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GoodNews from the Pastor’s Desk The Gifts of a Father by Pastor Phil Griffin

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GoodNews for Kids A Time to Be Quiet

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GoodNews on Money Matters “Crockpots versus Microwaves” by Andrew Lee

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GoodNews for Men How I Botched My Kids’ Baptism... by Darren Schalk

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GoodNews for Women A Reflection on “Moms’ Night Out” by Kristi Schalk

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GoodNews for Life One Small Step Can Make a Lifetime of Difference by Beth Henderson

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GoodNews for Health & Fitness Two Weeks to a Healthier You by Pastor Zona Hayes-Morrow

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GoodNews for Parents Heavenly Thoughts by Anna Anderson

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GoodNews for Seniors “Keeping Active: Beware the comfy Recliner” by Esmerelda Lee

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GoodNews for Dads What is a Dad? by Oreeda McClure Burnette

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Gifts of a

father by Phil Griffin


ith Father’s Day upon us, the thoughts of the average family are, What gift are we going to give daddy? Knowing the joy that comes from giving, I would never discourage children from giving a Father’s Day gift to their father. But with giving in mind, I wonder if the fathers who are reading this article have ever given thought as to what gifts they are handing down to their children and grandchildren? If you will allow me the opportunity, I would love to make a few suggestions that are mentioned in Proverbs 22:1-6. The first gift we should be giving our children is the gift of a good name. Verse 1 says: “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, favor is beer than silver and gold.” The word desired means to make a careful choice. My father always taught me that a good name is the hardest thing to earn and the easiest thing to lose. To pass on a good name has less to do with how much money you make or the house you provide and more to do with the decisions you make in relation to your character. It’s about where you go, what you do, and how and why you do it. The second gift we should be giving our children is the gift of a gracious faith. Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Mark 8:36 reminds us: “What shall it 6

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profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet loses his soul?” Simply stated, you will never hand down to your child anything remotely as important as the testimony of a life lived in total dedication and dependence on Christ Jesus as Lord. Finally, the third gift we should be giving our children is the gift of a Godly example. Verse 5-6 says: “Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards himself will be far from them. Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it.” No father was ever successful in raising children with the aitude: “Do as I say, not as I do.” Fathers do not have the right to expect their children to live by a Godly standard when they have not set that same standard by their own example. I wish all you fathers a wonderful Father’s Day with hopes that you receive many gifts as expressions of love from your children. Let them serve as reminders of the importance of the gifts you are leaving behind for their benefit.

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A Time to Be Quiet Habakkuk 2:20

It was Sunday afternoon. Maria was siing on her father’s lap. “Did you like being in church this morning?” her father asked. “It was kind of long,” said Maria. “Sometimes being in church is a long time for children,” said her father, “but we have a lot of things to do when we worship. I like to sit with you and your mother in church.” “I like to be with you,” Maria said. “You held my hand today and Mommy let me keep her purse on my lap.” “That was nice,” her father said. “But I would like to ask you to be more quiet in church. We usually like it when you talk, but talking in church causes problems.”

forgives us when we do something wrong; he also helps us do right things. Jesus loves all the other people as well as you, and he can help you think about the other people so that they can worship too.” “It’s all right to make noise sometimes,” said Maria. “Of course it is!” her father said. “We can praise God when we laugh and sing. There is a time to make noise and have fun. And there is a time to be quiet and have fun.” “You think church is a place to be quiet.” Maria said.

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“But God can hear our prayers anyway,” said Maria. “He can hear our prayers even when we don’t say them out loud.” “That’s right, and I’m glad you know how God hears our prayers,” her father said. “But the problem is not God. In church we are praying together. If you make noise, other people can’t hear what the pastor is saying and can’t join in praying together.” “Did I sin when I talked?” asked Maria. “It’s not a sin to talk,” said her father. “Jesus not only 8

