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GoodNews from the Pastor’s Desk 8 I Wouldn’t Do It That Way by Chris Mullis GoodNews Money Matters 10 Generating Income and LTC in Retirement by Rick Hughes GoodNews for Men 12 Out of Our Comfort Zone by Chase Holtzclaw GoodNews for Women 14 The Finish Line by Donna Swann GoodNews for Parents 16 I Have What I Need by Kristen West GoodNews for Relationships 18 Building Strong Relationships with Coworkers by Stephanie Daniels GoodNews for Kids & Dog Lovers 20 Bailey Finds a Home with Hoomans by Denise Shahan GoodNews Cover Story 24 75 Years of Cultivating Success in North Georgia GoodNews for Everyone 28 What Will You Leave Behind? by Dr. Alan Hix GoodNews for Everyone 30 A Sprinkle of Hope by Zebbie Brewster GoodNews for your Taste Buds 32 Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette GoodNews Poetry 34 From Pity Party to Praise Party! by Cindy Evans GoodNews for Everyone 36 A Father’s Love by Paula Burgner GoodNews for Health & Fitness 38 The Number One Dietary Fountain of Youth by Thomas Morrison GoodNews for Everyone 40 Readers of the Lost Ark: 1 Samuel 2-6 by Dr. Rob Debelak GoodNews for Everyone 42 When No Works Out for the Better by Sandra Gilmore 12 24 36 Contents JUNE 2024
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I Wouldn’t Do It That Way

Do the ways of God ever baffle you? Do you wrestle with understanding His ways? Have you ever thought of writing a letter to God to express that? Pastor Chris Mullis composed such a letter to God from a mere mortal’s point of view with both bafflement and awe. Can you relate?

“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9 NLT).

Dear God,

I’m writing to give You some helpful advice. You’re probably pretty busy trying to keep track of nearly 8 billion people on Earth, not to mention all the plants and animals, the weather, and all the hosts of Heaven. Perhaps we can cut You some slack if Your plans are a little wacky at times. I mean, You’ve got Your mighty hands full.

I do want to thank You for sending Your Son to Earth to help us out. I mean, we made a pretty big mess of it doing things our way. We’re so selfish down here—always thinking of ourselves and what we want without caring about anyone else. Even our good intentions seem to go wrong most of the time. So, it was really refreshing (and surprising) that Jesus came to save us. I wouldn’t have done it that way. I would have sent Jesus with an army of angels to wipe out humanity, but Jesus brought mercy instead. Crazy! You sure do work in mysterious ways.

them and teach them to obey His commands (see Matthew 28:19-20). And Jesus established the Church to be His mission headquarters to work for everyone’s salvation (see Matthew 16:17-19).

I’m sorry, God, that’s just not a very good plan. I mean, Jesus' original 12 disciples were already pretty dense and stubborn. After 2,000 years, we haven’t gotten much better. People are still dense and stubborn (myself included). We

just aren’t very good at this “unconditional love” and “make disciples” stuff. What were You thinking? Why did You put us in charge of such an important mission? And why the Church? Have you seen how messy churches are?

Even though Jesus was full of love and grace, they arrested and crucified Him. And while He was dying on the cross, He asked You to forgive us. That boggles my mind even more than how He rose from the grave. Who saw that one coming? I guess You did. We sure didn’t.

I’ll admit Your plans for Jesus worked incredibly well in the end. He died and rose so we can be completely forgiven. However, I really don’t see how the rest of Your plan is going to succeed. I mean, Jesus is Your Son, and obviously eternal and divine. Jesus has the power to do anything. Unfortunately, Jesus ascended to Heaven and left the rest up to us.

And that’s why I’m writing. Jesus told His disciples to go into all the world and make more disciples and baptize

I don’t mean to criticize; I mean, You are God and everything. However, I’ve just got to say: I wouldn’t do it that way.

But then, You are God and I am not. So I’ll just ask for a little more faith to trust and obey. I’ll be grateful I’m part of Your crazy plan. And I’ll thank You for giving Your Holy Spirit to guide and empower us. I’ll join with the Church and do my best to do what You ask.


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AGenerating Income and LTC in Retirement

Money Matters

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Driven by a passion to educate, inform and prepare future retirees, Mr. Hughes founded Hughes Retirement Group in 2007. His main interest is helping his clients in reducing their taxes.

s retirement planning becomes increasingly vital in today's economic landscape, the importance of securing a stable income stream in addition to SS has never been greater. Couple that with a fear of LongTerm Care costs, and retirees are left with some very big gap concerns. One way to bridge this gap is a Fixed Indexed Annuity (FIA) with an income rider and LTC enhanced benefit rider. Let’s look at an example of how the benefits of an FIA could help and how it works.

Upon your initial investment into the account, you will receive a 7% bonus. This is added to your actual account value at investment. With the goal being to generate a lifetime income, you will receive a 26% bonus on your Income Benefit Base. Let’s think of this as “funny money.” This value only relates to the value your income benefit is tied to, not the amount of your actual contract value. Each year that income is deferred, up to 10 years, this Income Benefit Base will receive a 7.25% roll up. The annual income payout amount will depend on your age at the time you start distributions as a percentage of your Benefit Base or “funny money” balance. If you should need LTC and can no longer perform 2 of the 5 activities of daily living, your income amount will double for up to 5 years to cover that cost. Once the LTC is no longer needed or meets the 5-year payout, whichever comes first, the payments revert to the original amount for the life of the contract owner or spouse if a joint option has been elected. Also, if you were to pass during the life of the contract, your stated beneficiaries would receive the remaining value of the account. There is a cost associated with the income rider

fee that varies by company and product, but on average is around 1.25%.

The above benefit is available without the risk of losing your initial investment, less any withdrawals. As opposed to Variable Annuities, FIAs provide initial investment premium protection. You have the option to invest in a fixed account, which fluctuates by company and product, or you can invest in Interest Crediting Options that are tied to market indices. These options allow for some market gain participation, depending on the index. Some offer a Cap Rate, which is stated % of the earnings that you would retain. Other options allow for a stated participation rate in the market gains of the contract. These can be monthly and/or annual point-to-point options. FIAs offer a balance between security and growth potential, making them an attractive option for risk averse investors looking to participate in market gains without bearing the full brunt of market downturns.

Choosing the right annuity requires careful consideration of your goals, risk tolerance, and time horizon. HRG would be happy to discuss the vast options in the annuity world to determine if one fits into Your Retirement Playbook™ as we develop your game plan and coach you through your retirement season.

