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Contents MARCH 2018

GoodNews from the Pastor’s Desk The Value of Goal Setting


by Samuel Burger

GoodNews for Kids God’s Handiwork


by Melanie James

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


by Andrew Lee

GoodNews for Men On Christian Men Living in Community


by Dr. Julius McCarter

GoodNews for Women Unknown Strength


by Amy Mercer

GoodNews for Parents Parenting Hack: Find the Wins


by Rachel Lowe

GoodNews for Life Seasons of Life


by Melissa Phillips

GoodNews for Health & Fitness Self-Care is Sanity


by Patty Lauren Seger

GoodNews for Teens Unlocking the Mystery of Forgiveness


by Gabriel Thomas

GoodNews Cover Story Element: Downtown Shopping at its Finest


GoodNews for Everyone Press On


by Stephanie Daniels

GoodNews for Couples Great Expectations


by Evelyn Bathe

GoodNews for Seniors Reinventing Yourself after Retirement


by Esmerelda Lee

GoodNews for Singles God Is Doing a New Thing!


by Terri Cox

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


by Dr. James White


GoodNews for Everyone The Dirty Word: How the Stigma of “Politics” Alienates Moral Leaders


by Dr. Adam Lowe

GoodNews for your Taste Buds Chicken and Mozzarella Penne Pasta


by Deanna Key

GoodNews from the Physician’s Desk Put Your Best Fork Forward: Choosing Food That Fuels a Healthy Lifestyle



by Jason Albert

GoodNews for Everyone Just Beyond the Gates: A lesson on Boundaries and Grace


by Sheila Bird

GoodNews for Everyone The Power of Agreement


by Kelly McDonald, Jr.

GoodNews for Everyone My Strength in My Weaknesses


by Kelly Wells

GoodNews for Everyone The Welcoming Parent: A Look at Luke 15:11-31


by Tyler Shores


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Gò0dNews from the Pastor’s Desk

The Value of Goal-Setting by Samuel Burger


etting goals is the key to establishing the vision God gives for your life. God wants us to set goals according to His word. Setting goals with His word in perspective will bring us to the

destiny God has for us.

Gò0dNews from the Pastor’s Desk

• Goals for your finances

• Goals for your marriage • Goals for your career • Goals for your health • Goals for your spiritual life • Goals for your friendships


The Power of Serving

The signs of greatness and leadership define a life that has a servant’s heart. by Samuel Burger

• Goals for parenting once read about a person who falsely claimed he • Goals for dating was a soldier in the Army while wearing a deceased

able” (NKJV). Did you notice the reason behind this request was a desire for personal advancement? We

soldier's uniform. a true soldier must serve without expectations. What does God say about these areas ofHowever, our lives? These are acalled him • “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but oninto the inconsistencies of his uniform. 2. You serve submissively. Matthew 20:23 reads, “So few examples we shouldout take consideration when it comesThe to soldier everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty” (Proverbs 21:5). yelled, "Stolen reference the Stolen goal-setting. This requires a deep look Valor," at our adesires andtointo what Valor Act, He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup, and • “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But a law passed making anyone caught reaping be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; God wants for us. I guarantee that if you prayerfully consider the tangible one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining benefits from impersonating a service member subject to but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine principles God gives us for everyday life, you will be amazed at forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the federal criminal charges. to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by the results. prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians My Father” (NKJV). Jesus totally committed to Let me share some life-changing quotes about goals by some 3:13-14). the Father’s will. He was ready to amazing people you may know. • “And the Lord answered me: ‘Write thethe vision; make it plain on serve all way to the cross. • “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits —Zig Ziglar its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it

• “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” -Napoleon Hill

seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay’”

The problem with this person

• “Goals are the fuel is in that the furnace of achievement.” —Brian he wanted status over service. It was only Tracy

(Habakkuk 2:2-3).

a matter of time before he got caught. He wanted

• “What you get by achieving your goals isbut notnot as important as attitude. the servant’s position the servant’s what you become There by achieving yourwho goals.” David are people want—Henry recognition and reward Thoreau

• “Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house” (Proverbs 24:27). • “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit

instead of humility and submission. Are you serving

to life get -a you position, serving because • “If you're bored with don'tor getare upyou every morning withof God's

down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete

3. You serve sacrificially. it?” (Luke 14:28). position your life?enough Jesus stated His mission IinonceJesus gave Hisby life and we are to pickon upthe value of moving a burning desire torightful do things - you in don't have goals.” read a story J. Michael Shannon

—Lou Holtz

Matthew 20:28: “Just as the Son of Man did not come to

our cross and follow Him. This is the definition

forward. He wrote, “In the book Significa, the authors tell of two men

betoserved, serve, to give • “If a man knows not whichbut porttohe sails,and no wind is His life a ransom for many” (NIV). favorable.” —Seneca

signs you have a servant’s heart:

someplace else.” —Yogi Berra

Leonard Bernstein, the celebrated orchestra

roadster backwards from New York City to Los Angeles and back.

We are to be marked by servanthood. Here are three

• “If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up

of greatness and leadership.

who decided to see the world backwards. The men drove their Ford conductor was once asked, "What is the hardest

It took them 42 days of virtual non-stop driving and they rarely got instrument to play?" Without a moment's hesitation he

above 10 miles per hour. They even had an accident before they left

1. You serve selflessly. Matthew 20:20-22 reads, “Then

replied, "Second fiddle. I can always get plenty of first

Some may ask, “Why should I set goals? Wouldn’t that show

New York but they kept right on driving. It was an interesting stunt,

a lack of trust in God?” Not at all. God wants us to turn to Him for

but too many people today try to live their lives in reverse. They are

direction, but He doesn’t want us to be idle either. It’s possible to use

obsessed in some cases by past failures and in other cases by past

the phrase, “waiting on God” as a way to avoid setting goals for our

victories. Life must be lived looking forward.” 1

the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her

violinists. But to find one who plays second violin with

sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him.

as much enthusiasm, or second French horn, or second

And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to

flute—now that's a problem! And yet, if no one plays

Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one

second, we have no harmony."

lives. Moving forward without seeking God or not setting goals can

There’s nothing wrong with releasing the past and moving Perhaps we could find harmony by serving one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your stem from fear or a lack of faith. We need to do both, that is, seek God forward. Don’t let failure you, because it doesn’t. Set goals and another? Don’t define you think? kingdom.” But Jesus answered and said, “You do not and set goals. The balanced approach works best. seek God. You will find God is always faithful. goal-setting:

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that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are

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Ben Patterson, “A Faith Like Mary’s,” Preaching Today, Tape No. 87.

About The Author

know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that

Finally, let’s look at what Scriptures about planning andthe baptism I amthe about to drink,say and be baptized with

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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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’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

one day I would enjoy a fulfilling career that optimized

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

a packet of sandwich meat and making it last for a couple

co-workers or with the occasional tyranny from a boss with

of weeks by cutting the sandwiches in half for every meal.

