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GoodNews from the Pastor’s Desk 8 In Praise of Plodders by Donald Cantrell GoodNews Money Matters 10 Presidential Elections and the Stock Market by Granger Hughes GoodNews for Men 12 Stripping Away Religious Pretense for Genuine Faith by Paul McGuire GoodNews for Mothers 14 Roots, Wings, and an Anchor by Jan Merop GoodNews for Kids 16 The Shoebox by Charles Finney GoodNews for Relationships 18 Quick Decisions by Danette Reeves GoodNews for Everyone 20 Of Sticks and Stones: Exodus 3-4 & Joshua 5-8 by Dr. Rob Debelak GoodNews Cover Story 24 Coming Soon: Spring Carnival at the North Georgia Fairgrounds GoodNews for Everyone 28 How Many Gods Do You Have? by Dr. Alan Hix GoodNews for Prayer Warriors 30 I Prayed and Things Got Worse by Kristen West GoodNews for your Taste Buds 32 A Breakfast Surprise for Mother’s Day GoodNews Poetry 34 Fight the Good Fight by Judy Hood GoodNews Business Spotlight 36 Pest Mosquito Authority GoodNews for Health & Fitness 38 Seeking Wellness by Richard Eberhart GoodNews for Parents 40 Even Children Can Live For Jesus by Leslie Nolen Bennett GoodNews for Seniors 42 My Journey of Faith Includes a Bus! by Mary Wanda Lindsey 14 24 42 Contents MAY 2024
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In Praise of Plodders

“Small have continual plodders ever won…” —William Shakespeare

Ithink “The Ole Bard” was woefully wrong in his assessment of plodders, because in the race between “The Tortoise and The Hare,” we all know the plodder won the race, right? The race does not always go to the swift, especially if that race is a marathon or even longer.

Recently, I was reading a story concerning “plodders” and learned about a man named “Cliffy.” The guy was 61 years of age when he signed up to run an “Ultra-Marathon” which was 544 miles in length and would take over 5 days of running. This potato farmer signed up to run the race out of his love for running. The race would begin in a parking lot in Sydney, Australia, and end in another parking lot in Melbourne, Australia.

Cliff Young was a potato farmer and was raised on a farm that had 2,000 sheep on a 2,000-acre farm. He would often run for days herding those sheep. He was a plodder. They mocked him when he showed up to run in his rubber work boots, along with sweat pants, with holes cut in them, to cool him off and he also ran without his dentures, because they rattled as he ran.

in Australia, where his hometown honored him by building a stone statue with a rubber boot upon a rock adorned with a small plaque.

Upon winning the race, Cliffy found out there was a $10,000 award awaiting him, but he quickly spread that money among the other runners, not even keeping anything

for himself. Before his running career was over, Cliff Young held 6 world records for ultra-distance running.

“Cliffy” the laughingstock of the race was left in the dust, as the world-class athletes were hours ahead of him on that first day. The other runners would race for 18 hours and sleep for 6, but not Ole Cliff, he just ran along with no sleep and no rest. In time, he would overtake each and every runner.

Cliff Young did not really even run. He merely shuffled his feet, but he could do the “Young Shuffle” for day after day. He completed that race in 5 days, 15 hours and 4 minutes. He beat the second-place runner, who was a world-class long-distance runner, by a whopping 10 hours and beat the previous world record by two full days. Cliff Young was a plodder, but he became an overnight sensation

The race of life does not always go to the swift but to the plodder. I think that plodders can make great dads, great husbands, great wives, great students, great Christians, and great people who contribute to life, day in and day out.

I love the writings of Shakespeare, but “The Ole Bard” was wrong. Galatians 6:9 KJV says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

The Christian life is a race, not a 100-yard sprint, but a marathon. I challenge each of you to “plod on!”

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Money Matters

e have had several of our clients and individuals who have attended our educational classes ask us about our thoughts on how the upcoming presidential election may or may not affect the stock market and their investments.

Granger sat down for a Q&A on this topic to answer some of our most popular questions.

1. How do presidential elections typically impact the stock market?

• Presidential elections can introduce uncertainty, which may lead to short-term market volatility. However, historical data suggests that over the long term, markets tend to trend upward regardless of the election outcome.

2. Are certain sectors more affected by presidential elections than others?

• Yes, sectors such as healthcare, energy, and financials can be particularly sensitive to election outcomes due to potential policy changes affecting regulations, taxes, and government spending.

3. What role does investor sentiment play in market fluctuations during elections?

• Investor sentiment can heavily influence market movements during elections. Optimism or pessimism about a candidate's economic policies can lead to buying or selling pressure in the markets.

4. How do market analysts assess the potential impact of election results on the economy?

• Analysts study the candidates’ proposed policies and their potential effects on key economic indicators such as GDP growth, inflation, and interest rates to gauge the likely impact on different sectors and asset classes.

5. Are there any historical trends that investors should be aware of regarding markets and election years?

• Historically, markets have shown a tendency to be more volatile in the months leading up to an election but tend to stabilize once the outcome is known. However, each election cycle is unique, and past performance is not indicative of future results.

6. Should investors make significant changes to their portfolios based on election predictions?

• Making significant portfolio changes based solely on election predictions can be risky. It's essential for investors to maintain

a diversified portfolio aligned with their long-term financial goals rather than reacting to short-term political events.

