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GoodNews from the Pastor’s Desk
6 Godspeed to High School
Graduates and Thanksgiving for Their Educators by Jimmy Gentry
GoodNews for Teens
8 About God, Not About Me by Filip Brunner
GoodNews on Money Matters
10 If You Build the Process, the Goal will Come
by Andrew Lee GoodNews for Men
12 To Christian Boys And Men by Wayne E. Norton
GoodNews for Women
14 Strength of A Woman by Jessica Mathis
GoodNews for Everyone
18 Some Benefits of A Grandparent
by Kristen West GoodNews for Grandparents
20 More Projects With My Poppy
by Donald Cantrell GoodNews for Life
22 Afraid To Try
by Heather Tate
GoodNews for Everyone
24 Modern-Day Miracles by Tammy Madden
GoodNews Cover Story
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28 On The Edge
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GoodNews on Motherhood
30 Three Things My Kids Taught Me
by Stephanie Shrum GoodNews for Everyone
32 Rupture And Repair by Heather Medley
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36 A Mother’s Faith
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GoodNews for Everyone
38 Politics In Public by Eddie Turner
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46 “I Remember the Days of
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50 Under His Wings by Karen D. Jeffery
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Godspeed to High School Graduates and Thanksgiving for Their Educators
by Jimmy Gentry
believe in education – home schooling, parochial, private, and
I have watched more than a dozen classmates die. My best
public. All are legitimate and important avenues of learning, and
friend, who was valedictorian of our class, died in January 2014
parents or guardians are to choose what they deem best for their
from complications of colon cancer. He was a skilled physician in
children. I celebrate and honor that. I believe most citizens do. In May and June high school seniors from parochial, private,
Ft. Worth, TX. I miss him even at this moment. In the coming months, graduates will venture into the
and public schools, as well as those who are home-schooled, will
unknown of college life, employment, marriage, or something.
be taking a significant step forward as they pass from one phase
All of that can be terribly frightening. Leaving the safety and
in life to the next. Those graduating are to be applauded for their
security of home is overwhelming for anyone, but especially for
accomplishments. Their teachers, including parents or guardians,
a 17- or 18-year-old. I certainly was overwhelmed and scared 46
are to be congratulated for their hours of laboring to educate.
Communities are to be proud and extend Godspeed to all these
Life will never be the same and that is the way it is supposed
graduates, whatever their religion, and communities are to offer
to be, painful as that may be. Life is always in process and
expressions of thanksgiving for administrators, faculties, and staffs
during its progression, one is to be engaged in continual learning,
in our schools, whose tasks are often thankless.
graduating from one thing to the next. So high school graduation
All graduations are important, but there is something
marks the first of countless graduations on life’s road. And the
appropriately unique about high school graduation. It marks a
receiving of a cap, gown, tassel, and diploma will not formally
rite of passage in which students begin to make the slow transition
mark most of these. But graduations they will be.
from adolescence to young adulthood. A slow process it is,
As these graduates go forth into their futures, finding their
taking anywhere from eight to twelve years to complete, in some
own way as they continue to graduate, I have every confidence
instances, for an assortment of reasons. I was graduated from
they will continue to make a difference in the world that will have
Trigg County High School in Cadiz, Kentucky 46 years ago. It
a lasting effect on humankind.
seems like yesterday when I received a diploma that hangs on the
Who knows? Maybe one soul from the Class of 2021 will, 46
wall in my study on Thursday, May 29, 1975 with 132 other seniors
years from now in 2067, write a column for a Christian magazine
assembled in that commencement. And then, again, it seems like
like this one and title it, “Godspeed to High School Graduates
46 long years ago. I have thought about my high school graduation every May
and Thanksgiving for Their Educators” or something like that. I probably
since 1975. I established friendships for life, even though I have
will not be around since,
not seen some of my classmates and teachers since graduation day.
if I live, I will be
Just before we graduated, our principal, now deceased,
110 years old! One
told us to look around the room. He remarked, “When you
never knows, though!
gather for your 10-year reunion, some of you will not be
But I am counting on
here. You will have died.” He was right. Three of
someone to write something,
our classmates were dead when we assembled in 1985. At each subsequent reunion, every
even though my faith will have probably become sight.
five or ten years, at least one was added to the Us” list.
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About The Author
“No Longer Among Jimmy Gentry is the senior pastor of Garden Lakes Baptist Church. He is a native of Kentucky. He is married to his wife Jackie and they have two children.
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About God, Not About Me
by Filip Brunner
hat is life about? “But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my
shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do” (Psalm 73:28). Life is not about the fears and uncertainty and unending violence of the present day. Psalm 73:28 echoes the final words of Joshua: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other
side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” The psalmist understood, just as Joshua did, that life is meaningless outside of the protection, love, and guidance of the Sovereign Lord. God is sovereign in several ways. The fact that God is the creator of the universe is certainly proof enough. But we need not look any further than the Fatherhood of God to understand exercises His sovereignty over us. The truth is that being in the hands of God should offer us the comfort we need to get us through life. 1. It is good to be near God. The psalmist understood the comfort that nearness to God offers. 2. The psalmist made God his shelter. When the storms of life beat against the side of the tempestdriven boat, we can take comfort in knowing that Jesus is asleep in the back of the ship. 3. The psalmist wants everyone to know how good and powerful and trustworthy his God is. Notice that I said HIS GOD: Is God your God? If He is not, would you consider the offer of eternal life He gives? “I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord” (Psalm 116:13). “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). All of these benefits of God are only available to
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the children who have been adopted into the family of God by the blood of His Son Jesus Christ who offered one sacrifice, once for all. “This world is not my home, I’m just a-passing through, my treasure is laid up somewhere beyond the blue.” So goes the Gospel song. The Bible calls the trouble we suffer in this present world not to be compared to the blessings of heaven. This world is passing away, and just like Abraham, we look for a country made by God. We would be encouraged if we echoed Joshua when he said, “…as for me and my house, we WILL serve the Lord.” Remember that none of these troubles of our world will mean anything once God makes all things new. Be comforted that it is about God and not about you; walk with Jesus today. About The Author
and appreciate the tenderness and fairness in which God
Filip Brunner is married to his wife, Dr. Kim Brunner and together they have six children. He is a writer, author, and artist.
