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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

18 PS138V8

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

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Casserole Boats

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

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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

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Gò0dNews from the Pastor’s Desk

The Art of My Thanksgiving

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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

and friends.

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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About The Author

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

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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

to keep?

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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About The Author

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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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

Taxes

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

Roth Conversion

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.

income earners.

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

done correctly.

certain care facilities. This money can also be used to build a handicap

Market downturn

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

for some.

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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Gò0dNews for Men

Did God Really Say…?

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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

of Gedaliah.

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

REALLY say…?”

we should walk and do” (Jeremiah 42:2,3). When

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About The Author

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).

I

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

myself too!

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

everyday ways.

and used as He pleased.

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About The Author

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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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

Baptist

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

Catholic

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

Charismatic

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

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Community

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Disciples of Christ

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Seventh Day Adventist

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Zion Assembly

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PS138V8 by Regina Law Smith

I

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

NOV

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month than money, and I knew with Christmas just

(KJV). Well, what

a week away, I

else could I do but

wouldn’t have

dry my eyes, blow

the means to buy

my nose, and give

presents for my

a prayer of thanks

young sons. I spent

to God?

the night pondering

He is present in

ways to help them

the workplace, too.

understand that

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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About The Author

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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I

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.

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with simple gifts and encouraged them to include a letter

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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.

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Due to their generosity and additional gifts

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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

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This whole process is made

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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).

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Every year since, Samaritan’s Purse has collected shoebox gifts filled with

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also get the word out about the Samaritan’s Purse

million children in more than 170 countries and territories

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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.

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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

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Purse aims to follow the Apostle Paul’s example and

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A Thankful Heart, For Real

N

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

thankful for.

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

I

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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Be Still

D

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

to it.

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,

different direction.

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

H

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

sticky questions.

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

and peace!

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: tandsgilmore@yahoo.com or her website: www.sandragilmore.org


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coee Riverside Farm, owned and operated by John

you are looking for in your next Tennessee vacation!

and Donna Warner, is a 30-acre riverfront farm

Lodging

located directly on the Ocoee River in Benton,

• The Riverside Cabin: Sleeps Six

Tennessee. While there are opportunities offered to the general

• The Glampsite: Accommodates Two

public, the Warners have created a unique “Stay Here, Play

• The Welcome Wagon: Sleeps Four

Here” environment that caters almost exclusively to their

• The Band Wagon: Sleeps Four

lodging guests. From their two-story riverside cabin, “The

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Glampsite” tenting area, one of three different covered wagons,

• The Barn Loft: Sleeps Three

or one of two barn stays located inside the lofts of working

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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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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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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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His Story

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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

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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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Ringing in the Season with the

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Sound of Tennessee Chorus

he falling leaves and brilliant colors of Southeastern

find the sweet spot for each chord. And when you hit the

Tennessee can mean only one thing—Christmas is

chord just right, where the voices are blending seamlessly

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

said, “you know you’ve hit it when you see jaws drop in the

walkers are treated each week to the sounds of laughter,

audience and you feel the chills up your spine.”

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,

and give back to the community they all love. So, all fall

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

Harmony Society

and inspiring two-act

2022 International

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.

Fall Convention and another invitation

Cleveland has been home to the Barbershop

to compete at the 2023 Barbershop Harmony International Convention next summer. Singing with the chorus is not just a hobby, it’s a

Chorus for 20 years. It’s grown, changed, and evolved a lot during that time but one thing is constant—the camaraderie and joy that comes from the music. Isaac

passion that takes a lot of work. The Barbershop Style is a

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the chorus since he was 11 years old says, “It’s not only

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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.

you start to see improvement and know that you’re already

In Barbershop, each voice adds something unique and special to the mix. The combination of voices from age

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Is God One Person?

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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

a charade.

confesses one God eternally

God’s worship – This is the

existing in three persons. Here is what

greatest reason. God has revealed

orthodoxy confesses.

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

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Faith Comes By Hearing:

Senga Oral Bible Translations

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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

finally over!

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

written process.

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

He promised.

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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Visit Faith Comes By Hearing’s website faithcomesbyhearing.com for more information! About The Author

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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On this day of Thanksgiving I thank you Lord for all you have been giving I thank you for the air I breathe That gives life in and through me If you had not given your life for me I would cease to exist, you see I know my mom gave me birth But you gave me rebirth To save my soul And make me whole I wish everyone would give their life to you But some people act like they don’t want any part of you I’m glad we have a Thanksgiving Day To thank you for each and every day As I look up into the sky to praise you for being so good to me I honor you, for without you, I don’t know where I would be I know I have made many mistakes along the way But I serve a big God that forgives me and brightens my day So, “Happy Thanksgiving,” Lord, thank you, for all you do Remind us before we judge people to try our foot in their shoe 50 // November 2022


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The Seed Bags

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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

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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

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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

behind us.

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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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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