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Contents JUNE 2024 12 20 34 GoodNews from the Pastor’s Desk 6 I Wouldn’t Do It That Way by Chris Mullis GoodNews for Everyone 8 What God Has Taught Me Through Traveling by Erin Clay GoodNews Money Matters 10 Generating Income and LTC in Retirement by Rick Hughes GoodNews for Men 12 Out of Our Comfort Zone by Chase Holtzclaw GoodNews for Women 14 The Finish Line by Donna Swann GoodNews for Relationships 18 Building Strong Relationships with Coworkers by Stephanie Daniels GoodNews Cover Story 20 75 Years of Cultivating Success in North Georgia GoodNews for Everyone 22 A Most Significant Object: My Father’s Cane by Candyce Carden GoodNews for Parents 24 I Have What I Need by Kristen West GoodNews for Kids & Dog Lovers 26 Bailey Finds a Home with Hoomans by Denise Shahan GoodNews for Everyone 28 What Will You Leave Behind? by Dr. Alan Hix GoodNews for Everyone 30 A Sprinkle of Hope by Zebbie Brewster GoodNews for your Taste Buds 32 Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette GoodNews Poetry 34 From Pity Party to Praise Party! by Cindy Evans GoodNews for Everyone 36 When No Works Out for the Better by Sandra Gilmore GoodNews for Health & Fitness 38 The Number One Dietary Fountain of Youth by Thomas Morrison

I Wouldn’t Do It That Way

Do the ways of God ever baffle you? Do you wrestle with understanding His ways? Have you ever thought of writing a letter to God to express that? Pastor Chris Mullis composed such a letter to God from a mere mortal’s point of view with both bafflement and awe. Can you relate?

“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9 NLT).

Dear God,

I’m writing to give You some helpful advice. You’re probably pretty busy trying to keep track of nearly 8 billion people on Earth, not to mention all the plants and animals, the weather, and all the hosts of Heaven. Perhaps we can cut You some slack if Your plans are a little wacky at times. I mean, You’ve got Your mighty hands full.

I do want to thank You for sending Your Son to Earth to help us out. I mean, we made a pretty big mess of it doing things our way. We’re so selfish down here—always thinking of ourselves and what we want without caring about anyone else. Even our good intentions seem to go wrong most of the time. So, it was really refreshing (and surprising) that Jesus came to save us. I wouldn’t have done it that way. I would have sent Jesus with an army of angels to wipe out humanity, but Jesus brought mercy instead. Crazy! You sure do work in mysterious ways.

them and teach them to obey His commands (see Matthew 28:19-20). And Jesus established the Church to be His mission headquarters to work for everyone’s salvation (see Matthew 16:17-19).

I’m sorry, God, that’s just not a very good plan. I mean, Jesus' original 12 disciples were already pretty dense and stubborn. After 2,000 years, we haven’t gotten much better. People are still dense and stubborn (myself included). We

just aren’t very good at this “unconditional love” and “make disciples” stuff. What were You thinking? Why did You put us in charge of such an important mission? And why the Church? Have you seen how messy churches are?

Even though Jesus was full of love and grace, they arrested and crucified Him. And while He was dying on the cross, He asked You to forgive us. That boggles my mind even more than how He rose from the grave. Who saw that one coming? I guess You did. We sure didn’t.

I’ll admit Your plans for Jesus worked incredibly well in the end. He died and rose so we can be completely forgiven. However, I really don’t see how the rest of Your plan is going to succeed. I mean, Jesus is Your Son, and obviously eternal and divine. Jesus has the power to do anything. Unfortunately, Jesus ascended to Heaven and left the rest up to us.

And that’s why I’m writing. Jesus told His disciples to go into all the world and make more disciples and baptize

I don’t mean to criticize; I mean, You are God and everything. However, I’ve just got to say: I wouldn’t do it that way.

But then, You are God and I am not. So I’ll just ask for a little more faith to trust and obey. I’ll be grateful I’m part of Your crazy plan. And I’ll thank You for giving Your Holy Spirit to guide and empower us. I’ll join with the Church and do my best to do what You ask.


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About The Author Rev. Chris Mullis is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church with a Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Pastor Chris’s ministry has spanned twenty years and four different churches in Georgia. Chris is currently serving God as the senior pastor of Pleasant Grove Methodist Church located at 2701 Cleveland Hwy in Dalton, GA.
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What God Has Taught Me Through Traveling

Traveling has always been a passion of mine. I remember the first time I went to Walt Disney World with my family when I was around 8 years old. Seeing people from different countries, speaking different languages, and being amazed that they had chosen to travel to Florida for the same reasons my family did made the world seem a little more accessible. Since then, I have wanted to see as much of the world as I can and learn about different cultures.

We often limit ourselves to our own culture. Traveling allows us to learn about how other people live. Living in America, we sometimes forget that our ways and customs are not the same as the rest of the world. Even traveling from state to state, you can see a difference in how people live. While some people have never driven in snow; others have never seen the ocean.

Traveling, for me, is a wonderful way to connect to God. He made this enormous, fantastic world, and I want to see as much of it as possible. When you travel and see how other people live, it gives you a whole new outlook on life.

even their livestock is starving. I have seen how years of oppression have transformed entire civilizations and how they cling to what they can of their culture. I have witnessed the highs and the lows, and I have empathized with them as I learn how they live.

Despite the hardships I've witnessed, I've found that while we come from diverse backgrounds, a shared humanity connects us all. Traveling has become more than just a hobby or a leisure activity for me. It has become a continuous pursuit of knowledge and self-discovery. Every destination I visit leaves a unique mark on my life, shaping me as a person and bringing me closer to God. I pray for each trip I take. I pray for safety and guidance in every situation I encounter. To me, prayer is talking to and listening to God. I intentionally take time to listen to God's guidance when I am preparing to travel. These verses bring comfort and encouragement as I travel:

“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV).

Traveling, no matter where I am, reminds me that God is a constant in all things. He created this world and everyone in it, and His hand is still at work throughout it. When I return home, I am different than when I set out. I have experienced new and amazing things that I will never forget. I have also seen the hardships of the world, where people don't have enough to eat, and

“The Lord will keep you from all harm—He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (Psalm 121:7-8 NIV).

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and I created the travel blog When In Rome, Georgia. About The Author 8 // June 2024
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AGenerating Income and LTC in Retirement

Money Matters

Rick Hughes with and Jamie Climer

Driven by a passion to educate, inform and prepare future retirees, Mr. Hughes founded Hughes Retirement Group in 2007. His main interest is helping his clients in reducing their taxes.

s retirement planning becomes increasingly vital in today's economic landscape, the importance of securing a stable income stream in addition to SS has never been greater. Couple that with a fear of LongTerm Care costs, and retirees are left with some very big gap concerns. One way to bridge this gap is a Fixed Indexed Annuity (FIA) with an income rider and LTC enhanced benefit rider. Let’s look at an example of how the benefits of an FIA could help and how it works.

