Pressure and the Pandemic

Yesterday The Today show featured a segment on the problem of pressure during the Coronavirus pandemic. It released the results of research by Mental Health America (MHA) and the American Psychological Association (APA) on the mental health of Americans during this crisis.

  • 78% of adults said COVID-19 is a significant source of stress in their life.
  • 2/3 said they were experiencing increased stress during the pandemic.
  • Generation Z (born between 1997 and 2012) are more likely to feel lonely.
  • More than 50% of kids 11-17 admitted they had thought of committing suicide.
  • The number of people looking for help with anxiety and depression during the pandemic has skyrocketed.

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A Passage To Ponder: Psalm 147


Jeff Strite tells the story about a farmer in a country restaurant who bowed his head in prayer before eating his breakfast.

Two young fellas at the next table thought it was odd and quietly made fun of him as he prayed. When the farmer finished his prayer, they chided: “Hey old man, does everybody out on the farm pray over their meals?” Continue reading

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9 Reasons Why I Write

Today is the “National Day on Writing,” according to the calendar of unusual and little known national holidays.

Their web site says, “This day is actually an initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English — built on the premise that writing is critical to literacy but needs greater attention and celebration.”

Writers are encouraged today to share their reasons for writing around the theme of #WhyIWrite. Apparently, this title is taken from George Orwell’s 1946 essay, “Why I Write.” Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Citizenship

We are two weeks away from a Presidential election in the United States where every citizen has the right to vote for their candidate. It’s often said that voting is essential to being a good citizen.

In fact, the official guide to naturalization states “Citizens have a responsibility to participate in the political process by registering and voting in elections.”

Maybe more than ever before, the citizenry of our great nation is politically polarized. Each party is appealing to voters to cast a ballot for their candidate as the one who will either make America great again or restore the soul of America. In some circles, it’s implied, if not stated, that to be a responsible citizen you must vote for a specific candidate. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Seeing God Through Sad Eyes

Today, I’m worshiping with and preaching for the brethren in Cosby, Tennessee. We were here back in March when COVID-19 ramped up and they had to suspend their services, like so many other churches around the country.

So much has happened in the past 7 months that it seems almost surreal.

-Almost 8 million Americans have contracted COVID-19 and more than 39 million worldwide.

-Over 216,000 have died in the US, and more than 1.1 million people worldwide. Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: October 11-16

Good morning from the Commonwealth,

After three consecutive Gospel Meetings and a pleasant and profitable week with the University Heights Church in Lexington, KY, we’re leaving today for a couple weeks in the Smoky Mountains.

We’re looking forward to relaxing, enjoying the beauty of God’s creation, and seeing the Fall foliage.  Also, we will be preaching both Sundays at the Cosby Church of Christ.   If you’re visiting the Smokies, come and see us. Continue reading

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Friday’s List to Live By #13

Today’s list comes from author, seminar speaker, counselor, and psychologist Dr. Steve Stephens. It is a follow up to yesterday’s post on Bearing Burdens and God’s Grace.

Based on reader response, we will continue these succinct lists every Friday for the foreseeable future. If you’re new to ThePreachersWord, click here to access the past 12 lists. Continue reading

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Bearing Burdens And God’s Grace

A construction crew had been on the job site for about a week when one of their men was hurt and a new guy, named Jason, was hired. He was a broad-shouldered, powerful young man and a really good worker. But he was also very annoying.

Jason was always bragging that he was stronger than anyone else at the worksite and he especially made fun of Ralph, one of the older workmen. Finally, the old fella had enough. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: 2Peter 1

A newly hired and eager young man just graduated from the state university with a degree in agriculture.

Excited about his new job with the county ag department he was assigned to visit local farmers and share his knowledge.

On his first visit to Farmer Jones, he drove up to the field where he was working and motioned for him to come over. Jones got off his tracker and asked, “How can I help ya’?” Continue reading

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Interpreting Scripture And Solving Problems

On and off yesterday I watched some of the Senate Judiciary hearings regarding the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

In her opening statement Judge Barrett shared one principle of her judicial philosophy when she said the following: Continue reading

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