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