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Contents NOVEMBER 2022
GoodNews from the Pastor’s Desk
6 The Art of My Thanksgiving by Detrick Redding
GoodNews for Kids
8 Count Your Blessings by Katie Loveless
GoodNews Money Matters
10 How Long Will
My Money Last?
by Granger Hughes GoodNews for Men
12 Did God Really Say...? by Brent Goodge
GoodNews for Women
14 I Finally Got Over Myself! by Terrie Ruff
GoodNews for Everyone
by Regina Law Smith
GoodNews for Ministry
20 Operation Christmas Child GoodNews for Everyone
22 A Thankful Heart, For Real by Kaye Stein
GoodNews for Grandparents
24 Thank You Lord
by Zebbie Brewster
GoodNews for Everyone
26 Be Still
by Paula Burgner
GoodNews for Everyone
28 While He Was Thinking by Sandra Gilmore
GoodNews Cover Story
30 Ocoee Riverside Farm GoodNews for Everyone
34 Rejoice In Your Harvest by Stephanie Daniels
GoodNews Business Spotlight
36 Direct Primary Care Associates
GoodNews for Everyone
38 Standing Firm in The Last Days
by Kenneth E. Ware GoodNews for Everyone
40 His Story
by Dorothy Teague
GoodNews for your Taste Buds
42 Thanksgiving Sweet Potato
by Jodi Varnado GoodNews Spotlight
44 Ringing in the Season with the Sound of Tennessee Chorus
GoodNews for Everyone
46 Is God One Person? by Matt Jensen
GoodNews Ministry Spotlight
48 Faith Comes By Hearing:
Senga Oral Bible Translations
by Joey Knight GoodNews Poetry
50 Thanksgiving Day by Judy Hood
GoodNews for Everyone
52 The Seed Bags
by Charles Finney
GoodNews for Everyone
54 Forgetting What’s Behind by Jonathon Wright
GoodNews for Everyone
56 Objects In the Mirror Are
Smaller Than They Appear
by Beth Penny GoodNews for Everyone
58 Are You Tilting at Windmills? by Dr. Alan Hix
Gò0dNews from the Pastor’s Desk
The Art of My Thanksgiving
by Detrick Redding
s we go into a very traditional and festive season
pressures of life are weighing us down, we are to still
of Thanksgiving, we are readily preparing for
mustard up thanksgiving.
the family gathering. Many of us are preparing
Now, what is thanksgiving according to Scripture?
a big meal for our family and friends—from turkey, ham,
Looking at Luke 17:11-19, we find that there are ten lepers
dressing/stuffing, sweet potato souffle, deviled (or as we
that desired to be healed. When they saw that Jesus
called them, angel) eggs, and so much more. It’s a family
was present, they all beckoned for the cleansing of the
tradition for us to come together to celebrate the year, to
leprosy. Jesus, a Spirit-filled man full of compassion gave
reminisce on accomplishments and even failures. I am
instructions for them to go show themselves to the priest.
personally reminded of a family member that has passed
This was an instruction to activate their faith, and it was also, at the very same time, a testimony of their coming healing. You see, the priests were the only ones that could verify the cleansing away of leprosy. So, as they went, they were all cleansed. Isn’t that exciting! I know that they all were happy, as they could finally be moved back into the population. I’m sure they were excited to be free to live again like a normal citizen. However, one of the lepers turned and went back to give acknowledgment to the one who had performed the miracle. Jesus said, where are the nine…only one has come back to give (me) thanks. That’s the difference, appreciation of the act that was done. As we enter Thanksgiving season, we need to embrace the art of thanksgiving. It’s time to be deliberate in our knowledge of God. God is the source
on, even on the night of Thanksgiving, my mom. However,
of our provision, our healing, our deliverance, and so much
during this time, we find comfort in the gathering of family
more. All ten lepers received a miracle. All ten lepers walked
free from leprosy. All ten got delivered. All ten—but only
Let’s look at the Word of God concerning this, 1
one entered the true realm of thanksgiving. Those of us
Thess. 5:18 tells us, “In everything give thanks…!” Wow,
that are believers, let’s stay in this realm. We must always
in everything? Yes, we are encouraged to give thanks in
acknowledge that God is the source of our praise. Don’t get
everything—good, bad, and even the ugly. That sounds
caught up in the acts that have transpired because of God
almost impossible, but it is not. Paul continued to tell
and not even recognize God. Psalms 100:4 says, “Enter into
us that this is the will of God for us. Thanksgiving is a
His gates with Thanksgiving and enter into His courts with
commandment. Now in Eph. 5:20, Paul tells us that thanks
praise, be thankful unto Him and bless His Name!”
should also be “for all things.” I know that can seem will of God for His children. That means even when things are opposing our desires, thanksgiving is to be done. When
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challenging to some of us. This act of thanksgiving is the Detrick Redding, born and raised in Rome, Georgia, is a husband to Toris and father to 4 children. Called to pastor at an early age, he currently pastors at Rally Up International Ministries in Rome, Georgia. Detrick has a deep passion for not only seeing people born again, but knowing their true identity and what is made available to all in Jesus Christ.
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Count Your Blessings
by Katie Loveless
ave you ever heard the expression attitude is
Challenge 1 Kids: Explore in your yard, at a park, or
everything? Attitude really is important. The Bible
help a grown-up tend to a houseplant. As you do, take note
says so in Proverbs 23:7, where we gain the phrase
of the shapes and edges of the foliage around you. Count
adapted from the KJV, “As a man thinks in his heart so is
your blessings for every point. For a leaf with 3 points,
he.” We can believe the Bible. It tells us what is true about
identify 3 things you are grateful for. For a leaf with 5
God and ourselves. The Bible tells us that the way we think
points, name 5 things you like.
will shape who we become and what we do. In other words, our thinking steers the direction of our hearts. My middle son, Sawyer, came into my room with a Scholastic book. The book is written about different types of animal feet and has a very interesting cover of a boy with aardvark feet. Sawyer cannot yet read at four-years-old. He made an assumption about truth based on what he saw on the cover. He pointed at the animal feet, the boy on the cover, and the aardvark. He assumed the boy turned into an aardvark by touching the animal’s feet. That is not at all what the book says. The book actually presents interesting facts about
Challenge 2 Jewels: Find a verse in the Bible that
animal feet and stirs your imagination to think about
mentions counting, thankfulness, or discovery. What
what it would be like to have animal feet. In the case of
treasure did you find? What is the truth you found and want
the boy with the aardvark feet, he could quickly unearth
buried treasure. However, we don’t need animal feet to
Challenge 3 Keepers: Keep it in your heart. Pray
uncover treasure. We can find it in our hearts by letting
about a person or thing you counted as a blessing. Make
Jesus in. We can even find it in our own backyard by
this month one where you ask God to bless and protect
taking time to count our blessings.
someone or something you discovered is a blessing in your
My prayer for you as you take time to do this is for you
life. Partner with a grown-up to help you pray or to talk
to ask God to help you unearth truth. I pray you will dig
about what God has put on your heart in prayer. Consider
into the word. I challenge you to learn from the Bible and
whether God is prompting you to serve with an act of
its teachings so you can read for yourself what is true about
kindness to keep the blessings coming.
are ready for adventure, take the 1, 2, 3 challenge below!
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God and you. Finding the truth is as simple as 1, 2, 3. If you Katie Loveless is a social worker, wife, and mother of five boys. She is a student of grace who enjoys writing, gardening, and empowering others to pursue stability.
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Driven by a passion to educate, inform and prepare future retirees, Mr. Hughes works with his father to help provide educational opportunities for clients as well as others in the community. He feels a responsibility to help inform those who may otherwise not be aware of strategies, changes, and opportunities available to them when it comes to their financial well-being.
his is a tough question many of us will ask at some point in our
perform two of those six ADLs, your check would double to $4,000 a
lives as we face many obstacles when planning for things like
month for up to five years.
long-term care, taxes, potential market downturns, and even
longevity risk. Men at age 65 today can expect to live until age 84 on average, and
We’ve been hardwired to reduce taxable income by loading our 401(k)s and other tax-deferred accounts, forgetting about our silent
women on average, until age 87. About one of every four 65-year-olds
partner: the IRS. We must realize the risk of future tax hikes we may
today will live past age 90, and one of ten past 95.1
encounter with deferred funds due to outstanding and ever-increasing
This poses a problem our parents or grandparents didn’t face—it’s
national debt. Here are some brief solutions.
a good problem, but a problem nonetheless. Let’s address strategies
to combat these realities and work toward making your retirement
You can convert money in a deferred account to pay the taxes now
income last 20 to 30 years!
rather than later. There are no income limits to do this, but remember,
Long-term care (LTC)
you have to pay these taxes eventually!
The average annual cost of LTC is $108,405.2 Someone turning 65 today has a 70% chance of needing some type of LTC.3 This means
Roth IRA This takes a while to build up at $7,000 a year for those over 50
LTC is worth accounting for in our retirement plans. Let’s look at a few
and comes with income limitations, which could be difficult for high-
ways to do this.
