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GoodNews from the Pastor’s Desk
6 Security in God by Bobby Sneed
GoodNews for Kids
8 God’s Power
by Bekah Prytherch
GoodNews on Money Matters
10 Too Close for Comfort by Andrew Lee
GoodNews for Men
12 Dare to Be Yourself by Shane Clements
GoodNews for Women
14 Stop the Drift
by Jennifer Hastings
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18 Therapeutic Plant-life by Heather Jones
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20 Are You a Vessel? by Karen D. Jeffery
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22 Advice to Graduates by Abdiel Medina
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24 Hostile Territory by Eddie Turner
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28 Growing in Grace by Monica Gambrell
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32 We Are Healed
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34 Family Traditions
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36 Blue Bloods
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38 Are You Listening? by Chris Mullis
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40 Doing the Right Thing in The Wrong Way
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44 Asking For Forgiveness by Thomas Sturgeon, Jr.
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Security in God
by Bobby Sneed
t is so easy to get discouraged with all of life’s stresses
times, face life with a glad heart and fully rejoice in the
and lose focus on what is truly important. I often
truth of His word that you are His. No matter if life is good
find myself reading from the Book of Psalms to find
or bad—whether it is our best or worst moment—our God
strength and comfort during life’s ups and downs. Today, I was struck by Psalm 16:8-9: “I have set the Lord always
strengthens us for His purpose. My prayer for the Church (the body united by faith in
before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Jesus) is that God will help us during our lowest moments
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also
to have the joy that surpasses all understanding. May we
will rest in hope.”
rest securely in our Lord and Savior so that others would see
The psalmist reminds us to always know that as God’s children, we have a benevolent Father who loves us and has our interests at heart in His perfect will. While daily anxieties may come, we will not be shaken because He is above all things. He secures us in His great strength—which is without equal. We can rest in the midst of trials and tribulations both securely and with gladness of heart. In fact, during both the good and bad times, verse nine says my glory (my whole being) rejoices. As believers, we have the security of knowing that no matter the circumstances of this world and our life in it, eternity is paid in full by our Savior Jesus Christ. This is what Paul was talking about in Philippians
the difference He makes in our lives—that they too might believe. Heavenly Father, help us as individuals during our
4:11-13: “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in
happiest and most joyful times to always give You praise
whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I
for Your continued blessings. Grant us the strength to
know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things, I have learned
endure and to continue to live faithfully even in our worst
both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
circumstances because we are sustained by Your loving-
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
kindness and tender mercies.
Set your eyes on the Lord and take solace in the security He offers us as His children. Know that while the
May God bless you all and may you securely rest and find peace in Him!
His righteousness. Due to our faith in Christ Jesus, we rest in His grace and we will not be shaken. During troubled
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Earth shakes under the toll of sin, we are redeemed by Dr. Bobby Sneed is the pastor of Deep Springs Baptist Church. His greatest desire is that all will experience the peace, hope and love of the Father made possible by faith in the Son, Jesus Christ.
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God’s Power by Bekah Prytherch
ne of my favorite stories in the Bible is
good guys and the bad guys—and that He was
about the Israelites being freed from
Pharaoh’s control in Egypt. This story is
I am older now, but as a child I loved this story.
filled with amazing things that God did to show
I never really thought about it until recently, but
His power to the Israelites—like all of the plagues!
there were children who experienced this. They
Then, He shows them His power again by parting
saw all the plagues that took place, they saw their parents and themselves being
the Red Sea and letting His
enslaved, and they also
saw the hand of God upon them by being
led out of slavery! All
Lord said to
the powerful things
that God did to
are you crying out to me? Tell
get them free—I
the Israelites to
move on. Raise
being a child
your staff and
who is able to walk through
stretch out your
water, and seeing
hand over the sea
the walls of water
to divide the water so
that the Israelites can go
God did some pretty
through the sea on dry ground. I will harden
amazing things for the Israelite
the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. All I will gain glory through Pharaoh
children, just as He did for their parents. He is
and all his army, through his chariots and his
the same God that He was for the Israelites as He
horsemen. The Egyptians will know that I am
is for us today! He can take us to some amazing
the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his
experiences in our life today, as long as we keep
chariots and his horsemen” (Exodus 14:15-18).
our focus and our eyes upon Him!
is that God continues to show His power to the 8 // July 2021
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One of my favorite things about this story
Bekah Prytherch is the children’s pastor at Heritage Fellowship Church of God in McDonald, Tennessee. She is married to her husband, Caleb, and they live in Cleveland, Tennessee.
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WITH DR. ANDREW LEE Dr. Andrew Lee is professor of English at Lee University. He also serves as a coordinator for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. He and his wife Esmerelda have three children.
ecently, I met a former student of mine for coffee and financial discussion. Brad Perkins is a financial advisor with Raymond James, and like me, he’s always reading financial books to learn more and educate himself. During our conversation we discovered that we shared a peculiar irony: namely, that as Jesus observed, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own hometown” (Mark 6:4). In other words, both of us had tried in vain to help close relatives or friends by advising them not to continue down the path of unwise financial decisions, but our advice was dismissed or rejected out of hand, falling on deaf ears. Yet, we have both been contacted at various times by complete strangers who solicited our financial opinions and listened to us attentively. (Obviously, Brad is a licensed professional who is qualified and certified to dispense this advice in a fiduciary role, whereas my opinions are informal and more general, and I am not engaged in dispensing any legal or professional advice). But this situation presents a very perplexing paradox, indeed. Why do close relatives and friends often reject unsolicited advice, especially anything related to personal finance? The answer lies in the word “unsolicited.” Your friends and relatives may feel you are judging them somehow and perhaps even condemning their financial choices, which in their mind might jeopardize your relationship, as though you don’t respect their right to make their own decisions. Alternatively, it may simply be a question of personal values—some of our relatives and friends may feel that driving a leased luxury car or flaunting designer labels on clothing and handbags is essential to their sense of identity and self-esteem, regardless of whether they can afford these luxuries—and they don’t want to hear any
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advice to the contrary. But still, you may feel the urge to “show them the error of their ways.” What to do? The easy answer is to do nothing; just hold your tongue; try to grin and bear it. This is America, after all, and our loved ones are free to do as they please, for the most part. However, perhaps you might suggest a helpful financial book like Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, or maybe a helpful financial podcast offering practical advice regarding spending and investing such as The Mad Fientist or Talking Real Money or Stacking Benjamins or The Broke Millennial Podcast. Make a note of what seems to be important to this person in terms of spending or financial goals—saving for a child’s college education? Paying off credit cards? Golfing one day each week? Look for ways to inspire this person (or persons) to better manage money in order to reach these goals. In the spirit of “show, don’t tell,” be sure you model good behavior in subtle ways without being obnoxious. For instance, by always using cash or debit card at restaurants instead of a credit card, or by suggesting enjoyable activities that don’t involve spending any money, you are modeling wise financial practices without being “preachy” or “talking down” to someone. There’s a saying that “more is caught than is taught,” and through the process of observing your consistency and financial discipline, you never know the extent to which you can be a positive influence. Now, when it comes to your children, feel free to be more blatant and teach money lessons regularly and intentionally. But with adults, that approach is often too heavy-handed. God’s Word reminds us, “Whoever would foster love covers over an offense” (Proverbs 17:9a), so be patient and allow God to guide your advice and ensure your motives are pure.