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“Crockpots versus Microwaves” by Andrew Lee


he title of my column this month alludes to a metaphor used by Christian financial educator and radio talk show host Dave Ramsey who reminds students in his Financial Peace University classes, “We sell crockpots here, not microwaves.” In other words, rather than “get rich quick” (the microwave metaphor), conventional wisdom dictates that we should “get rich slowly” (the crockpot metaphor). We do this by formulating a long-term plan of disciplined financial management and stick to it throughout our lives. God’s Word affirms this in Proverbs 13:1: “Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.” I’m not suggesting—nor do I believe this verse suggests—that all money or profit that is quickly obtained is necessarily dishonest. Financial “windfalls” that produce wealth quickly come in all shapes and sizes, from the star athlete who is awarded a multimillion dollar signing bonus or an entrepreneur whose customers clamor to buy this latest must-have product, even to the grieving spouse who receives a large life insurance check. None of these are dishonest gains, even though they may happen very quickly. But the majority of us probably will never receive such a quick financial windfall. Rather, our path to financial security and wealth will be built slowly over many years, and through a series of disciplined choices to save, to avoid unnecessary debt, and to invest in order to achieve our long-term financial goals. Discipline is the key to this more common “get rich slowly” strategy. Indeed, Proverbs 13:18 warns us that “He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame. . . .” Most of us have at some point in our lives received that dreaded phone call, text, or Facebook message—you know the one that says, “Hi, friend! I’d like to get together with you to discuss a business opportunity.” More often than not, this turns out to be “code” for some type of multilevel marketing proposal. (I won’t name real-life examples here, but most of us can recall some of these from a personal experience.) This is not a column meant to disparage all multilevel marketing proposals. Some of these opportunities offer legitimate products for sale, and they meet a tangible need in the consumer marketplace; and some people do indeed 10

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achieve remarkable levels of financial success with these sales paradigms. But we all know people (why are they usually our relatives?) who have plunged blindly ahead into these opportunities with unrealistic expectations and with an eye to get rich quick or to “quit your job and work from home,” but the end result was only disappointment and cynicism. The people I know personally who have succeeded in multilevel marketing are people who took a more patient, long-term view with no expectations of making a quick buck. Again, discipline is the key. Other instances of the getrich-quick mindset are much more egregious, often leading to financial ruin, such as obsession with playing the lottery, day-trading of stocks, or buying and “flipping” real estate for a quick profit. Do these sometimes work? Certainly. But more often than not, these are not paths for building a secure retirement, and they involve high levels of risk—risk of losing one’s entire investment very quickly (as if buying lottery tickets could be considered an investment)! Disciplined saving and investing is still the surest route to financial success in America today. I personally know schoolteachers who saved regularly every month toward their retirement throughout their teaching career and ended up as millionaires when they retired—and we all know that the average schoolteacher doesn’t make anything like an exorbitant salary. (I’m a teacher myself, so I know what I’m talking about here). In fact, most teachers fall somewhere in the median annual income range for the typical worker in the U.S. So if the average U.S. worker can retire as a millionaire through a regimen of regular, disciplined saving and investing, you can, too! Proverbs 14:23: “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to povert

Dr. Andrew Lee is Associate Professor of English at Lee University. He also serves as a coordinator for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. He and his wife Esmerelda have three children.

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knew the moment was coming that Wednesday evening. My dad baptized me when I was lile, and I was thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to do the same for all three of my children. I was moved to tears several times throughout the day as I thought about the upcoming moment. My children love Jesus, and this was a moment I knew I wouldn’t forget. When the opportunity finally presented itself, I was ill-prepared. Although I had pictured it in my mind all day long, I had not planned what I would say. And much to my wife’s chagrin (and my own), my default personality trait is wit and sarcasm. Because I had not thought through my words for the moment, I ended up being way more lighthearted than I had intended. I asked the kids questions like who their favorite parent was and how old Mommy was before geing to the more serious questions and, eventually, baptizing them. After my first two children were baptized, the third walked into the pool. That’s when my mind began to whirl as I realized I had not said what I wanted to say. I moved quickly through the moment with my third child, and then stepped out of the pool in a dizzying fog of panic. I had taken it all too lightly and didn’t grasp the opportunity at hand. Immediately, I realized it was a moment I’d never get back. My heart sank into my chest. I wanted to crawl under a rock. My wife and friends did their very best to comfort me, but it’s something I’ll always regret. I had a prime spiritual moment to speak life over my children, and I replaced it instead with wit and sarcasm. As I’ve reflected on this botched opportunity, I’ve realized a few things. 1. My wife is awesome. I already knew this, but she continually proves it to be true. She comforted me with gentle words of assurance. She said I was the Dad my kids knew, and by making them laugh, I likely made it more memorable for them. She helped me sleep that night. 2. I can’t live up to every expectation. After working through my regret, I realized that one of the reasons I was immediately so stressed was because I was worried about what the people in the audience might have thought. I’m certain several individuals probably didn’t approve of my lightheartedness during the baptism. I don’t blame them, but I can’t control everyone’s opinion. If they choose to judge me based on one moment in the spotlight, I cannot control that either!not to mention the fact that it was all based on fear alone, since I never actually heard anything negative about the whole thing. 3. Friends who pray are friends you should keep. The day after the botching, I had to appear on two television shows in Atlanta. These on-the-spot interviews in front of a camera and a live television audience are daunting. They call for extreme mental concentration. I woke up that morning unable to concentrate on anything because I was filled 12