Indexed universal life policy
Life Insurance Retirement Plan
This allows you to access the death benefit in the event you
This can be indexed and there are no contribution or income
need LTC and are unable to perform two of the six activities of daily
limits. Also, when you need the money, it can be withdrawn tax-free, if
living (ADLs), like feeding, bathing, toileting, etc., and aren’t tied to
certain care facilities. This money can also be used to build a handicap
accessible home if you’d rather — it’s your choice.
If you’ve been contributing to your retirement income for any
Traditional LTC policy
amount of time, you know market downturn is always a risk. To better
This is a “use it or lose it” product with the potential of wasting
create a retirement income plan, it’s important to assess your risk
money on something you may never need. A lot of these policies also
tolerance by having your portfolio tested to discover your statistical
restrict which care facilities you can use, which might be problematic
risk versus reward. If you haven’t tested your portfolio, now is the
time to do it. Many of us could be positioning ourselves to experience
LTC-focused financial vehicles This would be utilizing an annuity with an LTC rider. This is a good option for someone who doesn’t want the “use it or lose it” strategy. The key here is you aren’t qualifying from a health standpoint;
another 2008 and don’t even know it. These are three key components to help ensure that we don’t run out of money. I urge you to take all into consideration when developing your retirement plan. Working alongside an experienced
however, if you tried to purchase an annuity and couldn’t perform two
financial professional can help you explore your options and develop a
of the six aforementioned ADLs before you purchased it, the LTC rider
plan that works for your retirement needs.
wouldn’t be an option. For example, let’s say you invested $300,000 that generated a lifetime income check of $2,000 a month. In the event you couldn’t
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Did God Really Say…?
by Brent Goodge
here’s a story at the end of the book of Jeremiah
Jeremiah promised to bring them God’s word, they added,
that doesn’t often make it to the Bible bedtime
“Let the Lord be a true and faithful Witness between us…
storybooks. The story is touched on in five verses
whether it is pleasing or displeasing, we will obey the voice
of 2 Kings (2 Kings 25:22-26), and the Chronicles don’t mention it. It’s the story of the “fortunate” Jews who
of the Lord our God” (Jeremiah 42:5,6). Ten days later, Jeremiah brought them the word of the
survived the siege of Nebuchadnezzar and were not
Lord. God instructed that the people stay in the land of
carried off to Babylon.
Judah. God would move the heart of Nebuchadnezzar to
By direct order of Nebuchadnezzar himself, Jeremiah
spare them. Conversely, if they chose to go to Egypt, hardly
was released from prison after the Babylonian army took
any of them would survive to return. The devastation they
Jerusalem. Given the choice to travel to Babylon as a
were desperate to escape would find them in Egypt.
guest of Nebuchadnezzar or to stay behind with the other
The leaders of the people, having already made up their
remaining Jews, Jeremiah chose to remain in Judah. He
minds to go to Egypt, proclaimed, “You speak falsely! The
moved to Mizpah to live. There he joined Gedaliah,
Lord our God has not sent you to say, ‘Do not go into
whom Nebuchadnezzar had appointed governor of the remaining people. Read Jeremiah chapters 40-45 to get the entire story. In short, Gedaliah was murdered and the Jews remaining were at a loss for what
Egypt’” (Jeremiah 43:2). Having already promised to accept the word of the Lord through Jeremiah, they denied that God actually inspired the words His prophet was sharing with them. There is a much older story that reveals
to do. Some favored staying in Judah. Others
where this attitude originated. About 3,500 years
favored escaping to Egypt in fear that Babylon
before Jeremiah, a snake waited in a tree. The
would come to destroy them for the murder
snake was eating fruit that Adam and Eve had
been forbidden to partake of. His conversation
Thankfully, Jeremiah was yet among them, and he could relate God’s instructions to them. Their
began with “Did God really say…?” and quickly moved to “You shall not surely die,” in direct contradiction to the
request to Jeremiah could
word of God. Then he added that,
hardly have been more
through disobedience, Eve could
respectful. “Please let our
become like God (Genesis 3:1-
petition be acceptable to
5). Satan inspired the Jews who
you, and pray for us to
rejected the word of Jeremiah.
the Lord your God…
Satan inspires all those today
that the Lord your
who, by their words and deeds
God may show us
implies the question, “Did God
the way in which
we should walk and do” (Jeremiah 42:2,3). When
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the thing we should Brent Goodge lives in Whitfield County, and he wants the quote of his life to be like Jesus, “It is written…” rather than “Did God REALLY say…?”
Gò0dNews for Women
I Finally Got Over Myself! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
by Terrie Ruff was so happy to see my friend Trish today! Her
Wow! Like Trish, I want to follow the example
bright and cheerful smile is such a refreshing
that Jesus left for us. He gave all as He poured
greeting as I pass by her department or as she
out His life to fulfill God’s plan for the salvation
enters my office. The joy of the Lord is all over
of humanity. He got over Himself and His sole
her! As we made plans for lunch, I was excited because whenever I spend time with her, I always walk away with food for thought, and today would be no exception. In a timely manner, I completed my morning tasks and hurriedly gathered my lunch bag and headed towards Trish’s office. From there, we made our way to a quiet spot in the cafeteria. As we sat down, she began sharing how God had been blessing her and her husband. He had been leading and guiding them as they were making life-changing decisions. She talked about wanting to do more
purpose was to glorify His Father and edify
for God and how she was more ready now to do
others. I, too, have determined to get over myself
whatever He asked of her, to go wherever He
in surrender to God’s purpose for my life. Daily,
asked her to go, and to be bold for Him and not
I give Him all. Daily, I die so that I can live for
concerned with what others thought. Wow! I look
Him. Trish, I get it, and like you, I finally got over
at her enthusiasm with amazement, and before I
could ask her the “how” question, she answered
Humility! What does it look like in your life? Do
my silent questioning. “Terrie, I finally got over
you think of others before yourself? Do you serve, pray
myself. Now I can really serve God.” Her laugh
or worship in a spirit of humility? Reflect on ways
was evidence of the new found freedom and joy
that you can develop a humble spirit in practical,
she had in emptying herself completely for God to
and used as He pleased.
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fill her to overflow, so that she could be His vessel
Terrie E. Ruff is a public speaker, soloist and inspirational author. She is an active member of the Orchard Park SDA Church in Chattanooga. Terrie can be contacted at Terrie.Ruff@lpnt.net.
