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Contents MARCH 2018

GoodNews from the Pastor’s Desk 6 Embrace the New by Andrew Towe

GoodNews for Kids 8 God’s Handiwork by Melanie James

GoodNews on Money Matters 10 You May be Broke, but You Don’t Have to be Poor by Andrew Lee

GoodNews for Men 12 Beauty for Ashes by Dr. Greg Collins

GoodNews for Women 14 Marching into Your Future

by Madeline McFarland

GoodNews for your Taste Buds 16 Sweet and Simple Granola by Evan Tyler Fox

GoodNews Cover Story 20 Front Door Medicine

GoodNews for Parents 22 Parenting Safari: Minivan Discipleship by Bill McGinnis

GoodNews for Everyone 24 Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers by Paul Lee

GoodNews for Teens 26 Unlocking the Mystery of Forgiveness by Gabriel Thomas

GoodNews for Seniors 28 Reinventing Yourself after Retirement by Esmerelda Lee


GoodNews for Everyone 30 The Birth of Something Beautiful


by Jason Carter

GoodNews for Couples 32 Kingdom Marriages by Theodore Young

GoodNews for Health & Fitness 34 Lowering Risk for Auto-Immune


by Elizabeth J. Hall

GoodNews for Life 36 Life Expectancy

by David McFarland

GoodNews for Women’s Health 38 Arm Envy Motivation for Bodytite Arm Lift Surgery

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Embrace the New

was walking into my bedroom when I heard the Lord say “I am making room for you this year.” I thought, “That’s nice, Lord. I receive that!” And then He spoke to me again, “Tell my people that this is the year that I make room for them.” There are some of you reading this article today, that have been fenced in, shut off, closed up, and even made to shut up, but God is going to make room for you. God is aligning kingdom relationships and severing others in your life, for the purpose of bringing the manifestation of promises that He has made to you. Do not be dismayed by His pruning in your life. As I begin to pray and study this out, the Lord led me to the book of Genesis starting in chapter 12. This chapter begins by God instructing Abram to leave his country and his family behind in pursuit of a land that God would show him. There is so much revelation in this one verse, but one that I want to stress is that we must leave behind some old things in order to walk into the new. Abram was from a place called Ur. It was a very progressive place for that time. Abram’s family members were idol worshipers. God appeared to him to tell him that He had something greater for him. God will always give us something greater, if we are willing to leave the past and follow His leading. As Abram started his journey, we discover that he brought Lot with him. Lot was his nephew. Lot’s father was dead and Abram had no children and was a surrogate father to Lot. Abram had great affection for Lot. However, God instructed Abram to leave his kindred behind. Some things will be a great sacrifice to leave, but are necessary to walk into the new. Finally, we learn that Abram’s partial obedience is not what God intended and the Bible says in Genesis 13:6

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“And the land was not able to bear them…” Abram was losing resources and provision because of Lot, his herd and his servants. The land was not big enough for them both. Where God is calling us to is a place that cannot accommodate both our past and future. The chapter continued with Abram telling Lot that they must separate. Oftentimes, the Lord will “make room” for you by separating you from old things. Abram told Lot to choose which land he wanted and Abram would take what was left. Lot chose the well-watered plains of Jordan. It looked to be the best. It included the developed city of Sodom. Verse 13 revealed that the men were wicked and they were sinners. What looks the best in the natural is not always the best. Through separation from Lot, the Lord made room for Abram. My prayer for you is that in 2018 you will allow God to sever anything that is draining your promise and embrace the new.

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by Melanie James

o you have a friend who can draw really well? Or maybe one who makes straight A’s on their report card? How about that friend who is always picked first in gym class because they are so naturally athletic? Maybe you’ve wished that you could do something as well as your friend. But did you know that there is something that your friends wish they could do as well as you? Maybe it’s singing. Maybe you are funny! Maybe you are naturally helpful or you get along with people much younger or older than you. Or maybe you are a computer whiz and adults ask you to help out with technical difficulties. There is something that you excel at! If you’re not really sure what it is, ask someone who knows you well! They can tell you several things that you do really well or that just seem to come naturally to you! And that’s because it is natural to you. When GOD created you, He made you for a purpose! Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” You can be sure that God gave you that ability or talent that makes you special and unique. But did you know that God put those gifts in you before you were even born?! Psalms 139:13-16 says,

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,

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And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” You don’t need to feel bad or be jealous because someone can do something better than you, because you were given your unique gifts to fulfill God’s exact purpose for you! Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’.” There may be things you would like to learn or improve on in life, and that’s great! But those things that do come easily to you and you know you are pretty good at are gifts from God Himself to you, to be used for His glory. Remember that the next time you wish you could be more like somebody else or you wonder why you aren’t good at something. Ask God today to help you see the unique gifts He gave you and to use them to be all that He created, fashioned, and planned for you to be!

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Melanie James teaches kindergarten and loves to bargain shop and read in her “free time”. She attends Samples Memorial Baptist church and loves Jesus first and foremost. Melanie hopes to live out His purpose for her life every day that He gives her the chance.

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’ve never been poor, only broke. Poor is a state

working the drive-thru window at Krystal’s, or delivering

of mind.” You may have heard this sentiment,

pizzas for Domino’s, or washing dishes at Jenkins Deli,

though I’m not sure where it originated. I would

or bagging groceries at Bi-Lo, or waiting tables at Olive

agree that this is true. Like many people, I’ve been flat

Garden, or working landscaping or roofing jobs, it was

broke at various times in my life. There were days in my

easy to have a carefree spirit and a genuine smile since I

late teens and early twenties when I was bouncing checks

knew these jobs were not my ultimate destination, and that

and selling my blood plasma to make enough money

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to pay that week’s bills. Though I never spent a night in

my God-given talents and interests. That knowledge gave

the street or went to bed hungry, I have been a tenant

me a particular sense of freedom—freedom not to lapse

in apartments that were soon condemned by city code

into depression when the daily grind of the job wore me

inspectors; I can also remember buying a loaf of bread and

down, freedom not to get angry over petty conflicts with

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a dictator complex.