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with regret from the night before. I shared my struggle with a few praying friends, and they immediately chimed in with encouraging words. Over the next two hours, I felt the weight of my burden slowly lift. I’m certain it was because they were praying. 4. Cherish every opportunity. My son is nine, and my twin girls are seven. I can honestly say that up to this point, I hadn’t had a major regret in parenting. But now I do. And this has made me appreciate more deeply the fact that these babies will only be around once. They’ll soon grow up, marry, and have kids of their own. But that hasn’t happened yet. So I’m going to cherish more fully every moment I have left with them. I’m going to hug them a lile tighter tonight. I’m going to shut off the TV, the phone, and the computer a lile sooner. I’m going to linger at the foot of their beds a lile longer when I tuck them in. I’m going to cut my meetings shorter and let the board games last longer. I may have missed one moment to speak into their lives, but I refuse to miss another. 5. One botch doesn’t define you. I was reminded by many over the next couple days of the following truth: “Your kids won’t remember what you did once. They’ll remember what you did all the time.” I’m reminded of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Old Testament. Out of fear, Abraham lied twice about his wife being his sister. Isaac did exactly the same thing. And Jacob stole his brother’s blessing and birthright. Yet, over and over and over, God is referred to as “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” These men had great moments of failure. They had flaws and shortcomings. They weren’t prefect, but they were faithful. One single act will never define us over the course of our lives. We’re not remembered for our one-time actions but for our repeated actions. I won’t always get it right, but I’ll always try to get it right. In the end, I hope and pray this is what my kids will remember. As Jim Henson once said, “The aitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you tell them. They don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” To be honest, I don’t really remember my baptism. I don’t know what my dad said or didn’t say. I just remember that he was there, and that’s all that maered. I want my kids to remember me not as a good minister or writer or editor, I want them to remember me as a faithful Dad. Thankfully I have a few more opportunities to successfully capture that title. No maer where you find yourself today, so do you.

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lato once said, “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” Plato obviously was never a mother. As a mom, I never know what to fear, much less what not to fear! I’ve been “stress paralyzed” and hiding in the closet eating chocolate more times than I can count. I’ve feared it all as a mom-fear of fires, fear of boo-boos, fear of kids sticking corn up their noses, fear of kids’ friends, fear of the kids waking up in the middle of night, and on and on the list goes. Some of my fears have subsided over the years, but many remain. The problem is that most of my mommy fears now stem from what others may think of me as a mom. Am I too strict? Am I not strict enough? Did I handle that situation correctly in the eyes of my friends? What will the PTO moms say if I forget to bring that dish? Ah, where do the expectations end? After seeing the movie “Moms’ Night Out” with a group of moms, I realized that the expectations end when I stop puing them on myself! Yep! It’s my own fault. I’m the one seing all these expectations! Motherhood is much 14

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like middle school. We think that all the other moms are looking at us and judging us, but the truth is, they’re too busy judging themselves to have time to judge anyone else. In the movie, Sarah Drew’s character had three kids and she was trying to be the perfect wife, mother, friend, person, and so on. Many of us are in that same boat, give or take a couple of kids. We do all we can to be everything for everyone. Sarah Drew’s character would walk into her church and see all these moms that “had it all together.” She then compared herself to these women. She believed that she was doing it all wrong because these moms had children who would stand quietly next to them in the foyer of the church with their hair coiffed, faces clean—perfect lile angels-while her own children needed leashes and a hairbrush. The thing I took away from this movie is that we’re all trying to survive motherhood. The other women at church may have had their mothers-in-law helping out that morning, maybe they have nannies, maybe they have just learned a good routine and stick to it. No maer how we do

it, the point is to do it. Be there. Enjoy the journey. Stop worrying about what others may think. Stop comparing yourself to everybody else. Stop judging one another. And above all else, stop judging yourself. We have been entrusted with motherhood. It’s a great responsibility. However, we cannot continue to beat ourselves up over every lile mistake. We can’t continue to fear what others might think. We have no control over that anyway! A statement made in the movie by the character Bones, had a profound effect on me, and I hope that it will resonate with you: “I doubt the good Lord made a mistake by giving your kids the mama he did.” Take heart that this is where God wants you to be. Stress paralysis is a thing of the past. In the end, there’s only one fear that’s worth having— the fear of the Lord. All other fears are frivolous.