7. How do international markets react to U.S. presidential elections?

• U.S. presidential elections can have ripple effects on international markets due to the interconnectedness of the global economy. Changes in U.S. policies and economic outlook can influence investor sentiment and market dynamics worldwide.

8. What are some potential risks associated with investing during election years?

• Some risks include increased market volatility, policy uncertainty, and the possibility of unexpected geopolitical events impacting markets. It's crucial for investors to stay informed and maintain a disciplined approach to investing during election cycles.

9. How can investors mitigate risks and capitalize on opportunities during election years?

• Investors can mitigate risks by maintaining a well-diversified portfolio, staying informed about potential policy changes, and avoiding knee-jerk reactions to short-term market fluctuations. Additionally, they can capitalize on opportunities by identifying undervalued assets or sectors that may benefit from election-related developments.

10. What should investors keep in mind when navigating the markets during presidential elections?

• Investors should focus on their long-term financial objectives, stay informed about political and economic developments, and avoid making emotionally driven investment decisions. Maintaining a disciplined approach and seeking professional advice when needed can help navigate the markets effectively during election years.

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Stripping Away Religious Pretense for Genuine Faith

Could it be the stain (that which presents a uniform appearance) of religion has hidden the real sin in the religious man? Think of a wood stain. One purpose of well stained, finished wood is to even out the color of the wood, thus hiding certain irregularities and making the appearance more uniform. It is that kind of sameness which seeks to obscure the spots of sin. That uniformity becomes the standard for the man, rather than the penetrating gaze of the Holy Spirit’s close examination according to the Father’s standard. When the coloring and stain is stripped away, the man’s true hypocrisy is exposed. “All things are naked and open before Him” (see Hebrews 3:13).

We mustn’t be as Adam was when he tried to hide in the clothes of excuses. Father knows who and what we are, and what we look like without that blending, religious stain. What He sees as beautiful is often what we carry as shame. He sees what He can change, how He can enhance the faults and blemishes, which will then bring honor to Him and an unexpected beauty to our lives.

What are these “stains” used by religion? In part, they are the views, opinions, practices and man-made theologies behind which a broken person can hide. They provide covering: “I will expose this much, then hide the rest behind my beliefs.” (Or as Adam attempted, behind these fig leaves!) We, by these, connect to an ideology rather than to Christ Jesus. We then worship our concept of who He is,

making ourselves comfortable within that or our definition.

However, Father’s rules and regulations for life apply uniformly to all men. We cannot just pick out the ones we like and push aside the ones we don’t like, and create our own religion - not if we truly want to know Him, and to receive His Benefits. God loves each one of us individually. Before Him, there is no reason to try to hide. He looks on our humanity and loves us, calling us to Himself so He can “fix” us where we are broken. Our own images of ourselves bring a loathing and a level of condemnation that He does not apply to us. Our ideas hide the “illness” of sin. Our Father’s Idea is to make us perfect in His sight by dealing directly with those issues, applying His mighty redemptive grace and loving, transformative power. Jesus’ work breaks the power of sin in us and over us. There is no reason to hide. We are welcome to run into Papa’s open arms - just as we are!

Religion seeks to craft ways for us to hide our faults and frailties, for us to justify being broken and by designing a pathway of excuses for our brokenness, sometimes even averting guilt for our failures. Father once remarked to me, “I am aware of sin and I know of man’s sin. But I am more concerned about the effects of sin on man.”

“The wages of sin is death,” wrote the Apostle Paul, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (see Romans 6:23).

Without religious trappings, come to Jesus as you are, right now. Receive Jesus’ redemptive work for your life. Just come. In His presence, you can work out the solutions to the problems you have, without condemnation. Don’t try to hide a single thing. To sum it up, here’s an easy way to remember: the Father might say, “I do not call perfect men, I call men to perfect.”

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Roots, Wings, and an Anchor

When a child has one parent leave, his biggest concern is knowing that the other parent will stay. As the staying parent, I had to answer those tough questions from my pre-school child.

He was seeking stability in the roots of his family. Would those roots dig deeply enough to keep him emotionally secure and physically protected? I prayed and trusted God to help me give him security.

As he grew, he began to inch out for some independence wanting to walk to school with a friend and sometimes alone. I held back for a while until one day I realized I needed to trust him and God as I let go in small, appropriate ways.

At first, I walked with him part way. Later, he walked alone in the same direction I’d travel to my parttime job. I’d ‘catch up’ with him as I slowly drove by. Seeing his progress, I’d wave and drive on – praying fervently– knowing he was testing his wings.

Roots and wings develop healthy self-confidence – two keys moms hold in their hands.

Their roots and wings will be more effective when their anchor in God holds fast. With faith in God through an abiding relationship with Jesus Christ, our children can face the storms that may threaten their roots or render them incapable of flying for a time.

As moms, we have the awesome privilege of training our children in the things of the Lord and helping them get to know God personally. As we love God with all

By creating a loving, nurturing, and safe home where our children are cherished, they dig deep roots. This is home and it is good. This is family and family loves, cares and protects.

Once a child feels secure at home, his ‘wings’ itch to spread a bit further. By giving our children appropriate freedoms according to their age, abilities, and trustworthiness, we have turned the key to self-confidence and adventure.

