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Word of the Week: Attention

Last summer while on our 50th wedding anniversary cruise, we visited Gibraltar, a British territory. While up on “the Rock,” we had to walk through an area with a very low clearance. On either side of the opening was the warning “Mind Your Head.”

Apparently, this is a decidedly British expression, because in London there is a sign when riding the Tube, “Mind The Gap.” ” It’s a warning for you to watch your step so you don’t fall into the space between the platform and the train. Continue reading

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Forget Resolutions in 2019-Be Principle Driven

I googled “Resolutions for 2019″ and got 778,000,000 results in 0.70 seconds.

A cursory glance offered advice from major newspapers, magazines, and media outlets. There were suggestions from motivational writers, political pundits and just ordinary folks. I saw ideas for financial resolutions. Retirement resolutions. Career resolutions. Health and wellness resolutions. And personal resolutions.

The reality is that most of the time our resolutions are broken, discarded or even forgotten before January ends. Continue reading

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Two Memorable Quotes From the Funeral of George H. W. Bush

Today we conclude our countdown of the top 10 posts for 2018. Surprisingly this recent post resonated with readers and was shared so many times, it became the most read for the year. 2018 has been a good year for us personally and for ThePreachersWord. Thanks to our loyal readers for your encouragement and support.

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“Some of the best public speaking we hear is at funerals,” posted my preaching and facebook friend , Warren Berkley, “It is storytelling from the eloquence of the heart. Nobody outlines the structure or critiques the delivery. We just listen.”

After watching most of the funeral service for President George H.W. Bush and hearing the eulogies, I have to say Warren was right.

The stories told by family, friends and colleagues were heartfelt, poignant, and often humorous. They spoke to the character of Mr. Bush. His gentleness. Kindness. Courage. Dignity. Decency. Loyalty. Honor. And grace under pressure.

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A Sexless, Unconventional Marriage

This January post has been reblogged numerous times and received the 2nd most hits in 2018.

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New York socialites Quentin Esme Brown and Peter Cary Peterson got married last weekend in Las Vegas. But it’s not a typical, traditional marriage.

“He has always been my soulmate in every sense of the word and we felt mutually that Vegas was the place to finalize our commitment to partnership,” Brown posted on Instagram. “Peter and I are not romantically involved — in fact we are still dating others and will continue to seek love in all forms.”

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A Blasphemous Abuse of Baptism

We are now down to the top 3 most read posts in 2018. Interestingly this recent post on baptism ranked #3.

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The Church of England, according to a report from the ChristianNews.Net will begin a baptism-style celebration for transgenders announcing their new sexual identity.

“The apostatized Church of England,” wrote Heather Clark on CNN, “has released new guidance for “parishes planning services to help transgender people mark their transition,” a move that has raised concerns among those who were already worried about the direction of the denomination.”

In a news release, the Church of England both encouraged and welcomed “the affirmation of trans people.” They equated it with diversity in the Body of Christ “into which all Christians have been baptized by one Spirit.”

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Atheist Stephen Hawking is Dead

During the holidays, we are reblogging the top 10 posts for 2018 based on reader views. This March post received the 4th most reader hits.

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Stephen Hawking, the renown physicist, and avowed atheist died Wednesday.

Hawking, who was 76, wasn’t expected to live past age 25. When he was 21 he was diagnosed with ALS, the incurable neurodegenerative disease. Although he beat the odds for more than 50 years he once said that he “lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years,”

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How To Treat a Loved One Who’s a Homosexual

While we are taking a holiday blogging break, we are reblogging the top 10 posts of 2018. This one, at #5,  was in response to a reader’s question. It was received very favorably by our readers. We hope it helps.

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In a recently published post, “The Love God Hates,” I pointed out that we should not love that which God hates.

In numerous passages the Bible speaks of hating wickedness, unrighteousness and ungodliness. (Ps 45:7: Prov 6:17-19). As the people of God we are commanded to be holy and not to love worldliness (1 Jn 2:15-17), but to “hate evil (and) do good.”

In the post I related the story of man who’s daughter admitted she was a lesbian. While he initially expressed his disapproval, eventually he joyfully embraced his daughter’s choice and apparently is going to host the wedding.

A reader responded and asked my advice on how to handle the situation. Here are 7 things I would suggest.

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