End of the Year Reflections

 

The only constant in life is change,” opined ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus.

Indeed, change has been the constant for Norma Jean and me during 2018. We have moved from a stable, local church work, to an itinerant ministry where I have preached at 20 different congregations–some on multiple occasions. Our travels have taken us to 18 states and 8 countries.

To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of my retirement have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, I have probably preached this year as much or more than any time in my life, for which I am deeply thankful. God has blessed us abundantly with good health, adequate resources, and wonderful opportunities.

During our travels we’ve been able to continue this little blog, which has continued to grow in readership, as well as content. According to WordPress we have 4,673 “followers.” We recently passed the 1900 mark in published posts that are archived and can be easily accessed in 166 categories.

ThePreachersWord has been read in over 200 countries and territories around the world. Following the USA, the countries with the most hits are Canada, United Kingdom, Philippines, Australia, India, South Africa and Nigeria. Apparently, we also have quite a few readers in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Kenya, and Germany.

It’s amazing that a simple idea born 7 years ago has produced such a profound effect. Like the little mustard seed, it has grown into something far bigger than we ever imagined. Yet, we are humbly reminded that in the big world of blogging, we are but a speck. But we are thankful for whatever good we can do and difference we can make.

Posts from this site have been reblogged, printed in bulletins and published in brotherhood magazines. Wherever we visit, we meet readers of ThePreachersWord. I’ve been told it has been used for communion thoughts, devotional talks, Wednesday night invitations, sermon starters, and even Bible class material.

ThePreachersWord is solely my personal ministry. It’s not supported by any church. Nor do we receive compensation from advertising. It is strictly a not for profit venture. Yet, we believe, very profitable.

As we reflect on 2018, we are thankful for the many opportunities to serve. We thank God for His goodness and grace to use me, a feeble and flawed vessel, in His service. And we thank brethren who’ve been so kind to encourage us along the way.

Looking forward to 2019, we plan to continue ThePreachersWord for another year and to use opportunities to preach and teach as we travel. In addition to gospel meetings in the Spring and Fall, we will spend some extended time in several places.

In January, we will be working with the Northside church in Ft. Lauderdale where Steve McAlister labors, preaching and teaching a class every Sunday. In the late Spring we will spend a month ministering to the brethren in Madrid, Iowa, working with their elders and young preacher, Stefan Richardson. The summer will again be spent in Welland, Ontario, Canada, making our base with the Wellandport church and preaching for various churches throughout the region. Following our Fall meetings, we will return to Florida next November.

Even with this schedule, we do have some gaps, including February which we’re spending in Temple Terrace, Florida, that we would be glad to fill either with meetings or preaching appointments. If we’re in your area this year, we would be glad to visit and share the Word.

Of course, all of this is predicated with the Biblical admonition instructing us to include the Lord in our plans.

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” (Jas 4:13-16).

We close the year as we always do by taking a break and reblogging the top 10 most read posts. It’s fun to see what our readers have enjoyed and shared with others. Plus it’s an opportunity for new readers to peek into the past.

We rejoice for whatever good has been accomplished in the past 7 years, and for whatever way our readers have been helped, encouraged and edified. We appreciate our readers’ comments, questions, suggestions, and words of encouragement. Most of all, may God be glorified through this effort.

To each of you, we wish a “Merry Christmas” and a “Happy New Year!”

 

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

 

22 Comments

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22 responses to “End of the Year Reflections

  1. Sally A Shaffer

    read your posts every day..always very encouraging..

  2. John Cosper

    Thank you for your commitment to this work. I look forward to each article.

  3. Tim Torno

    Ken and Norma Jean,
    Congratulations on a fantastic 2018! We are thankful you came into and blessed our lives. We miss you both and love you dearly.
    Tim Torno

    • Thank you so much, TIm. We were grateful for the opportunity to become a part of the West Main Family. We appreciate your support, encouragement, and love. We miss you, too. Come to Florida this winter and see us! God bless. Ken

  4. Steve Jimison

    Keep up the good work and come back through KC on the way to Iowa!

  5. Ken,

    I have been reading ThePeachersWord daily along with Roger Shouse’s Jump Starts Daily. They, along with a daily bible reading and prayer, have become part of my early-morning routine in semi-retirement.. I am always encuraged by what you and Roger write. Keep up the good work! I pray for the Lord’s richest blessings on you and your family as you do His work!

    Best Wishes,
    Randy Sexton

    • Thanks, Randy. I’m humbled that ThePreachersWord is a regular part of your daily devotion. I’m so glad its been helpful to you. Thanks for your encouragement and kind words. God bless, brother.

  6. georgina lee

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful passage. God be with us all in this delicate time.

  7. Brenda Reymann

    I so enjoy, and appreciate your blog, and hope you continue the good work! God bless, and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours too…

    Brenda

  8. Willard Brockinton

    Thanks, Ken I enjoy reading your blog each day and enjoy the spiritual food that you provide to so many. Pray that you and Norma Jean have a safe and wonderful 2019 in your work for the Lord.

  9. John Tabor

    Come to visit West Mason C of C north of Cincinnati

  10. Billie Mann

    You sound like Cal. We are temporarily in OKC where he is teaching ATC for a few weeks to give the regular teachers a break. He loves his work as you do. The best of love to you both🌹

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

  11. Billy Akin

    Ken, thanks for another good year. Continue to appreciate your blogs and pass them along to others. You said :”Like a little mustard seed, it has grown into something far bigger………” One reason for that growth is “good watering” by you. Look forward to being with you at Kemper Heights in April. Happy Holidays to you and Norma Jean from Shirley and me. In the love of Christ, Billy Akin.

  12. Jim Phillips

    My God bless you both with a great 2019 as He did in 2018.

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