Category Archives: Christian Living

A Christian: Almost or Altogether?

In my 50 years of preaching, I have studied with people who I thought understood the Truth and would obey the gospel. Yet, something held them back. I’ve heard various excuses.

“I know what you’re saying is true, but if I do that, then I’m condemning my grandma, because she didn’t believe that.”

“Someday I will be baptized.”

“I need more time to think about it.” Continue reading

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Warren Wiersbe Reminded Us “To Be”

Last Thursday, Bible commentator Warren Wiersbe died at age 89. He left an impressive legacy of resources of over 150 books on how to read, explain and understand the Bible.

While I did not always agree with Wiersbe’s theology, I did appreciate his conservative scholarship on most topics. His writing was simple, straight forward and easy to understand. He wrote for the common man.

Wiersbe described himself as a “bridge builder, spanning the gap from the world of the Bible to the world of today so that we could get to the other side of glory in Jesus.” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: 1Corinthians 9:24-27

On Monday Micah Herndon crawled across the finish line at the Boston Marathon. No, he didn’t win the race. But he won the hearts of everyone who saw the video that went viral.

Herndon, a 31-year-old Marine veteran from Tallmadge, Ohio, was running the 26.2-mile race to pay tribute to three Marines who he served alongside. Matthew Ballard and Mark Juarez and British journalist Rupert Hamer died in 2010 from an improvised explosive device’s blast in Afghanistan. The Record-Courier in Ohio has more details of his inspiring story: Continue reading

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The Value and Virtue of Vigilance

Currently Norma Jean and I are enjoying some time in one of our favorite places, the Smoky Mountains.  It is a lovely time of year with flowers blooming and apple trees, red buds and dogwoods blossoming. Plus we have a great view from our cabin.

However, the winding road to our cabin is narrow sometimes steep with dangerous drop-offs inches away.  In the last stretch, there’s no room to meet another car.  So far, we haven’t.  But it puts Norma Jean a bit on edge with constant reminders for me to take it easy.  Drive slowly. And not be looking around at the beautiful mountain vistas. Continue reading

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Is Christianity Inclusive or Exclusive?

Pete Buttigieg, the Mayor from South Bend, Indiana, who recently announced his candidacy for the 2020 Presidential race is making headlines.

The youthful, articulate Mayor, is described in one news article this way. “He’s Christian, progressive, and gay.”

In a recent interview with the Washington Post Buttigieg said he wants his party “to embrace religion but not at the expense of excluding others.” Continue reading

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“When He Came To Himself”

“You cannot enjoy the things money can buy if you ignore the things money cannot buy.”

We have all seen the above quote reflected in the lives of many people. Some famous. Others ordinary folks. Some wealthy. Others with average means. But none more dramatic in terms of his lifestyle change than the “Prodigal Son” in Jesus’ famous parable recorded in Luke 15. Continue reading

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The Sixth Man

I love it when my readers not only offer feedback on ThePreachersWord but share insights and offer additional thoughts on our posts.

Yesterday one of my facebook friends and former college classmate Jean Gerrard White responded to the post 5 Men in the Parable of the Good Samaritan saying, I never thought about adding the thieves into the considerations.” Then she shared this wonderful thought. Continue reading

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