Upon your initial investment into the account, you will receive a 7% bonus. This is added to your actual account value at investment. With the goal being to generate a lifetime income, you will receive a 26% bonus on your Income Benefit Base. Let’s think of this as “funny money.” This value only relates to the value your income benefit is tied to, not the amount of your actual contract value. Each year that income is deferred, up to 10 years, this Income Benefit Base will receive a 7.25% roll up. The annual income payout amount will depend on your age at the time you start distributions as a percentage of your Benefit Base or “funny money” balance. If you should need LTC and can no longer perform 2 of the 5 activities of daily living, your income amount will double for up to 5 years to cover that cost. Once the LTC is no longer needed or meets the 5-year payout, whichever comes first, the payments revert to the original amount for the life of the contract owner or spouse if a joint option has been elected. Also, if you were to pass during the life of the contract, your stated beneficiaries would receive the remaining value of the account. There is a cost associated with the income rider

fee that varies by company and product, but on average is around 1.25%.

The above benefit is available without the risk of losing your initial investment, less any withdrawals. As opposed to Variable Annuities, FIAs provide initial investment premium protection. You have the option to invest in a fixed account, which fluctuates by company and product, or you can invest in Interest Crediting Options that are tied to market indices. These options allow for some market gain participation, depending on the index. Some offer a Cap Rate, which is stated % of the earnings that you would retain. Other options allow for a stated participation rate in the market gains of the contract. These can be monthly and/or annual point-to-point options. FIAs offer a balance between security and growth potential, making them an attractive option for risk averse investors looking to participate in market gains without bearing the full brunt of market downturns.

Choosing the right annuity requires careful consideration of your goals, risk tolerance, and time horizon. HRG would be happy to discuss the vast options in the annuity world to determine if one fits into Your Retirement Playbook™ as we develop your game plan and coach you through your retirement season.

NOTE: Investment advisory services offered through Brookstone Capital Management, LLC (BCM), a registered investment advisor. BCM and Hughes Retirement Group are independent of each other. Insurance products and services are not offered through BCM but are offered and sold through individually licensed and appointed agents. Index or fixed annuities are not designed for short-term investments and may be subject to caps, restrictions, fees, and surrender charges as described in the annuity contract. Guarantees are backed by the financial strength and claims paying ability of the issuer. Please refer to our firm brochure, ADV 2A Item 4, for additional information. Any bonuses mentioned may be subject to additional restrictions and regulations based on the offering annuity company. You may not receive the bonuses if the contract is fully surrendered, if traditional annuitization payments are taken, and if the policy is partially surrendered, it could result in a partial loss of bonuses. Because these are bonus annuities, they may include higher surrender charges, longer surrender charge periods, lower caps, higher spreads, or other restrictions that are not included in similar annuities that don't offer a bonus feature.

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Out of Our Comfort Zone

Ioften wonder if we have lost sight of our connection to this beautiful planet God made. We find ourselves sheltering in our homes more so now than ever. We have built walls and put the things we love inside of them to keep them safe. We use our time for the devices we so hold dear to us. We think they give us comfort and keep us connected to others. We fail to realize the very things we believe keep us connected are the very things that disconnect us from real world experiences and real relationships. We have put things before people and hidden away in our safe space leaning on the very chains that keep us from a joyful life.

Why do we do these things to ourselves knowing the outcome will not benefit the longevity of our lives? It is proven if we go outside into the sun, we receive so many benefits. It is proven that if we go and walk on the ground without our shoes and socks, our bodies receive great benefits. That must be where the term ‘grounded’ comes from, because when we go out and enjoy this world God made, we get so much more out of life, and it is proven to make us feel happier. Our homes can be wonderful places of love and peace. Our things can bring us laughter and entertainment. It is easy to become unbalanced in life when we continue a pattern that does not work. We find ourselves repeating the same things we do not enjoy.

can glorify God no matter where you are, but it works a lot better when we go out into this world. God calls us to be bold not shy, to be overcomers not complacent. For your life to change you must start the change in you. We give too much time to the very things that keep us captive. Give your time to God and your chains will fall off.

When we shift our perspective, it can take our life to the next level. Take for instance, if you were to say, “why do I have to go into work today?” this puts your mind in a defensive mode. Now if you change your perspective and

How do we break this cycle? Well, here it is: if you always do what you always did, you will get what you have always got. I was told this more times than I can count by a good friend of mine. I took these very words to heart and started living my life like I had never lived it before. Doing things differently can be challenging but stepping out in faith is never easy. God wants us to step outside of these walls we put around us and live this life. Sure, you

say, “I get to go to work today,” this simple shift in your thinking will motivate your entire thought process. Let’s take this life and make it better for us and those around us.

Step out in faith and start self-motivating your thoughts. Let us step away from our mind numbing devices and find life again.

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The Finish Line

Iam not a runner. Never have been, never will be. My husband, however, likes to run. A few months ago, I accompanied him to a race. I stood on the town levee, and from that view, I could see the beginning of the race, including the finish line.

As the shot fired, the runners began. It was intriguing to see the wide variety of participants. Some appeared to be as old as 75 while others were so young they were pushed in a stroller by a running parent. I saw male and female, thin and heavy, athletic and nonathletic.

I thought about Hebrews 12:1 ESV. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

Life’s Race

Race is the ancient Greek word agona, which can mean contest or struggle. As I watched the runners approaching the finish line, it was interesting to see how different each runner's race was ending. I thought about how the race was like life.

Everyone’s life is so different. God has set a race before each of us. We must run our race. Sometimes the struggles we face along the path are of our own doing. Other times, they are sent from or allowed by God to strengthen our faith.

“Life isn’t fair” is a common comment. Perhaps truer are the words, “Life is not the same for everyone.” We each have our battles. For some, battles are large: disease, divorce, and death. For others, battles are small. Some have few battles throughout life, and others seem to be plagued by them.

As I watched the people approaching the end, I thought what if this were the “real” finish line? After all, life is a race, which has an end. I imagined that the giant finishing banner was the gate to heaven. And these participants were finishing “the race set before them.” (see Hebrews 12:1) A Breeze

For some, the race seemed so easy. As they passed me for the last 20 yards, they breezed by, not even out of breath. Life seemed pretty easy for them. The Struggles

Others struggled. One teenager lost his breakfast as he neared the end. But he never broke stride. He was determined to be the best he could be, even at a price. Steadfast, he was going to finish life strong.