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Cleveland Church Directory Apostolic
First Apostolic Church Of Cleveland 4859 Freewill Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (229) 343-6880
Assembly of God
Grace Assembly 1976 Westland Dr SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-7729 The Collectives Church 3925 N. Ocoee Street, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 641-0193 Triune Assembly 301 Sunset Drive Cleveland, TN 37312
Beacon Baptist Church 505 Corvin Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-7056 Bellefounte Baptist Church 132 Bellfounte Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 336-2312 Bethel Baptist Tabernacle 3165 Buchanan Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-5820 Berean Baptist Church 2355 Bucks Pocket Rd SE, Old Fort, TN 37362 (423) 478-1697 Big Spring Baptist Church 1415 Hardwick St SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-1101 Blue Springs Baptist Church 699 Blue Springs Church Rd SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-0932 Candies Creek Church 294 Old Eureka Rd Charleston, TN 37310 (423) 479-3731 Cedar Springs Baptist Church 723 Cedar Springs Church Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-5506 Center Point Baptist Church 1205 Lower River Rd NW Charleston, TN 37310 (423) 336-2133 Cleveland Cowboy Church 3040 Blythe Rd. Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-7936 Cloverleaf Baptist Church 2290 Waterlevel Highway Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 339-3617 Clingan Ridge Baptist Church 2412 Georgetown Road, NW Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-3511 Church At Grace Point 2595 Old Freewill Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 728-5050 Covenant Baptist Church 249 Calhoun Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 559-2653
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Dalton Pike Baptist Church 3055 Benton Pike NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-7606 East Cleveland Baptist Church 1145 Arnold St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-8728 Echos of Mercy Baptist Church 535 Durkee Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 715-9739 Elkmont Baptist Church 4030 Old Freewill Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 479-4600 Emmanuel Baptist Church 1227 Powerline Dr NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 Farmland Community Church 1675 Greendale Dr. SE Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 473-9891 First Baptist Church 1275 Stuart Road Cleveland, Tennessee 37312 (423) 709-9100 Galilee Baptist Church 665 Old Chattanooga Pike SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 496-2019 Henegar Baptist Church 7423 Mouse Creek Rd. Cleveland, TN 37312 Hopewell Baptist Church 188 Old Georgetown Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 479-3763 Lebanon Baptist Church 1411 Old Parksville Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-6700 Macedonia Baptist Church 3119 Spring Place Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-1713 Maple Street Baptist Church 1700 Maple St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 478-3622 Maranatha Baptist Church 453 Blue Springs Ln SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 614-8991 Michigan Avenue Baptist Church 2741 Benton Pike NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-8891 Mt Carmel Baptist Church 7619 Blue Springs Rd, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-1620 New Friendship Baptist Church 1344 Chatata Valley Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 476-6007 New Salem Baptist Church 175 Ladd Springs Rd, Cleveland, TN 37323 North Cleveland Baptist Church 2815 Ocoee St N, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-8524 Oak Grove Baptist Church 4452 Bates Pike SE, Cleveland, TN 37323
(423) 479-9125 Old Pathway Baptist Church 224 Rymer Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 Parkway Baptist Church 185 Meadow Ln SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 339-5522 Philadelphia Baptist Church 910 30th St SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 Philippi Baptist Church 2325 Old Harrison Pike NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-5385 Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church 799 Inman Street East Cleveland, Tennessee 37311 (423) 476-4081 Public Church 850 17th St. NW Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 458-4405 Ridgeview Baptist Church 1501 S Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-5119 Samples Memorial Baptist Church 371 Samples Chapel Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 476-2329 Shenandoah Baptist Church 138 Osment Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 339-0103 Shiloh Baptist Church 357 Highway 64 Ocoee, TN 37361 (423) 338-4292 Shiloh Baptist Church 3406 Blair Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 479-5755 Stuart Park Baptist Church 850 17th St NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-6741 Tasso Baptist Church 164 Old Charleston Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 559-2114 Temple Baptist Church 3070 Harrison Pike, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-6813 Thompson Spring Baptist Church 5660 Bates Pike SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 790-1823 Union Baptist Church 797 Hughes Lake Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 559-1720 Valley View Baptist Church 4657 Spring Place Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-7707 Washington Avenue Baptist Church 1720 Perry St SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-0489 Waterville Baptist Church 4555 Dalton Pike SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-5582 West Cleveland Baptist Church
1959 Westland Dr SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-8927 Westwood Baptist Church 4001 Georgetown Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-1534 White Oak Baptist Church 2043 White Oak Valley Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 559-2359
St Therese Catholic Church 900 Clingan Ridge Dr NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-8123
Cleveland Christian Fellowship 695 S Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-2642
Church of God
Community Chapel Church of God 807 Blythe Ave SE Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-2143 Cornerstone Church of God 1826 SE Dalton Pike Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 478-0006 Church of God Sanctified, Inc. 746 First Street N.E. Cleveland, TN. 37311 (423) 479-3895 East Cleveland Church of God 900 15th St NE Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-3389 Fellowship of Praise Church of God 931 Inman Street East Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-3121 Grace Community Church of God 4745 Mouse Creek Road NW, Cleveland, TN 37312. (423) 614-0708 Heritage Fellowship Church of God 4635 South Lee Hwy McDonald, TN 37353 (423) 476-6316 International Worship Center Centro Internacional de Adoración 533 Central Ave. NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-1977 Kinser Church of God 141 Kinser Road Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 476-7400 Lakeview Church of God 105 Pound Street SE Cleveland, TN 37323 (423)-790-5805 North Cleveland Church of God 335 11th St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5513 Michigan Avenue Church of God 515 Minnis Road NE (423) 284-7573 Mt Olive Church of God 3522 Harrison Pike, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-3381
Mt View Church of God 210 Roadway Dr SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (706) 455-3528 Pine Hill Church of God 1484 Old Alabama Rd McDonald, TN 37353 (423) 488-0939 South Cleveland Church of God 1846 Volunteer Dr SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-6382 Westmore Church of God 2440 Legacy Pkwy NW Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 479-3415
Church of God of Prophecy
Cleveland Spanish COGOP 2610 Grove Ave. Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 473-7199 Durkee Road COGOP 201 Durkee Rd. Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-4384 Keith Street Ministries COGOP 4000 Keith ST. NW Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-2448 Peerless Road COGOP 3301 Peerless Rd. NW Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 303-2680 Spring Place COGOP 2530 Spring Place Rd. Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-6414 Union Grove COGOP 533 Union Grove Rd Charleston, TN 37310 (423) 479-5357 Wildwood COGOP 140 Wildwood Ave Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-6584
The Church of God
The Church of God Jerusalem Acres 1826 Dalton Pike SE Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-1597
Fellowship in Christ 1025 Beech Circle NW Cleveland TN 37312 (423) 314-2382
Disciples of Christ
First Christian Church 3625 N. Ocoee Street Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-6682
Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church 320 Broad St NW, Cleveland, TN 37311
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PS138V8 by Regina Law Smith
have always believed that God provides everything we
ways,” he said. “I had been praying for some extra money
need. He may not answer our prayers in the ways we
for my business license and insurance, with no idea where it
want or on the timelines we expect, but He does answer.
was going to come from. Today, I went to the mailbox and
And every now and then, in the midst of daily living, we are
found a check for $2,000 from online classes I had dropped
allowed a powerful glimpse of our Father’s hand at work.
weeks after the refund date. But somehow, someway, the
I’ve certainly seen His hand in my life. One morning
refund was processed and sent to me. Prayer is an amazing,
on my way to work, I was troubled and crying so hard
amazing thing!” The assurance that your children know
I was heaving. Suddenly, a car swerved in front of me. I
God is priceless.
can’t tell you the make, model, or color of the car, but I’ll never forget the license plate: PS138V8—Psalm 138, Verse
I was most aware of God providing for my needs one December long ago. It was one of those months when
8—which says, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me”
there was more
month than money, and I knew with Christmas just
(KJV). Well, what
a week away, I
else could I do but
dry my eyes, blow
the means to buy
my nose, and give
presents for my
a prayer of thanks
young sons. I spent
the night pondering
He is present in
ways to help them
the workplace, too.
My niece, a single mother of two, arrived at work not long
the birth of Jesus Christ is the true meaning of Christmas
ago with her gas tank on empty. “Okay, God,” she prayed
and the only gift we need. The next morning, a friend from
at her desk. “You promised to take care of my needs, and I
church called and said, “Just hear me out. My husband and
need gas!” Before my niece could complete her prayer, a co-
I want to give you $250 to help with Christmas for your
worker asked for a lift home that entire week. In exchange?
boys.” Through my tears, I whispered, “Thank you” to my
The co-worker offered to fill up the gas tank.
friend—and to my Father.
God has been active in my co-workers’ lives as well.
It was I, not my sons, who needed to understand the
When I was on an out-of-town training assignment, a
true meaning of Christmas that year. I was reminded in a
colleague became disoriented. Two other co-workers took
powerful way that God knows our needs more than we do.
her to the emergency room. One co-worker recognized her
And, through the birth of Jesus Christ, He has a divine plan
symptoms as those of a stroke, and the other knew just
to provide for all of them—in ways that are beautifully clear
where to find the nearest hospital. My ailing colleague made
to our humble human hearts.
by God in her path that day. It warmed my heart recently to receive this voice message from my grown son: “God works in mysterious
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a full recovery, and says we were her “angel family” placed Regina Law Smith is presently married and God blessed her with the opportunity to raise six sons and one daughter. Her life experiences are of immeasurable value to this world and her community. It is no surprise that her favorite quote is, “Believe what you want to believe, but know the Truth.”
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Operation Christmas Child
n the summer of 1993, Samaritan’s Purse President
formidable challenges, the Lord is opening doors for us
Franklin Graham received a call from a man in England
to deliver Good News and Great Joy to children in need
asking if he would be willing to fill shoeboxes with gifts
around the world!
for children in war-torn Bosnia. Franklin agreed, but figured
Tens of thousands of volunteers from local churches
Christmas was months away. He forgot about the promise
around the world partner with us to present the Gospel of
until he received a call back around Thanksgiving asking
Jesus Christ at festive outreach events where children are
about the gifts.
surprised with these shoebox gifts.
Franklin asked his friend, the late Pastor Ross Rhoads
In addition, we have trained over 1.3 million volunteers
of Calvary Church of Charlotte, to see if he could help
from these congregations to teach The Greatest Journey, our
with the need. A Sunday shortly afterward, Pastor Rhoads
dynamic follow-up discipleship course for shoebox recipients.
demonstrated for his congregation how to fill a shoebox
Since 2009, 30.9 million children have enrolled in this
with simple gifts and encouraged them to include a letter
12-lesson program to learn how to follow Christ and share
to the child as well. Within weeks, the church had 11,000
Him with others. More than 15 million of these boys and girls
shoeboxes lining their hallways.
have made a decision to accept Jesus as their Savior during the course. Many are now praying
Due to their generosity and additional gifts
for and sharing their faith with
from Canada, Samaritan’s Purse sent 28,000 shoebox gifts to children in the Balkans
family and friends. As a
that Christmas. Through these gifts, we
result—new churches are starting, and communities are transforming.
communicated to children and their
This whole process is made
families what the angel said to the shepherds about Jesus’ birth: “I bring
possible by caring individuals who
you good news of great joy that will be
pack shoeboxes full of quality gifts
for all the people” (Luke 2:10, ESV).
for children in need. Many of these
Every year since, Samaritan’s Purse has collected shoebox gifts filled with
shoebox packers also use our Follow Your Box feature to discover the country
toys, school supplies, and hygiene
where their gift will be delivered.
