December 31, 2019 · 6:09 am
Love triumphs in the end. This Valentine’s day post was the runaway #1 post of 2019. Thanks for reading ThePreachersWord. I appreciate everyone’s encouragement and support. I hope you enjoyed this 10 day trip down memory lane.
On this day, February 14, 270 A.D., a man by the name of Valentine, a religious leader in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed.
According to History.com, The Roman Emperor, known as Claudius the Cruel, “was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns.” Apparently, he was having a difficult time getting men to join his army because of their attachment to the wives and families. So, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome.
According to one of the legends, Valentine, “realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.”
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December 30, 2019 · 5:01 am
This June post elicited a good bit of response from our readers and finished the year as the 2nd most read of 2019. In addition, the links provided in the post will be helpful to further amplify some of the points made.
In a new promotional video for the so-called reality show “The Bachelorette” Hannah Brown is talking with contestant Luke Parker, who is telling her what he thinks about sex.
“Let’s talk about sex and how the marriage bed should be kept pure,” Luke told Hannah.
“Let’s say you have had sex with one or multiple of these guys, I would be wanting to go home,” Luke admitted.
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December 29, 2019 · 6:36 am
As we are winding down the year, we are down to reblogging the final 3 of our top 10 posts of 2019 based on reader views. This one came in at #3. It’s a reminder that we cannot be conformed to the sinful lifestyle of the world, nor approve or appalud it.
“I stand before my family, friends and graduating class today to say that I am proud to be a gay son of God,” announced Matthew Easton in his valedictorian speech at Brigham Young University last Friday night.
The “coming out” announcement which came as a surprise to the majority of the 10,000 in attendance, including some family members, was received with cheers and applause that echoed through the Marriott Center.
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December 28, 2019 · 6:11 am
This warning and exhortation from Hebrews 3:12 in a February post was the 4th most read 2019 post. Even if you’ve read it before, take the time to read it again. It speaks to an ever-present challenge that each of us faces.
I recently read a story shared by Texas preacher Donnie Martin about Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper.” It is told that da Vinci looked for models to sit for Jesus and His disciples.
He found a handsome and innocent looking man in a choir in one of the churches in Italy. He portrayed him as Jesus in the painting. The man’s name was Pietro Bandinelli.
Years passed as da Vinci continued to work on the painting. He left the face of Judas Iscariot till the last. One day da Vinci went out into the streets of Rome and looked for the most forlorn person he could find.
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December 27, 2019 · 6:24 am
This January post has resonated with readers throughout the year gathering enough hits to rank #5 in 2019. I appreciate the encouraging words on my blog site as well as facebook. Feel free to share. it.
This week all the rage has been Gillette’s controversial ad. It opens with the narrator asking “Is this the best a man can get?”
The opening scenes show men and boys bullying, being obnoxious and harassing women. As men stand behind their barbecue grills and two little boys fight, the men are muttering “boys will be boys” implying that bad behavior is justified.
Interestingly the response has been mixed. First there was a backlash. Now there’s a backlash against the backlash. The YouTube video currently stands at 145,000 likes and 454,000 dislikes.
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December 26, 2019 · 5:24 am
We continue our countdown of the 10 ten posts of 2019, with this August post that ranked #6 according to WordPress. It raises a question worthy of our consideration as we come to an end of 2019 and stand on the brink of a new year and a new decade–“Have I forgotten God?”
Following the horrific mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, politicians and pundits are asking the same questions, promoting familiar explanations, and making urgent demands that we’ve all heard before.
“One question no one is asking,” raised columnist Cal Thomas is “Why is evil rampant in our country?”
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December 24, 2019 · 4:19 am
This October post was the 7th most read 2019 post. Plus received many responses. Feel free to add your thoughts regarding this issue. I would love to get your opinion. We will resume our countdown on the 26th.
Do you ever miss being a Christian?”
“No,” replied Anthony B. Pinn comfortably.
In an online story by The ChristianPost, Leonardo Blair relates the deconversion of a professor of humanities and religion at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Deconversion is a strange-sounding new word to Christians. We’re familiar with conversion. But deconversion? It’s defined as a loss of faith or leaving one’s religion for another religion, or no religion at all.
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December 23, 2019 · 6:06 am
While we’re enjoying a holiday blogging break, we’re reblogging the top 10 posts of 2019 according to reader views. This one ranked #8.
President Trump has declared “A State of Emergency” on our Southern border in an effort to secure funding to build his promised border wall.
This declaration has further polarized Republicans and Democrats. Conservatives and Liberals. Pro-Trump and Non-Trump advocates. Of course, the media is having a field day with political pundits in their respective corners pontificating about the merits of this declaration or the lack thereof.
Predictably, many on social media are passionately sharing their views. Some with harsh and hateful language. Sadly some who profess allegiance to Christ have dimmed and diminished their light with vitriolic speech.
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December 22, 2019 · 5:59 am
We’re taking a blogging break during the final two weeks of the year and posting the top 10 posts of 2019 based on reader views. This November post ranked #9.
You see some things on Facebook that make you wince. Others cause you to shake your head in disbelief. And some elicit a chuckle. This one makes me sick.
A pro-choice organization, which means pro-abortion, recently mounted a new campaign claiming that abortion is a selfless act of love.
The National Women’s Law Center is seeking to “reframe” the abortion debate with their campaign “Abortion Actually.” According to their website they intend to “fight back against the assault on abortion rights in our country.”
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December 21, 2019 · 4:07 am
As we close 2019, we’re counting down our top 10 posts for the year based on reader views. It’s an opportunity not only to take a blogging break but to review for our readers their favorite posts and give our new readers the chance to see posts they may have missed. This June post came in at #10.
“Why is sex before marriage a sin?” asked Linda, one of our regular readers in response to a recent post.
Linda added, “I can see how extramarital affairs, sex outside marriage can be (sinful).” She further suggested the only dangers to sex before marriage might be “unwanted sexual diseases or an unexpected or unplanned pregnancy.” However, she opined that “thankfully these days many people have access to safe birth control and condoms so they do not have to suffer heart-wrenching punishing consequences.”
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