Gò0dNews November 2022
DALTON & CHATSWORTH
RIGHT CARE, RIGHT TIME,
from wherever you are SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE!
a serv EHEA Ham ice f ro LTH m il to Care n Heal th Syst em!
Connect with a local Hamilton Community Telehealth provider through your smartphone from wherever you are!
Visit HamiltonHealth.com/365telehealth or scan the QR code below to schedule an appointment. 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
7 days a week
365 days a year
Most health insurance plans are accepted. No insurance? Self-pay options are available. Questions? Call 706.529.8862. You can use your:
Scan to schedule!
About Us WRITERS
Dr. Alan Hix Beth Penny Brent Goodge David Huff Donald Cantrell Dorothy Teague Granger Hughes Jodi Varnado Jonathon Wright Judy Hood Karla Smedley Katie Loveless Kaye Stein Kristen West Matt Jensen Regina Law Smith Sandra Gilmore Stephanie Daniels Terrie Ruff Zebbie Brewster
Shane Franks 706-270-2410 Email: email@example.com
Caleb Prytherch Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PHOTOGRAPHER Paula Knipp 423-310-4207
Hello Friends, We want to take a moment to tell you who we are and what we are about. Our names are Matt and Bethany Ruckman and we have six beautiful children, Brendon, Kailey, Andrew, Leah Jean, Emma, and Cooper. We live in Cleveland, Tennessee, and love what this town has to offer! We have started GoodNews Christian Magazine because we feel that when God, family, and community are combined, lives will be changed. GoodNews Christian Magazine is a complimentary, Christian lifestyle publication. You can find us
throughout the community in retail establishments,
churches, restaurants, and more. Our magazine opens
the door for Christians to work together to grow and
strengthen our community through relevant editorial
and effective advertising.
Jodi Varnado Email: email@example.com
Matthew and Bethany Ruckman Cell: 423-503-1410 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
GoodNews Christian Magazine is written by men and women in the community who love and serve the Lord. Our hearts are open and willing to be used by God to reach out to the community to spread the GoodNews!
Disclaimer All of the content in the GoodNews Christian Magazine is for general information and/or use. Such contents does not constitute advice and should not be relied upon in making (or refraining from making) a decision. Any specific advice or replies to queries in any part of the magazine is the personal opinion of such experts/consultants/persons and is not subscribed to by GoodNews Christian Magazine. The information in GoodNews Christian Magazine is provided on an “AS IS” basis, and all warranties, expressed or implied of any kind, regarding any matter pertaining to any information, advice or replies are disclaimed and excluded. We reserve the right to refuse any advertisement or article we deem inappropriate.
GoodNews from the Pastor’s Desk
6 The Family Supper Table by Donald Cantrell
GoodNews for Kids
8 Count Your Blessings by Katie Loveless
GoodNews Money Matters
10 How Long Will
My Money Last?
by Granger Hughes GoodNews for Men
12 Did God Really Say...? by Brent Goodge
GoodNews for Women
14 Living Abundantly by Kristen West
GoodNews for Grandparents
18 Thank You Lord
by Zebbie Brewster
GoodNews for Everyone
20 Are You Tilting at Windmills?
by Dr. Alan Hix GoodNews for Everyone
by Regina Law Smith
GoodNews for Health
24 Hamilton Health Care
System New Telehealth Service
GoodNews Cover Story
26 America’s Thrift Stores GoodNews for Everyone
28 How Do You Pray? by David Huff
GoodNews for Everyone
30 Forgetting What’s Behind by Jonathon Wright
GoodNews for Everyone
32 Is God One Person? by Matt Jensen
GoodNews for Everyone
34 While He Was Thinking by Sandra Gilmore
GoodNews for Everyone
36 Rejoice In Your Harvest
by Stephanie Daniels
GoodNews for Everyone
38 Best Plan: God’s Way by Karla Smedley
GoodNews for Everyone
40 Objects In the Mirror Are
Smaller Than They Appear
by Beth Penny
GoodNews for your Taste Buds
42 Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole Boats
by Jodi Varnado
44 Thanksgiving Day by Judy Hood
GoodNews for Everyone
46 A Thankful Heart, For Real by Kaye Stein
GoodNews for Everyone
48 I Finally Got Over Myself! by Terrie Ruff
GoodNews for Everyone
50 His Story
by Dorothy Teague
Gò0dNews from the Pastor’s Desk
The Family Supper Table by Donald Cantrell
remember it as if it happened yesterday. My daughter
only my wife and I were fans of this awesome pizza; some
called my wife late at night in November 2019 and told
people in my family are not cultured).