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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ome months ago, a couple, who are friends with my wife and I, approached us. They were having trouble in their marriage. Specifically, the trouble stemmed from his use of pornography. In one study from 2007 that focused exclusively on Christian college men, compulsive and addictive sexual behavior marked one of the major behavioral traits. Why? Men just weren’t getting enough information from church leaders on how to think as a Christian about sexuality. There’s no one who doubts that integrity is important. In a world where the social fabric seems to be coming undone, integrity quickly becomes the first casualty. Relationships, as I shared with our friends that day, are built upon trust. Trust relies on honesty. And integrity is the foundation out of which honesty grows and matures. Among other definitions, Webster describes integrity as “soundness of moral character”. Integrity is the basic element of Christian character. It is the first characteristic of those welcomed into God’s presence (Psalm 15.2). It’s also the first characteristic of a Christian leader. It’s not set by reputation

or circumstances, and it certainly isn’t based on credentials. But here’s the thing, that spiritually healthy level of integrity is not accomplished alone, and certainly not in competition with others. I think this is why Christian integrity is so difficult for men in our culture. It grinds against everything we have been taught about masculinity. Learning the consistency that creates Christian integrity happens in the context of the church, in the context of Christian accountability and mutual interdependence. The good news is you don’t have to go it alone! In fact, I think it’s the sin of pride to give it a try. The New Testament describes Christian community as interdependent. Interdependence involves mutual

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encouragement and intimacy. Interdependent Christian community also includes a commitment to holiness. Though our culture affirms some of the positive benefits of community, it often balks at the uniquely Christian commitment to holiness in community. It’s no surprise, then, that many churches seem to endorse a very private pursuit of holiness. Yet the New Testament presents a community in which the members have a mutual responsibility to one another in their pursuit of holiness. The members of local churches, especially the men, need to help each other grow in godliness. In most cases, I think it comes down to such a poor spiritual diet. Most men live on a spiritual diet of Doritos and Mountain Dew, maybe four dozen sermons a year, sprinkled with a few Sunday School lessons and maybe Wednesday night Bible study. It’s enough to fill you, but it certainly isn’t nutritious. We understand that many Christian activities must occur in a corporate, or group, setting. So why do we seldom understand our growth toward Christlikeness, our sanctification, as a communal endeavor? Men then often mistakenly assume that growing in holiness is simply a matter of either exerting personal willpower or passively expecting God to act. But even those who understand the need for both exerting one’s will and developing dependence on Christ still need the encouraging support of a community of other Christians. Paul consistently described a corporate dynamic of growth (Romans 15.14; 2 Corinthians 1.4; 1 Thessalonians 4.18; 5.11,14; 2 Thessalonians 3.11-15; Titus 1.9; 2.4,15). Paul never imagined sanctification of isolated individuals but always of individuals within the context of an intimate community. For a powerful example of the kind of community believers ought to experience, consider one of Jesus’s final prayers on earth. In John 17.20-23, Jesus says he desires believers to have the same intimacy with one another as he and the Father share. One significant reason for that level of intimacy is the encouragement it provides for growth. In that kind of supporting, and at times correcting, community, believers help each other so that their active living is saturated with the principles of Christian integrity. So, guys, don’t try to go it alone. Otherwise, you’ll end where our friend ended, struggling against forces that intend to shape your integrity in negative ways. And it will have disastrous effects, starting with your own spirituality, but certainly not ending there. About The Author


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still remember the first time I dribbled a basketball. That event marked the beginning of my quest to prove that anything boys could do, I could do better— or at least as well. As a young girl, I prided myself on the fact that I carried as many scrapes and scars from bicycle and skateboard crashes as most of the boys in my neighborhood. But eventually, time would demonstrate that I didn’t always have the strength, stamina, or skill to be the invincible woman I dreamed of becoming. I believe my quest for action and adventure is inherent in my God-given makeup. It’s the way I’m wired. However, I have also come to realize that this part of my personality can easily take on a destructive need to prove that I am strong enough and tough enough to take on life’s challenges without anyone else’s help. Many times, this mentality has caused me to crash and burn. As a follower of Christ, I have come to understand my need to rely on a loving heavenly Father, as well as my need to rely on those He places in my life for guidance and encouragement. Walking in my own strength alone is a setup for inevitable failure and frustration. You may not have been a tomboy like I was, but there are probably times you’ve felt the need to prove your strength and abilities, to buckle down and demonstrate that you have what it takes for the task ahead. And perhaps you have also experienced those moments when your own strength and abilities failed you. So what are we to do in those cases? Do we concede defeat? Do we admit our weaknesses and stop there? Certainly not. Throughout the Bible, there are countless scriptures commanding followers of Christ to be strong. For instance, Ephesians 6:10 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” But His kind of strength is not one we accomplish on our own.

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I have always found it interesting that God’s word doesn’t tell us to pray for strength; rather, it commands us to be strong. Why? For one, God never demands anything He hasn’t already provided. He tells us to be strong because He has placed His strength in us. Or, as the above scripture states, He has placed “His mighty power” within us. This is great news, especially on those days when I am feeling especially weak and vulnerable. Yes, I will continue to strengthen myself with exercise and I will continue to develop in knowledge

and skill. But this kind of strengthening and training is secondary to my relationship with God. When I am weak and vulnerable, I can trust Him to be a good Father. And that’s when I know it’s okay that my earthly strength is fleeting. 1 Timothy 4:8 sums it up like this: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” About The Author


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Amy Mercer is the author of Losing My Religion, a powerful testimony of God’s amazing grace. She and her husband, Lee, are co-founders of OneStrum Media, a ministry dedicated to raising up worshipers, musicians, and intercessors. She and Lee have two sons—Luke and Joseph.


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(423) 472-7606 East Cleveland Baptist Church 1145 Arnold St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-8728 Echos of Mercy Baptist Church 535 Durkee Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 715-9739 Elkmont Baptist Church 4030 Old Freewill Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 479-4600 Emmanuel Baptist Church 1227 Powerline Dr NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 Farmland Community Church 1675 Greendale Dr. SE Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 473-9891 First Baptist Church 1275 Stuart Road Cleveland, Tennessee 37312 (423)709-9100 Galilee Baptist Church 665 Old Chattanooga Pike SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 496-2019 Henegar Baptist Church 7423 Mouse Creek Rd. Cleveland, TN 37312 Hopewell Baptist Church 188 Old Georgetown Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 479-3763 The Journey Church 1668 S Lee Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 728-4100 Lebanon Baptist Church 1411 Old Parksville Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-6700 Macedonia Baptist Church 3119 Spring Place Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-1713 Maple Street Baptist Church 1700 Maple St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 478-3622 Maranatha Baptist Church 453 Blue Springs Ln SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 614-8991 Michigan Avenue Baptist Church 2741 Benton Pike NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-8891 Mt Carmel Baptist Church 7619 Blue Springs Rd, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-1620 New Friendship Baptist Church 1344 Chatata Valley Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 476-6007 North Cleveland Baptist Church 2815 Ocoee St N, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-8524 Oak Grove Baptist Church 4452 Bates Pike SE,

Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-9125 Old Pathway Baptist Church 224 Rymer Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 Parkway Baptist Church 185 Meadow Ln SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 339-5522 Philadelphia Baptist Church 910 30th St SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 Philippi Baptist Church 2325 Old Harrison Pike NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-5385 Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church 799 Inman Street East Cleveland, Tennessee 37311 (423) 476-4081 Public Church 850 17th St. NW Cleveland, TN 37311 423-458-4405 Ridgeview Baptist Church 1501 S Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-5119 Samples Memorial Baptist Church 371 Samples Chapel Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 476-2329 Shenandoah Baptist Church 138 Osment Rd Se, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 339-0103 Shiloh Baptist Church 3406 Blair Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 479-5755 Stuart Park Baptist Church 850 17th St NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-6741 Tasso Baptist Church 164 Old Charleston Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 559-2114 Temple Baptist Church 3070 Harrison Pike, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-6813 Thompson Spring Baptist Church 5660 Bates Pike SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 790-1823 Union Baptist Church 797 Hughes Lake Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 559-1720 Valley View Baptist Church 4657 Spring Place Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-7707 Washington Avenue Baptist Church 1720 Perry St SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-0489 Waterville Baptist Church 4555 Dalton Pike SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-5582