I was broke, and it was no fun. But here’s the distinction—

So what’s the take-away from this brief chronicle of

although I knew I was broke, I never thought of myself as

my own early job experiences? (1) Hard work will not kill

poor. And there’s a world of difference in how one views

you; it really does build character and make you grateful

oneself and one’s future prospects. During my “broke”

when the time comes that you can earn a living without

years, I was a college student and then a graduate student.

throwing out your back. (2) What would you do with the

I knew I was progressing in my career preparation, and

rest of your life if you had all the money you could ever

that every passing year was bringing me closer to my

want? The answer to this question should be what you’re

financial and vocational goals. But it sure seemed like a

doing right now! So if that’s not the case, make a plan to

long wait! In retrospect, it flew by. By my late twenties, I

move from a “job” to a fulfilling “career.” (3) Saving and

had a full-time college teaching job and was on my way

investing money regularly will give you options. If you

toward a more prosperous future.

have an emergency cash savings of 3-6 months of expenses,

Try this experiment: the next time you’re in your

you’ll be able to decide if you want to change jobs or

favorite coffee shop or fast food restaurant, or the next

pursue other opportunities. Being broke (temporarily)

time you order pizza delivered to your house, try to see

doesn’t mean you have to be poor (permanently). Attitude

if you can spot which of the employees appears to be on

is everything. Proverbs 17:22 reminds us, “A joyful heart is

his or her way to a more prosperous future. When I was

good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

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Beauty for Ashes by Dr. Greg Collins

ven though somewhere inside us we know that tragedy will befall everyone at some point and time, we rarely ever think that it will happen to us. Scriptures say that it rains on the just and the unjust, and that good and evil happen to all people. What happens when tragedy does come to the man who follows God? How does that man respond and what does he say to God? We read the story of Job and see all the tragedy of life that befalls him, loss of family, home, and wealth. Surely short of life itself, he is a man that has lost it all. Job surely did fall into a deep depression. He had a wrong viewpoint when it came to how he perceived God through the lens of his circumstance. How is it, that a man can overcome such dire circumstances? In 2014, I was faced with my Job moment. I woke one morning in February to find that my wife of 26 years had passed away in the middle of the night. In a moment, a whirlwind, everything I knew from the time of being a young man was now completely turned upside down. Logical thought processes were far from my mind and after a few days of the initial shock my anger and frustration with God began to come to the surface. Questions, doubts, and fears were now the only thoughts that seemed to fill my mind. I believe that all things fall under the normal realms of grief but how would I return to a normal life and how could I trust again the God who I had served faithfully for over 20 years and felt like he had betrayed me?

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I believe that while sitting on the dunghill, scraping his sores, these very same things came across the mind of Job. As a man, how do we overcome tragedy? How do we learn to breathe again? I found, for me, the answer was not something to be found, but that the answer was there, long before the need. Discipline! For many years it was my daily discipline to get up early in the morning for prayer and bible reading time. I had done it so long that it had become a second nature to me. I didn’t have to plan or think about it, I just woke up without an alarm and did it. Even though I told God I was done, with him and everything associated with him, I would still get up and read the Holy Word. By the time I would figure out I was doing it I would have already been at it for 30 to 45 minutes. During that time of daily discipline, God began a great work, a work of healing my broken heart, a work of softening my hardened heart and the rebuilding our relationship from the inside out. See, it was the reflection of the relationship through the reading of the word and the presence of the Lord that healing was able to be known. With Job, it was a reflection upon who he knew God was, and then the presence of the Lord that his healing took place. In his word, we find the beauty for ashes. Through his presence, our mourning is turned to joy! About The Author


“To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning.” —Isaiah 61:1-3

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here are some interesting cultural facts about the month of March. Its name comes from Mars, the Roman god of war, and was often a time of celebration for both the return of spring and battles that would soon be won. Did you know that before Julius Caesar had the Roman calendar created in 45 BC the celebration for the New Year was in March? In the Jewish calendar year, the month of March is when Passover occurs and is also symbolic of ovulation of spiritual birth and renewal. The images I had growing up of this month on the calendar were always lots of wind and kites flying in the air. What does all this have to do with you? Today I want to encourage you as the winter begins to fade and the promise of spring is just around the corner to begin to ask the Lord what He wishes to birth in your life this year. It is time to wake up after a long winter and stretch. Stretch yourself by dreaming big and know that God wants you to join Him in new and exciting adventures that will bring His kingdom to earth. Not only does God have great plans for you, but according to 2 Timothy 3:17 He has already equipped you for every good work He has planned. So if you haven’t done so by now, it is time to put your past in the past and look forward to something new. Let past hurts, disappointments, and grievances of latter years melt away this spring. Lay all your worries at the feet of Jesus. Go ahead, He wants you to. It is only then that you will be free to dream His dreams. March is a new beginning, a chance to allow God to redefine your purpose. It is a season of becoming

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pregnant with the dreams He has placed in your heart. March, however, is a season of warfare. As you wake up to God’s promises in your life, expect opposition. Arm yourself with the Word of the Lord and be battleready knowing that you are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus and that when the Almighty sets a plan into motion, nothing can stop it. With every small victory you will begin to soar like a kite in March or better yet like an eagle with the wind of the Holy Spirit under your wings.

Remember prayer is your most important tool this month. Find a way to get into the presence of the Lord; soak up the Son! Allow Him to speak to your heart and share His dreams for your future and then March.

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Madaline McFarland is an author, speaker, and encourager to families. She has a BA in Christian Counseling and 18 years of experience in Children and Family Ministry. She and her husband, David, minister at and inspire families to serve the Lord with passion, purity, prayer, and purpose.

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Ingredients 1 cup of water

1 1/2 teaspoons of salt

1/2 cup of oil

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8 cups of oats 1 cup of chopped nuts

Directions ◊ Blend together the first five ingredients until creamy. Put oats and nuts into a separate large mixing bowl. ◊ Add blended contents to the oats and nuts and mix together well. Spread on cookie sheet. ◊ Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Reduce temperature to 225 degrees and bake until dry and crisp (approx. 1-2 hrs). ◊ Stir occasionally while baking.

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e’ve been told time and again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but if we are honest, it can be a challenge to eat well in the morning. Between rushing to get the kids ready for school, long commutes, and a need for more sleep, most of the time settling for a quick bowl of cereal is the next best thing. Unfortunately, most of the options for healthier, more nutritious cereals offered at the markets are usually heavy on the sugar and quite expensive. This homemade granola recipe is the perfect solution to the breakfast challenge, using dates as a natural sweetener and offering lots of protein and energy with the nuts to kick-start your morning. Enjoy!

