Monthly Archives: April 2022

Weekly Recap: April 24-29

Good morning from Castle Rock, CO

We’re in the Denver area where I’m preaching in a weekend meeting at the Smoky  Hill Church in Aurora.  And enjoyed staying with our good friends Aaron and Kristin Thompson, who were college students when I was preaching in Tampa.

Today’s post, like all of our recent Saturday posts, is a recap of the posts of the past week.  It’s an opportunity for you to catch up in case you missed one.  Also, there’s a bonus post at the end. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Weekly Recap

Friday’s List To Live By #83

Tonight, I’m beginning a series on Home Improvement at the Smoky Hill Church in Aurora, CO.

As I was preparing for this series I came across “Rules of Our Home.” Modified and adapted, here they are for your thoughtful consideration.

20 RULES OF OUR HOME Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Friday's List to Life By

My Soul is Disquieted

There’s a familiar scene in the Peanuts cartoon where Lucy is holding a football for Charlie to kick it farther and higher than anyone in the world.

In this oft-repeated situation, Lucy pulls the ball away at the last second just as Charlie is about to kick it.


Charlie lands flat on his back. Looks up at Lucy and asks, “Why do I always fall for the same old trick?” Continue reading


Filed under Depression, Psalms, Stress

Acts 11:19-30

Some time ago a nationally popular denominational preacher spoke to a group of Muslims that one blogger described as “cozying up to extremists.”

Aside from that, one of the things that intrigued me was what he thinks the church needs to be fighting, what he called 5 global giants. — war, poverty, corruption, disease, and illiteracy. While I admit these are huge challenges and agree that as good citizens we ought to be concerned about them, is this the true, scriptural mission of the church? Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Passage To Ponder

Your Words

“I recently came across this 1997 bulletin article by my friend and preaching colleague, the late Dee Bowman entitled “Be Careful What You Say.”

“It bothers me how we treat one another sometimes,” Dee began from one of his journal entries.

He pointed out that the “The Scriptures say a lot about loving your brother, about making sure that he comes first in your preferences, that he is accorded the kind of respect and honor he deserves, even when you disagree with him.” Continue reading


Filed under Discipleship

Word of the Week: Initiative

There is an old saying that offers this insight. “There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.”

People who make things happen are people of initiative. They see things that need to be done and they don’t wait to be asked or told they just do them.

Webster says that initiative involves the “energy or aptitude in the initiation of action.” Etymologically it’s rooted in the Latin word “initium” which speaks “to beginning.” Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Renew in '22, Word of the Week

5 Reasons To Serve Others

“Enter to Worship, Leave to Serve,” was a slogan that was popular for a period of time, appearing on church bulletins and posted on outdoor church signs. I once saw it displayed at the entrance of the building, so you could see it entering and leaving.

Today, as we join other Christians in worship, think about worship, not just an event. Or a religious rite. Or an end within itself. But as the motivation to take what you’ve learned, felt, and experienced to find expression in service.

Briefly consider 5 reasons why we ought to serve others. Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Sunday Seed Thoughts

Weekly Recap: April 17-22


Good morning from Beverly Hills,

We’re home after a wonderful week enjoying Springtime in the Smoky Mountains.  And, of course, being with our friends Olie and Mary Williamson, as well as the church family at Cosby.  As a bonus, our friends James and Cheryll Witherington were coming through on the way to Florida and we were able to enjoy some time with them

In case you missed one, today’s post is a recap of the past week and offers an opportunity for you to catch up with its quick links, as well as share ThePreachersWord via email or social media. Continue reading


Filed under Weekly Recap

Friday’s List To Live By #82


Today is “Earth Day.”

Since it was first organized and celebrated in 1970, environmental concerns have garnered greater national attention and the movement has gained momentum. More and more companies are environmentally conscious. The “Go Green” slogan is familiar to us.

Today’s list offers 5 Biblical principles that you can apply and live by on this Earth Day, as well as every other day. Continue reading


Filed under Friday's List to Life By

Running By The Rules

Monday was the 126th running of the Boston Marathon with Kenyan Evans Chebet breaking away from the crowded pack to win his first major marathon.

The women’s division was won by Peres Jepchirchir from Kenya who pulled away from Ethiopian Ababel Yesaneh during the final mile.

This 50th anniversary of women being allowed to compete reminded me of the infamous Rosie Ruiz who was crowned the winner of the 1980 Boston Marathon. Her time was the 3rd fastest for any woman in Marathon history and 25 minutes better than her best time. Continue reading


Filed under Christian Living, Discipleship