West Cleveland Baptist Church 1959 Westland Dr SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-8927 Westwood Baptist Church 4001 Georgetown Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-1534 White Oak Baptist Church 2043 White Oak Valley Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 559-2359


St Therese Catholic Church 900 Clingan Ridge Dr NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-8123


Cleveland Christian Fellowship 695 S Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-2642

Church of God

Agape Place Church of God 2611 Blue Springs Road SE Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-8691 Cornerstone Church of God 2823 Lee Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 478-0006 Church of God Sanctified, Inc. 746 First Street N.E. Cleveland, TN. 37311 (423)479-3895 East Cleveland Church of God 900 15th St NE Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-3389 Fellowship of Praise Church of God 931 Inman Street East Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-3121 Grace Community Church of God 4745 Mouse Creek Road NW, Cleveland, TN 37312. (423) 614-0708 Heritage Fellowship Church of God 4635 S Lee Hwy McDonald, TN 37353 (423) 476-6316 International Worship Center Centro Internacional de Adoraciรณn 533 Central Ave. NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-1977 Kinser Church of God 141 Kinser Road Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 476-7400 Lakeview Church of God 105 Pound Street S.E. Cleveland, TN 37323 (423)-790-5805 North Cleveland Church of God 335 11th St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5513 Michigan Avenue Church of God 515 Minnis Road N.E

(423) 584-3663 Mt Olive Church of God 3522 Harrison Pike, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-3381 Mt View Church of God 210 Roadway Dr SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (706) 455-3528 South Cleveland Church of God 1846 Volunteer Dr SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-6382 Westmore Church of God 2412 Wolfe Dr NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 559-9646

Church of God of Prophecy Cleveland Spanish COGOP 2610 Grove Ave. Cleveland, TN 37312 (423)473-7199 Durkee Road COGOP 201Durkee Rd. Cleveland, TN37312 (423) 472-4384 Keith Street Ministries COGOP 4000 Keith ST. NW Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-2448 Peerless Road COGOP 3301 Peerless Rd. NW Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 303-2680 Spring Place COGOP 2530 Spring Place Rd. Cleveland, TN37311 (423)476-6414 Union Grove COGOP 533 Union Grove Rd Charleston, TN 37310 (423) 479-5357 Wildwood COGOP 140 Wildwood Ave Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-6584

The Church of God

The Church of God Jerusalem Acres 1826 Dalton Pike SE Cleveland, TN. 37311 (423) 472-1597

Disciples of Christ

First Christian Church 3925 N. Ocoee Street Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-6682


Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church 320 Broad St NW, Cleveland, TN 37311


First Lutheran Church 195 McIntire Ave NE, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-6811

Latter-day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 4200 Pryor Rd N.E.

Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 503-6394

Methodist Big Spring United Methodist 1196 Hardwick St SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5242 Black Fox United Methodist 1820 Old Chattanooga Pike SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 339-1908 Broad Street United Methodist 155 Central Ave NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5586 First United Methodist Church 3425 Ocoee St N, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-4504 S. Cleveland United Methodist 1165 Church St SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 507-5760 Tasso United Methodist 1106 Tasso Ln NE, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 479-4457 Trinity United Methodist Church 731 1st St SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 614-7900 Valley Head Methodist Church 920 Mouse Creek Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-0575 Wesley Memorial Methodist 3405 Peerless Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-9578


Faith Memorial Church 910 17th St NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-6281 First United Pentecostal Church 4095 Peerless Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-9436 Full Gospel House of Prayer 1500 Wildwood Ave. Cleveland, TN Set Free Christian Fellowship 1175 King Edwards Ave. Cleveland, TN

Nazarene Cleveland First Church Of The Nazarene 2712 Henderson Ave. Cleveland, TN 37312-5225 423-472-7371 New Hope Church of the Nazarene 2018 Washington Ave Cleveland, TN 37364 (423) 479-7343


Christian Fellowship Ctr 895 6th St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-9591 Church Alive Ministries 6315 Mouse Creek Road NW,

Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-8133 Cleveland Community Chapel 1823 Forest Ridge Dr. Cleveland, TN 37311 Cleveland Cornerstone Church 533 Broad St NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-1775 Cornerstone Family Church 4997 N. Lee Highway Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 380-9160 Community Hall Church 1305 6th Street Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472 2178 Dwelling Place Church 523 Urbane Rd. NE Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 790-5200 Evening Light Gospel 200 20th St SE Cleveland, TN 37311 Freedom Fellowship Church 3555 Blue Springs Rd, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 478-0654 God’s Family Fellowship 197 Neely Circle NE Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 790-7533 Graceway Chapel 221 14th St NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 728-2226 International House of Fire 1701 South Lee Hwy Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 790-0772 Living Word Church 930 25th Street, NW Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 339-3028 or The Net Church Bradley Square 12 200 Paul Huff Pkwy Cleveland, TN 37312 New Life Bible Church 155 S Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-3882 Restoration Fellowship 211 Trewhitt Dr SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-4249 The Simple Gospel 850 Elrod St SE Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 650-9572 Shema Israel Ministry 850 Elrod St SE Cleveland, TN 37311 423-994-8553 Tasso Christian Church 1135 Tasso Lane, Cleveland, Tn. 37312 (423) 479-2705 The Sanctuary 1203 Smith Dr. Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 478-2843 United Christian Church 2200 Peerless Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-4277

Unity Christian Ministries 2419 Georgetown RD NW 37312 423-473-9338 Walker Valley Community 787 Lauderdale Memorial Hwy Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 336-9696


Charleston Cumberland Presbyterian Church 8267 N Lee Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 336-5004 First Cumberland Presbyterian 161 2nd St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-6751 First Presbyterian Church 433 N Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5584 Flint Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church 515 Flint Springs Rd Cleveland TN. 37323 (423) 284-6397 Prospect United Cumberland Presbyterian Church 310 New Murraytown Rd., NW Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-6181 St James Cumberland Presbyterian 151 Short St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-5762 Trinity Presbyterian PCA 1780 Stuart Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 559-9595

Seventh Day Adventist Ladd Springs Seventh-Day 5860 Bates Pike SE Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 476-1889 Bowman Hills Adventist 300 Westview Dr NE Cleveland, TN 37312 East Cleveland Seventh-Day 801 Howard Circle SE Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-9299

Zion Assembly

Zion Assembly Church of God 5512 Waterlevel Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 476-3337


Athens Church Directory

Assembly of God

Abundant Blessing 2613 Cardinal St Athens, TN 37303 423-435-5867


Antioch Baptist Church 218 Canal St. Athens, TN 37303 423-745-3332 Central Baptist 13 Nash Dr. Athens, TN 37303 423-745-0400 Clearwater Baptist 964 County Rd. Athens, TN 37303 423-744-7147 Clear Springs Baptist Church 653 County Road 100 Athens, TN 37303 423-745-3128 Covenant Baptist 241 County Rd Athens, TN 37303 423-263-1569 East Athens Baptist 301 Central Ave Athens, TN 37303 423-745-1394 Fairview Baptist 251 County Rd. 128 Athens, TN 37303 423-649-0346 First Baptist 305 Ingleside Athens, TN 37303 423-745-5441 First Bible Baptist 1819 Old Niota Athens, TN 37303 423-745-0765 Freedom Baptist 2207 Velma Rd Athens, TN 37303 423-746-0193 Mount Pleasant Baptist 414 Chester St. Athens, TN 37303 423-745-6510 Idelwild Baptist 118 county rd Athens, TN 37303 423-746-0002 Lakeview Baptist 182 County rd. 126 Athens, TN 37303 423-745-0451 Mount Pleasant Baptist 414 Chester St. Athens, TN 37303 423-745-6510 Mount Verd Baptist 251 County Rd 249 Athens, TN 37303 423-507-1286 New Hopewell Baptist 197 County Rd

