Loving the Unlovely

Our theme for 2017, where I preach at the West Main Church , is LOVE MORE. GIVE MORE. This blog that I wrote 5 years ago adds to that narrative. I hope our new readers will enjoy it. And that our long time readers from those early days will profit from reflecting on it again.

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If you have children, you have seen “Beauty and the Beast.”  In fact you probably own a copy!  For those not into fairy tales, “The “Beast” is a Prince who could not love and was placed under a spell.  In order to turn back into a Prince, he had to win the love of another and return it before his twenty-first birthday.  But who could love a grotesque beast?  Well, this is where the lovely Belle, a girl from a small French town who is dissatisfied with life, enters the picture.

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Word of the Week: Relationships

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This morning I’m up early. Earlier than usual. Too early. But in the quietness of the early morning darkness, with a hot cup of coffee, several events are racing through my mind.

The milestone birthday of my wife, Norma Jean. The recent passing of our beloved Aunt Selma. Attendance at the Florida College lectures. Our move last year to North Texas. The kindness and love expressed by our new Church Family. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: Just Another Day. Or is it?

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Today is February 19, 2017. It’s just another day. Or is it?

For some it might be a special. An anniversary. A birthday. (Like my wife, Norma Jean). Or some other significant occasion.

Maybe for others it’s a day to relax. Sleep in. Play golf. Or go fishing.

For the workaholic, it might be a day to catch up on some project before Monday. Continue reading

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A Love That Won’t Let Go

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George Matheson, born in 1842, was a Scottish minister and hymn writer.  In his teenage years Matheson was diagnosed with a disease that would render him blind by age 20.

However,  he was undeterred by this potential setback.  Determined to get an education, Matheson entered the University of Glasgow and graduated with honors.

While engaged to be married, his fiancée returned the engagement ring with this note: “I cannot see my way clear to go through life bound by the chains of marriage to a blind man.”  Heart-broken by her rejection, Matheson never married.

The hurt of his unrequited love was something from which he never completely recovered.  When his sister married, the ceremony painfully reminded George of his lost love.  As always, he turned to God’s love for comfort and consolation.  So, on June 6, 1882, George Matheson penned these words that Albert L. Peace later set to music.

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My Life Is Like My Blog

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Is my blog perfect? Without grammatical mistakes? Typographical errors? Misspelled words? Or incorrect punctuation?

By now, many of you are chuckling. “No way, Ken. You’ve haven’t published a perfect blog in 5 years!”

However, the real answer isn’t as easy as it appears.

It depends. Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: 1Peter 3:15

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Following a lesson on personal evangelism, Sam, a barber, left church convicted that he should share his faith with his customers. So the next morning when he arrived at his shop he said, “Today I am going to share my faith with the first man who walks through my door.”

Soon after a man entered and said, “I want a shave!”

Sam said, “Sure, just sit in the seat and I’ll be with you in a moment.” Quickly he prayed a quick desperate prayer saying, “God, help me say the right thing to this man. Continue reading

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Celebrating Our 50th Valentine’s Day

 

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50 years ago I bought my first little heart-shaped box of Valentine’s Day candy, walked across the Florida College campus from “C Dorm” to Sutton Hall and said “Happy Valentine’s Day” to a young lady I had only been dating a short time.

By the next Valentine’s Day, Norma Jean and I were talking marriage. By our third one together we were married. Over the years we’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day where ever our ministry has taken us. Ohio. Kentucky. Tennessee. Back in Florida, twice. Missouri. And now Texas. Continue reading

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