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Dare to Be Yourself
by Shane Clements
here’s no need for you to imitate anybody else,
There is no coincidence, you are not talented by accident!
for they already exist. Do you want to be just like
Maybe if you don’t have a nightingale voice, you were not
your colleague? If the Creator wanted two identical
meant to sing. I know that I can’t sing, but I have learned I
colleagues, then He would have created a copy of the first. If the Creator needed another person just like your neighbor,
have many other gifts I can use to give glory to my Creator. Make no mistake! Talents are not only about activities
then He would have immediately created two of them.
like singing, acting, dancing, painting, writing or excellence
Every snowflake is different. Creation is not duplication.
in sports. Your unique talent could be your spontaneity,
Instead of copying an existing model, He created a whole new YOU! Why? He needs you to be just the way
your enthusiasm, or your connection with others. Maybe it’s caring for the disabled, showing your generosity, teaching,
you are! Why bother and try to be somebody else? Don’t imitate others. Observe them, learn from them, but don’t try to be like them. Learn their skills only to implement them in your own life, in your own way, and move forward on your own path. You are walking your own road, you cannot follow the footsteps of somebody else, nor can someone else walk your road for you. They have their road, you have yours. Why did the Creator give all of us different fingerprints, different ears, different noses? Wouldn’t it have been easier for Him to make all of us out of a single mold? He could have done it, but He didn’t. Why not? He needs us to be individuals. He needs us to be different. If all the characters in a play
or public speaking. It could be your capacity to love, your
were alike, then it wouldn’t be much fun to watch. He
natural joy, your brilliance, intelligence, radiating beauty,
surely likes us all to be different, and He surely needs us
having a funny way of expressing yourself, making others
all to be different!
laugh, kindness, tenderness, and many more. Imagine the
Why would you want to be like somebody else? It is so
possibilities when you begin to focus on your strengths!
freeing to finally realize you can be happy with yourself.
It would be a big waste of time trying to be someone
I’m not just talking about your appearance, but also your
else. You are the best at being yourself! The world needs
talents, gifts, and calling.
you as you are, exactly as you are! The more you dare to
Your character is important because it defines you.
be yourself, the more freedom you will feel. Daring and
Character is what makes you unique. While longing for
freedom support each other to re-create your unique self in
talents you may not have, you are neglecting the talents
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been gifted with a unique set of talents—learn what they are, cultivate and develop them.
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Stop the Drift by Jennifer Hastings
love the ocean. I love to wade in and hop on a float,
this world, but on the things of God. For me, this means
soaking up the warmth of the sun while the gentle
starting my day by reading God’s word. His words and
rocking of the waves relaxes me into a dreamlike state. I
promises ground us. They keep us closer to Him and His
let the waves take me wherever they want. When my lovely
thoughts. They teach us there is more to life than our needs
float-time is over, I hop off, only to find I have drifted way
and wants and they connect us to Him and His team. I like
down the beach. I wish this drift only happened at the
to think that by starting my day with Him, it is as if he ties a
beach, but unfortunately, we are all prone to drifting away
rope to me before I get on my float and join the real world.
from the one who loves us most—our Heavenly Father. He
I still have to enter the world, but I’m connected to Him.
is base camp and every day that we do not reset ourselves,
During the day, when I am tempted to go my own way, I
we drift farther away from Him!
feel a gentle tug on that rope, and He reminds me to choose kindness, to keep my mouth shut, or a verse suddenly pops into my head. I have found that on the days I choose to skip time with Him, I do not like myself very much. Truth be told, I bet those are the days my family might say, what has gotten into her? So, take stock of where you are, can you see base camp? Are you wondering, how did I end up here? Then chances are you need to walk back to base camp. He is always there and He is ready to give you rest for your soul. Matthew 11:28-30 Make a date with the Lord. Notice the first word in these verses is an action for us to take. He tells us to come. No one can do it for us. When we
As women drifters, we fly through our daily lives solving problems, only to realize at the end of the day, we are a mile down the beach and cannot see or hear our Father. The tendency can be to step out of the water right
come there is a promise, when we come, He gives to us—He gives us rest. Schedule a time to simply come and show up! Make those dates a habit. You have the power to stop the drift. You can make a deliberate choice to let Him guide you.
where we are and face plant for the night. Then the next day
1 Timothy 4:8
starts and instead of walking back to check in with good old
What if we, as women, spent even a fraction of the time
dad and reset, we jump in the water and start our day all
we spend on our beauty routines on our souls? Godliness
over again. You see the problem with this, don’t you? We
has value for ALL things. It has the power to change your
cannot stop the drift, but we can stop it from taking us away
life for the good.
from the one who loves us most.