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Athens, TN 37303 423-744-0940 New Zion Baptist 393 County Rd 616 Athens, TN 37303 423-263-9841 North Athens Baptist 402 Tellico Ave Athens, TN 37303 423-745-3813 Oak Grove Baptist 1212 County Rd. 100 Athens, TN 37303 423-744-9986 Parkway Baptist 1701 Velma Rd Athens, TN 37303 423-745-9709 Rocky Mount Baptist 1002 Rocky Mount Rd Athens, TN 37303 423-745-8758 Rogers Creek Baptist 510 County Rd 180 Athens, TN 37303 423-744-0295 Short Creek Baptist 892 County Rd. 50 Athens, TN 37303 423-336-5089 South Liberty Baptist 505 County Rd 655 Athens, TN 37303 423-745-5124 Union Hill Baptist 258 County Rd Athens, TN 37303 423-745-1241 Unity Baptist 162 County Rd 750 Athens, TN 37303 423-744-0420 Valley View Baptist 323 County Rd 370 Athens, TN 37303 423-745-5159 West End Baptist 803 Clark St. Athens, TN 37303 423-744-8274 West View Baptist 2707 Highway 39 Athens, TN 37303 423-745-2193


St. Mary Catholic Church 1291 E. Madison Ave. Athens, TN 37303 423-745-4277


Athens Christian Church 802 S Matlock Ave Athens, TN 37303 423-745-5791

Church of God

Aoh Church Of God 501 Ohio St

Athens, TN 37303 423-745-1279 First Church of God 200 Fisher St. Athens, TN 37303 423-887-5855 Woodward Church of God 507 Woodward Ave Athens, TN 37303 423-745-1618


Christ Community Church 14 Congress PKWY S. Athens, TN 37303 423-745-8185

Latter-day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) 508 Cedar Springs Rd Athens, TN 373 423-745-0102


Athens Church of the Nazarene 1908 W. Madison Ave. Athens, TN 37303 423-744-3017


St Paul Episcopal Church 123 S. Jackson ST. Athens, TN 37303 423-745-2224


Athens Lutheran Church 710 Forrest Ave. Athens, TN 37303 423-745-9419


Allen Memorial UMC 800 Decatur Pike Athens, TN 37303 423-745-1560 Keith Memorial UMC 600 W Madison Ave. Athens, TN 37371 423-745-2612 Piney Grove UMC 767 County Rd. 750 423-462-2130 Athens, TN 37303 Riceville 2519 Cindy St Athens, TN 37303 423-462-2130 St. Mark Ame Zion Methodist 707 N. Jackson St Athens, TN 37303 Tranquility UMC 135 County Rd. 177 Athens, TN 37303 423-334-3062 Trinity UMC 100 E. College St Athens, TN 37303 423-745-0452 Vine Grove UMC 517 County Rd. 778 Athens, TN 37303


Non- Denominational

Ascension Life 935 Rocky Mount Rd Athens, TN 37303 423-829-5102 Christian Freedom Worship Center 109 Cherry St Athens, TN 37303 423-745-8999 Calvary Tabernacle of God 2820 Hwy 11 Athens, TN 37303 423-744-7159 Christian Community Church 190 Congress Parkway Athens, TN 37303 423-453-7111 Great Deliverance Ministries 2329 Clearwater Rd Athens, TN 37303 423-745-7575 Liberty Church 3328 Hwy 11 Athens, TN 37303 423-745-9248 Overcoming Faith Christian 14 Carter Rd Athens, TN 37303 423-745-3105 Restoration Church 3115 Hwy 39 Athens, TN 37303 423-745-7777 Sanctury 9 S. Kilgore St. Athens, TN 37303 423-745-8900


Crosslife Ministries 817 S. White St Athens, TN 37313 423-368-7197 Miracle Deliverance Tabernacle 245 County Rd 677, Riceville, TN 37370 423-745-3787


First United Presbyterian Church 321 N. Jackson St Athens, TN 37303 423-744-9073 Freedman Chapel C.P.C.A. 415 Cleveland Ave. Athens, TN 37303 423-252-0159 Mars Hill Presbyterian 205 N. Jackson St Athens, TN 37303 423-745-1403

Seveth-Day Adventist

Seveth-Day Adventist 230 New Englewood Rd Athens, TN 37303 423-745-2335

Church Activities & Events Philadelphia Missonary Baptist Church

North Cleveland Church of God

Easter Play: The Choice Is Yours

Elevation Community Night High School Students

Saturday, March 3rd at 6PM 30th Street Cleveland, TN 37323

March 25th 5:00PM Call for more info (423) 476-5513

South Cleveland Church of God

Ridgeview Baptist Church

Saturday, March 3rd 9AM - 3PM

Wednesdays at 9:30AM 1501 Westland Drive Cleveland, TN 37311

Day of Destiny Conference

Mens Prayer Meeting

Dwelling Place Church International

West Cleveland Baptist Church

523 Urbane Rd NE Cleveland, TN 37312

1959 Westland Drive SW Cleveland , TN 37311

Omega Center International

First Lutheran Church

Fri, March 16th 7PM - Sun, March 18th 10AM 410 Urbane Rd NE Cleveland, TN 37312 Call for more info. (423) 790-1717

Sunday, March 25th 8:15AM and 10:45AM 195 McIntire Avenue NE Cleveland, TN 37312

Peerless Road Church

Easter Sunrise Service 7:20AM Easter Cantata Service 10:45AM

Tuesday Night Corporate Prayer at 6:33PM

Warrior Fest

Easter Morning Service

Sunday, April 1st 10:45 AM 3301 Peerless Rd NW Cleveland, TN 37312

First Baptist Church Parents Night Out

1275 Stuart Rd. NE Cleveland, TN 37312 Call for info. (423) 790-9100

Living Word Church Coffee Connect

Sunday, March 4th 9:45AM 930 25th Street Cleveland, TN 37311

Wednesday Youth Service 6PM

Palm Sunday Service

First Christian Church Sunday April 1

Cleveland Christian Fellowship Living Faith Crusade with Kenneth and Lynette Hagin

Wednesday, March 7th at 7pm Thursday, March 8th 10:30am and 7:30pm Friday, March 9th 10:30am and 7:00pm 695 South Ocoee Street, Cleveland TN 37311 (423) 476-2642 |

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Gò0dNews for Parents

Parenting Hack by Rachel Lowe

ife hacks are really popular right now. You can find articles, listicles, and videos on hacks to save money or to become more efficient. These “hacks” (short for “hackings”) are supposed to make life easier. But there are also some parenting strategies, my hacks, that have helped me through the years so I don’t feel so much like a hack at parenting. My sweet friend just delivered baby number three. He was an unexpected blessing for their family and with all of his perfect fingers and toes, it was still an adjustment. He was the first boy. His sisters were older. My friend asked me with a curious concern in her voice, “How do you do it? You’ve got four kids and I am having a hard time managing three.” I had been asked this same curious question on many occasions and often pondered upon how I was able to manage four kids with a full time job, a husband who runs multiple businesses, all the while being involved in local community programs all year long. These thoughts led me to deeper thoughts of whether I was actually managing my four kids well enough. Outside appearances showed that my kids were happy, but I had my doubts. My friend’s question that day gave way to a beautiful revelation. I honestly answered her with the simplest words I could find. “I celebrate the wins.” These words gave way to a beautiful explanation of how this mom survives every single day. God’s word tells us to think on “…whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Phil. 4:8).

