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

“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. Continue reading


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How To Win When You Lose

Cam Newton

“I’m on record as being a sore loser. I hate losing,” said quarterback Cam Newton. “You show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.”

Newton shared his philosophy on losing to reporters Tuesday in response to his aborted press conference following a devastating loss in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Newton pouted during the post game news conference, channeling his inner Bill Belichick, by giving petulant answers to reporters’ questions. After mumbling single, short answers to seven questions he abruptly walked away saying, “I don’t know what you want from me.” Continue reading


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“Jesus never begged anyone to believe in Him. He knew that integrity cannot be proven; it must be discerned,” wrote Mike Murdock.

“He never wasted time with critics. He kept his attention on His goal. He stayed focused. They accused Jesus of being filled with devils! He paid no attention. He simply continued to cast out devils. Jesus never strived to ‘look good.’ He simply was good. He did not labor to appear truthful. He was truthful. He never struggled to have a good reputation. He had character.” Continue reading


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M.L. King Day Reminds Us That Character Counts


I was a 15-year-old kid beginning my Sophomore year when Dr. King gave his famous “I Have A Dream Speech.   The civil rights movement hadn’t come to rural Indiana.  We had no black neighbors.  There were no black kids in my school.  And no black families attended the church where we worshiped. Continue reading


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Race Relations. Dr. King. And Character

Race.KidsThe aftermath of the George Zimmerman murder trial in the death of 17-year-old Travyon Martin, has sparked renewed conversations regarding race relations in America.

Politicians, social activists and news commentators have all weighed in.  And with varying viewpoints.  Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson’s opinions are markedly different from other well-known black men like Dr. Ben Carson  and Juan Williams.  President Obama has shared some of his personal experiences.  And recently Bill O’Reilly has spoken passionately on this issue, calling out those he believes are “race-hustlers.” Continue reading


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What is the Content of Your Character?

M.L.King.Quotes“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 50 years ago this year.

On this national holiday, which was signed into law by President Reagan in 1986, that honors the slain civil rights leader, it’s good to think again about the value of character. Continue reading


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9 Qualities of Christian Character, Part 3

 A man who is charged with destroying a bar in a drunken brawl, appeared in court, “Sir, said the  Judge, “What do you have to say for yourself?

“Your honor.  I’m not guilty.  My reputation in this community is spotless.  My character is beyond reproach.

“Do you have any witnesses who can vouch for your character? asked the Judge.

The man pointed across the courtroom “The sheriff over there.”

The sheriff immediately jumped to his feet, “Your honor.  That man’s a liar.  I’ve never seen him before in my life!” Continue reading


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9 Qualities of Christian Character Part 2

Calvin Coolidge was right when he said, “We do not need more national  development, we need more spiritual development.  We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power.  We do not need more knowledge, we need more character.  We do not need more law, we need more religion.  We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.”

Today’s post is the second of three regarding Christian character.  Yesterday we covered the first three letters of our acrostic.  https://thepreachersword.com/2012/10/22/qualities-of-christian-character/ Continue reading

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9 Qualities of Christian Character

     On Thursday I wrote a post entitled “Character Counts.”  https://thepreachersword.com/2012/10/18/character-counts/#more-2641

It was a preview to the Impact 2012 Men’s Retreat that I was privileged to faciliate last week-end. Theme was “The Character of Man.”  I believe our readers, both men and women, would benefit from the key points from those three sessions. Continue reading


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Character Counts

As I click the “publish” button to send this post off around the world, Norma Jean and I are on the way to the airport.  We’re heading to Ohio.  This week-end I’ll be spending time with a group of Christian men in a retreat.  We’ll eat. Laugh. Swap stories.  Enjoy great fellowship.  And we’ll sit around the fire and discuss our theme “The Character of a Man.”  I’m grateful to Dan DeGarmo and Matt Allen for the privilege of leading the devotional periods.  Continue reading


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