But, there is another key that is essential. That key opens the door to grounding them spiritually.

our heart, soul and strength, we can teach our children by our words and behavior as seen in Deuteronomy 6:7 NKJV, where it says, “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”

Roots, wings, and an anchor for the soul – three keys a mom needs on her key ring. Selah.

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About The Author
Jan has been writing her weekly inspirational column, Pause...and Consider, for over 30 years, joyfully encouraging others in their Christian walk. She and her husband Ken have lived in Cleveland for about one year. They enjoy hospitality, Bible study, and walking and hiking in God’s marvelous creation. They have three married sons and five grandchildren and belong to the Church at Grace Point.
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The Shoebox

In a small village nestled amidst rolling hills, lived a humble cobbler named Ezekiel. Known for his remarkable craftsmanship, Ezekiel was renowned throughout the land for his ability to create the most exquisite pairs of shoes. Each pair was a work of art, carefully handcrafted with love and dedication.

One sunny morning, a peculiar incident occurred that would forever change Ezekiel's life. As he was strolling through the village market, an elderly woman approached him with a weathered shoebox in her hands. She had a weary look upon her face, as if burdened by the weight of her past.

Intrigued, Ezekiel kindly inquired about the shoebox. The woman, her voice filled with sadness, explained that it belonged to her late husband, a shoemaker himself, who had passed away many years ago. Inside the box lay a pair of unfinished shoes, a poignant reminder of his unrealized dreams.

Touched by the woman's story, Ezekiel made a solemn promise to her. He would complete the shoes, breathing life into her husband's aspirations, and give them the beauty they deserved. With the shoebox cradled in his hands, Ezekiel returned to his humble workshop.

With a mixture of excitement and trepidation, Ezekiel presented the shoes to the elderly woman. Tears welled up in her eyes as she gazed at the exquisite pair before her. It was as if her husband's spirit had been resurrected through Ezekiel's hands. She gratefully slipped her feet into the shoes and felt an indescribable warmth, as if her heart had found solace.

Word of Ezekiel's extraordinary act of kindness spread like wildfire throughout the village. People marveled at the power of his craftsmanship and the profound impact he had made on the woman's life. The shoebox became a symbol of hope, reminding everyone that dreams, no matter how forgotten or unfinished, could still be realized. In the years that followed, Ezekiel's workshop flourished. He became a mentor to aspiring shoemakers, passing on his knowledge and inspiring them to pursue their own dreams. The shoebox remained a constant presence in his workshop, a reminder of the transformative power of compassion and the ability to breathe life into forgotten dreams.

Days turned into weeks as Ezekiel poured his heart and soul into the unfinished shoes. He meticulously handpicked the finest materials, carefully stitching and shaping them into a masterpiece that honored the legacy of the woman's late husband. With each stitch, he felt a profound connection to the craftsman who had come before him.

Finally, the day arrived when Ezekiel unveiled the completed shoes. They were a sight to behold, radiating a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Their flawless design and impeccable craftsmanship were a testament to Ezekiel's talent and the unwavering love he had poured into their creation.

And so, the legacy of Ezekiel and the shoebox lived on, touching the lives of countless individuals who sought solace and inspiration. Acts of kindness, like Ezekiel's, have a way of echoing through time, reminding us of the profound impact we can have when we embrace the dreams and aspirations of others.

As Acts 7:33 KJV says, “Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground.” In Ezekiel's case, the true holiness lay not in the ground, but in the love and compassion he poured into his craft and the lives he touched along the way.

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Quick Decisions

How often do I react in the heat of the moment and later think, “Why did I do that?” or “Did I say that?” I react based on my feelings. Emotions are not wrong, but when not submitted to Holy Spirit, they can lead us into temptation: temptation to disobey God’s Word. This can negatively impact our lives in general, but it can be especially detrimental within our marriages and relationships. Learning to handle our emotions wisely can make a huge difference in our lives.

God Himself expresses emotions in Scripture. He feels compassion (Psalm 103:13), anger (Romans 1:18), love (John 3:16), hate (Proverbs 6:16), grief (Psalm 78:40 & 41), jealousy (Joshua 24:19), and joy (Zephaniah 3:17). His expressed emotions are pure and perfect—no hidden motives, no manipulations, pure and perfect.

I am not pure nor perfect. My sinful nature influences my emotions, with “self” at the center. I usually find myself in difficult circumstances when I allow my emotions to be the GPS for decisions. There is good news: God offers hope!

Romans 12:2 TLV states, “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” In Ephesians 4: 22-24 TLV, we read, “With respect to your former lifestyle, you are to lay aside the old self corrupted by its deceitful desires, be renewed in the

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spirit of your mind, and put on the new self—created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

God has changed me from unrighteousness to righteousness through the blood of Jesus Christ. He has taken a sinner and made me a saint. However, that sinful nature tries to slither back into control of my thoughts and emotions. Proverbs 2 tells me to seek true wisdom. While seeking wisdom, I will discover the knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:1-5). Then what does God do? He gives wisdom, He shields, He guards, and He protects. (Proverbs 2:6-8). Our foundation for wise decisions is in Proverbs 2:9-10 TLV: “Then you will discern what is right, and just and fair—every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.”

