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GoodNews Kids “Should I Tell”

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GoodNews on Money Matters “Stop Worrying About What Other Folks Might Say”

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GoodNews for Him “What’s My Line” Cleveland Church Directory GoodNews for Her “An Unusual Day”

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GoodNews From the Pastor’s Desk “You Only Need a Bandaid”

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GoodNews for Parents “65 Promises God Has Given Your Child”

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GoodNews for Teens “The Honesty Van”

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GoodNews From the Outdoors “Confessions of a Turkey Hunter”

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GoodNews For Everyone “Take Up Your Cross”

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GoodNews for Seniors “Let Senior Living Be Your First Choice, Not Your Last Resort” GoodNews For Everyone “Here I Am” GoodNews for Writers

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GoodNews for Everyone “Planning A Successful Couples Retreat For Your Church” GoodNews for Everyone “I’m Sick & Tired, Help Me Now Lord”

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G ò0 dNews From the Pastor’s Desk

By:Kelvin Page Lead Pastor, Wesmore Church of God


nother form of healing often overlooked by Pentecostal churches is the ability for “the body to heal itself.” Did you know that Jehovah Rapha (our Healer) designed four different types of healing that we have access to in our lives! I'm going to categorize these four types of healing as I see it in " laymen's terms." 1. Emotional healing relates more to the spiritual, perhaps past hurts, demonology; all of these things can be categorized as emotional healing and have an effect on our personal productivity, physical well being and even ones ability to contribute in relationships. 2. Physical healing normally is the one we think of when we are talking or praying about healing. This is where God demonstrates His power over His creation and heals someone by re-creating or renewing a body part, body function or body system. God is Creator so if anyone can understand the body and the parts that need repaired, He does.

3. Natural Healing is when the Creator built within the body the natural ability for it to heal itself in many cases. If one cuts them-self most of the time the body has the innate ability to heal itself. 4. Relational Healing is the power of affirmation, acceptance, forgiveness and love all have a direct impact on our wholeness and health. Things like touch and kind words have a way creating a sense of value and self worth which plays a great role in our health.


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When my children were young

You Only Need A Bandaid I Corinthians 12: 26-27

boys they would often fall when they were "rough housing," riding bikes, or playing ball out in a field. They would end up with a scrape or cut and more often than not we would say to them "you only need a band-aid!" When they were real young they loved to make a big deal out of what we called a "boo boo" and they would want a band-aid. The band-aid seemed to cure it and make it all better. Now, the point is they didn't need a doctor or a nurse, they didn't have to go to the emergency room, they only needed a band-aid. Why? Because we knew that the body would heal itself. Debbie and I understood that God created within the body the innate ability to heal itself. I would submit to you that perhaps we have missed a lot of healing in our midst because we didn't pick up on the fact that God created in the Body of Christ the innate ability for the body to heal itself. Christians have especially missed this truth and how the Apostle Paul applies it to the local church body. The Physical Body is truly amazing. Many times, if not most of the time, the body has the ability to heal itself. And in 1 Corinthians chapter 12 we find the Apostle Paul making an analogy, a comparison between the human body and the local church-a spiritual body. He parallels the two and makes us aware that the church (called a spiritual body) is just as unique and incredible as the human body. As amazing as the human body is with all it's functions, systems and uniqueness, the spiritual body we call family at Westmore is just as incredible. Let's examine the comparisons.

The Body Hurts. (v.26a) Hurts because of a lack of love (1 Corinthians 13:1-3) Hurts because of selfishness Hurts because of disunity Hurts because of circumstances Hurts because of violations Hurts because of human failures Hurts because of disappointments Just as member on the human body can get hurt, so is it with a member in the church family. These things can have physical ramifications. The Bible teaches us that men’s hearts fail them because of fear. Listen friends, anxiety, fear, worry, and stress can have physical ramifications. The Word that is received and the acceptance and fellowship of the church can mean healing. God brings us through because the body helps. The Body Helps. (v.26b) One time I hit my finger with a hammer while working on a roof. It was amazing how every member on my body that could possibly get involved in order to alleviate the pain made itself available to assist the wounded finger. In the local church body, help may come through discipline, accountability, prayer, restoration teams and the sharing of grace and mercy. When applying discipline it must always be done for the hope of restoration. (Galatians 6:1) All through the New Testament we find commands to pray for one another, love one another, encourage one another, build one another up on the faith, why? Because God set up His church an innate ability for it to heal the members that are attached. It’s all part of His plan, the question is how do we

help? When people are hurt they need our help. Don’t hurt people, help people. To hurt them can have emotional and physical ramifications. How do we help? Sometimes it’s simple things. Remember they are human beings. They are not lepers. Hug them like you hugged them before the crisis. Shake hands if you shook hands before the crisis. Defend the family if someone is hurting them. It is nobody’s business outside the family. Many times there are children involved or careers involved. In your church, deal with your own church family. We at Westmore do our best to deal with our own family. The Body Heals. Spiritual gifts of mercy, and giving and words of encouragement, (which some of you have), combined with the spiritual graces of love: grace, acceptance, forgiveness, comfort, become the built in antibiotic that fights off disease. This healing takes place both in “the body of Christ” and in the physical body for an individual. The ultimate healing takes place when someone’s mess becomes there message. The healing power of stories or testimonies is an untapped resource in most churches. Fingers relating to fingers and eyes relating to eyes. The real catch in this is finding the ability to lose our reputation so that we can tell our story without fear and help someone. Don’t miss the opportunity to speak a healing word because you don’t know the root cause of the sickness.

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Should I Tell? Psalm 32:3-5 Dear Susie, Sorry I've been acting weird lately. I know I said nasty things to you yesterday. I'm worried about something, and I've just got to talk to someone about it. After you read this letter, tear it up and flush it. Promise? You know Jerry and Dan. They're in my class at school, and I brought them along to the party at your house last Christmas. I thought they were good guys, and they really are my best friends at school. Well, anyway, the Saturday before last we were all going to Dan's house. We walked past a house where the garage door was left open. There were no cars around. Jerry said that he bet no one was home. Dan said someone might be. So they rang the doorbell and no one answered. They went into the garage. I went along because I didn't know what they were going to do. They found a bike and some Ping-Pong paddles and balls. They took them. I didn't touch a thing. Jerry took the Ping-Pong stuff to his house. They hid the bike in the alley by Dan's house. I know it was stealing, and I know that's a sin. I'm telling you because we go to church together, and I hope you can understand. I don't want to steal and do wrong things. I told them they ought to take the things back. But they wouldn't do it. Then I told them that if they didn't take it back, I'd tell the cops. They laughed at me and told me that I was with them and that I would be arrested too. Do you think I would be? I don't want to go to jail. And I don't want Jerry and Dan to go to jail either. But they did something wrong, and I think they should take the things back. What do you think? Please don't talk to me on the phone about this. If Mom or Dad knew about it, they wouldn't let me play with Jerry and Dan anymore. I've never been in a mess like this before. Can you help me? Remember, tear this letter up after you read it. Sincerely, Matt

You've Got to Do Something Psalm 32:8-11 Dear Matt, I got your letter. Don’t worry, I read it and tore it up. No one will ever find even a piece of it. I wondered why you were acting the way you were. I thought you were mad at me or something. I wondered what I had done wrong. So I’m glad you told me. Wow! I don’t know what I’d do if I were you. I’m glad you didn’t steal that stuff. Do you know if Jerry and Dan have done this before? Maybe they steal all the time. If they get away with stealing the bike and things, I’ll bet they’ll do it again. Don’t do something dumb like trying to take the bike back by yourself. They might catch you taking it back and think you were stealing it. Then you’d be in real trouble. I don’t think Jerry and Dan are very good friends. Friends don’t do things like that. And if friends do something wrong, they’ll listen to you and try to make it right. I’m glad you know that it was wrong. If you want to be their friend, you’ve got to help them before they get into really big trouble. I’m glad you wrote that note to me. Maybe you can tell someone else. Could you tell your teachers at school? Teachers work with lots of kids. Sometimes they know what to do. Or why not tell your mom and dad? They might be mad at you at first because you shouldn’t have gone into the garage. But after they scold you, they’ll help you. Mine always do. Or maybe you should tell Jerry’s and Dan’s parents. Have you been to their houses? They might be nice people who would want to help their kids. My parents would want someone to tell them, and I bet yours would too. You’ve got to do something. You sound scared to me, and you’re acting funny. You didn’t do anything wrong, and you’re all worried. But I’m sure you’ll find the right thing to do. Let’s talk about this after church on Sunday, OK? Sincerely, Susie

Some Questions 1. How would you help Matt? 2.If you were Matt, whom could you have asked for help? 3.If you were Matt, what would you say to Jerry and Dan?

Some Questions 1. Do you think Susie helped Matt? 2. What do you think Matt will do? 3. What would you do if you were Matt?

A Prayer Jesus, forgive me when I am wrong, and help me to show others that they can confess and be forgiven too. Amen.

A Prayer Dear God, thank you for helping me when I need it. Help me to help others. In Jesus' name. Amen.


