Pondering life with Pious Bob - How much longer, Father?

November 25, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy;
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Signing on for the whole journey

November 19, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine As they were going along the road, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another, Jesus said, “Follow me.” But
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - A time to rejoice before Him

November 13, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Sing to God, sing praises to his name; exalt him who rides upon the heavens…” (Psalm 68:1-20 NRSV) “My little secret is this God of mine,” we sometimes think. Give it up. Rejoice! We must praise Him in every step we take. This is how we show our appreciation for all
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Learning to recognize God

November 6, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine John said to Jesus, “Master, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he isn’t in our group.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for whoever is not against you is for you.” (Luke 9:49-50 NRSV). We need the whole body
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Can a ship commission itself?

October 30, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens …” (Hebrews 4:14 NRSV). How simple yet so hard for us to see Christ’s life and example, to make an application to our own lives that which we see in Him. Jesus came to us not as
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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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