“Anybody can run the first half of a race, but it takes a true competitor to compete in the second half of the race.”
These words from David Kempston’s high school coach still ring in his ears over thirty years later.
Kempston, a trial lawyer, who loves to run, shared the basis of this advice in his book “Lessons Learned On The Run: A Book About Running and Life.” Continue reading
Through the years Preachers have devised some interesting titles for this text.
“An Achan Heart”
“What’s Achan You?”
“God’s Prescription for an Achan Home”
“The Sin of an Achan Heart.” Continue reading
“I am not saying that what we are seeing today is proof positive that Jesus is coming tomorrow,” opined Tony Evans in a recent sermon. “What I am saying is, it could be.”
Evans, the well-known 72-year-old preacher at the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas, is among those who are talking about “End Times” because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
His disclaimer notwithstanding, Evans went on to talk about Bible prophecy and supposedly connected the dots between the Old Testament prophecies regarding Israel, the church, the Second Coming of Christ, figurative language in the book of Revelation, the price of oil, and war in the Middle East. Continue reading
“Virtue is to the soul, what health is to the body,” wrote the French Essayist François de La Rochefoucauld.
Using that analogy it’s not an exaggeration to say that a spiritual pandemic pervades our society today. To deny it is to ignore the violence, lawlessness, immorality, perversion, and wickedness in the world around us. Hitting closer to home, maybe even the vice within our own minds and hearts.
This year in connection with our theme “Let’s Renew in ‘22,” we’re using our word of the week to encourage renewal and revival of spiritual qualities that may be ignored in our culture and even neglected by Christians. Continue reading
“A man’s mind is like a garden,” wrote Dee Bowman in That’s Life.
“The soil, the seed for sowing, and the seasons have been provided by a gracious and benevolent Creator,” Dee Observed. “But the man must plant the seed, nourish it, cultivate it, and weed it. It’s hard work to care for a good garden. Even then when the harvest comes, a man has no right to say,” Look what I did!” Continue reading
Good Morning from Beverly Hills
Did you know that today is “Make Your Own Holiday Day”? Yep. According to the calendar of weird and wacky holidays, this is a real day celebrated every year on March 26. So make up your own holiday and have fun today.
In the meantime, if you’ve missed any posts from ThePreachersWord this week, this post allows you with its quick links to catch up. Also, there’s a special bonus post from 7 years ago. Continue reading
We might think getting along with fellow Christians ought to be easy. But it’s not. In fact, the book of Corinthians attests to this fact.
So, there are numerous exhortations in the Bible about developing a harmonious relationship and a more meaningful fellowship. Often they are issued as a part of the “one another” commands.
Today’s list offers 13 positive one another commands. Continue reading
There’s an old saying in the news world, “If it bleeds, it leads.”
In other words, if there’s death, destruction, violence, murder, or war it receives top billing. And this is especially true in TV news broadcasts. And lately, we’ve seen plenty. Especially in Ukraine.
However, in the midst of a wicked world filled with evil people bent on killing and carnage, there’s some good news.
How about these headlines. Continue reading
I grew up on a small farm in central Indiana. My Dad worked in the factory and we farmed as a sideline means to feed a few pigs and cows. And sometimes for a cash crop.
Farming sure has changed since the 1950s and ’60s. We used a 2-row corn planter. Today corn planters can range in size from 6 rows to 48 rows. But imagine how farming has changed since Bible times?
In our passage today is another one of Jesus’ agricultural parables. It is often called ”The Parable of the Sower.” But it could be also be called “The Parable of the Soils.” Some commentators have called it “the parable of parables.” In one sense, it’s like four parables. in one. It is one of the few parables that Jesus explains the meaning. Continue reading
“You can be Christian without the Church.”
“I don’t need the Church.”
“The Church is full of hypocrites.”
“The Church is old-fashioned and outdated.”
“The Church doesn’t care about me.”
“The Church only wants my money.” Continue reading