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GoodNews for Kids They’ll Be Sorry for What They Did!

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GoodNews on Money Matters The Tax Man Cometh

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GoodNews for Him The Spirit Is Willing Cleveland Church Directory GoodNews Everyone Point of Grace GoodNews for Her Become a Woman of Excellence

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GoodNews for Everyone Are You Ready for Spring Time?

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GoodNews for Couples Bridges, Bricks, & Marriage

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GoodNews from the Pastor’s Desk Judy Jacobs Tuttle Evangelist, Author & Co-Pastor Dwelling Place Church International

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ou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Tim 2:1, 2) Paul, writing to his young mentee Timothy who is pastoring the church in Ephesus, calls Timothy his “true son in the faith” (1 Tim 1:2). Paul is not just schooling Timothy in good behavior and pulpit manners, he is training him to pastor a very large congregation, which is dealing with problems in the church, doctrinal error, and false teachings right in the midst of this huge city with a climate that is hostile to the gospel. Mentoring leaders deals with several kinds of issues among people. Let’s take a closer look at some of these issues. False doctrine is seeping into the church, and it is Timothy’s job to prevent the outbreak. No fable, no fact, or any tradition is to uproot the truth! Jesus said, “I am…the Truth” and “you shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 14:6; 8:32). False teaching had resulted from “having strayed” and turning aside to idle talk. Jesus will always be the focal point of truth. Thus, Paul gives Timothy a checklist for initiating leadership. Oddly, there is nothing about being gifted or talented. Most of the traits are related to character and responsibilities. As a mentor, Paul offers a list of the ways of spiritual leadership to his mentees with insight on the reputation, requirements, and restrictions of leaders.

Reputation of Strong Leaders • Blameless – beyond reproach. It does not mean perfect, but clean. Our sins are covered in the blood of Jesus. • Temperate – vigilant or sober. Peter warns, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). • Sober-minded – discreet or prudent. Proverbs 29:11 says that a fool vents his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. A strong leader knows when to be quiet and when to speak up. • Good behavior – well-behaved. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit. (Matthew 7:18) • Gentle – considerate. The writer of the letter to the Hebrews admonishes us to “consider one another” in order to stir up love and good works (10:24).

Requirements of Leaders • Husband of one wife – literally a “one-woman man” having eyes only for his wife. • Have his home in order – not a person who exercises his power aggressively, but a person who models love and trust. • Able to teach - In other words, a leader must be a person of the Word of God. • Not a novice – but mature. Why? Lest they be filled with pride and fall into the same condemnation as the devil, as we know, pride goes before a fall. • Hospitable – the Greek word is “philoxenia” which means “lovers of strangers.” This will give him a good testimony among those outside. (v. 7)

Restrictions of Leaders • Not given to much wine – temperate in all things, not an over-im biber. Paul writes this two times each to his young mentees Timothy and Titus. (1 Tim 3:3; 3:8; Titus 1:7, 2:3) • Not violent, but gentle – considerate or reasonable. In other words, they have a long fuse. • Not greedy for money – ill-gotten gain. Paul, in the same letter to Timothy, says the love of money is the root of every kind of evil. • Not quarrelsome – not a brawler, not one for revenge or persecution. • Not covetous – one of the Ten Commandments forbids covetousness. Not only does Paul list the reputation, requirements, and restrictions of leadership, but he also gives the warnings to leaders. There are three main areas that we, similarly to the early church, need to face and to overcome.

Corruption of Truth Paul warns young Timothy that some will depart, denying the foundational truths of Christianity. How? He explains this as a result of “giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.” “Giving heed” means not just hearing but actively “holding in one’s mind” or entertaining thoughts about.” In other words, it is infiltrating and making inroads in one’s mind and thought pattern. A mentor can see farther down the road and has experiences that will help those whom he or she mentors.

Challenge of Faith Jesus faced the challenge of truth from Satan in the wilderness. During the time Jesus was fasting, Satan challenged Him in the area of His appetite by saying, “Command this stone to become bread.” In reply, Jesus quoted scripture saying, “Man shall not live by bread alone.” Next, Satan challenged His allegiance, but Jesus responded, “Get thee behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” Then, Satan challenged Jesus’ authority when he said, “throw Yourself down” and see if the angels will show up to assist. Again, spoke what is written saying, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God” (Luke 4: 3-11).

Confrontation with Evil Jesus warns His disciples that in this world they would face tribulation, but to be of good cheer because He has overcome the world (John 16:33). In the same manner, Paul uses words like guard, shun, heed, endure, command, remain, keep, avoid, turn away, flee, hold fast, be strong, convince, rebuke, exhort, and even fight. As I have said many times before: there will always be an opposition to your mission. Just like Paul, we need to mentor leaders today. Modern young people do not want fake or hype. Thus, we need real leaders who are genuine and walk in truth and integrity. Leadership is about character more than it is about comfort, convenience, or charisma. Lord, raise up leaders who walk in morality, who have correct mentality, and who are mighty in battle.


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They'll Be Sorry for What They Did!

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ark was angry. No, he was mad-very mad. His mother and father had sent him to his room. It was Saturday, the one day he had to play. Now he had to spend the whole afternoon in one room. And he didn't even have a TV in his room like his friend Jimmy did.

"If they do all those things, they must love me," Mark thought to himself. "If they love me, why did they make me spend the whole afternoon in my room?" Mark thought about the things he had said to his mother. They were not good things. He did not mean them. She should have known that.

"They don't really love me," Mark said to himself as he thought about his parents. "They don't want me to have any fun."

Suddenly Mark ran out of the store toward home. He was glad he had left the window open so that he could crawl back into his room. He could hear his mother and father talking in the kitchen. He was glad they did not know he had been away.

Mark looked at the window. He knew he could sneak out the window and go over to Jimmy's house and watch TV.

Mark walked down to the shopping center. His mother and father would never let him go there by himself. He found a store that had a big fish tank. He liked to watch the fish. He wondered if his mother knew he was gone yet.

A Prayer Lord Jesus, thank you for loving me even when I do something wrong. Help me to 1. Do you know anyone who Ihas run away love others even when think from home? they have done something 2. What wrong. happened to the family? Amen. 3. If you hurt someone in your family while you are angry, who else are you hurting? 4. Will that cause more problems? 5. Who still loves us when we do things that are wrong?

"She'll be sorry when she finds out I'm not there," he said to himself. He thought about how his mother would call his father and how they would look all over the house and yard. Then they'd call Jimmy's house, but no one would answer.

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"They'll be sorry for what they did when they come to call me for dinner and I'm not here," he said to himself. "They'll think I'm dead or that someone kidnapped me. Then they'll be sorry!" Mark quickly crawled out the window and ran down the alley. No one saw him go. He ran to Jimmy's house, but no one was home. Then he remembered that Jimmy's family had gone to visit his grandmother for the weekend.

As Mark watched the fish, he kept thinking about his mother. She would be crying. His father would get in the car and drive around the neighborhood. He might cry too. Would they call the police? Would they think he was hurt and go to the hospital to look for him?

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Some Questions:

Lord Jesus, Thank you fo loving me even when I do something wrong. Help me to love others even when I think they have done something wrong. Amen.


