Welcome to the first of two Friday the 13ths in 2017. The other one is October 13.
Friday the 13th is considered by some to be the unluckiest day of the year. Psychologists have even come up with a word for fear of Friday the 13th– paraskavedekatriaphobia. Movies and books have capitalized on this fear.
Some “historians” claim Friday was the day Eve ate the forbidden fruit. The day the flood began. And the day the builders began the tower of Babel. Of course, there is absolutely no Biblical basis for those assertions.
But there have been some bad things happen on Friday the 13th. Continue reading
Too often the stories reported by the news media about professional athletes are negative. Here’s one that’s different, refreshing and positive.
Tony Romo has been the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for the past 10 years. He’s enjoyed a spectacular career, breaking many Cowboys’ records in the process. Continue reading
In his book, Power of the Plus Factor, Norman Vincent Peale relates this story.
Once walking through the twisted little streets of Kowloon in Hong Kong, I came upon a tattoo studio. In the window were displayed samples of the tattoos available.
On the chest or arms you could have tattooed an anchor or flag or mermaid or whatever.
But what struck me with force were three words that could be tattooed on one’s flesh, Born to lose.
I entered the shop in astonishment and, pointing to those words, asked the Chinese tattoo artist, “Does anyone really have that terrible phrase, Born to lose, tattooed on his body?” Continue reading
“I’m on record as being a sore loser. I hate losing,” said quarterback Cam Newton. “You show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.”
Newton shared his philosophy on losing to reporters Tuesday in response to his aborted press conference following a devastating loss in Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Newton pouted during the post game news conference, channeling his inner Bill Belichick, by giving petulant answers to reporters’ questions. After mumbling single, short answers to seven questions he abruptly walked away saying, “I don’t know what you want from me.” Continue reading
Garland Chapman, who was the principal at Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas, in the 1970’s, relates an interesting experience during his days as a grade school principal.
A little second-grade boy started out the morning by falling from the school bus and hitting his head on the concrete – requiring three stitches to close the gash!
Recess proved a little unfortunate as he and another boy ran together. Result: two of his teeth were loosened and a lip was busted. During the afternoon he fell and broke an arm. Continue reading
ThePreachersWord recently received an email from a regular reader, a friend and Christian sister.
We always enjoy getting responses from our readers. And it’s a special pleasure to hear from old friends. With a friendly greeting, “Hello Brother” her first line began, “I want to tell you how much I enjoy your thoughts and words of encouragement posted on your blog…”
But I knew there was more. This was going to be a special message. A personal message. Something with substance.
I knew it because of the subject line on the email. Two words: Continue reading
Many years ago Norma Jean gave me a little gift book entitled, “As A Man Thinketh,” by James Allen.
It speaks to the power of thought. The importance of putting into our minds good, wholesome and positive thoughts. And how our thoughts form our character. Allen says, “thought and character are one.” Continue reading