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If You Build the Process, the Goal will Come MONEY MATTERS
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.
n the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, this famous line has
retirement accounts, savings account, and other investment
survived in our popular culture: “If you build it, they
accounts. (5) Wake up at least 15 minutes earlier every
will come.” Often, especially at the start of each new
morning this week in order to read 2-3 pages (or listen
year, we will make a list of goals we hope to achieve in the
to podcasts or audiobooks) to increase your financial
coming year. We all know that the two most common goal
knowledge. (6) Make a list of people in your community
categories for Americans every year are to lose weight/get in
whom you admire for how they handle their finances, and
shape, and to manage our money better in the coming year.
then get to know these people. Take them out for coffee
These goals are our destinations, where we hope to end up.
and pick their brain about how they became financially
But what about the process involved to get us to our goals?
successful, and ask them for advice on how you can do
Our time, energy, and thoughts should be invested in the
the same. (7) Set “alerts” on your cell phone to remind you
process rather than the goal. If you build the process (and
every morning of these crucial steps in your process so you
follow it consistently), the goal will come.
don’t forget and so you don’t become complacent—keep
Try this: once you have made your list of long-term goals (where you want to be and what you want your life
moving forward! Once you have the steps in your process—for our
to look like), make a list of practical, daily and weekly steps
purpose, the process is daily and weekly action on
you can take to move you closer to your end goal. (Notice
improving our personal finances—now it’s time to actualize,
I recommend daily and weekly steps rather than monthly
realize, Midas-size, and energize by doing these steps daily
steps—if you perform these steps day by day and week by
and weekly without fail—drowsy or alert, stressed or
week, then the monthly and yearly goals will take care of
relaxed—no excuses. By following the steps in your process
themselves. It’s inevitable!) For instance, your list of steps
and focusing daily on completing these steps, your goals
might include the following: (1) Make a written budget of
will be met over time, logically and inevitably, as the end
expenses and income for this week. (2) Open all your bills
result of your process. Most people (if they bother to write
(mail) and write down how much you owe this week and
down personal goals at all), put their list of goals on the
when the bills are due. (3) Open your banking statement
mirror or fridge and glance at the list from time to time until
(or check it on your cell phone app) and balance your
the day arrives when they admit they’re making no progress
checkbook so you know accurately how much money you
and throw away the list, vowing to make another list of
have in your checking account right now (then do the same
goals next New Year’s Day. Forget that. Instead, list real-life,
with your savings account). (4) Sign up for auto-drafts from
practical steps and routines to follow every day, and then
your paycheck to be transferred directly into your
follow them. Proverbs 21:5 reminds us, “The plans of the
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To Christian Boys And Men
by Wayne E. Norton
his writing is offered as both an encouragement and as a
guided by similar thinking and application. Having respect for
godly challenge to men, young men, and also boys who
God, her, and yourself works well linearly and circuitously. The
represent the next generation of fathers. Hopefully, they
words sow, reap, and “what goes around, comes around” should
will be inspired to ask themselves some questions and reflect on the significance of the term “real men.” Designed to empower those who want to be or need to be better men for themselves and
come to mind. The following are some questions for the reader to consider in self-examination/application.
for the woman and children in their lives, this tutorial is offered
What makes a good friend?
with admonition as well as instruction.
What are some of your best qualities or characteristics?
As is often the case, self-examination is a good place to start. A good, sincere look at oneself in terms of current condition and goals is beneficial to getting onto and remaining on the correct
What is one of your worst characteristics that you would like to change? (Ouch!) Regardless of where one finds himself now related to the
path. “Hey, guys, what and who is important to you?” That is a
questions above or anything presented beforehand, the most
question that men should consider and give some thought. Maybe
important thing is where he (you) goes from here. Decide what
for some, it is money, boats, cars, bikes, or other nice possessions.
kind of a man and father you want to be, and consider some of the
Or it could be friendships, family, or romance.
roles and duties to be embraced. Men of Christendom are looked upon to lead their families to Jesus Christ while also nurturing and mentoring in everyday practical areas. The job description can be summed up as meeting their needs and a total commitment, or as Ephesians 5:25 says, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” It is an all-in job that actually sets an example to be emulated. The following are some statistics that are not surprising, easily acceptable, and probably predictable. According to a Focus on the Family study, if within a family, the father gets saved, there is a 72% chance the rest of the family will also. The mother gets saved, there is a 16% chance the rest of the family will also. A child gets saved, there is a 6% chance the rest of the family will also. According to Fatherhood.org, children who live in families
Romance? In order for instruction for Christian males to
without a father are: Seven times more likely to become pregnant,
be complete, space has to be given to discuss females and the
four times more likely to live in poverty, and two times more likely
appropriate treatment toward them and their relationships.
to drop out of high school.
Men and boys are to view women and girls as God does:
According to Focusonthefamily.com: 71% of high school
special. Men, young men, boys, take notice that women are to be
dropouts come from homes without fathers. 85% of youth in prison
valued, treasured, respected, and appreciated. They are the jewel
come from homes without fathers. 90% of homeless and runaway
of God’s creation. Man and the beasts came from the dust of the
children come from homes without fathers. 70% of teen suicides
ground, but not the woman, according to Genesis 2. She is not an
are in homes without fathers. Boys from homes with no fathers are
object, but she is a treasure: a jewel. Additional references can be
more likely to be involved in violence.