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The Tax Man Cometh By Andrew Lee

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y now, many people have already filed their income tax return, and many of these filers have already received their income tax refund check or had the money directly deposited into their bank account. Many taxpayers who receive a refund tend to view this as “free money” or a sort of belated Christmas gift from their Uncle Sam. Whether you plan to blow your tax refund on an exotic cruise or whether you plan to use it to pay down debts or purchase an investment, remember this sobering fact: An income tax refund is simply proof that the taxpayer has loaned money to the government for twelve months at no interest. Quite a sweet deal—if you’re the government. For the taxpayer, not quite so sweet. Granted, trying to predict one’s own particular tax liability year after year is often an exercise in guesswork; it’s very tough to know for certain how much income tax we’re going to owe in any given year. But unless you have major life changes during the year such as marriage, divorce, or fi-

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nancial windfall, most of us can determine within a reasonable range what our income tax liability will be. So if you’re getting substantial tax refunds year after year—for instance, $1200 or more—it may be in your interest (literally) to make some adjustments to the amount of tax you’re having withheld from your paychecks, in order to increase your take-home pay and reduce the size of next year’s tax refund. Many people balk at this idea, and I understand. The IRS is such a fearful entity, and many people decide they’d simply rather get a big refund every year rather than risk having to pay the IRS at tax time. But think of the “opportunity cost” associated with this strategy. By taking home that extra money in one’s paycheck every month, one could, theoretically, choose to invest that “extra” money and allow it to compound into quite a substantial sum over the course of many years. This scenario is even more realistic if one has this extra take-home pay automatically put into an investment (IRA, mutual fund, etc.) every month and

never actually brings the money home (i.e.—deposited into one’s checking account). By doing this, one’s investments could grow exponentially over a working lifetime, and this would eventually dwarf the size of those income tax refunds that we’re all so giddy about receiving every spring. By the way, the title of my article is a nod to a famous play by American playwright Eugene O’Neill entitled The Iceman Cometh, written in 1939. The play concerns a group of characters who kid themselves with “pipe dreams” of decisions they insist they will make some day but actually have no intention of ever following through. These same “pipe dreams” often surround our financial decisions. We tell ourselves that “some day” we’ll start saving for retirement or some day we’ll pay off our credit cards and get out of debt. But some day will never arrive until we stop deceiving ourselves with empty promises and make genuine resolutions to take disciplined action to regain control of our finances.


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The Spirit Is Willing by Brian Wetherill

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nd I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it (Romans 7:18–20, NLT).

There’s an internal war that rages within each of us. Paul described this so well in Romans 7. Though we desire to do the right thing, we don’t have the power to do so in our own efforts and we mess up. The good news is that we don’t have to rely on our own strength to make right decisions. We don’t have to be dominated by our sinful nature and end up doing the things we don’t want to do. But the only way we can live this kind of life is by yielding to the Holy Spirit and relying on the strength of Jesus Christ, not our own. When we’re facing struggles, we must rely on God’s power alive within us through the Holy Spirit. When we are born again, the Holy Spirit resides in us and places in us the desire to do what is pleasing to God see (Hebrews 10:16). The Holy Spirit always wants to do what is right and to uphold the perfect will of God, pleasing the Father in every way. When we’re facing struggles, we must rely on God’s power alive within us through the Holy Spirit. It is our job to lay down our stubborn fleshly will and yield to the will of God. In that moment, the Holy Spirit will be there to help us. Let’s learn to yield to and become totally reliant upon the Holy Spirit.

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Baptist Beacon Baptist Church 505 Corvin Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-7056 Big Spring Baptist Church 1415 Hardwick St SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-1101 Bellefounte Baptist Church Pastor Lake Walker 132 Bellfounte Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 336-2312 Bethel Baptist Tabernacle Pastor John Bivens 3165 Buchanan Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-5820 Blue Springs Baptist Church 699 Blue Springs Church Rd SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-0932F Candies Creek Church 294 Old Eureka Rd Charleston, TN 37310 423-479-3731 candiescreekchurch.com Cedar Springs Baptist Church 723 Cedar Springs Church Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-5506 Center Point Baptist Church 167 Monza Ln NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 336-2133 Cleveland Cowboy Church Pastor Wally Varnell 3040 Blythe Rd. Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-7936 or clevelandcowboychurch.com Cloverleaf Baptist Church Pastor Johnny Moore 2290 Waterlevel Highway Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 339-3617 Clingan Ridge Baptist Church 2412 Georgetown Road, NW Cleveland, TN 37312(423) 472-3511 or www.clinganridgebaptist.com Church At Grace Point Pastor Phil Griffin 2595 Old Freewill Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 728-5050 or grace-point. com Covenant Baptist Church 249 Calhoun Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 559-2653

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Dalton Pike Baptist Church 3055 Benton Pike NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-7606 Elkmont Baptist Church 4030 Old Freewill Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 479-4600 Emmanuel Baptist Church 1227 Powerline Dr NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 East Cleveland Baptist Church 1145 Arnold St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-8728 Farmland Community Church Location: YMCA 10:00am Fairview Baptist Church 5545 Runway Dr NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 790-5353 First Baptist Church Co-Pastor Allan Lockerman, Co-Pastor-Jim Gibson 1275 Stuart Road Cleveland, Tennessee 37312 (423)709-9100 or clevelandfbc.com Galilee Baptist Church 665 Old Chattanooga Pike SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 496-2019 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 Pastor Dr. Jay Mccluskey 2815 Ocoee St N,

Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-8524 or northclevelandbaptist.org 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 Rev. Shane Lawson 185 Meadow Ln SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 339-5522 or www.parkwaybaptist.info Philadelphia Baptist Church 910 30th St SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 Philippi Baptist Church 2325 Old Harrison Pike NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-5385 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 Pastor Brent Coley 138 Osment Rd Se, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 339-0103 or www.sbcministries.com 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 Pastor David Tuten 4657 Spring Place Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-7707 or vvbaptist.org Washington Avenue Baptist Church 1720 Perry St SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-0489

Waterville Baptist Church Pastor Allan Lovelace 4555 Dalton Pike SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-5582 or watervillebaptistchurch.org West Cleveland Baptist Church 1959 Westland Dr SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-8927 Westwood Baptist Church Pastor Steve Smartt 4001 Georgetown Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-1534 or www.westwoodlife.org White Oak Baptist Church 2043 White Oak Valley Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 559-2359

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

Charismatic Cleveland Christian Fellowship Pastor Mark Strickland 695 S Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-2642 or ccfchurch.us

Church of God Cornerstone Church of God Pastor Rick and Lori Sentell 2823 Lee Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 478-0006 Church of God Sanctified, Inc. Pastor- Bishop G.R. Hill 746 First Street N.E. Cleveland, TN. 37311 (423)479-3895 Destiny Community Fellowship CoG 2611 Blue Springs Road SE Cleveland, TN 37311 East Cleveland Church of God Pastor John A. Lombard Jr. 900 15th St NE Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-3389 Fellowship of Praise COG Pastor Selma Hall 931 Inman Street East Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-3121 or fellowshipofpraisecog.org Grace Community Church of God Pastor Kevin Mendel 4745 Mouse Creek Road NW, Cleveland, TN 37312. (423) 614-0708 or www.gracecleveland.org Heritage Fellowship COG Pastor Steve Gilbert 4635 S Lee Hwy McDonald, TN 37353 (423) 476-6316 International Worship Center