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Stop Worrying About What Other Folks

BY: Andrew Lee

I’m looking forward to coordinating another series of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class at my home church (Westmore Church of God) on Wednesday evenings at 6:30, starting on May 1st. I’ve served as an FPU Coordinator at Westmore for about 8 years, after taking the class myself fifteen years ago when my wife and I were newlyweds. The class and its common-sense, biblically-based lessons on money management were a true blessing for our young marriage, and I’ve enjoyed seeing many other couples and singles take the FPU class and improve their finances as well as their spiritual, financial, and emotional health. However, there have been several times in the past few years that I’ve tried to offer the class, only to discover I had few or no “takers.” No one, it seemed, needed a class on wise money management or getting out of debt during the housing mortgage meltdown and financial crisis. No one was in need of “financial peace,” apparent-

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ly, during numerous layoffs and record unemployment. Maybe our little utopia of Cleveland and Bradley County was simply immune to all of the economic chaos that unfolded between 2007-2011 and beyond. Could that be it? I actually had to cancel the FPU class several times due to a lack of interest in our community. I realize other churches in Cleveland regularly offer the class, too, and I hoped that people in need were attending those classes and getting help with their finances. But do you know what I believe was probably behind the supposed lack of interest? It’s the same problem that plagues us all in one way or another—simple pride. And a corollary to that pride is an unshakeable fear of what “others might think.” I believe there are many people who would be interested in taking a class like Financial Peace which has proven to be effective and to help anyone and everyone, regardless of income level, financial acumen, social status, or religious persuasion. But many people are concerned

that by merely signing up to take the class, they would be declaring their financial failures to the public—their presence in the class might suggest to others that they’ve made mistakes with their finances, and no one wants to be thought of as incompetent, careless, or incapable of handling money. Those unpleasant bedfellows—pride and fear—will eventually lead to ruin, financially or otherwise. We can’t let our fear of what others might think prevent us from taking steps that will lead to success. First off, I never assume that someone is in financial trouble simply because they sign up for the Financial Peace University class. On the contrary, I assume everyone is doing pretty well and simply wants to learn how to do “better” with money. And let’s not miss the irony here: if you’re in a financial management class and anyone sees you, they’re in the same class for similar reasons! It’s like when I was a kid growing up and my parents always drove us to Chattanooga to go see a movie, just in case anyone from church

saw us doing something so awful. I tried to tell my father that anyone who saw us at the movies would be (gasp) at the movies themselves! But my logic never worked on him for some reason. Let me encourage you that if you need financial counseling in any way for any reason—whether to stop collectors from harassing you, help with making a plan to pay off debts, or formulating a plan to save for retirement or some other savings goal—seek help and don’t be intimidated by fear of what others might say or think about you. It’s your life, not theirs. Odds are, your friends, neighbors, and co-workers may have some of the same financial stresses as you, or worse. I invite any of the readers of this column who are interested in joining my Financial Peace University class at Westmore Church of God for May-July to contact me for more information at May God bless you richly is my prayer.

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What’s My Line? learning to be the priest of your home

By: Darren Schalk


y Dad did not like to hear cuss words. He would often give one warning to any given movie or show and after that, the plug was pulled. And when the remote was missing (or in the days before we had one), Dad had us get up, walk to the TV, and press the power button. This made it even more annoying. This will be my story of how tough I had it when I was young: “Son, when I was a kid, I used to walk 20 feet, uphill both ways, without AC, to turn the channel!” Or, “When I was a kid, we used to have to climb to the top of the house, latch onto a dinosaur-sized antenna, and hang ourselves off the edge of the roof to tune in ALF, Miami Vice, or Magnum P.I.” But two cuss words would make all my death-defying roof antics for naught. (Thankfully ALF did not have a potty mouth. Crockett and Tubbs, on the other hand…) While this was an annoyance for me growing up, I always knew it was coming. And when I heard that first cuss word on the stuff I really wanted to watch, I always slowly turned to see if Dad was paying attention and whispered a prayer. “God, he’s hard of hearing. Please let this one fall to his deaf ear. Amen.” God rarely answered. And although this was always highly annoying, I knew where Dad stood. I knew where his lines were drawn. I knew he was uncomfortable with some things and his convictions caused him to take action even when we didn’t like it or agree with it. I never had a language prob-

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lem. There were no f-bombs being accidentally dropped at our house. But Dad wasn’t doing it to protect us; he was doing it because it was a personal conviction for him. And as the priest of our home, he had every right to do it, and in fact, he probably had a responsibility to do it. Having three children now, I have thought a lot about this. I knew where Dad drew his lines and it taught me that convictions are okay to have, and they should affect my actions. But do my kids know where I draw the lines? Do I even have lines drawn? I don’t recall ever shutting off a show for language, or for anything, really. If the kids are in the room and suggestive dialogue or steamy scenes takes place, I often pause the television and wait till the kids leave the room to continue watching. But what am I teaching them? It’s okay for me to see this, but not you? What kind of lesson is that? It’s not a lesson at all, I suppose. Or if it is, it’s certainly not a good one. I understand that not everyone has a problem with foul language on television, or even using it themselves. But that’s not the point. The point is this: DO WE HAVE ANY LINES DRAWN? DO WE HAVE ANY PERSONAL CONVICTIONS AT ALL? This small annoyance while I was growing up has turned into a large life lesson for me. Dad had convictions. There were some things that were not okay for him and he acted on his convictions.

The questions this leaves me with are:

1) What are my convictions? 2) How do my convictions affect my actions (if at all)?

3) With no lines drawn, what am I teaching my children? Where will their lines be in twenty years, if I have NONE? These are scary questions. I think I better start coming up with some answers that actually MEAN something, and allow those convictions to truly CHANGE the way I act as a father and as the priest of my home. But then, maybe it’s just me.



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(423) 559-2653 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 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 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, Cleve-

land, TN 37323 (423) 476-6007 North Cleveland Baptist Church Pastor Dr. Jay Mccluskey 2815 Ocoee St N, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-8524 or 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 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 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 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 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 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

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

Church of Christ Cleveland Church Of Christ 1025 Beech Cir NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 339-2500 Eastside Church Of Christ 252 Wildwood Ave SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-0901 SE 2nd Street Church of Christ 753 Howard Cir SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-3789 Union Grove Church Of Christ Minster Steven Hall 4889 Bates Pike SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-8307


Church of God Fellowship of Praise COG Pastor Selma Hall 931 Inman Street East Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-3121 or International Worship Center Centro Internacional de Adoración 533 Central Ave. NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-1977 or Lakeview Church of God Pastor Dustin Wilds 105 Pound Street S.E. Cleveland, TN 37323 (423)-790-5805 or North Cleveland COG Pastor Mitch Maloney 335 11th St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5513 or 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 Westmore COG Pastor Kelvin Page 2412 Wolfe Dr NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 559-9646 or Zion Assembly COG Pastor Todd Mcdonald 5512 Waterlevel Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 476-3337 or

Church of God of Prophecy Cleveland Spanish Church of God of Prophecy 2610 Grove Ave. Cleveland, TN 37312 (423)473-7199 Durkee Road Church of God of Prophecy 201Durkee Rd. Cleveland, TN37312 (423) 472-4384 Keith Street Ministries Church of God of Prophecy 4000 Keith ST. NW Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-2448 Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy 3301 Peerless Rd. NW Cleveland, TN 37312

(423)303-2680 Spring Place Church of God of Prophecy 2530 Spring Place Rd. Cleveland, TN37311 (423)476-6414 Wildwood Church of God of Prophecy Bishop Winston Reid 140 Wildwood Ave Cleveland, TN 37311 (423)479-6584


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


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


Big Spring United Methodist Church 1196 Hardwick St SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5242 Black Fox United Methodist Church 1820 Old Chattanooga Pike SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 339-1908 Broad Street United Methodist Church 155 Central Ave NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5586 First United Methodist Church 3425 Ocoee St N, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-4504 South Cleveland United Methodist Church 1165 Church St SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-8742 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


Faith Memorial Church 910 17th St NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-6281

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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


Christian Fellowship Ctr 895 6th St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-9591 Church Alive Ministries Cleveland, TN 37353 (423) 559-1371 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 Freedom Fellowship Church 3555 Blue Springs Rd, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 478-0654 God’s Family Fellowship Pastors, Doug & Patsy Bell 4857 Freewill Rd NW Cleveland, TN 37312 Phone (423) 240-2620 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 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 Shema Israel Ministry 850 Elrod St SE Cleveland, TN 37311 423-994-8553 United Christian Church 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


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 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 Seventh-day Adventist Church 8408 Highway 60 Georgetown, TN 37336 (423) 961-2312

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Adult Groups Cleveland Christian Fellowship -Bible Study Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Heritage Fellowship COG -C.O.R.E- Young adults age 1830, Single and Married gather together the 1st Tuesday of every month at Panera on Paul Huff Pkwy. -C.O.R.E- Sunday mornings at 9:45. Breakfast is provided.

Macedonia Baptist Church -Prayer & bible study Wednesday at 6:30 p.m

Parkway Baptist Church -Bible study Wednesday at 6:00 p.m

South Cleveland COG Bible studies and WOW worship Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

The Church at GracePoint -LifePoint Small Groups Contact mclark@grace-point. com

Union Grove Church of Christ -Bible study Sundays at 10:00 a.m (All ages) -Bible study Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Westmore COG -“Bridge Builders” Sundays at 6:00 p.m. -“Berean” Bible Study Sundays at 5:00 p.m.” -Sanctuary Bible Class Sundays at 6:00 p.m. -Crossroads Bible Study Sundays at 6:00 p.m. -“Growing in Christ” Sundays at 6:00 p.m. -“Sojourners” Bible Study Sundays at 6:00 p.m. -“Growing in Grace” Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. -“The Blessed Life” Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m -Bible study Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Westwood Baptist Church -Bible Study Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

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Children Living Word Church -Cereal Sunday: Last Sunday of each month beginning at 10am for elementary age children. W.O.W. = Win On Wednesday (Discipleship program) 7-8:15pm every Wed. night For kids infant to 5th grade -Kids Town Sun.&Wed Nights Grace Point - KidStuf Sun. 9 am -C4K Sun. 10 am -UpStreet Sun. 6 pm -GP Kids Sun. 6:30 Heritage Fellowship COG -Royal Rangers/Missionettes: Wednesdays at 7:00p (K-5) Macedonia Baptist Church -Awana Club Wednesday 6:00 p.m.