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There are many things in parenting that are not lovely. My kids and I make mistakes and our actions are not always virtuous. Our attitudes are not always praiseworthy and our thoughts are not always pure. Do we meditate on these things? Do we dwell on our mistakes and wallow in our own unrighteousness? Absolutely not. In our house, we celebrate the wins. As our youngest is being potty trained and, for once, chooses to tell me she has to go to the potty—WIN! As our teenage son speaks kindly to his (annoying) little brother – WIN! I spy my daughter hugging on her sister to comfort her after she falls—WIN! The dirty clothes finally made their way to the hamper without me having to remind my child 1,000 times—WIN! To be honest, I would have to give some credit for this winning mentality to my training in counseling. Research is abundant on the topic of positive thoughts producing positive actions. Have you ever heard the saying, “Change your thoughts, and you can change your world” (Norman Vincent Peale)? I often use this strategy in counseling adolescents. Perception is everything and if you can change your perception of things from negative thoughts to positive ones, you have won the battle. Dear friend, look around you and find what is noble, just, pure, and lovely. Set your thoughts on these things. This life is not meant to simply be endured. Find God’s blessings in your daily wins and trust that God can redeem and refine the difficult areas of our lives.

About The Author


Find the Wins

Rachel Lowe is a school counselor, coach and mother. She and her husband Adam raise their four children—Blaine, Avri, Maddox, and Quinn—in Cleveland, TN.

Gò0dNews for Life

Seasons of Life

e are only a few weeks from spring and I enjoy a little of what each season brings. Fall is my favorite season because of the beautiful leaves that fall through the air to cover the yard and also the crisp air. The evenings around the fire roasting marshmallows are memories that forever play out in my mind. Although winter is my least favorite, there is always some excitement when the meteorologist begins to predict snow. We head to the grocery store to stock up on all our favorite snacks. We make sure the snow tubes are ready and then it begins, the wait. The kids looking out the windows, and praying it really comes. The coldness it brings is no enjoyment for me. So when spring comes, and the flowers begin to come up I am all ready to enjoy those amazing spring days. We spend lots of time outside, riding bikes, taking walks, playing games, and fishing. Then, there is summer. Summer is filled with swimming, ice cream, and catching lighting bugs. The seasons all bring a little something to enjoy. Life is the same way. We have different seasons in our lives and although we may not enjoy all that each season brings, if we look close enough we can find something valuable. I have lived in many different seasons of life. Some seasons have been full of laughter and joy. Other seasons have brought pain. For example, in life I have experienced many trials, which include two miscarriages. During that time, it brought grief. I also have felt grief in a very deep way, after losing my dad unexpectedly many years ago. Then there has been divorce,

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heartache, and sickness. I actually experienced loss of my body, after having a double mastectomy due to breast cancer. Loss happens, and in each loss, I experienced grief in some way. I am happy to say there have been lots of happy seasons, such as marriage to my husband Jacen and the birthing of each of my two amazing sons. These are seasons of joy and experiencing life to the fullest. God has been so very good to me and my family. In each of the seasons of life that have been hard and made us weary and tired, I can still glean something from each experience. God has taken everything and brought purpose. No matter how difficult each season has been, and I have lost something of me in those seasons, God replaced those places with something of greater value. John 16:33 says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart. I have overcome the world.” Jesus has overcome the world. Yes, in life we will still experience trials, but in each of those seasons God will instill in you something of greater value, and your future in life can be bigger, better, and brighter. Don’t get stuck in those hard places. Put on your grownup pants and fight through it with faith. Open your heart and receive the more valuable things. He has given me love, hope, joy, peace, and so much more. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the thought and plans I have for you’, says the Lord, ‘thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.’” See? God has plans for your welfare, so the enemy attacks you with warfare. I encourage you to read Ephesians 6:10-18 and put on the armor of God. If you have ask Jesus into your heart, then in this Life you have enlisted in the army of God, and that means you are a warrior. You must put on your armor to not only endure the fight, but to win. We fight to win. And the Bible says we win. When life throws you a curve ball, pick it up and throw it into the enemy’s face by taking what you have been through and allowing God to use it for his glory. I encourage you today, to get up! Find yourself, the real you, the victorious you. God has seasons of miracles to bring you for this year. Don’t miss them!

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Melissa Phillips is a resident of Cleveland Tn. Her heart desire is to see others transformed by the power of God.

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Gò0dNews for Health & Fitness

Self-Care is Sanity by Patty Lauren Seger

s a fitness professional, most of my days are filled with a myriad of clients wanting to improve their lives. Improvement can take on many forms depending on the individual, but one thing is largely the same—the concentration is on the physical improvement. As a personal trainer, I would not expect a new client to come to me with goals focused only on their mental health. Are we missing a key component in our health success by not focusing more of our intention on our mental well being? Over the last couple of years, the term “self-care” has become increasingly prevalent. Often, we see selfcare equated with luxurious parts of our day—long bubble baths, hair and nail treatments, massages, etc. However, self-care is more than just taking time to pamper ourselves. If we fail to understand the importance behind self-care and what it is truly about, we may disregard it as optional instead of necessary. In a recent yoga class I attended, the instructor said, “Selfcare is not selfish, it is sanity.” Like the varying goals each of my personal training clients have, self-care is just as unique! We structure our days to maximize our time, fill our availabilities with appointments, and push ourselves to our limits. We often ignore the warning signs our bodies give us to slow down and this can result in fatigue, stress, and illness. Instead of looking at self-care as frivolous, try looking at it as a small part of every day to stay grounded and refreshed which enables us to live our daily lives with a renewed sense of capability and purpose. Think of it the same way as rest days for your body—your mental and emotional being needs rest periods and moments of detox. Think about how self-care relates to your individual life and needs. For some of us, that means the massage

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or bubble bath and for others, it means an hour of quiet, devotional time or an intense fitness class a few times a week. When you begin to personalize the benefits of self-care, you will begin to see the invaluable effects it has on our daily lives. Start this very moment by taking a deep inhale—as deep as you can. Hold it for 3 seconds. Keep holding! Now, release all of the air from your lungs—squeeze it all out! Try that exercise 3 more times. Do you feel a little more relaxed? A little more focused? If you said yes, congratulations—you have just practiced a moment of self-care. Taking care of yourself doesn’t need to take hours or a whole day— it can be a few moments or an hour every morning or evening before bed. My greatest wish for those of you reading this is that your whole being is enriched with the benefits of a healthy lifestyle—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually! When we start treating our body as the whole temple God has given us is when we can truly reap the benefits of the simple things life has to offer us.

About The Author


“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” — 1 Corinthians 6:19

Patty Lauren Seger is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer and a graduate of Lee University. After going through a weight loss and and lifestyle transformation, she began her journey to become a personal trainer herself. She is the owner of FitStyle in Knoxville. You can visit her website or find her on Instagram @fitstyleknox for more tips!