Some had the look of pure agony as they pushed themselves forward. Life had been a struggle–right to the very end. They were clearly in pain. Some were limping. Some were barely breathing. Life had been physically demanding. Others came across holding hands and supporting each other. Life had been full of family. Some participants had fans along the sidelines yelling encouragement, clapping, or holding up signs. They were friends for life. Others were clearly on their own. Life had been lonely for them. Some little ones crossed over in a stroller. Life had been cut short. While others walked across, wrinkled and grayed. Life had been long.

On the Other Side

As people crossed over the line, they were met with joy, shouts, and pats on the back. No matter how they got there and no matter what condition, they finished the race set before them. God wants us to run the race and to finish it right, striving to reach spiritual maturity. Whatever obstacles are on your course, keep your eyes focused on Jesus and keep running the race. The heavenly finish line has great rewards!

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Donna Swann is a second-grade teacher in Rome, Georgia. She attends Grace Faith Bible Study where her husband Jack is the pastor. She coauthors a Christian blog, Smorgasbord of Sisterhood, with her cousin. The
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Anchor of Hope Baptist Church

2613 Lakeview Drive Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742


Battlefield Baptist Church

178 South Cedar Lane Oglethorpe, GA 30742


Boynton Baptist Church 4093 Boynton Drive Ringgold, GA 30736


Briarwood Baptist Church

26 Ellis Springs Road Ringgold, GA 30736


Burning Bush Baptist Church 2195 Burning Bush Road Ringgold, GA 30736


Calvary Memorial Baptist Church

2 E Gate Drive Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742


Calvary Memorial Baptist Church 518 Highway #41 Ringgold, GA 30736


Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle 4994 Highway 41 Ringgold, GA 30736


Cherokee Valley Baptist Church 1495 Cherokee Valley Road Ringgold, GA 30736


Christ First Church 5994 N Hwy 27 Lafayette, Ga 30728


Clearview Baptist Church 2183 Dietz Road Ringgold, GA 30736


Cloud Springs Baptist Church 207 Cloud Springs Road Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742


Ebenezer Baptist Church

77 Hackett Road Ringgold, GA 30736


Faith Baptist Church

308 Boynton Drive Ringgold, GA 30736


First Baptist Church Ft. Oglethorpe 2645 LaFayette Road Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742


First Baptist Church of Ringgold 7611 Nashville Street Ringgold, GA 30736


Friendship Primitive Baptist Church 851 Ooltewah Ringgold Road Ringgold, GA 30736


Gospel Way Baptist Church 31 Bowling Road Ringgold, GA 30736


Grace Baptist Church

7638 Nashville Street Ringgold, GA 30736


Harvest Baptist Church of the Deaf 1314 Old Three Notch Road Ringgold, GA 30736


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Heritage Pointe Baptist Church 60 Dyer Bridge Place Ringgold, GA 30736


Hickory Grove Baptist Church 5010 Houston Valley Road

Ringgold, GA 30736


Keith Baptist Church

1573 Keith Road

Ringgold, GA 30736


Living Faith Baptist Church

Highway 41 Ringgold, GA 30736


Midway Baptist Church

Highway 41 North Ringgold, GA 30736


Moriah Baptist Church

2864 Battlefield Parkway Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742


Mount Peria Baptist Church 341 Sparks Street Ringgold, GA 30736


Mount Pisgah Baptist Church

66 Westbrook Road Ringgold, GA 30736


Mount Vernon Baptist Church

1006 Mount Vernon Road Ringgold, GA 30736


Nellie Head Memorial Baptist 2379 Catoosa Parkway Tunnell Hill, GA 30755


New Bethel Baptist Church

1635 Salem Valley Road

Ringgold, GA 30736


New Friendship Baptist Church

3833 Salem Valley Road Ringgold, GA 30736

New Heights Baptist Church 158 Ooltewah Ringgold Rd Ringgold, GA 30736


New Liberty Baptist Church

923 Graysville Road

Ringgold, GA 30736


Old Fort Baptist Church

18 Van Cleve Street Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742


Parkway Baptist Temple

65 Stuart Road

Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742


Peavine Baptist Church

1089 Peavine Road

Rock Spring, GA 30739


Philadelphia Baptist Church

1065 Pine Grove Road

Ringgold, GA 30736


Pine Grove Baptist Church

46 Pine Grove Road

Ringgold, GA 30736


Pleasant Grove Baptist Church

7769 Alabama Highway

Ringgold, GA 30736


Pleasant Valley Baptist Church

1995 Ooltewah Ringgold Rd

Ringgold, GA 30736


Poplar Springs Baptist Church

422 Poplar Springs Road

Ringgold, GA 30736


Salem Baptist Church

1947 Keith Salem Road

Ringgold, GA 30736


Shiloh Baptist Church

24 Kay Street

Rossville, GA 30741


Victory Baptist Church 1013 Layfayette Road

Rossville, GA 30741


Welcome Hill Baptist Church 223 Inman Street

Ringgold, GA 30736



Saint Gerard Catholic Church

3049 Lafayette Road

Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742


Church of Christ

Cohutta Road Church of Christ 2233 Mount Vernon Road

Ringgold, GA 30736


Fort Oglethorpe Church of Christ

6 Harker Road

Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742


Ringgold Church of Christ 4099 Nashville Street

Ringgold, GA 30736


Church of God

Boynton Church of God

1956 Three Notch Road

Ringgold, GA 30736


Indian Springs Church of God 2256 Highway 41 North Ringgold, GA 30736


Noble Church of God 75 Glass Rd Lafayette, GA 30728

Ringgold Church of God 117 Emberson Drive Ringgold, GA 30736


Wallaceville Church of God

236 Harp Switch Road Chickamauga, GA 30707



Battlefield Ministries Church

64 3rd Street

Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742


Green Pasture Community Church 1008 North Beaumont Road Ringgold, GA 30736


Lee’s Chapel Community Church 3253 Catoosa Parkway Ringgold, GA 30736


Rock Bridge Community Church 102 Remco Shops Lane Ringgold, GA 30736



Church of the Nativity 1520 Cross Street Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742


Full Gospel

Yates Spring Full Gospel Church 1300 Yates Springs Road Ringgold, GA 30736



Boynton UMC 4246 Boynton Drive Ringgold, GA 30736


Fairview UMC 2112 McFarland Avenue Rossville, GA 30741


Fort Oglethorpe UMC 1733 Battlefield Parkway Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742


Graysville UMC 2331 Graysville Road Ringgold, GA 30736


Newnan Springs UMC 78 Monanaw Avenue Rossville GA 30741


Ringgold UMC 7484 Nashville Street

Ringgold, GA 30736



Battlefield Parkway Church of the Nazarene 3220 Battlefield Parkway Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742