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Baptist Bayside Baptist Church 423-344-8327 6100 Hwy 58 Harrison, TN 37416 Covenant Baptist Church 423.892.5542 1640 N. Joiner Rd, 37421 Duncan Park Baptist Church 706.899.3707 1609 Glowmont Dr, 37412 New Haven Baptist Church 423.855.4910 1058 Graysville Rd, 37421 Middle Cross Baptist Church 423.877.5742 4009 Norcross Rd, 37343 Heritage Baptist Church 423.499.5060 2934 Hickory Valley Rd, 37421 Ridgeview Baptist Church 423.899.1530 6 Moore Rd, 37411 Spring Creek Road Baptist 423.894.0700 1312 Spring Creek Rd, 37412 Alpine Baptist Church 423.875.3522 4720 Stagg Rd, 37415 Ashland Terrace Baptist Church 423.877.4392 906 Ashland Terrace, 37415 Avondale Baptist Church 423.344.2208 5479 Hwy 58, 37416 Bartle Baugh Baptist Church 423.344.5207 6129 Champion Rd, 37416 Berean Baptist Church 423.629.1634 1614 Kirby Ave, 37404 Bethel Baptist Church 423.875.9107 632 Lullwater Rd, 37405 Bethlehem Baptist Church 423.266.5484 101 Lawn St, 37405 Bible Way Baptist Church 423.624.2149 2003 Elmendorf St, 37406

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Brainerd Baptist Church 423.624.2606 300 Brookfield Ave, 37411 Brainerd Hills Baptist Church 423.892.6645 6611 East Brainerd Rd, 37421 Calvary Baptist Church 423.875.8154 5201 Dayton Blvd, 37415 Canaan Baptist Church 423.867.1003 4318 13th Avenue, 37407 Central Baptist Church 423.624.4678 901 Woodmore Ln, 37411 Charity Baptist Church 423.267.6576 2340 Rossville Blvd, 37408 Clifton Hill Baptist Church 423.867.4887 3616 Rossville Blvd, 37407 Concord Baptist Church 423.892.9313 7025 East Brainerd Rd, 37421 East Brainerd Baptist Church 423.892.4235 1047 Graysville Rd, 37421 East Lake Baptist Church 423.698.1597 3315 12th Ave, 37407 East Ridge Baptist Church 423.698.2421 4201 Ringgold Rd, 37412 Edgewood Baptist Church 423.629.5821 3604 Ringgold Road, 37412 Empowerment Church 423.355.5576 1203 Blocker Lane, 37412 Faith Baptist Church 423.344.9712 8834 North Hickory Valley, 37416 Fellowship Baptist Church 423.894.8080 5335 Clemons Rd, 37412 First Baptist Church 423.265.2257 401 Gateway Ave, 37402 First Baptist Church 423.629.1950 1228 Latta St, 37406 First Baptist Church 423.265.3229 506 East 8th St., 37403 First Calvary Baptist Church 423.267.5159 300 Bell Ave, 37405 Grace Baptist Church 423.892.4869 7815 Shallowford Rd, 37421 Greater Beulah Baptist Church 423.624.0418 1301 Commerce St, 37404 Harmony Baptist Church

423.629.9660 3832 Youngstown Rd, 37406 Hickory Valley Baptist Church 423.892.1916 2320 Hickory Valley Rd, 37421 Church of the Highlands 423.493.4111 6621 Hunter Road, Harrison, TN 37341 Hillcrest Baptist Church 423.867.2812 3300 East 42nd St, 37407 Independent Baptist Church 423.875.3054 2624 Lyndon Ave, 37412 International Baptist Church 423.624.8638 1512 Old Ringgold Rd, 37404 Kings Point Baptist Church 423.624.5202 2834 Harrison Pike, 37403 Kingwood Baptist Church 423.624.7301 3522 Ringgold Rd, 37412 LifeSpring Baptist Church 423.892.8469 1701 Hickory Valley Road, 3742 New Hope Missionary Baptist 423.697.7000 3777 Wilcox Blvd, 37411 Lookout Valley Baptist Church 423.825.5335 23 Lilac Ave, 37419 Macedonia Baptist Church 423.267.6915 1156 East Main St, 374081 Mission Ridge Baptist Church 423.624.0424 302 Shallowford Rd, 37411 Morris Hill Baptist Church 423.892.2071 1804 Morris Hill Rd, 37421 Mount Paran Baptist Church 423.629.2377 1319 Moss Dr, 37411 New Grace Baptist Church 423.899.5510 7861 Lee Hwy, 37421 Orchard Knob Baptist Church 423.629.6115 1734 East 3rd St, 37404 Philadelphia Baptist Church 423.629.5786 2230 East 18th St, 37404 Pilgrim Rock Baptist Church 423.894.7548 1726 Church Rd, 37421 Pleasant Hill Baptist Church 423.892.0237 1441 Crawford Rd, 37421 Prospect Baptist Church 423.698.4149 734 Dodson Ave, 37404 Resurrected Reformed Baptist

423.698.8086 2230 East 18th Street, 37404 Ridgedale Baptist Church 423.499.0994 1831 Hickory Valley Road, 37421 Rose of Sharon Baptist Church 423.629.9534 2001 Blackford St, 37404 Second Baptist Church 423.629.6039 1619 East Main St, 37404 Shiloh Baptist Church 423.267.3131 1708 Carr St, 37408 Silverdale Baptist Church 423.892.2173 7236 Bonny Oaks Dr, 37421 Standifer Gap Baptist Church 423.892.8596 8159 Standifer Gap Rd, 37421 Stanley Heights Baptist Church 423.867.8060 1512 Mcbrien Rd, 37412 Temple Baptist Church 423.622.1913 3200 Rossville Blvd, 37407 Terra Vista Baptist Church 423.892.3879 4412 Oakwood Dr, 37416 Tucker Baptist Church 423.510.9684 1115 North Moore Rd, 37411 Washington Park Baptist 423.899.9408 1823 Shepherd Rd, 37421 Westview Baptist Church 423.899.0127 9516 East Brainerd Rd, 37421 Woodland Park Baptist Church 423.899.9185 6735 Standifer Gap Rd, 37421

Catholic Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church 423.266.1618 214 East 8th St, 37402

Church of God East Lake Church of God 423.698.6522 2949 East 29th St, 37407 Brainerd Hills Church of God 423.892.2092 410 Friar Rd, 37421 City Church of Chattanooga 423.894.6982 7122 Lee Hwy, 37421 Church of God of Prophecy 423.899.4074 3927 Webb Rd, 37416 Church of God of Prophecy 423.894.0597 2201 Hickory Valley Rd, 37421

Church of God of the Union Assembly 706.313.3489 1014 Spring Creek Rd, 37412 Church of God Seventh Day 423.899.5490 7504 Old Lee Hwy, 37421 East Brainerd Church of God 423.899.4755 8312 East Brainerd Rd, 37421 The Crossing Church 423.867.7287 7501 Standifer Gap Rd, 37421 East Side Church of God 423.624.8797 2105 Citico Ave, 37404 Fellowship Church of God 423.867.3194 3426 Clio Ave, 37407 Holy Temple Church of God 423.629.2649 2311 Bliss St, 37406 Joyful Noise Church of God 423.698.1813 1614 Foust St, 37404 Omega Harvest Church 423.875.0033 4904 Dayton Blvd, 37415 Pure Holiness Church of God 423.622.4667 420 North Holly St, 37404 Redemption Point Church 423-855-7321 3831 Ooltewah-Ringgold Rd. Ooltewah, TN 37363 Temple of Faith Church of God 423.698.2700 2139 East 27th 37407 United Temple Church of God 423.624.1037 2418 Dodson Ave, 37406 Vision Church of God 423.624.7170 4901 Midland Pike, 37411 Word Center Church of God 423.867.3330 4803 13th Ave, 37407

