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A Blessed Life (29) For the eight years from 1977 to 1985, I was focused and settled in ministry, family life and the community. It was wonderful to have a sense of belonging. I thoroughly enjoyed being pastor of the Ebenezer Church. We had many great meetings with outstanding guest preachers. It was unusual that…

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A Blessed Life (28) Settled at last. Our move to Mercer County and the call to Ebenezer marked the end of continuous moving and searching for stability. Ebenezer is a biblical word. I Samuel 7:12 says, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying,…

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A Blessed Life (27) For the first twelve years of our marriage Colleen and I, along with our family, moved at least every two years. Echo Valley Camp was stop number eight on the journey. It was also a destination that would provide time and opportunity for transition to a more settled lifestyle. As previously…

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A Blessed Life (26) Our time at Echo Valley Camp was filled with adventure. It was also a lot of work, especially for Colleen. We had four small children, and she was mainly responsible for them. In addition to that she ran the camp kitchen during the summer camping season.. Besides being camp director and…

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A Blessed Life (25) All the years of my life have been marked and blessed by the churches in my life. They provided foundation, formation and fellowship that are woven into the fabric of my being. Salem Church of Christ was home for me from birth to age 13.There I was grounded in the scriptures….

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A Blessed Life (24) A new era of blessing was about to unfold. With a clear wake up call from my banker’s question about running away from God, I began to look for God’s leading. Running from God was like running an uphill obstacle course, and I was tired of running in the wrong direction….

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A Blessed Life (23) Just prior to ending the second season of ministry at Fisherville we had our third child. Stephen was born on August 12, 1970. I was out of town preaching in a revival meeting, and a dear lady at Fisherville was with Colleen when Stephen came into this world. I now add…

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A Blessed Life (21) For nearly three years I pastored the Church of Christ in Fisherville, Kentucky. It is a stretch to say I pastored, but I preached and worked and learned a lot. Besides the work of ministry, I enrolled in Louisville Bible College. Most all the professors were, or had been full time…

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A Blessed Life (22) In 1970 our family left Fisherville and headed for Winchester, Kentucky. We were going back to the familiar campus of Southeastern Christian College. I was taking a position as registrar and student recruiter. With two young children under the age of three, we settled in a small two story apartment in…

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A Blessed Life (20) Eager to do something besides going to school I abandoned plans for Georgetown College. We packed and moved to Louisville on the whim that I might get a job teaching in a Christian school. Perhaps they would let me finish my degree while I taught. Such was not the case, so…