Good relationships are dependent on respect at the basic level. Of course, other relationships (with mother, sister, friend) are well
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About The Author
found in Genesis 2:7, 18, 20b-22, and 24.
Wayne Norton is a former collegiate track and field coach with his last 25 years at The University of Georgia 1990-2015. He is also an ordained elder assisting his pastor at his home church in Athens, GA. Him and his wife, Priscilla reside and serve the people of God in Athens, GA, where they have been since 1990.
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Strength of A Woman
by Jessica Mathis
ale and female: two words that seem
It is time for us as sisters—and brothers—
so simple to define, yet today’s culture
of Christ to get on our knees and pray. Our
has made two little words much more
government is slowly getting every biblical idea
complicated than they were intended to be. From the beginning of time, God chose
women to have a certain role, and in my opinion,
out of the White House. Our government is slowly becoming dangerous to every woman, child, brother, and sister in Christ.
that role is very important and distinguished. How special is it that we, as women, get to experience a tiny life growing inside our bellies? Our bodies are made to nurture and sustain another human being. Does that not amaze you? Women are full of emotions— sometimes our emotions can be over the top—but we are able to sympathize easier with others. We can be comforters to those who are hurting. When we think of a comforter, we think of Ruth in the Bible. Ruth dropped everything to be there for Naomi in her time of need. God used Ruth to be a comforter and true
Let us take all of what God specifically gave to
friend. God created women to be able to relate to
us as women and stand up for our rights. Let us
use our strength, emotional pull, and experiences
Women know how to put all of their struggles
to try and change our world and what it is
aside and get on with their day. All women,
becoming. Let us show our world what it really
whether a wife, employee, friend, or mother, have
means to be as strong as a woman.
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to power through and handle life, regardless of My name is Jessica Mathis. I am a blessed Christian, wife, stay-at-home mama, and part-time women’s advocate. I am just trying to raise a tiny human, one day at a time.
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Abundant Life Baptist Church 811 J and J, 30721 706-278-5289 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 706-694-8618 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 706-278-2911 Grace Baptist Church 2049 Lower Kings Bridge Rd, 30721 706-537-6884 Good Hope Baptist Church 2525 Lake Francis Rd, 30721 706-259-3719 Grove Level Baptist Church 2802 Cleveland Highway, 30721 706-259-8519
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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
1544 Rocky Face Railroad St, 30740 706- 226-5751 Salem Baptist Church 1448 Pleasant Grove Dr, 30721 706-259-7045 South Dalton Baptist Church 498 Lakemont Drive, 30720 706-278-4946 Shiloh Baptist Church 2014 East Waugh St, 30721 706-226-5981 Temple Baptist Church 2310 South Dixie Hwy, 30720 706-226-6785 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
Lifegate Church 2744 Cleveland Highway, 30721 706-259-0016 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 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 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
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 Dawnville UMC 1529 Spring Ln NE, 30721 706-259-5342 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 UMC 2701 Cleveland Highway, 30721 Sugar Valley UMC 503 Murry Hill Dr, 30720 706-280-9112 Trinity UMC 901 Veterans Dr, 30721 706-278-4042 Tunnel Hill UMC 706-673-4022 121 North Varnell Road Tunnel Hill, GA 30755 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 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
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Seventh-Day Adventist Church 706-517-5124 1115 Highway 52 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
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Some Benefits of A Grandparent ’m a mother to four (now grown – thanks be to God) children! I remember the countless days of trying to get parenting right. The burden of feeling like I was doing or saying things that were going to “mess up” my kids. The numerous nights I put my head on the pillow unsure of how I was going to continue with this motherhood thing when the sun came up. Parenting is hard. It is not for the faint-hearted or weakstomached. IT. IS. HARD. Having raised my own now, it gave me a whole new level of respect for my parents. The sacrifices they made. The hardships they endured. The schedules they had to juggle. Then, several years ago, I was elevated to the delightful role of Grandma! I had heard from others who entered that elite group before me that this relationship would be like no other. Rumor was that grandparents would do things for their grandchildren that they would never do for their own kids. I didn’t believe it. I secretly questioned those people’s salvation and thought they just needed more of Jesus. But then, it happened to me—my grandson was born and my brain turned to mush and my heart to putty as there was nothing I wouldn’t do for him. (“You want cake for breakfast, darlin’? Absolutely!!” I’d slice it and serve it up as my adult daughter sat there looking on, rolling her eyes at me as she recalled the days of mandated oatmeal.) My grandson is nearly 14 now and I’ve learned a few things over the years about the benefits of being a grandparent: We bring a supporting layer of stability. When you’re in the day to day flurry of raising children, you’re just trying to stay alive—mentally, physically, and financially. Grandparents have navigated that flurry and reached a place of stability and calm. We can provide a space for our grandchildren to just be themselves without “getting on someone’s last nerve.” We bring wisdom, experience, and insight. Obvious, I know, but that age gap between us and our grown children can prove to be so useful for our grandchildren as they grow and navigate life. We’ve spent enough years circling around the sun to know there’s nothing new under it.
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We provide love and acceptance…no matter what. Life is hard. As grandparents, we’ve lived long enough to know our grandchildren will be disappointed, hurt, and let down in this world. We bring an extra layer of love, an everattentive listening ear, and a great shoulder to cry on when our grandchildren need someone in their corner (having their favorite cookie available is always a plus, too).
