Hardcode wordpress posts

Hey Experts!!

I need to hard code 3 specific posts on the home page of a wordpress blog.  However, I'm not sure quite how to do it.  I did try to do the query_posts, but whenever a new post is added it throws it off.  
I was wondering if I can use the 'post__in' => array(5), but not sure how to incorporate it.  I would want to use 3 post ID's total.

Ultimately I only need 3 specific posts on the home page, regardless of new ones that are added.  

Thanks in advance!
<div id="content">	
                <?php if(is_home()) { include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/featured.php'); } ?>
				<?php query_posts('cat=3,941&showposts=3'); ?>
					<?php if (have_posts()) : ?>					
						<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

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LZ1Asked:
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LZ1Connect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Unfortunately none of the solutions provided worked.  I ended up just using the HTML from the rendered page and inserting it into my main index template.
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AndyBeardCommented:
The easiest way might be to use sticky posts such as this example

http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-display-the-latest-sticky-posts-in-wordpress/

Then you have an interface in the standard WordPress to deal with modifications.

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LZ1Author Commented:
I have 3 posts set to sticky.  The problem becomes that when another post is added, regardless of the category it goes on the front page.  

I really only want 3 hand-selected posts on the front page
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AndyBeardCommented:
Are you using a custom template or have you limited the number of posts that show on the home page?

I have been using this plugin for this for years
http://moshublog.com/2007/10/30/custom-query-string-reloaded-for-wordpress-23-with-tag-support/



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LZ1Author Commented:
Not really custom, but I want to make it custom.

I saw the plugin, however I just want this on the home page and want to be able to hard code it.  The plugin seems to put it on all pages.

All I'm looking for is the PHP query syntax for that part.
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Ray PaseurCommented:
Here is what I might do.  Go to the pages you want to display.  Copy the fully-qualified URLs out of the browser address bar.  Make links from them and plug the links into your template.  Easy!
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LZ1Author Commented:
Hi Ray. I thought about it, but for times sake, I'd like to be able to go in there and just add  the PHP

'post__in' => array(5) with the post ID's.  I'm just not sure what the correct syntax is.
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LZ1Author Commented:
Ray, how can I do what your suggesting?  This can't be that difficult.
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Sam CohenConsultant to Digital/DeveloperCommented:
You can just set those posts as a category Named "featured"
and have the loop select only that category post to show

 
<?php query_posts('category_name=featured&showposts=3'); ?>
<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

// ADD php or html code here if you want

<?php endwhile;?>
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LZ1Author Commented:
Hi all4artz!
Unfortunately I can't use categories because the featured slider needs an image and I don't want duplicate images on the home page. So I have separate posts for the featured slider and for the actual posts.
That's the main reason for the post id's rather than the category query.
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Sam CohenConsultant to Digital/DeveloperCommented:
not quite understanding....

What is your code??
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LZ1Author Commented:
I want to show 3 posts via querying the post ID's.  I'm just not sure how to do that with the post ID's.  
I got the following code from the Wordpress codex.

query_posts( array( 'post_type' => array('post', 'movie') ) );

http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/query_posts
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LZ1Author Commented:
Unfortunately none of the solutions provided worked.  I ended up just using the HTML from the rendered page and inserting it into my main index template.
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