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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Pondering life - Being a Prisoner in the Lord

October 11, 2019 chris
By Pious Bob “I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. “
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Nowhere to Hide

September 27, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to
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Pondering life - The Faithful “Today”

September 20, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have
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Pious Bob - Anticipating Healing

September 13, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…I will say
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Pious Bob - Lining Up With God’s Influence

September 3, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places…And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness
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Pious Bob - The Comfort in Fearing Him

August 16, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Then Peter began to speak to them:  ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ–he is Lord of all.’”
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Pious Bob - Accepting His Reconciliation

August 12, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1:15-23 NRSV). St. Paul said, “He is the image of the invisible
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Pious Bob - The Body of Christ is the Bread of Heaven

August 2, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “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 will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Seeking the Light that Produces Fruit

July 26, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light – for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the
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Pious Bob - Counting on Sheep

July 19, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they
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Pious Bob - Correcting Our Posture, Walking Uprightly

July 12, 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 withhold
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The Gift of Faith

June 21, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith…But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under
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Pious Bob - Responsible Discipleship

June 14, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Connecting the parts: Eyes, Ears and Hearts

June 7, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah, ‘Go to this people and say, You will indeed listen, but never understand, and you will indeed look, but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown dull…’” (Acts 28:17-31 NRSV). Paul then goes on to tell
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Pious Bob - Die to Sin, Not to Life

June 3, 2019 chris
“Why do you look for the living among the dead?” (Luke 23:56b-24:11 NRSV). Our nature is to be negative, to look on the bad side of things. God keeps surprising us, yet we still don’t want to believe that all things are possible through Him. My good friend Thomas reminds me every now and then,
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Joy of giving credit where it is due

May 24, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.” (1 Thessalonians 2:9-13, 17-20  
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Don’t Be Careful Who You Pray For

May 17, 2019 chris
By Robert Hasley Pine “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven…” (Matthew 5:43-48 NRSV). If anyone needs praying for, your enemies do. If we were in a right relationship with God, would we pray for harm
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Loving and Waiting

May 10, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Love the LORD, all you his saints. The LORD preserves the faithful, but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 31 NRSV). Patience is difficult for us in these times. Everywhere we turn, we are
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Pious Bob - Let Him Shine

May 3, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself. Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name. Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may
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Pious Bob - The Leap for Jesus

April 26, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will
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Pious Bob - Good Stones, No Wry Stones

April 19, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “So, teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.” (Psalm 90 NRSV). We have all considered just how short our lives are on this earth – but usually not until we become old or have some life-threatening situation. This prayer of Moses puts us in our place.
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Pondering life with Pious Bob: Hold hands, Hold Hands with God

April 12, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “…Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!” (Luke 10:17-24 NRSV). Jesus tells the disciples that prophets and kings have desired to see and hear what they have seen and heard, but did not. Bonding with Jesus has tremendous benefits. Once committed to Christ our whole view changes. Things that were
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - A Vision For Proclamation

April 5, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name [Jesus].” (Acts 5:27-42 NRSV). The apostles had been tea-ching and proclaiming Jesus in the Temple. Although a high priest with the Sadducees had the apostles arrested and put into the public
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - The Proper Use of God’s Authority

March 29, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:1-12 NRSV). Jesus is our
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Slaving in His Work

March 22, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:16-23 NRSV). I have been guilty of trying to please everyone, of trying to be all
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