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Out of Our Comfort Zone

Ioften wonder if we have lost sight of our connection to this beautiful planet God made. We find ourselves sheltering in our homes more so now than ever. We have built walls and put the things we love inside of them to keep them safe. We use our time for the devices we so hold dear to us. We think they give us comfort and keep us connected to others. We fail to realize the very things we believe keep us connected are the very things that disconnect us from real world experiences and real relationships. We have put things before people and hidden away in our safe space leaning on the very chains that keep us from a joyful life.

Why do we do these things to ourselves knowing the outcome will not benefit the longevity of our lives? It is proven if we go outside into the sun, we receive so many benefits. It is proven that if we go and walk on the ground without our shoes and socks, our bodies receive great benefits. That must be where the term ‘grounded’ comes from, because when we go out and enjoy this world God made, we get so much more out of life, and it is proven to make us feel happier. Our homes can be wonderful places of love and peace. Our things can bring us laughter and entertainment. It is easy to become unbalanced in life when we continue a pattern that does not work. We find ourselves repeating the same things we do not enjoy.

can glorify God no matter where you are, but it works a lot better when we go out into this world. God calls us to be bold not shy, to be overcomers not complacent. For your life to change you must start the change in you. We give too much time to the very things that keep us captive. Give your time to God and your chains will fall off.

When we shift our perspective, it can take our life to the next level. Take for instance, if you were to say, “why do I have to go into work today?” this puts your mind in a defensive mode. Now if you change your perspective and

How do we break this cycle? Well, here it is: if you always do what you always did, you will get what you have always got. I was told this more times than I can count by a good friend of mine. I took these very words to heart and started living my life like I had never lived it before. Doing things differently can be challenging but stepping out in faith is never easy. God wants us to step outside of these walls we put around us and live this life. Sure, you

say, “I get to go to work today,” this simple shift in your thinking will motivate your entire thought process. Let’s take this life and make it better for us and those around us.

Step out in faith and start self-motivating your thoughts. Let us step away from our mind numbing devices and find life again.

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The Finish Line

Iam not a runner. Never have been, never will be. My husband, however, likes to run. A few months ago, I accompanied him to a race. I stood on the town levee, and from that view, I could see the beginning of the race, including the finish line.

As the shot fired, the runners began. It was intriguing to see the wide variety of participants. Some appeared to be as old as 75 while others were so young they were pushed in a stroller by a running parent. I saw male and female, thin and heavy, athletic and nonathletic.

I thought about Hebrews 12:1 ESV. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

Life’s Race

Race is the ancient Greek word agona, which can mean contest or struggle. As I watched the runners approaching the finish line, it was interesting to see how different each runner's race was ending. I thought about how the race was like life.

Everyone’s life is so different. God has set a race before each of us. We must run our race. Sometimes the struggles we face along the path are of our own doing. Other times, they are sent from or allowed by God to strengthen our faith.

“Life isn’t fair” is a common comment. Perhaps truer are the words, “Life is not the same for everyone.” We each have our battles. For some, battles are large: disease, divorce, and death. For others, battles are small. Some have few battles throughout life, and others seem to be plagued by them.

As I watched the people approaching the end, I thought what if this were the “real” finish line? After all, life is a race, which has an end. I imagined that the giant finishing banner was the gate to heaven. And these participants were finishing “the race set before them.” (see Hebrews 12:1) A Breeze

For some, the race seemed so easy. As they passed me for the last 20 yards, they breezed by, not even out of breath. Life seemed pretty easy for them. The Struggles

Others struggled. One teenager lost his breakfast as he neared the end. But he never broke stride. He was determined to be the best he could be, even at a price. Steadfast, he was going to finish life strong.

Some had the look of pure agony as they pushed themselves forward. Life had been a struggle–right to the very end. They were clearly in pain. Some were limping. Some were barely breathing. Life had been physically demanding. Others came across holding hands and supporting each other. Life had been full of family. Some participants had fans along the sidelines yelling encouragement, clapping, or holding up signs. They were friends for life. Others were clearly on their own. Life had been lonely for them. Some little ones crossed over in a stroller. Life had been cut short. While others walked across, wrinkled and grayed. Life had been long.

On the Other Side

As people crossed over the line, they were met with joy, shouts, and pats on the back. No matter how they got there and no matter what condition, they finished the race set before them. God wants us to run the race and to finish it right, striving to reach spiritual maturity. Whatever obstacles are on your course, keep your eyes focused on Jesus and keep running the race. The heavenly finish line has great rewards!

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I Have What I Need

Having raised four children, it was a question I often asked as they were heading out the door, “Do you have everything you need?”

Whether they were leaving for a mission trip, a sleepover, or just going to work for a few hours, my maternal heart wanted to do one quick, last-minute check to ensure they weren’t leaving anything necessary behind. I asked because I cared about them and loved them and wanted to do everything in my power to send them on their way with anything essential.

that are necessary to sustain life – food, water, clothing, shelter, and the like.

But David is going even deeper than that. David, the shepherd boy turned king who wrote Psalm 23, is testifying boldly that God provides everything pertaining to his natural and spiritual welfare.

God was his rest and comfort always (vs. 2).

God nourished him during spiritual dry spells and provided clarity, vision, and wisdom (vs. 3).

God was his peace during the darkest of moments (vs. 4).

Psalm 23 opens by touching on this very topic of need. Not in question form, either, like I did as a parent, but rather a statement of fact – powerful and sure.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need” (vs. 1 CSB).

Ponder that for a moment. Let the truth of those last five words take root in your heart. If God is your shepherd, you have what you need. Period. The end. Right now, tomorrow, the day after that, and beyond.

We could call it a day right there and go home, but let’s take just a minute to unpack what kind of need David is talking about exactly. Generally speaking, when we talk about needs, we’re referring to essentials, aren’t we? Things

God provided bountifully in the face of adversity and spiritual warfare (vs. 5).

God was his promise, both now and in the future, of abundant and everlasting life (vs. 6).

How often do we walk in that bold assurance? Today, are we able to say with such confidence that we have all we need because God is our shepherd?

Whether we have been able to say that or not, the good news is that our Shepherd wants this to be our testimony. Regardless of our weaknesses, blind spots, and frequent tendencies to doubt. Remember, the man who penned this Psalm was a man marred with his own shortcomings, failures, and sins – just like us – yet God still called him “…a man after His own heart” (I Samuel 13:14).