Community Church Cosmopolitan Community Church 423.622.3217 3031 Wilcox Blvd, 37411 Friendship Community Church 423.698.3471 7 North Tuxedo Dr, 37411 Metropolitan Community Church 423.629.2737 1601 Foust St, 37404


Ascension Lutheran Church 423.698.5047 720 South Germantown Rd, 37412 First Lutheran Church 423.629.5990 2800 McCallie Avenue, 37404 Good Shepherd Lutheran 423.629.4661

822 Belvoir Ave, 37412 Saint Phillip Lutheran Church 423.267.1475 51 West 25th St, 37408

Methodist Jones Memorial UMC 423.624.6073 4131 Ringgold Rd, 37412 Mount Crest UMC 423.881.4165 8206 Cicero Tr, 37421 St John UMC 423.892.2257 3921 Murray Hills Dr, 37416 Wesley Memorial UMC 423.892.6446 6314 E. Brainerd Rd, 37421 East Ridge UMC Pastor Ken Sauer 423-892-8451 1601 Prater Road, East Ridge, TN 37412 Stanley UMC 423.624.6729 501 Dodson Ave, 37404 Washington Hills UMC 423.892.8050 6216 Hadley Dr, 37416 Cleveland Trinity UMC 423.892.6926 9028 Warbler Ln, 37421 East Lake UMC 423.624.4921 2903 East 37th St, 37407 St Elmo UMC 423.490.7039 4626 St Elmo Avenue, 37409 Lake Vista UMC 423.892.4941 6216 Hadley Dr, 37416 Saint Mary CME Church 423.622.2742 1417 Wheeler Ave, 37406 Sheares Memorial UMC 423.855.2004 515 Airport Rd, 37421 Sheares Memorial UMC 423.698.4114 400 Glenwood Dr, 37404 Tyner UMC 423.892-0444 6805 Standifer Gap Rd, 37421

Nazarene Calvary Church of the Nazarene 423.892.5771 4400 Bonny Oaks Dr, 37416 East Ridge Church of the Nazarene 423.864.8828 5821 Ringgold Rd, 37412 First Church of the Nazarene 423.893.7756 5455 North Terrace, 37411 Lookout Valley Church of the Nazarene


136 S. Aster Avenue, 37419

Non-Denominational Christian Family Church 423.774.8888 88 Hunt Drive Rossville, GA 30741 The Sacred Heart Mission of Chattanooga 423.238.3835 3914 St Elmo Ave, 37409 Faith Connection Church 423.933.6986 7312 Shallowford Rd, 37421 Free To Worship Revival Center 423.650.9172 9966 Lovell Rd. Soddy Daisy, TN 37379 Metropolitan Tabernacle 423.894.3377 2101 West Shepherd Rd, 37422 Carpenters Cowboy Church 423.867.4232 3616 Rossville Blvd, 37407 Brainerd Hills Chapel Church 423.899.3098 5931 Pinegrove Tr, 37421 Chattanooga Church 423.892.2888 6188 Adamson Circle, 37416 Christian Church of Hope 423.855.0767 2330 Hickory Valley Rd, 37421 Church of Jesus 423.629.5051 2118 Wilson St, 37406 Church of the First Born 423.756.0704 3418 St Elmo Ave, 37409 Church of the Lord Jesus 423.265.8235 200 West 19th St, 37408 Mount Summit of Peace Church 423.899.0434 6925 Shallowford Rd, 37421 New Covenant Church 423.867.2121 3700 Clio Ave, 37407 New Covenant Fellowship Church 423.899.8001 1326 North Moore Road, 37411 The Net Church Carmike East Ridge 18 5080 South Terrace, 37412 Ramp Church Chattanooga 423.531.7267 3975 TN-2, 37411 Walker Avenue First Church 423.622.2982 2101 Walker St, 37404 Worlds Church of the Living God 423.622.2992 2110 Glass St, 37406

Pentecostal Emanuel Pentecostal Church 423.821.5261 4204 Ohls Ave, 37410

Redemption To The Nations 423.591.7886 1908 Bailey Ave, 37404 Sharon Pentecostal Church 423.867.7088 1400 East 48th St, 37407 Virtuous Church 423.521.4440 5952 Brainerd Road, 37412 Word of Pentecost Church 423.624.2620 1722 Newton St, 37406

Presbyterian First Cumberland Presbyterian 423.698.2556 1505 North Moore Rd, 37411 Central Presbyterian Church 423.629.1401 1815 McCallie Ave, 37404 Covenant Presbyterian Church 423.899.5377 8451 East Brainerd Rd, 37421 East Ridge Presbyterian Church 423.867.2717 4919 Court Dr, 37412 First Presbyterian Church 423.267.1206 554 McCallie Ave, 37402 New Hope Presbyterian Church 423.892.0853 7301 Shallowford Rd, 37421 North Minster Presbyterian 423.894.3773 4791 Hal Dr, 37416 St Elmo Presbyterian Church 423.821.1424 4400 St Elmo Ave, 37409 Second Presbyterian Church 423.266.2828 700 Pine St, 37402 Valleybrook Presbyterian Church 6001 Hixson Pike, 37343

Vineyard Vineyard Christian Fellowship 423.704.2188 10615 London Ln, 37302

Seventh-Day Adventist Collegedale Community 9503 Four Corners Place Collegedale, TN 37363 Hamilton Community Church 7997 Shallowford Rd Chattanooga, TN 37421 Orchard Park SDA Church 423.698.0707 951 N. Orchard Knob Ave, 37404

Wesleyan Faith Community Wesleyan 7725 Shallowford Road Chattanooga, TN 37421 Haitian Reference Church 7725 Shallowford Road, 37421 // 19


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interested in using Front Door Medicine? They have access // 29 to medical treatment in their home that is tailored to their specific to him, this choice would start a long path to becoming a physician. After becoming an EMT, Dr. Coleman worked for a small,

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education and became a paramedic. Knowing that with the private company, he would not be able to do emergency calls, he started working for Sedgwick County EMS in Wichita, Kansas. While he was at Sedgwick County EMS, he realized that this was the first time in his life that a job was not work, but a fun career. At this time, he developed his plan to continue his education to become a physician. This meant working as a Paramedic by night and going to school by day. In 2003, after he graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Friends University, he was accepted to, and graduated from, Kansas City University of Medicine and BioSciences, class of 2007. Next, he was accepted to a residency program at Memorial Hospital in York, Pennsylvania. Today Dr. Coleman is the Medical Director for Bradley County EMS, and an Assistant Director of the Emergency Department at Tennova Medical Center of Cleveland.