Mt Olive Ministries COG -Childrens Choir (K-2 grade, 3-5 grade) Wednesdays at 7:00-7:30 p.m. -Little Sweethearts (2-5 yrs) -Bluebelles (1st-3rd) -Joybelles (4th-5th) -Royal Rangers (K-5th) Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

North Cleveland COG -“e4Kids” Sundays 9:30-10:00 a.m. -Big Breakfast Bonanza Sundays 10:00-10:30 a.m. -Big City Sundays 10:30-12:00 p.m. -Toon Town Wednesdays 6:30-7:15

Parkway Baptist Church -TeamKIDS(k-5 grade) Wdnesday at 6:00 p.m

South Cleveland COG -Little Sweethearts (2-5 yrs) -Bluebelles (1st-3rd) -Joybelles (4th-5th) -Royal Rangers (K-5th) Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

Westmore COG -Childrens Choir (K-2 grade, 3-5 grade) Wednesdays at 6:30-7:00 p.m. -Little Sweethearts (2-5 yrs) -Bluebelles (1st-3rd) -Joybelles (4th-5th) -Royal Rangers (K-5th) Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

Westwood Baptist Church -“Kid Connection” Sunday School 9:30-10:40 Worship Hour 10:40-12:15 -Story Craft Hour (July) Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 -Awana (Aug-May) Wednesdays 6:00-8:00

Couples Groups North Cleveland COG -“Twenty Something” Couples Fellowship For engaged and married couples in their 20’s. Sundays at 9:30 a.m. -“Covenant Couples” Couples 30’s – 50’s Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Westmore Church of God -“IMarriage” Sundays at 6:00 p.m.

Family Groups Living Word Church - Living Word Church Family Life Groups (Call 423.339-3028 for more information) - Thursdays, 1:30pm - Thursdays, 6:30pm - Sundays, 5pm Westmore Church of God -Visionary Parenting Sundays at 6:00 p.m. -“Secrets of Your Family Tree” Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Food Ministries Macedonia Baptist Church -Living Bread- gives out nonperishables first Friday of each month 12 - 1 p.m.

Men’s Groups First United Methodist Church -Men’s Breakfast 1st Saturday Morning at 8:00 a.m. Living Word Church - Living Word Church Men’s Life Groups (Call 423.339-3028 for more information) - Sunday 6pm - Monday 7pm - Saturday 8am Mt. Olive Ministries -Men’s Ministries

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m North Cleveland Church of God -“Iron Sharpens Iron” Mens Ministry Saturday Mornings at 9:00 a.m. At Mountain View Inn

The Church at GracePoint -Men’s Breakfast at 8:00 a.m First Saturday of the month in the Grace Point Café.

United Christian Church -Mens’s Breakfast 2nd Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Westmore COG -Wednesday Morning Prayer 6:00 a.m.

Prayer Groups Cleveland Christian Fellowship -Prayer meeting) Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. Living Word Church Pre-Service Prayer Sunday Mornings. 9:30-10:20am. Prayer Room. God-Seekers (Noon Prayer). Freedom Prayer Room. M-Th 12:00 - 1pm City-Wide Prayer. Every Friday. 12:00 - 1 (Calendar available at House of Prayer. 1st and 3rd Fridays each month. 7-9pm. East Wing Go Prayer / Evangelism. Every Friday. 7pm. East Wing Fast Lane (Prayer and Fasting) 1st Mon, Tue, Wed of each month. 12 Noon. Sanctuary Healing Rooms (Healing Prayer Ministry). Thursdays 1-3pm. (By Appointment 423.339.3028) 1st and 3rd Fridays 7pm

The Church at GracePoint -Prayer Service Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

United Christian Church -Prayer meeting Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Westmore COG -Missions Prayer Movement Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Senior Adult Living Word Church


Embers (Senior Adult Ministries) Sept. 30, 1pm. Picnic at Fletcher Park Call 423.330.3028 for more information

Macedonia Baptist Church -Fellowship Lunchon-Every 3rd tuesday -Quilters groups that meets ever 2nd. & 4th. Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m

North Cleveland COG -“Peacemakers” Senior adult ministries Contact Travis Porter (423) 476-5513

South Cleveland COG -“Prime Timers” 1 Friday a month

SingleAdult Groups North Cleveland COG -“Oasis Singles Ministry” Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Westmore Church of God -“Single Friends” Meet the second and forth Saturdays of each month for a variety of events. Contact Tammy Taylor at (865)617-7715.

Support Groups Westmore COG -“DivorceCare” Thursdays Contact Rick and Rhonda McClure (423)596-1003 -Grief Care Mondays at 6:00 p.m.

Womens Groups Living Word Church Life Groups (Call 423.339-3028 for more information) - Sunday 5pm, -Sunday 6pm, -Thursday11:30am - Thursday 6pm - Friday 10:30am

Mt. Olive Ministries -Women’s Ministries Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m

North Cleveland COG

-Women’s Ministries Contact Nelda at (423)4765513

The Church at GracePoint -Women group meets weekly For more info contact

United Christian Church -R.E.A.L. Women Meeting (Realistic Encouraging Awakened Ladies) 3rd Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Westmore Church of God -Women’s Bible Study Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. -Yada Yada Book Club Third Thursday of each month 7:30-9:00 p.m Contact Emily Stone at (423)331-1474

Westwood Baptist Church -“Sisters Inc.” For more info contact Terry Johnson (423)472-1534

Youth Cleveland Christian Fellowship -CCF Jr. Youth(10-12) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. -CCF Teens(13-18) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Grace Point -IGNITE Youth Ministries Wednesday The U. 6:30pm Sunday Verticle Café 7pm Heritage Fellowship COGROOTS Student Ministry: Wednesdays at 7:00p and Sundays at 9:45a.m. (breakfast provided!) International Worship Center Centro Internacional de Adoración -Youth Ministries Wednesday 7pm Friday 7pm Living Word Church -IGNITE Youth Ministries Wednesday IGNITE U. 7pm Sunday IGNITE Service 6:30pm -Fuel: Ages 18-29 Thursday Nights at 8pm

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Macedonia Baptist Church -Y4C Youth Group Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Mt. Olive Ministries COG -LH2O Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

North Cleveland COG

North Cleveland COG

May 19 - 10:45

-“Altitude Middle School Ministires” Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. -“Elevation” Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

-Womens Spring Brunch May 11 - 11a.m.

-Girls Night Out May 16 - 6:30 p.m.

Peerless Road Church -Jeremi & Amy Richardson

Westmore CoG

Parkway Baptist Church -Student Ministries(6-12 grade) Wdnesday at 6:00 p.m

South Cleveland COG -“Fusion” Youth Group Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Westmore COG -The Element Root work Electives Sundays at 6:00 p.m. -The Element Service Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Westwood Baptist Church -“Refuge” Youth Group Wednesday nights at 6:00 p.m.

Events In May Church at Grace Point -Mens Breakfast May 4 - 8:00 a.m. -Green Sock Classic (Golf) May 5 - 1 p.m. -5k With Audio Adrenaline May 19 - Follow Service -Audio Adrenaline Concert May 19 - 6:00p.m.

First Baptist Cleveland -5K May 4 - 9: a.m. -Fishing Frenzy June 1 - 8:15 a.m.

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Living Word Church -Mother/Daughter Tea May 18 - 11a.m. -Moms Nurturing Moms May 9 - 6:30 p.m.

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AN UNUSUAL DAY By: Elizabeth Shreve Co-Pastor of Triumphant Living (“The Sanctuary”)


t was a most unusual day…a day when a man’s voice commanded and natural laws of the universe were temporarily suspended. The Word of God states that there was no day like that day—before or after it. Joshua said a prayer and the sun stopped in mid-sky (actually, to be technical about it, the earth quit rotating). Let me rephrase that – Joshua commanded the sun to stand still. He did not beg or plead, but he spoke with authority. Could this be a part of our inheritance too? Is it possible that we don’t have to plead or beg, but we can command our circumstances to change? Maybe that’s what Jesus meant when He said you can “say to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and it will be done (Matthew 21:21). Through my years as a mother, there have been plenty of times when I’ve just wept, cried and pled with God, waiting desperately for His hand to move in a particular situation. At other times, I’ve dared to ‘speak

