Category Archives: Discipline

Learning Empathy and Encouragement From First Graders

First Graders

Last Sunday in an NFL wild card game, the Minnesota Vikings lost a heart breaker to the Seattle Seahawks 10-9. It was a classic case of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

With only 26 seconds left in the game, Blair  Walsh, one of the best kickers in the league, had a golden opportunity to be the hero by kicking a 27 yard field goal, a chip shot in the NFL. Instead, he became the goat. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Discipline


A stunt pilot was selling rides in his single engine airplane. There was only room for the pilot and two passengers. A preacher wanted to try it, but also take his wife along at no extra charge.

At first the pilot wouldn’t agree. But not wanting to miss out on a chance to make some cash, the pilot said, “I’ll take you both up for the price of one if you promise not to utter a sound during the entire flight. If you make any noise, the price is doubled.” The preacher agreed. Continue reading


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Are You Getting Enough Exercise?

Exercise.BallAbout three weeks ago I experienced some lower back problems.  Again!  Since moving I had neglected regular visits to the Chiropractor.  Now I was paying the price.  Fortunately, through the recommendation of a friend I’ve found a good Doctor and am receiving excellent treatments.

But I learned something that surprised me.  I was asked to sit on an exercise ball.  Hold my foot off the ground for 30 seconds.  I could only do it for 5 seconds!  The Doc said the muscles that control my balance were weak.  He pointed out that often when we work-out we think of aerobic exercise or weight training, but neglect the core.  The weakness of those muscles will affect my back!  And have an impact on his adjustments holding. Continue reading


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One Quality for Success You Can’t Do Without

self.disciplineSunday evening Norma Jean and I were invited to join the young people of the Eastside church in Baytown, Texas, where I’m holding a meeting, for their monthly devotion.  Following the food, fellowship and singing,  I was asked to share a few thoughts.  It’s always fun to be part of youth activities.  I love their enthusiasm.  Their energy.  Their excitement.  Not just for life.  But for spiritual matters.

So, what would I share with them?  I decided that if I only had one chance to encourage them, there is a topic that will impact every area of their lives.  Their school work.  Their social activities.  Their relationships.  Their spiritual growth.  Their morality.  Their succeess or failure in life.    And it will help you too.  Young or old.  Here it is. Continue reading


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How I’ve Written 321 Posts for ThePreachersWord

bloggingSince I first began ThePreachersWord on January 1, 2012, I have been asked several times, “How do you write all those posts for your blog?’

That’s a good question.  Today is post 321.  It is also the final day of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, in which I have posted every day in January.  So, how have I written 31 posts in January?  And 321 Since I began?

Here’s how.  Continue reading


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Do We Care Enough To Correct?

George Bernard Shaw once said, “The worse sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them.  That’s the essence of inhumanity.”  Shaw’s words ring true when you consider  the Bible teaching about our relationships with one another.

Jesus taught the ”Golden Rule” to treat others the way we want to be treated (Matt. 7:12).  He told the parable of the Good Samaritan when a critic seeking to entrap him asked, “Who is my neighbor?”  The Samaritan was good because he cared about a fellow human being that was bruised and beaten. Continue reading


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It’s Madness–You Need Discipline to Win!

March Madness has arrived. Already there’s been several upsets. Sorry Mizzou, UNLV and Duke! Close games that shouldn’t have been. Tough loss Alabama! And the exciting return and win of the Indiana Hoosiers to the “Big Dance”! Continue reading


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“The most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.  It is the first lesson that ought to be learned and however early a person’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson a person learns thoroughly.”  –Thomas L. Huxley

I  know Huxley was right.   My parents tried to  teach me self-discipline, and I’m still learning it. Success requires self-discipline.  The student, the athlete, and the business person must all cultivate the habit of self-discipline.  It is true spiritually. Continue reading


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