Robert Taylor

About Robert Taylor

As Executive Minister Robert Taylor has several roles including managing the facilities, serving as the church administrator and coordinating the Bible class program. His abilities in technology put in him the role of developing electronic presentations and taking care of technology needs for the Waterview Church.

Sinkholes

The Russian city of Berezniki has a problem. It’s 150,000 citizens are watching their city sink. The city sits on top of a potash mine held up by walls and pillars of salt. It worked for years. Then, in 2006, a spring burst forth and flowed through the underground mine. The water dissolved the salt, and parts of the city fell into the earth. Locals named the most massive sinkhole “Grandfather.” It is 1300 feet across and 650 deep. Some have left the town. Others wonder what will happen. Something happens when cities and lives build on dangerous things. People make lives on philosophies, wealth, importance, and fads. None ask, “how is this supporting my life in eternity?” Yet, these are shifting ground. People disappoint. Money disappears. Philosophies dissolve. Jesus reminds us of a problem that many have. He tells a story of two men whose end proved their building. “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”(Matthew 7:24–27) Appearances can fool. What looks like a stable life can crumble when the foundation is shallow. But built on a foundation of eternity and truth, people can stand any force. The ground remains under them when times change. Ask yourself, “what’s holding up my life?” If it is not rock-solid faith, prepare for life’s sinkholes. -Robert G. Taylor-

By |2020-09-08T09:34:01-05:00September 8th, 2020|Blog|

The Finisher

In every race comes a moment of “will I finish.” It must have crossed the mind of a Sri Lankan runner in the 1964 Tokyo games. The country sent a team to the games, including Ranatunge Karunananda, who ran the 10,000-meter race. The race’s victor was Billy Mills of the United States. When he crossed the finish line, Karunananda had no chance at a metal. He was four laps behind. The crowd expected Karunananda to quit, but he kept running. After some time, he entered the arena, but the spectators were now cheering. They realized he was not growing the quit. Instead, they were encouraging him to finish his race. When the race was over, interviewers asked, “why didn’t you quit?” He said: “The Olympic spirit is not to win but to take part. So, I completed my rounds.” Christian living takes its toll at times. The racecourse of life provides obstacles and challenges. It’s tempting to think, “what’s the use?” Yet, Paul hit significant roadblocks in his life. He lay on a gravel road, stone pelting him. He faced a conspiracy to kill him and then got caught in the bureaucracy of the Roman judgment system. He sat in prison when so much of his mission went unfinished. Instead, he took Karunananda’s viewpoint. Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:13-14) Run the race to finish it. Disappointments and stone walls arise. But run on. In the end, Karunananda’s impressed the Japanese that it had a place in the children’s textbooks. Let your perseverance in Christ stand as such an example. -Robert G. Taylor-

By |2020-08-31T11:53:55-05:00August 31st, 2020|Blog|

Uncertainty

Elizabeth Silver knows uncertainty. Her six-month-old baby had a stroke, and the weeks and months that followed were nerve-racking. It took a year for the baby to recover, but every day seemed to whisper uncertainty. In recent months, she has spoken to people about pandemic times. Their conversations revealed most people were unconcerned about illness, finances, or death. They were afraid…of uncertainty. She wrote: How we approach uncertainty in our health is a litmus test for how we approach life. Uncertainty is living outside of life and within it. It is the baseline of experience, of joy, of energy, of possibility, of fear. And uncertainty—especially in a pandemic—reflects how we as a society and we as individuals are. When she talked to physicians, their concern was a “challenge” and “reality.” They knew something about the virus, but not everything. They said, “The difficulty now lies in convincing the rest of us that uncertainty is something we can and must live with.” We live in a world where we crave certainty but live with uncertainty. Even Christians have no lock on knowing. The difference is in response. When you don’t know, do you worry? Jesus reminds us of the futility of anxiety over uncertainty. “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” (Matthew 6:27) And his answer? It is not to try to know the unknowable. Live with what you know today. “Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Live today and let the Lord take care of the tomorrows. You sleep better at night and live better in the day. -Robert G. Taylor-