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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

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lement is a designer boutique located in historic downtown Cleveland. Featuring a variety of unique statement pieces and a carefully curated selection of premium brands, Element delivers a beyond-ordinary shopping experience in every way, right in our very own local neighborhood. Jodi, owner of Element, and her husband Steven, have been residents of Cleveland since 2003. With a background in fashion marketing and merchandising, Jodi had a long-sought dream of creating a special place to shop where she could realize her training and passion for great style. After all, how we dress is a way to make a statement without saying a word. Noticing a need for an in-town location where residents don’t have to travel to other cities to acquire well-made, chic designs, she and her husband saw an opportunity to invest in the community and make that dream into a reality. In November of 2016, Jodi and Steven saw a ‘for rent’ sign downtown in a historic building and seized the opportunity,

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investing over 5 months of renovation work into their location, a true labor of love celebrating their appreciation for the heritage, history and aesthetic of downtown Cleveland. May 11, 2017 marked their grand opening, and they have been blessed with steadily growing visibility and local customers who enjoy supporting a locally-owned business. Element offers an extensive and eclectic collection of clothing and accessories, featuring over 20 brands including lines we know and love like Free People, Articles of Society, French Connection, BCBGeneration and HOBO, as well as introducing new-to-you brands like Kerisma, J.O.A., Moon River, ADA belts, and Molly Bracken. Styles offer a variety of looks, from boho chic to retro-inspired to cool to classic to fashion-forward. Many designs go perfectly from the office to an evening out. Element also features local artisan gifts like The Rustic House, a soy-based candle line out of Chattanooga, as well as hand-crafted jewelry lines like Caroline Banks (Chattanooga), Lorraine Frances (Nashville), and Jill Massey (Atlanta), that add a special touch to any outfit.

Element’s style offerings have got you covered from casual to special occasion, with a variety of sizes available including curvy, as well as a wide range of price points to choose from. Brands like FashionABLE are also fair-trade and responsibly made; designs from brands like Promesa and Stateside are made in the USA. Jodi’s selections for Element provide a ‘whole package’ approach, as all styles compliment each other wonderfully; you can build one great and distinctive outfit, add a great collection of unique treasures to enhance your own wardrobe, you can even build an entire wardrobe from the ground up at Element. Many customers are also thrilled with the inter-generational appeal in styles. There truly is something special for everyone at Element.

The location and atmosphere of Element are also special and unique. Walking through the front door, you’re greeted with the ambience of exposed brick walls in the 100+ year old building that Jodi and Steven worked to uncover during the renovation process. Hardware and shelving offer an industrial vibe, with farmhouse-style doors that accent the fitting rooms, finished with the treasure of dark-stained, original hardwood flooring. A contemporary blend of music plays, while select artwork and decor celebrate natural textures, with a focal point of an Alphonso Mucha print. A handmade counter from repurposed wooden treasures brings the store’s look together. Another way Element goes beyond the ordinary is the level of service you receive as their customer. Jodi takes great interest in listening to her clients, developing a relationship, understanding their wants and needs, and responding with an ever-evolving selection that gets better all the time. Her staff is always happy to see you, offering a perfect balance of assistance and advice as you enjoy perusing the aisles. Element also features mobile-style shopping with active accounts on Facebook and Instagram, listing new arrivals, special events and sales, responding to online interest, going above the mark to make special orders for requested sizes, even offering shipping opportunities for guests from out of town. Gift certificates are

always available in a variety of amounts. Element also offers personal wish lists for clients whose loved ones and friends enjoy purchasing for surprises and special occasions including holidays, graduations, birthdays and anniversaries. Element also offers private shopping events for customers who’d like to enjoy a special experience with their friends and loved ones. As historic downtown Cleveland continues to revitalize, Element is grateful for your support as we boost our town’s economy through supporting small, locally-owned businesses. Element is excited to grow with our community as they soon celebrate their one year anniversary, and strive to continue offering an amazing product, as well as achieving upcoming goals including an introductory selection of footwear (now available), eventual expansion of business hours and more. For downtown shopping and service at its finest, a short drive will have you arriving in style in your Element. Element is located at 60 N Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN, 37311. Business hours are Tuesday through Friday 12pm-6pm, and Saturday 11am-4pm. Private shopping appointments available upon request. You can reach Element at (423) 503-6107, or contact via email at For up-to-date news on special events, new arrivals and sales, be sure to like and follow along on Facebook and Instagram @shopinmyelement. // 29

Gò0dNews for Everyone

by Stephanie Daniels

here are times in life when challenges make us second guess moving forward. Sometimes it’s seems easier to do an about face and run from problems. Problems at work, issues within the family, finances, or health can all bring our walk of faith to a screeching halt. God never intended for us to quit. He created us to be overcomers and more than conquerors through the blood of Jesus. Knowing who we are and whose we are enables us to brush ourselves off and continue our faith walk. The fight is fixed, the prize is guaranteed. “The race is not given to the swift nor the strong but he who endures until the end” (Ecclesiastes 9:11). God does not require us to run a fast race knocking others down to get ahead, but instead He is looking for people who will endure hardness as good soldiers. Even Jesus endured the cross. What would life be like if Jesus had given up mid cross, jumped down, and said, “This is too much”? He endured the cross despite the shame.

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God’s word tells us we reap not if we faith not. With God’s supernatural ability flowing in our lives, we are able to push past obstacles in life. One way this is achieved is by planting good seeds in everyday life. There is a seed time and a harvest time. Plant good seeds while there is still time so that you can reap a bountiful harvest. Walk worthy of the calling on your life; walk by faith and not by sight. Don’t let the obstacles that Satan or circumstances put before you cause you to give up; instead, trust the creator of heaven and earth. God has given us His precious Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all truth. “God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.” The best is ahead of you. You can only obtain the best when you determine within yourself to press on. About The Author


Press On

Author Stephanie Daniels combines the power of God’s word with journaling to form a tool of encouragement. Her latest book, Restoring Hearts: Journal Through Your Process, shares personal testimonies of God’s healing and delivering power while instructing the reader on how to unlock their creativity through journaling.

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William moved to Cleveland, TN from Southwest Florida where he started in Real Estate as an Agent in 1981 and has been full time ever since. William and his wife Samantha, along with their children, first moved to Cleveland TN in 2006 and William joined KW CLEVELAND Keller Williams, Cleveland TN’s Number 1 Real Estate Company January 1, 2017 . They are blessed parents of 9 children and grandparents of 6. William is highly motivated to list and sell Real Estate and to serve his Clients for the obvious reasons. Real estate is literally William’s life! It’s all he’s ever done since 1981, over 36 years ago. As an Affiliate Broker and Listing Agent, William prospects daily for Buyers and Sellers. He also maintains ongoing contact with his clients to ensure that they remain in a strong market position and move toward achieving their real estate goals. When William isn’t out selling a house, you can find him with his Family or at OCI, Omega Center International. Cell 423.813.9800; Office 423.303.1200.

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As one of the leading providers of Mortgage Services in Bradley County, Southern Heritage Bank has developed a reputation for taking great care of customers. Rita Haynie is no exception and as part of the Home Loan Dream team with her 28 years experience, she can help you determine the best type of loan to fit your objectives and budget. Our local underwriting and processing sets us apart and you can benefit from a smooth and efficient process as well as fast approvals and closings. Enjoy Unbelievably Good service with the Southern Heritage Home Loan experts. NMLS #659301; Cell 423.505.2707; Office 423.303.1730.

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Dan Lindeman is the owner and manager of Tri-State Property Inspections, a company he started in 2004. Now in their 13th year, Tri-State Property Inspections employs two inspectors, a marketing person, and an office manager. All of Tri-State’s inspectors are licensed by the state of Tennessee and certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). Tri-State Property Inspections provides home inspections, commercial inspections, mold inspections, radon testing, well water testing and septic evaluations. All of these services are backed by a 200% satisfaction guarantee. Office 423.559.9495

Travis Henry - Real Estate Attorney Title and Closing

A graduate of Auburn University and the University of Memphis School of Law, Travis D. Henry concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, secured lending and litigation. He represents numerous investors, developers, lenders and participants in real estate, secured lending and other business transactions. Travis handles various types of litigation including boundary line disputes, corporate dissolutions, estates, creditor collections, subdivision restriction enforcement and actions to quiet title. In addition. Travis is a licensed title insurance agent with Old Republic Title Insurance Company. Office 423.339.0529

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Gò0dNews for Couples

by Evelyn Bathe

xpectations, we all have them when we enter marriage. Even the vows you spoke to each other on that glorious day speak of the expectations each of you has of the other: “ have and to hold, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish....” What were your expectations when you married? Was it financial security, companionship, love, raising a family, someone who understood you? In the Broadway play, My Fair Lady, Eliza Doolittle’s expectations were minimal, yet important to her: “All I want is a room somewhere, far away from the cold night’s air, with one enormous chair... Someone’s head resting on my knee, warm and tender as he can be, who takes good care of me, O wouldn’t it be loverly?” Expectations are personal beliefs that are developed in a person’s mind, based on what he feels should take place in a relationship. They can be fueled by defective concepts formed due to past experience, observing others, or cultural thought. They can be reasonable or unreasonable, flawed or sound, biased or impartial. They are the culprits that steal marital joy and contentment.

