What’s LOVE Got To Do With It? (Part 2)

    (Part 2) What’s Love Got to Do With It?
         Well, it should be everything. As we read our Bibles we see that David was a man after God’s heart and accomplished greater things it seems AS A SINGLE MAN! The Prophets Jeremiah and Jonah were SINGLE men tasked with delivering a tough message. Of course, Jesus was SINGLE as were most of his disciples. And how about the Apostle Paul? SINGLE! Yet, it seems that if you are not married with 2 kids, between the ages of 25- 45, churches have little to offer you. Even as a preacher, you have minimal chance of working in one of our churches. 99% married! I know a few SINGLE preachers. Can count them on one hand. Many churches even require you be married to apply.

         So…if you are SINGLE in anyway…. Young and never married, older and never married, divorced or widowed, you are on your own.
             Really? What happened to the harvest is ripe? Are unmarried people not to be harvested?  What if you are a SINGLE parent with kids? Are your kids not worthy of the gospel? What if you are a goofy older man (50?) married to a younger woman without kids? Not worthy? Or you are both married and older with teens? What if you are SINGLE and adopted or have foster children?
             When I read my Bible, I see two things. 1) Jesus did not avoid the SINGLE! Jesus interacted with the 5 time divorcee at the well, then sent her to tell the good news to her town. She did! And what a testimony she had! The demon possessed man living alone in the cemetery. Same story! Interaction then assignment. Go tell people what I did for you! Over and over again. Yes, I hear you. Yes, I will forgive you! Now GO, MAKE disciples, BAPTIZE them…….Jesus sees your value.
             But what about my “local church”. Well……….people will disappoint you. Everyone has their own agenda. Find the good folks, both in and out of the church building. Yes, assemble in the pews. But also, go to Karaoke together! Swing dance lessons? Why not? Take a Christian Singles Cruise. Go on a mission trip! How about a service project? GO! MAKE DISCIPLES! YOU CAN BAPTIZE THEM (encourage them, feed them, talk with them, love them……). Let’s go!


Encouragement to Take Through your Week…

We all need to learn to embrace where we are in life. If you are single be successful at it. If you are married or in a relationship be successful at it. There are advantages to both situations. Being single can be lonely at times. Being married or in a relationship can also be lonely at times. Having the wrong somebody is NOT better than being alone. Enjoy the journey you only get this life once. My gift to you…💗Karen (Karen Hamilton- Single mom, SUCCESS Singles)

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable then they? Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Matthew 6: 25-27 (2010 NIV)…. Shared by Ken Jones, Counselor and speaker from LAUNCH

Look out for others, but not to your own exclusion. We learn to care by caring about ourselves. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.


IF it is hard for two parents to raise one child, imagine how much harder it is for one parent to raise two children…………..

(Modern) Churches are designed for married couples between the ages 25-45 with two children. Others have to plug in as they find opportunity.

The main reason not to “plug in”? Too busy! The plate is full. Overwhelmed. A genuine Catch-22.

We might have to change our approach to…. church…support…relationship… Jim Miller, LAUNCH

“ditto”— Lit Cole, LAUNCH Speaker


The Dating Game Part 2! (Really)

Yes, we remember the dating game. We have the Bachelor. Dating in the Dark (really, they had that). And a show years ago on MTV that was rather crude. Lots of ideas and attempts to entertain about our ineptness at “dating”. So, here are a few thoughts:Where to Find A date WHERE DO I FIND A DATE?

You meet people at work, at school, in business and at the church building. We facebook, Instagram, twitter, skype and text. Occasionally, we make a phone call. We are the most “connected” yet “disconnected” we have ever been. Let’s talk about computer dating….

computerdateSO, WHAT ABOUT COMPUTER DATING? A PERSONAL AD WITH YOUR PICTURE ON IT…CAN’T GO WRONG………well…………. Yes, it can. People put their best face forward (in their opinion). So, it is a staged attempt. It can be viewed as shallow or worldly. Or you just take a BAD picture. Yes, show your sense of humor. Beware! Unless you are a comedian, you might not be funny.


YOU GOT THE CHURCH OF CHRIST SINGLES.COM, CHURCHES-OFCHRIST-SINGLES.NET, CHRISTIAN MINGLE, E- HARMONY, MATCH.COM, FISH IN A BARREL AND JANITOR IN A DRUM…………….Who owns these things? A few are owned by Christian interests. Many are owned by media conglomerates who also own…….(drum role please)….. Cosmopolitan, Allure and even more scandalous publications. So, they may not understand where you are coming from (but will love your money).

