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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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Love From the Beginning Has No End

March 19, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Hold on God, I’ll be with You in a minute!

March 16, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Now by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his commandments. Whoever says, ‘I have come to know him,’ but does not obey his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; but whoever obeys his word, truly in this
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Are We There Yet, Father?

March 6, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. So I do not
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - The Answer is in Our Faith, Not in the Wind

February 28, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “The faith that you have, have as your own conviction before God. Blessed are those who have no reason to condemn themselves because of what they approve. But those who have doubts are condemned if they eat, because they do not act from faith; for whatever does not proceed from faith
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Father, can I borrow the keys?

February 21, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. So, if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.’” (John 8:33-47 NRSV). Sin
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - His Muddy Valentine

February 14, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “He kept saying, ‘I am the man.’ But they kept asking him, ‘Then how were your eyes opened?’ He answered, ‘The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, “Go to Siloam and wash.” Then I went and washed and received my sight.’” (John 9:1-17
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - The Art of Overcoming

February 7, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, ‘Vengeance
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Denying Denial

January 31, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful–for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 1:15-2:13 NRSV). We must work toward the point
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - The Great Campaign

January 24, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us that which is pleasing in his sight,
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - An Ancient Thirst

January 17, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’ ‘Now he said this about the spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Spiritual Path-ology

January 10, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Therefore, lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12-29 NRSV). Adam saw to it that we would start out our lives lame. Hey, that fits
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Finding Order in His Courts

December 31, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the LORD
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - The wonder of family can be a holiday blessing

December 26, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine Family is a huge part of our lives on this Earth. We need to contemplate its importance to us. We must not forget the blessings that family can bring to us. Here are some thoughts for us to ponder as we live out our lives. Depending on the status of our
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - The Responsibility of Knowledge and Confidence

December 20, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up…Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that ‘no idol in the world really exists,’ and that ‘there is no God but one’…So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed. But when you thus sin
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Accepting His Love and Sharing It

December 20, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,’ he also adds, ‘I will remember their sins
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Seeking Righteousness in Faith

December 6, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the things written in the book of the law.’ Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law;
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - His “Will” Be Done

November 27, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:19-29 NRSV). We
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Pious Bob - Being Pleasing to Christ

November 22, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Am I now seeking human approval, or God’s approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:1-17 NRSV). St. Paul was concerned that false apostles were distorting the gospel story. He warned the Galatians about things
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Pious Bob - Accepting and Using Our Condition

November 15, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “This is my rule in all the churches…Let each of you remain in the condition in which you were called. Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. Even if you can gain your freedom, make use of your present condition now more than ever. You were
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Seeking the Well of Eternal Life

October 25, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (John 4:1-15 NRSV). Jesus’ conversation with
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