Embrace Change

The late author Howard Hendricks and long time professor at Dallas Theological Seminary once wrote that people go through three stages when faced with change:

1. Resistance to change.
2. Tolerant to change.
3. Embrace change.

As an observer of the human condition it seems that most people remain in stage one. Some are able to accept stage two. And fewer yet actually move to stage three and  embrace change. Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: January 9-13

Good morning from Pompano Beach,

Well, it’s time for our annual trip to South Florida, to escape the “brutal cold” weather of North Central Florida. However, it’s only going to reach a high of 60 here today. But we will survive. Somehow.

Seriously, we began coming down here when we were traveling full time to see our good friends, Steve and Theresa McAllister and preach for the brethren at the Northside church.  We will be speaking 5 times. Twice tomorrow. Once Wednesday night. And twice next Sunday.  All the lessons will be on our 2023 theme “Sowing Seeds for Spiritual Growth.”  We’d love to see any our friends in the area while we are here.

This week’s recap only has 3 posts plus two bonus.  Unfortunately, we  were hindered from posting every day because of a “thorn in the flesh.”  Hopefully, we can improve on that in the coming week.  However, if you’ve missed a post this week, this is a good way to catch up. Continue reading

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Protecting Innocent Children

Corrie Ten Boom, was a watchmaker who later became a writer and public speaker. She worked with her family during World War II to help Jews escape from the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Her book, The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom, is a biography that recounts her family’s efforts and how she found and shared hope in God while she was imprisoned in a concentration camp.

Sometime ago my friend Karen Witteman, shared a passage from the book on her facebook page of a conversation Corrie had with her father that every parent, teacher and educator needs to hear and heed.

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Public Prayer and Piety When Facing a Crisis

Do you know who prayed this prayer?

“God, we come to you in these moments that we don’t understand, that are hard, because we believe that you’re God and coming to you and praying to you has impact… “If we didn’t believe that prayer didn’t work we wouldn’t ask this of you God. I believe in prayer…we believe in prayer.” Continue reading

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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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Weekly Recap: January 1-6

Good Morning from Beverly Hills, FL

I hope 2023 is off to a good start for you.  I like the feeling of a clean start and a new beginning.  I came across this quote yesterday by an unknown author that should encourage us all.  “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

In case you missed one of our posts this week, this post offers you an opportunity to catch up with its live links.  Also at the end there is a bonus post that most of you probably haven’t seen.  If you’re new to ThePreachersWord, and many of you are new followers, let me encourage to you browse through the category section for past posts you may find helpful. 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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