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Celebrating Our 50th Valentine’s Day



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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God’s Created Order for Male and Female


Last night Norma Jean and I attended the Florida College Lectures. What a wonderful pleasure to join with brethren from all over the United States in singing, praying and reflecting on God’s word. There was joy in seeing old friends. Of sharing hugs and handshakes. Smiles and tears. And some good memories of by gone days.

The theme this year is “From the Beginning: Recovering the Divine Design for Marriage and Family.” Doy Moyer, a gospel preacher from the Birmingham area, delivered the key note address on the topic “In The Beginning: God’s Created Order for Male and Female.” Continue reading

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“Grey Divorce” Rates Rising

It wasn’t easy for 59-year-old Margie White to ask her husband, Dick, for a divorce after 37 years of marriage.

“It really was the most courageous thing that I had to do,” she said. Continue reading


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Couple Having Argument At Home

I woke up early this morning. Very early. Way too early! It was 3:00 a.m.

I couldn’t go back to sleep because in the stillness of the night there was this constant, continual sound. Drip. Drip. Drip.

It had rained sometime during the night, which I did not hear, and now all that’s  left is the ever so slight, but annoying sound of water dripping off the roof to the patio below.

It reminded me of a classic metaphor by the wise man in Proverbs 27:15. Continue reading

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How To Stay Married For 75 Years


Richard and Arlene Baughman have been married 75 years and claim they’ve never had an argument.

“If we had differences we just talked about it,” said Richard.

Arlene joked, “We always said, we didn’t have dishes to throw or shoes to throw because we couldn’t afford it. So, we had to get along!” Continue reading


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Should You Live Together Before Saying “I Do”?

Young couple sitting in cafe on summer day and looking at camera

“The headline caught my eye: “Is it OK to live together before marriage’”, wrote Rubel Shelly in a recent Fax of Life.

Shelly said he knew what the answer would be before he read it. So did I! The internet is filled with blogs with titles like “5 Reasons you shouldn’t say ‘I Do’ Before Living Together First.” Continue reading


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7 Things Unchanged by The Supreme Court

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Even if you’re not a “news junkie” by now everyone has heard that the Supreme Court of the United States ruled Friday that same-sex marriage is legal is all 50 states. 

The reaction has been swift and predictable.  Homosexuals and liberals are ecstatic. Conservatives and Bible Believers have denounced the decision.

Joe Ortwert of the Missouri Family Policy Council, called the decision ”a reckless ruling that will have a devastating impact on the future of our nation.  This disgraceful decision is the latest most evident sign of the moral bankruptcy of the U. S. Government, the moral corruption of its leaders, the vile decadence of American culture and society, and the growing godlessness of the American people.”  Continue reading


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What “Conscious Uncoupling” Really Means


Celebrity divorce. It’s nothing new.

Think Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Divorce is as old as the Bible itself. But now Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Chris Martin, have introduced us to a new vocabulary when Paltrow announced last week their separation, and called it a “Conscious Uncoupling.”

What?  Continue reading


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Poverty and Disregard for the Family


Congressman Paul Ryan has taken some heat the past few days for comments he made last week on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America. In discussing the problem of poverty in America, Ryan, in part, said this: 

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Coping with Communication Challenges

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Today is Norma Jean’s birthday.

It reminds me of a man who asked his wife, “What would you most like for your birthday?”

She said, “I’d love to be ten again.”

On the morning of her birthday, he got her up bright and early and they went to a theme park. He put her on every ride in the park – the Death Slide, The Screaming Loop, the Wall of Fear. Continue reading


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