If David was able to walk in this bold confidence, then certainly we are able to, as well! It’s not a matter of being perfect. It’s a matter of trusting our God.

Pastor Larry Osborne says it beautifully, “The Shepherd meets His sheep where they are and not where they should be.”

I pray that this incredible truth would be your prayer and confession of faith today, my friend, “Thank you, God, for being my shepherd. Because You are, I have all that I need!”

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Building Strong Relationships with Coworkers

Starting a new job can be intimidating. The flood of new information, names, and policies can overwhelm even the most seasoned professional. However, amidst this whirlwind, there lies an opportunity to cultivate meaningful connections with coworkers. The Bible gives us timeless wisdom on the importance of friendliness in building relationships.

assertive role we must take in fostering friendships. Simply put, to have friends, we must show ourselves friendly. This can be as simple as greeting colleagues with a smile, remembering their names, and offering assistance whenever possible. By providing warmth and approachability, we create an environment conducive to healthy relationships.

Furthermore, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NKJV speaks to the strength found in companionship: “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.”

These verses underscore the importance of camaraderie in the workplace. When we cultivate friendships with our coworkers, we enhance our experiences and create a support network for times of need.

Proverbs 18:24 NKJV reminds us, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” This verse emphasizes the

Trying to build relationships with coworkers can cause additional challenges in today's increasingly remote work environments. However, it is not impossible. It simply requires extra effort and creativity. Leveraging technology, such as scheduling Zoom meetings instead of relying solely on emails, can facilitate more meaningful interactions. Incorporating icebreaker questions into these virtual gatherings can help break down barriers and foster genuine connections. I use these methods in my workplace and have found them beneficial. I have good relationships with my coworkers; some are good friends.

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Additionally, attending company retreats provides an invaluable opportunity to deepen relationships. By actively participating and being willing to share about ourselves while listening to others, we demonstrate our investment in building rapport with coworkers. It is okay to be okay with being a lone wolf, but you may find that letting your guard down can open the door to positive experiences with coworkers.

Listening is a key to relationships and this skill especially makes an impact in the workplace. Active listening is a skill that’s not widely experienced these days, although it can be much welcomed and needed. It’s refreshing to share thoughts about ideas or improvements without interruption. Even pausing a moment when someone has shared an idea can be a refreshing moment that emphasizes respect and builds relationships.

While cultivating relationships with coworkers may require effort, the rewards are immeasurable. Remember to set up healthy boundaries and always be professional while at the same time letting your guard down just a bit. As we heed the biblical wisdom to be friendly and embrace opportunities for connection, we not only enrich

our work experiences but also lay the foundation for lasting friendships.

Here are other Scriptures that can apply to relationships in the workplace:

● Hebrews 10:24 NIV “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

● Colossians 3:23 NKJV “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”

● Proverbs 27:17 NKJV “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

Prayer is always a sound option for any situation. James 1:5 NKJV reminds us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” When we ask for wisdom regarding relationships with co-workers, the Lord will guide us to success.

Stephanie Daniels is a dedicated HR Manager based in Virginia with a deep love for the Lord. Her faith drives her passion for writing, and she has penned three self-published books that aim to inspire and uplift readers on their spiritual journeys. Her titles include Grace Growing Up, Overcoming Eve, and Restoring Hearts. Stephanie’s writing not only offers a unique perspective on life’s challenges but also encourages readers to seek the Lord’s guidance and wisdom. Her engaging and heartfelt prose resonates with people from all walks of life, drawing them closer to their faith, and fostering a deeper relationship with God. About The Author

for Kids & Dog Lovers Bailey Finds a Home with Hoomans

This excerpt is from a piece originally titled “Wet Noses and Watering Roses” that won 2nd place in the Young Readers’ Fiction category at the 2023 SWA Conference Writing Competition.

Idon’t remember much about my earlier life, but I clearly remember the day I was adopted! I had been in my new place for only one night’s sleep (or attempt to sleep) when I saw a big, tan truck pull up near my place. Dogs were barking all around me; however, I stayed quiet, hoping for no chaos. The man and woman who got out of the truck looked happy and friendly, each smiling as they walked toward me in the sunshine. Imagine my amazement when the woman called out my name! “Hi, Bailey!” she called. I looked around to see if she was speaking to someone else but she was looking directly at me. I stood, curiously wondering how to respond to these strangers. They disappeared through the doorway to the main building. Of course, my heart sank just a little as I learned not to get my hopes up.

Suddenly, they appeared in the yard by my place and the smiling woman gently said my name again, “Hello there, Bailey!” The director was with this friendly couple as they walked across the yard to my doorway. My face must have revealed my joy in seeing these friendly folks because they began remarking how cute I was! I demurred to them, not wanting to appear overanxious, aggressive, or assuming. I shouldn’t have worried about that at all. As the smiling woman approached, she calmly stroked the top of my head and behind my ears. I couldn’t help it, but my tail began to wag like crazy.

I assumed a position of vulnerable submission. The nice man, the woman, and the director talked excitedly to each other as the woman kept up her soothing tone with me. The director slid a slip-knot rope leash around my neck and handed the end to the nice lady, who coaxed me to stand. I had been in this predicament before, so my reaction was automatic when I faced her, twisted my head, and shucked the leash to run. (This escape maneuver would later be called my “Houdini Move.”) The yard was enclosed with fencing. I could hear the other dogs raising Cain as I tried to find a safe corner away from that rope! I didn’t realize I was crouching beside the little building where some animals had gone and never returned to the yard. What was happening to me? This place was like a prison! It was bad enough that so many other dogs were here, carrying on like crazy; but now, they want to put a rope on me to take me who knows where?

Suddenly, it was just the director and me out in the yard as she soothed me and gently placed the loop back over my head. We walked right into the main building. There stood the hoomans who had come to visit! The nice lady walked over to me, knelt to stroke my coat, and rubbed my head while she talked such soothing talk to me.

I didn’t understand a lot of people-talk then; but I heard the man say something about “home.” The director started to lead me through the outside door, carefully guarding the tension on the rope. The hoomans came outside and opened the back door to their truck. The director told me to jump in the truck. I love to ride so I hopped right in!