Silbano Garcia, Church of Christ minister and the founder of church-of-christ.org states that computer dating can be very safe and deliberate and it enables you to meet people you would not have met otherwise. Many good marriages have happened because of each of the (legitimate) services above. He recommends you ask lots of questions, ask the church where the person attends for personal references and visit to go to church. Hazards include…they lied….they don’t look like that…while they attend church, they may not be seeking Jesus……..Be careful!



Why not find a friend in your singles group, church group and small group? Why not attend the LAUNCH seminars (which are Jesus centered, fellowship oriented and affordable)? 


And if you do meet someone…………Start easy. Go to a public place for coffee, ice cream…be friends…

(edited from an article 2014 by Jim Miller)

The Dating Game (Really?) Part 1

The Dating Game (Really?) Part 1


The Dating Game! Really? You remember the cheesy host, the guest single and the 3 suitors. The bachelor asked each bachelorette (or vise versa) questions and chose a date sight unseen…….Incidentally, both Billy Crystal and Jay Leno were guests early in their careers…NOBODY would date this way would they?

You might be surprised that there was Christian dating show ************where the congregation helps the single find a mate. Goodness! What do you think about that. Would you want your preacher or the sister on row 4 to set you up?


What does the BIBLE say about dating? hmmmmmm….strangely silent………..

adam and eve

Now, in the beginning God saw that it wasn’t good for man to be alone so he produced Eve and Adam was ….overwhelmed….I think he said, “Kazinga!” Do you wonder if He might help in your search for a mate?

Jacob, Rachel and Leah

Now, we know that Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac (Rebekkah). Would you want your parents to choose your spouse? Still happens in many countries……..lower divorce rate too.

Jacob chose his own wife. He was in love with Rachel. But, he got more than he bargained for. You remember that he got TWO wives and 2 additional mistresses for only 14 years of hard labor.


Unfortunately, David’s method of finding women most resembled the modern times. He laid out of work, was a peeping Tom, lured and seduced a married woman and tried to get off scott free…..Oh yeah! And he was already married and had neglected at least one wife….

Song of Solomon

Ah…but his son Solomon was the romantic. Shoulda been. With 700 wives and 300 porcupines, he should have known women. I like where he told her she was pretty because her teeth matched……………..

Of course, we can go to 1 Corinthians 7 for lots of info on marriage, divorce, etc. If you are burning with temptation, get married….So, why isn’t it that easy?

5 Toughest Single Mom Struggles

 (credit imom.com)
 Single Parents probably read the title of this article and think, “Ha! They’ve narrowed it down to five?” And in fairness, we realize that the challenges of caring for kids alone are innumerable. But there are some hardships unique to the individual, and others that are hard time and time again from our single-mom friends. So this list is an overview of those common single mom struggles, along with some encouragements and suggestions to help you deal with them.

1. Financial strain.

The most common life events that lead to single parenthood—death, divorce, etc.—upset more than just your marital status. They upset your financial balance, and leave one adult shouldering a load that is typically carried by two. Even if you’re a single adoptive parent and chose the challenge of going it alone, it’s still tough. Single moms often hang in limbo waiting for child support that never arrives or paying attorneys to pursue what should be paid. There always seems to be a little less in the checking account than what your kids need.

  • While you can’t control others (like an ex-spouse), you can control your own decisions and get organized and intentional about how you handle your money to lessen the stress. Consult with a financial planner, or take a course at your church like Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University to help make every dollar go as far as possible. And remember: what your children need most—your love—you do have in abundance. Lavish them with that, and lay down the guilt of not being able to give them every material thing they desire.

2. Social isolation.

Single moms tell us that they sometimes feel trapped underneath a mountain of responsibility that never allows them to invest in friendships, much less find another companion for life. Working single moms say the guilt of leaving your kids in the evening to do something just for yourself is crushing. Add to that the cost of hiring a sitter and getting out of the house for adult interaction seems almost impossible.

  • You need friendships and encouragement, so this is not a frivolous concern. Look for environments that allow for some social time for you while keeping the kids occupied or entertained: a church small group that offers childcare, an exercise class at a gym with a kids’ space, or a play date with other parents. And maybe once a month, splurge for that sitter or trade out childcare with another parent to actually go to dinner with friends and really talk about what’s going on in your life.