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stayed with a missionary fammily for six weeks. ks. Like anyone exposed to the devastation and nd poverty of such ha place, his heartt was was changed. A desire sire ffor or ministry was planted. planted. In 2002, at the he age age of of 24, Isaac Libbey started Best Buy Metals in a small storefront and an open warehouse. Marrying not long afterwards, he and his wife, Angel, promised to put the Lord first in everything they did. They felt this was the only way to live, and He would make a way for them if everything else came second. While growing his business, Isaac learned that to have a strong foundation meant building

relationships with the local contractors, with his church family, and most importantly, with God. They started aending a church whose minister, Larry Hamilton, had founded an orphanage in Mirebalais, Haiti. Rekindling Isaac's love for the country, he and Angel began making trips with Pastor Hamilton regularly. With their growing family, business, and mission, they have kept their promise to God. In 2011, Julie Denton, the daughter of Pastor Hamilton, and Isaac accepted the responsibilities of the orphanage in Mirebalais. Isaac had been supporting the orphanage with profits from his company because the people of Haiti had become like family. According to Isaac’s mother, “They always gave him their very best. Even though it was a shack with a dirt floor, they would lay their clothes down on it for him to sleep on. I know that really touched his heart." In an interview e e with Pastor Hamilton, I hear passion in his voice for that ccould ould h ear tthe he p a mission m isssion field. eld. ““I tell people, it's a beautiful ful country country if you look up. Some of the llandscapes andscap I’ve seen are amazing, but but when wh you look down at the people and the poverty, it is p a different story. Haiti is the poorest country in the Westp eern Hemisphere. If you look aatt the th conditions of the people, you you lose lo sight of the country; and if yo you ou llook oo o at the beauty of the counyou ttry, ry , y ou llose sight of the problem. It’s a tterrible errible tthing.” h

Building the Passion Julie expressed how inspired she was by Isaac’s dedication and care for supporting the community and the children in the orphanage. “The way he reaches for those kids. He’s always looking out for the smallest things, always making sure everything is running right. If the commode is torn up, or a water pipe isn't working, he will personally fix whatever needs replacing, puing together beds and hanging ceiling fans so the kids don't get too hot. It's just all the lile things that most people pass over. If he sees a sore on a head, he does what he can. We just love them like our own kids! God put that in our hearts. It's not just an organization; it's not just an orphanage; it’s our family." Other people’s perspectives of how Isaac used Best Buy Metals and his passion for the orphanage soon made it clear that he had been humble and silent about so much. When asked about what it was like to work with his brother Isaac, Nathan Libbey responded by saying: “As with any job, there have been difficult times. You don’t always see eye to eye on everything. But in those times when we don’t get along, I remember who Isaac is. He is an awesome Christian, a great brother, and an honest boss. He would rather give you too many chances than too few, which is rare. He genuinely cares for other people. And he helps orphans! If ever I need to have a good motivation for working here, it is the amazing knowledge that tens of thousands of the dollars we earn goes to helping orphans, widows,


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Extending the Dream I was directed to an art piece that hangs in front of Isaac's office. Isaac had said this was a moo for his life. The piece depicts a strong oak tree with this quote by Bonnie L. Mohr: “Life is not a race-but indeed a journey. Be honest. Work hard. Be choosy. Say ‘thank you,’ ‘I love you,’ and ‘great job’ to someone each day. Go to church, take time for prayer. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh. Let your handshake mean more than pen and paper. Love your life and what you've been given, it is not accidental-search for your purpose and do it as best you can. Dreaming does maer. It allows you to become that which you aspire to be. Laugh often. Appreciate the lile things in life and enjoy them. Some of the best things really are free. Do not worry, less wrinkles are more becoming. Forgive, it frees the soul. Take time for yourself-plan for longevity. Recognize the special people you've been blessed to know. Live for today, enjoy the moment" The crux of it all was found when Danielle Jordan, an employee and longtime friend, had this to say: “Isaac took me to Haiti in October 2011 and again in March 2012, and I can honestly say it has changed my life. One trip to Haiti is all it takes, and you will begin to see things in a different light. Our wants and desires pale in comparison to a child chewing on a rusty nail because he has not eaten in three days. In America, we worry about