Battlefield Assembly In Messiah 195 Ashley Lane, Rossville, GA 30741


Battlefield Church of Faith Highway 41 South Ringgold, GA 30736


Battlefield Praise & Worship 1337 Battlefield Pkwy, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742


Calvary Chapel Ringgold 548 Boynton Drive Ringgold, GA 30736 706-952-1502

Chosen Generation Ministries 92 W Patterson Avenue Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742 423-779-6777

Church of Living Faith 7623 Alabama Highway Ringgold, GA 30736 706-937-5673

Crossroads Church 7638 Nashville Street Ringgold, GA 30736


Faith Builders International 8309 Highway 41 Ringgold, GA 30736 256-338-5031

Grace Memorial Church 118 East Nashville Street Ringgold, GA 30736


The Gathering 2501 Pine Grove Road Ringgold, GA 30736

706-841 0161

Light House Church 1201 Lafayette Road Rossville, GA 30741


Living Waters Ministries 1337 Battlefield Pkwy Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742 423-255-8655

New Life Church PO Box 1973 Ringgold, GA 30736 706-866-7799

Ridgeland Point Church 1417 Happy Valley Rd. Rossville, GA 30741 RockPointe Church 1278 Cross Street Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742


Untethered Church 2473 Lafayette Road Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742 423-991-6067

Venue Church

3969 Cloud Springs Road Ringgold, GA 30736 423-637-7100

Woodstation Church 13198 Alabama Highway Ringgold, GA 30736


Presbyterian Chickamauga Presbyterian 700 7th Street

Chickamauga, GA 30707


Christ Fellowship 1176 North Three Notch Rd. Ringgold, GA 30736


First Presbyterian Church 1 Harker Road Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742

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Morton Memorial

560 Red Belt Rd.

Chickamauga, GA 30707

Walker County Church Directory

Assembly of God

Cross Connection

703 N Main St. LaFayette, GA 30728


Gospel Tabernacle Assembly of God 1661 Highway 27

Chickamauga, GA


Antioch Baptist Church 236 Crow Gap Road Chickamauga, GA


Bethel Baptist Church 4068 S Highway 341 Chickamauga, GA


Bethlehem Baptist Church 278 Oak Grove Road Chickamauga, GA


Bethel Memorial Baptist Church 198 Pledger St. LaFayette, GA 30728


Bethesda Baptist Church 13432 Highway 151 LaFayette, GA 30728


Calvary Baptist Church 908 Bronco Rd. LaFayette, GA 30728


Cassandra Baptist Church 1371 W Cove Rd Chickamauga, GA


Center Grove Baptist Church

68 Center Grove Church Rd

Rock Springs, GA


Center Point Baptist Church 118 Center Point Rd. LaFayette, GA 30728


Chattanooga Baptist Church 7300 Highway 337

LaFayette, GA 30728

Christian Home

2518 Garretts Chapel Rd Chickamauga, GA 423-313-5230

Community Baptist Church 14 Kemp Rd. LaFayette, GA 30728


Corinth Baptist Church 2524 Corinth Rd. LaFayette, GA 30728


East Armuchee Baptist Church 3196 E. Armuchee Rd. LaFayette, GA 30728

706 375-4512

Emanuel Baptist Church 639 S Main St. LaFayette, GA 30728


Faith Baptist Church of Chickamauga 14251 Highway 193

Chickamauga, GA


First Baptist Church 603 7th St

Chickamauga, GA


Friendship Baptist Church

1200 N Chattanooga St. LaFayette, GA 30728


Garrett’s Chapel Baptist Church

3235 Garretts Chapel Rd

Chickamauga, GA


Grace Baptist Tabernacle 27 Jones Rd

Rock Springs, GA


Grand Center Baptist Church of Chickamauga 1753 Grand Center Rd

Chickamauga, GA


Happy Home Baptist Church

704 N Chattanooga St.

LaFayette, GA 30728

Harbor Light Baptist Church

600 Crane St. LaFayette, GA 30728


LaFayette 2nd Baptist Church

500 W Main Street

LaFayette, GA 30728


Lafayette First Baptist Church

201 N Main St, LaFayette, GA 30728


Lake Howard Baptist Church 1528 Lake Howard Rd.

LaFayette, GA 30728


Linwood Baptist Church 18 Steele St. LaFayette, GA 30728


Lookout Baptist Church 8645 Highway 193

Chickamauga, GA 706-931-2356

Macedonia Baptist Church 12461 E Highway 136 LaFayette, GA 30728

Marble Top Baptist Church 7131 N Marble Top Rd

Chickamauga, GA


Mt Hermon Baptist Church 2373 Hog Jowl Rd

Chickamauga, GA


Naomi Baptist Church 4171 E Highway 136

LaFayette, GA 30728


New Harvest Missionary Baptist Church 2034 Highway 337

LaFayette, GA 30728


New Home Baptist Church

256 New Home Rd.

LaFayette, GA 30728

North LaFayette Baptist Church 1649 N Main St LaFayette, GA 30728

Oakwood Baptist Church 115 Oakwood St Chickamauga, GA


Peavine Baptist Church 1089 Peavine Rd

Rock Springs, GA


Prospect Baptist Church

194 Prospect Church Rd

LaFayette, GA 30728


Ridgeview Baptist Church

1001 Magnolis St. LaFayette, GA 30728


Ridgeway Baptist Church 1594 Ridgeway Rd.

LaFayette, GA 30728


Rock Springs Baptist Church

194 E Turnipseed Rd

Rock Springs, GA


Shield Baptist Church 12684 N Highway 27

Chickamauga, GA 706-375-2554

Shiloh Baptist Church

46 Manning Mill Rd. LaFayette, GA 30728


Sunnyside Baptist Church 3573 Round Pond Rd. LaFayette, GA 30728 423-364-9701

True Life Baptist Church 1115 N Main St. LaFayette, GA 30728


Walnut Grove Baptist Church 55 Walnut Grove Rd. LaFayette, GA 30728


Woodstation Baptist Church 42 Round Pond Rd. LaFayette, GA 30728



Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church 1227 Scenic Hwy, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750