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The nice man and woman were already in the front seat and talked excitedly to each other and to me! We were going “home,” the lady said as she looked at me in the back seat. My seat was soft and cool as I looked around inside the truck. The man and woman smelled fresh – and friendly. I was so excited that I reached up with my front paw to stroke the lady’s face, unaware that my claws would scratch her. She didn’t get mad at me because she knew I didn’t mean to hurt her. Instead, she stroked my head and ears again as I smiled my thanks to them both. The truck went backward, then started forward on our journey down the road while the shelter disappeared behind us. The lady beamed and told me they were my new Mamma and Daddy. That’s how my hoomans changed my life forever that day.

I’ve been told by a lot of my Mamma and Daddy’s friends and family that I hit the lottery when they found me. I don’t know what that means, exactly, but I love Mamma and Daddy and my home so much!

My vocabulary grew a lot over the last ten years, too. I understood words such as “potty,” “outside,” “treat,” “water,” “Daddy,” “Mamma,” “kitchen,” “bowl,” “food,” “Krystal Chix,” “Dr. Ben,” “Stella,” all family members’ and

friends’ names, “love,” “pizza,” “bed,” “sofa,” “sit,” “stay,” “here,” “no bark,” “deer,” “walk,” “leash,” “car,” “truck,” and more added each day.

I have strutted through the house each time I have returned from the groomer’s as I showed off my new kerchief and handsome self to my parents. Mamma and Daddy have told me I was smart, handsome, and how lucky they are to have found me. They’ve told me I was the child they never had together (and that I was their boy). I knew I was “home” from the moment they rescued me.

Although I had no idea what “hitting the lottery” meant, I was one lucky boy when my hoomans found me ten years ago. I think Mamma and Daddy may feel the same way!

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Denise, a writer, and her husband, Jim, along with their yellow labrador retriever, Bailey, live in LaFayette GA. The Shahans are active members of LaFayette First Baptist Church. At 71 years young, Denise recently graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree. About
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75 Years of Cultivating Success in North Georgia

In the heart of North Georgia's rolling hills lies a legacy built on family, hard work, and an unwavering commitment to the region's spirit. For an impressive 75 years, Nelson Tractor Company has been synonymous with reliable equipment, expert service, and a deep connection to the communities it serves.

A Family Legacy, Three Generations Strong

Nelson Tractor's story began in 1949 when Cecil Nelson founded the company, recognizing a crucial need among North Georgia's farmers. His dedication to providing quality equipment and personalized service would lay the foundation for a thriving business. The company’s commitment to customer satisfaction was passed down to

Cecil's son, W.C. Nelson, and further continued by Will Nelson, upholding the tradition of family ownership and operation for three generations.

Their mission is deeply rooted in Cecil's original principle: "To improve the quality of life for people living in and around our community through service, friendship, and dedication to the cultivation of lasting relationships."

A Cornerstone of North Georgia's Farming Community

From its humble beginnings, Nelson Tractor quickly became a cornerstone for the farming community. The company's expansion mirrored the region's growing needs, bringing reputable brands like Kubota and others to its customers. This dedication to providing top-of-the-line

Cecil Nelson in front of Ford tractor Cecil and Ruby Nelson 1963 Ruby and W.C. Nelson Will Nelson and W.C. Nelson

equipment to various industries, backed by unparalleled service, earned their customers' enduring trust.

“We treat our customers like family,” says Will Nelson, the current owner. This philosophy is evident in every interaction. Their knowledgeable team understands that selecting the right equipment is an investment, and they guide customers through the process step-by-step. Nelson Tractor's highly skilled technicians keep that investment operating flawlessly, providing unmatched expertise and after-sales support to ensure maximum uptime and return on investment.

A Commitment to Community as Deep as the Soil

Nelson Tractor's impact extends far beyond sales and service. They consistently demonstrate their commitment to fostering a thriving region by actively supporting local youth work-study programs, agricultural programs, 4-H events, county fairs, and numerous community initiatives. Customers recognize that supporting Nelson Tractor strengthens the fabric of North Georgia for everyone. Adapting, Evolving, and Continuing to Serve

Over seven decades, Nelson Tractor has unwaveringly focused on navigating the changing tides of agriculture, construction, and other industries. Embracing innovation and new technologies, they invest continuously in staff training to remain at the forefront to ensure their customers can always access the most cutting-edge tools and techniques.

Celebrating 75 Years and Looking Ahead

Nelson Tractor's 75th anniversary is a celebration of their enduring legacy and a testament to their commitment to North Georgia. Will Nelson reflects, "We're honored to have served this region for so long. There's a bright future here, and we're dedicated to empowering our customers with the equipment and support they need to achieve lasting success."

Beyond Equipment: A Legacy of Trust

Nelson Tractor Company embodies North Georgia's communities' resilience, innovation, and spirit. Their success is built on putting customers first, embracing change, and giving back to those who support them. As the company looks ahead, its unwavering dedication will ensure it continues to shape the landscape of North Georgia for future generations.

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for Everyone What Will You Leave Behind?

The Greek hero Achilles is the focal character in the movie Troy (2004). As the story moves to the tragic conclusion of the fall of Troy, Achilles’ actions are all driven by the desire for his name to live forever. Retired presidents build libraries in the hopes of establishing their legacies. Philanthropists donate large sums of money to ensure buildings bear their name. Have you spent much time thinking about what you might leave behind?

Leaving a legacy of faith is not merely about one’s belief system, but it is a way of life that is meant to be shared and passed on to future generations. By living a faithful life, Christians become living testimonies of the power of their faith, serving as inspiration and guidance to those around them. As the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV).

1 John 3:18 NIV states, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” Christians can leave a profound legacy of faith by actively demonstrating love and compassion in their daily interactions. The parable of the Good Samaritan emphasizes the importance of showing love and mercy to others, regardless of their background or circumstances. By loving in this way, believers can inspire others to embrace their faith and follow in their footsteps.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to pass on our faith to succeeding generations. We can have this impact in many ways, such as family discussions, mentoring, teaching Sunday school, or modeling how to share our faith with others. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NIV underscores the importance of this task: “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.“ By passing on our faith, Christians ensure that their beliefs continue to shape the lives of others long after we are gone.

When we involve our families in the life of a local church, our children can see that supporting the work of

Christ through the church is a part of the DNA of what it means to be a Christian. Using the metaphor of the body as a picture of the church, the Apostle Paul wrote: “From him [Christ], the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:16 NIV).

A dear lady in our Sunday School class was recently killed in an automobile accident. She was a person who was involved in a number of ministries within our church as well as the local Baptist association. She was not just involved, but she was key player in those ministries. As we celebrated her life, we realized that she made a lasting impact for Christ on every life she touched. What a legacy!