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So what happens when expectations in the marital relationship aren’t met? What happens when those Hallmark movies aren’t reflected in our own lives? What happens when the winds of trouble, heartache, and disappointment begin to howl, and those unrealistic expectations you had suddenly begin to reveal how terribly inadequate that mate you have chosen is to fulfill them? That’s when discontentment can begin to point fingers, and blame is given rather than forgiveness. When unforgiveness combusts, the fires of bitterness soon flare up, threatening to destroy the relationship. Smoldering embers of bitterness and cynicism become the norm, destroying a loving relationship which could otherwise nurture each other, bring honor and glory to God, and give hope and life to others. Instead, it is a union which gives no pleasure or joy or benefit to each other or to others around them, but rather, causes others to stumble. When we foster and promote bitterness in our lives, we affect so many more people than just ourselves and are more likely to hurt others. Bitterness is not a private thing. It will always affect everything and everyone in its wake, causing collateral damage in the process. Believing that your happiness, fulfillment, and contentment hinge on your partner will only bring disappointment and disillusionment. A mere human can never meet another human’s needs because God designed us so that we would look to Him for our every need! Don’t look to your spouse as the one who can meet all your needs. That position belongs only to Jesus! Psalm 62:5 says, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” William Paul Young said, “When you learn to live without expectations, there are always surprises right around the corner.” Colossians 3:12-17 gives some wonderful substitutions for expectations: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. With these virtues, it will be much easier to bear with one another and forgive one another. Love is the binding force that meshes it all together. The outcome will be that God’s peace will rule and be reflected in your decisions and actions. And what wonderful surprises you will receive as you and your spouse allow God to meet your great expectations!

About The Author


Great Expectations

Evelyn Bathe is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She has been a speaker at youth, women, and marriage conferences and served in various Christian ministries. Evelyn and her husband, Joseph, retired from pastoring and presently serve the Peerless Road Church in Cleveland in small group ministry.

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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. You’ll have problems in when he orthat she takes thewe last is when you stop adults benefit ecently, I read “Retirement retirement money to start their own business, and from think about the seniors Never foralso a moment couples that loved for life. marriage, but who doesn’t? You just have to talk it exam, walksand around saying the positive mindset, serve daily, and the and fact a spectator discern living at work start working at Lyle living. finally work for themselves. Betty Mitchell areLiving a local Cleveland out,” Mitch replied.could goodbye to one’s teachers, vibrant attitudes, couple that met intothe firsthours grade at When I asked if they ever fought, that many must feel the that this beautiful without an alarm clock, living spend The health care arena has benefitted from older Arnold theyseventy-eight-year-old looked puzzled. and then finally Memorial finished. School. 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

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Gò0dNews for Singles

God Is Doing a New Thing!


by Terri Cox

hen I first got saved in the 80’s, Christian

What is coming your way in this new season?

artist dc Talk had a popular song called

Can you close your eyes and see it with your spirit

“Nu Thang” and in that song there was a

eyes? Oh, if we could only “see” what God has

part that said, “You know He’s doing it, God is doing

planned for us and just simply go for it without fear!

a new thang!” How true that is in this New Year, and

Can I challenge the single adults in this new season?

also as spring is just around the corner let me ask

God wants you to dream big, and then to close your

you, “What new thing is God doing in you?” Are you

eyes and “see” your prayers and dreams answered

still in the same place you were when 2017 ended, or

and fulfilled! Just as the blade of grass pushes its way

are you searching out the heart of God for the “new

through the crack of cement to get some sunlight,

things” that He has planned for 2018?

let’s push our way through the muck and mire of

Isaiah 46:19 in the Message version says, “Forget

“winter,” and spring forth into this new season with

about what’s happened; don’t keep going over

full faith in knowing that God has something new

old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do

and fresh ready for us to tap into! “Can you have

something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you

faith to believe for it, and see it?”

see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.” In 1 Kings 18 we read where Elijah sent his servant out and the last time he size of a man’s hand, but it took him more than one time to “see” what was coming.

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came back with the report of how he saw a cloud the

Terri Cox is a resident of Cleveland, Tennessee who is a Licensed Practical Nurse, Chaplain, Author, Motivational Speaker, and soon to be Life Coach. Her passion is for all to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and also to help bring health, healing, and wholeness to all who desire to live their life to the fullest, just as God intends for us to!

Gò0dNews for Women’s Health

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.

Gò0dNews for Everyone

The Dirty Word by Dr. Adam Lowe

How the Stigma of “Politics” Alienates Moral Leaders


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n Matthew 23, Christ outlines a list of woes to those in church and political leadership who are found hypocritical. It is a brutal scolding, warning self-centered and abusive leaders of the repercussions of their faulty ways. But what is often obscured by the aggressive tone of the previous passages is verse 34 where Christ says, “Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets and wise men, and scribes, and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city.” Not much has changed in two thousand years. Even today, we debate and scrutinize every action of political leadership in our communities. We devour those who would dare to present themselves as candidate for public office. At best, we judge them next to an ever-evolving and politically ambiguous measuring stick of partisan platforms and uninformed positions. At worst, we completely retreat from all things political. We seem to be very good at hearing Christ say “woe” to hypocritical leaders, but we are not so good at hearing the “woe’ he issues to us. In verse 34, Jesus turns his finger to the people and clearly states he will be sending wise men and it won’t matter. It won’t matter because they will be crucified and scorned. He is just as right today as he was then. In 2014, Pew Research conducted a study to see who was willing to seek political office. The study found that only 2% of people would consider running for office and of those who were willing, 43% were retirement age. A similar study noted that successful businesspeople, educators, and service workers would not seek office for fear that it would destroy their reputation. Those who were willing to run for office were those who felt they didn’t have much to lose. Could it be that we are alienating, perhaps crucifying the wisest among us? Could it be that we have been left with candidates who have nothing to lose? Wouldn’t we be better led by those who would feel the repercussions of bad leadership? We should want the wise men. We should want our leaders to fear losing. As the political season approaches, consider those you may crucify, scold, and persecute politically. Consider that you may be pushing away the wisest among us which may make you responsible for the disaster of limiting the choices at the Dr. Adam Lowe is a published researcher, business man, and ballot box. radio host of Man UP America. He is a former county elected official. His new series Life: The Lectures airs in 2018. He and his wife, Rachel, raise their four children in Cleveland, TN.