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Centro Internacional de Adoración 533 Central Ave. NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-1977 or www.iwcchurch.com Lakeview Church of God Pastor Dustin Wilds 105 Pound Street S.E. Cleveland, TN 37323 (423)-790-5805 or lakeviewcog.org North Cleveland COG Pastor Mitch Maloney 335 11th St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5513 or nccog.org Mt Olive COG 3522 Harrison Pike, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-3381 Mt View COG 210 Roadway Dr SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-6925 South Cleveland COG Pastor Chris Moody 1846 Volunteer Dr SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-6382 or southcleveland.org Westmore COG Pastor Kelvin Page 2412 Wolfe Dr NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 559-9646 or www.westmorecog.org Zion Assembly COG Pastor Todd Mcdonald 5512 Waterlevel Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 476-3337 or zionassemblychurchofgod.com/

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 Wildwood CoGoP Bishop Winston Reid 140 Wildwood Ave Cleveland, TN 37311 (423)479-6584

Episcopal

Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church 320 Broad St NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5541

Lutheran

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

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 Riverston Church 85 Central Ave NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 790-5956 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

Latter-day Saints The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 4200 Pryor Rd N.E. Cleveland, TN 37312 423-503-6394

Pentecostal

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 Pastor Michael Ferree 1500 Wildwood Ave. Cleveland, TN Set Free Christian Fellowship 1175 King Edwards Ave. Cleveland, TN

Nazarene Cleveland First Church Of The Nazarene Pastor BJ Miller

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Non-Denominational

Christian Fellowship Ctr 895 6th St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-9591 Church Alive Ministries Cleveland, TN 37353 (423) 559-1371 Cleveland Community Chapel Pastor Tazz Reid 1823 Forest Ridge Dr. Cleveland, Tn. 37311 Cleveland Cornerstone Church 533 Broad St NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-1775 Dwelling Place Church International Pastors Jamie and Judy Jacobs Tuttle 523 Urbane Rd. NE Cleveland, TN 37312 423.790.5200 www.iwilldwell.com Freedom Fellowship Church 3555 Blue Springs Rd, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 478-0654 God’s Family Fellowship Pastors, Doug & Patsy Bell 197 Neely Circle NE Cleveland, TN 37312 Phone (423) 790-7533 www.godsfamilyfellowship.com Graceway Chapel 221 14th St NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 728-2226 Living Word Church Pastor Larry Cockerham 930 25th Street, NW Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 339-3028 or Thelovingchurch.org Norvel Hayes Ministries 24 155 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 www.pointing2jesus.com 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

Triumphant Living “The Sanctuary” Pastors Mike & Elizabeth Shreve 1203 Smith Dr. Cleveland, TN 37311 (423)478-2843 / shreveministries. org United Christian Church Pastor Leonard Hodge. 2200 Peerless Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-4277 Unity Christian Ministries Pastor Aubrey Ector 2419 Georgetown RD NW 37312 423-473-9338 Walker Valley Community Church 787 Lauderdale Memorial Hwy NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 336-9696

Presbyterian

Charleston Cumberland Presbyterian Church 8267 N Lee Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 336-5004 First Cumberland Presbyterian Church 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 Rev. Kevin Wilson 515 Flint Springs Rd Cleveland TN. 37323 423-284-6397 or Facebook Prospect United Cumberland Presbyterian Church 310 New Murraytown Rd., NW Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-6181 St James Cumberland Presbyterian Church 151 Short St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-5762 Trinity Presbyterian Church 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 East Cleveland Seventh-day 801 Howard Cir SE Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-9299 Bowman Hills Adventist 300 Westview Dr NE Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-6231

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urn on your TV or radio and you’ll find no shortage of next-big-things and overnight successes. But in the midst of all of that noise, you may find yourself craving something more. Something authentic, something familiar, yet fresh. Look no further. The women of Point of Grace are celebrating 20 years together, and with this celebration they offer A Thousand Little Things, their 12th record. Brimming with the beautiful harmonies, encouraging lyrics, and graceful melodies that Shelley Breen, Denise Jones and Leigh Cappillino are known for, A Thousand Little Things reminds us to be mindful of the multitude of blessings God has given us. And what the world needs now — more than ever — is to remember how important gratitude is, each and every day. You may ask yourself how a band who has already achieved such monumental success — 27 #1 songs, 13 Dove awards, two GRAMMY nominations, career album sales in

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excess of 7 million with multiple Platinum and Gold certifications, and one of the Top 10 best-selling artists in the history of Contemporary Christian Music — presses on? It’s quite simple: They love what they do, and they love sharing it with their fans. “When you can say, ‘This is where we are, and this is what we love,’ that’s when you have your best shows and your best music, because you finally found yourself and you’re fine with it,” Denise explains. “You’re relaxed, and you’re honest.” But make no mistake: “Relaxed” does not mean complacent: Shelley, Denise and Leigh are as excited to put out their latest album as they were when they released their selftitled debut in 1993. And they’re ready to share their hard work with the world. “The longest part of the recording process is just finding the songs,” recalls Shelley. “We scour the landscape


of Nashville to find the greatest songs. We have always been really cautious to not just find three good songs that could go on the radio and hurry up and write the other ones to fill the spaces.” The trio worked with trusted A&R representative Susan Riley to find the ten songs that would comprise Things. “Susan has a sort of innocent ear; she has our demographic’s ear. She listens to music and thinks, ‘Can my kids listen to this? Does this move me?’ She’s either emotionally attached to a song or not. It was good for us to have another woman’s — and another mom’s — perspective on the songs.” The women of Point of Grace feel a strong connection to their fans, and they foster this connection through frequent touring. “Our live show is what drives us,” Shelley states. “Touring is a constant for us. It’s the personal touch that we’ve always tried to give to our fans.” That personal touch includes active blogging, which each of the ladies does regularly at www.pointofgrace.net, discussing everything from their children’s basketball games to favorite recipes. They’ll further nurture the relationship with their fans through their new lifestyle and music radio show, “Graceful Living.” This show will give the ladies of Point of Grace the opportunity to talk directly to their fans — and some surprise guests — about all of their favorite topics. “It’s a life show,” Denise explains. “Music is part of it, but it’s just about living life, so it will be fun to have lots of different angles, from sports to fashion.” And while the show will speak to women, Point of Grace will be sure to include topics to keep the whole family engaged. “My husband was asking how we would keep this manly!” Leigh laughs. They are moms, wives, and artists; and, like every working woman, they’re thankful for the fullness in their lives, yet striving to find balance. A strong work ethic — fostered through years of touring, recording and writing — drives these three women to keep making music to share with their listeners. “I wouldn’t trade the nights in the van, the nights pulling cables, the nights only being able to eat rice and beans, because you get to a place of gratitude, a place where you know how to connect,” Leigh muses. “It’s OK to work hard!” The songs of A Thousand Little Things don’t necessarily fit into one genre. “Our producer, Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets), wanted to serve the songs both vocally and musically,” Leigh says. “On songs like ‘Wash Me Away’ or ‘Heaven Knows,’ it just lended itself more on the

