The Little Engine that Could

“Some days are diamonds and some days are stones”….”it’s the bad days that make you appreciate the good ones”…. “the grass is always greener on the other side” …. ” I have a week’s work to do in a day” ….” I’m just so tired”….well, the last one wasn’t a cliché but you get the message! Ask a question today and you will get many answers as to why someone cannot do a task.

We are planning our singles weekend in Lake City. Interesting responses….. ” I don’t support the idea of ministering to (special) groups” …. “WE….minister to everyone equally”…. followed by “but we don’t really have any singles”…. “well, you know, some of those people are divorced (whispered)” …. to the individuals “it’s too expensive (said by the single parent who just took her kids to Universal for a week). Lots of reasons NOT to succeed.

Went to a kid’s conference last weekend and learned about Orbeez , little synthetic rubber balls that go from the size of a mustard seed to the size of a grape if you add water. Pretty cool. Also, learned how a missionary asked for and was given 6 million meals to feed the hungry in Honduras. The solution: he asked and helped make it happen.


Reminds me of a story I read as a kid, “The Little Engine That Could”. The question was if this little train engine could pull a load over the big mountain. After all, he was a small engine. But the engine said ” I think I can” and kept reminding himself each time the going got tough. ” I think I can!” “I think I can!”.

It’s time for us (believers, married people and singles, parents and grandparents, college age through grandparents to step up.  ” I think I can” will become ” I can’t believe I ate the whole thing”. Well, you get the idea!


Singles Conference Flyer



“Planting Seeds…Preparing Soil”

FEB. 24-26



6130 US 441 S., LAKE CITY, FL 32025

(386) 288-4274 (Cole)— (251) 284-3793 (Jim)

Ministry leaders will have a list of local motels….



February 24-26, 2017   —    LAUNCH SINGLES WEEKEND! LAKE CITY , FLORIDA!!!

                                         “Planting Seeds-Preparing Soil”

Hosted by the New Horizons Church of Christ, Lake City, FL

Lessons about planting and harvesting, exploration of different techniques of farming, life application lessons, fellowship, singing…..Fun! Fun! including best cake contest…..more to come! $33 suggested conference cost….

**MAILING ADDRESS: New Horizon Church of Christ 184 SW Crescent St, Lake City, FL 32025**


Building at:    6130 South US Highway 441, Lake City 32025….(386) 288-4274

Cole is getting a list of hotels/ there are many in the 50/60 dollar range. Also, State Park has Cabins $100 a night , sleep 6.


Divorced in the Church

My parents were married until death. My grandparents were married 52 years…until death. My aunts and uncles, the preacher and his wife, the governor and his wife and everyone we knew was married until they died.

The most scandalous thing we knew about divorce was from a Rolling Stones song, “I met a divorcee from New York City…” Well it was, after all, New York City. People did different things up there.

Then my generation came along. MANY (many…many…many) divorces have occurred. Times have changed. Laws changed. Opportunities changed.

Morals change? Maybe?

Has church changed? Many would say yes. Is it too tolerant of divorce? Maybe. The generation before me did not tolerate divorce. But it tolerated racism…..segregation…violence in the home…

Church is supposed to be a hospital for the sinner but many have tried to make it a hotel for some of the saints.

As a single (divorced) father, I had to look around for a church that welcomed me and my small daughter. Many did not want single parents. Many did not allow a divorced person to serve in the church. Many were willing to encourage us to go elsewhere. We did.

Divorce is often treated as the unforgettable sin. It isn’t. LAUNCH Singles Ministry supports and encouraged each person to change their heart and come (back) to a relationship with their Savior (Jesus Christ).