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Bob Joyce

Contributor since: May 23, 2007
Denomination: Baptist

About Bob Joyce

Education: BCA-Dallas Baptist University, 1988, MDIV-Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX 1994; Postgraduate work toward DMIN in Pastoral Care-Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburgh, IN; Certified Criminal Justice Chaplain through BGCT.

Comment to those looking at my sermons: I have never had an original thought in my life. If it helps, I probably got it from somebody else.

One of my favorite illustrations: In far North America native people would hunt for wolves by taking a hunting knife and dipping it in fresh blood and letting it freeze. By doing this over and over, a large glob of blood would surround the sharp blade of the knife. The knife would be affixed to remain stationary. When a wolf would come along and begin to lick the blood. As the blood-lust continued, the wolf would eventually lick away all of the blood and not realize that the blood he was tasting was his own. Sounds like sin

Family: Wife-Patty since July 1971, Son and Daugher-in-law Kevin and Kelly Joyce. More importantly: Granddaughter: Hayleigh September 2006 Granddaughter: Ryleigh 2008 Grandson Deakon April 2013

What my parents think of my sermons: They are both in heaven. My Mother used to say that she hated for my Dad to come hear me preach because he always falls asleep. I told her, "Mother, he has fallen asleep under some of the greatest preachers who have ever preached, leave him alone, I’m in good company."

What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: In the early days we used to have "roast Bob" for Sunday dinner. Now she says that she prefers my preaching to anyone else’s.

Best advice given to me about preaching: 1. There is always at least one broken heart in each service. Preaching is the only thing a preacher will pay his own way half-way around the world to get a chance to do for free ... but wouldn’t walk across the street to hear someone else if you paid him/her.

Books that have had an impact: Navigator 2:7 series; Experiencing God-Blackaby; Lost Art of Disciple Making-Leroy Eims; Wounded Parents-Greenfield; Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire-Cymbala; Streams in the Desert-Cowman (still use this for devotional reading daily)

Hobbies: Reading, Reading, Reading. Oh yeah, Reading.

If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: God never acts in ways that make sense to natural man. If it is unusual or out of the ordinary, God may very well be in it. After all, a burning bush doesn’t make sense; an army of 300 facing thousands doesn’t make sense; God sending His only Son to die for my sins and yours doesn’t make sense. Seeing is not believing, believing is seeing.

Something funny that happened while preaching: Preaching in view of a call at my third church when I made a comment about being the product of a "mixed marriage" since my Dad was from Oklahoma and my Mother was from Texas. Had a member in the congregation from Okla. who began to respond verbally to my jokes about OK. Finally, told him, "Slick, I intended for this to be a monologue not a dialogue." I think it swung the vote in my favor.

What I want on my tombstone: Gone!