pop-meets-rustic side. I think this record is where the musical minds of people are — a little bit everywhere. And we’ve been around for a long time, so we’re a little bit of everything. I think this record is a taste of all of those flavors.” Several tracks on the record have a more reflective feel, mirroring what each woman was experiencing in her personal life and in her relationships with family and friends. “For me, ‘What I Already Know’ just ate me alive,” Leigh admits. “In the studio, I couldn’t even sing the doggone thing — it took me back and really sunk deep into my being.” Denise adds, “‘What I Already Know’ is a prayer: Lord, I know you’re guiding me, and I trust you. ‘I Believe In You’ was dedicated to our kids, and wanting to say to them, ‘I believe that you’re going to make good choices.’ And ‘Only Jesus’ hit at a time when my friend’s mom died, and nothing else can take away that pain except for trusting that Jesus is going to rise in that occasion for you.” The band also flexed their songwriting skills on this album, penning three songs, including the uplifting, instantly appealing title track. “I wouldn’t say that writing is something that God naturally laid on any of us, but there were specific things that we wanted to say,” Denise explains. “We’d try to talk to somebody, and it wouldn’t come across, so we had to sit down and say, ‘We want something happy!’ As Christians, we should be the happiest people on earth, and thankful for the things that God gave us.” Leigh adds, “At the beginning of the record, everything seemed to be very contemplative and deep, and we had a little hiatus and came back and said, ‘We need some happy songs! We need some songs with some sunshine! But isn’t that life?” The notion of gratitude is woven throughout the album, especially in “A Thousand Little Things,” which lists the many things to take notice of — and be thankful for — in everyday life. “In all of those little moments in life, little and big, we’re reminded that there is a creator that loves us and wants us to have a good life while we’re here,” Shelley says. “And we’re grateful for that.” Leigh chimes in, “Every single day, there are a thousand little things we can truly be thankful for, so I sing that little song all the time.” The ladies of Point of Grace remind us all to be grateful for the thousand little things we’ll experience today, from a warm cup of coffee in the morning to a bedtime novel at night.

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BECOME A WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE By Dr. Su Vining ave you already begun your year with broken resolutions and missed goals? We are often guilty of our good intentions giving way to the reality of a lack of determination. Wouldn't it be great if you spent this year with spiritual determition to become a woman of excellence? What is excellence?

Excellence is... • Beyond the normal standard/mundane • Superior in quality • Perfection that exceeds mediocrity • Having characters or qualities that surpass the average. How many of you think that sounds like something God would be pleased with? I think God is looking for people who will be above mediocre and be willing to be the very best that He desires for us to be. In James 1:4, we are instructed to, "Let patience have her perfect work that ye may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." God is a god who wants His people to be superior, excellent, virtuous women.

What are women of excellence? 1.

Women of principle. Can I tell you that integrity, modesty, and morality are not old fashioned and outdated? To be excellent women of God, we must have godly principles that guide our lives. Women of today must understand that worldly standards of greed, selfishness, and deceit do not need to infiltrate godly circles. Your children and co-workers will not find evidence of morality and godly principles in the television shows they watch. They have been inundated with scandals in Washington, Hollywood, and sadly, even in the church world. Become that woman they can trust to be virtuous.

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Women who exhibit great patience. Does anyone else get impatient with God? Sometimes, I think God is preparing us to move into His holy presence. He is pouring the oil and the sweet aromas over our lives and we must be patient, often through great tribulation. We must remember that our children are works in progress.

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Women of diligent prayer and fasting. We must begin and end our days with prayer. In these troublesome times, the Enemy will only be defeated when we bathe our lives in prayer and fasting. Surround your children with prayers of protection and provision.

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Women who seek to please the King. Oh, that we as women would begin to live our lives involved in things that only please the king. Christ must have understood this principle because He prayed, "Not my will, but thine be done." I’ve spent a lifetime trying to please other people and I am convinced that God Himself wouldn’t please some of them, so I would love to spend the rest of my life intent on pleasing the King.

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Women who persevere in times of trouble. Women of excellence aren’t quitters. This walk is not for the weak and fainthearted. When tough times come, they persevere, they keep on keeping on. In financial difficulties, our faith stands. In family crises, we keep the faith. We cannot afford to give up.

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6. Women of strength and power. We cannot let the enemy run all over us. We must stand in the face of adver-

sity. We will not back down until the Enemy is defeated.

7. Women who are passionate about their faith. This is no time for us to be halfhearted Christians. God wants women who are willing to serve God and others whole heartedly.

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Women who pass down their faith. When my grandmother died in 1993, something else died with her. She made the single best biscuits in the world. After her death, my aunt, cousins, and I realized that none of us knew how to make her biscuits. We had watched her do it. We may have even helped her do it. In the end, we couldn't make them on our own. When I am gone, I must be sure that my Christian faith doesn't die with me. I must be sure that my daughters and grandchildren have developed their own personal relationships with God. By becoming women of excellence, we can impact those around us and our world beyond. Make 2014 a year of living a life of excellence.


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Give the Gift of Music

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hat do these things have in common: dogs barking, a wailing banshee, an industrial metal press operating at high speed and the swearing skills of a sailor? If you guessed popular teen music, you are bang on. Before anyone gets an idea that this article is about bashing whatever happens to be popular, it’s not. I enjoy probably as wide a range of music styles as anyone I know. The point of this article is to help parents think about being intentional with the music their children listen to on a routine basis. The overriding scripture that comes to mind is Proverbs 29:15 which tells us that “a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.” While this verse can be used to help us think about many areas of raising children, it certainly applies to music and what goes into our children’s minds and ears by way of tunes. If we are careful and intentional, we can help our children to develop a taste for good music while weeding out the garbage which permeates much of the airwaves and digital devices. If we aren’t, we shouldn’t be surprised if our children gravitate toward the garbage heaps and end up in a mess. The inherent problem with much of society’s popular music is the underlying character of the people who write, sing, and produce it. I tried to warn parents who thought Hannah Montana was “innocent” because of the direction Miley Cyrus was headed. Now those little girls who adored her have as a role model someone whose description isn’t fit to print in this magazine. The world’s system is pretty simple: Get a new child pop singer; puff them up until they reach critical mass; pump out the CDs, music videos and movies; help the child star transition to a bad girl/bad boy motif by beginning to sing more decadent lyrics and by wearing less and less clothing; milk the fan base of the new “outlaw” all they can until he or she is burned out and used up and then … find a new innocent looking child to begin the process all over again. Really, we’ve all seen it over and over in our lifetimes. As a parent, just say “Not in my house” to the next Bieber or Montana and find someone who isn’t a creation of that broken world system. One practical step any parent can take is to take some time to listen to what music your child is already imbibing. Ask for the lyrics if you can’t understand them. Look the songs up on the Internet and read the lyrics there if you need to. Find out if your child is listening to rap which glorifies God and builds up the listener or if they are listening to music which is depressing, rude, explicit or degrading. Let’s pause a moment to ask what you should do if you find some of the absolute trash in their muMarch sic collection. Some parents would argue (strongly) for the approach of trying to wean them of the bad 2014

