Monthly Archives: May 2018


5-year old Jason was in the kitchen as his mother made supper. She asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup,but he didn’t want to go in alone.

“It’s dark in there and I’m scared.”

She asked again, and he persisted. Finally she said, “It’s OK–Jesus will be in there with you.”

Jason walked hesitantly to the door and slowly opened it. He peeked inside, saw it was dark, and started to leave when all at once an idea came to him. Continue reading

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Jerusalem–Past. Present. Future.

Yesterday was a historic day in modern day Israel. On the 70th anniversary of the United Nations recognition of modern day Israel, the United States moved our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognizing it as the capital.

While ThePreachersWord does not hold a political position on moving the capital to Jerusalem, it is interesting from a Biblical perceptive. Especially since this decision has been applauded by most evangelicals including the Dallas preacher, Dr. Robert Jeffress, who was invited to offer the dedication prayer. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Joyful

Kent Crockett illustrates a joyful attitude with the story about a man who walked by a table in a hotel and noticed three men and a dog playing cards. The dog appeared to be winning.

“That must be a very smart dog,” the man commented.

“He ain’t so smart,” said one of the players. “Every time he gets a good hand he wags his tail!” Continue reading


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In Honor of Mothers

“All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother,” once reflected President Abraham Lincoln.

I’m sure Lincoln’s sentiments are the feelings of many of us as we approach a celebration of mother’s day this year.

The two most influential women in my life have been my mother, Mattie Weliever, and my wife, Norma Jean, the mother of our children. My life is better, stronger, and richer because of their profound influence in my ministry. Continue reading

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Consensus Does Not Determine Morality

Legalization of same-sex marriage is now supported by most religious groups according to a study released on May 1st by the Public Religion Research Institute.

The survey was based on more than 40,000 responses collected during 2017. It found that 61% of Americans now support same-sex marriage. Only 31% oppose it.

The support is the strongest among politically liberal groups such as Jews (77%) and Unitarians (97%). Those identified as unaffiliated approved at 80%. Continue reading


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Great Verses of the Bible: Acts 20:28

“Leadership is influence,” wrote J. Oswald Sanders, “the ability of one person to influence others. One man can lead others only to the extent that he can influence them”.”

John Maxwell expressed it this way, “Leadership in any organization – whether in the local church or in some other Christian activity – is never just a job. It is always a way of life, demanding from those who would be leaders a 24-hour-a-day commitment. The leader, in a sense, must always be on the job, deciding, directing and developing the work that has been entrusted to him while at the same time encouraging those in the work.” Continue reading


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Strengthening Our Souls

Our church family at West Main in Lewisville is engaged in reading through the New Testament this year. Currently, we are in the book of Acts.

I noticed a concept in yesterday’s reading that is a prevailing theme, not only in Acts but throughout the Bible. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Intimacy

This week finds Norma Jean and I in Lubbock, Texas, where I’m preaching in a meeting for the Milwaukee Avenue church. Our theme is “Experiencing Intimacy with God.”

The word “intimacy” often conjures up feelings of a romantic relationship between a man and a woman. In fact, we use the word to refer to a sexual relationship enjoyed by a husband and wife. However, that is only the sixth definition by Continue reading


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God’s Cure For Loneliness

According to blogger Leah Hickman “America has a loneliness problem.”

In an article in Hickman reports that “the health insurer Cigna recently conducted a survey on loneliness in the United States. In the final report, about half of the 20,000 respondents said that they struggle with loneliness—specifically, “sometimes or always” feeling alone or left out. The study also found that two out of every five respondents felt isolation, a lack of companionship, or a lack of meaning in their relationships.” Continue reading

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The National Day of Prayer 2018

Today is The National Day of Prayer.

Following a joint resolution in Congress, President Harry Truman signed it into law in 1952. Every President since has signed a proclamation observing such a day. In 1988, President Reagan with unanimous consent of Congress designateded the  first Thursday of May to be the annual day of National Prayer. Continue reading


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