Bearing Burdens And God’s Grace

A construction crew had been on the job site for about a week when one of their men was hurt and a new guy, named Jason, was hired. He was a broad-shouldered, powerful young man and a really good worker. But he was also very annoying.

Jason was always bragging that he was stronger than anyone else at the worksite and he especially made fun of Ralph, one of the older workmen. Finally, the old fella had enough. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: 2Peter 1

A newly hired and eager young man just graduated from the state university with a degree in agriculture.

Excited about his new job with the county ag department he was assigned to visit local farmers and share his knowledge.

On his first visit to Farmer Jones, he drove up to the field where he was working and motioned for him to come over. Jones got off his tracker and asked, “How can I help ya’?” Continue reading

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Interpreting Scripture And Solving Problems

On and off yesterday I watched some of the Senate Judiciary hearings regarding the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

In her opening statement Judge Barrett shared one principle of her judicial philosophy when she said the following: Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Resist

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it,” wrote Oscar Wilde in “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, “Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.”

“Temptation is impossible for me to resist,” admitted actor Tom Sizemore, “Come on. This is Hollywood. It’s in the job description.”

Don Herold opined, “Why resist temptation? There will always be more.”

The late 20th century Hollywood actress, Mae West,  once flaunted her indiscretions by cracking, “I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.” Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Ascribing Worth

The etymology of the word “worship is from the Middle English “worshipe” which means “respect or reverence paid to a divine being.” It is derived from the Old English “weorthscipe” which means to “ascribe worth.”

In that regard, Mike Cosper in Rhythms of Grace wrote, “To our imaginations, it’s probably strange (at the least) or gross (at the worst) to envision anyone perpetually exalting himself. “We live in a world full of bluster and bragging, where Nicki Minaj boasts “I’m the best,” LeBron James tattoos “Chosen 1” across his shoulders, and everyone from pastors to porn stars are self-celebrating on Twitter and Facebook. The idea that God would be associated with anything like that behavior is disconcerting. Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: October 4-9

Good morning from the Bluegrass State!

In fact, we’re in the heart of the Commonwealth, Lexington, KY  where I began a meeting tomorrow at the University Heights church on the topic of HOME IMPROVEMENT.

Unlike many meetings today, especially in these post-COVID-19 times, we’re here for the whole week, Sunday-Friday.  If you’re in the area, we’d love to see you. Click here for service times and meeting location. Continue reading

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Friday’s List To Live By #12

Following yesterday’s post, 5 Things To Do During Troubling Times, here’s a succinct list, adapted from Master’s University professor Glenda Hotton, an author, counselor, and lecturer, on where to look when facing adversity, challenges, and problems.

If you’re a new reader of the ThePreachersWord, you can access the previous 11 Friday’s lists by clicking here. Continue reading

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5 Things to Do During Troubling Times

“I’m in trouble.”

Trouble.

It’s a word that stops us in our tracks. Gets our attention. And causes us to listen.

There are all kinds of trouble. Car trouble. Financial trouble. Relational trouble. Legal trouble. Marital trouble.

Some troubles are physical. Others are mental. Emotional. Or even spiritual. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: James 1:26-27

“Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile,” once quipped Billy Sunday, the baseball player turned preacher.

As a result of seeing so many professed Christians going to church, but not living out their profession in their daily lives, some have supposed that religion is a bad thing. “I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual,” has become a popular and oft-repeated mantra of many today. Continue reading

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Whose Standards Are You Living By?

 

David Sargent, minister, and author of Living Water, relates the unusual story of Dennis Lee Curtis.

In 1992, Curtis was arrested for armed robbery in Rapid City, South Dakota. In his wallet, police found a list of rules Curtis had written for himself – guidelines for his robberies. For example, he wrote:

“I will not kill anyone unless I have to.”

“I will take cash and food stamps — no checks.”

“I will not rob mini-marts.” Continue reading

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