Pastor Ken’s Thoughts on a Thursday & Monday Marriage Message

Lessons Learned While Being Unplugged – June 6th, 2022

Hi, this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…lessons learned while being unplugged.

This past weekend my lovely wife and I headed for the hills. We spent four glorious days nestled in a deep green valley high up in the Blue Ridge mountains. For some reason, though we had the ability to make calls and send and receive text messages, our phones were not able to easily connect to the internet. Because of that, and the fact that we have never had T.V. in our little home in the hills, we found ourselves literally unplugged from the world at large. For four days we had nothing to watch, were aware of no news, and yet…somehow…we survived. Actually we thrived! We spent much time talking with one another about the current events of our lives, and the lives of our family, and all without a bit of help from social media. We shared with each other plans and dreams of things yet to come, both in the short term and the more distant future. We enjoyed each other’s company and didn’t feel like we were missing a thing. In fact, we didn’t miss a thing. As we took rides in the mountains purely for the entertainment value, we noticed nearly everything and found most of it fodder for conversation. I’ll tell you this, you sure feel connected to the one you are with when you are unplugged from the world around you. (more…)

Marital Communication 101- Session Six – May 30th, 2022

Hi, this is pastor Ken, thanks for joining me once again for the Monday Marriage Message. This is going to be the last edition in the series…Marital Communication 101.

In the past five weeks I have spoken about many of the variables that complicate marital communication. As I have mentioned, some of those difficulties come from God given differences we are created with as men and women. God did not design us with those differences to frustrate us but rather to bless us by giving us access to more than we possess alone. It is us who choose to become frustrated because of the differences. Some of the challenges come simply because though we have arrived at a condition of oneness we came from differing places and those experiences and families of origin cause us to have difficulty seeing the same things the same ways. A very real part of the difficulty derives from the fact that we are profoundly fallen people living in a profoundly fallen world. Thankfully Christ provides the answer for that dilemma. Though knowing Him does not make us perfect it does begin the process of perfecting us. (more…)

Memorial Day – May 26th, 2022

Hi this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is once again upon us. This holiday weekend has come to mean so many different things. For some it is considered to be the beginning of the Summer season. Living near the eastern coastline it is definitely the official opening of beach season. If you love the beach this is the start to a great season. It certainly will mark a notable increase in traffic in my area of the country regardless of the cost of gasoline. Soon there will be so many out-of-state cars filled with beachgoers headed east toward the shore on Friday evenings that one might think they are giving gas away somewhere in that direction. For others it is simply the beginning of the warmer days and the opportunity to be outdoors more enjoying gardening, yardwork, and the occasional picnics with family. This Memorial day is the official start to the 2022 season of Bar-B-Que. Hamburgers, and hot dogs will most certainly be the stars of the menu this coming weekend. (more…)

Marital Communication 101 – Session Five

Hi, this is pastor Ken and I want to welcome you to the Monday Marriage Message. This is another installment in the Marital Communication 101 series.

When driving a car there is a warning light most of us have seen at one time or another. Depending on the make and model of the car, this light will either be a yellow depiction of an engine or will illuminate the words “Check Engine Soon”. This warning light means that there is something amiss that needs to be remedied soon or more serious problems will likely develop. The light does not know what the particular problem is, only that one exists. When you take the car to a mechanic or hook it up to a diagnostic tool, the stored codes which indicate the specific problem are displayed. With this information in hand the operator of the car can address the problem and continue to drive the car as intended. (more…)

Being Content with the Content…Or Lack Thereof – May 19th, 2022

Hi this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…Being Content…With The Content…Or Lack Thereof
Those who know me and or those who have been listening to my podcasts for a while know I love a good pun. I enjoy being able to play one word upon another especially if I believe it strikes the nail on the head and will drive my point home. A little sarcasm here…a little irony there…any clever play on words is fun for me. The title of this episode is no exception, and yet it is a necessary understanding if we are to live lives free of worry.
Contentment is the antidote for worry. If we are content with what we have, we do not worry about what we don’t have. If this is true, and it is, then the reverse truth (another thing I like to consider as often as is applicable) if we are experiencing worry, we need to practice more contentment. The consideration of this reverse truth is especially applicable here because I find most people have learned to be content with some things while other issues make contentedness seemingly elusive. (more…)

Marital Communication 101 – Session Four

Hi this is pastor Ken and this is my Monday Marriage Message. The Right Questions…

Matthew 19:3-6 The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?” And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (more…)

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