Church of Christ

Church Of Christ 105 Crittenden Ave Chickamauga, GA 706-375-2222

Highway 27 Church of Christ 1684 S Highway 27 LaFayette, GA 30728


Lafayette Church of Christ 104 W Main St. LaFayette, GA 30728


Steele Street Church of Christ 4 Steele St. LaFayette, GA 30728 423-505-9583

Church of God

Catlett Community Church 122 Round Pond Rd. LaFayette, GA 30728 423-309-4649

Cooper Heights Church of God 12598 Highway 193 Chickamauga, GA 423-903-3759

Cove Road Church of God 620 N Chattanooga St LaFayette, GA 30728


Covenant Life Worship Center 7001 Lafayette Rd Chickamauga, GA 706-375-5286

LaFayette First Church of God 301 Daugherty St. LaFayette, GA 30728


LaFayette Church of God 1002 S Main St. LaFayette, GA 30728


Noble Church of God 75 Glass Rd. LaFayette, GA 30728


Jehovah’s Witness

Kingdom Hall 457 Rodrunner Blvd. LaFayette, GA 30728



Elizabeth Lee Methodist Church 139 Cove Rd Chickamauga, GA 706-375-2182

First United Methodist 15 Sunrise Dr. LaFayette, GA 30728


First United Methodist Church

301 S Main St. LaFayette, GA 30728 706-638-2067

LaFayette First United Methodist Church

301 S. Main Street LaFayette, GA 30728 (706) 638-2057

Rock Springs United Methodist Church 3477 Peavine Rd  Rock Springs, GA 706-375-5345

Non-Denominational Battlefield of Life Worship Center 56 Kevin Ln. Rock Springs, GA 770-827-6718

Care Mission 105 N Chattanooga St. LaFayette, GA 30728 706-638-3664

Faith Worship Center

200 S. Chattanooga St. LaFayette, GA 30728 423-313-7035

Gospel Light Christian Fellowship 36 Fortune St. LaFayette, GA 30728


Hope Fellowship 2000 Twin Cedars Rd

Chickamauga, GA 30707


Life Gate Church

204 N Main St. LaFayette, GA 30728


Mission Bridge Church 807 N Main St. LaFayette, GA 30728 423-364-6771

Mount Zion Church

223 Dunwoody Rd. LaFayette, GA 30728 706-638-1238

New Bethel Christian Fellowship 4009 Round Pond Rd. LaFayette, GA 30728


Power of Life LaFayette Church 798 W Main St LaFayette, GA 423-596-703430728

River of Life Church 807 W. Maqin St. LaFayette, GA 423-596-703430728

The Haven - LaFayette 415 Chestnut St. LaFayette, GA 706-996-815030728


Chickamauga Presbyterian Church 700 7th Street

Chickamauga, GA (706) 375-3432

Highland Presbyterian Church 1211 W Noth Main St. LaFayette, GA 30728


Lafayette Presbyterian Church 107 N Main St. LaFayette, GA 30728



New Friendship Baptist Church

281 Friendship Rd Chickamauga, GA 706-375-7198


Gordon Lake Weslyan Church

29 Gordon Lake Rd. LaFayette, GA 30728


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706-338-7176 Seventh-Day Adventist Ringgold Seventh-Day Adventist Church 124 Kittle Street Ringgold, GA 30736 706-935-3741 Battlefield Community Seventh-Day Adventist Church 96 Hillman Lane Ringgold, GA 30736 706-861-5999

Building Strong Relationships with Coworkers

Starting a new job can be intimidating. The flood of new information, names, and policies can overwhelm even the most seasoned professional. However, amidst this whirlwind, there lies an opportunity to cultivate meaningful connections with coworkers. The Bible gives us timeless wisdom on the importance of friendliness in building relationships.

Proverbs 18:24 NKJV reminds us, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” This verse emphasizes the assertive role we must take in fostering friendships. Simply put, to have friends, we must show ourselves friendly. This can be as simple as greeting colleagues with a smile, remembering their names, and offering assistance whenever possible. By providing warmth and approachability, we create an environment conducive to healthy relationships.

Furthermore, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NKJV speaks to the strength found in companionship: “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.” These verses underscore the importance of camaraderie in the workplace. When we cultivate friendships with our coworkers, we enhance our experiences and create a support network for times of need.

Trying to build relationships with coworkers can cause additional challenges in today's increasingly remote work environments. However, it is not impossible. It simply requires extra effort and creativity. Leveraging technology, such as scheduling Zoom meetings instead of relying solely on emails, can facilitate more meaningful interactions. Incorporating icebreaker questions into these virtual gatherings can help break down barriers and foster genuine connections. I use these methods in my workplace and have found them beneficial. I have good relationships with my coworkers; some are good friends. Additionally, attending company retreats provides an invaluable opportunity to deepen relationships. By actively participating and being willing to share about ourselves while listening to others, we demonstrate our investment in building rapport with coworkers. It is okay to be okay with being a lone wolf, but you may find that letting your guard down can open the door to positive experiences with coworkers.

Listening is a key to relationships and this skill especially makes an impact in the workplace. Active listening is a skill that’s

not widely experienced these days, although it can be much welcomed and needed. It’s refreshing to share thoughts about ideas or improvements without interruption. Even pausing a moment when someone has shared an idea can be a refreshing moment that emphasizes respect and builds relationships.

While cultivating relationships with coworkers may require effort, the rewards are immeasurable. Remember to set up healthy boundaries and always be professional while at the same time letting your guard down just a bit. As we heed the biblical wisdom to be friendly and embrace opportunities for connection, we not only enrich our work experiences but also lay the foundation for lasting friendships.

Here are other Scriptures that can apply to relationships in the workplace:

● Hebrews 10:24 NIV “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

● Colossians 3:23 NKJV “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”

● Proverbs 27:17 NKJV “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

Prayer is always a sound option for any situation. James 1:5 NKJV reminds us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” When we ask for wisdom regarding relationships with coworkers, the Lord will guide us to success.

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75 Years of Cultivating Success in North Georgia

In the heart of North Georgia's rolling hills lies a legacy built on family, hard work, and an unwavering commitment to the region's spirit. For an impressive 75 years, Nelson Tractor Company has been synonymous with reliable equipment, expert service, and a deep connection to the communities it serves.

A Family Legacy, Three Generations Strong

Nelson Tractor's story began in 1949 when Cecil Nelson founded the company, recognizing a crucial need among North Georgia's farmers. His dedication to providing quality equipment and personalized service would lay the foundation for a thriving business. The company’s commitment to customer satisfaction was passed down to

Cecil's son, W.C. Nelson, and further continued by Will Nelson, upholding the tradition of family ownership and operation for three generations.

Their mission is deeply rooted in Cecil's original principle: "To improve the quality of life for people living in and around our community through service, friendship, and dedication to the cultivation of lasting relationships."

A Cornerstone of North Georgia's Farming Community

From its humble beginnings, Nelson Tractor quickly became a cornerstone for the farming community. The company's expansion mirrored the region's growing needs, bringing reputable brands like Kubota and others to its customers. This dedication to providing top-of-the-line

Cecil Nelson in front of Ford tractor Cecil and Ruby Nelson 1963 Ruby and W.C. Nelson Will Nelson and W.C. Nelson

equipment to various industries, backed by unparalleled service, earned their customers' enduring trust.

