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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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5 Men in the Parable of the Good Samaritan

This morning I was reading Jesus’ parable of The Good Samaritan in Luke 10.

This parable has been analyzed, allegorized, and sermonized, but not often enough actualized in our lives.

Good Samaritan has become synonymous with a charitable person who helps others, especially strangers. However, this feel-good story involves some elements that are not so nice. Continue reading

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When There’s No Power Connection

Did you miss ThePreachersWord yesterday?

It was an unintended blogging break due to technical difficulties. Let me explain.

Upon returning from Costa Rica we wanted to spend a little time with our kids and grandkids before heading to South Carolina. We left Temple Terrace on Wednesday morning and drove up to Homosassa. Later in the afternoon when I went to turn on my computer, the battery was low. No problem. Just plug in the power cord. Continue reading

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Pressing Toward the Goal

Yesterday one of my friends on facebook saw some of our pictures with the brethren in Costa Rica and shared this post.

“And this is how I want to spend my ‘retirement.’ Y’all are sprinting to the finish line!! I love it.”

I chuckled. Then I thought “sprinting toward the finish line” means I’m nearing the end of the race. So I responded, “I hadn’t thought about it exactly like that. Maybe you could say we’re starting the last lap.” Continue reading

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Beware, Brethren!

I recently read a story shared by Texas preacher Donnie Martin about Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper.” It is told that da Vinci looked for models to sit for Jesus and His disciples.

He found a handsome and innocent looking man in a choir in one of the churches in Italy. He portrayed him as Jesus in the painting. The man’s name was Pietro Bandinelli.

Years passed as da Vinci continued to work on the painting. He left the face of Judas Iscariot till the last. One day da Vinci went out into the streets of Rome and looked for the most forlorn person he could find. Continue reading

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Mutually Bearing Life’s Burdens

In 1624 the English author and poet John Donne was confined to his bed with a serious illness. As he laid there alone with his thoughts, he heard the ringing funeral bells of an adjoining church house.

As Donne reflected on the transitory nature of life and the reality of death, he responded with these words that would forever cement his place in literary history. Continue reading

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How To Prevent Backsliding

There’s a story that’s been around for a long time that’s been used by authors, politicians and public speakers about how to boil a frog.

Supposedly a scientific experiment was conducted in the 19th century where a frog was placed in a pan of hot water and it immediately jumped out. But the researcher found that if they placed it in a pan of cool water, it would placidly float along. Then they learned if they gradually increased the temperature the frog would sink into a tranquil stupor and finally allow itself to be boiled to death. Continue reading

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