Get out of the water, and walk back to beach camp. This simply means we need time to focus not on things of
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Good Samaritan Baptist Church 3137 Cleveland Rd, 30721 706-259-7239 Gospelway Baptist Church 336 Jupiter Cir, 30721 706-278-1424 Grace Baptist Church 2049 Lower Kings Bridge Rd, 30721 706-537-6884 Harmony Baptist Church 187 Lower Dawnville Rd, 30721 706-226-5521 Harvest Baptist Church 3986 Cleveland Hwy, 30721 706-694-8951 Hill Crest Baptist Church 1901 Cityview St, 30720 706-279-1267 Hopewell Baptist Church 3527 Airport Rd, 30721 706-226-5987 Kinsey Drive Baptist Church 2626 Kinsey Drive,30720 706-277-3505 Lakeshore Park Baptist Church 12 Crescent St, 30720 706-275-6050 Liberty Baptist Church 506 South Pentz St, 30720 706-226-5535 Lindsey Memorial Baptist 706-673-7650 3503 Lindsey Memorial Rd. Rocky Face, Ga. 30740 Macedonia Baptist Church 1355 Dawnville Rd NE, 30721 706-259-9220 Maple Grove Baptist Church 347 Maple Grove Rd, 30721 706-483-6300 McFarland Hill Baptist Church 307 Brickyard Rd, 30721 706-277-5521 Mount Rachel Baptist Church 332 Haig Mill Lake Rd, 30720 706-278-5192 Mount Ridge Baptist Church 1401 M L King, Jr. Blvd, 30721 706-278-0335 New Hope Baptist Church 900 Roan St, 30721 706-226-2093 New Hope Baptist Church 706-673-8050 2105 Tunnel Hill-Varnell Road Tunnel Hill, GA 30755 New Life Baptist Church 2620 Old Grade Rd, 30721 Northwest Georgia Baptist Church 222 North Pentz St, 30720 706-463-3490 Olivia Baptist Church 1817 Guy St, 30720 706-278-3507 Pine Grove Baptist Church 4004 Airport Road, 30721 706-264-8630 Poplar Springs Baptist Church 897 Poplar Springs Rd, 30720 706-259-8727 Reformation Baptist Church 825 Chattanooga Avenue, 30720 706-314-8711 Rocky Face Baptist Church
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Fellowship Bible Church 2044 Dug Gap Rd, 30720 706-278-6269
Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church 968 Haig Mill Lake Rd, 30720 706-278-3107
First Christian Church 1506 Dug Gap Rd, 30720 706-278-7244
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Church on the Hill 1035 Abutment Rd, 30721 706-278-9208 Community Fellowship Church 409 North Fredrick St, 30721 706-278-3204 Freedom Community Church 908 Elk Street, 30720 706-463-2690 Rock Bridge Community Church 121 W Crawford St, 30720
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church 901 West Emory St, 30720 706-278-8857
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 610 Shugart Rd, 30720 706-278-5295
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First Church of the Nazarene 2325 Chattanooga Rd, 30720 706-278-8428 Grace Church of the Nazarene 1111 Nelson St, 30721 706-278-1171
Abundant Life Bible Church 120 East Morris Street, 30721 706-270-9733
Bridging the Gap Ministries 514 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, 30721 706-277-7575 Relentless Worship Center 210 Robinwood Dr, 30721 706-313-1129 Cornerstone Family Church 1240 Dawnville Rd, 30721 706-259-8509 Dalton House Of Prayer 735 Beaverdale Rd NE, 30721 706-280-0263 Good Neighbors Church 910 South Thornton Ave, 30720 706-226-0846 Gospel Light Tabernacle 804 Sheridan Ave, 30721
Grace Fellowship Ministries 620 N Glenwood Ave 2&3, 30721 706-280-1375 River of Life Church of Dalton 2919 East Walnut Ave, 30721 706-965-6683 Saint James Overcoming Church 400 North Fredrick St, 30721 706-278-0319
Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Fuente de Agua Viva 1007 Underwood St, 30721 706-278-4963 La Senda Antigua 308 East Matilda St, 30720
706-270-8826 True Gospel Pentecostal Church 109 South Henderson St, 30721 706-278-5696 Shadow Ridge Worship Center 122 Wheat Drive Varnell, GA 30721 706-280-4546
ChristChurch Presbyterian 510 South Tibbs Rd, 30720 706-529-2911 First Presbyterian Church 101 S. Selvidge St, 30720 706-278-8161 Grace Presbyterian Church
2107 Threadmill Rd, 30720 706-226-6344
Salvation Army 1109 N. Thornton Ave, 30722 706-278-3966
Seventh Day Adventist
3 Angels Hispanic SDA 701 E Morris St, 30721 706-618-1182 Dalton Hispanic SDA 112 W Long St, 30720 706-275-0523 Dalton SDA Church 300 South Tibbs Rd, 30720 706-226-2166
Chatsworth Church Directory Baptist
Blue Ridge Primitive Baptist Church 706-517-9849 134 Hyden Tyler Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Calvary Baptist Church 706-695-7747 Highway 225 North Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Center Hill Baptist Church 706-695-7988 65 Berry Bennett Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Cisco Baptist Church 706-695-9270 Highway 411 North Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Cool Springs Baptist Church 706-517-5388 Holly Creek Cool Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Fellowship Baptist Church 706-695-2626 4396 Highway 52 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US First Baptist Church 706-695-2112 121 West Market Street Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Flat Branch Baptist Church 706-695-2663 3443 Highway 286 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Free Hope Baptist Church 706-695-3717 4176 Highway 76 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Holly Creek Baptist Church 706-695-8522 422 Holly Creek Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Liberty Baptist Church 4221 US-76, Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Little Consauga Baptist Church 706-517-5733 1100 Sugar Creek Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Maranatha Baptist Church 706-695-6330 Highway 225 South Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Mount Pisgah Baptist Church
706-517-8944 2309 Old Highway 411 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Murray Baptist Church 706-695-9712 508 West Peachtree Street Chatsworth, GA 30705 US New Hope Baptist Church 706-517-3089 1273 New Hope Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US New Prospect Baptist Church 706-629-9521 7629 Highway 225 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Old Fashion Baptist Church 706-695-5420 885 Ben Adams Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Open Air Ministries 706-386-484 1058 Mtn Crest Dr. Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Prayer Baptist Church 706-624-9216 10859 Hwy. 225 South Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Shinning Light Baptist Church 706-517-1739 801 North 5th Avenue Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Smyrna Baptist Church 706-695-5815 1913 Smyrna Church Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Spring Place Baptist Church 706-695-5532 441 Highway 225 South Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Strait Way Baptist Church 706-517-2861 508 West Peachtree Street Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Total Praise Baptist Church 706-695-6441 1461 Greeson Bend Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Zion Hill Baptist Church 706-517-5913 Highway 225 North Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
Grace Bible Church
2599 Leonard Bridge Rd. Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
Church of Christ
Woodhaven Church of Christ 706-847-7400 508 West Peachtree Street Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
Church of God
Chatsworth Church of God 706-695-9388 Highway 411 South Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Central Community Church 706-695-4242 60 Pine Hills Drive Chatsworth, GA 30705 Spring Place Church of God 706-695-8000 717 Tibbs Bridge Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
Faith Worship Center 706-695-6866 189 Hyden Tyler Road Chatsworth GA 30705 House Of Prayer 616 Jenkins Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
Casey Springs UMC 7250 Chastworth Highway South Chastworth, GA 30705 Center Valley UMC 706-971-4646 5394 Highway 225 North Chatsworth, GA 30705 US First United Methodist Church 706-695-3211 107 W Cherokee Street Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Fullers Chapel UMC 532 Cook Drive Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Mineral Springs UMC 71 North Way St Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Spring Place UMC 706-695-5143 Po Box 248 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
God’s Light House 784 Smyrna Church Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 The Church of God of the Union Assembly at Chatsworth, GA 706-695-7335 Highway 52 Alternate Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Liberty Tabernacle 706-517-3140 2196 Smyrna Church Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Living Word Christian Fellowship 706-695-5005 960 Cherokee Drive Chatsworth, GA 30705 US New Beginnings Ministries 706-695-6067 646 Floodtown Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US North Gate Church 706-548-4967 7727 Highway 225 South Chatsworth, GA 30755 US Tabernacle of Praise 706-517-0377 1435 Leonard Bridge Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Wings Of Faith Ministries 706-695-1527 1122 North Holly Drive Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
Victory Tabernacle 706-517-1458 355 Ellijay Street Chatsworth, GA 30705 US A Place to Worship 706-517-8568 259 Old Landfill Rd Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
Presbyterian Sumach Presbyterian Church 706-695-4773 2089 Sumach Church Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
Seventh Day Adventist
Seventh-Day Adventist Church 706-517-5124 1115 Highway 52 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
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Gò0dNews for Everyone
by Heather Jones
tepping outside to feel the warmth of the sun on
my wonderful friend Amber for helping me keep my
your face after a particularly dreary winter is a
sensation most of us do not give much thought.
