“The patients who came to my office never seem rested” wrote Dr. Richard Swenson in his book Margin. “Many people I meet look haggard and worn-out.”
“Often-used expressions of our society include active, busy, driven, fatigued, tired, exhausted, weary, burned out, anxious, over loaded, or stressed. But seldom do you hear our society described as “well rested,” observed Swenson. Continue reading
Philip Keller in A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 writes, “When all is said and done the welfare of any flock is entirely dependent upon the management afforded them by their owner.
“The tenant sheepman on the farm next to my first ranch was the most indifferent manager I had ever met. He was not concerned about the condition of his sheep. His land was neglected. He gave little or no time to his flock, letting them pretty well forage for themselves as best they could, both summer and winter.” Continue reading
Tomorrow’s post will be the final one. Well, at least for the next week. Two or three times a year we take a break from blogging.
This next week is one of those times. Norma Jean and I will be celebrating our 47th wedding anniversary on August 23rd. So it’s a good time to enjoy a little R & R.
Two years ago when we took our anniversary trip, she asked, “You’re not going to do your blog on this trip are you?” Continue reading
Tony Campolo tells the true story of two men who were traveling together on a train in London. Twenty minutes into their journey, one of the men suffered a seizure, stiffening and falling to the floor.
When this happened his friend immediately took off his own jacket, rolled it up, and put it behind the stricken man’s head. When the seizure was over, his friend lifted him back into the seat and cared for him. Continue reading
Richard and Arlene Baughman have been married 75 years and claim they’ve never had an argument.
“If we had differences we just talked about it,” said Richard.
Arlene joked, “We always said, we didn’t have dishes to throw or shoes to throw because we couldn’t afford it. So, we had to get along!” Continue reading
School is resuming in Kansas City this week, as well as in many parts of the country. I’m reminded of this cute story shared by Scott Mareten about his Pre-school son who was learning the alphabet
Scott says it was a crisp Minnesota fall afternoon, when his four-year-old son was helping him rake leaves in the front yard of their farmhouse. He glanced up just in time to see a flock of geese flying over and pointed out how they flew in a perfect formation shaped like a “V”. Continue reading
Emile Calliet, in Alone at High Noon, wrote, “He who consciously or unconsciously has chosen to ignore God is an orphan in the universe…”
For the past three weeks, we have recognized many of God’s qualities from A-Z. Today, let’s reflect on four more. Continue reading
On January 1, 2012, I launched ThePreachersWord with my first post. Today, I’m writing my 1000th post. It’s been an amazing journey.
As I reflect back over 3 ½ years ago, I was looking for a way to expand my ministry. Time and opportunity had come together in an unexpected and unique way for me to consider blogging as a means to share the Word.
We began with no “followers.” No readers. No archives. And no idea where this would lead. Today, according to WordPress, we have 3,275 “followers.” Continue reading
“The headline caught my eye: “Is it OK to live together before marriage’”, wrote Rubel Shelly in a recent Fax of Life.
Shelly said he knew what the answer would be before he read it. So did I! The internet is filled with blogs with titles like “5 Reasons you shouldn’t say ‘I Do’ Before Living Together First.” Continue reading
“Thought and character are one,” wrote the 19th century philosopher James Allen in his book As a Man Thinketh. He further makes this forever timely observation about our thinking:
“Man is made or unmade by himself. In the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself. He also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought, man ascends to the divine perfection. By the abuse and wrong application of thought he descends below the level of the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character, and man is their maker and master.” Continue reading