I am reminded of an anonymous poem I learned in elementary school.

You’ve each been given a bag of tools, A formless block, and a book of rules, And each must make, ere life has flown, A stumbling block or a stepping stone.

May we all strive to be the kind of stepping stone our friend was.

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Dr. Alan Hix is Professor of Christian Studies at Shorter University.
educator, he has

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for Everyone A Sprinkle of Hope

Iremember (and it does not seem so long ago) that I would encourage myself at work by putting sticky notes up to look at. The sticky notes contained words of encouragement that I also hoped would help anyone else reading them. In my helping profession, there were times that I could not help. But I hoped that folks left my office with a bit of hope in their hearts. I see each day that just sharing the load one may be carrying helps to give hope.

I remember writing on one of my notes “Never, never, never give up.“ That quote was taken from Winston Churchill. I added my own thought to say “Give it up to God.” Thank God that He is strong when I am weak and doesn’t the Bible say that nothing is too hard for God?

Look at Jeremiah 32:1718 KJV. It reads, “Ah Lord God! Behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Thou showest loving kindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is His name.” In verses 26 and 27, the Lord speaks again, “Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, ‘Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?’”

found. I want to personally testify that God does know where we are at all times. His love has sustained me through all things.

I was just at the dentist this week and overheard a conversation about the lady just trying to make an appointment with the receptionist. It seemed her life was so full being a caretaker for so many people needing her care that it was hard to work just one more thing into her schedule. I wanted to get up and give this complete stranger a hug as it sure looked like she needed one. I could not do that but I could give her the next best thing: a smile! You never really know what a person is going through in their life. When you can, share all the smiles that you can as your day is coming when someone else’s kind smile will give you hope also!

In my Bible reading this week, this scripture in Proverbs has crossed my path more than once. I love what it says!

Proverbs 16:20 KJV reads, “He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD happy is he.”

The devil would want us to think in times of discouragement that God has forgotten about us. The enemy would have us believe that we have fallen down into that ditch or pit and that God is nowhere to be

I hope that today you will be encouraged with that sprinkle of hope, just like my thirsty mum was after being watered. Thank God in a sometimes dry and parched world that He gives us His hope and His strength to make it through.

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Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad is a feast for the senses. The sweetness of the grilled peaches, the peppery arugula, and the tangy feta cheese come together in a symphony of flavors that perfectly captures the essence of early summer.

When the sun begins to warm the air and nature bursts into vibrant hues, early summer brings a bounty of fresh produce and an opportunity to savor the season’s flavors. This recipe captures the essence of June with its bright and refreshing ingredients, creating a dish that not only delights the taste buds but also celebrates the abundance of the season with a perfect blend of sweet and savory.

Gather your loved ones, set a table in the warm evening breeze, and indulge in this delectable creation that honors the vibrant spirit of June. Cheers to the joys of the season!


For the Salad:

• 4 ripe peaches, halved and pitted

• 6 cups fresh arugula

• 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

• 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

• 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

For the Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette:

• 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

• 2 tablespoons honey

• 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

• Salt and pepper to taste


• Preheat the grill: Brush the peach halves with a bit of olive oil and grill them over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until grill marks appear. Remove and let them cool.

• Prepare the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, honey, and olive oil until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

• Assemble the salad: On a large platter, arrange the fresh arugula. Top it with grilled peaches, cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, and chopped basil.

• Drizzle with vinaigrette: Just before serving, drizzle the honey balsamic vinaigrette over the salad. Toss gently to ensure every bite is coated with the delightful dressing.

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From Pity Party to Praise Party!

I had been down, in the dark, but God brought His light!

I had been in the wrong but Jesus’ blood made me right!

I was feeling broken but God brought His healing touch! The enemy had come to steal but Jesus has restored much!

I was having a pity party and not helping anyone but now I’m having a praise party and hope everyone can come!

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Cindy Evans is a published poet living in the greater Atlanta area. When she’s not writing, you may find her at a Christian movie, attending a church activity, or volunteering at the local faith-based hospice office.
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A Father’s Love

Most of the time when you hear someone talking about their dad, it brings back memories and how he had an impact on not just your life but everyone’s life that he met. A father is someone who will catch you before you fall, pick you up, brush you off, and let you try again. A father will pray with you and tell you it will be ok when you cry. He will correct you when you break the rules. A father will always try to keep you from making mistakes, by teaching and showing you the right way, yet he will let you find out on your own that experience is the best teacher.

the earth.” The other place is Exodus 20:12 which reads, “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”

The Bible says in *Proverbs 23:26, “Give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” Once you ask God to come into your heart and you accept him as your savior, you realize this is how the love of our Father in Heaven is. My father taught me how to enjoy the journey in this life and to build my life around the truth in God’s word. He would always tell me something that his dad and mom told him: if you obey your parents, you will live a long life on earth and that God will reward you for this. The Bible tells us of this in two different places. Ephesians 6:1&3 says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right, that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on

Throughout my years, my father would teach me to live by faith. For instance, when I was younger, he would plant a garden. I would watch as he would plant those seeds down in the dirt. About every other day, he would go back out to the garden to till in between the rows that he had planted. I would ask, “How do you know that something is going to grow there?” He would respond, “You have to have faith, believe for what you are taking care of, and trust the Lord above that He will provide. The Bible tells us of this type of trust in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding, and, in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” I still capture those moments when he is always trying to help someone in some way whether it was holding the door open for someone, giving someone money for groceries, or just praying with them with encouraging words. My father would always remind me, “You can’t out give God!” The Bible speaks of this in Proverbs 3:9-10, “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase, and so shall thy barns be filled with plenty.” It also tells us this in 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”

As I said, my father taught me how to enjoy the journey in this life and to build my life around the truth in God’s word. My father continues to influence each day of my life. Thank you, God, for a Godly Father!

*All Scriptures KJV.

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The Number One Dietary Fountain of Youth

“Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart…” So goes the theme to a popular children’s song and joke—but little did we know how true that chorus would turn out to be. Beans and other legumes like lentils may be the most important dietary predictor of survival in older people all over the globe! In 2004, the “Food Habits in Later Life” study was undertaken amongst five different groups from Japan, Sweden, Greece, and Australia. Of all the food factors examined, only one was associated with longer life in every group—their legume intake. For every 20 gram increase (about two tbsp.) in daily intake there was an 8% reduction in mortality. This caused nutritional researcher, Dr. Michael Greger to quip, “… if a can of beans is 250 grams and you get 8% lower mortality for every 20 grams, maybe if you eat a can a day you’ll live forever? Let’s find out!”