“We treat our customers like family,” says Will Nelson, the current owner. This philosophy is evident in every interaction. Their knowledgeable team understands that selecting the right equipment is an investment, and they guide customers through the process step-by-step. Nelson Tractor's highly skilled technicians keep that investment operating flawlessly, providing unmatched expertise and after-sales support to ensure maximum uptime and return on investment.

A Commitment to Community as Deep as the Soil

Nelson Tractor's impact extends far beyond sales and service. They consistently demonstrate their commitment to fostering a thriving region by actively supporting local youth work-study programs, agricultural programs, 4-H events, county fairs, and numerous community initiatives. Customers recognize that supporting Nelson Tractor strengthens the fabric of North Georgia for everyone. Adapting, Evolving, and Continuing to Serve

Over seven decades, Nelson Tractor has unwaveringly focused on navigating the changing tides of agriculture, construction, and other industries. Embracing innovation and new technologies, they invest continuously in staff training to remain at the forefront to ensure their customers can always access the most cutting-edge tools and techniques.

Celebrating 75 Years and Looking Ahead

Nelson Tractor's 75th anniversary is a celebration of their enduring legacy and a testament to their commitment to North Georgia. Will Nelson reflects, "We're honored to have served this region for so long. There's a bright future here, and we're dedicated to empowering our customers with the equipment and support they need to achieve lasting success."

Beyond Equipment: A Legacy of Trust

Nelson Tractor Company embodies North Georgia's communities' resilience, innovation, and spirit. Their success is built on putting customers first, embracing change, and giving back to those who support them. As the company looks ahead, its unwavering dedication will ensure it continues to shape the landscape of North Georgia for future generations.

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A Most Significant Object: My Father’s Cane

A Most Significant Surprise

Climbing out of the car at my dad’s house one summer day, I saw him sitting under the old oak tree, whittling. In his eighties, he spent hours sitting in an old glider placed in the shade of the tree on land he’d coaxed fresh fruits and vegetables from for years.

I’d never paid much attention to his ancient hobby before, but his hands held a large piece of bark-stripped wood.

“What are you making?” I asked.

“A cane to help me hobble around,” he replied in his good-natured way.

I sat down across from him to watch. I had no idea my daddy knew how to make a cane! He answered my questions as he patiently shaved strips of wood to the ground with his pocket knife. My father was many things, but this was the first time I viewed him as an artist. His medium was a reclaimed pine branch he found in the woods behind his house. Pine because it’s a soft wood with a relatively straight grain.

Carving a cane is slow, painstaking work. I learned dad had already cured the wood for several weeks to make it stronger. On subsequent visits, I monitored his progress until finally, he reached the final step of treating his cane with a walnut oil-based stain. The cane is not fancy, but my dad was not a fancy man. No intricate carving graces its handle, but to me, the cane is exquisite. It so much represents the essence of my daddy.

A Most Significant Object

When he passed away at age 96, this cane was the one object I took from his house. It hangs in my closet in remembrance of him. Smooth to the touch, the gorgeous grain of the wood shows through the stain, and a few knots add to its beauty.

A Most Significant Realization

A favorite assignment of my first-year composition students was to write about a significant object and what made it so. I introduced the project by telling them about my dad’s cane.

My students wrote about a variety of things, but they all had one common denominator: each served as a bridge to a significant person in their lives.

This realization led one student to quip, “It’s not the objects in life that matter, it’s the people.”

Sometimes we wonder how significant we are to those in our lives. Do we matter? Do we make a difference?

Rest assured, the answers to these questions are more than likely yes. But if ever in doubt, please know how significant you are in God’s eyes.

A Most Significant Promise

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31 ASV).

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I Have What I Need

Having raised four children, it was a question I often asked as they were heading out the door, “Do you have everything you need?”

Whether they were leaving for a mission trip, a sleepover, or just going to work for a few hours, my maternal heart wanted to do one quick, last-minute check to ensure they weren’t leaving anything necessary behind. I asked because I cared about them and loved them and wanted to do everything in my power to send them on their way with anything essential.

that are necessary to sustain life – food, water, clothing, shelter, and the like.

But David is going even deeper than that. David, the shepherd boy turned king who wrote Psalm 23, is testifying boldly that God provides everything pertaining to his natural and spiritual welfare.

God was his rest and comfort always (vs. 2).

God nourished him during spiritual dry spells and provided clarity, vision, and wisdom (vs. 3).

God was his peace during the darkest of moments (vs. 4).

Psalm 23 opens by touching on this very topic of need. Not in question form, either, like I did as a parent, but rather a statement of fact – powerful and sure.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need” (vs. 1 CSB).

Ponder that for a moment. Let the truth of those last five words take root in your heart. If God is your shepherd, you have what you need. Period. The end. Right now, tomorrow, the day after that, and beyond.

We could call it a day right there and go home, but let’s take just a minute to unpack what kind of need David is talking about exactly. Generally speaking, when we talk about needs, we’re referring to essentials, aren’t we? Things

God provided bountifully in the face of adversity and spiritual warfare (vs. 5).

God was his promise, both now and in the future, of abundant and everlasting life (vs. 6).

How often do we walk in that bold assurance? Today, are we able to say with such confidence that we have all we need because God is our shepherd?

Whether we have been able to say that or not, the good news is that our Shepherd wants this to be our testimony. Regardless of our weaknesses, blind spots, and frequent tendencies to doubt. Remember, the man who penned this Psalm was a man marred with his own shortcomings, failures, and sins – just like us – yet God still called him “…a man after His own heart” (I Samuel 13:14).

If David was able to walk in this bold confidence, then certainly we are able to, as well! It’s not a matter of being perfect. It’s a matter of trusting our God.

Pastor Larry Osborne says it beautifully, “The Shepherd meets His sheep where they are and not where they should be.”

I pray that this incredible truth would be your prayer and confession of faith today, my friend, “Thank you, God, for being my shepherd. Because You are, I have all that I need!”

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Bailey Finds a Home with Hoomans

This excerpt is from a piece originally titled “Wet Noses and Watering Roses” that won 2nd place in the Young Readers’ Fiction category at the 2023 SWA Conference Writing Competition.

Idon’t remember much about my earlier life, but I clearly remember the day I was adopted! I had been in my new place for only one night’s sleep (or attempt to sleep) when I saw a big, tan truck pull up. Dogs were barking all around me; however, I stayed quiet, hoping for no chaos. The man and woman who got out of the truck looked happy and friendly, as they walked toward me in the sunshine. Imagine my amazement when the woman called out my name! “Hi, Bailey!” she called. I looked around to see if she was speaking to someone else but she was looking directly at me. I stood, curiously wondering how to respond. They disappeared through the doorway to the main building. My heart sank as I learned not to get my hopes up. Suddenly, they appeared in the yard by my place and the smiling woman gently said my name again, “Hello there, Bailey!” The director was with this friendly couple as they walked across the yard to my doorway. My face must have revealed my joy in seeing these friendly folks because they began remarking how cute I was! I demurred to them, not wanting to appear overanxious, aggressive, or assuming. I shouldn’t have worried about that at all. As the smiling woman approached, she calmly stroked the top of my head and behind my ears. I couldn’t help it, but my tail began to wag like crazy.