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stuff over time. If I walked into the kitchen and found my child sitting there surrounded by razors, gasoline and matches, I wouldn’t wean him. I would get him safely out of that situation as quickly as possible. The question is, do you understand just how dangerous to your child’s health some of the music really is? A second step is to take your child to hear different kinds of live music. There are plenty of Christian concerts in our area ranging from Southern Gospel to contemporary to alternative. There are also numerous opportunities for classical concerts. There are military band concerts, jazz concerts, bluegrass concerts and the occasional foreign music concert. Listening to a live concert and seeing the musician(s) at work can spark an appreciation for new styles of music in a child. As well, parents can make music hands on by buying a crate and beginning to fill it with instruments. We have a box like that in our house. It contains instruments ranging from a kazoo, a small accordion, whistles, xylophone, drums, castanets, harmonica and more. As our children have grown, they have each connected with one or more of those instruments during times of family devotions or just during times of play. They learned that they were capable of making interesting sounds with these cool things called instruments at a very young age. And, as they have grown, they have moved on to other instruments which suit their interests and abilities even better. A fourth way of giving the gift of music to your child is by buying a mix of good tunes either for their digital device or, if they still live in the early 2000s, for their CD player. Digital music is simpler in that you can buy one good song rather than a whole CD. Either way, give your child the opportunity to listen to that music on a regular basis. Replace the bad with good if they already have bad music. And by “a mix,” I don’t mean the stuff that your grandpa listened to and told you was the only thing God likes. Buy a mix of different genres, styles, sounds and even international flavors. Finally, you can give the gift of music by actually paying for your child to have music lessons. Or get them involved with a local church children’s choir. Don’t say, “But my child isn’t interested!” Offer a significant reward: “You sing in the choir, and we’ll talk about that bike (or sneakers or whatever is reasonable as a reward). With time and effort, you can help your child’s musical taste buds to grow beyond sugar water to something which will help to lift their spirits, provide them with a good background sound for school studies and can even help to draw them into the presence of God, the author of the best music ever. Do you have a comment on this article? Send me some feedback via my website at walkwithgod.com.


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The Accidental by Paulette Smart

s Christians, each day, we try to be deliberate in our actions. Whether it is in attending services, reading our Bibles or in offering service some way to our community, we strive to uphold the mandate from John: 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Sometimes we are successful and sometimes we are not. And sometimes without knowing it, a kind word, a gentle hug, a smiling face or even donating an old couch makes all the difference in our service to others. The work of Habitat for Humanity seeks to have a positive impact in the lives of others to show God’s love through what we call

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the “Theology of the Hammer.” We walk alongside families, helping to build hope by build homes and help families realize dreams of a better life. We’re proud to say that we have been making a difference in the lives of others for more than twenty years in the local community. To help fund these efforts, we depend on sponsors (businesses, individuals, & churches), volunteers, and the proceeds from our local Habitat ReStores. Last year, we celebrated the completion of our 100th home in the Bradley County area and also completed twenty five repair projects. This year, we will build another 10 new homes and complete 30 repair projects while working with community partners to revi-

talize neighborhoods and support Habitat International through our international tithe program, building homes in El Salvador and Cambodia. Did you know that you are a part of that effort? The ReStore was started in 2004 as a fundraising arm of Habitat to help build homes in this area. It was a new concept for Habitat at the time. But it was a concept whose time had come and was a simple plan to take donations from the community and resell them at drastically reduced prices. Then, we give all the profit to Habitat to build homes in the local area. Let me tell you how that worked out. In five years, it was necessary to find another location to


Home Builder handle all the donations that were coming in. In 2009, the old cinema on Grove Avenue was renovated to house the new ReStore, but things just got better. We were blessed by donations from the community, so we outgrew the new space and in October 2012, we doubled the size of the ReStore. It wasn’t enough. A month later, in November 2012, we opened a second store on the north end of town on North Lee Highway. In ten short years, the Cleveland ReStore went from an idea to one of the top 100 ReStores in the country. When you consider the size of Cleveland, that’s pretty phenomenal. What does that mean? Well, it means that the local Habitat will have more funds

to purchase land. It means the local Habitat will have more funds to pave road and put in foundations for homes. More importantly, it means that more families will have a safe place to lay their heads at night. It means that more children will have a place to study. It means that families can take pride in a mortgage that will help them break the cycle of poverty. But let’s talk about you. Do you donate to the ReStore? Do you shop at the ReStore? What did you do with those old cabinets when you remodeled? What happened to those clothes that don’t fit anymore? What does your couch want to be when it grows up? A $5 purchase will buy a couple of 2 x 4s, $50 will

buy insulation, $100 will buy a window. Think about it. Can’t swing a hammer but want to get involved in positively changing the lives of others in need? You don’t have to swing a hammer to be a part of Habitat for Humanity. You help a family get into a home every time you donate to the ReStore. You help a family help themselves every time you purchase something at the ReStore. Didn’t think you had the skills? Building a home takes more than a hammer. You can do it through your support of the ReStore. Be a part of the cycle: donate, shop, build, serve. “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)


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Stick to it by Lindsey Cooke

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t was not too long ago that we all made our New Year’s Resolutions. So, just how are yours holding up? Whether it was going to the gym more, losing weight, or as one of my friends told me, canceling your gym membership, we all made them. And if the truth be told, we probably are not sticking to them as well as we would have hoped. Sometimes, life gets in the waythe kids have games, you have too much work, or you just don’t feel like getting out there today. Just how do we find the motivation that we need to make our goals and to better our life? Growing up, I always said I was not a runner. My father and my sister were the runners in the family. I just stuck to the pool. When someone would ask me if I was the runner, I always replied with, “No, I’m the swimmer. When I run, I just hurt myself!” It was true at the time. From knee injuries to sprained ankles, I was a klutz when it came to running. I would do anything but run. Later on in life, after being very unhappy with myself and the weight I had put on after having my child, I decided it was time to do something about it. So, my New Year’s resolution in 2012 was to lose the weight and to start running. I decided on doing the Couch to 5K program, signed up for the Color Run in March in Atlanta, and something happened. Little by little, my hatred for running started to go away and was replaced by a love for it. I began looking forward to my daily dates with the Greenway. I found that this time was therapeutic to me in the same way that the pool had been. I would find myself at the starting line with a cloudy, pessimistic outlook, but by the time I had finished, my head was clear and I had a huge smile on my very red face. Motivation can be a tricky thing. Knowing what motivates you can be the key factor in finding something that works for you and helps you stick to your fitness goals. For some, it is setting smaller goals within their large goal. While for others, the reward is the end result. Finding out what makes you stick to your plan and goals is a large part of your success rate. Mixing up my workouts also helps me, too. If I do one thing over and over, I find myself getting burnt out and not wanting to do it like I had before. Try some different classes and find a buddy to do them with you. From water aerobics to Zumba to weight training and yoga, there is something out there that you will love doing. I am not the runner that I want to be yet, but I know that I am closer today than I was six months ago. I still have not completed my goal of finishing a half marathon, but I can run more today than I ever could before. I have come to realize that I can do the things I thought I never could. Doing the things we think that we cannot do or think we are not good at is never easy. We can be our hardest critic. Sometimes we find out why we are afraid of putting our all into something and realize that giving everything you have is the only way to do something. Our attitudes determine our outcome, and by going into something saying I can’t only means that we won’t. It is easy to get frustrated when we feel that we are not where we want to be or where we should be. But this is when we have to remember that God has given us the ability to overcome, and it is through Him that we can find our strength. In Psalms 62:1, says, “My soul finds rest in God alone; My salvation comes from him”. Never forget that no matter the obstacle you are faced with, God is by your side. March 2014

