Monthly Archives: June 2022

1 Thessalonians 5:18 and the Will of God

This morning I received this nice email from a sister in Wisconsin with a comment and a question.

“I watched your lesson entitled,” How do I Connect with God” last week, Tuesday. What an excellent lesson!”

“I do need help in understanding how happenstance jives with 1Thessalonians 5:18, ‘In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’ You really made me think, I just need help understanding this.”

“I cultivated the habit of thanking God FOR EVERYTHING, quickly.  If it was sad news I would thank God. After hearing your lesson I’m not sure about this. Then I heard your lesson and I believe my reasoning/thinking is off and I don’t know how to reconcile these two and make them mesh. I would appreciate it if you could guide me to right thinking.”

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A Passage To Ponder: Matthew 6:1-8

An older man was walking on the beach and found a lamp. Instinctively he rubbed it, and to his surprise, a genie appeared.

“Because you have freed me,” the genie said, “I will grant you one wish.”

The man thought for a moment and then responded, “My brother and I had a fight 30 years ago and he hasn’t spoken to me since. I wish that he would finally forgive me.”

There was a thunderclap, and the genie declared, “Your wish has been granted.” Continue reading


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Three Responses To the Reversal of Roe

I was one of those who doubted that Roe v Wade would ever be overturned. Last Friday’s Supreme Court Decision by a 6-3 majority proved me wrong. Thankfully.

In the past 10 ten years, ThePreachersWord has published  19 posts regarding the sin of abortion. While we’ve been focused on the Biblical teaching regarding the sanctity of life and the grave moral wrong of abortion, it’s worth noting some key sentences from the majority opinion written by Justice Alito. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Amiability

Unless you’ve recently read Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, you probably haven’t thought of or used the word amiable lately, a word she uses rather frequently.

Maybe it was more of a 19th-century word. However, we could probably use a revival of the word and a renewal of the behavior it embodies given our 21st-century propensity for rudeness, rage, and just bad manners. Continue reading

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The Worth Of Worship

The etymology of our English word “worship” as spoken in the days of William Shakespear was actually pronounced “worth-ship.”

It’s derived from the old English word “weorp” which means to assign worth to someone. The online dictionary of etymology defined it as “significant, valuable, of value; valued, appreciated, highly thought-of, deserving, meriting; honorable, noble, of high rank; suitable for, proper, fit, capable.”

“Ship” from the old English word “sciepe” speaks to the idea or quality of being or condition…power, position, office, or skill.

Worship, therefore, assigns honor, praise, and glory to Him who is worthy and who is valued. Thus, the Psalmist proclaims: Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: June 19-24

Good morning from Beverly Hills, Florida

Today we’re packing and loading up the Ford Expedition. We’re headed to Centerville, Ohio, where I will present the fourth lesson for the Cornerstone Church in their summer series.  If you’re within driving distance, come and see us.  We meet at 7:30 pm. The topic is “What is Spirituality?”

Then, it’s on to Ontario, Canada, where I will be working with the Wellandport Church during the month of July.  We’re so excited to see all our friends up there.  I’ll be preaching each Sunday morning at the Wellandport  Church plus holding a weekend meeting July 7-10.  In addition, I’ll be teaching their adult Bible class during VBS, July 25-29.  We’re looking forward to a busy, but exciting time for the next 6 weeks. Continue reading


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Friday’s List To Live By #90

“Praise the Lord,” is an expression found 39 times in the Psalms. Over 150 times the Psalmist uses the word “praise” regarding his relationship with God.

Praising God is good. Not only is it the right thing to do, but praise also provides us personal benefits and blessings when we praise God.

Today’s list offers 10 benefits of daily praise in our lives. Continue reading


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God’s Plan

Gamaliel was a highly respected and greatly loved first-century scholar. He was a Pharisee. A member of the Sanhedrin council, the Jewish Supreme Court. According to Barclay, he was one of the few given the title of “Rabban.” When Gamaliel spoke, his fellow Pharisees listened.

When Peter and John appeared before the Council for the second time for preaching Jesus, they found an unexpected ally in Gamaliel. While it seems the Council was determined to severely punish the apostles or even kill them, this Rabbi offered a different solution Continue reading


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1 John 4:7-8

This month I’m speaking on a summer series at the Cornerstone Church in Centerville, Ohio, on the theme “Tough Questions on the Existence of God.”

Last night I spoke on “How Do I Connect With God?” I pointed out that sometimes our connection with God is short-circuited. One of the ways this may happen is by an unscriptural attitude about our relationship. Continue reading

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Summer Time Reflections

Long days.
Short nights.
Warm weather.

School holidays.
Squirt guns. Continue reading


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