I didn’t understand a lot of people-talk then; but I heard the man say something about “home.” The director started to lead me through the outside door. The hoomans came outside and opened the back door to their truck. I love to ride so I hopped right in!

The nice man and woman were already in the front seat and talked excitedly to each other and to me! We were going “home,” the lady said as she looked at me in the back seat. I was so excited that I reached up with my front paw to stroke the lady’s face, unaware that my claws would scratch her. She didn’t get mad at me because she knew I didn’t mean

to hurt her. Instead, she stroked my head and ears again as I smiled my thanks to them both. The truck went backward, then started forward on our journey down the road while the shelter disappeared behind us. That’s how my hoomans changed my life forever that day.

I’ve been told by a lot of my Mamma and Daddy’s friends and family that I hit the lottery when they found me. I don’t know what that means, exactly, but I love Mamma and Daddy and my home so much!

I have strutted through the house each time I have returned from the groomer’s as I showed off my new kerchief and handsome self to my parents. I love being my hoomans’ well-behaved boy and getting praised, rewarded, and loved when I am good. They tell me I’m the best boy in the whole wide world - who knows, maybe I’m a hooman now, too!

Although I had no idea what “hitting the lottery” meant, I was one lucky boy when my hoomans found me ten years ago. I think Mamma and Daddy may feel the same way!

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About The Author
Denise, a writer, and her husband, Jim, along with their yellow labrador retriever, Bailey, live in LaFayette GA. The Shahans are active members of LaFayette First Baptist Church. At 71 years young, Denise recently graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree.
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for Everyone What Will You Leave Behind?

The Greek hero Achilles is the focal character in the movie Troy (2004). As the story moves to the tragic conclusion of the fall of Troy, Achilles’ actions are all driven by the desire for his name to live forever. Retired presidents build libraries in the hopes of establishing their legacies. Philanthropists donate large sums of money to ensure buildings bear their name. Have you spent much time thinking about what you might leave behind?

Leaving a legacy of faith is not merely about one’s belief system, but it is a way of life that is meant to be shared and passed on to future generations. By living a faithful life, Christians become living testimonies of the power of their faith, serving as inspiration and guidance to those around them. As the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV).

1 John 3:18 NIV states, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” Christians can leave a profound legacy of faith by actively demonstrating love and compassion in their daily interactions. The parable of the Good Samaritan emphasizes the importance of showing love and mercy to others, regardless of their background or circumstances. By loving in this way, believers can inspire others to embrace their faith and follow in their footsteps.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to pass on our faith to succeeding generations. We can have this impact in many ways, such as family discussions, mentoring, teaching Sunday school, or modeling how to share our faith with others. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NIV underscores the importance of this task: “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.“ By passing on our faith, Christians ensure that their beliefs continue to shape the lives of others long after we are gone.

When we involve our families in the life of a local church, our children can see that supporting the work of

Christ through the church is a part of the DNA of what it means to be a Christian. Using the metaphor of the body as a picture of the church, the Apostle Paul wrote: “From him [Christ], the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:16 NIV).

A dear lady in our Sunday School class was recently killed in an automobile accident. She was a person who was involved in a number of ministries within our church as well as the local Baptist association. She was not just involved, but she was key player in those ministries. As we celebrated her life, we realized that she made a lasting impact for Christ on every life she touched. What a legacy!

I am reminded of an anonymous poem I learned in elementary school.

You’ve each been given a bag of tools, A formless block, and a book of rules, And each must make, ere life has flown, A stumbling block or a stepping stone.

May we all strive to be the kind of stepping stone our friend was.

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Dr. Alan Hix is Professor of Christian Studies at Shorter University.
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for Everyone A Sprinkle of Hope

Iremember (and it does not seem so long ago) that I would encourage myself at work by putting sticky notes up to look at. The sticky notes contained words of encouragement that I also hoped would help anyone else reading them. In my helping profession, there were times that I could not help. But I hoped that folks left my office with a bit of hope in their hearts. I see each day that just sharing the load one may be carrying helps to give hope.

I remember writing on one of my notes “Never, never, never give up.“ That quote was taken from Winston Churchill. I added my own thought to say “Give it up to God.” Thank God that He is strong when I am weak and doesn’t the Bible say that nothing is too hard for God?

Look at Jeremiah 32:1718 KJV. It reads, “Ah Lord God! Behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Thou showest loving kindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is His name.” In verses 26 and 27, the Lord speaks again, “Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, ‘Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?’”

found. I want to personally testify that God does know where we are at all times. His love has sustained me through all things.

I was just at the dentist this week and overheard a conversation about the lady just trying to make an appointment with the receptionist. It seemed her life was so full being a caretaker for so many people needing her care that it was hard to work just one more thing into her schedule. I wanted to get up and give this complete stranger a hug as it sure looked like she needed one. I could not do that but I could give her the next best thing: a smile! You never really know what a person is going through in their life. When you can, share all the smiles that you can as your day is coming when someone else’s kind smile will give you hope also!

In my Bible reading this week, this scripture in Proverbs has crossed my path more than once. I love what it says!

Proverbs 16:20 KJV reads, “He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD happy is he.”

The devil would want us to think in times of discouragement that God has forgotten about us. The enemy would have us believe that we have fallen down into that ditch or pit and that God is nowhere to be

I hope that today you will be encouraged with that sprinkle of hope, just like my thirsty mum was after being watered. Thank God in a sometimes dry and parched world that He gives us His hope and His strength to make it through.

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Zebbie Brewster resides in Summerville, Georgia. She is an active member at Perennial Springs Baptist Church.


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Gò0 dNews for your Taste Buds

Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad is a feast for the senses. The sweetness of the grilled peaches, the peppery arugula, and the tangy feta cheese come together in a symphony of flavors that perfectly captures the essence of early summer.

When the sun begins to warm the air and nature bursts into vibrant hues, early summer brings a bounty of fresh produce and an opportunity to savor the season’s flavors. This recipe captures the essence of June with its bright and refreshing ingredients, creating a dish that not only delights the taste buds but also celebrates the abundance of the season with a perfect blend of sweet and savory.

Gather your loved ones, set a table in the warm evening breeze, and indulge in this delectable creation that honors the vibrant spirit of June. Cheers to the joys of the season!