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am a whiner. There, I said it! My name is Joel, and I am a whiner. When anything bad happens, I immediately go into fetal position and start whining until someone helps me. While flashing back to some of my whiniest moments, some of the things I have said in the past come to mind: “But I have been doing good; why is this happening to me?” I can even get pouty. “It’s just not FAIR!” or I start comparing my situation to others. “How come they have things so easy?” I have even gotten Biblical in my whines before: “If God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, why can’t he give me just 1?” Luckily, I am neither the first person to ever feel this way, nor will I be the last. In fact, a psalmist named Asaph had some similar issues when he wrote the 73rd Psalm: 4-5 They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong. They don’t have troubles like other people; they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else. These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for!(v. 7) 11-14 We read “What does God know?” they ask. “Does the Most High even know what’s happening?” Look at these wicked people—enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply. Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason? I get nothing but trouble March

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all day long; every morning brings me pain. Have you felt that way before? I sure have. How many times have we looked at someone else’s life from the outside and thought they never have problems and never have worries? I talk with students often who feel as though God hates them because things haven’t been going well in their life. I’ve felt that way too! Through my journey with God so far, He has taught me two things to help me overcome my feeling like this: 1. I have no idea what really goes on in other people’s lives. Things may look great from the outside but crumbling on the inside. Or, I could be looking at their current success and not know how much hardship they went through to achieve that success! I cannot base my feelings about God and the journey I am taking on other’s lives. 2. My journey is MINE. God started me on this journey, and He promises in Romans 8:28 that He will work ALL things for my eventual good. That means that every crack in the sidewalk, every hole I stumble in, every root that almost trips me up, God is going to use it to weave my story together. Even when I mess up, He wants to use it all for my good. So let’s pull ourselves out of the fetal position and try this thing again. God’s got the map, and the destination is SO worth it!


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Athens Church Directory Assembly of God Abundant Blessing 2613 Cardinal St Athens, TN 37303 423-649-0350

Baptist 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 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

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

Christian 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 Avenue CoG 507 Woodward Ave Athens, TN37303 423-745-1618

Community ChristCommunity Church 14 Congress PRKY 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

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

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

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

Methodist 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 423-507-5760

Non- Denominational Christian Freedom Wrshp Center 109 Cherry St Athens, TN 37303 423-745-8999 Emmanuel Church 1905 Congress Parkway S. Athens, TN 37303 423-745-0851 Freedom Chapel 815 Cleveland Ave. Athens, TN 37303 423-745-8079 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

Pentecostal Crosslife Ministries 817 S. White St Athens, TN 37313 423-368-7197 Athens United Pentecostal 2820 Hwy 11 Athens, TN 37303 423-744-7159

Presbyterian First United Presbyterian Church 321 N. Jackson St Athens, TN 37303 423-744-9073 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

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G ò0 dNews from the Outdoorrs Geocaching [jee-oh-kash-ing], or treasure-hunting for waterproof boxes with mini trinkets inside, has been around for more than 11 years. If you’ve got a GPS, a little time, and want a puzzle to solve somewhere in the great outdoors, geocaching is an easy hobby to get into.

Get a GPS (or a Smartphone) and choose your Geocache Sign up on a web site like Geocaching.com or download the Geocaching app by Groundspeak to have access to coordinates of caches all over the world. Using your Smartphone app, you simple click on “Find Nearby Geocaches,” and Walla you have it! A list of different Geocaches closest to your location will generate. The app makes this step easy, it provides info on the cache, work as a GPS, and allow you to view and update field notes all in the same program. This all sounds easy, I know, but it won’t be as simple as just walking to where your waypoint leads you. There’s no X painted on the ground.

Travel Bug

A Travel Bug is usually a dog tag that is attached to a “hitchhiker,” or an item that travels from place to place. Once you find a Travel Bug, the first action you must take is to “grab” it online. This is so you can add your own story to its journey. With your smart phone, simply click on “Inventory.” Select the Travel Bug and click “log this Trackable.” When you have successfully grabbed and retrieved the Travel Bug, it will remain in your inventory until you drop it off at another cache. We have found Travel Bugs that have traveled from Germany, Australia, and many places in the United States. Find it! Your GPS will only take you so far; these babies Each Bug has a different goal. For example, one of the are hidden, and well at that. Sometimes your geocache Bugs that we found had a goal of traveling through all (this term is used for the physical treasure chest or wa- fifty states. terproof container) will be in a hole in a tree, sometimes it will be in a hole under a tree or hidden under a rock. Get Started Be creative, and keep looking. Now that you know a bit about the great fun Geocaching can be, it’s time to get started. Whether you are enjoying it with your spouse or the entire family, GeoSign the logbook and make a trade All geocaches should at least contain a log book caching is great activity for an entire day, or for just a few and a pen or pencil. Write down your name, and record quick finds to burn some time. how your adventure went. Be sure to date it. Many geo- Here is a list of some items you may want to bring along caches will also have small items inside that you can swap on your treasure hunt: out for something of equal value; make a note of the trade 1. Backpack inside the log book. Please do not take something unless 2. Water for drinking you have something else to place in the cache. This way 3. Trinkets to trade with (Marbles, matchbox cars, gem stones, key chains) the cache can have something in it for future geocachers 4. Pen just in case the cache found does not have a to trade. There are a lot of very creative people who have writing utensil created multi-steps and otherwise very complicated geocache hiding places. For your first time, try to tackle something not marked as “expert,” as some caches can be quite tough to reach. Also keep in mind that some of these will require you to take a long hike, or spend some time splashing around in a stream.

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G ò0 dNews for Everyone

Are You Ready for by Pastor Frank Evans Freedom Fellowship Church

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sn’t it amazing how we will get ready for springtime to arrive? We do our spring cleaning, we will aureate our lawns, rake leaves, cleanout gutters, pressure wash the driveways. Some will detail clean inside the house and many more things, all in preparation for what we hope will be a beautiful summer! All of this preparation isn’t bad; it is actually a good thing to be ready. It always makes things go much smoother to be ready before hand. In years past I haven’t always gotten things done early, and it seemed to put stress on the entire summer, and, certain things never seem to get done. So I hope that you will agree with me that we need to be ready! The truth of the matter is, from time to time we all wait to get things done, and this can be disastrous, especially if it deals with our eternal destiny! Just as the March winds escort in the springtime, so are the winds of time blowing in preparations of the return of Jesus Christ! Our part in preparation for this great event is to be ready for His return by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior! Romans 10:9-10 “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

The Lord is always ready to do His part: Psalm 86:5 “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.” 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrigh-

teousness.”

This is His promise: 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

So remember whatever your status is right now! Ready or not, lost, backslidden, or out of the will of the Lord, His promise to you is that He is ready for reconciliation with you. His answer is “YES.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” John 6:37 “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” Hebrews 7:25 “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He

always lives to make intercession for them.”