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the Word in faith’ and at times, I have seen amazing results. When I was expecting my second child, I was given little hope of her ever being normal. During one of my regular check-ups, with a grim look on his face, the doctor pointed to a dark spot on the ultrasound image at the base of my baby girl’s spine. He then explained that she had Spina Bifoda and would probably never walk. If that wasn’t bad enough, he proceeded to tell me that she probably had Cretinism and would also be severely retarded. At first I panicked. My mind was racing; my heart was seized with fear. The doctor leaned over his desk and suggested an “alternative” (something I never entertained doing, not for a moment). Then in my absolute desperation, God came through for me. As I was walking out of the doctor’s office, the Spirit of the Lord fell on me and I heard Him say, “Your daughter will dance on the streets of Jerusalem.” From that moment forward I knew I had a “living Word from God” on which to base my faith—so prayers that would have been trembling and doubtful became more forceful. Then, in the six month of my pregnancy, as I was reading my Bible, a scripture seemed to just leap off the page: “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me” (Psalm 138:8). Right away, I started proclaiming that over our daughter, laying hands on my belly and saying, “Baby, you concern me. Therefore, the Word of God says you are perfect.” It wasn’t an overnight victory (I prayed for three months), but it was definitely a victory. When she came forth from the womb, the first word our new doctor said (not knowing what I had prayed) was, “She’s perfect”—and she was. It worked. Confessing in faith and speaking the word worked. I was ecstatic. But what made it work? Let me answer a question with a question. What characterized the prayer methods of Joshua? Why was He able to bring God’s power down to earth in such a supernatural way? I do believe that God’s response to the prayer of Joshua was not the result of a brief, one-time encounter. It was a result of a daily relationship between a prayerful man and his Creator. It was the passion he had to seek God…even the desire to see Him face-to-face. In Exodus 33:11, Joshua was described as the young aide of Moses who “did not leave the tent.” His experience as Moses’ aide at the tent of meeting, and his mentor’s example of face-to-face meetings with God resulting in supernatural answers, no doubt impressed upon Joshua the power of prayer. It has always interested me that when Moses went to the tabernacle that every man stood at his tent door and looked after Moses; only Joshua followed Moses to the tent. Not only that, Joshua refused to depart out of the tabernacle. Maybe this is why God moved so quickly for him later on in life. He had persevered for many years to see the things of God. We need that kind of long-term tenacity! While everyone else is standing at the door of their tent, casting their gaze toward the ‘possibility’ of intimacy with God, let us instead walk into the inner sanctuary! Then, let us refuse to “leave the tent”…until we personally see and hear our Creator! Sometimes tragedy can force that on us. It did for me. When I heard the negative report about my daughter, I had no option—I was overwhelmed with the realization that I had to get closer to Him, to seek Him daily and refuse to leave His presence. It worked for Joshua. It worked for me. It can work for you.

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G ò0 dNews for Parents By: Pastor Mike Shreve Triumphant Living Church (“The Sanctuary”)


arenting is one of the most challenging tasks in life. As Dr. Dobson said, “No job can compete with the responsibility of shaping and molding a new human being.” But here’s the GOOD NEWS—God has united with you in this endeavor and He has given 65 biblical promises concerning your offspring, simply because you are in a covenant relationship with Him. There are 7,487 promises in the entirety of God’s Word—but 65 of those are just for parents. For instance, Deuteronomy 7:9 describes the everlasting Father as:

"…The faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” I was awestruck when the full import of this verse penetrated my heart about seven years ago. Apparently, in Abraham’s time a “generation” was identified as being 100 years long and in Moses’ time, 40 years long (see Genesis 15:13-16, Psalms 95:10). So I quickly did the math, using the higher number. “A thousand times hundred years! Wow!—If I sincerely walk with God in this life, an invisible blessing will pass down through my family line for 100,000 years. How amazing!” Of course, this is most likely not an exact figure, but a symbolic one, showing the long-lasting nature of this unique divine pledge. Most would agree, we do not have 100,000 years before the LORD Jesus Christ returns—but according to this verse, whatever time we have left until the end of this age, we can expect covenant and mercy to hover over our descendants, empowering them in times of challenge and restoring them in time of failure. When this truth “dawned” on me, it was a HolySpirit-saturated moment—an epiphany—that opened my eyes to the potent legacy that passes down from a mother or father who truly knows God, loves God and serves God. I felt I had tapped into a mother lode in God’s Word (a primary vein of gold). So I continued ‘digging’ over a period of about two years before amassing a pile of 65 golden nuggets. Now my longing is to enrich others with this insight. One of the most effective ways to seek God is to “pray the promises”: to meditate on biblical truths and quote them in faith, as we spend time in His presence. Once divine pledges are known, believers do not need to beg God. Instead, they can come to Him boldly, confessing those passages that verify His will in the matter, fully expecting divine intervention. This is the way faith works. In the words of Psalms 2:7, believers “DECLARE THE DECREE.” A “decree” is a royal order having the force of law. Because the King of Creation has DECREED certain things over our children; we have the right and the responsibility to echo them, to DECLARE them—and then fully expect a manifestation. Too often mothers and fathers do the opposite. They

pray in desperation, begging God to move in the lives of their children. That ‘pleading’ approach should go out the window forever once the breath of God breathes this insight into your spirit. One of the most powerful of the 65 promises hinges on a simple yet profound choice. In Deuteronomy 30:19, God exhorts parents:

“I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19) A sinful life produces spiritual, emotional and mental ‘death’ in a person. “Choosing life” means choosing those things which instead have a ‘life-imparting’ effect—choosing things like love, joy, peace, forgiveness, holiness, obedience to God’s Word and many other worthwhile attributes and actions. Those who choose rebellion against God pass on a legacy of death to their children; those who choose submission to God pass on a legacy of life. If the latter describes you, then you should often confess, “I choose life, both for me and for my offspring!” Yes, you have the legal right spiritually to do that! In fact even if you are alone in your commitment to the LORD, God will still honor your relationship with Him. 1 Corinthians 7:14 verifies this: For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. So dare to prayerfully profess—no matter how your offspring may be living at the time—“My children are ‘holy unto the Lord, separated from the world and consecrated to God’s purposes.” As parents we know all too well the limitations of our influence. We can instruct our children in the necessity of serving and loving God, but we cannot force them to embrace these vital concepts. However, once again, we are promised divine help. The following two passages are very encouraging: And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. (Deuteronomy 30:6) All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. (Isaiah 54:13) So praying parents and grandparents, I encourage you to take this Word-journey with me. Learn the rest of these promises, weep with gratitude as you read them, write them down, post them in your homes, pray them, confess them, and even shout to God in advance for their fulfillment. As we do, let’s believe God together for a heaven-sent stirring among our children and a great outpouring of God’s Spirit in our community! May

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G ò0 dNews for your Taste Buds

German Chocolate Cake By: Deana Thompson


n the past, whenever I have heard of German Chocolate Cake, images of Germany would float through my brain: half-timbered houses, sauerkraut and sausages, brightly-colored traditional outfits, and the Black Forest. However, I recently learned that the cake is not named for a country but for a person. In 1852, Sam German, a confectioner employed by the Baker’s Chocolate Company, developed a sweet dark baking chocolate, which the company named in his honor: Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate. Over 100 years later, a recipe using this baking chocolate appeared in a Texan newspaper with the title “German’s Chocolate Cake.” Owners of the Baker’s Company noticed the recipe and distributed it to other newspapers around the country, dropping the possessive form in the cake’s name to just “German Chocolate Cake” as we know it today. Thus, the cake has been subjected to mistaken identity all of these years, seeming to be something that it really isn’t. The Bible is full of people who seemed to be one thing but were, in actuality, something different. A sun-tanned teenager who smelled of sheep and the great outdoors was actually a mighty warrior brave enough to fight and kill the Philistine’s champion. A king’s cup-bearing servant whose family had been forcibly taken from their homeland was really a mighty architect talented enough to build an entire city wall in 52 days. An overzealous Pharisee who brutally persecuted the early Christians was in reality a mighty missionary sent throughout the entire Roman world to proclaim the Good News of Jesus. A newborn infant who lay in a borrowed manger surrounded by the sights and smells of a barnyard was actually God’s Son, Creator of the universe. People see who we appear to be, but God sees who we really are; and sometimes the two do not match. Begin seeing others as God sees them, not as you see them. Begin seeing yourself as God sees you, not as others see you. And perhaps this knowledge of who people truly are in God’s sight will affect how we view them and behave toward them--just like I will never view a German Chocolate Cake the same again!

German Chocolate Cake ½ c. water 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate 4 eggs, separated ½ tsp. cream of tartar 1 c. unsalted butter 1 c. honey ½ tsp. pure vanilla 2 c. all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt 1 c. buttermilk

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour two (or three) 8- or 9-inch round cake pans. (Use 3 pans if you want a 3-layer cake with thin layers, or use 2 pans if you want a 2-layer cake with thick layers.) 2. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the chocolate and stir until melted. Cool. 3. In a small bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form (the white tips stand straight up when the beaters are pulled out of the egg whites). 4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and honey with an electric mixer. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, and beat well after each addition. Add the melted chocolate and the vanilla; mix well. 5. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, soda and salt. Add this to the chocolate mixture, alternating it with the buttermilk and beating after each addition until smooth. 6. Gently fold in the beaten egg whites. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 30-40 minutes (depending on whether you are making a 2- or 3-layer cake), or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 7. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes, and then remove them to cool completely on wire racks. Frost the tops of each layer with Coconut Pecan Frosting.

Coconut Pecan Frosting 3 egg yolks 1 c. milk ¾ c. honey ½ c. unsalted butter ½ tsp. pure vanilla 1 1/3 c. unsweetened coconut 1 c. pecans, coarsely chopped

1. In a medium saucepan, slightly beat the egg yolks. Add the milk, honey, butter and vanilla. Cook and continually stir over medium heat until thickened, boiling for 5 minutes. The color will change from a light yellow to a dark amber. It will seem runny, but it will thicken as it cools. 2. Stir in the coconut and pecans. Let the frosting completely cool, stirring occasionally, before frosting the cake.

Sugar-Free Tip: Unsweetened coconut can be bought at your local health food store, usually in the bulk section. As well, you can buy there semi-sweet chocolate morsels that are grain sweetened rather than sweetened with refined sugar.