We have a choice every moment: seek man’s wisdom or God’s wisdom. Man’s wisdom says to act on our emotions. We have the right to spew out whatever we think. We can be rude and expect everyone to bow to our desires. Go faster than the

speed limit, be impatient at traffic lights, and be pushy to get the sale item. Me! Me! Me! OR…we can choose God’s wisdom. Be long-suffering with others, putting others before ourselves, searching Scripture, and responding in a manner that reflects our Savior.

Only when I seek God and His wisdom constantly and consistently will I be able to make good, Godly, quick decisions. I don’t always have time to think about the situation before words stream from my mouth. I need to fill my mind with Scripture and I need Holy Spirit to fill my heart with Himself and to change my desires from self to God. Only then will my quick decisions be Godly decisions and have a positive impact on my marriage, my relationships, and my life.

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Of Sticks and Stones: Exodus 3-4 & Joshua 5-8

Dr. Rob Debelak

Moses and Joshua were leaders of godly conviction. Deeply spiritual men, each interacts with God’s messenger (Exodus 3:2; Joshua 5:13), both stood on holy ground, removing their footwear (Ex 3:5; Josh 5:15), and in unwavering faith saw God topple daunting opponents (Ex 3:7-14; Josh 6-8). The initial pair of confrontations each faced employed earthen

symbols of judgment. Respectively, God initiates decisive acts by Moses’ staff; in Joshua, critical victories conclude with stones.

Moses: Staff

Asking Moses what he holds (Ex 4:2), God transforms his staff into a snake (4:3-5). By this piece of wood, Egyptian oppression is deconstructed as water becomes blood (7:17), gnats swarm (8:16-17), hail falls (9:23), and locusts cover the land (10:13). The sea parts and pharaoh’s forces are vanquished with the tree limb (Ex 14-15). Amalekite marauders are thwarted when Moses raises the shepherd’s tool in a prolonged hold while seated on a rock (17:8-16). The scenes emphasize tyrants, terrain, and time are all subject to God.

Succeeding Moses (Deuteronomy 34:9), Joshua’s consecutive military engagements highlight the sustained extension of a spear and repeated mention of stones as signs of judgment.

Joshua: Stones

Jericho lay in ruins (Joshua 6). Obedient to the LORD’s word, Joshua silently marched Israel’s fighting men around the stronghold (6:1) –once daily for six days (6:6-15). On the seventh day, the same path was traveled seven times (6:16-20). Ram horns sounded by priests were accompanied by warrior cries, and the city collapsed (6:45). Not a single man of Israel’s ranks was reported lost.

Joshua warned his troops against taking spoils of war – in this

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case, these were reserved for God (6:18-19). Unknown to the military commander, this prohibition was secretly violated. As a result, when Ai was attacked, Israel tragically lost 36 men near stone quarries (7:1-5). Distraught, Joshua prays for discernment (7:6-18), and the guilty party is discovered. Choosing identification with those under judgment, Achan, like a city reduced to rubble, was judged by stoning and buried beneath a pile of rocks (7:19-26).

Ai (“rubbish heap”) remained under God’s judgment (8:1-2). Strategic plans for ambushing the city positioned a contingent of Israel’s forces behind the target (8:3-4). At the same time, Joshua led a frontal assault (8:5). Feigning retreat with the enemy soldiers in hot pursuit, the ruse produced a false sense of security (8:6-7). The city was vulnerable by luring Ai’s defense into the open (8:14-17). At God’s order, Joshua signals his men by pointing a javelin – a stick (8:18). Like Moses lifting his staff over a sea or a battlefield (Exodus 14 and 17:8-16), Joshua sustains the raised spear until Ai is overcome (8:26). Ai’s king hangs on a tree (Deuteronomy 21:22-23), buried later that day under a heap of stones (Joshua 8:29).

Powerful Symbols

Vast resources (Egypt), immense aggression (Amalek), power structures (Jericho), enormous sin (Achan), or formidable foes (Ai) are no match for God. Using literary art, illustrating stalwart conviction in arenas of conflict communicates that teaching the faith is taken seriously. Even small details, like sticks and stones, stress the importance of trusting God and avoiding downfall.

That puts a young shepherd boy in good company (1 Samuel 17)! Like his ancestors, he stood on a hot battlefield facing a massive problem. His opponent taunted him for coming to the fight armed with a dog’s toy (v 43 a stick). David, though, brought a heart burning with confidence in God (v 46)! Loading a single stone into his sling (v 49)…he rocked the giant to sleep.

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The 29th Annual Spring Carnival at the North Georgia Fairgrounds in Dalton, Georgia will be held May 16-26, 2024.

This year, the carnival will explode with colors, laughter, music, exciting rides, and the irresistible aroma of sweet and savory treats, marking another unforgettable chapter in its vibrant history.

“We are so excited about our 29th Annual Spring Carnival. We hope that each of you will be able to join us in the festivities this year. As always with your gate admission, you will get to enjoy all of our quality shows and stage entertainment for FREE,” declares General Manager, Rick Pippin.

Rhythms and Rides

Great local talent is lined up for the stage this year. On Friday, May 17th, there will be two bands out of Georgia performing. From 6-8 pm, Rockwood will be performing and from 8-10 pm, Double Granite will take the stage. On Saturday, May 18th Bettin the Mule out of Calhoun, GA will be performing from 8-10 pm.