items for children around the
More than 9,000 year-round volunteers
world. Since 1993, more than 198
also get the word out about the Samaritan’s Purse
million children in more than 170 countries and territories
project across the U.S. In addition, 80,000 short-term
have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. The
volunteers serve in more than 4,000 drop-off locations across
project delivers not only the joy of what, for many kids, is
the country during National Collection Week. Each shoebox
their first gift ever but also gives them a tangible expression
collected then travels to one of eight processing centers to be
of God’s love.
inspected and prepared for international shipment by 90,000
Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoeboxes go to difficult places. From densely populated inner cities to deserts and jungles, local churches use these gifts to share
volunteers. All of this is supported by the 30,000 volunteers in our prayer network. In 2021 alone, more than 10.5 million Operation
the Gospel—even where the Name of Jesus has never been
Christmas Child shoebox gifts were collected. The
heard. Working with these ministry partners, Samaritan’s
worldwide goal for 2022 is 11.1 million shoeboxes. Visit
Purse aims to follow the Apostle Paul’s example and
Samaritan’s Purse’s website for more information on how
preach Christ where He is not yet known. Together, despite
you can get involved: www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
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A Thankful Heart, For Real
by Kaye Stein
ovember—the month we are most thankful in!
and loving on our people? Are we showing a thankful
Raise your hand if you’re guilty. Can you see
heart towards the people God has put in our lives? It’s
mine? My hand is up. At my age, I’ve celebrated
okay to start with small steps, maybe even better. Try
so many Thanksgiving meals in so many different homes,
listing your gratitude. Or when you sit down at the
and with so many different people, that I can’t say I have
table with others, have everyone say something they are
a tradition. But that’s okay. I moved around, living in
several different states and I wasn’t always able to get
Being thankful is an action and showing thankfulness
back home. So, I guess my tradition is that I don’t have
can be a little difficult or even scary at times. Letting go
a tradition. Don’t get me wrong, I do have a meal with
of bad history can possibly require much more effort, so start small. Say like, learning to be thankful for yourself! Be thankful for the way God made you—all the way down to your nose hairs! I’m sure you have heard the saying, “you must learn to love yourself before you can love someone else!” It is very true. Your nose hairs have a job to do even though it’s not a major part of you. But just the same, they have a purpose. It may not be as significant as the iris in your eye, but every part of you is made to perfection to do your Lord’s work. I know it’s kind of a funny analogy, and not too glamorous to think about nose hairs, yet every part of you is put together by God. Likewise, He put together each one of us to fulfill His purpose and bring Him glory!
family, but it’s been a changing dynamic. I’m sure there
Ephesians 3:19, “May you experience the love of
are plenty of you who have been in the same place in life.
Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then
Dynamics change for different reasons, and we could go
you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and
on and on listing them, but that’s not the point we need to
power that comes from God.” So, shout your praises to
dwell on. The point is, are we thankful and ministering to
the God almighty and be thankful for His love for you!
the ones God gives us during the time we have?
Let that joy and peace permeate your being, and that joy
Jesus’s ministry took Him to many places, but
will spread to the people in your life!
His focus stayed the same. Everywhere He went He work. All throughout the New Testament, there are stories of His love for us! Are we following in His steps
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ministered to people and was focused on His Father’s
Kaye Stein lives with her amazing husband, Mike, in Rome, Georgia, and attends Pleasant Valley North. She loves learning about God in Bible Study Groups and Sunday School in the Woman’s Class. She loves her family, especially her grands! She is retired and is starting her bucket list travels.
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Thank You Lord
by Zebbie Brewster
had gone to my husband’s doctor’s appointment with him. As I followed behind him, trying to find his doctor’s office, a sign in another doctor’s office
caught my eye. It was a simple sign, but to me, it spoke volumes. It said, “Work Hard, Stay Humble, Be Kind.” I thought to myself, is that the secret to a successful life? I knew in my heart that I had fallen way behind in following those simple directions. The Bible tells us in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Seeking God’s way for my life was always the right road to travel on, even though I knew there had been times I had veered off that path. My grandfather set the example for me as a child for how to walk with God and be successful for God. My grandfather was always working hard at whatever job he was doing. From working in the hay field, to cutting fire wood, he worked hard at it. He was no shirker and got the job done. I loved to listen to him talk to God in prayer. He always said, “Thank You Lord, that everything is as well with us as it I never fully understood the meaning behind it. Life was not always easy, yet God was real in my grandfather’s life. He loved God and his family, and stayed faithful to the God who was faithful to him. I remember how he would often visit my family after I had a family of my own. It seems that he would often forget his hat, which he always wore. That gave him an excuse to come back to get it and visit again. My mom told me that she and her dad were prayer partners. They would meet and have
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prayer together. What a blessing that was to hear about! Praying for them was important. It also helped increase our faith as we saw their prayers come to fruition. I am thankful God blessed me and allowed me to be born into a Christian home. Thank You Lord, that everything is as well with us as it is. For Lord, You truly are worthy of all our love and praise.
About The Author
is.” As a child, hearing him say that in his prayers,
Zebbie Brewster resides in Summerville, Georgia. She is an active member at Perennial Springs Baptist Church.
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by Paula Burgner
id you ever think your life would be like this? I
going to fly away. Then, the next second, it’s as still as if it
mean when you’re young, you dream of the way
was freshly ironed, just hanging there so stiff with no life
you want things to be and the way you want
things to turn out. Then, one day you stop and look
Sometimes as a Christian, this is how we are. One
around at yourself thinking, “How did it get like this?”
moment we can seem so full of life, moving about and
You feel like everything that you dreamed or wished
spreading God’s word to everyone, and the next, we
for is nothing like your current situation. Sometimes
just seem so down and out. In this moment we have to
it’s funny how life works out. Although you can make
remember what God’s word tells us in Philippians 4:7,
a plan or have an idea, sometimes things just go in a
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” So, we must stay focused on the Lord and His word in order to keep pushing forward. Just as the water keeps pushing through, flowing forcefully over the rocks making its way to the other side where it looks so beautiful, we must keep spreading His word. Although we may only see the stillness of one side of the water and think that there is no work being done to make the water flow as gracefully as it is, just know that sometimes the work that is being done may not always be seen right away. Because in the end, it will pay off, and it will be revealed to those who didn’t believe.
It’s kind of like a small creek. One side is flowing
The Bible tells us in Psalms 46:10, “Be still and know
just enough over the rocks to make it look so pretty and
that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will
smooth, as if the water is being silently pushed by a
be exalted in the earth.” Like the water that continues to
force behind it. Meanwhile, the other side is as still as a
flow and fill the creek up, keep the word of God in your
picture, looking like a painting that was dropped there in
heart and His love and light shall grow more and more
the water with no movement. It makes you wonder how
and others will see. The Bible tells us this in Acts 12:24,
one side can be still and the other side can be flowing
“But the word of God grew and multiplied.”
windows open. One second you see the curtain moving so softly and flowing with the wind, as though they were
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so freely. It’s like on a summer day, sitting with the Paula Burgner is a very strong willed, outgoing, girl who loves working out, and she believes in her heart that you are capable of doing anything that you put your mind to.
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While He Was Thinking
by Sandra Gilmore
ave you been following this series? Check each month as
dream. This messenger delivered stout answers to Joseph’s
we explore often-overlooked connections to Christmas
and wind our way back to this sacred event.
His mind was anywhere but there. What was he going to do?
How could he get out of this pickle? He was a craftsman. Years of working with resistant
Matthew 1:20 states, “But while he thought on these things, behold an angel appeared unto him in a dream.” The angel assured Joseph about following through with his marriage to Mary, even affirming the child was indeed the Son of God.
materials had taught him a few things. He envisioned a use for a material that the material couldn’t even see for itself. He shaped the stone. He carved the wood. He avoided the delicate areas that could crack later, relying on the strength around it to achieve the goal, which was to transition something typically left alone or behind into something that would serve, something that would become a part of daily life. His work would bear his mark. His design and years of training, planning, working, and re-working would all be reflected in the craftsmanship of the final product. Still, his day was ordinary. To a casual onlooker, his day would have seemed routine, no fuss, nothing unusual, until
The original language gives us insight into Joseph’s
that evening. During the day, his hands were busy with the
ponderings. This verb can be translated ponder, deliberate,
wood. He was carving, pounding, shaving, clearing shavings,
and revolve in the mind. Another passage in the book of Acts
staining, expertly crafting a resistant material into what he
describes, “While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said
envisioned it to be. After years of honing his trade, his hands
unto him…” These two examples highlight the promise in
could maneuver without his mind engaged. And on that day,
Isaiah 26:3: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is
his thoughts took the focus while his craftsmanship ebbed out
stayed on you.”
on autopilot. Joseph had questions, sticky questions directed by society’s
Do you ever ponder with your mind stayed on the Lord? Does your heart yield to The Master Craftsman? Or do you
mores and religious considerations. He just couldn’t see a way
worry with your mind focused on other things with a heart
out or a way in, for that matter. He was stuck with an urgent
resistant and stiff? With our minds stayed on the Lord, we can
desire to run. He was running with a sincere desire to stay
invite the Holy Spirit to give us insight, answers, and direction.
