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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! A Tribute to Jesus’ Victory

Cross_and_Tomb1(This post from April of 2012 was the first of our Friday columns and has received the most reader views of all of our 800+ posts in the past 3 years)

S. M. Lockridge (1913-2000)  was a prominent African-American preacher known for his dynamic, passionate, and fervent sermons.  His most famous sermon  was “He’s my King.”  Several years ago author and speaker Tony Campolo was so impressed by Lockridge’s lesson on “It’s Friday. But Sunday’s Coming!” that he began to deliver the lesson himself and even wrote a book with that title.  Each Friday on ThePreachersWord we are going to share some aspect of death, burial and resurrection of Jesus that speak to this grand theme.  You see, the narrative of Jesus crucifixion is one of betrayal.  Denial. Cowardice. Envy.  Hate.  Brutality.  Suffering. Despair. Defeat.  Death.

Yet, Christians celebrate the cross because the story does not end on that fateful Friday. It does not end at the cross.  The irony of the cross was the very instrument Jesus’ enemies used to defeat Him became His greatest victory.  Little did they know when Friday ended what would happen on Sunday to change the course of the world’s history.

And so in the spirit of this theme, I want to share a part of that famous sermon by Lockridge.  As you read this, just remember that regardless of what today brings.  Regardless of today’s problems. Challenges.  Or defeats.  Just remember that Sunday’s coming!  And that you will enjoy the privilege of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.  Communing with Him and fellow saints. And beginning a new week with renewed vision, vigor and vitality.

I know it’s Friday.  But thanks be to God that Sunday’s coming!

It’s Friday. Jesus is praying. Peter’s a sleeping. Judas is betraying. But Sunday’s comin’. 

It’s Friday.  Pilate’s struggling.  The council is conspiring. The crowd is vilifying. They don’t even know That Sunday’s comin’.

It’s Friday. The disciples are running Like sheep without a shepherd. Mary’s crying. Peter is    denying. But they don’t know That Sunday’s a comin’.

It’s Friday.  The Romans beat my Jesus.  They robe him in scarlet.  They crown him with        thorns.  But they don’t know That Sunday’s comin’.

It’s Friday. See Jesus walking to Calvary.  His blood dripping.  His body stumbling.  And his spirit’s burdened.  But you see, it’s only Friday. Sunday’s comin’.

It’s Friday. The world’s winning. People are sinning. And evil’s grinning.   

It’s Friday. The soldiers nail my Savior’s hands To the cross. They nail my Savior’s feet
To the cross.  And then they raise him up Next to criminals.  It’s Friday.  But let me tell you    something Sunday’s comin’.

It’s Friday.  The disciples are questioning.  What has happened to their King.  And the Pharisees are celebrating That their scheming Has been achieved. But they don’t know It’s only Friday.  Sunday’s comin’.

It’s Friday.  He’s hanging on the cross.  Feeling forsaken by his Father.  Left alone and dying
Can nobody save him?  Ooooh It’s Friday.  But Sunday’s comin’.

It’s Friday. The earth trembles.  The sky grows dark.  My King yields his spirit.  It’s Friday.
Hope is lost.  Death has won. Sin has conquered.  and Satan’s just a laughin’.

It’s Friday. Jesus is buried. A soldier stands guard. And a rock is rolled into place.  But it’s  Friday. It is only Friday.  Sunday is a comin’!

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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5 Lessons I Learned From Noah and The Ark

As we close 2014, we are reblogging the top posts since we began ThePreachersWord. This 2012 post ranked #2

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Fifteen years ago, Robert Fulghum wrote a little book entitled, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. This credo became a phenomenal #1 best seller.  There have been lots of imitations of that “All I really need to Know” idea.

One of my favorites is “Everything I need to know about life I learned from Noah’s ark.”  This “unknown author” says….

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My Response To President Obama

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Monday was a historical day.  On MLK day our first black President was sworn into office for a second term.  But there was something else.  For the first time in an Inaugural speech, a President used the word “gay” to address sexual orientation and promote same-sex marriage.

President Obama  also invoked “Stonewall” a gay bar in Greenwich, where in 1969 a police raid sparked riots.  He placed it the same category as 1848 Women’s right convention in Seneca Falls, and the 1965 civil rights March in Selma, Alabama.

And what is my response? 

I respectfully disagree.  I believe that same-sex marriage is a violation of the Bible’s definition of marriage (Matt. 19:4-6), and that homosexuality is a sin (1Cor 6:9-11).  And I will continue to preach the truth, our President’s agenda not withstanding.

So, how should be my response to our reelected President be expressed?

As a Christian I am called to attitudes and actions that rise above a selfish, sinful, secular world.   Consider these Bible exhortations as they relate to Christians, their leaders and their government.

1 Tim 2:1-5

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior…

1 Peter 2:13-17

Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.  For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.  Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

Rom 13:1-7

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves…. it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full-time to governing.  Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Based on these exhortations, these 9 principles should guide our response.