Dr. Coleman is a great physician with incomparable bedside

manner and his staff is equally respectable. Nurse Practitioner, Jerry Coleman, has a similar path into medicine; U.S. Air Force, EMT, and paramedic. He graduated from Graceland University in 2013. Lavonne Coleman was bitten by the medical bug while helping Dr. Coleman become the physician he is today. After gaining her Masters in Managing Information Technology in 2004 and retiring from the banking world in 2009, she completed AEMT training at Cleveland State Community College. Nancy Fortner is the Office Manager at Front Door Medicine. She graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2016 with a B.S. in Business Management. // 21

Gò0dNews for Parents

Parenting Safari by Bill McGinnis

s our family grew, I lost any of the coolness that I ever thought I had. As more bundles of joy began blessing our home, the first thing to go was the sporty SUV. We needed something much more practical, a Minivan. We started with two old Chrysler Town and Country’s with wood panel decals, then finally a GMC Safari. That van had two rows of “don’t make me come back there” seating. It was “so not cool”, but we discovered that the minivan was a great place to disciple our kids. They were captive in car seats, had no control over the audio, and it was the first place Mom could help them process what happened at school, practice, or a friend’s house. With four kids, we were always going somewhere, school, soccer, dance, swim, church and long trips to see the relatives. The minivan became a little chapel on wheels for our kids and their friends. We began with an opening prayer for a “hedge of protection.” As you can imagine, these preacher’s kids also had to listen to Bible Songs, Kids’ Praise music, and every episode of Veggietales. (And if you turned it up loud enough it would drown out even the most obnoxious whining.) When it was a bad day, conversations were steered toward God’s amazing love and forgiveness. When there were challenges to be faced the next day with a tough assignment or a difficult classmate, the discussion turned toward a Biblical life lesson. And when an ambulance

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came by we prayed for anyone who was hurt. The kids soon learned scripture and godly values as they rode around. We also learned to share Cheetos in that van and learned to respect each other and wait our turn to talk. We had a lot of joy in that van, too. Singing together (we are definitely not the Von Trapp family) and we often got to hear the latest joke or funny incident at school. Perhaps some of the most important discipleship came during middle school carpools. My wife would sit, listen, and gently steer the conversation back to something healthier when the language took a turn for the worse. Once, my wife had a daily 45 minute commute each way to the gym with 7 middle school cheerleaders. She was not sure what kind of impact her driver’s seat discipleship had made on these girls from various family backgrounds. But when one of them broke her elbow trying to do a handspring, they all ran straight to her asking for prayer and looking to her for support. Maybe that rolling Bible-to-life-lesson classroom in the uncool van did make a difference; our adult children still want to follow Jesus. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you go along the road...”

About The Author


Minivan Discipleship

Bill McGinnis is the minister of education and families at Ridgedale Baptist Church. He has served churches in TX, GA, and TN. He is grateful to be married to his wife, Anita, and have 4 children. He enjoys teaching Bible studies, riding bicycles, making jerky, and grilling meat.

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Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers


ast night, 20 people give their lives to Christ! Lives were changed and that change will impact their families and those they serve. The heavens rejoiced last night! You could feel God’s presence and it was beautiful.” – FCPO Miami-Dade Chapter This is just one example of the impact of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers-USA (FCPO) across the nation. Through active local chapters, FCPO develops a Christian mindset in peace officers using biblical truths to transform their lives, families and communities. All you have to do is turn on the news, and you’ll see that law enforcement officers in the United States of America see more tragedy, sorrow and human destruction in a week than most people see in a lifetime.

Did you know?

● 75% of all married officers have been divorced at least once ● 40% of all law enforcement officers have been involved in domestic abuse ● 25% of all officers abuse alcohol and/or prescription drugs ● Every 17 hours, an officer commits suicide

FCPO was founded in 1974 to provide hope and assistance to law enforcement officers and their families across the country. With their national office in Chattanooga, FCPO is a 501(c)(3) charitable ministry to the 1.1 million local, state and federal law enforcement officers in the U.S. FCPO’s first annual Fundraising Dinner is slated for Monday, March 26 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm at the

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ICCM Celebration Theatre in Chattanooga. Guests will get to know the heart of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers as stories are shared of how this ministry is changing the face of Law Enforcement nationwide. They will enjoy a delicious meal while at the same time supporting the important work FCPO provides within our community and around the nation. The keynote speaker for the event, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier and speaker who is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime. He is a US Army Ranger, a paratrooper, and a former West Point Psychology Professor. He has a Black Belt in Hojutsu, the martial art of the firearm, and has been inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Since his retirement from the US Army in 1998, Col. Grossman has served as one of our nation’s leading trainers for military, law enforcement, mental health providers, and school safety organizations. Tickets for the evening are only $50 dollars each or $350 dollars for a table of 8 and can be ordered by visiting or calling the FCPO National Office at 423-553-8806. The deadline for ordering is March 12. Without the support and partnership of individuals and businesses who are committed to the betterment of the community, the mission of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers is an impossible task. Will you join with FCPO for this event and help change the face of Law Enforcement nationwide?


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Gò0dNews for Teens

Unlocking the Mystery of Forgiveness by Gabriel Thomas

here are four steps to unlocking the freedom of forgiveness. 1. You must realize that it is not the flesh, but the spirit that inhabits the flesh ­— Ephesians 2. Pray for the release of bitterness — It says in Acts 8:21-23, “You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” Bitterness leads to depression, anger, vengeance, and other sins which are too heavy to bear; that’s why Jesus paid the price by dying on the cross so that we would not have to bear the weight of our sins and our burdens. You cannot move forward with forgiveness if you are dragging a heavy load of bitterness toward the person who has wronged you. 3. Ask them to forgive you. What?! — Yes, asking them to forgive you is one of the most key components of total forgiveness. It will also be one of the most

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difficult things that you have ever done in your life. However, once this is done, you will have a freedom like no other in your life. 4. Love your enemies — Jesus said in Matthew 5:4344 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,’” and in Matthew 22:37-40, “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.’” You have now unlocked the mystery of forgiveness only to find out that there’s really no mystery at all. About The Author


“Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” — 2 Corinthians 2:10-11

Gabriel Thomas is a US Army Veteran and a 20 year employee of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. Gabriel is the first African American to hold the position of Captain in Bradley County history. He has a wonderful wife Sashual Porter Thomas and three children Kortney, JoRell, and Hezekiah. Gabriel and Sashual are the youth leaders at Omega Center International.