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Ingredients 3 large garlic cloves (minced) 1 small jar sun-dried tomatoes (3-4 oz) 1 lb chicken breast tenders 1 c half and half 1 c shredded mozzarella 8 oz penne pasta 1 tbsp basil Salt Paprika 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 c reserved pasta water

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ood stories draw us in because we relate to the characters. Great stories take a step further and call us to action. Luke 15:11-31 does both. In his book Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen relates his spiritual journey to the characters of this story. Nouwen describes how, like the prodigal, we experience times of wandering from the household of God. Other times, like the elder son, we reside in the home but allow our contribution to define us. While I easily relate to both, the call of this story is to become like the father. Let’s look at the father in Luke 15 and discuss what we must do to be like him. First, he risks love. He spends years caring for his sons, building them a home and an inheritance. When we love, we make ourselves vulnerable. Similarly, God opened Himself to pain and sorrow when he initiated a relationship with humanity. The cross is the perfect symbol of God’s love demonstrating the pain God would risk to have a relationship with us. No one has suffered more than God, because no one loves more than God. Second, the father goes to his children. When the father sees the prodigal returning, he runs to meet him (Luke 15:20). When the older son was upset, the father went to meet him in the field (Luke 15:28). Similarly, God meets us where we are. Theologians commonly refer to the life of Jesus as the incarnation, God meeting us on our turf to make a relationship with God possible. Like the father, God

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initiates reconciliation with his children. He watches and waits in anticipation for his kids to come home. Third, the father affirms the status of his sons. Both sons raise the question of their worth. The younger son thought that his wandering would mean he was no longer a son (Luke 15:22). The elder defined himself by his work and could only see himself as a slave (Luke 15:29). In both cases, the father reminds his sons that he values them because they are his sons (Luke 15:22-24, 31). Similarly, neither our wandering nor our work defines our worth in God’s eyes. Regardless of how far we go or how much we do, we will never be any more or any less children of God, but that is all we need (Romans 8:15-17). For those of us who have come home to God’s love, we must extend that to others. We can take comfort in the welcoming and affirmation of these sons, but we must do more. We, like our heavenly Father, must risk love, go to the lost and insecure, and affirm the status of all of God’s children. In these ways, we continue the mission of God to reconcile the world to Himself. May we all become spiritual mothers and fathers, standing ready to throw our arms around fellow children of God, to welcome them home, and to remind them who they are. About The Author


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The Power of Agreement by Kelly McDonald Jr.

very person has their own unique worship and prayer expressions towards God. Some people raise their hands in worship while others may not. In prayer, some people quietly tell God how much they love Him, while others may be more exuberant and even exclaim “Hallelujah!” We are created by God to have these individual differences. While it is important for us to express our unique personalities, it is also important for us to come together in unison or agreement. In Matthew 18:19, Jesus said that if any two of us would agree on earth that it shall be granted by our Father in Heaven. The Greek word translated as “agree” in this verse is sumphoneo. It is where we derive the English word symphony. It simply means to have an agreement, to make a bargain, or form a compact. It has two root words: sun, which means “together with”, and phono, which means sound. We see the word phono in words that pertain to sound such as a microphone or xylophone. Literally, sumphoneo means to come together with one sound. In Matthew 18:19, Jesus said that if we would come together with the same sound then our request would be granted. When we encounter difficulties in life, people can be quick to give advice. While there is nothing wrong with this, sometimes we just need that special friend who will

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pray with us in agreement, that someone who will join us with one sound. This could be your spouse, another family member, or just a trustworthy friend. This special person will understand the petition of your heart towards God and pray with you. David, one of the great men of the Bible, was pursued by Saul. He was constantly on the run, and he needed that special someone to agree with him. He found that in Jonathan. They agreed to protect and help each other in times of need. Even the Apostle Paul asked believers in certain churches to agree with him in prayer about a specific need: “Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you” (1 Thessalonians 3:1). When we join together, it can make the fight easier on everyone involved. “And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight” (Lev 26:8a). As often as we may need advice in life, sometimes we just need someone to agree with us in prayer. I also encourage you to look for others that just need someone to stand with them. Let’s learn to agree and watch God meet the need! About The Author


“Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” — Matthew 18:19, KJV

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e are usually more likely to look at what we are good at to determine our future. If we actually look into God’s word and start looking at some of our weakest areas we just might stumble across our purpose. I look at my life for example; one of my weakest areas was school. I was a quiet, shy, and insecure student. I felt that I wasn’t as smart as the other kids so that insecurity made school even harder for me. I always felt defeated before I could even get started. That weakness I turned into my purpose. Every day I get to help students who may struggle in a certain area. I get to look at them as if they were me and empathize with them. I get to encourage them and see their faces light up when they learn something new. I get to see God use my weakness to help others! Another weakness I have had to struggle through was depression. I lost several years of my life in that dark pit, but God didn’t waste that weakness either. One day as I was drowning in my depression, I felt God pick me up, take off my dark grey gloomy cloak, and place in my heart a new gift. That is when I began to write about my pain and suffering through depression. To my surprise my writing

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was helping me and helping others along the way, too! Did I mention God uses our weaknesses? There is one last thing I would like to boast about. Earlier I stated that I was quiet, shy, and insecure. Well, God is using that too! I have had several opportunities to speak at different churches and give my testimony of how God has taken my weaknesses and used them for His Glory. Yep that’s right; He has taken this quiet, shy, and insecure little girl and shaped and molded her into a mighty woman of God that is just dying to tell others about what He has done for her. Please don’t ever think for one moment God can’t do the same for you, too! In closing, stop looking at all the great things you can do and look at your weaknesses; you just might find your purpose hidden in disguise of a weakness. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways’, saith the Lord.” — ­ Isaiah 55:8 KJV About The Author


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Just Beyond the Gates by Shelia Bird

ou won’t believe this, but I recently got a glimpse of the Garden of Eden while visiting our local burger joint. School was closed due to bad weather so I decided to take the little ones in my life to McDonalds. They devoured their Happy Meals and headed off to what I must say is one of the noisiest places on planet earth. To them it is a children’s utopia. While waiting patiently for them to wear down, I watched a toddler continuously wander off the playground to the locked maintenance gate behind the main area. He pulled and tugged on the gate and refused to return to the slides and tunnels on the playground that delighted the rest of the children. The entire playground was his to enjoy to the fullest, but for some reason he thought there was more fun to be had if he could just manage to slip through the parameters of safety and into the unknown. If he had somehow achieved the desire of his wandering heart, he would have discovered almost immediately that something was terribly wrong. For one thing the gate would slam shut and lock behind him. There would be no turning back until he was rescued by the careful, watchful eye of his caregiver. This reminded me of the story of Adam and Even in the book of Genesis. They were God’s children, created and brought to life by God’s own breath and placed in the Garden of Eden. The garden was awesome. It had everything a man and woman could ever want for. It was perfect in every way. There was just one little problem. God established a boundary to protect them. He told them not to eat the fruit that grew on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

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One day Eve wandered off and had an enticing conversation with the devil, the very enemy of God, who took on the form of a serpent. He convinced her that God had lied and that eating from the tree would not bring about death. For some senseless reason she believed the serpent and she did the unthinkable. An unspoiled oasis, fully stocked with delectable delights was suddenly not enough and she ate the forbidden fruit. Then she went a step further and persuaded Adam to do the same. If you know your Bible at all, you know what happened next. The sin of disobedience broke the heart of God. The consequence was to be cast out of the garden forever. The gates of Eden were locked behind them and guarded by God’s angels. Their new home would prove to be riddled with hardship and sorrow, equivalent to sin and death. Even though God’s children lost sight of Him, He never lost His great love for them. He had a redemption plan in place for us before the foundation of the world. The Bible says in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (NIV). Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s only son, our sins can be forgiven. Jesus is our hope and our salvation. Because of Him, one glorious day the gates of heaven will swing open wide and we shall behold the splendor of heaven. We will share eternal celebratory praise with the angels of glory and all those who have gone before us. Praise be to God for His unfathomable love for us. About The Author


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