July 31, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you endure; they will all wear out like a garment. You change them like clothing, and they pass away; but you are the same, and your years have no
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Hungry is as hungry does

July 24, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Recognizing miracles

July 17, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “… Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you talking about having no bread? … When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?’ They said to him, ‘Twelve.’ ‘And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - We don’t know Him

July 10, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, ‘You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know Him. I know Him, because I am from Him, and
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Overturning our ignorance

July 2, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Security in all circumstances

June 26, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Indeed, those who are far from you will perish; you put an end
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - His loving example

June 19, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Examining our intentions

June 12, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The ever-expanding light

June 5, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Do as He says and as He does

May 29, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The Eye Redefined

May 29, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:1-6,
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - He doesn’t get my drift

May 15, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Therefore, we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. For if the message declared through angels was valid, and every transgression or disobedience received a just penalty, how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:1-10
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Seeing eye to eye with the Lord

May 8, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distress. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - the thing we have in common

May 1, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel, can avail against the Lord. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord. A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. The rich and the
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - struggling with our obvious choice

April 24, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “From there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find him if you search after him with all your heart and soul. In your distress, when all these things have happened to you in time to come, you will return to the LORD your God and heed him.
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Wasting Away As We’re Building Up

April 17, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob -Preparedness for Extreme Camping

April 10, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “O LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart; who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Faith: No Room for Laziness

April 3, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Go to the ant, you lazybones; consider its ways, and be wise. Without having any chief or officer or ruler, it prepares its food in summer, and gathers its sustenance in harvest. How long will you lie there, O lazybones? When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - He Gives the Whole World with His Hands

March 27, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God…So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future – all belong to you, and you belong to Christ,
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