I now know that the sun can basically scorch
This year, it has brought me more peace than I could
certain flowers to pitiful black remains, small
have ever anticipated.
mammals will eat your strawberries the very day they
As a result of struggling with the mental effects of the pandemic—along with the loss of my beautiful
are ripe enough, and if at least one specific type of succulent is not getting enough sun it will grow arms.
mom, God rest her soul—my hobbies are few and far between. Of course, hobbies cannot replace necessary clinical therapies, but they can add to the healing process with their many benefits. I will go ahead and embrace my cheesiness—grow plants while growing yourself if it interests you. I am slowly acquiring more plants to care for and it has become therapeutic for me. I feel motivated to be outside more often and
But hey, it is totally worth it in the end. Indoor plants can
just enjoy my surroundings. It is a bonus that my
give you better air quality and provide ambiance to
little family gets to enjoy our edible plants—my son is
any room. Vegetables, fruits, and herbs are fresh and
learning new things by helping tend, water, trim, and
convenient. Caring for something can be very soothing
wash them. My desire for more plants is growing and
and I find value in that.
it is not a bad thing. Although, I will say, if you have
Connecting with nature really does bring out a
never kept plant-life before, it is all trial and error—
calm I tend to forget is within myself—maybe it does
requiring a bit of research too. I would like to thank
for others as well.
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Church Activities & Events Welcome Hill Baptist Church Ordained Gospel Trio
Sunday, July 25 (10:30 AM) 2772 Welcome Hill Cir, Dalton, GA 30721
Rock Bridge Community Church Dalton / Serve the City
Saturday, July 24 – Wednesday, July 28 121 W Crawford St, Dalton, GA 30720
Chief Vann House Historic Site Vann House Days 2021
Saturday, July 24 (10:00 AM-4:00 PM) 82 GA-255, Chatsworth, GA 30705
Gò0dNews for Everyone
Are You a Vessel? by Karen D. Jeffery
o you ever wonder where you fit in to God's grand
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that
plan? Do you ever wonder if there really is a place for
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2
you? When you think about the kind of vessel you are,
do words like “chipped,” “cracked,” “broken,” and “dirty” come
to mind? “But the earthen vessel wherein it is sodden shall be broken, and if it be sodden in a brasen pot, it shall be both scoured, and rinsed in water” (Leviticus 6:28). Maybe you feel like a dusty old jar forgotten on the shelf, or an ugly water jug abandoned by the side of the road.
Unfortunately, my focus was on me and all the great things I was going to accomplish for God, rather than on God and all the great things He wanted to accomplish through me. But for years I wondered, why does God use everyone else? What's wrong with me? Deep in my heart, I longed for the significance that can only come when our lives are a channel through which God can work. I wondered why some women were used in such powerful ways to minister to others, while I felt so ineffective. Do you want to be a vessel God can use? Let go of your plans to do great things for God and cling to the truth that God is able to work through an imperfect vessel like you. It begins with an understanding of who God really is and who you are as His Creation. It's a process that involves accepting the purpose for which God has created you, even if it's not the life you envisioned for yourself. It requires being emptied of yourself and allowing God to
Maybe you see yourself as a crystal vase—you look good
cleanse you and fill you anew. Then, and only then, will you
from a distance and people admire you, but a closer look
have anything to give in ministry to others. As you learn to
reveals cracks from top to bottom. You couldn't hold water if
become a moldable, usable vessel in the hands of God—a
you tried, let alone provide life to another living being.
simple matter of listening for God's voice—you will be able
When I became a Christian, I had very clear ideas about what my gifts were and how I could be useful to God. My attitude was as follows: God has done so much for me; I
to follow where He leads. “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake” (Psalm 23:3).
back and watch me work!
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About The Author
want to do things for him in return. Now everybody stand Karen D. Jeffery loves the Heavenly Father, her family, and her church. Keep looking up Jesus is coming soon.
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Advice to Graduates
by Abdiel Medina
fter 1 year of preschool, 5 years of elementary school,
what you need to hear. Our Father knows what we need
3 years of middle school, and 4 years of high school,
to be uplifted spiritually and emotionally, so let God work
I have finally graduated. It feels like time has flown
through you to encourage others.
by fast, but a lot has happened in the process—especially
Here is an example of how God has worked through
surviving a pandemic! When I reflect upon my journey in
others to encourage me. I was recently recognized as the
high school, something I take away is that we need to seek
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Athlete of the Year
opportunities to encourage people daily. Every day there are
from a group of 7 schools. I also had the honor of receiving
people struggling and hurting around us. Even in Cleveland,
the Chris Leggett Memorial Scholarship. What people may
the “Bible Belt,” there are a lot of teens struggling with adult-
not know is that throughout the school year, there were
sized problems. We cannot afford to wait until we start seeing
many times I almost gave up on the FCA Ministry.
red flags in a person to intervene—it could be too late. The encouragement of others needs to start today. You do not need a fancy sermon or any special words to
I was passionate about the FCA—a calling God had placed on my heart. However, it was a big challenge because I had stepped up as president and had to learn how to lead
encourage someone. The key is to be genuine and let God
the FCA amidst a pandemic and Covid protocols from the
speak through you. If you are fake with the words you use,
school. I am grateful that God placed Coach Eric Phillips
it could actually hurt the person instead of helping them.
in my life. He served as my FCA sponsor and would
Furthermore, our Holy Father knows the words a person
constantly encourage and believe in me. My family was
needs to hear.
also a big encouragement to me throughout the FCA, they
Hebrews 4:12 declares, “For the word of God is living and
helped carry the burden of stress from the overwhelming
active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division
times I experienced. Due to the encouragement they
of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the
gave me, I was motivated to keep on going with the FCA
thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
Ministry. I had many opportunities to share Christ with
God knows all of the thoughts of our heart and how to connect with us on a personal level. When you pray to Him to give you the words of encouragement to share, it
people at my school and help Christians grow as leaders and in their walk with Christ. After reflecting upon my journey in high school and the FCA, I have come to recognize the great need for us to
everyone has experienced moments when someone has
encourage others and to be around people that encourage
wrote you a letter, sent you a text, or maybe you are just
us. By doing so, we are demonstrating God’s love and
listening to worship music on the radio and it is exactly
helping fight the good fight.
