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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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Determining how we are raised

March 15, 2019 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 do
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Living Out Sufferableness

March 1, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.” (2 Corinthians 4:1-12 NRSV).
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - God Wears Well

February 22, 2019 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…” (Psalm 102 NRSV). As I prepare to write this devotional
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Tuning Up Our Recognition Ability

February 15, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. “ (Luke 24:13-35 NRSV). These two disciples on the road to Emmaus walked with Jesus, talked
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Let Us Rejoice, He Has Come

February 8, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “…And he has a name inscribed that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called The Word of God…On his robe and on his thigh, he has a name inscribed, ‘King of kings and Lord of lords.’” (Revelation 19:11-16 NRSV). The
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Willing to Love

February 1, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NRSV). Paul keeps reminding us that because we do not know all things, we
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Seeking the Freedom of Faith

January 25, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Galatians how to live in our complicated world: “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
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Toasting the Boasting of Weakness

January 18, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” (2 Corinthians 11:21b-33 NRSV). Was Paul willing to testify against himself? I guess that some Christian testimony and witnessing is just that. It’s telling a story about one’s self that shows a weakness and how God has
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Using the Right Stuff

January 11, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “The work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done.” (1 Corinthians 2:14 – 3:15 NRSV). The foundation has been laid, and that foundation is Jesus Christ. Paul
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Finding Light in the Darkest Places

January 4, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Therefore I urge you to take some food, for it will help you survive; for none of you will lose a hair from your heads.” (Acts 27:27-44 NRSV). A centurion and some soldiers were taking Paul to Italy to appeal his case before the emperor. Paul had warned the sailors in
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Pious Bob - Participating In Our Tempering

December 28, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:1-13 NRSV). St. Paul
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... Accepting Our Charge

December 21, 2018 chris
“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves…When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time;
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Pious Bob - An Invitation to Imitation

December 17, 2018 chris
“And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.” (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 NRSV). The church in Thessalonica received a good review from Paul,
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... Keeping on the Straight Path

December 11, 2018 chris
“But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:6-21 NRSV). In Paul’s
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Pious Bob - Dying for the Love of All

November 16, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... Bearing God’s Fruit

November 9, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed…Therefore, my beloved, be
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Pious Bob - The Working Faithful

November 2, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.” (James 2:14-26 NRSV). I’ve heard this debated hour after hour and year after year. Does faith or works save us? The apostles
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Pious Bob - Lame Excuses

October 23, 2018 chris
“And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms…But Peter
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... How Much Longer, Father?

October 12, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me. The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” (Luke 10:16-17 NRSV). One of the greatest feelings that a person can have
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Pious Bob: In This Corner, Weighing...

September 28, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should
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Pious Bob - Worthy of Praise

September 21, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Praise the LORD! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.” (Psalm 147 NRSV). We expect a lot from God. He watches over us, He heals our broken hearts and His power and understanding is awesome. This psalm
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