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Ken Joines Passing

     Ken Joines, a great friend of and writer for The Magnolia Messenger died at his home Friday night of congestive heart failure.
     His funeral will be held Tuesday at the Goodman Oaks church building in Southaven, Mississippi where he preached for many years. Visitation is from 1-3:00 and funeral at 3:00. 
     I am honored to be asked by his family to conduct his funeral. He was a dear friend, mentor, and encourager to me. I will miss him dearly. Keep his family in your prayers. -d

Dennis Doughty, Editor
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Holding another's hand...

After the passing of your mate


Dennis Doughty, Editor

     Over the holidays two members of our staff, after losing their first spouse to death, had found new mates and were married in separate ceremonies. I was honored to perform one of those ceremonies. Afterwards, I realized that four of our staff have now married a second time after the death of their long-time mates.

     A 2007 study found that 7% of widows and 29% of widowers marry a second time. The study found that these second marriages helped deal with loneliness and social isolation, as well as provide emotional support and companionship. Having performed a few of these weddings, I also believe that falling in love is not just for the young.

     God realized early on that "It is not good for man to be alone" (Genesis 2:18). I know that remains true for young men, but is true of older men as well. Of widows the New Testament scriptures approve, and even encourage them to marry, that is “only in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 7:39, 1 Timothy 5:14).

     I am certain that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of Christian couples who read this publication who, having lost their spouses to death, have found a second love and have been richly blessed by their second marriage. The Magnolia Messenger is proud to honor such Christian marriages with the testimony of our staff on this subject as can be found on pages 10,11 and 12. 

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Volume 43; Number 1; Winter 2021


  3   Blood & Grace

  4   Bible Q&A

  5   Doubting Thomas

  6   The Fires of Perdition

  8   Amen & A-woman

10  Holding Another's Hand

13  Going with the Gospel

15  Mistaken Identity

16  Mission Report 

18  Youth and Family

22  Grandmothers

24  Visits, with Eddie Lewis

26  The Great Architect 

27  Precious Memories

28  Spiritual Reminders

29  Global Warming?

32  The Question Box

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Summer Issue Special Topic:

Heaven & the Hereafter

     We want to focus our next issue on the topic of Heaven and the Hereafter. We need to think about and learn more about Heaven. To do so we need to learn more of what the scriptures teach about Death, Resurrection, Judgment Day, Hades, and Hell,

as well as “the City Foursquare.”


We are inviting all writers to send us your articles on any of these subjects.

Dennis Doughty, Editor

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