We can supply an extra level of faith. Psalm 103:1718 says it so perfectly: “…the Lord’s faithful love is toward those who fear Him, and His righteousness toward the grandchildren of those who keep His covenant…” Paul noted the foundational importance of Timothy’s faith heritage as he said, “I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice…” (2 Timothy 1:5). As grandparents, we can never underestimate the influence we have on our grandchildren. Regardless of how often we physically get to see them, God has gifted us with a special place in their lives to help ground them (and cover them) in love, faith, and peace. Grandparents are a delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, wonderful stories, and love. ~Unknown
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by Kristen West
Kristen West works at Rock Bridge Community Church with a heart for staff leadership, development, and care. She is a communicator with a passion to inspire, encourage, and challenge others in their daily walk with Christ. She writes and publishes weekly content on her blog at kristen-west.com.
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More Projects With My Poppy
by Donald Cantrell
hose of you who read my articles know that I often
surprised to hear her talking about goals. I asked, “Why is
write about my granddaughter, who is the love of my
that?” And her reply was heartwarming. She said, “I used
life. As I am writing this article, it is Valentine’s Day,
to stay with you all the time, and now I want to spend more
and it was eight years ago today that my daughter and son-
time with you and do science projects.”
in-law were able to bring Kinsley home from the hospital. Today is also my daughter’s birthday, so it was a double
I could hardly see as I passed her house and made the quarter-mile drive toward my house. Fortunately, I am able
blessing to be able to bring that preemie baby girl home; she
to work from home as a pastor, so I am able to allow Kinsley
was 3.1 lb. at birth and had to gain a bit of weight before
to stay with me a lot, which is trying at times. The girl never
leaving East Ridge and heading for home. At the age of
runs out of energy, and she could live in water. She can mess
four months, my family trusted me to be her babysitter;
up a house in two minutes, but there will be a day when she doesn’t want to do “projects” with her poppy, so I will just clean more, laugh more, and enjoy her more. Spending time with a grandchild is the most wondrous thing a grandparent can do. There is something special about Kinsley’s New Year’s resolution: it was mainly just about time—she wants my time, and time is precious. It is precious to her and precious to me. As we live our lives from day to day, never forget that time spent with your family is like laying up treasures. The time I spend with Kinsley is precious to me; I have found a level of love with this girl that I never knew
they were obviously out of options. I went all in and was
existed. If we could have had grandkids first, we would
adamant that I could do it, so after reading lots of books
have bypassed having kids.
and watching lots of videos, I survived the baby stage, the
The next time you are on Facebook, look me up; there
terrible twos, the tragic threes, the fuming fours, the frantic
is a good possibility that you will find a video of Kinsley
fives, the sensitive sixes, the scary sevens, and now we are in
and me doing a science project. Each one of us has the gift
the entertaining eights, and I love it!’
of time, so spend a lot of it with your family; it is well worth
One day recently, I picked her up from school and was
with you.” So I asked her why, and she replied, “One of my goals this year is to spend more time with you.” I was a bit
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taking her home when she said, “Poppy, I am going home Donald Cantrell is a lifelong native of Murray county and has been pastoring and preaching since 1980. He has had the honor of publishing over thirty books and his sermon material is sold all over the world by various online companies. If you visit his house any weekend in the fall you will find them watching the “Florida Gators or the New England Patriots… Chomp Chomp.”
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Afraid To Try
by Heather Tate
fraid to try…afraid to fail…afraid to succeed! Do thoughts such as these keep you from stepping faithfully into the purpose or calling
God has placed on your life? Yes, these thoughts hinder my progress in God’s purpose! Maybe you feel the same.
When I try to move forward, I often feel fear and doubt. We need to remember fear and doubt are not given by God. Fear and doubt are from the enemy. I make them a me problem; then they become a heart problem. In what areas of your life where you feel the call of
I’ve taken some time to consider self-sabotage. I’m not
God on your heart do you find doubt keeping you from
speaking of conscious self-sabotage; no, it’s more the kind
moving forward? Look at those areas, and compare the
of self-sabotage the enemy tends to whisper in my ear to
calling and purpose you believe you are meant to do with
cause doubt and fear: fear that keeps me from moving forward in what I am supposed to do to fulfill my God-given purpose. I considered areas of my life where I might avoid progress toward my God-given purpose. I am afraid to try because I am afraid not only of failure but that I won’t succeed: more importantly, that I can’t keep up with success! Yep, I’m afraid of success! Let’s look at a verse about fulfilling our Godgiven purpose. The Christian Standard Bible (2017) says in Psalm 57:1-3, “Be gracious to me, God, be gracious to me, for I take refuge in you. I will seek refuge in the shadow of your wings until danger passes. I call to God Most High, to God who fulfills his
God’s Word. Then meditate on 1 Peter 1:13: “Therefore,
purpose for me. He reaches down from heaven and saves
with your minds ready for action, be sober-minded and set
me, challenging the one who tramples me. God sends his
your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at
faithful love and truth.”
the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Verse two says, “…God who fulfills his purpose for
Finally, rest in Colossians 3:23-24 as you do your work
me.” Knowing God fulfills His purpose for us, we can
for the Lord: “Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as
boldly move forward because His Word combined with
something done for the Lord and not for people, knowing
our faith gives us the power to fight a battle against the
that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the
enemy. James 1:5-6 says, “Now if any of you lacks wisdom,
Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.”
he should ask God—who gives to all generously and
I hope these words are both encouraging to you and
ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him. But let him
action-inspiring! May you be blessed as you venture boldly
ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the
into the purpose God has for you.
surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind.” The key is to ask “without doubting.” Our doubts do we, as believers, demolish our own progress with our doubt? We fail to take a step forward in faith.
