Archives for August 2007

A New Challenge

Since January and our resignation from the ministry here at Jonesville I have been packing 2-3 boxes each evening after work, except prayer meeting night and weekends. We had promised the folk we would do our best to be out of the parsonage by April.

Finally, we are pretty well packed, but until August 5th in the afternoon (when the Zion Church called us to the ministry in the little village of Portersville), we did not know where we would be moving nor when.

The people here at Jonesville and Cambria were precious and patient with us letting us stay in the parsonage and not making us feel we were an imposition. Yet we felt we needed to move on an allow the work to press on for Christ sake.

Zion is a beautiful community and I am excited about being there and serving the Savior with these dear people we have already come to love.

The people there have already shown us such sweet thoughtfulness in opening up the parsonage which has been the fellowship hall for several years. They are redecorating it and returning it to its original state and making some additional improvements.

The Lord willing we will begin our ministry at Zion Christian Union Church on the first Sunday in Oct.

Pray with us and for us as we move and settle in, that we will be able to make a difference for our Saviour.

Ken took a load today to Zion and encountered some obstacles with the floods in the Finlay, OH area. I was concerned when I got home from work and I called the family across from the house and asked if they had seen him. They had been away and she assured me that she would go over and see if it appeared that he had been there and left any additional items. Soon she called and told me he was there and would be heading home around 6:30PM.

This is the reason I am taking time to write this article while I wait and pray for his safety and strength.

Ken has such a great heart to preach the WORD and nourish  God’s children in the faith.

Though many folk would retire at his age he forges on.

He really doesn’t have hobbies unless you can say studying and reading is a hobby. Lately he has been working very hard at memorizing many Scriptures. He carries flash cards with him and practices them, as he did today while he waited at the hospital for me to have laser done on my left eye.

Then leaving me at work he hit the road with the little red trailer full of my pattern file cabinets, metal shelves and many boxes of books wrapped in black garbage bags to keep them dry in the rain.

I love this man and praise the Lord for what HE has done in Ken’s life over the years and for the faithful father, husband, grandfather and pastor he has become.

He has been memorizing I Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13.

31. But eagerly desire the greater gifts.
And now I will show you the most excellent way.

1 Corinthians 13

Love

1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

2. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,

10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.

11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

I have seen him truly applying these truths to his own life as he has worked to not only memorize them but to incorporate them into his daily conduct.

Thank you, Lord Jesus.