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Seventy Years Strong Intergenerational Intersection Strength in Being Alone bywith Esmerelda LeeI have Staying and involved their church, theirlearned work in through the community, Being alone is a choice, I want to share what seniors. and their family has kept this couple’s love strong! by Esmerelda Lee uring the month of May, our oldest son Based on demographics alone, it behooves us as by million. Esmerelda Lee


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There is something to be said about the In a world where so many people focus on their along with an American high school graduation. As they Interacting with older adults enables youth to different and filled with opportunity. What I have dancing. She had never danced while married purity and innocence of the courtship and love own happiness and make life-altering decisions rose to the singing of the American anthem, and develop social skills, problem discovered, however, is that aold lot movies. ofnational my time is spent morenetworks, than fiftycommunication years, but Inow that she depicted through I am also honored to for based on these motives, asked Betty and Mitchell applauded when every graduate walked across the stage, solving abilities, positive attitudes toward and alone. Whether I am traveling, a hotel out room having found herself alone, rather than sit aging, inthe hersixty-nine home see these love storiesinplayed inor real life through if they were happy throughout years older adults. that fell inEsmerelda love and marriage. “We lost, always it by Lee I saw tears intimes, their eyes. In South Africa, aexperience student’s final a senseand ofof community service, according to Generations meals, most I am Couples alone. This new hasstayed mope over years she worked decided toout, try and if we love through a world war, the Depression, life didn’t laugh at eachsomething other, found someone or day of high isand the day Unitedwe (2002). Older caused meintoschool pause totally new. challenges, raising and burying loved ones are something to laugh about. 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For Mitchell it and vitality of a “Who doesn’t same golfing, and having was no rigid to your day—is thatthatadults that still feel a strong call to We impact livesso through love agenda at first sight. Betty believes fight? are both different, and a graduation younger generation. IBetween have thought many lady had lost a daughter the grinning first-grader grew on her we like different When we retirement? So when I was asked to give a presentation community service and volunteering. This isthings. not a new party,of and helping with Studies show that times the ones who and a husband, because over time. According to Mitchell, they fought, the one with the recently to a large group of seniors in Knoxville, venture for seniors; however, since the population ofstrongest houselost chores that needed youth involved in life have awere spouse. I can’t on each other but did not exuded so much “sweet” caseshe won.” Mitchell also added, Tennessee, and they requested the topic, “Re-inventing seniors is growing at a rapid pace, volunteering efforts get serious until after World War II. “We compromised, but Betty made to be done fordifficult years, it intergenerational imagine how and love. Mitchell enlisted in the Navy in 1943 the most compromises. I am still yourself after believed it would be a great have improved, and baby boomers who alone are retiring myRetirement,” parents spent Imost mentoring programs are must be suddenly learning • Being is an are and stayed out to sea for most of that surprised that she chose me.”In opportunityto metime toyourself research making their mark through acts of service. offor their with theirhow older adults are 46% less likely to begin sleep by opportunity to rely on she said, time. He and remembers a year and half Betty’s much softer voice, grandchildren. Every using illegal drugs, not hearing that Christ. For seventeen embracing retirement and warm what this his “living” actually Older adults have embraced the fact that the Yellow going by before feet even touched “If there is something to 27% fight about, dry land. But each week when mail there is something worth evening was found with less likely to begin using voice of greeting each morning. Some older adults years I had become accustomed to constant love, looks like from their perspective. pages are now extinct. They are beginning to have a saving.” was delivered to his aircraft carrier, August 22, 2016, Betty and in-depth conversations about alcohol, and 52% less experience being aloneolder because many of their families attention and soundsenjoying ofOn seniors and associates Through retirement, many adults found the benefits of their Betty’s unrelenting lettershave and her faith presence on social media, areMitchell Lyle will celebrate life, love and lots of humor. skip school, or friends may have moved. I have considered how always around me. When likely we aretoalways with the time to do something they always hoped they could having a smartseventieth phone, and are well versed on Today, texting,these that he would return home kept their love strong. wedding anniversary. My daddyit made sure Independent daunting must Mitchell be tothat walk intoBetty a restaurant or dining people, we often lose sightaccording of God’s to presence. When were finally reunited do before having children—go backand to college. Over using Siri, andlifelong Skype. Cleveland residents live at Garden Plaza at he shared stories, spiritual Sector (2007). the war, they dated for eight short months When Cleveland Senior fear Living. Their apartment room andafter know no one. you constantly displeasing people, has little 20 colleges and universities in the United States have Older adults are still new hobbies, were graduating college, awards theytraveling, wonprimary fromstarting serving in their vocations lessons hebefore has learned in to married. My parents were Loneliness is they difficult experienceAfter at any age; people become your focus. Proverbs Betty became a school teacher with Cleveland City and in their community, war-torn photographs created programs these life-long learners and spending time and mentoring life, andtolistened for hours only here for three however, Iencourage am discovering myself that loneliness 29:25with says grandchildren, “Fear of man, will prove to be a snare, Schools, and Mitchell went to work for the railroad. of family members, and beside each recliner is a to attend orbeing graduate from college. It is not Loneliness abnormal typically to others. Some may reinvent themselves; others maytheir find to his alone grandsons expressing weeks; however, are not the same thing. but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe” Later he became one of the members of our City tattered and worn Bible. see an eighty-year-old, vibrant senior with hisdisagreed pack and most redesigning retirement as funeach their veryanxious direct opinions. When aboutthemselves, a time, love and openare dialogue with our created includes feelings about a they lack ofback connection (NIV).When we keep trusting inchildren Him, and He will Council. They still laugh at each other with When asked what was the secret to loving other. There are also days where the laughter subject, my father laughed and diffused the tension with memories that will last a lifetime. Intergenerational with others. I will not attempt to address loneliness; fill the void of being alone, because we are never across his shoulder meandering through the college and filled with intrinsic rewards. However, the beauty and each other through sixty-nine years of marriage, theindon’t talking are silent. On those days, Fox News humor, and I witnessed our boys seeking their Papa’s relationships always have begin with however, I will attempt to address being alone. alone cafeteria line. this season in lifeHim. is that you cantodesign it with your they both stated, “Stay busy so you don’tof get into anchors are the only voices heard in the apartment. advice morealone and more each meet new friends. grandparents. They are travels, formed Iathave churches, in thesuch • Being is Betty an opportunity Through my recent Ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft and many own personal stamp. For the “What idea ofdiscovered sitting onwork the trouble!” and Mitchell were married at First Mitchell saidme, it best, she forgets, I can Intergenerational relationships are key to the future involved place, in in communities and within the family unit. With and even It takes courage to step out of your comfort strength Him. I am When learning to laughs, walk with only one Baptist Church in 1946, and were always in remember. she I am happy, other companies have embraced retirees as vital couch and watching a television show from start to their church, work, family. They though there were days she likeofme, of our zone, world, not just our country. According to the U.S.two sons. strongspeaking intergenerational interaction, our blue the she and walk across theand street and meet a had new voice into my ear, knowing Hedidn’t will print guide me. members of their work adultswere havestrong great boys, raised finish by is something toloved look forward to. Bothforce. TonyOlder and David always me.”

