Written by cycleguy on April 21st, 2016


You have probably heard the story of the little girl who was telling the story of Snow White to her mom and after Prince Charming kissed her, Suzie stopped and said, “And you know what happened next?”

Her mom said, “They lived happily ever after!”

“No,” Suzie said. “They got married.”

Well…it is no secret that seems to be more often true than not these days. Rest easy though folks. This is not a condemnatory post about the evils of divorce. No sense in that anyway.

One thing for sure: the world has changed, and it’s going to keep changing. Some change is good; some is not. Spencer’s downtown became a ghost town because of businesses moving out or just being unable to make ends meet. Over the past year or so there has been a strong effort to change that. I’m glad to  be a part of that.

Marriage, well the concept of marriage, has changed over the years. God’s ideal has not. My new series is called (as you can see) Family Matters. The first is “Making it Last.” The second I’m calling “ManUP!” The third is “Unique by Design” (Mother’s Day). And then two I am really excited about and will tell you about it when the time comes.

Would you mind sending up a prayer for me and the folks who hear? Thanks.


18 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lisa notes says:

    I’m sure that “Family Matters” will be a topic of great importance to your listeners, Bill. Praying that hearts will be soft and behaviors changed as a result of the words and Word that you will share.

  2. Jeff says:

    I like those big words. Permanence. Condemnatory. Marriage.
    And I like to hear what everyone’s God thinks marriage is. Today, It is certainly not the bargaining with the neighbor for his daughter that it was in the older days. A couple goats and a cow and I’ll take her. That was marriage for a few thousand years. Some God’s had no problem with that. And you could actually get rid of several goats and end up with several wives. I personally prefer goats. And I think God’s are OK with that. I don’t think most Gods have a problem with goats. But todays Gods seem to have a different approach. And I am always interested in what todays Gods are into.

  3. floyd says:

    Sounds good. Praying for you and the ones our Father sends to hear.

    Have a great weekend, brother.

  4. What a great series, Bill! Wish I could be there to hear your sermons, but I will offer up prayers.

  5. Pam says:

    An atea where there is much-needed guidance, Bill. Praying!

  6. Betty Draper says:

    Getting married at 17 was probably the most foolish thing I ever did, not the worst but the most foolish. After 52 years, some horrible, some not so horrible and some pretty good. I chose to let hindsight become insight concerning those years. Our marriage took a wonderful turn when we put God in it. Finally we were on the same page in one area, both of us wanted to honor God in our marriage. It was no longer about us but something bigger. Still it’s been the hardest task I have ever had. If Ace and I could just remove our selfish nature it would be perfect. So, every day we practice to our best ability with the grace of God to love unconditionally and still we fail at times. Marriage takes a lot of grace to not expect perfection, to forgive each other and ourselves. Yep, it’s just plain hard work. In some ways, Jeff is right, whatever god or gods one worship is where you will view marriage from. In a remote tribe where they give pigs as a bride price, it has not changed since as far back as they can remember. But when one of your gods is a pig then it stands to reason that you value the pig more. It’s is exciting to watch the heart of men and women change when the God of the Bible becomes their God. Because of that overwhelming love of God who sent His son to die for their sins their view of marriage changes drastically . I love that God has given us the gift of choice for I can chose who I worship in this area of marriage or any area and I chose the God of the Bible, I chose to worship Him together with my husband. We are both content with our marriage, even when our selfishness shows up. We are no longer each others gods, which made a huge difference in our marriage. That women in the jungle will always know her husband worship the pig more then her, talk about insecurity. That man will not die for her, he might die for his pig but I doubt that even for we are too selfish to die for anyone. We see the same thing in the states, worship of job, houses, what people think, our opinion, and each thing sounds better then worshiping a pig. What ever we value will be what we worship and everybody worship something especially themselves. The God I worship valued me enough to send His Son to die for my sins, now that’s security. Trust me, no pig will ever lay down it’s life willingly for another pig. If ever there was a message that need to be preach it the ones on marriage and the family so I will pray brother for the hearts that will hear it.Pray God give you great boldness and clarity as you preach.

    • cycleguy says:

      The foolishness of youth can be transformed by the love of God. You are Ace are an example of that. So glad he did that for you. Strangely, it has been several years since I have just focused on marriage for a month. Hopefully, this will bring about change.

    • cycleguy says:

      The foolishness of youth can be changed by the love of God. So He did that for you and Ace. You now have a vital ministry reaching others.

  7. Ceil says:

    Hi Bill! I will be thinking and praying for you and your church as you prepare to talk about marriage and family. Family does matter! We just hosted my out-of-town sister, and another out-of-town sister was here for the weekend. How I love their visits!

    I got married when I was 25, which was a few years ago! I’m not sure what keeps us in a ‘forever’ state of mind, but certainly our faith contributes. It’s not easy, but it’s often very fun!

  8. Caleb says:

    The longer I’m in ministry the more I realize the importance of taking care of my family physically and spiritually. I hesitate to say that family should be “1st” priority because only God should be there. On the other hand sometimes pastors/missionaries use the excuse “I’m serving God” when they sacrifice their families for ministry sake. It’s often a hard thing to balance and takes lots of wisdom.

    • cycleguy says:

      Your last post showed your commitment to that Caleb. So glad you make that a priority. You children see it. Your church sees it. The other pastors you minister to see it.

  9. Linda Stoll says:

    Family Matters.

    Yes, this has become a renewed theme in this season of life, Bill. And honestly? I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    No regrets …