3. Decision pressure.

Parenting is hard. There are lots of gray areas and the game changes daily as your children grow. For married parents, there’s at least another adult to talk things out with, and to share the burden of making tough decisions. Single parents bear the weight of all of those tough calls—where to go to school, which friends are okay, or when a child is mature enough for a new privilege or responsibility—alone. The emotional burden can wear a mom down in a hurry.

  • Seek out a trusted parenting mentor or peer to bounce some thoughts off of. It might be a friend from church, your own parents, or a pastor or counselor. Make sure your chosen sounding board shares your fundamental values so you’ll be certain to receive advice that matches up with them. Although the final parenting decision will still be yours to make, getting some feedback on your parental plan can lessen your anxiety and embolden you to do the hard things that parenting sometimes requires.

4. Guilt.

Is there any end to the guilt a single parent feels? If you know that your decisions (some of which you may regret) contributed to your current family status, it’s especially present. There’s guilt about the financial things you can’t provide, guilt about the time you spend away from them, guilt about the things you just can’t do because of your situation. Regardless of how your children became the kids of a single parent, you worry daily about the effect that it’s having on them and feel responsible.

  • If your single status is the result of a poor decision: own your mistake, learn from it, and move on. We all make mistakes, and the guilt we feel is only helpful inasmuch as it helps us to correct problems and become better people. If your current situation is the result of the mistakes of another, do yourself a favor and forgive. The burden of anger is too much for you to bear forever. You can’t get in a time machine and fix the past, but you can do your best to make today better—so focus your energy there. Work on relationships with your kids’ other parent/step-parent so that they feel less friction. Be a great example today and trust God to fill in the gaps that are beyond your reach.

5. Fatigue.

Let’s face it: you’re doing alone what was designed to be a two-person job. The fact that you often feel physically, emotionally, and spiritually worn out is not just your imagination. But because your kids depend on you, you can’t afford to push yourself past a certain point. You must take care of yourself and your health in order to be there for them.

  • Find ways to take a breather, even if you have to swap out child care with another single parent to make it happen. Spend that time recharging in some way that will continue to pay benefits when the busyness kicks back in: with exercise, spiritual growth, or good, old-fashioned sleep. Take a look at these quick and easy energy boosters for ideas! It’s not selfish to maintain the engine that keeps your home running: you.

Single moms, what struggle do you think should be added to the list?

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

What’s love got to do, got to do with it
What’s love but a second hand emotion
What’s love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken????

     Ahh, yes! Sing it Tina!

Tina Turner knows a little about disappointment! Her ex husband, Ike, used her for a punching bag as well as for the cash cow that her talent was in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Drugs, alcohol and outright meanness defined Ike.  And how did Tina get there? Love…. She gave her heart to an unworthy man. Of course, that is half of the story.

As a single, what does love have to do with it? Well, we might want to love someone to have companionship….. I have heard that a cat or dog is much more faithful and appreciative. I know our poor old hound dog loves us despite being often overlooked and neglected. We might want to love someone for security…. A nice .38 Special or a house alarm could also help! Or a barking dog….. We might want to love someone for conversation. Yep, talk to the wife. About? The kids didn’t do their chores? You are sick and tired of the workplace? Why Folgers isn’t the greatest coffee? Hmmm. Well, maybe we might want to love someone to have sex! Great idea! Seems people have been hooking up for centuries. Seems that married people have less sex than the single people (sometimes even church people… sadly… trust me on this… people tell me much too much).

So, what does love got to do with it?

February 16-18, the Meridian Woods Church of Christ is hosting the 2018 LAUNCH Singles Weekend in Tallahassee….. Maybe we will get some answers………… Be there or be square… (ha! that’s kinda outdated… but funny)

All things NEW!


Christmas is over! 2017 will be over in SIX days! Congrats to those who finished their READ THROUGH THE BIBLE!

2018 Brings NEW OPPORTUNITY! What will you do? Here are a few of my ideas!!

  • LAUNCH CHRISTIAN SINGLES WEEKEND is in Tallahassee February 16- 18 at The Meridian Woods Congregation. We will see many of you there!
  • NOW…PRAY as we have meetings and ARRANGE further LAUNCH events in ILLINOIS and OREGON! Would also love to add other events!
  • How about the hopes for SINGLE ADULTS events in Pensacola?
  • Jessica Miller would like to sing the National Anthem in 50 STATES this year! We will need your assistance!
  • Prayers to be a better Husband, Father, Friend………………..
  • Prayers to lead others to Jesus.
  • Remember! today is a great day for * Bible Study * Prayer * Change of Heart * Baptism * Feeding the Hungry * Visiting the Sick…. a great day to start something.