The Blue Zones

Around the same time the research above was published, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify places around the world where people live measurably longer and healthier. They identified five specific areas that they called “Blue Zones” where they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than here in the United States! Amongst the dietary factors that these people had in common was a great reliance on a rich array of vegetables and fresh fruits, with meat eaten only on rare occasions. The cornerstone of these long-lived peoples is beans with the favorites including fava, black, soy, and lentils. In fact, so strong is the research behind the health benefits of beans, researchers in Taiwan published a paper in 2012 titled, “A bean-free diet increases the risk of all-cause mortality among Taiwanese women.” So if you want to live long, eat beans, and if you

want to increase your risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and the like eat bean-free.

They’re Good for Your Heart

Beans have megawatt nutritional power and provide truly amazing disease protection. Their low caloric density with plenty of protein, fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals give them strong anti-diabetic and antiobesity effects. They also lower cardiovascular risk by lowering cholesterol, lowering inflammation, and blood pressure. One study, for example, showed that those without legumes in their diet may be at quadruple the risk of suffering high blood pressure! Legumes such as chickpeas have been used to treat high blood pressure and diabetes for thousands of years. Another study showed that simply adding two servings a day of lentils, chickpeas, or beans cut cholesterol levels so much that many participants moved below the range where statin drugs are prescribed!

The Bottom Line

Beans and other legumes are truly superfoods. We avoid them to our own hurt.

Nevertheless, if you are not accustomed to eating beans regularly, I encourage you to take it slowly, starting with about one to two tablespoons a day and building up from there after a few weeks. This will give your body a chance to build up its good bacteria and avoid painful bloating or excess gas. Dried and canned beans are virtually equivalent in nutrition, so go with what you prefer or is most convenient. Beans are the basis of a seemingly endless variety of dishes, limited only by your imagination or cookbooks. So start working them in your weekly meal plans. You will be paid back many-fold in improved health.

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Readers of the Lost Ark: 1 Samuel 2-6

The Book of Judges concludes, but Israel’s spiritual apathy persists. In an era of Philistine violence (1 Samuel 2-6), two accounts portray the shocking behavior of Levites toward the Ark of the Covenant. Between these episodes is the ironic respect of the enemy nation. Lost Honor

The portable tent of worship housing the Ark had been at Shiloh since the days of Joshua (Josh 18). Levites from Aaron’s line were custodians of the sacred articles (Leviticus 8-9). Priests led worship following Moses’ Law. The most holy act was performed when blood was applied annually to the Ark for atonement (Leviticus 16).

Representing the people to God was a sanctified responsibility. Representing God to the people meant living holiness before the tribes. Eli’s sons did neither, displaying contempt for their priestly calling. Corrupt, immoral, arrogant, and disrespectful (1 Samuel 2:12-25), Eli’s house faced judgment (2:27-36; 3:11-18). Hophni and Phineas concede to the people’s demand, bringing the Ark to battle against the Philistines (4:1-5). Their ‘God in the box’ mentality mimics Joshua at Jericho (Joshua 4). Unlike Joshua, though, faith is notably absent in Eli’s wayward sons (2:12). Without commandment, they dishonor the LORD by reducing the Ark to ‘good luck charm’ status. They knew better but overstepped holy boundaries. Lost in Battle

Terror-gripped Philistines verbalize more tremendous respect for God (4:6-9). They rally, resoundingly rout Israel’s army, capture the Ark, and slay Eli’s sons (4:10-11). The news is more than Eli can bear (4:12-22). A trophy of war,

the Ark is transported to Ashdod and placed in the fish god’s temple - an act depicting conquest and superiority (5:1-2). God and His Ark, however, are not subservient to Dagon. In silent reversal, the fallen idol lies face down in the dirt, bowing before God. Dagon needed help getting up (5:3). The following day, Dagon lies disfigured in judgment before the Ark (5:4). The Philistines surmise the LORD is in their camp, and every knee bends to Him!

Grievous plagues afflict the Philistines who move the Ark to Gath (1 Samuel 5:5-7). God smites this city severely (5:8-9). In another relocation, residents of Ekron are alarmed (5:10), prompting the return of the Ark to Israel (5:11-12). They respectfully send the Ark with gold replica of the pestilences. The gesture of appeasement hopes that as God goes, He takes the scourge with Him (6:1-9, 17-18). They might not have known better, but they learned enough not to trifle with the LORD.

Lost Reverence

Cattle draw the driverless cart to a particular Israelite town (6:10-12). Field workers harvesting wheat spot the Ark, and celebration erupts (6:13-14). Philistune officials watch the spontaneous Israelite worship from a distance (6:15-16). Seven months (6:1) and seven cities later (4:14, 6:17-18), the Ark is now home! But the unimaginable happens…the Ark is opened, and over 50,000 Israelites perish (6:19).

With its blood-stained cover, the Ark contained God’s Holy Law (Exodus 25:16). Horrifically, the men of Bethshemesh—a Levite town (Josh 21:12-16)—peered into the Ark without the LORD’s authorization. Opening the lid removed the atoning blood, exposing sinful men to the righteous Law, and God’s judgment instantly fell. Human happiness and curiosity must never crowd out heavenly holiness. As Levites, they knew better.

Lost in Time

God is sovereign and worthy of all honor; He cannot be tamed and domesticated. Never to be trivialized, He desires faithful servants. As James (4:17) admonishes, “…to him who knows to do good, and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

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Rob Debelak is Professor of Bible at Lee University. He has taught at Lee University for 29 years and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He and his family reside in Cleveland, TN. About The Author

When No Works Out for the Better

The answer was no, emphatically no. In fact, the declination was accompanied by the secured fact of never. He didn’t let it stop him.

George Washington Carver entered his laboratory in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1896 fully expecting to delve into the Creator’s world and discover many mysteries. Carver recalls, “When I was young, I said to God, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the universe.’ But God answered, ‘That knowledge is for me alone.’ So, I said, ‘God tell me the mystery of the peanut.’ Then God said, ‘Well George, that’s more nearly your size.’ And He told me.”

From that conversation between a humble, brilliantly gifted servant and his Creator came ripple effects of miraculous size stemming from one of nature’s smallest products. Carver is credited with revolutionizing the economy with peanut products, his crop rotation plan, and his commitment to education about growing plants.