Reinventing Yourself after Retirement


Census Bureau, by the year 2050 the nation’sout elderly neighbor. It takes courage to stretch your

past will help our young leaders define a clear vision for

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a strong, no-nonsense working mother. Betty was work ethic; population they tend to be dependable and enjoy the will more than double to 88 million, and their future. loving, but she always made it clear that her sons socializationthe and extra money that a part-time job more frail, over-85 population will quadruple to 19 would love education like she did, and they would affords. Some older adults have actually used their

Esmerelda EsmereldaLee Leeis iscampus campus manager for Garden Esmerelda Lee has workedmanager in the senior for Garden Plaza of Cleveland, an Plaza of Cleveland, ansixteen independent living industry for over years. and assisted independent and assisted facility living facility She and her husband She works asShe afor divisional operations for seniors. and her husband Andrew have three children. specialist for Enlivant Senior Living. Andrew have three children.





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The Birth of Something Beautiful “...and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and a garment of praise for a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.” — Isaiah 61:3

by Jason & Amy Carter


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others to himself. No matter how bad it seems or how far gone you think your situation is, know that he never scraps the project and starts over. Scripture doesn’t say that he makes all new things, it says that he makes all things new. So, what beautiful things will come from your story? About The Author

e makes beauty for ashes. We say it all the time, but what does it mean? What does this involve? What does it look like? If you read Isaiah 61:3 closely, you notice that it’s an exchange between us and the Father. If we will give him our ashes, our mourning, our despair, then he in exchange will make it into something beautiful, joyful, and praiseworthy. Scripture promises us heartache and pain, but it also promises us that if we will trust the Father with it, he can turn it into something that will ultimately bring him glory. Remember, He makes all things new. So many times we want the new or the beauty without the pain, but so many times the beautiful things of life come from the pain. Think of it in terms of birth. There’s a reason it’s called labor. Whether the “new” is a baby, springtime flowers, or salvation, sacrifice and pain are part of the deal. On September 5, 2016, we lost our 18 year old daughter in a car accident and our lives changed forever. Even to this day the pain of our loss is excruciating, but God has proven to us that the promises found in Isaiah 61 are true. Without our prompting, scholarships have been created in her name, a movie about her life is in the works, and a school in Nicaragua has been built that bears her name. Though none of these things replace her or take away our broken hearts, we are reminded that He can use our pain, even death, in order to change lives and ultimately bring glory to Himself. If nothing else, He is making us stronger (oaks of righteousness) so that we may in turn help others in His name. Whatever you face today, remember that He is faithful and his desire is to use our hardships to draw

Jason and Amy Carter have been married for 24 years and have three children. They are both public educators and have served in various minestry roles over the years. In January 2017 they founded Live and Love Ministries after the tragic loss of their 18 year old daughter. Their mission is to inspire others to live and love well.

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Kingdom Marriages

hat is a “Kingdom Marriage” and how does it apply to Christian marriages? Having a kingdom marriage means that Christian couples are applying biblical principals to their marriage as they receive revelation from the Bible and the Holy Spirit . What is the full meaning when the scripture states, “Husbands love your wives, just as Christ loved the church, He gave up his life for her”(Ephesians 5:25)? When I first came to an understanding, I thought it meant jump in front of my wife if a bullet was coming towards her or push her out of the way of a speeding car. However, the Holy Spirit imparted revelation of this word through teaching and preaching.

When we look at Christ in his ministry, he was sold out. Jesus came for the church, devoted his three years to the ministry of the church and when the time came he sacrificed his life for the church. His life was dedicated to letting the world know that their creator wants to be in relationship with them. Jesus engaged them, accepted them, shared with them, taught them, healed them, and loved them. That is the revelation that God wants Christian husbands to embrace. He wants us to accept our wives as

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they are. Jesus did not seek perfection and as husbands we should not be seeking perfection. We are to model Christ before them. We are to give patience, acceptance, and love. This is not a suggestion, or a recommendation from God. This is a command put in place for our good. As wives, we should not be seeking for our husband to be our all in all. That is God. Our husbands are our covering and protection, but they do not replace our relationship with God. We are working together to show God’s love, grace, and mercy on this earth. Husbands, when we place our wives first, it allows us to gain a deeper understanding of the humility, sacrifice, and selfless love of Christ. This not only makes us the husbands God desires for us to be, but it makes us better Christians as we gain deeper intimacy with Christ. In our humility, the Spirit can give us revelation, insight, and wisdom. When we serve our wives, we are being obedient to God. We please God with our obedience and place ourselves in position to walk closer to Christ. As husbands, we then are more effective tools in the hands of God. The doors are then wide open for God to express his kingdom views in this world! I want and need his revelation in my life. As wives, when we respect our husbands, we build him up. Building him up impacts his confidence, his self-esteem, and his motivation. This empowers him to guide the marriage (and family) as Christ would have him and display love to his wife as commanded. This blend of love and respect make for a powerful relationship that could achieve life’s goals and conquer the world’s battles. About The Author


by Theodore & Stephanie Young

Theodore Young, Jr. and Dr. Stephanie Young have celebrated 20 years of marriage this year and are proud parents of teenage daughters. They have partnered in couples/marriage ministry since they were newlyweds. They currently facilitate a marriage group, “From This Day Forward”, in their home each month.

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Lowering Risk for Auto-Immune Disease mmunity is the body’s natural defense system against various infectious diseases. In heath, the immune system acts like a well-trained guard dog that only attacks enemies but respects its master and his friend. Autoimmune conditions occur when the immune system returns friendly fire on the body’s tissues and organs. Friendly fire is a military term that refers to when an army inadvertently fires on its own soldiers or supplies. What happens when our immune system goes awry, such as in an autoimmune disease? Autoimmune diseases (AD) target a variety of body parts: joints, pancreas, thyroid gland, brain, nerves, kidneys, and blood vessels. Unfortunately, many autoimmune conditions damage more than one organ. If a person has one autoimmune condition, it is common for them to have another. Fifty million Americans

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have AD. That’s right—approximately one in five. So far 100 diseases have been classified as autoimmune conditions. Type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, Crohn’s, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus are examples of common autoimmune conditions.