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by Eddie Turner
e live in a world of continually increasing darkness.
darkness and allow fear to mask our awareness that we are
With the details of this darkness broadcasted on
lights of this world—moving about amidst armies of angels
our TVs and on our phones within our homes, it
who radiate God’s glory and who intercede on our behalf. God
is only fitting that we carry a sense of fear as we venture out
Himself is also present within us as we approach life’s valleys
each day. We watch as our fellow citizens mimic the Pharisees’
that appear shrouded by the shadow of death. It is when we fail
shouts for Jesus to be crucified when they read a tweet by a
to recognize what is going on behind the scenes that we allow
public figure whose words are stripped from their context. It
ourselves to become rattled.
is as if our culture has produced a breed of individuals who
In the Bible, Jesus tells us not to live in fear more times than
are lurking in the darkness just waiting for an opportunity to
I can count. This is extremely important for us because he knew
pounce on one another. If you are wondering whose behavior
what was coming. He knew we would question our ability to
this resembles, I’ll give you a hint. It is not Jesus. 1 Peter 5:8 Unfortunately, the evil in our world is here to stay despite the many attempts to micromanage it from existence. As much as we try to separate ourselves from this evil, many who call themselves Christian are only stirring the pot and causing the world to see followers of Christ as part of the problem. Needless to say, the burden associated with Jesus’ instruction for us to endure this life is only getting heavier. How much more are we expected to take on? If you have ever been told to read between the lines, there
endure if we allowed ourselves to be consumed by the anxieties
was likely something your attention was called to that you did
of life. In this verse from Matthew, Jesus warns how a world
not see right away. Only after taking a second look or applying
like ours today can have a tremendous impact on our hearts.
additional focus, were you able to grasp the bigger picture.
In the book of 2 Kings, we read about the prophet Elisha and
As the culture around us increasingly reflects the
his servant who are being pursued by their enemies. As they
lawlessness Jesus spoke of, we must know that our survival
became surrounded, the servant began to fear for his life.
is dependent upon the condition of our hearts. There is no
“What shall we do?” he called to Elisha, who prayed for his
questioning whether we can live through this. We most
servant in response.
certainly can. But can we love through this? This is the struggle
2 Kings 6:16-17
Jesus was talking about. Can we love one another in a world
When my children were little, I often reminded them of
that ignites hatred in our hearts? Can we remain fixated on God
the presence of angels nearby whenever they could not sleep. While we could not actually see these angels, this story of
amidst the chaos? As followers of Christ who are indwelled by the strength
Elisha and his servant assures us that they are indeed present
of the one true God, we must take every measure to protect our
and in great numbers—all the time. This is our reality; a reality
hearts from growing cold and allow the love He placed within
that requires our reading between the lines to see. Instead of being
us to pour forth and light our paths through hostile territory.
blinded by the light, however, we often become blinded by the ]
As you go along, know that angels will be close by. God,
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Paniagua Auto Mall
hen Francisco Paniagua moved to the United
used car dealership was offered to him, and he took it. Little
States in 1990 as a teenager, he worked hard
did Paniagua know then that job would be the beginning
picking grapes and strawberries in California.
of a successful journey. After working at the local used
Then, in 1992, Paniagua moved to Dalton, GA, with big
car dealership for three years, Paniagua moved to a new
dreams. While finishing his education at Dalton High
dealership. He worked there for another three years.
School, he also worked full-time as a dishwasher and a
As a child, Paniagua had always dreamed of having
busboy at Cracker Barrel. Then he worked at a Mexican
his own business. So in April of 2004—after many years of
restaurant where he served as a waiter and a bartender.
hard work—he launched Paniagua Auto Sales at a small
Later, one of his
car lot on Morris Street in Dalton, Georgia. The business
high school teachers
was very successful and sold many cars. So in January of
helped him get a
2012, he opened his second location, Paniagua Auto Group
job in the carpet
in Cleveland, Tennessee. A year later, Paniagua has the
industry. After six
opportunity to acquire his present site, Paniagua Auto
months of working
Mall. Paniagua and his family have successfully served
as a creeler, Paniagua
the community for five years from this location on Walnut
was promoted to a
Avenue in Dalton, Georgia.
machine operator. Paniagua enjoyed
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Paniagua Auto Mall has a full inventory and an excellent selection of pre-owned vehicles—from family cars to sports
his job, but after four
cars. Are you looking to establish your credit? Paniagua
years in the carpet
Auto Mall can help you! Paniagua welcomes you to test
industry, a sales
drive any car or truck with a valid driver’s license. We also
opportunity at a local
offer the car history of every one of our cars. We do not
hide any problems. In addition, Paniagua Auto Mall’s Service Department is open to the public for any mechanical needs or a simple oil change. Paniagua Auto Mall also wants the community to know that we buy cars if you are only interested in selling your vehicle. We pay in cash! Paniagua is very thankful to all the employers who gave him the opportunity to work for them when he first moved to the United States and this great land full of opportunities. The last seventeen years of hard work have paid off, and Paniagua is grateful to the thousands of customers who have trusted and bought their cars from Paniagua Auto Mall. In 2019, Mr. and Mrs. Paniagua obtained their United States citizenship— “this country is now our country,” said Paniagua. Paniagua lives in Dalton, where he enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his wife and three young boys whom he adores. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau. Paniagua Auto Mall looks forward to the future and serving the community for many more years to come. You can stop by Paniagua Auto Mall and speak to their friendly and bilingual staff Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can find Paniagua Auto Mall in two convenient locations: 1776 E Walton Ave, Dalton, GA 30721 and 696 Inman St E, Cleveland, TN 37311. Also, you can check out Paniagua Auto Mall’s inventory online at www.paniaguaautos.com and follow them on Facebook @PaniaguaAutoMall for inventory updates. You can also call at (706) 529-1919 for the Dalton location and (423)-813-4050 for the Cleveland location. Paniagua Auto Mall Donde Manejas Tus Sueños!