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Saturday, June 1 – Walnut Hill Farm

$5.00 per child Advance Registration – Now till Friday, May 31 (12 noon) Late Registration - $7.00 per child (on site)


8:15am – Check-in/Registration 9:00am – Fishing Instructions (for all participants…must be present)

No Fishing Poles/Tackle/Bait Required. Please do not bring own equipment

Do bring a chair,blanket,umbrella, and sunscreen

Let’s Go Fishing! Saturday, June 1 at Walnut Hill Farm

For Ages… • Pre-K through completed 6th. (A family member needs to be present to assist child all age divisions.) Schedule… • Registration/check-in/assignment #’s…8:15 am • Pre-fish instruction begins… 9:00 am • Final Weigh In… 11:30 am • Lunch provided and guest speaker… 11:45 am • Awards… 12:30 pm Fishing Divisions… Completed Grades • Pre-K and Parent Assist • Kindergarten/First and Parent Assist • Second Grade and Parent Assist • Third and Fourth Grade • Fifth and Sixth Grade Awards… • Total Weight – 1st, 2nd, 3rd for all five divisions • Heaviest Fish Overall – (Bass, Panfish, Catfish) • Most Fish Overall – (total amount no matter the size) • Lightest Fish Overall – (the lightest fish on a hook) • The White Catfish – (Can you catch him?) • Grand prize drawings… name in the bucket drawing. Must be present to win. GREAT PRIZES! • FREE! Family Fishing Frenzy t-shirt for all advanced registered children participants. Lunch and Drinks… • Lunch, drinks, and snacks provided at final weigh in time. Lunch will be hotdogs, Chips, and drink. Parents are welcome to eat… be sure to add your total number eating on registration form.

Location - 9817 Highway 58 Ooltewah, TN

Registration $5.00 per child advance registration or $7.00 per child Late Registration (day of) - Please do one registration per child -

Childs Name _______________________________ Childs Completed Grade _____________________ Address __________________________________ Phone # (Hm, Cell, Wk) _____________________ Name Parent/Guardian (to be present) ___________ Total Number Eating # _______________________ Child’s Tee-shirt Size (circle letter)... XXS(5) XS(6-7) S(8) M(10-12) L(14-16) XL(18) Other ___

Parent Tee-shirt (additional $10.00 each) ___AS, ____AM, ____AL, ____AXL, ____AXXL Release: I, the below signed Parent/Guardian, hereby release my child to participate in this ministry event sponsored by the First Baptist Church Recreation Outdoor Ministry Cleveland, TN. I understand that in any outdoor activity (like fishing, being around open water ponds, etc. brings hazards that could possibly cause physical injury, illness and/or death. I, will not hold liable First Baptist Church, its ministers, property owners (Randy and Jody McCoy), volunteers, sponsors and ministry leaders if any/ all situations should occur. By signing, I stated that I do have adequate heath insurance/medical coverage that will be my primary coverage, realizing I am financially responsible for any injury or accident. ______________________________ Parents/Guardian Signature

__________________ Date

Office Use… Payment Received… Cash _______

Check _______

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By: Chris Knipp


t was the summer of 1995. I was 18 years old, fresh out of high school, and having a blast with my family at the annual Alive summer music festival in Canal Fulton, Ohio. It would be the first time my brothers and I would get a chance to see Audio Adrenaline live in concert. Audio Adrenaline were pioneers in the modern Christian music industry. They were more than just the “Christian version” of a secular band; they were unique and original in their own right. I would describe their sound as a fusion of rock, pop, funk, with a dash of southern roots. I had heard that they were energetic and intense in a live show, this was my chance to see for myself that Audio Adrenaline was more than just a clever and catchy name utilizing the poetic device of alliteration. As they began with their opening anthem “We’re a Band”, immediately thousands crammed in up front to get as close as they could to the stage. We were drawn in by Audio A’s captivating and contagious energy. AA was in fact more than just a name. Against my Dad’s better judgment, he let us take our youngest brother Stephen up front with us to join the crowd. Young Stephen, like a Zacchaeus in a crowd of

giants, started climbing up my back in an attempt to get a glimpse of a “band with guitars in their hand marching the land” (some of you will get that). As I attempted to hoist Stephen to the top of my shoulders, the overzealous crowd swept him from my grip and off he was catching the biggest wave of his young life, crowd surfing a top a thousand hands in an adrenaline pumped sea of Audio A fans! While conspiring with my next oldest brothers Matt and Jon to keep this a little “bro time” secret from Dad, a camera operator caught a glimpse of Stephen’s “A class” surfin’ and before we knew it, BAM! Stephen was getting outstanding face-time on the Alive ‘95 jumbotron screen for all to see. Mark, Will, Dad… everyone saw him. We talked with Audio A members Mark Stuart and Will McGinniss after the show and Stephen got an autographed picture of Audio A signed “To Coolest Crowd Surfer!” What a time we had! Once you experience the adrenaline rush of a live Audio A show, you’re pretty much hooked for life.

Audio Adrenaline was more than just a name, more than just a band; these guys were passionately committed to being a prophetic voice to a generation. Like prophets of the Old Testament utilizing poetic devices, imagery and creative license to communicate “thus saith the Lord”; Audio Adrenaline used the artistic means of rock music to passionately declare the Word of God to anyone who would have ears to hear, eyes to see, hearts to feel, and hands and feet to go. Their music and message was birthed by the Holy Spirit to call my generation to ous standard a righteous of livingg for God in the midst of a broken world tting while letting omthe compassion of ove Jesus move arts our hearts to serve. As er, I a teenager, memcan rememng in ber putting st live their first album and crying out to God to the sounds of “Don’t Censor Me”, “Scum Sweetheart”, “Can’t take God away from me”, and “Rest Easy”. A few years later “Hands and Feet” became my prayer as I was stepping into the calling that God had on my life to be a full-time minister of the Gospel. Yet, the band Audio Adrenaline was not happy with simply being a voice to call others to a lifestyle of righteous living and servitude. Starting the Hands and Feet Project in 2004, they embraced the opportunity to go themselves and get their hands dirty for the kingdom of God. The Hands and Feet Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that cares for 100 orphaned and abandoned children in the southern region of Haiti. The success of Audio Adrenaline as a band gave them a huge platform to be a voice for the voiceless orphans of Haiti. That’s why back then, it seemed so untimely for Audio Adrenaline to have to call it quits due to the condition of lead singer Mark Stuart’s damaged vocal chords. Given the influence Audio A had on my life and so many others, it was difficult for me seeing Audio Adrenaline perform live in Knoxville for the last time during their Goodbye tour. However, this allowed for Mark and Will to put all of their resources, time and energy into the Hands and Feet Project. And God had some big plans in the works. God was using Mark Stuart, a man losing his voice, to be a voice for the orphans who had no voice. What an imaginative, out-ofbox Creator we serve! Though the experience has not been the easiest for Mark to endure, he has embraced his new calling to look out for the least of these. And while putting his whole heart into the Hands and Feet Project along with bassist Will McGinniss, the idea was brought up to put the band back together bringing in Kevin Max, widely known from his time with DC Talk, to be the new lead singer. Mark, with Kevin Max as the new front man for Audio Adrenaline_, and Audio A wrote the songs to the new Kings and Queens album and have launched a tour championing the Hands and Feet Project work in Haiti. I’ve recently had the opportunity to talk with Kevin Max and Will McGinniss of Audio Adrenaline about the Kings and Queens tour and the Hands and Feet Project. Will said:

“We want to be the last best resort to care for orphans in Haiti, we find that adoption and getting them into a real family is the best solution, but there’s 800,000 abandoned orphan kids in Haiti and only about 150 of them get out every year adopted. So, we’re one of the people that have to stand in the gap for that. We can’t build places fast enough. We have 100 children right now that we take care of. We try to put them into families on our site at Hands and Feet... It’s a tough place, but we love the fact that God has placed us there.” I asked Audio A how churches and believers in general could partner with the Hands and Feet Project? Will responded with several ways: You can go g to www.handsandfeetproject. org. It’s a great g place to start. You can put a group together to and come on a trip with us, spo sponsor any one of our beautiful child children; you can even sponsor any one of our missionaries. They are fully funded by the church. I asked Audio A where they saw the band headed in the next few year years besides their current tour to supp support this new record? Kevin Max respo responded: That’s a great question, we’re head and fe feet deep into this tour and then we go right into the summer festivals and they added another addendum to the Kings and Queens tour in the Fall… I always look forward to being able to get back into the studio and create, fresh new ideas and keep pushing what we can do as songwriters and what we can do as musicians. But honestly we’re going to see how long Kings and Queens can go. The Lord is opening up some really cool doors for us.

One door will be right here in Cleveland, Tennessee Sunday, May 19th. Audio Adrenaline will be sponsoring a 5k run to support Hands and Feet Project and performing a live show at the Church at Grace Point that evening. Go to for additional tour schedule and ticket information. Come out and be a part of what God is doing. Join hearts with Audio Adrenaline and fans to be the hands and feet to the least of these. Kevin and Will both feel confident that they have a great record with an even greater cause and are looking forward to seeing what God will do with it. Audio A fans from the past will be sure to enjoy it and we’re looking forward to the next generation of fans being challenged, inspired and perhaps making it to their very own first live show experience with Audio A.

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By: Kristy Snider

er journey has been one of change - learning, goal-setting and accomplishment. In the last year, Carol Smith, Cleveland Family YMCA Aquatic Instructor, has lost more than 100 pounds and become much stronger in the process. Carol and her family moved to Cleveland five years ago and soon after she joined the YMCA. She worked out in the Wellness Center, but an injury drew her to the pool. “I really enjoyed the water workouts and after doing them for a couple of years I was approached to substitute teach a class,” she said. The class was the beginning of major changes for Carol. Soon, she was certified in Aquacise and from there, Hydro-jog. In the last year, Carol started teaching three classes a week. “I loved teaching, but I was embarrassed by my size. It is hard to stand on the pool deck in a bathing suit and teach when you know you need to lose weight.”

