How To Stay Married For 50 Years

Ok. I know I’m supposed to be on a blogging break. But I’m up early and Norma Jean’s still asleep. So, I wanted to share this piece I wrote last year for our 50th wedding anniversary. Today is 51. So, I know these suggestions will get you that far. The journey continues!

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“What’s your secret?” we are asked when people find out we’re celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary.

Since we are asked that question often, Norma Jean and I have come up with some answers we think have made our marriage work. “Secrets” that are not really secrets, but are not always practiced or even accepted by many people today.

In my last new post for the month of August, here are 5 specific things we think make a marriage work. At least they have contributed to the longevity of our relationship.

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A Medley of Matters

 

Often the apostle Paul saw fit to conclude his epistles with some information for his readers regarding his personal life and ministry. In this post, we have several things that will be of interest to those following our travels.

Farewell Canada

We arrived in Ontario on May 30th and are leaving today. It has been a great summer with these wonderful brethren. Thanks to the Wellandport Church and Mike Stephens for allowing us to make this our “church home.” Their kindness, hospitality, and fellowship have provided us a joyful, encouraging, and spiritually edifying experience. Thank you all, not only for what you do but who you are. Continue reading

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Thinking About Our Eternal Future

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore. Continue reading

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Divine Warnings

The final eruption of Mount St. Helens in May of 1980 was not a sudden event. For two months prior to the massive blast—the most deadly and destructive in American history—earthquakes and volcanic activity signaled a major event was underway. Authorities had plenty of time to sound the alarm and warn those living nearby of the looming danger. Yet despite the seriousness of the threat, some people chose to disregard the warnings. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Matthew 23:13-36

“Anybody can become angry, that is easy,” observed the ancient philosopher Aristotle, “but to be angry at the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right way–that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.”

Often called “righteous indignation,” Jesus is the perfect example of channeling his anger against sin, especially religious folks who were guilty of hypocrisy and hurting others. Continue reading

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The Danger of Biblical Ignorance

This story has been told as a joke for many years, but Joseph Parker, the famed 19th Century British orator and evangelist claimed it actually happened to him.

Following a sermon where he was preaching in London an older lady waited to thank him for his sermon “You do throw such wonderful light on the Bible,” she said. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Judgment

“Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment,” once quipped American author and scientist James Jay Horning.

Our Sunday morning Bible class at Wellandport has been studying Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Yesterday, we devoted the entire class to one verse. Matthew 7:6 that speaks to the issue of good judgment. Continue reading

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