By |2020-08-24T14:41:55-05:00August 24th, 2020|Blog|

Mercy

Daylan McLee sat in his apartment when he heard the “boom” and felt his building shake. Then, a relative ran into the room in the apartment in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. A terrible crash had happened on the street below involving a police cruiser. McLee dashed outside and pulled a policeman from the mangled car engulfed in flames. What made this an unusual story was McLee’s past. He had sued the Pennsylvania state police for false arrest. He spent a year in jail before his case was dismissed for lack of evidence. It was a year he wished he had not lost. The year claimed time with children and stopped him from helping his mother, who was ill. For him, it was not a hard decision to pull the policeman from the car. “No matter what other people have done to me, this guy deserves to make it home safely to his family.” McLee, who is African-American, knew what he needed and what the world needs. We need to work on our humanity ... that’s the main problem of this world. We’re stuck on how to get up or to get even, and that is not how I was raised to be. You learn, you live, you move on, and I was always taught to forgive big. You can’t base every day of your life on one interaction you have with one individual. I don’t want to be called a hero. I just want to be known as an individual who is an upstanding man. And I hope (that trooper) sees this and knows he’s forgiven. In a world upside down with problems, the remedy is the hardest to do. Let things go. That is forgiveness. It is the bridge over which we also must pass. Jesus encased forgiveness in the model prayer: “...forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12)  If we cannot forgive others, God cannot forgive us. Learn to forgive. It makes life for you and others so much better. -Robert G. Taylor-

By |2020-08-17T10:16:26-05:00August 17th, 2020|Blog|

Closed Doors

Draper Kauffman had dreams that never came true. He graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy class of 1933 to become a sailor like his father. But something went wrong. He had poor eyesight, so the Navy washed him out. He decided to join a volunteer organization called the American Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The group served the French in their war with Hitler’s Germany. He was a warrior relegated to driving an ambulance. The Nazis discovered and imprisoned his unit. His captors released him in 1940 as the French surrendered. He went to England, where he joined the Royal Navy Reserve. They did not know what to do with him. The Royal Navy assigned him to disarm bombs, which did not explode during the Blitz of London. He went home after the war intensified, thinking his career was over. It was then that someone heard about a trained sailor who had nothing to do but disarm bombs. Authorities asked him to organize something never before seen…an Underwater Demolition School. After preparing some men, he went to the Pacific, where he awaited Japan’s never-to-come invasion. Even with the war over, he continued to instruct in underwater demolition. Over time, his efforts turned into something special. Perhaps you have heard of them. They are the Navy SEALs. Sometimes the worse disappointments close doors disguised as open doors. It was something Paul knew well. He planned to do intensive work in Asia Minor. God had other plans. The Spirit “did not allow him.” In a vision, plans changed. That closed door turned into churches like Thessalonica, Philippi, and Corinth. Inevitably, Christianity came to Europe, which, by extension, is where we came from. Before you grow discouraged when life doesn’t go your way, take each step along the way. God has other plans, and you may be part of those. If the door opens, step through it. -Robert G. Taylor-

By |2020-08-10T14:11:53-05:00August 10th, 2020|Blog|

Christians and Pandemics

Caught amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we tend to think this is the first one. The truth is Christians have lived through many. Today, the responses to the pandemic spread across the spectrum from hoax to disaster. But, Christians differed from emperors and pundits in other pandemics. Here are a few examples: The first hospitals built by Christians came in times of plague that killed millions. Their goal was to care for the sick. In the 4th Century, a plague took hold of the Roman Empire. Julian, the Roman emperor, complained that "the Galileans" took care of people who did not share their beliefs." Pontianus, a church historian, said that Christians "did good to all men, not merely to the household of faith." 1527, the bubonic plague came to Wittenberg, Germany, the home of Martin Luther. He refused to flee like so many others. Instead, he said, "the plague does not dissolve our duties: It turns them to crosses, on which we must be prepared to die." Jesus taught an essential principle that withstands all debates. It is true in all circumstances, including pandemics. Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:39) The merits of medicine can face debate and examination. Christian principles are not open to the same debate. Christian look out for the needs of others above their own. So, how are you showing "love for neighbor" today? -Robert G. Taylor-