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when we are going to get the newest iPhone, and in Haiti they worry if the water they are drinking out of the creek has cholera. We get upset if our cup of coffee isn't made correctly at the local barista, while the widows in Haiti are not sure if they are going to have a meal this week. Sometimes we get sidetracked by our First-World problems and fail to see the people dying within our reach. I am pleased to work for a company and a boss who has a heart for missions and that everything I put my hand to at work is benefiting someone in need. There is a phrase in Haiti that they carve on lile wooden bells that says, ‘No one listens to the cry of the poor or the sound of a wooden bell.’ I am very fortunate to know a man who has heard that cry and has denied himself and the pulls of the ‘American Dream.’” With the cries of the poor, God carved purpose into Isaac Libbey’s life. God touched his heart with such a great desire to build hope into the lives of these orphans. The ringing of Isaac’s success is but an echo of wooden bells.

If you would like to connect with the orphanage in Mirebalais, Haiti, visit

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Bethel Temple Assembly of God -June 2nd - 6th First Baptist Church Chattanooga-June 2nd - 6th Oakwood Baptist Church-June 8th - 12th Shiloh Baptist Church-June 8th - 12th New City Fellowship-June 9th - 13th Grace Baptist Church-June 16th - 20th Hixson Presbyterian Church - June 16th - 20th Morris Hill Baptist Church-June 16th - 20th New Bethel Baptist Church-June 16th - 20th North Cleveland Baptist Church-June 16th - 20th

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Silverdale Baptist Church-June 16th - 20th Mount Vernon UMC-June 22nd - 26th Moriah Baptist Church-June 23th - 25th Burning Bush Baptist Church-June 23rd - 27th Calvary Baptist Church Red Bank-June 23rd - 27th St. Jude Church -June 23rd - 27th Woodland Park Baptist Church-July 7 Collegedale Church-July 14th - 18th Church of the Highlands-July 21st - 25th

Brainerd Hills Baptist Church

Hixson Presbyterian Silverdale Baptist June 16-20 9:00-Noon

Grace Baptist Church June 16-20, 2014; 6-9 PM

First Presbyterian 554 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN July 15-18

Chattanooga Church Directory Assembly of God Calvary Church 423.629.1200 1212 South Seminole Drive, 37412 Fresh Fire Awakening 423.255.3103 Chattanooga, 37421

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 Silverdale Baptist Church 423.892.2173 7236 Bonny Oaks Dr, 37421 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 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 2007 East 27th, 37407 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 Highland Park Baptist Church 423.493.4111 1907 Bailey Ave, 37404 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 Lighthouse Baptist Church 423.624.4125 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, 37408 Maranatha Baptist Church 423.899.0571 1701 Hickory Valley Road, 37421 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 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 Standifer Gap Baptist Church 423.892.8596 8159 Standifer Gap Rd, 37421 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 7501 Standifer Gap Rd, 37421

Church of God East Chattanooga COG 423.894.7926 4924 Hwy 58, 37416 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 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 Seventh Day 423.899.5490 7504 Old Lee Hwy, 37421 East Brainerd Church of God 423.899.4755 8312 East Brainerd Rd, 37421 East Ridge Church of God 423.867.7287 1512 McBrien Rd, 37412 East Side Church of God 423.624.8797 2105 Citico Ave, 37404 Fellowship Church of God 423.867.3194 3426 Clio Ave, 37407

Fourth Avenie Church of God 423.867.4545 3912 4th 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 Lee Highway Church of God 423.894.6982 7122 Lee Hwy, 37421 Pure Holiness Church of God 423.622.4667 420 North Holly St, 37404 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 Woodmore Church of God 423.899.0827 1115 North Moore Rd, 37411 Word Center Church of God 423.867.3330 4803 13th Ave, 37407 Church of God in Christ New Hope Church of God in Christ 423.698.4115 1725 Dodson Ave, 37406