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cause turbulence in our lives like a stormy sea. How often
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by Tammy Madden
ome people believe that there are no miracles in
of the night as they cry, or drying little tears with your
today’s world. Some say Jesus only performed
kisses. We have some friends that this happened to many
miracles back when He walked the earth. Well, I beg
times over. In 2005, this beautiful couple came together in
to differ. I am 54 years old, and I have seen miracle after
marriage and was blessed with a beautiful baby boy in 2006,
miracle in my lifetime. I have watched as life’s flight left
Sam. Sam was the light of their lives, but he was born with
the ground with my precious baby girl at 11 months old,
a heart defect. After many surgeries, Sam became too ill to
knowing she was fighting for every breath. They had given
survive without a heart transplant. The heart never came,
her two hours to live: BUT GOD! He stepped in and gave
and God called him home. Before God called him home, He
her a new heart. Before she got that heart, she sustained a
had blessed John and Tanja with another baby: a beautiful little girl, Emma Grace. Tanja asked God to please not let her home be quiet. She wanted to hear the laughter of children again in her home. This is where our God brought the miracle in!! This beautiful family decided to become foster parents. They became a miracle to more children than I can count: children that needed hugs and kisses and love in the middle of the night, children that otherwise would not have had anyone to hold them when they cried. They soon found out that the miracle God had for them was out of all of these babies, four of them found their forever home with this beautiful family. I can only imagine the smiles that Sam has in Heaven looking down on all his
severe brain injury and was supposed to be a vegetable for
brothers and sisters that he will one day run to in Heaven.
the rest of her life. That “vegetable” is now a senior in high
Miracles are all around us. They come in the form of
school. But let’s talk about just one miracle that happened to
just looking at the stars on a beautiful summer night. They
her during that six months in the hospital.
come in watching a newborn baby enter the world. They
The day my daughter got her heart, they had to do a
come in the form of a child’s little arms around your neck.
procedure on her old heart, not knowing yet that a heart
They come in the form of a child’s laughter as they stand in
would become available that very night. She began to bleed
the snow, catching snowflakes on their tongue. But they also
out. As fast as they were pumping blood in, it was coming
come in the form of watching a person with stage 4 cancer
right back out of the chest tubes. I remembered a verse in
suddenly be healed or a heart defect suddenly be gone. God
the Bible that my father had told me about growing up. That
is still on the throne. His miracles are still many and mighty.
verse is Ezekiel 16:6. We all began to read that verse and pray
So look around you today as you walk around town or as
for God to stop the blood. Within minutes, the doctor came
you are driving through the city. I promise you will see a
out to tell us that the blood had stopped instantly and they
miracle every day.
Sometimes God performs miracles that come in the form of the pitter-patter of little feet, holding a baby in the middle
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could not understand how. Oh, we knew exactly how: GOD!
My name is Tammy Madden. I live in the beautiful foothills of North Georgia in Chatsworth. I am married for 35 wonderful years to my amazing husband, Gene and we have a beautiful teenage daughter named Megan.
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On The Edge
by Monica Gambrell
rom my earliest memories, I have always slept on the
ourselves, yet we persist in inching our toes over the line in
very edge of the bed. It has never mattered which
the sand. We like to see how far we can push the envelope
side as long as I am right on the edge. Maybe it’s
and still walk in the light. Shame on us.
because it was easier to slip my arms and feet out from under the blankets—I don’t know. At any rate, this had never presented itself to be a problem until April of 2008. I was in the middle of a deep sleep when suddenly, I found myself on the floor. Somewhat angered by the splitting pain in my head, I felt to see if anything was broken. I had rarely
James 4:7: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Revelation 3:16: “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Acts 24:16: “So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.”
experienced pain so severe. Somehow, I had landed headfirst on my floor. Now, I have to be honest here: my mattress is roughly 36” from the floor, and my floors are covered in vinyl, so we’re talking about a really hard fall. My head had a fleshy “ridge” from brow to crown for days, my elbow, hip, and top of my hand were bruised badly, and my left knee was bloodied (never fully recovered from that). It was a little comical, if I do say so myself, to see my husband bolt out of bed in our blackened room to stumble around blindly attempting to turn on the light. And even then, he couldn’t find me immediately! I was not laughing, though. As I recall, it was more of a screeching howl. I remained a good half hour in the restroom trying to regain some measure of decorum before
1 Thessalonians 5:23: “May God himself, the God of
I went back to bed—this time not so close to the edge. A
peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole
couple of minutes later, my husband was awakened again—
spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our
this time because I was laughing uncontrollably. I told him
Lord Jesus Christ.”
that I couldn’t help feeling that if God was trying to take my
As long as we live, we will fight the battle against the
mind off of my continually troublesome shoulder by making
world, the flesh, and the devil. May we strive to be holy
everything else hurt, then I got the message. He didn’t think
as He is holy. Maybe your life (save one or two areas) is
that was the message. Truthfully, I didn’t either. The point
dedicated wholly to the Lord. That’s not enough. That’s
is, we sometimes live too close to the edge. Clear lines are
living on the edge. He gave His all for you; now you must
drawn. It is written in God’s Word how we are to conduct
give your all for Him.