committed. What should he do? Everyone would know the baby
He brings peace. When we worry, we give the enemy of our
wasn’t his. But he didn’t do anything wrong. And this girl genuinely
souls an invitation to weigh us down, confuse us, or stagnate
believed God gave her this baby!
us. As we enter this season of thanksgiving soon followed by
That evening The Master Craftsman worked with an
Christmas, the Lord is indeed our Immanuel, God with us. We can ponder, wonder, and even question with renewed hope
man who could have possibly been left behind by history into a
role that would enter daily life for centuries to come. According to Matthew Chapter 1, the Lord sent an angel to Joseph in a
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immalleable material. The Lord expertly crafted the heart of a
Sandra Gilmore serves the Lord as wife, mom, and encourager, mostly through writing and speaking, occasionally through cooking, rarely through anything athletic and only because of the mercy and grace of Jesus. You can reach her by email: email@example.com or her website: www.sandragilmore.org
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or one of two barn stays located inside the lofts of working
• The Camel Condo: Sleeps Ten
barns, guests can return again and again having experienced something new each time. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, an animal lover, or just seeking a peaceful riverside
Experiences From horseback rides to waterfall hikes, and camel experiences to river adventures, Ocoee Riverside Farm’s lodging guests can choose from a host of unique and memorable experiences for all ages. And, because these experiences are available almost exclusively to guests staying on the farm, you will receive the personal attention you cannot find in a public environment. Experiences include Farm Tours, Horseback Riding, Pony Rides and Grooming, Camel Rides, Farm Hand for A Day, Tubing, Kayaking, and a Waterfall Hike
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with Lunch. Presently, the most popular experience at Ocoee
have glass floors that allow kids a birds-eye-view into the camel stalls and be connected by a 22-foot black-lit tunnel with glowing fish displayed in each of 5 recessed aquariums within the walls. Their 2-story sloth enclosure comes up from the ground through the living room floor, giving guests the chance to “hang out” with Flash as he hangs out in his tree branches. Other features include hidden doors and passageways, picture windows, private balconies, barn doors, a floating bed, hanging rope beds, a jetted tub that looks out over the swan pond, and more!
Riverside Farm is their Farm Tour, which provides guests with close encounters with the vast majority of the animals on the farm. If you live in the area locally and have out-of-town friends or family staying on the farm, that is your ticket to join in on the fun! Local friends and family members of lodging guests are permitted to sign up for any “guest only” experience that their lodging friend or family member has signed up for. Beginning in the spring of 2023, new experiences will include Kangaroo and Sloth Encounters! Events “Yes, we do that too!” is the response the Warners give when they are asked if they host birthday parties, field trips, family reunions, retreats, and weddings. Moreover, the farm offers discounts when at least 3 of the accommodations are booked simultaneously for the same event. And if you’re looking for a day trip, Ocoee Riverside Farm swings open the gates year-round every Wednesday for their weekly Hump Day celebration. Local guests who make Hump Day reservations will enjoy camel rides, pony rides, and time inside their petting zoo with feed included for hand feeding. This next spring Ocoee Riverside Farm will be introducing “Homeschool Days,” which will run for an entire week each spring and fall season, offering homeschoolers and their families special programs, discounts, and events similar to the field trips. Newest Accommodation Ocoee Riverside Farm’s newest and most unique
A Letter from The Warners We are John and Donna Warner and we are so excited to have this opportunity to share a little bit of our story, as well as our home that has come to be known as Ocoee Riverside Farm! While serving as an Officer in the U.S. Navy, John was diagnosed with cancer in 2000. John is a cancer survivor, but his cancer battle forced an early medical retirement after fifteen years of service. Following his retirement, John and I continued to grow the property management business that we had begun in 1995, and earnestly prayed about where the Lord would lead us next. John remarked that the Navy had sent him all over the world, but he had never seen the United States. So, in 2009, with our two adult children out of the house and our oldest daughter at the helm of our business, we set out on a crosscountry trip with our three youngest children. Living in an RV for thirteen months, we homeschooled and toured the U.S. The memories of that experience only amplified what we already knew: “The most important things in life aren’t things.” The opportunity we had to basically live on vacation with our children for an entire year demonstrated just
accommodation by far will soon be making its debut as
how much busyness we had allowed to crowd our everyday
The Camel Condo! This one-year construction project has
lives! In addition to experiencing this great country of ours, a
produced an incredible 2300+ square foot “barndominium”
primary focus of the trip was to help us determine where we
that will house 10 guests. It includes three master suites, each
would want to live because, for the first time in our married
with its own king-sized bed and full bathroom as well as two
lives, the military would no longer dictate that decision. It was
additional bunk rooms. It features a fully equipped modern
on this trip that we fell in love with Southeast Tennessee. That’s
kitchen, living area, and gaming area with a 170-gallon fish
right! We traveled the entire country and this is where we
tank visible from each of the two levels. The bunk rooms will
wanted to call home.
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It would take us another ten years to make the dream
before we knew it, we were doing horseback rides on a regular
of moving to Tennessee a reality. During those ten years, we
basis. Our guests' love of horses also inspired us to create our
would continue residing in and managing our business in
second accommodation here on the farm, The Barn Loft, which
Virginia. We would adopt four children from Ukraine between
allows guests to sleep in the loft of our equestrian barn with
2012 and 2015, become full-time caregivers to my disabled
the horses. Virtually everything that has caused the farm to
father until his passing in 2016, and become caregivers to John’s
grow and transform into what it is today came about as a result
mother in 2017. Yes, the vacation was over and the busyness had
of guest requests and it’s for this reason that we remain so
found its way back into our lives! And then it happened. In 2018,
committed to those lodging with us.
we sold Warner Property Management and began a year-long
We were just going about having such a good time with
housing search in Southeast Tennessee that would bring us to
folks that we remarked one day, “Wonder what our guests
this little town of Benton.
would think about llamas?” and so we decided to bring llamas
Benton seemed to check all the boxes—a small town with a
onto the farm, which was quickly followed by camels! From the
hometown feel, beautiful scenery, friendly people, and cleverly
camels to the kinkajous, kangaroos to coatimundi and so, so
situated 15 minutes from everything and nothing at the same
much more we now have over 100 domestic and exotic animals
time. It is also within a day’s drive to our adult children, and
that all call Ocoee Riverside Farm their home.
now grandchildren, living in Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky, and
If there’s one message that we would want to convey to
Oklahoma. And so, in January of 2019, the Lord blessed us
our guests it would be: This isn’t just a place where we come
with our little piece of heaven on earth and the one thing that
to work, it’s where we live, and you’re invited! We hope you
we both knew was that we wanted to share it. We just had NO
accept this personal invitation to come and hang out on the
IDEA what that was going to look like!
family farm with us. Whether you are looking for a peaceful,
Thinking that one of our younger adult children would
no-contact vacation, or an all-in farm experience, we trust that
be interested in residing in the riverside cabin, it was actually
the memories of your time spent here at Ocoee Riverside Farm
this daughter who told us we should “just Airbnb it!” It would
will last a lifetime.
be another three months before we got curious enough to
Blessings, John and Donna Warner
investigate what Airbnb even was and, as a result of navigating around their website one night, ended up accidentally publishing our cabin. To our surprise, we woke up the next morning to three bookings! The cabin, initially dubbed, The Riverside, became our very first guest accommodation. We only had three horses, twelve chickens, and one dog at the time. We remember back in the beginning our guests would ask if they could come up by the house and see the chickens. We would not only let them come and see the chickens but also allow their kids to help feed and collect eggs from the coop. Guests that inquired about borrowing our kayaks were offered the chance to load up in our truck for a quick drive upriver so they could paddle their way back to our boat ramp here at the farm. Then requests came to ride the horses, and
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If you would like to book your stay at Ocoee Riverside Farm or would like more information about community events, visit their website at www.ocoeeriversidefarm.com. For any questions, you can contact the farm directly at (423)-241-3738.
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Rejoice In Your Harvest
by Stephanie Daniels
armers are intentional about the seed they sow and
to give monetary gifts to your local churches, charities, or
the harvest they reap. They don’t plant apple seeds
alms, giving wherever you see a need.
and expect cabbage. They put a specific seed in the
Everything we do is a seed sown. “Do not be deceived,
ground and patiently wait for harvest season. They nurture
God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will
and water the seed, then at the right time, a harvest grows
also reap” (Galatians 6:7). One of the wisest things we
up out of the fertile soil. Many people don’t realize how
can do is sow good seeds. Sowing seeds of faith into the
much our lives are like farming. Seed time and harvest time
lives of others not only blesses them but it impacts us as
are a part of life. We sow seeds daily. The harvest we receive
well. Psalms 107:37 reminds us, “They sowed fields and
is based on what was sown.
planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest.” We can ensure a good crop of favor and blessings in our lives by simply being intentional about what we say, do, and think. The word of God says, “As a man thinks so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). When we continuously think negative thoughts, it is just a matter of time before we speak negative things, which can result in negative actions. Negative thoughts, words, and actions can produce bad fruit in your life. Speak life over yourself and others, and meditate on the word of God to help keep your thoughts pure. These are just some of the things that can help
As we reflect on our lives over the course of the
produce a good harvest in your life.
year, we can anticipate a harvest of all we have done.