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Gò0dNews for Parents
Growing in Grace by Monica Gambrell
never cease to be amazed at the love of our Lord. He is
and sting her, but it laid there alive and received the gentle
involved in even the smallest of events if we allow Him
stroking with all good nature. I convinced Rachel to allow
to be. When my oldest daughter, Rachel, was about 2
it to fly free, and as soon as she stopped stroking it, the bee
years old, she was involved in two different situations in which the sovereignty of God was evident. Every parent
flew away! A few days later, we were playing in the yard when
learns to be cautiously aware of what I call the “dreaded
Rachel came toward me again with the now familiar,
silence.” Now I would never normally put such a negative
“Yook, Mommy.” I was already dreading it. Between her
connotation on the word silence, but when an active child
tiny thumb and forefinger was a creature I had not seen before—or since. It was about the size of my pointer finger, more than three inches long and just as fat. It was limegreen with many fat stubby legs like a caterpillar, but its body was hard and shingled like an armadillo. I was stupefied as well as terrified. As calmly as possible, I directed her to put it down on the ground. We hurried into the house to find a jar with a lid and captured it safely to show my husband. By the time he had come home from work, it had sprayed a web against the sides of the jar and was trying to climb up the glass to the top. Aaaaaaahhhh! It was at this point that I thought I
becomes curiously silent, you can almost guarantee that
might not survive parenthood. I was deluding myself, and
they are into something they shouldn’t be.
as our brood grew to include five children, I revised my
On one such occasion, she met me when I was halfway
thinking. Once things like this began to happen to one of our
to her room to check on her. She was proudly saying, “Yook,
children on an almost daily basis, I knew that I was being
Mommy,” as she held her hand out to me with something
strengthened. With God’s help I could handle anything. I
in it. I was almost afraid to look at what she had gotten into,
even have a plaque in my kitchen that reads: “I can survive
but I knew I must. She had “captured” a bumblebee! It was
any crisis—I have children!” There’s a lot of truth to that.
lying helplessly in her palm as she used her fingers just next
God knows what we can handle; He’s just trying to let us
to it to gently stroke it. In other words, it was as if she were
know what we can handle. I know that His strength is made
trying to scratch her palm without using her empty hand. I
perfect in our weakness, and He helps us to grow in grace if
was terrified that the bee would soon come to its senses
we allow Him to.
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The McCuistions Open Bmac Scrap
rian and Gwen McCuistion purchased the scrap yard
property at 3219 S. Dixie Hwy, now known as Bmac
in a small-town
Scrap, and moved to Dalton, Georgia, in July of 2020.
scrap yard in
Bmac Scrap buys all types of metals including, copper, iron,
stainless steel, aluminum, and anything that has metal in it
thirty years ago,
such as appliances, furniture, plumbing parts, signs, etc.
cutting iron with
a torch. Over
the years, Brian
the office at the
worked his way up
scrap yard and
such as adding
yards in multiple
two new scales,
locations. He also
one outside and
has several years
of experience with
the scrap yard
steel mills and
at the beginning
is a certified teacher of twenty-six years. She has taught art to
grades pre-k through 12 and will be teaching in Chatsworth
2020. It has been a
slow start for the
Gwen and Brian have not yet found a local church to
attend, but they have been very involved with church in past.
they are trying
Currently, they watch their church services online and look
to get the word
forward to attending church in-person again soon.
out that they are
A glass wall is in the office to separate office workers
from the general public; other interactions between patrons
their prayers were
and workers is conducted outside. Brian is mostly a one-man
show, working six days a week in the office and outside. Gwen
the business has
teaches school during the week and helps out on Saturdays.
continued to have
She will also cover for the office as needed during the summer
new customers with time. Brian and Gwen have four grown daughters that live
months. The McCuistions hope to expand their services as more workers are hired and they can afford more equipment.
in various parts of the country. Family is very important to
Eventually, they plan to be able to pick up metal scrap
them. They try to support other local business, especially local
materials in addition to the current drop off at Bmac Scrap.
family-run businesses, whenever possible. “It has been a great
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We Are Healed
by Contessa Long
ld wounds are the worst huh? They are the
When God decides the right time for healing, He
injuries we tend to ignore because we have
puts us on our backs so all we can do is look up. He
learned to control the affect that they have
calls us to healing in His Presence as He fills us with
on our lives. They like to rear their ugly heads every
His fullness to overflow. “Deep calls to deep in the roar
once in a while, to remind us that they are still there.
of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept
So, we pull out another temporary band aid to cover
over me. By day the Lord directs His love, at night His
the pain and continue on with our lives.
song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life”
The human heart hates to endure the process of
true, deep healing. It takes so long and may reveal things that we are not ready to face inside ourselves. The old wounds are the hardest to manage because we cover them up so well. We sometimes forget the fact that there is complete freedom in Jesus's name. When we are deeply healed of all ailments that keep us from God, we are able to live our best lives. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1). God cannot heal what we continue to hide. He sometimes brings old wounds to the surface for a purpose. He wants to cleanse the wound with the Balm of Gilead and free us from our pain. “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?” (Jeremiah 8:22). The truth
He cleans out our hearts while washing us in His
might be that we are not healed because we do not
Word and “creates in us a pure heart and a steadfast
want to go through the healing process.
spirit” (Psalm 51:10). We have to trust the process.
We use crutches to lean on instead of trusting
Yes, healing hurts immensely and yes, it can take time
God. It can be sex, drugs, drinking, medicine,
but it is all worth it in the end. He takes our bleeding
avoidance, anger, overworking, religiousness, etc.
wounds and heals them from the inside out. In the
We avoid pain at all cost, until eventually, like Psalm
process, those open wounds become healed scars by
23 reminds us all in times of healing and restoration,
which He calls us to share with others for His glory.
“He maketh me lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me
Healing becomes less about us and more about Jesus
beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me
and His Kingdom, because “by His wounds we are
in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.”
healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
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Gò0dNews for Parents
by Brenda Dedmon
hen I was a child one of my favorite family traditions was playing outside on a summer night catching fireflies in a glass jar. We would
have a contest to see who could catch the most! After we counted, we would let them all fly away. Another fun tradition was when we were allowed to bring a friend home from church for lunch. After lunch, we would all go outside and play croquet. These were fun activities, but the best
Sign Language, or something you have always wanted your child to learn how to do. A $5.00 Shopping Night—give each child $5.00 and go to the Dollar Tree. Have a contest to see who can buy the best items for the home. Let them know they can buy several items to make their final purchase. Remind them this is not a shopping spree for them. When you arrive back home, have an ice cream treat and talk about their purchases.
memories were spending time as a family. Today, it is hard for families to spend time together. Everyone has their own individual activities, but quality family time is missing. This summer would be a great time to begin creating favorite family traditions. How do you get started? Here are a few suggestions: • Have a family meeting to talk about what family traditions were important to you in your family. • Share how you want to develop family traditions with your children. • Suggest guidelines for the traditions that would work with your family. cost money. • Make plans to begin creating those family traditions. Below are some suggestions to assist you in getting started: Indoor Camping—use sheets and blankets to build tents over the furniture. Have a sleeping bag for everyone in the tents. Be sure to provide camp snacks for the evening. Turn off the lights and use lanterns or flashlights for the evening. Have a story time where one person starts with the lead for the story and then everyone must add to the story. Sing songs using pots and pans as instruments! A How-To-Night—learn something together as a family. This might include how to cook a certain kind of food, planting a small garden in flowerpots, learning how to do
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Backwards Night—have everyone wear their clothes backwards. Serve a backwards meal by eating dessert first, the main dish next, and end with an appetizer. Play backwards games: Do Not Follow the Leader (do the opposite of the leader), Reverse Freeze Dance (when music stops dance, when music plays freeze), or Backward Bean Bag Toss (throw a bean bag over your shoulder into a box turned upside down). Family traditions can be a good way of showing love to your children. It is a way to celebrate your children as the gifts God has blessed you with. “Because they are always giving and sharing, truly, their children are a joyful blessing” Ps. 25:27 (The Voice). About The Author
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by Tommy Deal
here are TV shows that I have come to enjoy, some
Some of my favorite family memories revolve around
for their content, some for their humor, and mostly
the family dinner table. Whether it was at Grandmamma
all for their entertainment. Those which are my
and Granddaddy Daniel’s on Sunday afternoon, the Deal
“favorites,” I set up the DVR so I don’t miss them. Blue Bloods, starring Tom Selleck, is one of my favorites.
