Sunday Seed Thoughts: Father’s Day Reflections

Today finds me and Norma Jean in Centerville, Ohio, where I’m preaching for the Cornerstone Church, formerly known as the Kettering Church.

It’s special being with these brethren, again. We worked with the Kettering church back in the 1970s. We’ve maintained a good and close with relationship with these brethren through the years, have returned for gospel meetings several times.

Also, this is where I became a father. I had just begun preaching at Kettering when Kenny was born the day following Mother’s Day. Like any young, inexperienced couple with this first child, parenting was a sharp learning curve, often through learning trial and error. Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: June 13-18

Good morning from Dalton, Georgia

Yes, we’re on the road again.

We’re heading up to Centerville, Ohio, where I will be preaching for the Cornerstone Church at their Sunday morning worship service and speaking on their summer lecture series on Tuesday night. Continue reading

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Friday’s List To Live By #44

With Father’s Day approaching, I pulled out my file on fathers came across this Top Ten List.

No source was attributed, but it’s purported to be based on a survey of elementary children who shared what they liked most about their fathers.

While some specifics of this might be a little different in 2021, I think the suggestions and sentiment of this list continues to be relevant. Continue reading

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Remember the Rainbow

“I remember a summer day that began bright and sunny, but muggy and uncomfortable. The weatherman predicted storms, but when one looked outside, it was hard to believe it would happen” recalled Jacquelyn Wagenmaker.

“By 3 in the afternoon things had changed drastically. The air was so humid you felt you would drown just walking through it. The sky in the West was turning ugly. Huge dark clouds were rolling in and soon the sun was totally obliterated. It was almost as dark as night, but it was late afternoon.” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: 1Thessalonians 1:5-7

“What you do speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you’re saying” was once noted by American author, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Emerson’s observation speaks to the importance and impact of our influence.

The dictionary defines influences as “the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.” Simply defined influence is the sway one has over others. Continue reading

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Her #1 Emotional Need

In his book, His Needs Her Needs, Dr.Willard Harley tells about a woman, Jane, who found her prince charming, Richard.

At 6’3″ and 195 pounds, Jane described Richard as “ruggedly handsome.” She was intrigued by his “strong, silent-type” demeanor. While dating, Jane’s “passion level went right off the scale.”

However, a few months into their marriage the passion began to wane. Richard didn’t know how to express affection outside the bedroom. His mother died when he was 10 and was raised by his father and two older brothers. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Affection

Seneca The Younger is credited with saying, “There is no power greater than true affection.”

If this is true, maybe that’s why C. S. Lewis opined, “Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our natural lives.

Affection is defined as a “feeling of liking and caring for someone or something. Tender attachment. Fondness.” Affection is an emotion that combines friendship. Goodwill. Kindness. Closeness. Concern. Passion. And devotion. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Sanctified Silence

Author, educator and theologian, Howard Thurman, once told a story about one of his university students, a deep-sea diver, who wrote about his experience on the ocean floor.

Discovering a coral rock garden, he sat down to look around. First, a single fish swam up to look at him. Then more and more fish were swimming around him. Soon, the garden became more intense. More vivid. More colorful. Plants opened revealing their blossoms. Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: June 6-11

Good morning from Beverly Hills, Florida

Today is a milestone for ThePreachersWord.  WordPress tells me this post  is #2700. When we began in 2012, there was no thought of this kind of longevity or goal.  So, how do you write 2700 posts?  One day at a time.  Sorta like life, eh? Continue reading

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Friday’s List To Live By #43

In his book, God’s Way To The Top, J. J. Turner shares Biblical principles of success that surpass monetary and material definitions as viewed by the world.

In the first of 30 short chapters, he lists 30 principles of success. Here are the first 12 for your consideration and meditation. Continue reading

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