If you don’t get to make it the first weekend, don’t worry, you will have another chance. There is even more great talent lined up for the very next weekend. On Friday, May 24th a local Dalton, GA band called Stuck in the Ridges will perform from 6-8 pm. Following them from 8-10 pm, a local artist is taking the stage. Award-winning, singersongwriter Josh Bearden will be performing. Josh is an International Singer Songwriter Association multi-award winner. On Saturday, May 25th, two of Dalton's most popular bands will perform. R&P Band will be on stage from 6-8 pm and then, the Buckner Brothers will continue the great entertainment from 8-10 pm.

The Modern Midways will once again be the midway vendor; they offer some of the finest rides in the midway entertainment. This year they will bring two new rides, The Giant Wheel and Pharoh’s Fury.

Come Hungry

Come out and be ready to have some great fun! Don't forget to come hungry so you can enjoy all of the delicious carnival food like sweet, sticky cotton candy, crispy-onthe-outside-but-fluffy-on-the-inside funnel cakes, freshly

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Details to Plan Ahead

The gates will open at 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, and at 1:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Save money on your tickets by purchasing the Mega Pass during our advance sales. The Mega Pass will include both admission and unlimited rides, good for any one day of the Spring Carnival. Advanced ticket sales will start on April 20th. Tickets can be purchased at the website, www.northgafair. com, or through a link on the Facebook page.

You’ll find the fairgrounds located at 500 Legion Drive, Dalton, Georgia. Check out the venues and remember that they are available for rent. Do you have a party coming up? Maybe a gathering or family reunion? Why not consider the fairground venues for your next event? Call (706) 278-1712 for more information.

Now and Then

“For the newcomers, it’s fun to know the history of the 29th Annual Spring Carnival and what’s brought us to this point,” Frankie Shipman, Secretary, explains.

In the Spring of 1949, after years of war and the great depression, the North Georgia Fair Association was organized to conduct annual fairs in Whitfield County. It held its inaugural fair on October 17-22, 1949, and remains a cultural tradition.

Several years later the management and directors decided to bring another big event to the fairgrounds. In the Spring of 1995, the fairgrounds held their first Spring Carnival. For several years the Spring Carnival was held as a four-day event. In 2021, the decision was made to change the Spring Carnival to an eleven-day event giving the people of Dalton, Georgia, and the surrounding area, two full weekends of great entertainment and rides to enjoy. Now here in the year 2024, the Spring Carnival is still bringing joy and excitement to the Dalton area.

H. Burl Scoggins Scholarship

Today, the fair offers a valuable community service for Northwest Georgia through its recognition of those seeking to improve agricultural standards, its promotion of education, and its stimulation of youthful participation. For the past thirty-three years, the fair has honored one of its organizers, the late H. Burl Scoggins, by presenting a $1000 scholarship to a high school senior during its annual Fall Fair that is held in October of each year. All applicants must reside in Whitfield, Gordon, Murray, or Catoosa counties in Georgia. The scholarship is awarded to the most deserving student applicant based on his/her grades, school and community activities, awards and recognitions received, financial need, and a written statement of why the applicant would like to receive the scholarship. The fair will continue this tradition for the year 2024. Applications will be accepted in August 2024. For an application, send an inquiry and fill in the information form under the “contact us” segment of the website www.northgafair.com or call (706) 278-1712.

Also, see the North Georgia Fair’s website at www. northgafair.com for past scholarship winners as well as information about the Spring Carnival plus other events. The fairgrounds also host several events at the facilities throughout the year from rodeos to car shows. There is some type of event being held most weekends.

Spring Forward

The Annual Spring Carnival is a place where laughter is the common language, and the magic of childhood is alive and well. It’s clear that the event is more than just a fair. It is a place where memories are made, where the worries of daily life are forgotten, even if just for a moment, and where the joy of spring – and community– is celebrated. See you there!

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How Many Gods Do You Have?

When I go to our local Chinese restaurant, I am faced with three counters with many food options as well as a fresh grill station. Since I can’t eat all of it, I’m forced to narrow all those options to just a few. Do I walk by the counters and choose the foods that “speak to me,” or do I try to insert some logic into the situation by saying, “last time I had this, so this time I’ll have that?” We struggle with all these choices because we don’t want to miss out on something good.

In Acts 17:16-34, the apostle Paul finds himself in the city of Athens, surrounded by a culture rich in philosophy, art, and spirituality. As he walks through the city, his spirit is provoked by the numerous idols and altars dedicated to various gods.

The scene unfolds as Paul stands before the Areopagus, the hill where Athenian philosophers gathered to discuss new ideas. In this intellectual and spiritual hub, Paul addresses the crowd with a thought-provoking statement: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god’” (Acts 17:22-23 ESV).

I have walked the street that leads from the Areopagus to the forum at the center of the ancient city of Athens. Every few yards, I saw the remains of statues that were dedicated to the various gods in the Greek pantheon. It was easy to see how these examples of misplaced devotion distressed Paul.

Instead of berating the Athenians for their multitude of gods, Paul uses their religious zeal as a starting point for sharing the gospel. The question Paul poses to the Athenians is timeless and applicable to every person, in every culture, throughout history: “How many gods do you have?” This question transcends the physical idols of ancient Athens, extending to the idols of our hearts and minds today. In our modern world, the gods we worship may not be made of stone or wood, but they are equally real and influential.