clan coming from all over to the Deep Creek Community Hall, or at Mom and Dad’s, eating a meal together brought
It is a typical cop show set in New York City. It is about
us together. We would joke, share stories, and learn about
somewhat real stories of real people in the profession of law
our family history. I also learned I was accepted and loved,
enforcement in the big city.
and that everyone around the table was part of my family. The Blue Bloods family argues over how to uphold the Law, and sometimes disagree profusely. Although, one thing is sure: differences do not divide them. No one is divorced from the family because of their expressed opinions, views on how the world revolves, or who is in an elected office. I wish I could say that is true for my family.Although, I am not thinking of my family of blood and marriage. I am thinking of my faith family. I have witnessed too many occurrences when brothers and sisters who feast at the same table of our LORD Jesus Christ differ on issues of politics or interpretation of Scripture. Sometimes, we grow from these dialogues and get up from the table still apart of the family. However, there are times that sadden our LORD as He
The episodes are centered around a family who is
watches His family differ on issues in which they cannot
involved in every level of crime fighting. One son was a
continue to love one another, cannot accept someone who is
rookie cop and has now become a Sergeant. Another is a
different than themselves, who cannot fathom that someone
tenured detective. One son died in the line of duty and
who believes “that way” can really be a Christ-follower. In
the daughter is a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s
essence, they subscribe to the “divorce-is-the-only-solution”
office. The father, played by Selleck, is the Police
philosophy and our collaborative witness to a world
Commissioner. Oh, and if that isn’t enough, his father is a
needing Grace is too often lost.
retired police commissioner. What I have come to look forward to in each episode is
Isn’t the Christian faith built around blood? Haven’t we heard: “blood is thicker than water?” How is it that these Blue
when the entire family gathers together around the dinner
Bloods exhibit how to live with differences better than those of us
table at their father’s house. There is normal sibling banter
who are washed in the red blood of Jesus Christ?
going on, inquisitive young children trying to figure out
Abba! Father! Help us be family!
usually offering calming words. What impresses me most is that they are being a family.
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some of the “code talk” the adults are using, and Grandpa Rev. Tommy Deal is a former hospice Chaplain with Hamilton Hospice in Dalton, Georgia. After almost forty years of ministry for him and his wife, Rev. Susan Deal, have just moved to Virginia to be near their children and grandchildren.
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Are You Listening?
by Chris Mullis
enesis 17:1 Did Jesus end up in your spam folder? We
are bombarded with lots of voices all day long. It
is no wonder that we cannot take it all in. Part of the trick in life is to figure out what to listen to and what to ignore.
voice. Many times, we may not hear God “speak” to us because we are not in the habit of listening. What spiritual disciplines could help you be more sensitive to God’s voice? The most accurate and reliable way God speaks to His
We must be careful we are not ignoring Jesus. His Holy
people is the Holy Bible, yet few take the time to read their
Spirit is always with us to guide us. His voice is usually a
Bible regularly. We may not hear God because we are not
whisper while other voices are quite loud and persistent.
listening to His Word in the Bible.
Are you listening closely to Jesus or did His voice get caught by a faulty filter and end up in the spam folder of
One final issue that could keep you from hearing God is obedience. Has God asked you to do something and
your life? Maybe it is time to check. People ask me all the time— “Pastor, does God talk to people today like He did in the Bible?” That is a simple question with a complicated answer. As a preacher, I often say things like— “I heard God telling me to preach on such and such a topic…” Did I really hear God’s voice? The answer is yes and no. I have not ever heard God speak to me in an audible voice, as Genesis 17:1 describes El-Shaddai speaking to Abram. However, I am not lying when I say, “I heard God telling me…” God does speak to me—He whispers to my heart and I intuit what He says. I feel Him leading me. It is sometimes so clear it is as if God is indeed telling me to do something. When you
you refuse to obey? If so, it should be no wonder why God
are in tune with God’s spiritual voice, it is just as clear as
does not say something new to you. Why would God say
an audible one. I have learned to listen when God speaks
something new when He is still waiting for you to listen to
to me in this way.
what He said before? Start doing what He told you and He
I wonder if the writers of the Bible heard God in the same way as I do and wrote down “God said” or “God
may be more likely to speak a new word into your life. Christians are the people of the Book. El Shaddai—
told.” If it is true for me and for many other Christians
God Almighty—still speaks to His people today. Are
today, could it not have been so for some of the people in
Listening to God is a practice. The more you follow the Holy Spirit, the more sensitive you become to His
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the Bible who heard God speak? Rev. Chris Mullis is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church with a Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Pastor Chris’s ministry has spanned twenty years and four different churches in Georgia. Chris is currently serving God as the senior pastor of Pleasant Grove Methodist Church located at 2701 Cleveland Hwy in Dalton, GA.
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Doing the Right Thing in The Wrong Way
by Andrew Corbin
Samuel 6:1-7 David wanted to make a permanent place for the ark of God. He had the right intention.
1 Chronicles 13:3 states, “And let us bring again the
but the Philistines were the enemy of God and His people. The Philistines sent the ark back on a cart (1 Samuel 6:11). I guess David saw the ark of theaaaaZZ v
ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days
covenant coming up on a cart and thought that it
of Saul.” David, in 2 Samuel 7:2, said, “I am dwelling
would make it so much easier to go from place to
in a house of cedar, but the ark of God is dwelling within
place. Why in the world are we getting the priests to carry
curtains.” The ark of God deserves better than
it on their shoulders when we could put it on a cart? The
that. David had the right intention and the right
reason: God said to carry it on the priests’ shoulders. It really doesn’t matter if the way of the world is easier, you need to do it God’s way. There will be times when doing it God’s way will be more difficult than our own. We will probably try to question why it can’t be easier, but God knows and He has a plan. David did the right thing in the wrong way, and it cost Uzzah his life. The ark was going to fall off the cart, and Uzzah put his hand on the
mentality. While he was trying to do right thing, he
ark and he died right then and there. Your actions will
did it in the wrong way.
always affect someone else. There’s a large magnitude
In Exodus 25, God commanded that the ark of the
placed on every decision we make, especially our
covenant be carried in a specific way. There were four
decisions that have to do with our Spirituality. Often
golden rings that were made into the ark and put on
times, we look at the effects of doing the wrong
each corner. Then God commanded they made staves
thing. On the flip side, we look at the effects of doing
or some wooden plank and overlay those with gold,
the right thing, but in the wrong way. It is not only
and put the staves through the rings, and the priests
important to be doing the right thing, but it is just as
were supposed to carry it on their shoulders.
important to be doing the right thing in the right way.