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Three Things My Kids Taught Me
by Stephanie Shrum
h, the pitter-patter sound of tiny little feet running
helped her to see things differently. I never hesitated to go to
down the hallway. The prerequisite alarm that
their Heavenly Father from that point on.
alerts you—it’s time to get up—just before the
Prayer. This is the big one. Girls are precious. They
overly happy tiny humans invade your bed as though they
are sweet, whimsical creatures that leave a trail of glitter
were attacking the dawn. No more sleeping in. No more
everywhere they go. However, those precious little wonders
selfishness. Life has new meaning now. It revolves around
come with testing and trials as well. Through these, God
the demands set by another life form, not your own. Is it all
taught me not only the power of prayer but also how to
worth it? God thinks so.
pray. He took me to His Word, where I learned to claim the
Psalm 127:3 tells us that children are a gift from the
promises for my children that only He could foreknow that
Lord: a reward, even! Why would God say this? As I look back over the years of raising two girls, a few good reasons come to mind. Here are three things that my kids taught me, although I could list thousands more. Love. When I had my first daughter, I remember feeling overwhelmed with love for her. It was unbreakable and sacrificial. I often think that this must be a glimpse of what our Heavenly Father feels for us. When I became pregnant with my second daughter, I worried that I might not love her as much as the first. Not only did I love her as much as the first, I somehow
I would need. I found that God is faithful to His Word. We
loved them both even more. Each child is unique, as is a
are called to train our children in the way they should go. I
mother’s love for them. But somehow, it is also equally the
believe a mother’s love creates the tenacity that is required
same. Only God could make that happen.
to hang in there in those tough times, to fight for our little
Faith. The Bible teaches us that God will be a father to the fatherless. There were countless times when He proved this to be true. I recall one of my girls arguing with me. I
ones until they are old enough and trained to fight the good fight of faith for themselves. The overall lesson that I learned is that my world has been enriched by having them in it. I wouldn’t want it any
that He promised to be their Father. I asked Him to correct
His daughter. Shortly after, my daughter came to me with an apology. She explained that she heard a sermon that
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was very upset. I called out to the Lord and reminded Him
Stephanie Shrum is the ASA for PCM/ J103/ComeOnLetsGo ministries. She is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She is also the author/creator of the blog runninganegativesplit.com.
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Rupture And Repair
by Heather Medley, LPC
ll this is from God, who through
usually involves three things: the ability to identify
Christ reconciled us to himself and
there has been a rupture, the courage to move
gave us the ministry of reconciliation”
toward one another, and the humility to offer an
(2 Corinthians 5:18). Within the constructs of psychotherapy, there
apology or forgiveness. If a person can identify that there has been a break
is a simple yet profound idea called “rupture and
in connection, invite a conversation to reconcile, and
repair.” The term “rupture” describes when a person
offer either a sincere apology or forgiveness, repair is
experiences a loss of trust or connection with another. The term “repair” describes
well on its way. Although this concept is popular in modern psychology, it
the work two people need to do to regain trust and
did not begin there.
connection. The dance of
“Rupture and repair” is
rupture and repair is a
the underlying theme
determining factor in the
in all of Scripture.
survival of a relationship.
Beginning in Genesis, there was a rupture in
Most of us experience small ruptures off and on throughout each day. We yell at our child for being too slow putting on their shoes, a friend
the relationship between Adam and Eve and God in the garden of Eden, and Jesus completed the work to restore the
doesn’t respond well to a text, or our
connection. Matthew 5:23-24 gives
partner sarcastically says something
instructions to repair a relationship with
about us with passive aggression. All of these are tiny ruptures, but there are big
your friend before offering anything at the altar, and Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:18 says,
ruptures as well. A spouse has an affair, friends
“All this is from God, who through Christ
gossip about you to another friend, or a colleague
reconciled us to himself and gave us the
calls you stupid. Ruptures are unavoidable and can be harmful if left without care, but the ability to repair is the
ministry of reconciliation.” I am thankful for a God who gives us a model of repair and the hope that repair gives to all relationships.
sign of emotional maturity and the mark of thriving involved in the rupture do to reconcile and restore trust and connection. Repairing a relationship
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relationships. Repair is the work that the two people Heather Medley is a licensed professional counselor, speaker, and published author. She loves neuroscience research papers, bargain shopping, and laughter. She resides in Rome with her delightful kiddos and steady husband.
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itting just off I-75, exit 343, in Tunnel Hill, Georgia,
is a beautiful log front building that is home to the
uniquely awesome antique and collectible store,
that one or
Grumpy’s, owned by Mack and Linda Brindle. Grumpy’s
is a three level treasure trove of goodies for all generations
piece(s) at the
(young and old) and all collectors (Civil War to Star Wars
and everything in between).
The 65,000 square feet store is open seven days a week
he or she
from 10:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Saturday, and
12:00pm to 6:00pm on Sundays. Grumpy’s offers more than
most antique stores in the south. There are three levels of
our staff is
merchandise for sale, as well as classic cars and an antique
always willing to help load the heavy items and sometimes with even deliver (for a small fee). With over fifty diverse vendors, Grumpy’s carries a wide variety of merchandise with a price range that meets everyone’s needs. Our vendors rotate and restock their booths weekly, giving customers another reason to shop more often at what is becoming Whitfield County’s favorite antique mall. Our vendors recognize the need to satisfy customers and are just a telephone call away to accept reasonable offers. Plus, on any given day, customers may see that special booth sale that our vendors so generously apply to their wares to help defray the cost of purchases.
auction (held every second and fourth Saturday night of
Grumpy’s is that uniquely awesome place to shop.
each month). Expect to spend at least a couple of hours or
Classic cars, antiques, and collectibles—from Civil War to
more to peruse the merchandise and remember the past.
