Monthly Archives: April 2020

Word of the Week: Judgment

“Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment,” once quipped the American humorist Will Rogers.

In the midst of this current crisis, our President’s judgment is being questioned for opening up the country too quickly. Ironically, he was criticized, after the fact, for being too slow to shut it down. State Governors and local elected officials are charged with the task of implementing guidelines for their states and counties. Many are protesting their judgments. Continue reading


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Sunday Seed Thoughts: 10 Tips For Online Worshipers

Today Norma Jean and I will be worshiping alone for the third consecutive Sunday. It seems strange. But it’s our new reality. At least temporarily.

With the COVID-19 “sheltering in place” guidelines probably your congregation has also been forced to suspend public gatherings. Many of you, therefore, will be watching online, either live streaming or a video. Some congregations may only have an audio transmission.

So, here are ten tips to help you worship today. Continue reading


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Weekly Recap: April 12-18

For those of you who may have missed one of our posts this past week, here are  the quick links to get you caught up.

Also it’s an opportunity for you to share ThePreachersWord with others who are looking for devotional material while we’re “sheltering in place.”

If you’re receiving ThePreachersWord by email, you can forward it to others who you think might enjoy and profit from our posts.  Facebook users or Twitter followers can share this one link and give your friends access to the links for all of our posts this week.

Sunday Seed Thoughts: We See Jesus



Word of the Week: Waiting





10 Things The Coronavirus Cannot Do




A Passage To Ponder: Psalm 146



Be Patient




The Jerusalem Church: A Divine Model for the 21st Century



Hope and pray you all are doing well.

God bless.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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The Jerusalem Church: A Divine Model For the 21st Century

Our Bible reading today is Acts 2. One of the greatest chapters in the Bible.

In Acts 2 we see the fulfillment of Joel 2, Isaiah 2 and Micah 4. Jesus’ promise that the kingdom of God would come with power was coming to pass (Mk. 9:1). His command for the apostles to wait in Jerusalem to receive the power of the Holy Spirit occurred in dramatic fashion before an astonished crowd.

Peter’s sermon was Christ-centered. He argued that Jesus was the Son of God, based on His miracles and His resurrection from the dead. And that He was the fulfillment of David’s Messianic prophecy. The miraculous events of Pentecost were further evidence. His riveting message cut to the hearts of those he charged with wickedly crucifying Christ. Continue reading

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Be Patient

Numerous news outlets, as well as the President’s own Coronavirus Task Force, report that the American people are becoming increasingly frustrated and impatient with the social distancing guidelines. Protests have even erupted in Michigan in defiance of the Governor’s guidelines.

The President has often said that people are “chompin’ at the bit to get back to work.” To attend ball games. Eat out at restaurants. And get this country open again.

I’m reminded of a story about the 19th century New England Preacher Phillips Brooks. He was known for his poise. Patience. And quiet manner. However, like all of us, the pressure of his work caused him to suffer from periods of frustration. Continue reading


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A Passage To Ponder: Psalm 146

The late R. J. Stevens and his son, Tim, have done more for lifting and improving the praise worship of God’s people than any two men I’ve ever known.

But their work has gone beyond teaching the fundamentals of music, how to beat time, or pitch a song. They have reminded us of the why and the Who behind our praise.

Tim once observed that praise is not just an outward act. Praise stems from who we are. The inner person. The heart. Like the ancient poet, we should exclaim, “Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart! (PS 11:1). Continue reading


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10 Things the Coronavirus Cannot Do

As we continue living through this new normal, which is so abnormal, our hearts are touched by the amount of sickness and death we are seeing and hearing reported by the media.

In fact, by now you may know someone who’s contracted COVID-19. We know a few folks personally who are suffering from it. And so far, thankfully winning the battle.

Yet, in the midst of this current crisis we continue to hear uplifting stories. Stories of heroism. Courage. And self-sacrifice. People helping people. Neighbors looking after one another. Shepherds employing innovative ways to watch for souls. Preachers learning and using new techniques to teach and preach the gospel. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Waiting

The other day Norma Jean and I  were discussing our travel plans for May and the rest of the summer.

“Do you think “sheltering in place” restrictions will be lifted by May 1st?” she wondered.

“I don’t know.”

“When you do think the Canadian border will open?”

“I don’t know.”

“Where are we going if the border doesn’t open in May?” Continue reading


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Sunday Seed Thoughts: We See Jesus

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Heb 2:9).

We. See. Jesus.

Today. On this day. On this first day of the week. Every first day of the week. We see Jesus more clearly than on any other day. Continue reading


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Weekly Recap: April 5-11

For those of you who may have missed one of our posts this past week, here are  the quick links to get you caught up.   You will find the posts from Sunday, Monday and Tuesday especially encouraging during our present distress.

On Wednesday we discussed the parable of the persistent widow and the  unjust judge.

Thursday addresses the important issue of  passing on our faith to our children and grandchildren.

On Friday we focused on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

And today, we sent out an extra post you must read about the blasphemous rock Opera Jesus Christ Superstar that airs on NBC tomorrow night Continue reading

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