Nazarene Alton Park Church of the Nazarene 423.756.2468 4004 Dorris St, 37410 Nazarene Calvary Church of the Nazarene 423.892.5771 4400 Bonny Oaks Dr, 37416 East Brainerd Church of the Nazarene 423.499.8643 8101 East Brainerd Rd, 37421 East Ridge Church of the Nazarene 423.894.8656 1202 Spring Creek Rd, 37412 First Church of the Nazarene 423.624.2679 2099 East Main St, 37404

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

Lutheran Ascension Lutheran Church 423.698.5047 720 South Germantown Rd, 37412 First Lutheran Church Pastor Mark McCrory 423-629-5990; 2800 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404 Good Shepherd Lutheran Rev. H. Christopher Sheets 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 423.855.0807 3030 Towerway Dr, 37406 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


Non-Denominational The Sacred Heart Mission of Chattanooga 423.238.3835 3914 St Elmo Ave, 37409 Faith Connection Church 423.933.6986 7312 Shallowford Rd, 37421 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 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 Sharon Pentecostal Church 423.867.7088 1400 East 48th St, 37407 Virtuous Church Pastor Richard O. Smith 4204 Ohls Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37409 (423)521-4440 Word of Pentecost Church 423.624.2620 1722 Newton St, 37406

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 Trinity Presbyterian Church 423.899.9586 104 McBrien Rd, 37411

Vineyard Vineyard Christian Fellowship 423.704.2188 10615 London Ln, 37302

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Gò0dNews for Life

One Small Step Can Make a Lifetime of Difference by Beth Henderson


ast night I visited the home of a family member who is also a cancer patient. During that visit I was fortunate enough to receive some of the bounty of what was called “a feast that could feed the entire church.” I’m sure the person who said this meant her own local body of believers, but I thought about that sentiment in terms of the whole Church, or even the whole world. The smiles, laughs, joy and hope that I experienced in that house last night were due to the gracious acts of a few ladies who got together and prepared a meal. There’s nothing especially grandiose about preparing a meal, we do it every day. The significant thing about that meal was that it was prepared for others – and useful to benefit someone other than those who prepared it. That’s the way it is with God’s people. We have a responsibility and a privilege to see the needs of others, offer what we have and see God multiply it for His glory, our blessing and their benefit. In Mahew 13:31-32 we read, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” Earlier in the day, I heard of a woman who encountered much the same kind of mustard-seed blessing from another. “I was so despondent and depressed when I walked through that door, but now I feel beer. Now, I have hope,” she said. She had been ministered to by another who had simply heard her words, understood her heart’s cry and offered help. What a difference that made. This November, we’ll have the opportunity to plant a seed that when it is grown will be greater than the original

product, and has the potential to protect future generations. On November 4, 2014, the people of Tennessee – you and I – will have the opportunity to go to the polls and reverse a decision made by the Tennessee Supreme Court in September of 2000. The Court declared in a 4 to 1 ruling in Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee v. Sundquist, “We specifically hold that a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy is a vital part of the right to privacy guaranteed by the Tennessee Constitution.” That decision, made by 3 judges of this state, stripped away what have been called the “common sense protections” of informed consent for women considering abortion, a 48-hour waiting period and the hospitalization requirement for later term abortions. It also opened the way for a later judgment that removed any requirements for inspections or regulations of abortion facilities. And this, they say, was to protect a woman’s rights. But we don’t have to stand by and do nothing. In fact, for the last 14 years, a work has been accomplished to get us to this day when the small act of standing for the truth could save many lives. If one word could save a life, would you say it? That’s how easy it is to make a lifetime of difference. On the ballot this November 4 will be the proposed Amendment 1 vote, which will read: “Shall Article 1 of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section: Section___. Nothing in this constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.” We can vote YES and stand for life in our state. Basically, by simply going to the polls and voting YES on Amendment 1 this November, we can promote the protection of human life – the unborn child and her mother. Vote YES on Amendment 1 this November. It’s a small thing that will have big results. We can make a difference for Life.