So she began setting goals.

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“The more I exercised at the YMCA the more weight and inches fell off—now that’s a motivator!” Smith said. “And with my classmates compliments, well, they madei t easier to keep going. I also love to hear them say how motivated they are to lose weight and get healthy. This is what keeps me going. I now attend mu s c l e - c o n ditioning and enjoy spinning—something I would never have been able to before.” “I started losing weight with water classes. Then I added a spin class. I was using the aerobic part of teaching for my workouts, and then I added in weight work,” she said. “After losing about 20 pounds, I joined weight watchers because I needed the discipline with food.” Now, Carol has

reached several of her goals, but she is not done. Next she will begin ActivTrax, a new online program at the Cleveland Family YMCA. ActivTrax generates individualized, personal workouts. “I am ready to get back in the Wellness Center and start using ActivTrax. It creates great workouts and keeps you moving forward,” said Carol. “I couldn’t have done this without the Y. I

am so glad that I said yes, when asked to substitute a class. It was the beginning. I blame the Y for my success!” Carol and her husband, Bruce, have two grown sons. Adding to her motivation to stay healthy and fit, Carol said, “We have six wonderful grandchildren, which are our hearts and souls. Their ages are from 2 to 20— three boys and three girls. Now I feel 62 years young!”



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The Honesty Van By: Jared Waldrop The Story It was a little, maroon, KIA mini van... a few dents and faded paint, with the slight smell of cigarette smoke - the kind that hangs in the fabric of a rental or old hotel room. I had no clue that a ride in this soccer-mom-style people mover would impact my life in the way it did. I was with two other student pastors and we were getting ready to leave for Florida to speak at a ministry training conference. We were all friends in the aspect that we knew each other, followed each other's ministries, went to school at the same university during the same time frame, and knew a lot of the same people - but we had never spent ample amounts of time together. However, an eight hour drive to our location, a weekend in close quarters, and an eight hour drive back, would definitely change that. We loaded up and hit the road. I am a student pastor... and in the student pastor tribe, there is a tendency to be a little guarded. No one wants to come across as struggling so conversations tend to take this direction: give the highlight reel of your latest happenings, brag on what’s great, gloss over what’s not, be up to date, on the cutting edge of culture, throw in a nice one liner or two, and appear to have it together - and hope everybody buys it. Sometimes, when you get a group of student pastors together, it reeks of insecurity, defenses, and facades guarding the egos of everyone in the room... and I can’t say that I’ve always been immune to that myself. Though I’m telling this through the lens of what I am involved in, it’s not just a student pastor thing... it’s a people thing. We paint a picture of ourselves we want everyone else to recognize us with, but it usually leads to guarded, insincere, surface laden interactions with others. I’m not sure which one of us cracked first. Somewhere heading south on I-75, after the small talk and the settling in to the road trip... someone let their guard down. All I know is that it

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happened and the conversation turned. What happened for the next eight hours to Florida was a beautiful thing... we got really honest. Honest about the good, the bad, and the ugly in our lives and ministries. We laughed about a lot of things. We got choked up about a lot of things. We shared triumph and tragedy. We told stories. We posed questions we had no answers to and struggled through them. We aired out frustrations and told the experiences behind the scars that life and ministry marked us with. We shared resources, bounced ideas off of each other, and talked about things we had been dreaming up. Most importantly, we encouraged each other. Somewhere in South Georgia, our little KIA was dubbed The Honesty Van. That sixteen hour round trip greatly marked all three of us - mostly with the realization that each of us needed it.

The Takeaway That experience taught me a lot about the power of true, honest, communication. One of the main takeaways for me was the reassurance that I’m not crazy. No one is immune to the ups and downs of life, and specifically to our case, life in the ministry. I found my hardships, fears, and worries sounded a lot like their experiences. I learned this: guarded communication leads to unhealthy comparison. When everyone in the room is only putting their best foot forward, it won’t take long for you to begin comparing what you’re hearing from others with what you know to be true of yourself. Being guarded is exhausting; being honest and real is refreshing - for you and others. When you let your guard down, it disarms everyone around you. The defenses, the facades,, the highlight g g reels,, the inflated

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stories, the perceptions... they all get pushed to the side and everyone discovers the joy of sharing the authentic ups and downs of real life. When we choose to communicate like that, we can learn from each other and encourage each other. We learn quickly that no one has it all together and no one has all the answers. We learn that no one is immune to the struggles and hurts in life. We learn from the experience of others and allow it to enrich and shape our own. Why would we choose to be any other way? If there’s anything I’ve discovered lately, it’s that everyone (especially within the student pastor tribe) needs encouragement. When we communicate with sincere honesty, there is a beautiful give and take. We offer our experience; they offer their experience, and our Heavenly Father has an incredible way of meeting us in that mix, teaching and encouraging everyone in the process.

The Challenge The challenge is to be someone who communicates honestly and authentically. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it. When you commit to just being real, you open the door for others to be honest and authentic as well. What if we all chose to be vehemently opposed to being fake? What if our choice to communicate that way helped everyone around us, no matter what circles we run in, open up and realize they’re not crazy and find a little encouragement for their day? What if we shared honestly where we’re at, and they shared honestly where they’re at... and God got involved in the mix? My life was unexpectedly marked by a trip in a KIA minivan that we dubbed The Honesty Van. God used that time to speak to me and through me. My hope is that we all look for Honesty Van moments in everyday life to make the most of. The KIA brand slogan is the power to surprise... Our trip in that van did just that, and I’m continually surprised j at the way God uses unguarded moments to speak to me and through me.

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Confessions Of A Turkey Hunter…

When Opening Day Does Not Go As Planned By: Rev. Rusty Asble Taking Faith To The Field


he excitement was building as I gathered my turkey hunting equipment. Calls - check, shotgun shells - check, vest - check, hunting license - check and gun- check. I had everything laid out and ready to go for the next morning. Spring break was in full swing and the family had been sick with the stomach flu. I had been fortunate to not have encountered this sickness this time. About 5:00am opening morning the 2008 season , I was awaken by my beautiful sweet wife’s loud expulsion of noise that was echoing in our bathroom as she was orally letting loose her portion of the stomach flu. As I rolled over, I offered my assistance, the best I could, and waited for her footsteps as she headed back to bed. Honestly, there is really no way to go back to sleep after something like that, so around 5:45am I got up and sheepishly inquired if I could still head to the turkey woods. A quite “that’s fine” came the reply. It was an overcast morning with no moon visible. Weather forecast was for rain beginning around 12 noon. I stopped the truck and began to load up for a quiet dark walk to the ‘turkey spot’ on the field edge. Going through my mental equipment checklist, all was there, on and ready to go. Walking about 10 steps from the truck, something wasn’t right. I sprinted back to the truck shedding everything that was on. I quickly grabbed the ‘security’ toilet paper from behind the backseat and barely made it to the small oak tree near by. The stomach flu had hit in full force. This is just great! …and then what? Rain? Now? Yep, the rain had decided to come early. Slowing making my way back to the truck I decided to continue on with the hunt. This time placing my rain suit on and heading across the field. Making it 200 yards across, I rested under a cedar tree that was repelling water better than my rain suit. I was not there more than 5 minutes when - BOOM! Lighting struck very near and assisted me in setting the world record in the standing long jump. Now I don’t know if it was the lighting, nerves or what, but the second part of this new found stomach flu hit me right at that moment. Going down on all fours that cedar tree and I mimic my sweet wife’s stomach production that I witness an hour earlier. Wanting to run back to the truck due to the lighting, all I could do is sit against that tree. The skies soon became quite and the steady rain filled the morning woods. Beginning to feel much better I made my way to my original destination. Having setup and ready to go, the rain and I watched the sun come up over the ridge. Waiting for the distant gobble and soft yelps from the nearby roost spot came an empty nothing, but only exposed vacant limbs and lonely strutting edges. After about another 45 minutes, I began to hear rustling in the fallen leaves to the drainage to my right. Excited about the quiet sneak those little rascals had pulled over on me, I waited to see heads pop up over the hill towards my direction. Slowly here they came. What? Four young cows made themselves present that somehow escaped from the fenced pasture that I had crossed earlier. Now as I sat stone still in full camo these cows had no clue about this hunter watching them. Realizing that I had the neighborly responsibility to assist the landowner in getting her cows back through the broken fenced area, I stood up to drive them back through. This seem logical to me, but I did not consider the situation from the cow’s perspective. All I can rightly remember is that four balls of black hoofed fury and fear stampeded around me as I stood up amongst them. Yes, they made it back through the fence shortly after I saw my life blaze before my eyes. After gaining my composure again, I realized I had succeeded in my task and sat down on the hill soaked, cold and with uuuuggggghhhhh – my stomach gurgling.