Star Wars—Grumpy’s has it all! It is definitely worth the trip
The friendly and knowledgeable staff (Barry, Terri, and
to investigate everything we have to offer—whether it is to
Peewee) have over fifty years of combined experience in the
be nostalgic or create new memories shopping with loved
“junkin” business. They will readily assist our customers
ones while shopping in our store.
in locating that “rare” piece they may be looking for, as well as help our customers get the best price possible for
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the customer’s new found “treasure.” Whether it be one of the many pieces of vintage Pyrex, Tupperware, cast iron, or jewelry (Terri’s specialities), or toys, vintage signs, or sporting memorabilia (Barry’s area of expertise), to Peewee’s knowledge of vinyl albums and more, our staff can
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Gò0dNews for Parents
A Mother’s Faith
by Rev. Brenda Dedmon
other’s Day was made an official holiday in
hymns, and my mother would sit at the piano and sing the
1914 when President Woodrow Wilson declared
hymns I played, which led me to be the pianist at church.
it a national holiday. On this day, there are
Paul wrote to Timothy, “What strikes me most is
more phone calls made than any other day of the year. It
how natural and sincere your faith is. I am convinced that
is second to Valentine’s Day in flower sales and one of the
the same faith that dwelt in your grandmother, Lois, and
biggest gifting holidays. Mother’s Day is a wonderful way
your mother, Eunice, abides in you as well” (2 Timothy 1:5).
to honor mothers; however, is it only about the commercialization that we see today? Let us explore some faith ideas of how important a mother is to the family today. Proverbs 22:6 is a verse that describes how mothers will be a great influence on their children: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.” This verse reminds me of my mother as her life was an example of God’s love in parenting me. She helped me to understand how to discover what God’s plan was for my life. She encouraged me to be creative, explore, and reach for the highest goals. At the age of 4, I discovered a “pretend friend” named
Paul reminded Timothy how his grandmother and mother’s faith was an important influence in how he lived his faith.
Charlotte. We did everything together, and most days, she
They provided the spiritual foundation he needed to be who
would eat lunch with us. We each had our favorite plates
God designed him to be.
that mother would put on the table. Some of her friends
What will your child remember about you? Are you
thought she should not let me play with a pretend friend.
providing Christian values that will be an example for
She would reply, “I see a lot of creativity with her playing
them to follow? Are you starting your child off on the way
they should go? Will your child remember faith lessons
When I was in first grade, I signed myself up for piano
you demonstrated in your life? Are you helping your child
lessons. I told the teacher at school my mother wanted me
discover that they are “fearfully and wonderfully made”
to take piano. She gave me a list of prices. I gave that to
(Psalm 139:14)? Celebrate your faith this Mother’s Day with
my mother and told her that she wanted me to take piano.
much of a desire. A few years later, I was beginning to play
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My mother decided to let me explore piano since I had that Rev. Brenda Dedmon is the retired director of the Children’s Learning Center, First Baptist of Dalton and an avid Roll Tide fan.
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Politics In Public
by Eddie Turner
ccording to the Book of Proverbs, drinking alcohol
Whenever you’re engaged in a political boxing match,
is described as a very risky activity that Christians
know that God is not in the ring with you, nor is He
are urged not to do in public (or at all) for its
fighting alongside your opponent. There’s no one political
ability to stain our credibility as proclaimers of Christ.
party that God considers good. How do we know this? It’s
Given the hostile nature of politics today, it’s a given that
because God’s definition of “good” is perfection. To Him,
publicly aligning ourselves with political parties can have
a thing cannot be called good if it is even 1% not good.
the same effect. Yet we are often outspoken and even drag
And so, being that you and I are among the things that are
Jesus into our claims that one party is “more right” than
not good, we can be certain that the institutions we create
another. Is this really the right thing to do? Something tells
based on our human ways of thinking are equally flawed.
me it’s not. And that something is the Bible.
So while abortion is clearly wrong according to Scripture,
Shortly before our most recent presidential election, I witnessed a heated argument on Facebook that erupted
being opposed to a political party that embraces it does not give us clearance to cast the first stone.
from a moderately civil discussion about politics between
“There is none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10).
two outspoken Christians. The statement that lit the burner
In heaven, we will live and worship alongside people
expressed the writer’s bewilderment over how a person
who voted differently than we did. Instead of being at
could call themselves a Christian and yet support a political
odds with one another, we will behave like fans of a
party that favors the pro-choice position concerning
winning college football team whose common bond of
abortion. Not only did this statement give away the party
victory causes high-fives and hugs to erupt between total
that this person was loyal to, it questioned the salvation of
strangers. As we anxiously await our day of redemption,
others who supported opposing political parties. And, as
may we love one another instead of attacking our fellow
expected, others began to join in the fight. When the smoke
brothers and sisters in Christ for their ideals that are just
had finally cleared, disappointment over the tarnished
as imperfect as our own. While I do believe we should
witness of each person involved was all that was achieved.
embrace the privilege of aligning our convictions with our
Instead of arguing from a biblical standpoint, right and
votes at the polls, we would do well to remain mum about
wrong were attributed to human politics.
the parties we support and, instead, invest our energy in
“But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless” (Titus 3:9).
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Safety In A Burrow
by Jennifer Cobb
have always wanted my kids to have an appreciation
burrow to burrow to just peek inside to see if there was
for nature and how God has created nature to be
anything in there. As a homeschool mom, in my finest
present in our daily lives. For a little over three
homeschool mom moments, we turned this trip into
years, we were a part of a nature enriched homeschool
something educational. Before we went, we discussed
program. It was honestly one of the best decisions I
the animals that may live there in that area, and we read
ever made for us all to get out of our comfort zone.
books about the specific animals. One book discussed
Due to that program, we not only learned more about
how the Gopher tortoise homes were sometimes shared by other animals and could house up to 365 different animals at different times! We were walking on the Gopher Tortoise Trail, and we came upon a burrow where we finally saw a Gopher Tortoise! It also had a snake in the burrow with it! We really did get lucky, because we did not find anymore, just that one that day, and it really was sharing its burrow with another animal. This idea made me think of our lives today. There is so much anger and animosity in the World for just thinking differently or having different values. As we are left fighting amongst ourselves, instead of focusing on the things
learned about the wild edibles you can eat, the seasons
that are holy and righteous, we can learn from animals
in which they grow, and how to turn a nature lesson
that don’t belong together how to find safety in a
into anywhere you visit. We recently went on a family
burrow. Another animal’s home; that is opened up to
camping trip to a local Georgia State Park. At this
help protect those that are not alike. Isn’t that how we
specific State Park, it is known for Indigo snakes and
are supposed to live to show Jesus’ love to others, no
Gopher tortoises. The park recently had a controlled
matter the differences?
burn, which allowed us to further see the actual Gopher tortoise burrows. So my kids had a blast going from
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our environment and how to take care of it, but we
Jennifer Cobb is a stay at home Mom to two beautiful girls and wife to her Godsend. She enjoys coffee and nature walks.
