Monthly Archives: November 2012


Robert Ingersoll was a notable agnostic of the 19th century. He was a secularist.  His interest was only in the present.  And his is attitude toward Christianity could be summarized in five words, “The Bible is a Delusion.” Continue reading


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Teamwork: The Key To Success

We are now moving forward into my favorite time of year.  No, not winter!  Not Christmas!  Basketball season!  I like other sports.  And watch other sports.  But basketball is the best.  I won’t even argue the point here.  You know it is!  Continue reading

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Are You Truly Free?

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. Continue reading


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How To Overcome a Culture of Crassness?

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. Continue reading


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Post Thanksgiving Day Thoughts

ThePreachersWord is back after a short break!  We hope you’ve had a good Thanksgiving holiday and enjoyed some special times with loved ones.

On Wednesday we published our ABC’S of Thanksgiving.  If you missed it, I think you would enjoy it.

With the holiday behind us, I wanted to share a few thoughts that have been on my mind the past few days.  Kind of a potpourri of post-thanksgiving thoughts and observations. Continue reading


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After six grueling hours of vicious taunts, mental torture and physical torment, Jesus cried with a loud voice, breathed his last breath and “yielded His Spirit.”  The centurion  guards standing by saw he was dead. 

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Wednesday Night Norma and I visited the Henderson Boulevard church here in Tampa. .  I like the fellowship at Henderson and they were having a special series with Paul Sheehan.  The singing was spirited. The fellowship was warm.  And the worship was God centered.  None of this was unexpected.  Nor was the unique style with which Paul presents the Gospel.  I liked his lesson.  A lot. And want to share some of my thoughts from it. 

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Here’s wishing each of you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  Enjoy the day of food, fun, and family. And maybe some football! ThePreachersWord is going to take a Thanksgiving break for the next couple of days.  We will repeat two of our more popular posts from the past several months tomorrow and Friday.

Today’s “Thanksgiving” post is my application of the song, “Count your many blessings.”   A fun way to do this is to take the alphabet and list some of them. Some are spiritual.  Some  physical. Some personal. And little things we take for granted. Continue reading


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The Redeeming Virtue of Forgiveness

“How many of you have lost a brother or sister as a result of violence?”  asked Azim Khamisa the students at San Diego’s CorreiaMiddle School. About a third of the several hundred gathered in the school auditorium raise their hands.

“And how many of you would want revenge if a brother or sister was killed”? Khamisa probed.  Almost every hand shot up.    Then he asked, “Would revenge bring (my son) back? Continue reading


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Do We Care Enough To Correct?

George Bernard Shaw once said, “The worse sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them.  That’s the essence of inhumanity.”  Shaw’s words ring true when you consider  the Bible teaching about our relationships with one another.

Jesus taught the ”Golden Rule” to treat others the way we want to be treated (Matt. 7:12).  He told the parable of the Good Samaritan when a critic seeking to entrap him asked, “Who is my neighbor?”  The Samaritan was good because he cared about a fellow human being that was bruised and beaten. Continue reading


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