her she felt as though she was going to die if she did not
The beauty in all of this was simple—it was not about
go to the E.R. My wife took her to the E.R., and while there,
the food. The blessing of the virus driving the world into
they treated her for an unknown illness—which would soon
isolation was that our family became even closer as we
be known as Covid-19. After two trips to the doctor’s office
would sit down each and every evening and share stories
and two trips to the E.R., Whitney finally got better, but
about our day. There was a sense of peace and pleasure in
they still had no clue as to why she was sick. It was during
seeing everyone’s car pulling into our driveway because I
the spring of 2020 that news of the virus began to take hold
knew that, once again, they had survived.
of the world and life as we knew it seemed to change forever. Due to the world being on lockdown, something good happened within our family—we were re-introduced to the supper table. As a pastor, I have had the good fortune of being able to work from home for the last twelve years. Because of that, it has been my pleasure to become a “cook.” Since most of the local eating places were off limits, I became the family chef, as I would have supper ready and waiting for everyone to come eat at our house. Though the world was facing death and danger, our family of five found an oasis within
It was a blessing to sit around the family supper table
the confines of our house, sitting around the supper table.
watching as everyone set their worries and frustrations
Once everyone left work, they would arrive at our house
aside while eating some “good meals” and some “not so
one by one until my wife, daughter, son-in-law, and
good meals.” One thing that was established within our
granddaughter were safely and happily eating and laughing
family was once we sit down to eat, there is to be no talk
at the table.
of the virus. We celebrated another day of living. We live
To be completely honest with you, I am not a chef because my forte is baking bread and crafting sumptuous
in a world of advanced technology, but one of the greatest inventions known to mankind is the family supper table.
all sorts of beans from the crockpot, pork chops that were baked in the oven, and even a “Tim Tebow Pizza” (although,
6 // November 2022
About The Author
desserts. During the past few years our family has tried 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.”
GIVE THE GIFT OF HONEY BAKED entertain with with our our entertain
This Christmas WITH OUR GIFT CARDS
signature meat meat & & cheese cheese tray tray signature med $54.99 med $54.99 LG $74.99 $74.99 LG
reserve in-store or online
100 W. W. Walnut Walnut Ave, Ave, Dalton, Dalton, GA GA 30720 30720 •• 706-277-4966 706-277-4966 •• honeybaked.com honeybaked.com 100
• HOPE FILLED PRAISE & WORSHIP • RELEASING THE FATHER’S GOODNESS • CHANGING THE ATMOSPHERE
Gò0dNews for Kids
Count Your Blessings
by Katie Loveless
ave you ever heard the expression attitude is
Challenge 1 Kids: Explore in your yard, at a park, or
everything? Attitude really is important. The Bible
help a grown-up tend to a houseplant. As you do, take note
says so in Proverbs 23:7, where we gain the phrase
of the shapes and edges of the foliage around you. Count
adapted from the KJV, “As a man thinks in his heart so is
your blessings for every point. For a leaf with 3 points,
he.” We can believe the Bible. It tells us what is true about
identify 3 things you are grateful for. For a leaf with 5
God and ourselves. The Bible tells us that the way we think
points, name 5 things you like.
will shape who we become and what we do. In other words, our thinking steers the direction of our hearts. My middle son, Sawyer, came into my room with a Scholastic book. The book is written about different types of animal feet and has a very interesting cover of a boy with aardvark feet. Sawyer cannot yet read at four-years-old. He made an assumption about truth based on what he saw on the cover. He pointed at the animal feet, the boy on the cover, and the aardvark. He assumed the boy turned into an aardvark by touching the animal’s feet. That is not at all what the book says. The book actually presents interesting facts about
Challenge 2 Jewels: Find a verse in the Bible that
animal feet and stirs your imagination to think about
mentions counting, thankfulness, or discovery. What
what it would be like to have animal feet. In the case of
treasure did you find? What is the truth you found and want
the boy with the aardvark feet, he could quickly unearth
buried treasure. However, we don’t need animal feet to
Challenge 3 Keepers: Keep it in your heart. Pray
uncover treasure. We can find it in our hearts by letting
about a person or thing you counted as a blessing. Make
Jesus in. We can even find it in our own backyard by
this month one where you ask God to bless and protect
taking time to count our blessings.
someone or something you discovered is a blessing in your
My prayer for you as you take time to do this is for you
life. Partner with a grown-up to help you pray or to talk
to ask God to help you unearth truth. I pray you will dig
about what God has put on your heart in prayer. Consider
into the word. I challenge you to learn from the Bible and
whether God is prompting you to serve with an act of
its teachings so you can read for yourself what is true about
kindness to keep the blessings coming.
are ready for adventure, take the 1, 2, 3 challenge below!