1. Pray for President Obama.  Pray for peace. Tranquility. And an environment conducive to goodness and godliness.

2. Be respectful of the President and the leaders of our land.  Pejorative remarks and unkind epitaphs are unbecoming to followers of Christ.

3. Show honor.  Paul not only taught it.  But practiced it in his interaction with ungodly rulers like Felix, Festus and Agrippa.

4. Obey the law.  Our disagreement with enacted laws do not give us the right to violate them, unless they conflict with God’s divine laws (Acts 5:29)

5. Pay taxes.  Will taxes increase over the next four years?  Probably!  What should I do?  Pay them!  Be honest.  Be honorable.

6. Do good.  Be good.  Live godly.

7. Don’t use your liberty as a licence to sin.  Or a cover up for ungodly attitudes.  Or a cloak for malicious talk.

8. Be true to your spiritually trained conscience.  Don’t violate what you know to be right.

9. Glorify God.  We are merely foreigners here.  We sojourn.  While we have obligations to our elected officials, God is the One we serve.  Honor. Fear.  And He is why we rise above pettiness, ugliness, and harshness.

Certainly I have the right to disagree with policies. To petition for change. And to preach the Truth.  But may it be done with the attitude of Christ, a spirit of love, and words and actions that honor King Jesus.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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An Alternative Response to Ferguson

Although posted just a month ago this post obviously resonated with readers, as it has received the most views for all of 2014. As racial tensions continue in the aftermath of recent events, the thoughts offered are more relevant than ever.

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Last night Norma Jean and I watched the events unfold in Ferguson, Missouri.   We live on the other side of the state, 237 miles away, but it seemed like it was happening in our back yard.

Following three months of hearing witnesses and evaluating evidence, Prosecutor Bob McCullough announced the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. 

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A Prayer Request for Jared Thompson

This prayer request last February for my son-in-law, Jared, received the 2nd most reader views of any 2014 post. As an update, Jared successfully completed his chemo and radiation treatments and is believed to be cancer-free! During this time he worked, earned his Master’s degree, and became a first time father! What a year! We are thankful for God’s goodness and grace toward Jared and our family.

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Yesterday we received a call from our daughter in Florida, Rachél Thompson, regarding her husband, Jared. He  was just diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma.

Jared recently had a tonsillectomy.  They both, as well as the doctor, had a feeling there was more to this than a normal surgery. A biopsy was performed from the tonsils and they received the results yesterday. 

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Did He Really Say That?

As we close the final 12 days of 2014, we are reblogging the top posts of this year. Based on reader views this one ranked #3.

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In a shocking speech that is reverberating across the world, Pope Francis made this declaration in the third Vatican council.

“Through humility, soul searching, and prayerful contemplation we have gained a new understanding of certain dogmas. The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer.

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9 Things I Know From Noah

During “the 12 days of blogging,” we are relogging the top read post by our readers from 2014. This post on Noah ranked #4. Merry Christmas everyone!

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The much-anticipated movie “Noah” debuted this past week-end. The film was a #1 box-office hit, raking in $44 million. Director Darren Aronofsky, an avowed atheist, created controversy by saying his film was   “the least biblical, biblical movie ever made.”

Reaction has been mixed, both among critics and Christians. 

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SURPRISE! SURPRISE! SURPRISE! Meet Miles Carter Weliever!

ThePreachersWord is taking a holiday break, but reblogging the top read posts from 2014 based on reader hits. This one at #5 is pretty special since it announced the birth of our second grandson!

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“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise,” once wrote British anthropologist and author Ashley Montagu. “It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”

Well, our family recently enjoyed one of those moments that seriously seized us! It was a happy surprise that I would like to share with our readers. 

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Why I Haven’t Changed My Mind on Homosexuality

During the final 12 days of the year we are reblogging the top posts based on reader views for 2014. This one ranked #6.

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“I recently became gay affirming after a 15-year journey,” said Danny Cortez, a preacher for the New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, California.

In a letter to blogger John Shore, founder of “Unfundamentalist Christians,” Cortez said he “realized I no longer believed in the traditional teachings regarding homosexuality.” The Baptist trained preacher said after reading many of Shore’s posts his “eyes became open to the injustice that the church had wrought.”

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Was Phil Robertson Guilty of Judging?

As we close the final 12 days of 2014, we are reblogging the top posts of the year. Based on reader views this one came in at #7)

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During my self-imposed holiday hiatus ThePreachersWord missed out on the whole Duck Dynasty flap!

While I was away, Duck Commander, Phil Robertson, was put on suspension by the A & E network for his comments in GQ magazine regarding homosexuality.  Every news show, talk show, cable TV host, call in radio show and about anyone involved in media opined on Robertson.   Duck Dynasty.  Free speech.  Freedom of religion.  And homosexuality.  

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