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One of the most pulsating moments of Gene Enlow’s life occurred the night a man burst into his study, threatening to kill him because of the pastor’s opposition to legalizing sales of liquor by the drink. As Enlow pondered what to say, the Holy Spirit prompted him to pray that God help him love this man the same way He did.
“This experience taught me a lesson that would guide me throughout my pastoral career,” Enlow said. “Whenever I encountered problem people, I prayed, ‘Lord, help me to love this man (or woman) like You love him.’ That often resolved tense, difficult situations. Saying that prayer can disarm critics and supply you with supernatural strength. It gave me the realization that God is working on behalf of both parties and will resolve the problem. It is up to Him to take care of it, not me.”
This anecdote appears in A Legacy of Faith: The Enlow Papers. Enlow compiled it with the help of veteran co-author Ken Walker, a freelance writer for several national Christian publications and the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
Enlow, who turned 90 in mid-October, wanted to leave a record for future generations of family and others. The memoir includes a collection of his favorite sermons and essays, as well as reflections on his father, Isham, who pastored Long Ridge Baptist in Owenton in the 1920s.
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