By |2020-08-03T11:28:05-05:00August 3rd, 2020|Blog|

Slowpokes

We want things to happen fast. Stopped at a red light, we wait for it to change. But the car behind you honks the horn the split second it turns green. Why? Slowpokes slow them down. It has brought on a new condition called slowness rage. Chelsea Wald described her own struggle: Not long ago, I diagnosed myself with the recently identified condition of sidewalk rage. It’s most pronounced when it comes to a certain friend who is a slow walker. Last month, as we sashayed our way to dinner, I found myself biting my tongue, thinking, I have to stop going places with her if I ever want to … get there! With instantaneous communication and on-demand entertainment, the concept of patience has disappeared. In fact, Harmut Rosa says the speed of human movement has increased by a factor of 100. Yet, things that last take more time than a Twitter tweet. God took centuries to get the plan to redeem man in place. He never rushed. For us, spiritual depth never develops through a single class or presentation. We have no 30-minute coaching session to spiritual maturity. Instead, it is as Isaiah said, “Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:30–31) Don’t walk too fast. God leads at measured paces. Slow down and walk with God, not ahead of him. Then, you will get where you need to be when you need to be there. -Robert G. Taylor-

By |2020-07-27T11:35:35-05:00July 27th, 2020|Blog|

Citizenship

Eduardo Davila and his family left behind their war-torn country and political leaders who made life unbearable. They were seeking asylum, and all they had was their Nicaraguan passports. They were aliens who had come legally to this country but still were people without a country. They could not vote and had no legal protections. That changed in 2008. Davila and his family walked into a start government office in Miami. They took tests and swore allegiance to the United States. On that day, they got their papers. They were American citizens, with full rights and responsibilities. Davila and his family escaped the tyranny of their country and found freedom. They could live a better life, a peaceful life, a more abundant life. Citizenship is a precious commodity. Yet, we take it for granted. It is even more so when it comes to spiritual citizenship. Paul reminds the Ephesians and us of the position of a citizen in the kingdom of God. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household, (Ephesians 2:19) Those who are citizens of God's kingdom are welcome in the household. They hold papers that grant eternity, hope, and peace. Our American citizenship is vital. But it is even more essential to be citizens of the heavenly kingdom. Do you have your papers? -Robert G. Taylor-  

By |2020-07-20T10:44:24-05:00July 20th, 2020|Blog|

The Gatorade

Summer is a rough time to be a mailman. Century-degree temperatures wear a body out. Carmine McDaniel knew that. He wanted to do something for a man named Henry Bailey, whom he had befriended. Bailey was his mailman. He wanted to make sure his friend stayed cool and hydrated. He decided to leave a cooler filled with Gatorade and water on their front step. When Henry came to the house, he saw the cooler. The family’s video doorbell captured the reaction. “O man, water and Gatorade. Thank you, thank you.” When we have significant needs, the right gift at the right time means more than words can tell. It was that sentiment that Paul tried to express to the Ephesians. In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace (Ephesians 1:7) Out of His great wealth that God gave the ultimate gift, one that matched the need of you and I. None of us could help ourselves. It was the supreme gift out of the riches of God that meets our deepest Christ. When he comes to Carmine McDaniel’s door, Henry Bailey knows he will find something to slake a dry throat. When we come to God, we know we will find forgiveness and hope. And with Bailey, we can say to God, “thank you, thank you.” -Robert G. Taylor-

By |2020-07-13T12:55:30-05:00July 13th, 2020|Blog|

Grudges

Jean-Claude Juncker keeps track of a lot in his job as European Commission President. Part of that is a book he calls Le Petit Maurice. He’s had the book for 30 years. The book has vital information. It contains the names of people who have betrayed him in the past. When someone double-crosses him, their name goes into the book. He said the book isn’t full because people “rarely betray me.” When Juncker was prime minister of Luxembourg, he stopped many attacks by saying, “Be careful, Little Maurice is waiting for you.” Most of us would never want to make that book. God doesn’t have a grudge book. Instead, he forgets the sins of the repentant. The Hebrew writer reminded his audience of God’s covenant in which: Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more. (Hebrews 10:17) Men can carry grudges for years and remember every slight. God promises to forget the wrongs of the obedient. Praise God that he does not have a grudge book! -Robert G. Taylor-  

By |2020-07-06T15:21:29-05:00July 6th, 2020|Blog|
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