A Major Milestone

Today we celebrate and want to share with our readers a major milestone for ThePreachersWord. Our 2000th post.

When we began this enterprise January 1,2012, we had no long term goals for this blog. No vision beyond the immediate. And no idea of its far reaching influence. And certainly no thought of writing 2000 posts.

ThePreachersWord was born when time and opportunity came together in an unplanned, unforeseen and unexpected way to expand our ministry from a local to a national and international outreach.

We envisioned a devotional blog that would encourage, edify and uplift Bible believers. We wanted to offer hope in a world that has lost its way. To buoy the spirits of those who’re suffering . To embolden fellow Christians to “be of good courage.” To cheer the faint-hearted. To stimulate us to love and good works. To revive the weary. To energize Believers to deeper devotion, greater faithfulness and higher aspirations. And to challenge us to keep on keeping on.

We tried to do this by writing on a variety of themes. Our posts are categorized under 169 different topics for easy access and reference. In the 7+ years we’ve had some series and special columns. The most popular is “It’s Friday. But Sunday’s coming.” It’s still widely used for communion talks.

Over the years we’ve learned that posts from ThePreachersWord have been reprinted in bulletins. Published in newspaper articles. Printed and distributed to friends, relatives, and co-workers. Used as Wednesday evening talks. Served as seed thoughts for sermons. Become a resource for sermon illustrations. Reblogged on other blog sites. Quoted by fellow bloggers. And used as Bible class material.

According to WordPress, as of today we have 4,712 followers. We have been read in over 200 countries and territories around the world. After the United States the top 5 countries reading ThePreachersWord are Canada, United Kingdom, Philippines, Australia, and India. Yesterday, we had hits from Rwanda, Russia, and Romania.

This ministry reminds us of the old adage that the journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. How do you write 2,000 posts? One at a time. Just like faithful Christian living is one day at a time.

This blogging venture reinforces the power of persistence, perseverance, and a the realization that a worth-while goal can provide a perpetual purpose. The ability to stick with something over a long period will reap wonderful rewards. And the commitment to making a difference supplies the fuel to continue.

I’m reminded that the internet can be a tool for doing good. Sure, there are plenty of bad things on the ‘net. Things to be avoided. And sites to be censured. But a Godly message with a noble purpose, can reach the far ends of the earth. And touches the lives on unseen thousands of people. “Go into all the world” can be achieved by blogging.

As we travel we meet readers everywhere we go. It’s both gratifying and humbling. We appreciate the many kind words of encouragement. Thanks for reading, commenting, asking questions, and sharing these posts with others.

I especially want to thank my wife, Norma Jean, who’s been so supportive of this ministry. For her suggestions. And work in proofing each post.

Whatever good is accomplished, to God be the glory. His mercy, grace and love sustain us in our present work. And offer us eternal hope through Jesus Christ.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

15 Comments

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15 responses to “A Major Milestone

  1. Larry Hafley

    Mission accomplished!  A purpose and job well done.  Thanks, Ken.  

  2. Emily McDonald

    Thank you! This article, a good breakfast, and coffee, always start my day & make the good day the Lord has made even better!

  3. Brenda

    I congratulate you on steadfastness for sharing God’s Word with us through your blog! I enjoy them, share them and am encouraged by them. Great job!

  4. Congratulations and Thank you!

  5. Stephanie Moody

    Keep up the good work! Galatians 6:9

  6. Chuck Richardson

    Thanks for the work! Very helpful to me!

  7. Joe Gentry

    Thank you for you dedication and for your love for God. It cannot be easy posting something everyday, but you have made many people better spiritually thru this blog. May God continue to bless you and yours.

  8. Timothy Allen Barton

    Always enjoy your posts. Congratulations, and thank you for your efforts to teach and reach others with your good words.

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