Although he had his critics, his enthusiasm and patient style were contagious. In today’s vernacular, Carver would be considered an influencer with thousands of followers. This award-winning scientist didn’t live when global access to knowledge and information was abundant. Social media, texting, and live streaming would come much later. How did he tap into such an extraordinary body of knowledge and methods? He lived a life of prayer without ceasing.

vegetable kingdoms - to understand their relations to each other, and our relations to them and to the Great God who made all of us. I ask Him daily and often momently to give me wisdom, understanding, and bodily strength to do His will; hence I am asking and receiving all the time.”

Are you tapped into the “unlimited broadcasting station”? Or is it a challenge to keep tuned in with the Lord? Carver teaches, “God is going to reveal to us things He never revealed before if we put our hands in His. No books ever go into my laboratory. The thing I am to do and the way of doing it are revealed to me. I never have to grope for methods. The method is revealed to me the moment I am inspired to create something new. Without God to draw aside the curtain, I would be helpless.”

What part of Carver’s statement resonates with you? Practical hope in prayer is readily available to all of us. Staying in tune with the Lord inspires our work, reveals direction, and identifies methods toward our goals. In fact, Carver declares, “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.”

He says, “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.” He explains further, “My prayers seem to be more of an attitude than anything else. I indulge in very little lip service, but ask the Great Creator silently, daily, and often many times a day, to permit me to speak to Him through the three great Kingdoms of the world which He has created - the animal, mineral, and

(This is his paraphrase of Proverbs 29:18.) This applies to any situation, whether the challenge is increasing sales or production, or how to get a toddler in a car seat. The Bible is a very practical book charged with connection to the Lord. He can draw aside the curtain to reveal solutions to anything we face. Carver sums it up, “The secret of my success? It is simple. It is found in the Bible.”

When the Lord answers no, stay tuned in to His unlimited broadcasting station. There’s more to come. Vision and hope will lead the way!

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Dalton Church Directory

Assembly of God

Christian Fellowship Assembly

3656 Chattanooga Road, 30755


The Sanctuary 515 Reed Rd NW, 30720 706-270-2088

The Healing Center Church 515 Reed Road, 30720 706-229-9456


Abundant Life Baptist Church 811 J and J, 30721


Antioch Baptist Church

1205 Antioch Road, 30720 706-278-1305

Beaverdale Baptist Church 2496 Beaverdale Rd NW, 30721 706-259-7089

Calvary Baptist Church 2115 Chatsworth Rd, 30721 706-278-6324

Carolyn Baptist Church 2305 Cleveland Highway, 30721 706-259-8142

Centerpoint Baptist Church 420 Centerpoint Drive SE, 30721 706-277-2100

Christ Reformed Baptist Church 1378 Dug Gap Rd, 30720 706-226-3026

Concord Baptist Church 1054 Hopewell Rd, Cohutta 30710


Cove Baptist Fellowship Church 461 Carbondale Rd SW, 30721 706-277-3484

Crown View Baptist Church 502 West Tyler St, 30720 706-278-7422

Deep Springs Baptist Church 1660 Beaverdale Rd NE, 30721 706-259-3255

Dug Gap Baptist Church 2031 Dug Gap Rd, 30720 706-278-2377

Eastbrook Baptist Church 204 Hill Rd, 30720 Eastside Baptist Church 913 East Morris St, 30721 706-278-8553

Eleventh Avenue Baptist Church 2550 South Dalton Bypass, 30722 706-278-7020

Emmaus Baptist Church

4268 S. Dixie Rd, 30735 706-483-5251

First Baptist Church 802 Kenner St, 30721 706-226-9681

First Baptist Church of Dalton 311 North Thornton Ave, 30720


Grace Baptist Church 2049 Lower Kings Bridge Rd, 30721


Good Hope Baptist Church

2525 Lake Francis Rd, 30721


Grove Level Baptist Church 2802 Cleveland Highway, 30721


Good Samaritan Baptist Church 3137 Cleveland Rd, 30721


Gospelway Baptist Church

336 Jupiter Cir, 30721


Grace Baptist Church

2049 Lower Kings Bridge Rd, 30721


Harmony Baptist Church

187 Lower Dawnville Rd, 30721


Harvest Baptist Church

3986 Cleveland Hwy, 30721


Hill Crest Baptist Church

1901 Cityview St, 30720


Hopewell Baptist Church

3527 Airport Rd, 30721


Kinsey Drive Baptist Church 2626 Kinsey Drive,30720


Lakeshore Park Baptist Church 12 Crescent St, 30720


Liberty Baptist Church 506 South Pentz St, 30720


Lindsey Memorial Baptist


3503 Lindsey Memorial Rd.

Rocky Face, Ga. 30740

Macedonia Baptist Church

1355 Dawnville Rd NE, 30721


Maple Grove Baptist Church

347 Maple Grove Rd, 30721


McFarland Hill Baptist Church

307 Brickyard Rd, 30721


Mount Rachel Baptist Church

332 Haig Mill Lake Rd, 30720


Mount Ridge Baptist Church

1401 M L King, Jr. Blvd, 30721


New Hope Baptist Church

900 Roan St, 30721


New Hope Baptist Church


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


Olivia Baptist Church

1817 Guy St, 30720


Pine Grove Baptist Church

4004 Airport Road, 30721


Poplar Springs Baptist Church

897 Poplar Springs Rd, 30720


Reformation Baptist Church

244 N. Hamilton St, 30720


Rocky Face Baptist Church

1544 Rocky Face Railroad St, 30740

706- 226-5751

Salem Baptist Church

1448 Pleasant Grove Dr, 30721


South Dalton Baptist Church 498 Lakemont Drive, 30720


Shiloh Baptist Church

2014 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, 30721 706-226-5981

Temple Baptist Church 2310 South Dixie Hwy, 30720


Valley Baptist Church 2907 Old Rome, 30720

Welcome Hill Baptist Church 2772 E Welcome Hill Circle, 30721 706-278-0368

Whitfield Baptist Church 2134 Dug Gap Rd, 30721 706-278-6776


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

Church of Christ

Central Church of Christ 515 N. Tibbs Rd, 30720 706-278-8051

Riverbend Church of Christ 2218 S Riverbend Rd, 30721 706-226-0819

Church of God

Church of God of Union Assembly 2311 South Dixie Rd, 30720 706-275-0510

City View Church of God 3688 Chatsworth Hwy, 30721 706-226-6686

Crosspointe 2681 Underwood Street 30721 706-278-2649

Lifegate Church 2744 Cleveland Highway, 30721 706-259-0016

Valley Brook Church of God 1474 Mineral Springs Rd, 30720 706-279-3296


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

The River Community Church 825 Chattanooga Ave, 30720 762-201-7966

Rock Bridge Community Church 121 W Crawford St, 30720


Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church 901 West Emory St, 30720