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I called the landowner to inform her on the fence break and offered my assistance to help fix it. Soon after the call, I heard the farm truck start and begin to make its way across the big pasture. As I was sitting there, I looked back across the bigger field toward m y truck. Would you believe it? Three toms began strutting across the field. New found strength surged through my veins. Safely crossing two cross fences and a small open field, I crept into a small clump of pines about two hundred yards away. Gobbles thundered as I barely made what would be considered two scrappy yelps out of my completely soaked slate call. They heard and all heads were heading in my direction at a full rate of speed. Raising my gun, I slowly took aim and proudly watched my first Tennessee gobbler take a fall at 35 yards. This all came together in 8 great minutes. Now I could end the story here with smiles and high fives, but in Rusty fashion it doesn’t. I ran to the turkey, thanked Christ for an eventful hunt and got out the required Tennessee hunting license that has a big game temporary tag attached. Truly a rough morning just got better. As I began to tag my great bird, something caught my eye on the date of my license. That previous year I bought my license on 3/29/07, and the night before I had seen the expiration date as 29 but it hit me right then and there - it read 2/29/08. This year we had leap day. Slowly excitement had turned into overwhelming fear. Uuuugggghhhh - my stomach gurgled more. Seeing that the landowner had made it to the fence break. I headed back to that direction to assist. Finishing in about 40 minutes, I started back to the truck to go renew my license at the nearby TWRA check station/ license agent. Leaving the turkey with my cedar tree friend from earlier that morning, I got halfway across the field as the familiar green TWRA vehicle drove down the road by my truck. Knowing I would fully confess, plead for mercy and be completely truthful with my Wildlife Officer friends, I was ready to go to jail for my wrong doing. As he turned back around, sweat began to dampen my already soaked body and uuuuuggggghhhhh - my stomach gurgled once again. As my Wildlife Officer friend came closer he waved and passed by. I stood there stunned. I got in the truck and quickly headed to the TWRA check station/license agent. Purchasing my new 2008-2009 license again on 3/29, I noticed and made special note this time it expired on 2/28/09. I headed back to the field where I properly and legally tagged my turkey. Whew! Knowing I still had to check the turkey back at a TWRA check station, I knew it would be awkward to go back to the one where I just purchased my license 6 minutes before. So I headed across town and used the one over there. Making it back home safely around 11:15am, legal and official, I cleaned my bird with a full case of the stomach flu. After showering, I slowly slipped back into bed where it all began. As my beautiful sweet wife laid there watching TV, she rolled over and asked, “How was your morning?” I replied, “You would not believe me if I told you.” Uuuuuuggggghhhhh - gurgle gurgle – oh my stomach.

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Take Up Your Cross By: John M. Thomas


atthew tth 16 16:24 24 Then Jesus J said id tto hi his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Their is no brightness or cheer in taking up your cross and following Christ. The cross is or was an instrument of punishment and death. It is not likely that any would happily reach a hand to bear it; but our Savior did; and so should we. Why? Following Him is the way of discipleship. We are called to imitate Christ as He leads us in "the way everlasting". This royal life is marked with passion, testing, and surrender. Even Christ our redeemer learned obedience, through suffering, as He...for our joy...endured the cross Hebrews 5:7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though He was, He learned obedience from what He suffered. The suffering that is borne in bearing ones cross serves as a check to the impulses and temptations of our flesh. The cross bleeds our carnal nature and yields us to faith in Him. Consider it pure joy when the cross of suffering is upon you; knowing that the trying of your faith will teach you the all sufficiency of Christ; adding perseverance. Bear your cross gladly for Him. Ask for the same strength that came to our Lord in the garden. Seek not your will but Thine be done. Join Him in the fellowship of sharing in His suffering. The royal road of the holy cross is the way of glory unimaginable; to humble yourself before God; bearing His shame; to know Christ; to be exalted in His presence. The Father sees and knows those upon whom the cross rest. May His strength and grace uphold you and may He supply all your needs with His riches as you daily trust in Him. No one understands the passion of Christ so thoroughly or heartily as the man whose lot it is to suffer the like himself.

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The cross, is always ready; it awaits you everywhere. No matter where you may go, you cannot escape it, for wherever you go you take yourself with you and shall always find yourself. Turn where you will—above, below, without, or within—you will find a cross in everything, and everywhere. You must have patience if you would have peace within and merit an eternal crown. Thomas a Kempis (The Imitation Of Christ) You may ask what has brought you here, but the most important fact, for now, is Who has brought you here. You have heard that God’s love for you is indescribable. The cross that you bear is an act of His love. It sounds strange and you may think opposite, but His love for you has led you here. You thought that you were trapped in sin, assured of misfortune, and convinced of something sinister. None of these are true. The love of God has designed the road marked before you. Resist the temptation of unbelief and self pity (a slow death). Follow Him...follow Him toward the hill Golgotha. After some distance the road of suffering will rise, giving you a view of your point of origin. Look...look again. The horror of your own iniquity. You have journeyed only a stone’s throw from the moment you embraced your cross, outside the camp. Yet even now, you see yourself and your sin which you loathe, the mire from which the cross has lifted you. To break free...yields brokenness with tears and moans which cannot be uttered. Oswald Chambers wrote “the only way to find yourself is in the fires of sorrow”. The cross of Christ frees us from the shackles that enslave us to our sinful nature. When the penitent and the cross meet, they become one and embrace the way of suffering for His sake. Only then does the royal way of the holy cross break through the darkness, revealing glory like you have never, never known before. You must walk where He walked, bearing the cross, and despising the shame. Where does it end? To sit down at the right hand of the throne of God for all eternity.


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Noon Echoes By: Craig Thompson


he alarm clock blared. Nancy found the button and sighed. Morning again. Yawning, she shuffled across the hard floor and headed for her first cup of coffee. Two cups and a stiff bagel later, she was on her way to work. Cars appeared and disappeared around her as she wound through the traffic. How far away from the building would she have to park today? Joy! There was a slot two blocks closer than normal. A slam of the door and a quick walk put her in the building before the morning's first deadline. With luck, she wouldn't have to deal with a customer right before noon, and she could make it to her favorite restaurant. It wasn't fancy, but it was quiet. She could go hole up in a booth and read a book. The waitresses knew to serve her food and steer clear. Then it was back to work. Push through the afternoon. Make it until quitting time. Drive home as the same cars appeared and disappeared without her ever realizing it. Supper, dishes, laundry and then late night TV while she sorted through bills and read e-mail. Then goodnight prayers: keep God happy. Nancy could tell you how many angry customers she encountered. She could tell you how many cars were parked closer to the front door (she often counted them as she walked to work). She could count on one hand the number of times she had spoken to a coworker longer than three minutes about something other than work related issues. But Nancy couldn't tell you that the coworker right across from her was puffy-eyed from crying. Nancy couldn't tell you how blue the sky was as she left for lunch. She didn't know she had parked right in front of an expectant mother who was enjoying her morning stroll along the same route she had walked for seven months. She missed the fact that her waitress' usual curtness had been replaced by sadness from watching her aged parent succumb to disease. She didn't know that this day, she had lost almost twice as many opportunities to engage life fully as she normally encountered on a good day. Nancy just wants to get through an-

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other day. Where she's going nobody knows, not even Nancy. Rewind: Long ago, a group of men got together to cause trouble for someone they hated. He spoke, and people listened. If they could discredit him, their standing might rise again. So they sent people to ask tricky questions. "Is it really necessary to pay taxes?" "Can God make a rock so big that even He can't move it?" (OK, I threw that one in.) Jesus answered their questions with such wisdom that, to use the vernacular, he PWNED his opponents. But Jesus didn't answer the religious hypocrites just to put them in their place. He answered them so that others could know the Truth. "Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God." Listening to this conversation was one of the scribes (someone like our lawyers or judges). He could read, write and had a pretty good job. This scribe noticed the fact that Jesus answered well. So he asked Him what is the greatest commandment. Jesus answered that the greatest commandment is to love God with the whole heart, soul, mind and strength. Then He added a bonus answer that the second commandment was very similar: love your neighbor as yourself. When the scribe heard the answer, he pondered it and responded by saying, "Teacher, well said! There is only one God, and to love Him with the whole heart, the whole understanding and the whole strength -- and to love your neighbor as yourself -- is greater than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices put together!" The Bible records that Jesus looked at the scribe, and He realized that the man had answered him wisely. He then spoke to the scribe and said, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." Interesting word that Mark uses for "wisely." The word is nounechos. It comes from two words: NOUS, the word for "mind" and ECHO, which means "to have." Literally, this scribe had a mind. Teenagers would say he had a clue. He was doing more than trying to look good. He was actually listening, watching, and examining what was being said and done around

him. His colleagues were simply trying to keep their status. Israel's history was changing all around them with the appearance of the Son of God. But they were concerned with parking spaces, whether the coffee was heated to the religiously correct degree and how many steps they had walked on the Sabbath day -- all while praying long prayers to keep God happy. What they couldn't tell you is how a blind man could suddenly see or how the lame were walking. They couldn't count the number of hurting people they passed by every day, but they could tell you how many points down they were in the opinion polls compared to the new Teacher. My, things don't change much. Where are we today?