Reducing Your Risk

Your weight matters — Fat cells produce various inflammatory molecules that can disrupt the balance established by a normal immune system. Inflammation often fuels, sustains, and reinforces AD. Some experts consider obesity to be an autoimmune, inflammatory disorder. Watch your salt intake — Increased dietary salt intake can promote the activity of a group of aggressive immune cells (Th-17 cells) that are involved in triggering and sustaining autoimmune diseases. When their numbers are not controlled properly, Th-17 cells can produce too much friendly fire that attacks the body tissues and leads to inflammatory diseases. Emphasize a healthy plant-based diet — Plant foods contain phytochemicals which help the immune system maintain balance between its different components so that neither immune suppression nor autoimmunity occurs. Curcumin from turmeric and ginger, resveratrol in red grapes and blueberries, quercetin found in red onions, broccoli, cabbage, berries, and apples, and genistein from soy act as immune modulators and help to balance the activity of the immune system. Get enough sleep — Chronic insomnia requiring sleep-inducing pills may be associated with a 70 percent increased risk for future AD. Just losing sleep for only one night increases inflammation. Keep a regular schedule for meals and sleeping —  The production of a key immune cell is controlled by the body’s circadian rhythm. Disturbed circadian rhythm may increase the risk for multiple sclerosis and some other autoimmune conditions. For a link to the research references in the article, visit About The Author


by Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth J. Hall has taught and researched health topics for Wildwood Lifestyle Center for over 25 years. She has authored a e-book, Keys to Optimal Health and Happiness, and currently she works as an investigative medical journalist.

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Life Expectacy by David McFarland


hat is your life expectancy? This year in the U.S., the average life expectancy is 78.6 years. You can improve or increase that number by your behaviors. Those behaviors include many things from exercise and nutrition to whether or not you have a pet. Now I must confess, I’m not all that concerned about the quantity of years I’ll live or at least not whether I make it to 78.6 or 78.7. We should try to eat better and stay active; however, we should be most concerned about the quality of the years we have left. In order to do that, I believe we need to focus on a different kind of life expectancy. Life expectations — We’ve all heard many sayings about life. It’s interesting, depending on who you’re talking to, what people have to say this subject. A lot of people will tell you “Life is hard” and others will say, “Life is good”. Those two opinions seem to conflict with each other, right? What does the Bible have to say about those two opinions? Well, in John 16:33 Jesus says, “In this life you will have trouble.” Ok, sounds like the Bible is telling us that “life is hard”, but wait in John 10:10 Jesus says “I come that you may have life and have it to the full” so, “Life is good”, right? A little confusing? Is life hard or is it good? My answer is yes. Life is hard, but when you know Jesus, life is also good. Unfortunately, we Christians all too often forget about the latter part of that statement. Even the non-Christian world knows that happiness starts in your head. Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor and renowned philosopher, said, “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” So Christians, followers of the One who created the universe, should even more know to think positively. What did you expect? — So much of how we perceive life comes down to our frame of mind. Joyce Meyer says, “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” How many times do we expect the worse and therefore we get it? After all, Jesus said we were going have trouble. But, before we hold on too tightly to that prediction, you might want to look at what He said before and after that line. He said, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace.” Then after, and this is the best part, He says, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” That’s right, He has overcome this troubled world and He is still Emanuel. He is with us; therefore, although life is hard, it sure is good! So expect each day to be good and expect your life to be good and it will be. Here are two excellent ways to start each day with a positive mindset:

With those thoughts in our heads and in our hearts, we can expect to have a great day and a great life and that’s a pretty good life expectancy.

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1) Thank God for what He has done in the past including the forgiveness of your failures. 2) Thank Him for what He is going to do in, for, and through you today. David McFarland is a devoted husband and father. He is passionate about being a role model for youth and is approaching twenty years working as a PE teacher. David volunteers in youth and family ministry through his local church and along with his wife encourages families to be spiritually strong at


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Arm Envy Motivation for Bodytite Arm Lift Surgery


by Dr. James White

re you guilty of arm envy? If you have found yourself

and often embarrassing problem, the skin must be surgically

coveting the toned arms of celebrities like Kelly Ripa

removed. This is the basis of arm lift surgery or brachioplasty.

or Jennifer Aniston, then you may be guilty. Rest

The new Bodytite procedure is a major improvement in non-

assured you are not the only one with this so-called “arm envy” as a growing number of the population are turning to

surgical arm lifting. Brachioplasty and Bodytite can be completed with IV

cosmetic surgery to attain more attractive arms and battle flab

sedation, local anesthetics in an outpatient surgery suite. During

and loose skin.

arm lift surgery, an incision is made from the armpit to the

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons,

elbow. Excess skin is then surgically removed. Bodytite used

brachioplasty, better known as arm lift surgery, has increased

small puncture site without incisions. Liposuction can be added

in popularity by a remarkable 4,378% since the year 2000.

to give the outer arm that toned sculpted look. The patient is

However, with only an estimated 15,457 arm lifts performed

discharged to home with a custom compression garment.

in 2012, the procedure has yet to become as popular as more

Arm lift surgery can help many patients achieve an

household name procedures like breast augmentation,

improved appearance. The Bodytite procedure has opened the

liposuction and facelift surgery.

possibility of arm reduction, skin tightening without large linear

While “arm envy” is partially responsible for this new

scars. The growing field of cosmetic surgery has provided better

trend, experts believe there are more factors contributing to

surgical techniques: fractional laser treatments, silicone-gel

the phenomenon. With significant weight loss occurring more

sheeting and other scar management treatments options.

frequently among the population, Allen D. Rosen, MD of the

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your arms, you

American Society of Plastic Surgeons explains, “Gastric bypass

may be a viable candidate for Bodytite arm lift along with

has increased the number of patients like this in the past

liposuction. Choose your surgical artist well. To get the best

decade, but I have also seen many more patients, from teens

results have realistic expectations and

to the elderly, who take charge of their lives and lose massive

understand goals associated

amounts of weight through diet and exercise alone.” Massive

with Bodytite arm lift.

weight loss yields deflated over stretched skin. This greatly

limits upper body wardrobes. No raising your hand to answer a question. Arm lift surgery is particularly ideal for patients who are wings or angel wings.” Because this excess tissue, resistant to diet and exercise, is comprised of deflated skin as opposed to fat cells, liposuction is not an effective treatment and could actually make the condition worse. To effectively combat this unsightly

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plagued with an excess of loose, arm skin often resembling “bat

Dr. James E. White is a board-certified General Surgeon by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Surgeons. His office, Advanced Surgical Concepts (ASC) is located at 2290 Ogletree Ave, Suite 112 in the Hamilton Office Park across from the Hamilton YMCA. ASC offers a variety of cosmetic procedures including varicose vein procedures, laser skin resurfacing, facial fillers, minimal invasive surgery and liposculpture. 423-6484011 or visit for a complimentary consultation.








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