Jehovah’s Witnesses

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 1309 Applewood Drive, 30720 706-529-0192

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 1817 Dug Gap Rd, 30720 706-270-0156

Latter-day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 610 Shugart Rd, 30720 706-278-5295


Christ the King Lutheran Church 623 S Thornton Ave, 30720 706-278-3979


Bethel AME Church

620 Spring Street, 30720 706-226-2714

Bethel UMC 123 Bethel Church Rd, 30721 706-278-3309

Dalton First UMC

500 South Thornton Ave, 30720 706-278-8494

Fairview UMC 735 Riverbend Rd, 30721 706-996-5057

Five Springs UMC 2823 Five Springs Rd, 30720 706-277-3928

Mineral Springs UMC 4079 Airport Road, 30721 706-517-0200

Mt. Vernon UMC 597 Lafayette Road Rocky Face, GA 30740 706-673-4667

New Haven UMC 4040 South Dixie Highway, 30721 706-217-1879

Pleasant Grove Methodist 2701 Cleveland Highway, 30721 706-259-3141

Sugar Valley UMC 503 Murry Hill Dr, 30720 706-280-9112

Trinity UMC 901 Veterans Dr, 30721 706-278-4042

Varnell United Methodist Church 3485 Highway 2 Cohutta, 30710 706-694-8023

Wesley Chapel UMC 808 Jamestown CT, 30721 706-270-2331


First Church of the Nazarene 2325 Chattanooga Rd, 30720 706-278-8428

Grace Church of the Nazarene 1111 Nelson St, 30721



Abundant Life Bible Church 901 Chester Road, 30721 706-270-9733

Bridging the Gap Ministries 514 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, 30721

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Relentless Worship Center

210 Robinwood Dr, 30721


Dalton House Of Prayer

897 College Dr, Conference Rm 3, 30720


Dawnville Community Church 1409 Dawnville Rd NE, 30721


Good Neighbors Church 910 South Thornton Ave, 30720


Gospel Light Tabernacle 804 Sheridan Ave, 30721

Grace Fellowship Ministries 620 N Glenwood Ave 2&3, 30721 706-280-1375

Northwest Christian Fellowship

272 Main St, Varnell, GA 30756


River of Life Church of Dalton 2919 East Walnut Ave, 30721


Saint James Overcoming Church

400 North Fredrick St, 30721


Tunnel Hill Community Church


121 North Varnell Road

Tunnel Hill, GA 30755


Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Fuente de Agua Viva 1007 Underwood St, 30721


La Senda Antigua

308 East Matilda St, 30720


True Gospel Pentecostal Church

109 South Henderson St, 30721


Shadow Ridge Worship Center 122 Wheat Drive Varnell, GA 30721



ChristChurch Presbyterian 510 South Tibbs Rd, 30720


First Presbyterian Church

101 S. Selvidge St, 30720


Grace Presbyterian Church

2107 Threadmill Rd, 30720



Salvation Army 1109 N. Thornton Ave, 30722


Seventh Day Adventist

3 Angels Hispanic SDA

701 E Morris St, 30721


Dalton Hispanic SDA 112 W Long St, 30720


Dalton SDA Church

300 South Tibbs Rd, 30720 706-226-2166

Chatsworth Church Directory


Blue Ridge Primitive Baptist Church


134 Hyden Tyler Road

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Calvary Baptist Church


Highway 225 North

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Center Hill Baptist Church


65 Berry Bennett Road

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Cisco Baptist Church


Highway 411 North

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Cool Springs Baptist Church


Holly Creek Cool

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Fellowship Baptist Church


4396 Highway 52

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US First Baptist Church


121 West Market Street

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Flat Branch Baptist Church


3443 Highway 286

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Free Hope Baptist Church


4176 Highway 76

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Holly Creek Baptist Church


422 Holly Creek

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Liberty Baptist Church 4221 US-76, Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Little Consauga Baptist Church


1100 Sugar Creek

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Maranatha Baptist Church


Highway 225 South

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Mount Pisgah Baptist Church


2309 Old Highway 411

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

New Hope Baptist Church


1273 New Hope Road

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

New Prospect Baptist Church


7629 Highway 225

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Old Fashion Baptist Church


885 Ben Adams Road

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Open Air Ministries


1058 Mtn Crest Dr.

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Prayer Baptist Church


10859 Hwy. 225 South

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Shinning Light Baptist Church


801 North 5th Avenue

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Smyrna Baptist Church


1913 Smyrna Church Road

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Spring Place Baptist Church


441 Highway 225 South

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Total Praise Baptist Church


1461 Greeson Bend Rd,

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Zion Hill Baptist Church


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


508 West Peachtree Street

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Church of God

Chatsworth Church of God


Highway 411 South

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Central Community Church


60 Pine Hills Drive

Chatsworth, GA 30705

Spring Place Church of God


717 Tibbs Bridge Road

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Full Gospel

Faith Worship Center


189 Hyden Tyler Road

Chatsworth GA 30705

House Of Prayer

616 Jenkins Road

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Methodist

Casey Springs UMC

7250 Chastworth Highway South

Chastworth, GA 30705

Center Valley UMC


5394 Highway 225 North

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

First United Methodist Church


107 W Cherokee Street

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Fullers Chapel UMC

2144 Fuller’s Chapel Rd

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Mineral Springs UMC

71 North Way St

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Spring Place UMC


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


Highway 52 Alternate

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Liberty Tabernacle


2196 Smyrna Church Road

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Living Word Christian Fellowship


960 Cherokee Drive

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

New Beginnings Ministries


646 Floodtown Road

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US North Gate Church


7727 Highway 225 South

Chatsworth, GA 30755 US Tabernacle of Praise


1435 Leonard Bridge Road

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Wings Of Faith Ministries 706-695-1527

1122 North Holly Drive

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Pentecostal

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


2089 Sumach Church

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Seventh Day Adventist

Seventh-Day Adventist Church


1115 Highway 52

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

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