So, whether you have sown time, money, shared your
The greatest harvest of all is a harvest of souls into the
faith or planted a garden, expect God to give you a bountiful
kingdom of God. Jesus sowed His life so that anyone
harvest. The apostle Paul explains that our righteousness
who calls on His name shall be saved. We can play a part
comes from God, and He is faithful to provide seed to
in that wonderful harvest by simply sharing our faith.
the sower. “Now He who supplies seed to the sower and
Sowing seeds of faith can be one of the most rewarding
bread for food will also supply and increase your store of
things a person can do in their lifetime. Matthew 9:37-38
seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness”
tells us, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
(2 Corinthians 9:10). It is never too late to sow seed with
Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send
intention and purpose. In this harvest season, expect God’s
out laborers into his harvest.” Another way to sow seed is
goodness and mercy to overtake you.
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Standing Firm in The Last Days
by Kenneth E. Ware
tand up. Now, sit down. Stand up again. Now, sit down
3. Pursue—If the lovers of Jesus Christ desire to grow
again. Now, stand up and sit down at the same time.
stronger, then a pursuit of God’s Word must become top
Impossible right? Absolutely. You cannot stand and sit
priority. Daily Bible reading enhances one’s knowledge of
simultaneously. You can only do one or the other. Spiritually,
God, spiritual growth, and adds strength. The psalter said,
Christians have the same choices in life. Faced with many moral
“Strengthen me according to Your Word” (Psa. 119:28).
challenges, social injustices, demonic attacks, and political
In fact, it was our Lord Himself who cited the words of
issues, believers must not compromise their faith in Jesus
Moses, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every
Christ. The Apostle Paul exhorted his fellow saints in Ephesus
word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4).
to stand firm amidst a pagan, Roman influenced society. Clearly, we too, are no different. We are faced with similar challenges in our generation. Laid out for us in the last chapter of Ephesians is the key to How to Stand Firm in the Last Days. I. Stay Strong in the Lord (Eph. 6:10-11) a) Be Strong in the Person of Christ (v. 10) Believers are to keep growing in their strength in Christ. In order to do so, Jesus must not only be your Savior, He must also be your Lord. He must sit upon the throne of your heart to rule and reign as both Lord and King of your life. Many verses in the Bible command the people of God to be strong. For example, at least four times in the book of Joshua do we read, “Be strong and courageous…” (Josh. 1:6-7,9,18). King David exhorts, “Wait for the Lord, be strong…” (Psa. 27:14). Again, the
II. Stand Still in the Lord (Eph. 6:12-17) c) The Spiritual Warfare (vv. 12-13) Adversaries. At the moment of salvation, believers were
Minor Prophet Zechariah admonished his contemporaries to
immediately thrust into spiritual warfare. There are several
“Let your hands be strong, you who are listening to the world
adversaries that combat the children of God on a daily basis.
in these days…” (Zech. 8:9).
It is important to understand that, “we wrestle not against
b) Be Strong in the Power of Christ (v. 10b-11)
flesh and blood” as clearly stated by Paul. So then, what
There are multiple ways to accomplish this great task. For
exactly are we struggling against? Answer, the demonic
starts, we will observe three ways to reach this goal of being
hosts of Satan influenced in human governments of the
strong in the power of the Lord.
world (Rulers, Powers, World Forces of Darkness, Spiritual
1. Prayer—Five times in verses 18-19 is the term “pray,”
Forces of Wickedness).
“prayer” or “petition” referenced. The more you pray,
d) The Spiritual Wardrobe (vv. 14-17)
the stronger you will become. The less you pray, the
Armor. The armor of a Roman soldier was nothing short
weaker you get. Prayer protects you from yielding to the
of intimidating splendor. In God’s economy, like the Roman
strategies of Satan. Prayer guards your heart and mind
Empire, believers are enlisted as soldiers of war. The saints of
with peace (Phil. 4:6ff). Prayer is essential to spiritual
God must both “put on” (v. 11) and “take up” (v.13) the full
victory in your life.
armor of God. After all, the Lord Jesus Christ is the Armor
2. Praise—Prayer, when combined with praise, equals power. King David prayed, “I love you, Lord, my
believers must put on for spiritual victory over the flesh and the adversaries of this world (Rom. 13:14).
strength and my song…” (Ex. 15:2). Ezra encouraged the sons of Israel, saying, “Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10).
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About The Author
strength” (Psa. 18:1-2). Moses wrote, “The Lord is my Kenneth E. Ware, M.M., M.A.B.S., M. Div. is a husband, father, pastor of New Scholar Avenue Baptist Church, and graduate of Temple Baptist Seminary. Pastor Ware is also a Christian writer and an Expository Bible Teacher at Samford University Ministry Training Institute in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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by Dorothy Teague
t seems like everyone is writing a book these days!
of singing and have sung the entirely of my life thus far. I
Some people are writing about their own life and all of
believe it was in His plan for my life to receive Him and to
their adventures. I often get envious when I hear about
use these gifts to lead others to Him. “The Lord has made
how full their lives have been and all the far off, exotic
everything for its purpose…” (Proverbs 16:4). Now, while
places they have visited. They do have quite an interesting
I know I have a purpose from God to be here, I haven’t
tale to tell! But my story is wrapped up in “His” story,
always kept to His plan. I am a planner and a list-maker,
interwoven into the fabric of His making. All of history is
and get very upset when my plans go awry. But I am
His from beginning to end. Our lives are a thread in the
reminded in Proverbs 19:21 that “Many are the plans in a
tapestry of time. Our purpose should be to reflect His story
person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
and His glory. My birth, while unremarkable to the world, was my beginning and could only be my beginning, just the way He planned it. It was on purpose for a purpose. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born, I set you apart and appointed you…” Here He is talking about Jeremiah’s purpose of being a prophet. But we have all been born with our own purpose and destiny. None of us are here by accident.
We are not here to live unto ourselves. Our life is a gift from
It is by God’s design that each of us has been born into this
God! James 1:17 tells us that “every good gift and every
world. In Psalm 139:16, David says, “Your eyes saw my
perfect gift is from above, coming from the Father of lights.”
unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written
It has been said that our lives are a gift from God and
in your book before one of them came to be.” Ironically,
what we do with our lives to honor Him is our gift to God.
when we are born into this world, we are born as innocent
I haven’t reached the end of my story yet, so I haven’t
babes, but we instantly become sinners because we are born
completed my purpose from God. But until I reach my end
into a sinful world.
date, my prayer is that I will be like a mirror reflecting His
During childhood, I went to church and learned about
glory and His story. After all, His story is the best one of all!
accepted Him at the early age of eight. I discovered my gift
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About The Author
who Jesus was and that He died on the cross for my sins. I Dorothy Teague is a Tennessee native, who resides in McMinn County with her husband, Lewis, on their farm. After completing 31.5 years as a teacher in the Bradley County School System, she is active in her church at Eastanallee Baptist Church where she is a member of the choir and praise team.
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Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole Boats by Jodi Varnado
love gathering around a table with good food and good company. The Thanksgiving holiday grants us the perfect opportunity to foster this connection and fellowship. This twist on the classic sweet potato casserole only enhances the experience! This recipe is sure to bring comfort to your friends and family this Thanksgiving dinner. With only eight ingredients and one pan, you can present this sweet side dish and leave your guests impressed. (And don’t worry, they won’t know how easy it was it prepare. Your secret’s safe with me.)
Ingredients • 4 medium-large sweet potatoes or yams • 1 tablespoon of neutral oil
Toppings • 2 tablespoons of butter • ¾ teaspoon of ground cinnamon • 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar • 1 cup of raw pecans, roughly chopped • 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup • 1 cup of mini marshmallows
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Instructions 1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Slice the sweet potatoes in half, but leave the skin on. Rub both sides with oil and arrange cut-side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 3. Use a fork to poke holes in the back sides of the potatoes, then bake for 25-35 minutes.
4. Once tender, remove potatoes from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Then carefully flip the potatoes over. Use a fork to gently mash the insides of the potatoes until they are slightly pressed down and the surface is flat.
5. Swipe the top of each potato with butter. Then, shake a light dusting of cinnamon on each potato, followed by brown sugar, pecans, and maple syrup. Top with mini marshmallows. 6. Return to the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the toppings are slightly toasty! 7. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.