Our God is truly an awesome God! Are you ready to meet Him face to face? Have you made your preparations? We will all someday soon give an account. Romans 14:12 “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of

Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

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by Carl W. Corser on within the relationship. The foundation of the marriage or relationship has begun receiving serious damage by now. Love’s substance is deteriorating, allowing the foundational structure of the relationship or marriage to crumble. The partners begin to take for granted that they will always be together, which allows the laying of the next brick, rejection, into the wall of separation. Pain and agony in the relationship will lead to more wall-building. Physical contact becomes lacking; touching, holding hands, and caressing, making the partner to feel all alone. The partner begins to discourage the other by doing nothing to correct the situation. As the wall of separation continues to be built higher and higher, the individual who is being rejected feels discomfort as he or she tries to cope with what is occurring in the relationship. Next, the rejecting partner has shown total disapproval of the other partner. Lack of security leads to the feeling that the relationship has now fallen apart. What happened? When did it start? What went wrong? How did the separation start? The aforementioned bridges or bricks may not be listed in the proper order of occurrence; nevertheless, it only takes one more bridge built to make the relationship a success or one brick laid in the wall to start the crumbling of a relationship. If the first brick is never placed in the wall, there would never be the breaking apart of a relationship. If bricks have been laid in the wall, beginning to separate one person from the other, remember there is always a soft way of saying I’m sorry, allowing room for forgiveness. The wall can be demolished and removed. Broken bridges can be rebuilt. Injured relationships can be healed. The spark in the eye can be reignited. Both individuals must commit to the healing and rebuilding process. Patience will be a real virtue with each other for a period of time. It is true that a good relationship will require considerable investment for it to be successful. Love is wonderful, amazing, and a glorious substance that fuses and holds two individuals together. If boundaries are not set, priorities not valued, the building of weak bridges will result, and the relationship will be short-lived. Investment in our relationships is a very important key to successful relationships. Temptations in life will always be present but we do not have to yield to them and, instead, begin laying bricks. Be strong in the Lord, and through the power of His might and wisdom; build strong bridges in your relationships and know the blessing of having relationships that last forever. Happy building!


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Wired In: Senior Adults and Technology by Esmerelda Lee

esearch has shown that over half of older adults over the age of 65 years are overcoming the technology curve and becoming tech savvy. However, older adults in the age group of 75 years and above are still struggling in this area. Recently, our Internet on the Garden Plaza at Cleveland Campus ran into some challenges. For two whole weeks, I received numerous calls, personal meetings and notes regarding the huge inconvenience this presented. Much like the rest of America, it seems that our local senior population has become very dependent on the Internet. During these two weeks, I learned that my customers use the Internet to track their medications, including invoicing and pricing. The Internet is used to complete their daily banking transactions, communicating with brokers and financial portfolio monitoring and paying bills. I also discovered that my children were not the only ones using face time, Skype and Facebook! Seniors have found digital media very convenient since most of them have lost connection with old friends and find it difficult to get out and socialize. I also discovered that this Christmas, that one of the top gifts to give your older adult parents was an iPad! The challenges that March arise for older adults with technology in 2014

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well-known sculptor once nce said, saaiid, “I “I do do not not create cre reat atee beaubeeau b beau a ty in my sculptures. Th Thee beauty bea e ut utyy is is aalready l eeaady lr d there, the here re, I just re just ju st find it.” I stand before you, a work in progress. I am under construction, a constantly changing piece of art. One day, I will be a masterpiece and all the pain will not be for nothing. I am developing every day into what I am chosen to be. I would like the audience to come along with me, on a journey. This journey starts in the year 1501 in the market of Italy. As we pass by sculptures and pieces of art, past hipster artists and plenty of philosophically filled minds, I want to take you to the very back corner. In the dark, hidden depths of this bustling market there is a large marble slab leaned against the wall. It is chipped with rugged edges and shows the wear of many years on its dark streaked surface. It is no longer a pure white, no longer a desirable piece; it is imperfect. No one in the market pays it any attention, some even scoff and turn their noses up at the marble, and so it sits hopelessly. Yet one day a young artist, a sculptor from Florence, who is just a little more than eccentric, walks into our small artist market. He walks with pride in his step and a mysterious gleam in his eye. He walks past all the “distinguished” artists who sit under their tents and straight up to our slab of marble. People whisper and a hush falls on the busy market that day as our young sculpture looks up at the grotesque piece and with a smile says, “I’ll take it!” This was the beginning of a long and difficult road for our young artist, Michelangelo. He got straight to work that day and set his watchful eye upon the stone. He scrubbed until his fingers bled, chiseled until his forearms ached, and hit roadblock after roadblock. At times the task at hand looked impossible, but it never discouraged our dear Michelangelo, it only inspired him to work all the harder. At the end of this long and lonely journey, through the persecution and doubt of his peers, Michelangelo was ready for the unveiling. Do you know what the scoffers saw that day? Michelangelo had created one of the most historical and most desirable sculptures that this world would ever know. Michelangelo’s David stands today in the Galleria dell’Accademi and was appraised in 1976 at $350,000. The piece that everyone doubted is still world famous even centuries later. Now you may ask, what does this have to do with you and I. The thing is, we are that stone. We’ve been cut and chipped. We have deep, dark streaks through our white reflection. We were left in the back, all alone. We were left with no hope of any kind of beautiful future. Yet, one bright day, an artist with an eye for potential stepped into the picture. He looked at you and he looked at me and said, “I’ll take her”. Even though no one is the whole world saw anything good in me this artist saw something beautiful, just below the surface. Others called Him crazy and claimed that I’d never become anything worthy, but my Creator, my Sculptor, didn’t listen to March them. He took me home and began the hard work.

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A He He scrubbed scru scru sc rubb bbeed d away awa way the th he dirt dirtt and a grime the world had left on As me m e, ass H hissel eleed ed aaway wayy th wa tthe he wa w alls llls around aro ar me, Hee cch chiseled walls my heart was He shocked with what he found below? No, my artist was ready. He knew the drastic mysteries and cutting hurts that lay below my covering. As I look in the mirror what do I see? I am a short, tan girl who plays soccer and tries to keep her grades up. But is that all that there is to me? Can I be something more than that? One layer deeper you can discover that I have a heart for the unlovable, I desire to make them realize their true value. Here is where you will discover mu immense love for my babies at the Boys and Girls club and all of my freshmen girls. The tip of my heart starts to show, but I want to take you even deeper than that. I am willing to allow the entire high school to shine a light on my deepest of feelings and my deepest of fears. Secretly, in a place locked deep within, I am such a people pleaser it can sometimes result in harm to myself. I strive not only for excellence but perfection and daily fail my own unrealistic standard. I have allowed it to push me into the realms of anorexia and failure. I do NOT have it all together. In this deep cavern, I only allow a few to see, are the scars I try to hide from hurts aand pains that have been inflicted o on me. Words hurt me more than I will ever let on. I have doubts and ffears, questions I am afraid to ask, aand worries I’ll never be strong eenough to voice. This is where you gget deep into who I really am, the m messy parts. But also in this tangled m mess of life there is a light, a hope, aan endurance, and a perseverance tthat fuel my unstoppable drive. His n name is Jesus and He was willing to ggo through it all with me to get here. I am His masterpiece; I am bein ing shaped and molded because I remain plyable. Day to day it is not the easiest task to remain a moldable piece but I have a purpose. It says in Ephesians 2:10 that, “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” As we are shaped and carved to look more and more like Christ things won’t always be easy, but they will always be worth it. He chose me when I was rejected, He knew the feeling of being dismissed by men oh too well. “ As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” I am being built into a spiritual house. I was rejected by men and overlooked by many, but my God has an eye for potential and claimed me as His own. I stand before you, a work in progress. I am under construction, a constantly changing piece of art. One day, I will be a masterpiece and all the pain will not be for nothing. I am developing every day into what I am chosen to be. God, my sculptor, saw potential in me even when no one else did. Remember that no matter what imperfections you carry there is an artist who sees potential in you. Our artist is Christ and He is continually shaping us. Never forget that you are a masterpiece.