The Athenians, like many people today, were searching for something beyond themselves, something that could

give meaning and purpose to their lives. They recognized the limitations of their understanding and erected an altar to the "unknown god" in acknowledgment of this gap in their knowledge. Paul seizes on this recognition and introduces them to the God who is not unknown but has made Himself known through creation and, ultimately, through Jesus Christ.

Paul points them to the God who created the world and everything in it-- the Lord of heaven and earth. He challenges the Athenians to reconsider their worship of lifeless idols and turn to the living God who offers salvation through Jesus Christ. In Acts 17:28, he quotes their own poets, saying, “In him, we live and move and have our being.” Paul emphasizes the personal and intimate nature of the relationship with the one true God.

As we navigate the complexities of the modern world, the question remains relevant: “How many gods do you have?” It challenges us to examine our priorities, allegiances, and the things we hold dear. The timeless message from Acts 17 urges us to turn away from the idols that captivate our hearts and minds and turn toward the one true God, who offers eternal life through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Dr. Alan Hix is Professor of Christian Studies at Shorter University. In addition to being and educator, he has served churches as a pastor, been involved in mission trips to Africa, Canada, and Alaska, and participated in archaeological excavations in Israel for several years.

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I Prayed and Things Got Worse

One of the things I love most about the Bible is how we can take the stories written on those crisp pages, lay them over our own lives, and see ourselves so clearly in the application.

An all-time favorite of mine is Moses. If you are living and breathing right now, then you can definitely find yourself somewhere in the up’s and down’s of any one of his life’s adventures.

Here’s a perfect example: How many times have you prayed for something to improve only to discover it seemingly got worse? That happened to Moses!

“That day Pharaoh commanded the overseers of the people as well as their foremen: ‘Don’t continue to supply the people with straw for making bricks, as before. They must go and gather straw for themselves. But require the same quota of bricks…as before…they are slackers…’” (Exodus 5:6-8 CSB).

The children of Israel were horrified and made a beeline to Moses in anger.

“May the Lord take note of you and judge…” (vs.21).

Can you imagine how bamboozled Moses must have been? The children of Israel just went from the frying pan to the fire! This didn’t look anything like what God had promised. Moses went to bat for God’s people and things got much worse.

After having his initial chat with God about delivering the children of Israel from their slavery in Egypt, Moses set out to do just that. The simplicity of his mission was before him – free God’s people from bondage and then lead them into the promised land.

When he got to Pharaoh, however, he was met with hardened resistance. Worse yet, the heavy work load that the children of Israel had been suffering under was increased after Moses confronted Pharaoh!

Of course, we know what happens next. Right around the corner was the Red Sea and the miraculous deliverance that God had planned. But they didn’t know that. They couldn’t see passed their crushing circumstances. Can you relate? How many times have you found yourself frustrated or angry at God because things seemed to get worse after you prayed?

We don’t generally see the big picture. But God does. And His promises remain true even when it looks like the Pharaohs in our lives have only increased our suffering.

He “is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 CSV). The same God who had the Red Sea deliverance ready for His people then is the same God who has a perfect plan in place and ready for you today. When He chooses to unveil it is completely up to Him.

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A Breakfast Surprise for Mother’s Day

With Mother's Day just around the corner, here’s something special to consider making for the moms, grandmothers and/or the special ladies in your life. Here’s the story of two siblings who made something special for their wonderful mom, Mrs. Johnson.

Alex, who was ten years old, and Emma, who was eight, put their heads together to come up with the perfect Mother's Day surprise. After some brainstorming, they decided to make breakfast for their mom.

Ingredients

• 2 slices of bread

• 2 eggs

• 2 tablespoons of butter

• 1/4 cup of milk

• 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

• A pinch of salt

• A heart-shaped cookie cutter

• A frying pan

• Just enough powdered sugar to sprinkle

• Pancake syrup

On Mother’s Day morning, they woke up early, tip-toed to the kitchen, and prepared this breakfast for their mom. As the two siblings placed the plates on the dining table, they couldn’t help but smile at their creation. The heart-shaped eggs in the middle of the toast looked perfect, just like their love for their mom. They sprinkled some powdered sugar on top and set out the syrup just in case Mom wanted some.

You can follow along with Alex and Emma: First, Alex and Emma washed their hands thoroughly, just like their mom always taught them. They cracked the eggs into a bowl and added the milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Alex took a whisk and beat the mixture until it was smooth and creamy.

Emma, with her tiny fingers, used the heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out a heart-shaped hole in the center of

each slice of bread. It was a bit tricky, but they giggled and helped each other.

They put a frying pan on the stove and turned the heat to medium. Alex added the butter and let it melt until it bubbled and sizzled. Carefully, they placed the slices of bread with heart-shaped centers in the pan and let them toast for a minute on one side. Once the bread was slightly golden, they flipped the slices over with a spatula to toast the other side.

Emma, who was in charge of the egg mixture, poured it into the heart-shaped holes they had cut in the bread slices. They watched as it filled up, like a heart full of love. They cooked the eggs until they were set, which took about 2-3 minutes.

Finally, they carefully used the spatula to lift the heartshaped breakfast treats out of the pan and onto a plate.