For the Salad:

• 4 ripe peaches, halved and pitted

• 6 cups fresh arugula

• 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

• 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

• 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

For the Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette:

• 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

• 2 tablespoons honey

• 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

• Salt and pepper to taste


• Preheat the grill: Brush the peach halves with a bit of olive oil and grill them over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until grill marks appear. Remove and let them cool.

• Prepare the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, honey, and olive oil until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

• Assemble the salad: On a large platter, arrange the fresh arugula. Top it with grilled peaches, cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, and chopped basil.

• Drizzle with vinaigrette: Just before serving, drizzle the honey balsamic vinaigrette over the salad. Toss gently to ensure every bite is coated with the delightful dressing.

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From Pity Party to Praise Party!

I had been down, in the dark, but God brought His light!

I had been in the wrong but Jesus’ blood made me right!

I was feeling broken but God brought His healing touch! The enemy had come to steal but Jesus has restored much!

I was having a pity party and not helping anyone but now I’m having a praise party and hope everyone can come!

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About The Author
Cindy Evans is a published poet living in the greater Atlanta area. When she’s not writing, you may find her at a Christian movie, attending a church activity, or volunteering at the local faith-based hospice office.

for Everyone

When No Works Out for the Better

The answer was no, emphatically no. In fact, the declination was accompanied by the secured fact of never. He didn’t let it stop him.

George Washington Carver entered his laboratory in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1896 fully expecting to delve into the Creator’s world and discover many mysteries. Carver recalls, “When I was young, I said to God, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the universe.’ But God answered, ‘That knowledge is for me alone.’ So, I said, ‘God tell me the mystery of the peanut.’ Then God said, ‘Well George, that’s more nearly your size.’ And He told me.”

From that conversation between a humble, brilliantly gifted servant and his Creator came ripple effects of miraculous size stemming from one of nature’s smallest products. Carver is credited with revolutionizing the economy with peanut products, his crop rotation plan, and his commitment to education about growing plants.

Although he had his critics, his enthusiasm and patient style were contagious. In today’s vernacular, Carver would be considered an influencer with thousands of followers. This award-winning scientist didn’t live when global access to knowledge and information was abundant. Social media, texting, and live streaming would come much later. How did he tap into such an extraordinary body of knowledge and methods? He lived a life of prayer without ceasing.

vegetable kingdoms - to understand their relations to each other, and our relations to them and to the Great God who made all of us. I ask Him daily and often momently to give me wisdom, understanding, and bodily strength to do His will; hence I am asking and receiving all the time.”

Are you tapped into the “unlimited broadcasting station”? Or is it a challenge to keep tuned in with the Lord? Carver teaches, “God is going to reveal to us things He never revealed before if we put our hands in His. No books ever go into my laboratory. The thing I am to do and the way of doing it are revealed to me. I never have to grope for methods. The method is revealed to me the moment I am inspired to create something new. Without God to draw aside the curtain, I would be helpless.”

What part of Carver’s statement resonates with you? Practical hope in prayer is readily available to all of us. Staying in tune with the Lord inspires our work, reveals direction, and identifies methods toward our goals. In fact, Carver declares, “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.”

He says, “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.” He explains further, “My prayers seem to be more of an attitude than anything else. I indulge in very little lip service, but ask the Great Creator silently, daily, and often many times a day, to permit me to speak to Him through the three great Kingdoms of the world which He has created - the animal, mineral, and

(This is his paraphrase of Proverbs 29:18.) This applies to any situation, whether the challenge is increasing sales or production, or how to get a toddler in a car seat. The Bible is a very practical book charged with connection to the Lord. He can draw aside the curtain to reveal solutions to anything we face. Carver sums it up, “The secret of my success? It is simple. It is found in the Bible.”

When the Lord answers no, stay tuned in to His unlimited broadcasting station. There’s more to come. Vision and hope will lead the way!

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rarely through anything athletic and only because of the
and grace of
You can reach her by email: tandsgilmore@yahoo.com or her website: www.sandragilmore.org About The Author
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for Health & Fitness

The Number One Dietary Fountain of Youth

“Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart…” So goes the theme to a popular children’s song and joke—but little did we know how true that chorus would turn out to be. Beans and other legumes like lentils may be the most important dietary predictor of survival in older people all over the globe! In 2004, the “Food Habits in Later Life” study was undertaken amongst five different groups from Japan, Sweden, Greece, and Australia. Of all the food factors examined, only one was associated with longer life in every group—their legume intake. For every 20 gram increase (about two tbsp.) in daily intake there was an 8% reduction in mortality. This caused nutritional researcher, Dr. Michael Greger to quip, “… if a can of beans is 250 grams and you get 8% lower mortality for every 20 grams, maybe if you eat a can a day you’ll live forever? Let’s find out!”

The Blue Zones

Around the same time the research above was published, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify places around the world where people live measurably longer and healthier. They identified five specific areas that they called “Blue Zones” where they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than here in the United States! Amongst the dietary factors that these people had in common was a great reliance on a rich array of vegetables and fresh fruits, with meat eaten only on rare occasions. The cornerstone of these long-lived peoples is beans with the favorites including fava, black, soy, and lentils. In fact, so strong is the research behind the health benefits of beans, researchers in Taiwan published a paper in 2012 titled, “A bean-free diet increases the risk of all-cause mortality among Taiwanese women.” So if you want to live long, eat beans, and if you

want to increase your risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and the like eat bean-free.

They’re Good for Your Heart

Beans have megawatt nutritional power and provide truly amazing disease protection. Their low caloric density with plenty of protein, fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals give them strong anti-diabetic and antiobesity effects. They also lower cardiovascular risk by lowering cholesterol, lowering inflammation, and blood pressure. One study, for example, showed that those without legumes in their diet may be at quadruple the risk of suffering high blood pressure! Legumes such as chickpeas have been used to treat high blood pressure and diabetes for thousands of years. Another study showed that simply adding two servings a day of lentils, chickpeas, or beans cut cholesterol levels so much that many participants moved below the range where statin drugs are prescribed!

The Bottom Line

Beans and other legumes are truly superfoods. We avoid them to our own hurt.

Nevertheless, if you are not accustomed to eating beans regularly, I encourage you to take it slowly, starting with about one to two tablespoons a day and building up from there after a few weeks. This will give your body a chance to build up its good bacteria and avoid painful bloating or excess gas. Dried and canned beans are virtually equivalent in nutrition, so go with what you prefer or is most convenient. Beans are the basis of a seemingly endless variety of dishes, limited only by your imagination or cookbooks. So start working them in your weekly meal plans. You will be paid back many-fold in improved health.

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About The Author
Thomas Morrison is the fitness coordinator and a personal trainer at Bradley Wellness Center in Dalton, Georgia, where he has served for the past 23 years.
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