Beth Henderson


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is the Development Director at New Hope Pregnancy Care Center

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Gò0dNews for Health & Fitness

Weeks to a Healthier You by Zona Hayes-Morrow


ummer is here! It’s the season for reunions, weddings and vacations. Everyone wants to be looking their best and feeling their best but if you’re like most of us, our schedule had us so busy that our plans to “slim down” before these events didn’t quite happen. I don’t advocate “quick fix” diet solutions but there are a few things you can do that will help if you only have a couple of weeks. Firstly, get rid of all soda. This means diet or regular. There is nothing beneficial for you in soda and in fact, all of the chemicals and preservatives actually hurt your system. Instead, learn to drink water. Plain water is best because when you add the various flavor packets you are also adding the chemicals and sweeteners that you should be avoiding. Water is the most important thing your body needs to function. If your body is properly hydrated it will function more efficiently and you will feel beer. Plus it will help to flush all of the excess salt, chemicals and toxins out of your system. If you need to drink coffee, try to drink it black to avoid all of the fat and sugars that come with creamers. Green tea is also a good thing to drink as it has plenty of polyphenols and antioxidants such as EGCG which promote brain and heart health as well as helping with your metabolism. If you need to add some sweetness to it, add a touch of local, raw honey which will also help fight allergies. Next, change your diet. Stop eating fast food and sugar. If you can, avoid starches such as rice, bread, pasta and potatoes. Keep in mind that I’m only saying this as a SHORT-TERM

solution. I do not recommend an extreme diet like this for any length of time as your body needs nutrients from a variety of sources to be truly healthy. Try to only eat lean meats such as salmon, chicken or turkey. Avoid high fat foods and condiments as they are loaded with extra calories. Include as many vegetables in your diet as possible but try to avoid cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli as they could lead to gas and bloating. Instead of buer or dressing on vegetables, use extra virgin olive oil which is packed with omega-3 and use herbs instead of salt to bring extra flavor. To stop massive cravings and urges to binge eat, prepare healthy snacks such as carrots, celery, or an apple to eat every few hours. And avoid eating less than 4 hours before going to bed. If you can do these things as well as increasing your activity level then you will be on your way to slimmer version of you. Just remember, there are no instant fixes. The weight didn’t show up overnight and it won’t be lost overnight either. Good health takes time and effort and skinny doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. You won’t lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks but you can be feeling beer, looking beer and on your way to healthier and happier version of yourself!!!

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Gò0dNews for Parents


Thoughts by Anna Anderson


y youngest son has always been a collector of items. Although he enjoys playing with toys, he often takes different sets apart just to keep his favorite pieces. He will color coordinate and keep them somewhat organized"all over his room. My husband and I have known this about him for some time and it helps when we are looking to buy birthday gifts for him. He doesn’t want the biggest most expensive thing, he wants something with lots of small parts so he can keep the pieces he wants. I have had to stop obsessively counting the number of blocks that go with this or the number of game pieces that go with that. I have had to let that go and just let him enjoy playing. Recently his love of collecting has taken a different twist. He claimed one of his toy boxes as a “Heaven Box.” He started puing his most favorite items in that box because he says he wants to take those things with him to heaven.

My husband and I know the Bible tells us we can’t take material things with us to heaven, and we are to store up treasures in heaven (see Ma. 6:1921); however, my son hasn’t grasped those verses yet. All he knows is that heaven will be great! And if he can take his favorite things too, then it is a winwin situation for him. We are hesitant to encourage this new idea of his, and we don’t want to lead him falsely toward the idea that all of these things will go with him to heaven. On the other hand, we are thrilled that he talks about heaven and knows he is going there. In fact, he is already packing! He has everything he thinks he will need"swords, bouncy balls, flashlights, favorite blanket, costumes, and of course, extra underwear is his favorite ones. We have really had to stop and pray about the best way to approach this. We don’t want to discourage his thoughts of heaven because we want

him to keep his eyes toward heaven and be excited to go there. As we have prayerfully considered this, we realized with joy that he already is excited to go to heaven! He already has his eyes set toward heaven! He is thinking about heaven just the way he should at this age. We want our children to desire heaven and not be afraid that they will miss it. We want them to know that with Jesus in their hearts, heaven is where they are headed. The Bible gives us glimpses of heaven, and it is going to be greater than we can even imagine. It is fun to watch my son imagine how great heaven could be. It is easy for our eyes to be set on the day-to-day activities of life and forget about the words of Jesus, “There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2 NLT). He really is geing a place ready for us! My son is geing ready, are you?