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he falling leaves and brilliant colors of Southeastern
find the sweet spot for each chord. And when you hit the
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coming! At least that’s what it feels like on Tuesday
with spotless pitch, tone, and dynamics, the chord will
nights at the Sound of Tennessee Barbershop Chorus
create an overtone that makes it “ring.” As one member
rehearsal space in Bradley Square Mall. Shoppers and mall
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walkers are treated each week to the sounds of laughter,
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friendship, and stunning acapella renditions of holiday
And though the competitions and awards are exciting,
classics like “Welcome Christmas” from The Grinch Who
what the chorus really loves to do is perform in Cleveland
Stole Christmas and beautiful Christian hymns like “O Come,
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O Come, Emmanuel,” as the chorus prepares for their favorite show of the year. The fall is an exciting and busy time for the Sound of Tennessee Chorus. After placing 12th in the
the chorus is practicing and perfecting their parts for “The Grinch: A Holiday Production and Christmas Concert” that will take place at the Lee University Dixon Center for the Performing Arts on December 2nd and
world at the Barbershop
3rd. The entertaining
and inspiring two-act
show starts with a
Competition in July,
rousing production of
the chorus immediately
“The Grinch Who Stole
started polishing songs for their next competition. In September, their hard work was rewarded with
Christmas,” followed by a reverent presentation of the Christmas story featuring much loved carols and hymns
a 1st place finish in the Dixie District
of the season.
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Cleveland has been home to the Barbershop
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passion that takes a lot of work. The Barbershop Style is a
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about the great guys in the chorus, but also the excellence
and intricate. Their voices need to be strong and stable with
we have on a week-to-week basis. It’s very gratifying when
no vibrato, to make the chords really ring.
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Is God One Person?
by Matt Jensen
onotheism–the belief that there is only one God–has
◦ Is neither the Father nor the Son
always been essential to the Christian faith. The early
◦ Therefore, He is truly the Holy Spirit
church steadfastly defended monotheism but ran into a
difficulty–Jesus is equated with God in the New Testament. In fact, the deity of Jesus was a major reason that people wanted to kill Him (John 5:18; 8:58-59; 10:30-31). Desiring to hold to monotheism, some denied the full deity of Jesus. However, others desired to hold to monotheism and the full deity of Jesus. One solution proposed by men like Sabellius, Noetus, and Praxeas, was to say that the Father and the Son are actually not distinct persons. Like an actor playing different characters, God plays
It’s terribly important to confess that God is one God, but it’s vitally important to confess that this one God eternally exists in three persons, too. Here are a few reasons why: It’s biblical – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Sabellianism and orthodoxy agree that the Word was God (i.e. the one divine nature). However, Sabellianism can’t explain how the Word was with God. They must say something like “The Word appeared to be with God.” Orthodoxy can say that the
Father and then Son. This became known as
Word was God (divine nature) and with
the heresy of Sabellianism. Many strains
God (person). Sabellianism also can’t
of this error have surfaced over time,
account for passages such as Matthew
but its distinctive feature is that God
3:16-17. Orthodoxy can say that Jesus
is unipersonal. In other words, God
was baptized, the Spirit descended,
is one God existing as one person,
and the Father spoke. Sabellianism
sometimes acting as different
turns the events of this passage into
persons. Against this, orthodoxy
confesses one God eternally
God’s worship – This is the
existing in three persons. Here is what
greatest reason. God has revealed
Himself as one God eternally existing in
God is one divine nature.
three persons. Therefore, we must worship
• The divine nature is not shared by
Him as one God eternally existing in three
anything in creation.
persons. The most serious theological errors we
• The divine nature is not divided among the
three copies of the same picture). God eternally exists in three persons. • The person of the Father: ◦ Is unbegotten – He has His person from none ◦ Is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit ◦ Therefore, He is truly the Father • The person of the Son: ◦ Is eternally begotten – He has His person from the Father alone ◦ Is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit ◦ Therefore, He is truly the Son • The person of the Holy Spirit: ◦ Is eternally proceeding – He has His person from the Father and the Son
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unipersonal God of Islam, but the blessed Trinity in unity and unity in Trinity. Our salvation and communion with God – Was it really the Son who came to save us? Was it really the Father who gave a people to His Son? Is it really the Holy Spirit who applies Christ’s redemptive work? Sabellianism must say, “No.” Can we really believe in Jesus (John 6:29)? Can we really pray to our Father in heaven (Matthew 6:9)? Can we really walk by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16)? Sabellianism must again say, “No.” If Sabellianism is true, our salvation and communion with God cannot be Trinitarian. We would be saved and commune with a God who is one person having multiple personalities. Thankfully, that is not the God who reveals Himself to us in the Bible. The one true God eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. About The Author
persons (like three pieces of the same pie). • The divine nature is not cloned three times (like
can possibly make concern God. He is not the
Matt Jensen is a missionary from Reformation Baptist Church in Dalton, Georgia. He and his wife, Danielle, are preparing to move to Thailand soon with their son, Judah. They are also anticipating the birth of another son, Gabriel.
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Faith Comes By Hearing:
Senga Oral Bible Translations
by Joey Knight
n estimated 900 oral language groups have waited
like wildfire, as pastors play them in churches and on phones
for thousands of years to receive the Scriptures.
and broadcast them on the radio.
Many will never obtain the written Word of God. But
Everyone understands the Scripture at last. As people are
they can still hear the saving truth of the Gospel. Oral Bible
empowered to reach others with the Good News, the number
Translation (OBT) sidesteps the hurdle of having to read and
of churches grows. One of the Senga visionaries for this project
write to translate the Bible, meaning that individuals living
told us, “This is the most precious gift. God has come down
in unreached people groups who may never read can still
to speak to Sengas directly. We no longer need someone who
hear God’s Word and come to Christ. In fact, OBT is vital in
knows how to read and write. We only need someone who
achieving our Vision 2033 objectives.
hears. The God that was far away has come close and is staying
Now, a team of mother-tongue translators can be trained to work among their own people to clearly and accurately render God’s Word in a format they can understand and
in our homes. He speaks to our hearts, to our lives, every day!” Render: A Vital Oral Bible Translation Tool Render facilitates every OBT project, simplifying the
use. OBT goes through all of the same rigorous checks of
process by allowing translators to listen to the Bible in a
a written translation—team checking, community checks,
language they understand, translate the passage orally, and
back translation, and consultant checking. And as soon as
record it—all within a
a recording is approved—whether a few verses or a whole
single workspace. This
book—it becomes available to the community. The wait is
allows communities to
start Bible translation
An urgent desire to see the last people groups receive
projects more quickly
the Gospel in their heart languages continues to grow. OBT
than the traditional
projects are in great demand, given that the methodology has
been accepted by the worldwide translation community. God
As the number of
is graciously preparing the hearts of oral people worldwide to
projects increase, Render must be updated to keep up with the
hear His truth and come to Him. They will be counted among
demands of the translation teams. Software development is
those standing before Christ’s throne on the last day, just as
well underway for Render 3.0, an update that will improve the
flow and lifetime of the software. The new version incorporates
The Story of the Senga
synchronization for online and offline file sharing in field
The Senga people group in Zambia was considered “too
applications and consultant checks. This feature allows Render
small” to start a Bible translation project. Though their pastors
to be used on Android devices in addition to Microsoft and
preached in Swahili, a few of them possessed the vision and
facilitate a more flexible workflow for field teams.
passion to initiate a Senga Scripture translation. But they knew
Render 3.0 software development is nearing completion.
that even with a written Bible, most Sengas would be unable
Faith Comes By Hearing has software developers on staff but
to read and understand. When they participated in a Faith
also works with an external development firm to assist in the
Comes By Hearing listening group leader training and learned
intensive testing and debugging process. Our development
that 70% of the world’s population learn orally, they realized
team values this boost to help finalize and release Render 3.0.
Since the Senga OBT project began, they have translated the books of Luke and Acts. Now they are translating Genesis. Once passages are translated and checked by a consultant, they are released for use in the community. These audio files spread
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God’s Word in audio was a necessity.
Joey has been working with churches for over 3 decades. Joey and his wife, Rebecca, reside in Cleveland, TN. Joey is on staff with FaithComesByHearing.com in Albuquerque, NM.
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The Seed Bags
by Charles Finney
t the back door of my grandparents’ old country
remarked to grandpa that God loves everyone, but probably
farmhouse was a corner filled with bags. There was
prefers “fruit of the spirit” over “a religious nut!” Grandma
a lot of empty burlap bags that were once full of
said, “I go to plant my seeds and wait for the harvest.”
potatoes. Two bags of interest were hanging on a wooden peg nailed right to the door. One belonged to my grandpa, and the other to my
Grandpa was out sowing his corn seeds when a nosy neighbor came by his cornfield. This genus neighbor knew everything about everything. He asked grandpa what he
grandma. Both were sewn out of old burlap bags. Grandpa’s
was doing. Grandpa told him that he was in his cornfield
was just a little more than a pouch, it was gray and held
planting seeds, and if anyone came by, he would sell some
his planting seeds. The bag was held together at the top by
seeds. The neighbor remarked, “Sell seeds?” Grandpa told
some twine rope. It was deep and held a lot of corn seeds.
him he was getting five dollars for one corn seed. Five
Every time I would see grandpa take his seed bag to the
dollars a pop! The know-it-all neighbor said, “What? Why
planting field, he would quote Genesis 1:11: “And God said,
would anyone want to eat raw corn seed?”
Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and
Grandpa said, “Well, they make you smarter!” The
the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in
neighbor could not stand for anyone to be smarter than him.
itself, upon the earth: and it was so.” Grandpa said, “I go to
So, he said, “Okay, give me one.” He swallowed it. Then he
plant my seeds and wait for the harvest.”
said, “Wait a minute! For five dollars, I could have bought
Grandma’s bag was more decorative. It was also held
a pound of corn seeds and got myself at least 200 seeds!”
together by twine rope. It was not as deep as grandpa’s and
Grandpa just remarked, “See! You’re smarter already!”
had a dried flower sewn on the front. Grandma also had
The neighbor, now more delighted in himself, said, “Wow,
the words Faith and Believe embroidered on it. Grandma’s
you’re right…give me two more, quick!”
bag held her sowing seeds, too. Her main “seeds” were the
Grandpa’s selling of seed corn showed us that as in 2
Bible and her Sunday School booklet. She also carried an old
Timothy 3:2-7, “For men shall be lovers of their own selves,
worn paper with two quotes of faith written on it.
covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to
Grandma would usually get her seed bag as she went
parents, unthankful, unholy.” Grandma’s seed bag showed
out the door to church or to visit a neighbor.
us that as in Ephesians 2, “For by grace are ye saved through
Grandma often quoted two sayings
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of
on faith as she went out the door:
works, lest any man should boast.”
“Belief is held in the mind,
After my grandparents had gathered
faith is a fire in the heart,”
their bags and went out the door,
(Johnathan Swift) and she
I saw a hand carved piece of
reminded grandpa that
wood nailed on the door with the
“the smallest seed
inscription on it of John 11:26: “And
of faith is better
whosoever liveth and believeth in me
then the largest
shall never die. Believest thou this?”
fruit of happiness” (Henry David Thoreau). Grandma
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Forgetting What’s Behind
by Jonathon Wright
rethren, I do not count myself to have
Paul also expresses his deep desire to know Christ
apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting
and the power of His resurrection. In other places, Paul
those things which are behind and reaching
describes this power as being able to do above and
forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward
beyond anything we ask, think, or imagine. See Ephesians
the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ
3:20. Paul wanted to see God’s power in his life and
Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14, NKJV).
the church. He also wanted to follow God in times of
In the first part of this chapter, Paul talks about his
suffering like Christ. Paul wanted to be faithful to the end.
old way of life, his days when he was a Pharisee and
He wanted to be perfect but was not. But he did this one
keeper of the law. The days when he persecuted the
thing. The fact that the apostle Paul singles out this one
church. Paul used to think a relationship with God meant
thing makes it very important. He forgot those things in the past and continued to press forward in his goal to be more like Christ. He wanted to put the past behind him. There was a time in my life when I greatly struggled in a particular area. God’s word in Isaiah 54:4 told me that I should forget the shame of my youth. Something about that passage just gave me peace. It helped me to move forward in my Christian life. And eventually, I was able to overcome it. Paul struggled with similar feelings about his past. He even called himself the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). However, Paul understood that we are powerless to change mistakes
keeping all the rules and relying on his strength alone.
in our past. We can try to learn from them and make
Now he knew Christ and His power to change a person’s
things better. But at the end of the day, we need God’s
life. Because of this, his former way of life does not begin
forgiveness and mercy, found at the cross. We need to
to compare with his new life in Christ. His former life
start each day by forgetting the past. When we do this, it
was rubbish when compared to knowing Christ. And he
helps us make the most of our today. We place our trust
had a long list of credentials. Paul wanted to encourage
in the promise of Christ and keep moving forward to
the Philippian church and those struggling against Jewish
become the people God wants us to be, which helps us
influences. These influences were trying to nullify and
move toward spiritual maturity and more success in life.
those dogs. Paul knew what he was talking about because he was one before he met Christ.
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About The Author
put down their Christian faith. He told them to beware of Jonathon Wright currently lives in Cleveland, Tennessee, and has been a member of the Church of God for about twenty years. He is a graduate of Lee University and Beacon University where he earned a BA and MA in Biblical Studies. He loves studying the Bible and has done so for over thirty years, but only now has God given him a desire and the opportunity to be a writer. Jonathon hopes to encourage people to read the Bible and take notes. You can find more from Jonathon at amazon.com/author/everydaynotes.
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Objects In the Mirror Are Smaller Than They Appear
by Beth Penny
here are so many pivotal moments in our lives
forward and move forward as we understand that the
that imprint on our memories. One of those for me
past has a presence in our future but does not control it.
will always be the day I turned sixteen and got my
My advice is to live life as you would drive a car. Look
driver’s license. For me, as for so many others, being able
forward and move on from what mistakes or errors you
to drive alone was the first step in young freedom and
have made in the past. Look forward and remember
independence. It signified so much more than that little
that God is always above. An old adage says, “If what is
piece of paper you receive that says you passed a test.
ahead scares you and what’s behind hurts you, just look
But learning to drive, on the other hand, was full of so
up. He never fails to help you.”
many more issues. Learning to be totally aware of your surroundings proves difficult until it becomes second nature. One of the first driving lessons my dad gave me was learning to use the mirrors. The side mirrors and rearview mirror have their own purpose, and we have to learn to use them to aid the process of driving. However, they aren’t the most important thing to help us drive. As we drive, we glance in the mirrors to look for things beside us, right behind us, or even further behind us. We use those to help us know our
Those words ring true. Just as the words in Psalm
surroundings or potential dangers. We don’t, however,
121, “Look up to the mountains—does my help come
continuously drive while looking through the rearview
from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made
mirror. There is a reason the windshield is bigger than
heaven and earth…The Lord himself watches over you!
the rearview. We always have to look forward to where
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade”
we are going and be aware but not focused on what is
(1-2, 5). Don’t let mistakes of the past guide what you can
accomplish in the present. Remember that the windshield
In life, we have to remember the same lessons. We
is bigger than the rearview.
control what is in front of us. We have to continue to look
56 // November 2022
About The Author
have to be aware of what is behind us but not let it Beth Penny has taught English at Model High School since 1997. There she is also the Yearbook adviser and the Special Education Department Chair. She and her husband, Chad, have four children.
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Are You Tilting at Windmills?
by Dr. Alan Hix
s we approach Thanksgiving, are the day-to-day
challenges of a stressful work environment, difficult family
challenges of life making it hard for you to get in a
situations, unrealized expectations, and a host of other
thankful mood? Let me tell you a story.
things we pursue as we search for meaning and purpose
Don Quixote is a novel written by Miguel Cervantes in
in life, we imagine that this is what brings meaning and
the early 17th century. In the story Alonso Quixano is a low-
purpose to life, and we lose sight of God’s blessings and
ranking member of the Spanish nobility. As he approaches
provisions. And like Alonso, we end up tilting at the
middle age, he imagines a life far more exciting than his
windmills of earthly things that have no eternal value. No
mundane existence. Alonso dons a suit of armor and takes
wonder we feel unfulfilled.
up a lance. In his new imagined life, he is a knight errant in search of adventure and glory. In his quest for meaning and purpose, Alonso challenges peasants to duels and views inns as castles. In one of the more well-known parts of his story, he comes upon a group of windmills. However, for Alonso, they are giants that need vanquishing, so he charges them with his lance. You can imagine the outcome was not what he intended. Having been unhorsed, he believes that magicians changed windmills into giants to thwart his noble quest. While we smile and chuckle at Alonso’s passion for a noble quest that exists only in his imagination, I wonder if sometimes we might find ourselves on an imagined quest of our own. I recently read a blog in which the author proposed that many Christians prefer a “comfortable”
However, a thankful heart has a whole new set of
Christianity. He went on to argue that this longing for
priorities. When the Apostle Paul writes to the Colossian
“comfort” can result in believers not being particularly
believers, he gives them—and us—a picture of what a life
excited about heaven or seeing God face to face.
focused on eternal things looks like:
I found myself saying, “Wait a minute; you can’t be
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which
serious?” However, the author argued that many Church
indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the
members are too busy setting up their own “heaven on
word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one
earth,” that they don’t have time to think about eternity.
another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual
They busy themselves trying to check all the boxes on what
songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you
they want out of life—impressive career, great marriage,
do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
good kids, perfect home, and countless other things. They
giving thanks to God the Father through him (Col. 3:15-17).
find themselves imagining this is what life is all about.
Now are you in the mood for Thanksgiving?
Heaven and an eternity with God seem so distant that the As I sat down to write about Thanksgiving, this blog came to mind. When we focus on getting through the
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About The Author
issues of the moment take center stage in our lives.
Dr. Alan Hix is an Associate Professor of Christian Studies at Shorter University. In addition to being and educator, he has served churches as a pastor, been involved in mission trips to Africa, Canada, and Alaska, and participated in archaeological excavations in Israel for several years.
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