When their mom came down to the kitchen, her eyes filled with tears of joy. She hugged Alex and Emma tightly, feeling so loved and appreciated. “This is the best Mother’s Day surprise ever,” she said.

With a simple recipe and a lot of love, Alex and Emma showed their mom just how much she meant to them on that special day. It wasn’t about the food; it was about the thought, effort, and love they put into making it, just like the thought, effort, and love their mom put into each and every day.

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Fight the Good Fight

So many Saints have walked through this life. It doesn’t mean they did it without a thorn in their side. This world can be rough, this world can prolong. Keep the joy of the Lord, keep singing His song.

Fight the good fight, keep the faith.

Think about things like entering through that gate. Be content and enjoy what God has given you. A positive person’s complaints will be very few.

Follow Jesus no matter where He takes you. He has promised to never leave or forsake you. Our mansions there will be absolutely priceless. He only built them for His children, the righteous.

So, don’t hide your light under a pail. That’s when you’ll find people dying and going to hell.

Reach out to help them before it’s too late.

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Todd explains, “We consider our team to be a family; we share a great attitude, and a valuable work ethic, and are all committed to providing a wonderful, pestfree experience for our customers! We find great joy in providing families with the services they need to be able to enjoy their home and yard again, without having to deal with nuisances such as mosquitoes, flies, or ticks. We are confident that we can make your outdoor living space enjoyable again. We trust our process so much that we guarantee this service. ”

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If you find that any of these pests are “bugging” you and your family, the folks at Pest and Mosquito Authority would be happy to serve you by solving your pest problems. Todd says, “We also love getting to know you and becoming a part of the community we serve. If you see us out anywhere, please stop us to say hello!”

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Seeking Wellness

Iwould like to introduce myself: I am Richard Eberhart and I have had Type 1 diabetes mellitus for 43 years.

The first 10 years I was under the close eye of my mother who made sure that I was eating a well balanced diet, checking my blood sugar and taking my insulin injections. During the first decade of my diagnosis nothing slowed me down, thanks to my father who always reminded me that I can do anything. I loved being outside, playing football, and just hanging out with friends. I did have to do more than most kids my age as I had to learn to take care of my diabetes.

After high school, I worked EMS for more than 21 years. I felt a strong desire to help others with diabetes. After working full time as a paramedic, being a husband and father of two and attending college, I became a registered nurse. I worked in the emergency department and then went on to be a diabetes educator.

For the next few years, I believed that I was helping people with diabetes but my health was not the best. I was gaining weight. I was over 290 pounds. My A1c was in good control but my total daily insulin was over 100 units a day. My endocrinologist and my PCP said that I needed to exercise and stop eating carbohydrates. I started walking everyday and got ready to hike the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail. I started the trail at 256 pounds and at Bly Gap in North Carolina, I was still 256 pounds. I felt disappointment and anger.

The anger was quickly turned to a drive for knowledge. I opened my Bible and read Isaiah 58. At verse 6 (“loose the bonds of wickedness”) a proverbial lightbulb went on to show me that my current diet was all the wickedness in my life. I was not being a good nurse by not following Hippocrates who said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” This is when I made the decision that I would follow a Lent Fast for the Lent in 2022.

The Lent Fast is no food from sunset on Fat Tuesday until sunrise on Sunday, Little Easter.

I had no food for 40 days and during this time God walked with me. I walked five miles every day of my fast plus, I did two 10 mile hikes and one 18.5 mile hike. With the use of my insulin pump and Dexcom Continuous Glucose Meter, I was able to reduce my insulin to prevent low blood sugar. This treatment has me now in excellent control of my diabetes with my current HgbA1c at 4.9%. I now eat food that Jesus would have eaten, whole foods that grow naturally. Today I still fast at least once a week. I am 100 lbs lighter now and feel like I’m healthier and living the best version of myself, due to my determination to seek wellness.

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Richard Eberhart: 44 years Type 1 Diabetic, 21 years paramedic, 15 years RN with a bachelor’s degree, married to Janet, 30 years. We have 2 adult children, William and Elizabeth. We also have a 3-year-old grandson who keeps us moving. I enjoy walking/hiking, gardening, cooking, and spending time with family.

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Even Children Can Live For Jesus

Ihave been spending my days in the classroom with children for thirty-four years and believe it or not, I still love it! People often ask me, “How do you deal with kids every day?” My response is this: “I do my best to treat the students the way I would want my own kids to be treated.”

There is nothing quite like the innocence of a child. Their smiles and hugs are the best. It is clear in scripture that children held a special place in Jesus’ heart. In fact, He considered them to be the greatest in the kingdom. He also made it clear that His disciples should change their ways and be more like little children if they wanted to enter heaven.

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven’” (Matthew 18:1-3 NIV).

Maybe Jesus was referring to the innocence of a child. Or He could have been referring to the trusting ways of a child. Perhaps it was their obedience He was talking about. It was possibly the love they had for others. Actually, it could have been all of these things.

When I was a child, I had a desire in my heart to do something special for the Lord. I invited Him into my heart, but realized I was young and couldn’t do much. I wanted my life to be pleasing in His sight. I even wrote a poem expressing my feelings on the subject.

I Want My Life To Count

Although I may be young, with nothing much to give. I want my life to count, while on this earth I live.