God laid specific and clear instructions on how it God’s way. He did it by the way of the Philistines,
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the ark should have been carried, but David didn’t do
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eminiscent of that Southern summer classic, Hummingbird Cake, this version comes
together easier and quicker thanks to starting with a boxed mix. The uniced cake layers can be frozen up to three months by following these instructions. Allow the cake to cool completely. Wrap the layers tightly with plastic wrap. Wrap these layers in aluminum foil and place in an airtight container. This technique prevents the cake from absorbing moisture and becoming freezer-burned.
Ingredients For the cake: • 1 (15.2-ounce) box spice cake mix • 1 cup milk
Instructions • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, place the spice cake mix, milk, butter, and eggs. Using a mixer, stir until blended. • Add in the mashed bananas and beat until the mixture is well blended.
• 4 large eggs
• Pour the batter into a greased 9” by 9” baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove cake from oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.
• 3 bananas, peeled and mashed
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• 1 stick of butter, melted
For the frosting: • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese • 1 teaspoon vanilla • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
• Place melted cream cheese into a large mixing bowl. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar. Mix on medium speed until mixture is blended, 1 to 2 minutes. • Slowly add the cream, beating constantly, until the frosting is the desired consistency. Spread the frosting on the cooled cake. Store the iced cake in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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• 1/4 cup heavy cream (or as needed) Pam Wattenbarger is the author of The New Southern Cookbook: Classic Family Recipes and Modern Twists on Old Favorites & The Southern Air Fryer Cookbook. Find her recipes and more at SimplySouthernMom.com.
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sking for Forgiveness
Really I don’t mean to do it
Silently troubling my heart
Giving me some pride about my work
Keep going like my father
I ask for forgiveness, even though Not heard, I’m giving it to God, for He knows He created me Forgiveness, I’m not shy anymore Offering me a chance to take His hand Ready for a new life, I’m willing oh Lord
If I’m never heard, will He let me know? Violence isn’t the key, O Lord Nothing can go with me, I have belief in Christ who strengthens me Even though I don’t get my way Success is with me if only I believe in Him Starting to think, streets of gold. Heaven is here
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There Are Giants
by Brent Goodge
welve men set out on an expedition. They knew
Are there giants in your life that tell you God’s promises
where they planned to live, but they decided to check
can’t come true? Do evil habits, unhealthy relationships,
out the neighborhood before moving in. They had
insurmountable debt, or just the weariness of life make you doubt
left a fertile river delta a year or two before. Since that time,
the Word of the One who holds all power in Heaven and Earth at
they had traversed a barren desert. Now they had finally
His disposal? (Matthew 28:18).
arrived. They were home. The area had something for everyone. There were
Like Israel, we are standing on the very borders of the promised land, the heavenly promised land (John 14:1-
mountains with ocean vistas. There were hills with
3). Read Matthew 24. The words tumble off the page as if
beautiful streams, crystal clear lakes, a winding river, and
Jesus was reading today’s headlines instead of predicting
plains seemingly designed for fields of grain. The settlers found one more thing that took them by surprise. Giants. Seriously, actual giants. Not legends. Not imagination. Real, walking, talking, literal, angry giants. After almost six weeks of exploration, the explorers returned to camp and gave their report. They told of the amazing land they had seen. They even brought back produce they had found as proof of their tales. Ten of the twelve explorers were determined to tell the rest of the travelers that the land could not be inhabited—the giants were too great to overcome. Caleb and Joshua told a different story. They didn’t argue with the report, but they disputed the conclusions. God had promised Israel that He would give them the land of Canaan, and there was no giant
a world two thousand years in advance. He said, “When
that could stand in the way of God’s promise.
you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!”
Numbers Chapter 13 and 14 are some of the saddest chapters in the Bible. God’s people refused to believe His
(Matthew 24:33). Whatever we truly believe will come true. If we believe
promises. As a result, God couldn’t keep the promises, at
the giants make it impossible to claim the Kingdom of
least not right then. Whatever each spy believed actually
Heaven, the giants will indeed keep us out. If, like Caleb
turned out to be true for themselves. The ten spies did not
and Joshua, we stand on God’s Word instead of what our
believe they could conquer Canaan, and they were right.
eyes can see, we will hear the words of Christ, “Well done,
They died the very next day (Numbers 14:36-37). Caleb and
good and faithful servant,” and we will go home.
and they were also right. It took forty years, but they stood as conquerors over the bodies of the giants (Joshua 14:6-13).
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Joshua believed God would give them the land of Canaan, Brent Goodge lives in Whitfield County and desires to walk with Jesus, whatever conditions that might lead to.
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ife in Christ affords us so much peace and so many
condemnation, ungodly men who turn the grace of God to
sure promises that we sometimes forget there are still
lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus
battles. Our battles are not with flesh and blood, but
Christ” (Jude 3-4).
with other people. Peter advises us to be sober and vigilant,
We sometimes think, in all our sophistication and
for our adversary, the devil, seeks whom he may devour.
knowledge, that we are too intelligent to fall for anyone
Our fight is with him and “the weapons of our warfare are
and anything trying to pull us away from our faith and the
not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
gospel of Christ. Think again—watch and pray.
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (II Corinthians 10:4-5). The old Apostle Peter writes to the believers as he feels the closeness of his own death. Peter is extremely concerned that the believers know with certainty the gospel of Jesus Christ—the words of the disciples concerning His teachings and ministry were absolutely true. Peter tells the believers that the apostles and ministers of the gospel did not come to them with “cleverly devised fables” when they told them of the power and coming of the Lord Jesus. They were eye-witnesses to
Let Jude tell you about it: “these are grumblers,
his majesty. At the Transfiguration, they heard with their
complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and
own ears the voice from Heaven that declared Jesus to
they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain
be His son in whom He was well pleased. They had seen
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were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus
Peter tells the believers that there were false prophets
Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the
among the people who brought in heresies—even denying
last time who would walk according to their own ungodly
Christ. The same kind of deceptive teachers and false
lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not
prophets will continue to come. Peter wants us to be aware
having the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up
and alert, letting no one tempt us or trick us into turning
on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep
away from the freedom that comes from the knowledge of
yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our
Jesus Christ. (II Peter 1:12-18)
Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” (Jude 16-22).
Jude echoes the admonition telling us to “earnestly the saints.” He says without apology that “certain men crept in unnoticed, who were long ago marked out for
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