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What: We believe that it is important to laugh together, praise each other, encourage one another, and to offer biblical advice. Articles can be directed toward everyone, or from woman to woman, or man to man. We love to share recipes and family traditions as well. We ask that articles be kept to a 500 word minimum. We’d love to hear from you! Where: Please send submissions to goodnewstn@gmail.com Why: Because God has not intended for us to just survive. We believe that we are intended to reach out to love and encourage each other. God has brought each of us through tough times, blessed us, and made the “impossible” possible. Let’s, together, share the love of Jesus Christ.

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G ò0 dNews - Church

by Pastor, Phil Griffin

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n February 2004 a small group of people, fourteen to be exact, gathered for a Bible study, that over the next few weeks grew to the point that they were forced to find a new location to meet. Little did this small group of people know that they were dealing with the first of what would become many decisions that would lead to the forming of a new church in Cleveland, Tennessee. Within the next few weeks they were meeting in the Chapel at Tennessee Christian Preparatory School on North Lee Highway under the name The Church at Grace Point. The vision that God had given their pastor, Phil Griffin, was to discover what would happen if a group of people married contemporary praise and worship music and sound Biblical preaching together with a desire to see God get all the glory for anything accomplished. Well, ten years have passed since the journey began to discover the answer to that question. Here are a few of the things that have been accomplished that give you the reader some idea of the answer. Know that the congregation would be quick to make sure God is given all the glory. Over those ten years, the church has worshiped in five locationsincluding the buying and selling of millions of dollars worth of land and buildings. The church has seen hundreds of people come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior. March Dozens of mission groups to

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Sunday Worship 10a.m. 2575 Old Freewill Road Cleveland, TN 37312 grace-point.com (423) 728-5050 places like Honduras, Haiti, Jamaica, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi .Several members surrendered to a call to ministry and missions. Others partnered with local ministries like New Hope Pregnancy Care Center, The Caring Place, Ocoee Outreach, North Lee Elementary etc. Along the way, word began to spread that Grace Point was a different kind of church. a nickname that has continued to be associated with the church. How are they different? Their buildings are different (You have to see to understand). Their dress is different in that casual dress is the norm. Their worship style is different, exclusively contemporary. Their atmosphere is different, humble and friendly. As the church looks to the future, they continue to be guided by one simple standard of evaluation. As their pastor Phil Griffin puts it:: “We determine how we spend our time and resources based on one criteria is it effective in reaching people for Jesus. We believe a church’s effectiveness is not measured by the size of the buildings or the size of the attendance but instead by the number of changed lives. We have challenged our congregation to not necessarily be known as the biggest church in town but the church with the biggest heart. We will continue to build our Preschool, Children’s, Student, College, Singles, Men’s and Women’s, and Missions Ministries guided by this principle of effec-

tiveness.” Someone might ask: “What would I expect to see and experience if I attended Grace Point?” You can be assured that you will hear sermons that are without apology centered on the authority of the Word of God, music led by a live band under the able leadership of our Pastor of Worship Allen Green, a warm, welcoming congregation who is always excited to meet new friends. You would meet a church committed to ministering to children of all ages. Preschoolaged children led by our Preschool Director, Sonya Fugate and a Children’s Ministry led by our Children’s Minister, Nick Poole. You would discover a church that desires to disciple teenagers through a vibrant student ministry led by Mickey Clark, our Associate Pastor to Students. Similarly, you would see a church desiring to touch the lives of college students and singles in the Cleveland area through the efforts of Jerry Stout and Brandi Jones. You might even run into a group of people wearing their Grace Point Riders T-shirts and discover that there are people (including the pastor) who are using their love for riding motorcycles as a vehicle to minister to the needs of the Cleveland/ Bradley County area. Our greatest hope would be that you would discover a group of people who love Jesus Christ with all of their hearts and desire for others to sense and feel His presence when they worship with us.


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G ò0 dNews for Everyone

PLEASE DON’T READ MY BOOK (but do buy it) by Darren Schalk

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had an epiphany recently, and it wasn’t a pleasant one. I have a horrible habit of crawling up into my head to see what’s there. More often than not I merely notice what’s missing, but that’s another story. I’m slightly introverted, so I often find myself lost in my thoughts. WARNING: TMI in 3…2…1…This happens most often while I’m in the shower. My wife likes to point out that I sometimes take long showers. I do this because I literally forget I’m in the shower. I get utterly lost in my head, like that dude in the movie Hook who couldn't find his marbles. On one of these recent head trips (pun) I realized that my head is a place no one should ever, visit. It’s filled with ridiculous ponderings about strawberry jelly, Jesus, duck-billed platypuses, time travel, and Teletubbies, although not necessarily in that order. (Unfortunately the Teletubbies are usually first, followed by the time travel, which is typically my attempt to escape the Teletubbies, who are the thing of nightmares.) And this life-changing epiphany was followed by another, more horrifying epiphany: My book is a literal trip inside the mind of Darren. The previous paragraph shows why this is so horrifying. This realization immediately threw me from my watery shower stupor. I shut the water off and trembled into the bedroom praying that God would somehow pull my book from the shelves and burn every copy to a crisp by throwing them into the fiery pit of hell (no offense Rob Bell). March

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But it would appear He’s not answering that one (God, not Rob). Guess I didn’t pray with enough faith. So, I suppose this is simply a warning to everyone everywhere: Please don’t read my book. You might see things you never wanted to see. Don’t get me wrong, I highly encourage you to buy it, especially since I believe it to be your only ticket into heaven. And I want all of you to get into heaven, so please, by all means, go buy my book. I’m just asking that you don’t read it once you buy it. Or, if you do read it, never speak of it to anyone... again…ever. And for all you ridiculous adrenalin junkies who are still thinking: “I’m going to buy it AND read it!” you can see a special sneak preview on my blog at www.DiscipleshipInk. com. Or check out more on Amazon. Hopefully, that will show you how horrible an idea it would be to read it once you buy it. And if you purchase your copy from White Wing Bookstore in Cleveland during the month of March, you can get a special signed copy! (But only if you promise not to read it.) Darren’s book, “DEAR GOD WE NEED TO TALK: wrestling with God on questions of life and faith” from Passio will be on bookshelves everywhere March 4!


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