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his is a fast and easy meal my family loves and it’s great to pair with a salad! This a great meal when
you don’t have a lot of time to prep beforehand.
1. Chop potatoes into cubes.
2. Cut onion, pepper, and carrots according to preference.
• 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3. Place vegetables into a greased baking dish.
• 6 red potatoes
• 1 cup of carrots
4. Place chicken breasts on top of vegetables.
• 1 large onion
5. Pour Italian dressing and sprinkle the ranch seasoning over everything.
• 1 packet of ranch seasoning
6. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until done, at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
• 1 green bell pepper
• 1/2 a cup of Italian dressing
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The New Normal
by Amy Oyler
he new normal.” How many times have we
you do the same. There may not be anything particularly
heard this phrase over the past year? Many of
great about a random Tuesday in August. But if we pay
the protocols and safety procedures that we
attention…maybe there could be.
have had to adapt to during the pandemic have become
All of this brings me back to my original thoughts
so commonplace that we have started to call this time our
about normality. With so much upheaval, isolation,
new normal. At the same time…we still want to “get back to
anxiety, and grief in the past year or more, we find
normal.” We want to do things without certain restrictions
ourselves now living for the normal. We are desperate for
and without the fear of spreading a dreaded disease that
the very times we once thought mundane and maybe even
has ravaged our world. We certainly want to participate in
boring! Just for the sake of feeling safe again, we long for
events that have been canceled over the past year as well. Considering this made me think of the liturgical calendar and the periods known as Ordinary Time. In this case, however, “ordinary” does not mean “normal” or “routine”. According to the official website of The United Methodist Church, the denomination to which I belong, it refers to the "ordinal numbers" (first, second, third, etc.) used to name and count the Sundays, like the Third Sunday after Epiphany for instance. There are two periods of Ordinary Time in our liturgical calendar: one is between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday, and the other is
ordinary activities. Even going to the grocery store or a
from Pentecost to Advent. Even though these periods do
restaurant may be a welcome distraction from the isolation
not technically mean “ordinary” or “normal”, they feel
we have been subjected to for the past year. Hugging a
that way. They are the times between the special times. No
friend or family member means more to us now. Attending
holidays, no big celebrations. Just our regular, run-of-the-
church in person is a joy. Anything that makes us feel like
mill times. Filler.
ourselves again is a blessing.
Aren’t we sometimes guilty of living for the special
Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us each day our daily
occasions? I know my favorite time of year is from
bread.” Our day-to-day lives are important, not just filler.
October to December. I eagerly anticipate this time every
While we may always be fans of holidays and special
year. Fall, football games, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
occasions, I pray that we can leave this pandemic with a
Those are the times to look forward to! Do I miss the
new appreciation for the simple joys of a normal day.
take them for granted because I am looking past the inbetween times to the special occasions. Maybe some of
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beauty of the times in between? Maybe I do. Perhaps I Amy Oyler is a member of Rush Chapel United Methodist Church. She is wife to Jason, a dentist, and mother to Tanner, Timothy, and Thomas. A former English teacher, she enjoys working with the youth at Rush Chapel and “floating” where God leads her!
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“I Remember the Days of Old” (Ps. 143:5). . . But Do We Really?
his month, we observe Memorial Day. So as we take the time to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom, I thought it might be a good time to take a closer look at our memories. As we do, I would like focus on what we DO remember, versus what we SHOULD remember. Memories can be tricky because we often look at the past burdened by the weight our own emotional baggage. Sometimes our memories have “honey” on them. I have attended funerals of people whose real life barely resembled the life celebrated in the eulogy. When we view memories through pain, it can cause us to see our past experiences in an overly negative light. In Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town, one of the main characters, Emily Webb, dies in childbirth. There is a scene of the dead talking to one another in the graveyard. Emily is asked about the most favorite day in her life, and she replies it was her twelfth birthday. She is then given the opportunity to revisit that day and watch the events unfold. To her dismay, she observes that her family and friends were focused on mundane, unimportant matters, while seemingly missing out on the preciousness of life. She finally exclaims in frustration, “Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?” Think about the defining moments in your life. What memories naturally comes to mind? How many are happy? How many are painful? Now ask yourself, how many of them have eternal value? This is when we move from what we DO remember to what we SHOULD remember. One of the key words in the book of Deuteronomy is “remember.” As Moses prepares the Israelites to occupy the Promised Land, he constantly exhorts them to remember what God has done for them. Deuteronomy 8:2, “And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he
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might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not (ESV). We see two important truths here. The first is that God preserved Israel in the wilderness, even when the journey was difficult. The second truth is more profound. The difficulty of the journey was a part of God’s plan to
mold them into a people who were totally dependent on him. Unfortunately, like the characters in Wilder’s play, the Israelites were distracted by daily concerns. They preferred to focus on things like food and water and even who was in charge. Quickly forgetting that God defeated the most powerful nation on earth to free them from slavery, they got lost in the details of day, and they even lost sight of their goal—the Promised Land. So, the next time you visit your memories—pleasant or painful, make sure to look for God’s activity in the middle of all of them, and rejoice in his continued presence with you.
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salm 91:1: “He that dwelleth in the secret
protected. No harm will come to us, and we
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the shadow of the Almighty.”
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Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he
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