Soon I’ll stand before my Lord and all my works I’ll see. Only what was done for Him will last eternally.

So as I live from day to day, Lord, help me most of all, To uplift You in what I do or else not do at all.

As I grew into adulthood, I failed the Lord in many ways, but there was never any doubt that He loved me with an unconditional love. Forgiveness has always been available when I have come to Him with the messes I have made. His promises are still true today. The same God who placed a desire in my heart to live for Him as a child is still with me today. He has never failed me and He never will. I encourage parents to talk to your children about Jesus. Let them know that He loves them unconditionally and wants to have a personal relationship with them. Be an example to your children by accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life. Teach them how to live for Jesus.

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Leslie Bennett is a kindergarten assistant at Michigan Avenue School. She is a member of First Baptist Church and sings in the adult choir. She manages a blog at ohyeshedid.org.
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My Journey of Faith Includes a Bus!

When I was growing up our neighborhood consisted of our house with five children, my aunt's house with four children, and my grandparent's house. As youngsters, my sister, cousin, and I wanted to attend church. What we did then you probably could not do now. We persuaded our parents to let us go to church on a Trailways bus! We loved everything about that adventure, especially attending church.

For a long time, I have thought of us wanting so badly to go to church. I believe now that our strong desire to attend church was, in fact, our God-given gift of faith. As I have studied the scriptures, I have learned that “Faith is the substance (assurance, basis, foundation) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 KJV). Paul in Hebrews 11:4-12,17-34 gives us some examples of people in the scriptures who have accomplished great things through faith.

For instance, by faith, Abel offered a sacrifice and obtained a witness from God that he was a righteous man. Enoch did not die but was translated because he believed and had a testimony of God. Noah listened to the Lord, made preparation, saved his family and all the animals, and became heir of righteousness. Abraham was called by the Lord. He obeyed, left his birthplace, received an inheritance, and became the Father of all Nations. Sara conceived a son, Isaac, in her old age because she believed

the promise of God. Abraham, when he was tried, obeyed and offered Isaac as a sacrifice to God. Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. Jacob blessed both the sons of Joseph and worshiped leaning upon the top of a staff. Joseph promised that the children of Israel would leave Egypt and be free. Moses accepted the call from God, forsook all his riches and power and led his people to freedom. Joshua prayed and did as the Lord instructed and the walls of Jericho came tumbling down.

Having faith has helped me during times of adversities and oppositions. My favorite scripture verse is “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10 KJV). I remind myself often that God keeps His promises. “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the Saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10 KJV). The Apostle Paul taught that those who exercise faith in Jesus Christ will inherit a place in the kingdom of God.

Paul also explained the ways in which the fullness of the gospel is a higher, more complete law that replaces the law of Moses. He exhorted the saints to follow this “new and living way” by putting their faith in Jesus Christ (Hebrews 19:19-22 KJV).

Our bus ride adventure led to many wonderful blessings in our lives. It wasn’t long until our parents began attending services. My dad, cousin, sister, and I soon accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ and were baptized. Attending Sunday school, singing in the choir, and playing on the softball team were experiences that drew us closer to each other and to God. My husband and I, and my cousin and her husband, were married by the revered pastor of that church.

I am so thankful that as young children we exercised our faith and followed the promptings of the Spirit to attend church because it shaped our lives for good in so many ways – starting on a Trailways!

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Wanda Lindsey loves the Lord and His people. She and her husband have been parents and foster parents. They have three children, 15 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren. As a family, they have lived in 6 different states plus Toronto, Canada. About The Author
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Dalton Church Directory

Assembly of God

Christian Fellowship Assembly

3656 Chattanooga Road, 30755

706-280-7594

The Sanctuary

515 Reed Rd NW, 30720 706-270-2088

The Healing Center Church

515 Reed Road, 30720 706-229-9456

Baptist

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

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

244 N. Hamilton St, 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 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, 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

Bible

Fellowship Bible Church

2044 Dug Gap Rd, 30720 706-278-6269

Catholic

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church

968 Haig Mill Lake Rd, 30720 706-278-3107

Christian

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

Community

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

Episcopal

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church

901 West Emory St, 30720

706-278-8857

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

Lutheran

Christ the King Lutheran Church

623 S Thornton Ave, 30720 706-278-3979

Methodist

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

Nazarene

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

Grace Church of the Nazarene 1111 Nelson St, 30721

706-278-1171

Non-Denominational

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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706-277-7575

Relentless Worship Center

210 Robinwood Dr, 30721

706-313-1129

Dalton House Of Prayer

897 College Dr, Conference Rm 3, 30720

706-915-6545

Dawnville Community Church

1409 Dawnville Rd NE, 30721

706-259-5342

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

Northwest Christian Fellowship

272 Main St, Varnell, GA 30756 706-694-9830

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

Tunnel Hill Community Church

706-673-4022

121 North Varnell Road

Tunnel Hill, GA 30755

Pentecostal

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

Presbyterian

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

Salvationalist

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

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

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

Bible

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

Full Gospel

Faith Worship Center

706-695-6866

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

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

2144 Fuller’s Chapel Rd

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

Non-Denominational

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

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

706-695-4773

2089 Sumach Church

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Seventh Day Adventist

Seventh-Day Adventist Church

706-517-5124

1115 Highway 52

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

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