Monthly Archives: September 2013

Word of the Week: Stewardship

stewardshipThe Butterball Turkey Company used to set up a hotline to answer consumer questions about preparing holiday turkeys. One woman called to inquire about cooking a turkey that had been in her freezer for twenty-three years. The operator told her it might be safe if the freezer had been kept below zero degrees the entire time. But the operator warned  that, even if it were safe, the flavor had probably deteriorated, and she wouldn’t recommend eating it. Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! The Inconsistency of Life


“I suspect the most consistent thing about life has to be its inconsistency,” wrote Max Lucado in his classic book, “No Wonder They Call Him the Savior.”

“It’s this eerie inconsistency,” observes Max, “that keeps all of us, to one degree or another, living our lives on the edge of our chairs.”

“Yet, it was in this inconsistency that God had his finest hour. Never did the obscene come so close to the holy as it did on Calvary. Never did the good in the world so intertwine with the bad as it did on the cross” Continue reading


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7 Questions To Help You Grow


There are several memorable lines in the classic movie, Forrest Gump.

There is often quoted, “My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Then the insightful, “My Mama always said you’ve got to put the past behind you before you can move on.

I like Mrs. Gump’s observation, “You have to do the best with what God gave you.”

But then there is a poignant scene between Jenny and Forrest.   Continue reading

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Who Are You Listening To?


Billie Burke was a famous actress of the early 20th century.  She played “Gilda the good witch” in the Wizard of Oz musical.  The story is told that Ms Burke was once traveling on a cruise ship when she noticed a man at the next table suffering from a bad cold.

She asked, “Are you uncomfortable?”  The man nodded in the affirmative.  “Well,” she instructed, “I’ll tell you what to do. Continue reading


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Are You Willing to Die for Jesus?

A Kenyan policeman walks inside the African Inland Church after an attack in Garissa

(During the Holiday season we are reblogging the top 9 post of 2013.  Based on the number of “hits” this one came in at #8)

From Pakistan to Egypt.  From Kenya to Syria.  And all across the Muslim world it has been an “open season on Christians.”  Seventy-eight people professing Christianity were slaughtered Sunday by twin suicide bombers at a church in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.

In a Kenyan shopping mall, a gang of Islamic extremists from Somalia murdered at least 68 workers and shoppers.  Reportedly they shouted for “Muslims to get out-of-the-way so they could specifically kill Christians.” Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Perseverance


Today is a special milestone for ThePreachersWord.  This is the 500th post!

We began January 1, 2012 with no readers!  No track record.  No idea of what to expect.  And certainly no thought of posting 500 times!  What began as an unexpected opportunity to minister in this manner has been a wonderful blessing to me.  And I  hope to those who are regular readers.

According to WordPress we have 2400 followers from various media sources. ThePreachersWord has been read in over 170 countries.  And we have posts in over 100 categories. Continue reading


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It’s Friday.  And I’m concluding a meeting in Trenton, Florida.  Norma Jean and I have been blessed by the fellowship of the brethren here and the gracious hospitality of Ricky and Marchene Hudson.

All week I have been writing and sending my posts from their office.  And on the wall behind me is a poster entitled “And He Shall Be Called.”  On it are 58 titles and designations of Jesus that I want to share with you.  When the angel appeared to Joseph and said Mary had conceived a child of the Holy Spirit.  He said, “You shall call his name Jesus.  For he shall save his people from their sins.”  Continue reading


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Is Christianity a Part of Your Life?

JohnWittYesterday I had lunch with John Witt.  We had briefly met once, but never spent any time together. The lack of association has been my loss.

John is an energetic 89 years young. He’s a retired minister.  But not retired from ministering.

John shared with me his conversion story. How he was searching for Truth.  His journey.  And how he was converted to Christ.  It’s an intriguing and compelling story.  John was in his late 20’s when he bought his first Bible. Continue reading


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Response to a Reader’s Questions


“The topic you discuss today is more complex than a simple black/white description.” writes a reader regarding yesterdays post–“Is Just Following Your Conscience Good Enough for God?”

The reader then makes a sincere request.  “As a “teacher” please tell us your perspective of Cornelius (before his vision from God to contact Peter). Also, “teach” us about OT Scripture where God’s Word tells us about God imparting “conscience” to non-Jews that didn’t have the teachings of Moses to follow.” Continue reading


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Is Just Following Your Conscience Good Enough For God?

Repubblicacover-255x337Does God “forgive those who are unbelievers and do not seek faith?”

The Catholic Pope, Francis, was asked this question by Eugenio Sscalfari, an avowed atheist and founder of the liberal Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The Pope responded with a recently published front page letter.

Here’s what he wrote. Continue reading


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