Anna Anderson is the Preschool Director at Westmore


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Gò0dNews for Seniors

“Keeping Active: Beware the Comfy Recliner” by Esmerelda Lee


s part of my role as a manager for a retirement living facility, I have the privilege very often of visiting older adults in their homes. Frequently when I enter their rooms, I will notice the television is turned on, books, magazines and newspapers are laid out on the tables, fruits of various shapes and colors are siing in bowls on countertops, and without fail, somewhere in the living room one will find the “comfy recliner.” During my visit, I have the opportunity to talk about the benefits of retirement living and an active lifestyle. An active lifestyle even in retirement is crucial to slowing the aging process and ensuring quality of life. I have noticed in my own life how exercise impacts my day. Even though it is a chore to awake at five in the morning, I know that it is essential. As I begin to exercise, invariably I start out feeling awful, sluggish, and with most of my body still very much asleep. About a quarter way into my workout, I begin to feel the stretch; my blood cells begin to circulate, and I am well on my way to having a great workout and geing the adrenaline pumping. Inadvertently, having a great workout always leads to having a great day. To be honest, my positive aitude after exercising helps my outlook throughout the day. I am very well aware of the fact that I have been blessed with good health, and even though I am aging, I am not a senior yet. It has to be difficult to walk when your limbs don’t move as fast as they used to, and when joints are sometimes stiff and aching. I am sure it is challenging to do any type of exercise when you are quickly out of breath. However, doing nothing must be so much worse. People look at their lives in the present tense. Most say, “Well I can’t do this now, so what is the point!” I want to challenge you to be the person that says, “I can’t do this task now; however, if I try, in a few short months I will be able to accomplish it! By surrounding yourself with amenities that will keep you stagnant—such as that comfy recliner—it’s like surrounding yourself with negative people . . . you will become so much like them eventually. My advice to people, not just seniors, is to live today with tomorrow in mind. Limit a sedentary lifestyle, and push your body each day to its limits so that whether you walk the Greenway or your hallway, you are moving forward. Begin small, be consistent, have a Esmerelda Lee goal, and you will be rewarded. is campus manager Being active sparks my day, so that in for Garden Plaza of some way I can be a spark to others. Don’t Cleveland, an indeget me wrong: I love a comfy recliner as pendent and assisted much as the next person; but I love it only living facility for seat the end of a well-worked day. My hope is that you will choose to be a spark and not niors. She and her husband Andrew sele for a comfy recliner! have three children.


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Gò0dNews for Dads


DAD? by Oreeda McClure Burnette


ccording to the dictionary, it’s the male who contributed DNA to the formation of the child. This definition may be technically correct but it is nowhere near the whole story. My father didn’t let me call him father. He always said we should call “no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” (Matt. 23:9). So, I called him Daddy. The first memory I have of Daddy is sitting on the arm of his chair and listening to him read aloud to me the Chattanooga News Free Press. We didn’t live in Chattanooga, but he always said our local paper wasn’t worth the 10 cents he had to pay for it. I heard stories about Eisenhower, Congress, our state (Georgia), and the world in general. The newspaper wasn’t all my daddy read to me. Every night Daddy would let me look through his Bible. It had about ten pictures in it. And like any kid, I was only interested in looking at the pictures. The Holy Bible looked a little imposing to me, especially since I was too young to know how to read. But, you see, I didn’t have to read the Bible; my daddy already had. Each night as I went through his Bible, he would tell me the stories I loved—stories about David and Goliath, about Jesus as a boy in the Temple, about Elijah, Jonah, and Moses. I really liked the picture and story about Jesus and the little children. The last picture in 30

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my daddy’s Bible was very dark. Jesus was sitting beside the water cooking fish over a fire. In the distance you could see a boat with fishing nets. It was almost time to turn in for the night, but I always cried, “Daddy, tell me the story about ‘They fished all night and caught no fishes!’” And every night my daddy told me that story. He didn’t tell me the story like it was a fairy tale or a story ending with a well-thought-out moral; he was telling what really happened and relating to me the fact that those miracles could still happen in my life today. My dad taught me how to make a bow and arrows; he taught me how to tie my shoestrings; he taught me how to pop my knuckles; he taught me how to sharpen a knife; he taught me that my congressmen worked for me, and he shared his outlook on life with me. But the best thing my dad did for me was: He was there. He was there to answer my questions. He was there to tell me about Jesus. He was there to mold my beliefs, my actions and reactions . . . I guess you could say that my daddy trained me up! What a concept. And to train me, he used the manual-his Bible. Oreeda Burnee is the church secretary at United Christian Church, Cleveland, Tennessee.

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