Are You Truly Free?

We on a short blogging break during the Thanksgiving holiday, so we’re not doing a weekly recap today. But here’s a bonus post from 8 years ago today.

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Have you heard about Lindsey Stone?  She’s the Massachusetts woman who posted the above picture of herself on facebook.  As you can see she is making a crude gesture and yelling in front of a sign in Arlington National Cemetery that says, “Silence and Respect.”  Obviously, she is doing neither. The post went viral causing a national controversy.  As a result, Lindsey was fired from her job.

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How To Overcome a Culture of Crassness?

We’re taking a short Thanksgiving blogging break, so here’s a reblogged post from 8 years ago today. It ought to resonate with all of us more than ever.

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Crude. Coarse. Crass.  These words often describe our culture today.  It is seen and heard in all segments of our society as people interact in business, sports and politics.  It is evident in the entertainment industry.  And is too often witnessed in the way young people talk to one another.

So what’s the solution to this national epidemic of  abrasive behavior?  It’s a  simple Bible command.  Often overlooked.  Easily ignored.  Difficult to do, sometimes.

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A Passage To Ponder: 1Thessalonians 5:18

The Scottish minister, Alexander Whyte, was known for his positive attitude and uplifting prayers in the pulpit. He always found something for which to be thankful.

One Sunday morning the weather was awful. It was a dark, dreary, and stormy day. One of the deacons remarked, “Well, the preacher won’t have anything to be thankful for on a day like this.” Continue reading

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The Bottom Line of Life

My wife, Norma Jean, likes to watch Hallmark movies. I suppose I’ve developed a bit of fondness for them as well. Currently, we’re watching their annual Christmas series.

When the movie begins with friction between the two lead male and female characters, I always turn to Norma and say, “Well, we know how this is going to end.” Even if one of them has a current boyfriend or girlfriend, something will happen to reveal this person was wrong for them. And the newfound love or in some cases, a rekindled relationship from High School is their true love. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Grateful

 

“Lord, help us to be grateful” is often an expression of my appreciation in offering a prayer of thanksgiving.

I like the word “grateful.” Too often it seems “thank you” becomes an overworked, trite, mumbled expression with little thought or feeling. It’s easy to hurriedly utter an unemotional “thanks” and be on our way. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: #2500

WordPress tells me that today’s post is a major milestone. It’s #2500. Somehow it seems fitting that it fell on a Sunday.

We began ThePreachersWord on January 1, 2012, at ground zero. With no readers and no idea of writing 2500 posts, let alone its far-reaching impact. Today we have thousands of followers all across the United States and all around the world in over 200 countries and territories. Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: November 15-20

Good morning from Indian Shores Beach,

For the third consecutive year during this adventure, Norma Jean and I are enjoying an extended stay at the beach.  Along with some preaching opportunities and our daily writing, it affords some relaxing time to appreciate the beauty of nature and enjoy God’s blessings.  Additionally, it’s an excellent time to plan for next year’s activities, to the extent we’re able to do so. Continue reading

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Friday’s List To Live By #17

Today’s list is a Thanksgiving acrostic, reminding us of our many blessings.

It combines people, places, things, and a fun thought or two. Hope you enjoy it. In fact, you might like to have everyone write their own Thanksgiving acrostic after enjoying a bountiful meal on Thursday.

If you’re new to ThePreachersWord, or missed some of the past 16 Friday’s List to Live by, click here. Continue reading

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Living With Second Choices

(Monday I was privileged to speak in chapel at Florida College. Today’s blog post is an edited version of that talk.)

In 1959 Walt Disney began looking for land to build a second resort to complement his California park. And he wanted enough land to control the development around his next park.

It wasn’t until 1963 that Disney flew over the Orlando area and finally decided on this location. The process of acquiring the land and building the park took 9 years. Disney died in 1966 before The Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: John 18:4

Hans Krause, a minister from Finland, tells a riveting story about the time when a group of theological students was attending a training seminar on pastoral counseling.

One of the members shared some of her childhood experiences that had recently come to the surface. For years on end, she had been sexually abused by a close relative, and there had been nobody to help her.

Hans remembers how everyone listened with deep sympathy to her as she unraveled her experiences and feelings, sobbing, and stammering. Most were dead silent, not knowing what to say or do. Continue reading

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