Ask Yourself: 1. Do I really see what's going on around me? 2. Do I listen to the voices of those around me? 3. Do I look into their eyes and examine what I see? 4. How many opportunities pass me by every day, opportunities to help, to bless, to encourage? WHAT IF we actually took one set time every day to do some hard thinking about our lives and the lives of the people around us? What's that word Jesus used? "NOUNECHOS." It sounds like "noon echoes" to me. Everybody I know has time for lunch. We use it to conduct business or chat about the weather. WHAT IF we used the noon hour to listen to the echoes of truth? What if we took this time to practice the discipline of clearing our mind of STUFF and letting it be a whiteboard for God to write His thoughts on? What would our lives look like? You can make a decision today to start listening, to quit marking time and to start being the difference your world needs. (For details on how to put this into practice, visit

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Let Senior Living Be Your First Choice, Not Your Last Resort BY: Esmerelda Lee


was recently told by a lady in her late sixties, "I will stay in my home for as long as I can get around, only then would I consider senior living!". My response, " That is every person's right, however, when you are NOT able to get around very well, senior living may not be the best place for you." Many people believe that senior living is a last resort, but in fact senior living communities are built with the active older adult in mind. Most communities offer amenities like indoor and outdoor pools, restaurant-style meals, fitness classes, recreational areas and activities, interactive computer studies and college core classes. I have witnessed residents dance to the Latin beat of the new fitness craze, Zumba, bend to the movement of yoga and punch their way through Tia Chi. Some older adults continue to work on a part time basis while living in retirement communities. Even for those who no longer work, their schedules are filled with outings to shops, scenic areas, wineries, casinos, theatres, doctor appointments, etc. There are three levels of homes and care available to seniors. Independent living in retirement communi-

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ties is designed for independent seniors who can function on their own, as these communities offer only limited assistance. Communities offer diverse housing options for independent living residents including villas, cottages, town homes and apartments. Many communities require residents to buy-in, pay a large upfront lump sum in addition to monthly rent. This initial charge can be over $100,000. Other independent living communities offer more affordable month to month options and do not require buy-ins. If seniors need more care than independent living offers, assisted living is a great option. In fact, many communities offer both independent and assisted living

in the same building or campus setting. Assisted living provides most of the amenities of independent living plus additional assistance with medication, bathing, dressing, grooming, etc. The average cost of assisted living in Tennessee is $3,000/ month. Many people would like to use independent or assisted living as an op-

tion to avoid moving into a nursing home; however nursing homes are the best option when people need total care. When senior adults need help with incontinence, assistance with feeding or help transferring from one position to the next, skilled or intermediate nursing care is one option. Seniors often pay for these services through long term care policies. These insurance policies are becoming more popular, however premiums can be high. The other, more expensive option is for seniors to receive care provided by caregivers or family members in their own homes. Hourly fees for in-home care range from $8/hour for private caregivers to $14/hour for in-home care agencies. A pitfall of hiring a private caregiver is managing their employment. Senior living in any form is an amazing option for the active older adult. Most adults live full and rich lives in retirement communities because they enjoy socialization with their peers, eat fresh, nutritious fresh meals and have access to many activities and amenities. These communities should never be considered a last resort, but should be viewed as the first and best choice for seniors. My grandparents always said, "Home is where your heart is." Over the years I have learned that home is so much more than brick and mortar; it is a place that brings joy, renewal of spirit and wholeness of heart. I am grateful to see that every day as I interact with so many wonderful residents living that kind of life in their senior living community, a place they call “home�.

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Here I Am! By: Charlton S. Lewis

When my youngest grandson comes to visit, he enjoys playing Hide and Seek. He doesn’t have the full grasp of the objective of the game like his older brother Brant who can pick some very clever places to hide. But Ben delights in my finding him, so he will often “help” me by identifying where he is hiding by saying, “Here I am!” Ben will say, “I will hide and you count.” So I will begin counting slowly, “One…two…three…” up to ten. And then I’ll say, “Ready or not, here I come.” I will go down the hallway speaking partly to myself and partly for Ben’s benefit to know where I am. “I’m coming down the hall,” I’ll say, “and I think I’ll check this room” as I take a quick glance inside my office. Then I’ll go into our bedroom saying something similar. If it takes me too long to “find” him, he’ll pop up from behind the bed exclaiming, “Here I am!” What joy it is to see his smile on his face as I say, “Oh, there you are.” Then he’ll say, “I’ll hide again and you count,” as he is opening the door to the hall closet and going inside to hide. So, I’ll head back to the living room doing my slow-chant count. I’ll return down the hallway pretending that I am going to check the bathroom or

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his grandmother’s sewing room. And again, if I take too long, he’ll say, “I’m in here!” Ben has his mischievous moments, but as a three-year old, he is still full of innocence and purity. What a thrill it is for him to be “found” and what a delight it is for me as his granddaddy to “find” him. I am reminded of the fact that we can never get away from God’s presence –whether we ascend to heaven or make our bed in hell. He is there and that is a good thing. If we have guilt and want to avoid Him, He is still there waiting for us. If we delight in His presence, He is there for us and we can never get away from Him. Somehow I think the “lost sheep” was not really lost to the Shepherd. The sheep may not have known the way to the fold, but he did not have to cry out, “Here I am!” because the Good Shepherd certainly knew where to find him. I don’t have the innocence and purity of a threeyear old, but I pray for “clean hands and a pure heart” so that I may ascend the hill of the Lord and stand in His holy place. And if I slip and fall and cannot find my way, I know He is still there for me. I desire so much to be in His presence that, although He doesn’t need my help, I try to help Him by crying out, “Here I am!”

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With today’s divorce rate at an alarming 50%, shouldn’t

an annual marriage retreat be a staple event on the church calendar? Marriage is certainly an adventure, and giving your couples, young and old, additional tools to fine tune their relationship, as well as providing an atmosphere of fellowship is a priceless gift. Christian marriage retreats have become more and more popular among married couples today. There are many things working to destroy our marriages today, and if a married couple is going to be strong and fight to keep their marriage alive and strong, then they are going to have to get serious about doing what is necessary to maintain that love and respect in their marriage. Making God the nucleus of your marital relationship is by far the best thing you could ever do to ensure its success.

ship is every bit as important. It is a great idea to have the pastor and his wife attend too, rather than put the added pressure on the pastor to hold the lessons. By involving them on a lateral level, couples can see everyone deals with the same marital woes regardless of their profession. Next, involve everyone – for couples who may find themselves challenged to get away, create a sign up sheet of church member singles willing to babysit. Keep in mind your retreat has one simple goal - to show couples how to enrich their relationship with their church and God. By feeling fellowship with other couples, and a belonging in the church, couples can grow, gain tools from one another and have a foundation they feel free to reach out to during hard times.


Don’t be intimidated by the organizational tasks of such a weekend. Keep it simple, with the ultimate goal in mind – the couples relax and learn something new to help strengthen their marriage. It is important as well to keep the topics and itinerary geared toward both husbands as wives, in order to have full uninhibited participation for both parties. Since husbands often have a natural reaction to go kicking and screaming to any function that dives into “feelings and emotions,” make certain to obtain a speaker who knows how to comfortably reach out to every one. Once planning starts, during Sunday School pass around a hat that couples can drop in suggestions of topics they would enjoy discussing at the retreat. Remind couples this is a time to enjoy one another’s company as couples and with each other, and for all the time they dedicate to getting to basketball practice on time and making ballet lessons every Tuesday, making a weekend date dedicated to their relation-

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• Start marketing the event 3 months in advance to offer time for couples to financially plan • Pick a theme for dinner or a reception style gathering one night that will create a light environment and conjure up laughter. Consider your crowd, and think of ideas such as a 70 or 80’s theme. Perhaps on a rival ballgame weekend one event can be watching the game on a big screen television dressed to support favorite teams. • Choose a location 1-2 hours away at the most. Couples will have a tough time juggling schedules and work to attend, keep the first night easy and hassle-free. • Consider creating a welcome basket to be put in each couple’s room. The basket can consists of snacks or even be a surprise prepared by their children. • Leave a note in each couple’s room outlining a fun and lighthearted “homework” assignment for the next session • Be sure to leave plenty of “alone” time for the couples to relax and spend quality time together Love one another as I have Loved you.” John 15:12

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I'm sick and tired, Help me now Lord. By: Charlene Turney The positive pregnancy test and my body is changing shape. The first few months, and YES, I am already gaining weight.

and praying it doesn't hurt.

I am already sick and tired, Help me now Lord.

The lack of sleep so I can nurse but the baby is still crying. I yelled, I cried, and oh ya, I cursed.

Nothing sounding good and I know I need to eat. Wanting to get some rest yet, I can't get to sleep. I am sick and Oh so tired, Help me now Lord. The cute maternity clothes that I can't wait to wear, but in the end I can't stand them and I just don't care. Style is out the window and comfort takes 1st place. Flips flops can go with everything, but tennis shoes win the race. I am sick and tired of that same maternity outfit. Help me now Lord. The time is drawing near and I am about to give birth. Fighting all the fears

I think.......I am about to be sick and I am tired. Help me now Lord.

I am sick and tired of no sleep. Help me now Lord.

but this I sometimes forget. So help me to look past the tears and stretch marks and remember they are worth it.

of losing that key. Help me now Lord. The drawing on the walls, the cutting of the hair, the portion of the food, as one screams "that's not fair !"

To remember that they can bring so much joy that I could squeeze them to pieces.

The " I can do it by myself " yet, with the shoe on the wrong foot, the learning to get them to bed, to get them to stay put.

And for them to know even in the moments of discipline that my love never ceases.

I am sick and tired of the need for one more sip of water. Help me now Lord.

So even though I get sick and I always seem tired this is one job I am meant for and I will never get fired.

I am sick and tired of not knowing what to do. Help me now Lord.

I will not know before hand what to do or to say, but I can be sure of this, get on my knees to pray.

I thank you for my children for without them I would not be a mother.

So fast ,yet so slow the years they go by. From toddlers to teens, from a hug to barely a hi.

Help me to see the joy in all the little things they do, like in their smiles or is that gas?, and that sweet little coo.

The fighting and the yelling and that's just from me. I'm locked out of their room and I can't find the key.

Help me to remember the times they say I am the best because I cleaned up a cut or helped wipe up a mess.

I am sick and tired

I love them and they are precious

The first few years, so much I do not know. Hold them or let them cry, spank them or just say no. (again and again and again)

This is the hardest, yet most rewarding job ever and I would choose no other. So on this Mother's Day give your children a big kiss on the cheek and let them know it is their presence in your life that makes this day unique.

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