Category Archives: Discipleship

Living in a Scandalous Culture

“What’s scandalous these days?” Asked conservative columnist Cal Thomas in a recent article.

Although he was addressing some the shenanigans going in politics, his opening paragraph speaks to a spiritual challenge that has scriptural application today.

“In our relativistic age in which everyone has his or her own ‘truth’ and none is to be preferred over another so long as the individual feels good about it, why should anything be considered scandalous?” Continue reading

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Heard Any Good News Lately?

For the past several days the news media has played and replayed the senseless, horrific, inhumane beating of a black man in Memphis by five black ex-cops, who have since been charged with second degree murder.

In addition to that sickening story we’ve heard about…

…the murder trial of a prominent South Carolina man accused of killing his wife and son.

…a California mass shooting.

…another California mass shooting. Continue reading

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A Short Break

Good morning

I need to take a short blogging break for two or three days. So I hope to be back with you either Wednesday or Thursday at the latest.

In the meantime you have over 3200 posts from about 180 categories that you can access from past posts.

Have a great day and a wonderful week.

God bless

Ken

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The Measure of Our Maturity

Today we’re invoking a #ThrowbackThursday, by rebloging a post from Thursday, January 19, 2012, our first year of publication.

The tone and tenor of this post is in keeping with our current 2023 Theme, “Sowing Seeds for Spiritual Growth.” And its message is one for all time.

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Sometime ago I read a devotional piece by the minister and writer Bill Crowder.  He told about going to the Hallmark store to get a birthday card and came across one that read, “You are only young once, but you can be immature forever!”

I suppose if you are a fan of Peter Pan there is something attractive about never growing up.  But hopefully most Christians know that perpetual immaturity is not only inappropriate, but unacceptable.  Paul encourages us to mature through these words to the Ephesians.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Message of Character

Today is a holiday. It’s M. L. King, day recognizing and celebrating the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Since we haven’t written anything on ThePreachersWord for several years about King, I though you all would enjoy this bonus post with several of his famous quotes that speak to the issue of character.

It seems an application of these concepts would go a long way toward solving some of our social, cultural and racial divisions today.

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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Everyone recognizes this famous quote from Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech which was delivered 53 years ago this year on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Although Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15th, yesterday was the national holiday, which was signed into law by President Reagan in 1986, that honors the slain civil rights leader. In honor of Dr. King federal offices were closed, tributes were offered, and TV specials chronicled his life and legacy.

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Choose Growth

I grew up on a small farm in central Indiana just West of Indianapolis. In addition to a few cows and pigs and some field corn for the animals, we always had a garden. A large garden. At least an acre.

We grew green beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, potatoes, peas, peppers, carrots, cucumbers, squash, radishes, turnips, beets, onions,
eggplant, watermelons, cantaloupes, and strawberries.

Can you guess why we planted such a big garden every year? Continue reading

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The 6 Essential Traits of Good Character

We hope you missed us yesterday.

The Devil sent us a “thorn in the flesh,” but by God’s grace and some medical intervention we’re better today.

Jim Rohn is an American author, motivator, speaker, and entrepreneur. Recently he posted on his facebook page “The 6 Essential Traits of Good Character.” Although he writes to an audience of business and professional leaders, his observations have a Biblical basis and find their application for preachers, pastors, and Christian business leaders. In fact, for all disciples of Christ.

Slightly adapted, here are the 6 traits we should all aspire to develop Continue reading

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Ephesians 4:25

A recent New York Times article revealed that New York Republican Representative-elect  George Santos lied about several aspects of his résumé.

Among them, Santos stated that he graduated from Baruch College, although he never even attended Baruch. In fact, he holds no college degree. His work résumé listed Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, although he was never employed by either company.

Furthermore Santos lied about his Jewish heritage.. He claimed to be a “proud American Jew” which he now has clarified that he is “Jew-ish,” rather than Jewish. As a result The Republican Jewish Coalition has banned him from attending future RJC events. Continue reading

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What Do You Think is Important?

Yesterday morning I was watching the Today Show when they interviewed, Adam Grant recognized as Wharton’s top-rated professor for seven straight years.

Grant, is an organizational psychologist and a “leading expert on how we can find meaning and motivation and live more generous and creative lives.”

The interviewer was asking Grant about his perspective on goal setting in the New year. His response that the new year is a ideal time to set new goals because it provides a natural window of opportunity. Continue reading

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2023 Theme

In her book, Silver Boxes, the late Florence Littauer told the story of her father who always wanted to be a writer.  He made some attempts, but gave up.

As she concluded the details of the story, Littauer made this sobering and profound observation about her father’s dreams by quoting Oliver Wendell Holmes who said, “Many of us die with the music still in us.”

Her observation speaks of unfilled potential. Missed opportunities. Wasted talent. And a failure to grow. Continue reading

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