8 // November 2022
About The Author
God and you. Finding the truth is as simple as 1, 2, 3. If you Katie Loveless is a social worker, wife, and mother of five boys. She is a student of grace who enjoys writing, gardening, and empowering others to pursue stability.
Same Five-Star Chamber.
Fresh New Look. daltonchamber.org
• BE •
• High quality Christian education in a family-friendly environment. • Growing children for Jesus through His Word and His Works of Creation. • Indoor & Outdoor Classrooms • NCPSA Accredited • Pre-K - 8th Grade
Contact Us Today: (706) 278-2736
300 South Tibbs Road, Dalton, Georgia 30720
YOUR LOCAL PROVIDER FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY
ADAIRSVILLE • CALHOUN • CEDARTOWN • CHATSWORTH JASPER • ROCKMART • ROME • SUMMERVILLE
How Long Will My Money Last? Money Matters Granger Hughes
Driven by a passion to educate, inform and prepare future retirees, Mr. Hughes works with his father to help provide educational opportunities for clients as well as others in the community. He feels a responsibility to help inform those who may otherwise not be aware of strategies, changes, and opportunities available to them when it comes to their financial well-being.
his is a tough question many of us will ask at some point in our
perform two of those six ADLs, your check would double to $4,000 a
lives as we face many obstacles when planning for things like
month for up to five years.
long-term care, taxes, potential market downturns, and even
longevity risk. Men at age 65 today can expect to live until age 84 on average, and
We’ve been hardwired to reduce taxable income by loading our 401(k)s and other tax-deferred accounts, forgetting about our silent
women on average, until age 87. About one of every four 65-year-olds
partner: the IRS. We must realize the risk of future tax hikes we may
today will live past age 90, and one of ten past 95.1
encounter with deferred funds due to outstanding and ever-increasing
This poses a problem our parents or grandparents didn’t face—it’s
national debt. Here are some brief solutions.
a good problem, but a problem nonetheless. Let’s address strategies
to combat these realities and work toward making your retirement
You can convert money in a deferred account to pay the taxes now
income last 20 to 30 years!
rather than later. There are no income limits to do this, but remember,
Long-term care (LTC)
you have to pay these taxes eventually!
The average annual cost of LTC is $108,405.2 Someone turning 65 today has a 70% chance of needing some type of LTC.3 This means
Roth IRA This takes a while to build up at $7,000 a year for those over 50
LTC is worth accounting for in our retirement plans. Let’s look at a few
and comes with income limitations, which could be difficult for high-
ways to do this.
Indexed universal life policy
Life Insurance Retirement Plan
This allows you to access the death benefit in the event you
This can be indexed and there are no contribution or income
need LTC and are unable to perform two of the six activities of daily
limits. Also, when you need the money, it can be withdrawn tax-free, if
living (ADLs), like feeding, bathing, toileting, etc., and aren’t tied to
certain care facilities. This money can also be used to build a handicap
accessible home if you’d rather — it’s your choice.
If you’ve been contributing to your retirement income for any
Traditional LTC policy
amount of time, you know market downturn is always a risk. To better
This is a “use it or lose it” product with the potential of wasting
create a retirement income plan, it’s important to assess your risk
money on something you may never need. A lot of these policies also
tolerance by having your portfolio tested to discover your statistical
restrict which care facilities you can use, which might be problematic
risk versus reward. If you haven’t tested your portfolio, now is the
time to do it. Many of us could be positioning ourselves to experience
LTC-focused financial vehicles This would be utilizing an annuity with an LTC rider. This is a good option for someone who doesn’t want the “use it or lose it” strategy. The key here is you aren’t qualifying from a health standpoint;
another 2008 and don’t even know it. These are three key components to help ensure that we don’t run out of money. I urge you to take all into consideration when developing your retirement plan. Working alongside an experienced
however, if you tried to purchase an annuity and couldn’t perform two
financial professional can help you explore your options and develop a
of the six aforementioned ADLs before you purchased it, the LTC rider
plan that works for your retirement needs.
wouldn’t be an option. For example, let’s say you invested $300,000 that generated a lifetime income check of $2,000 a month. In the event you couldn’t
10 // November 2022
Remember: It’s not what we make, it’s what we keep that counts! __________________ 1. https://www.ssa.gov/OACT/population/longevity.html 2. https://acl.gov/ltc/basic-needs/how-much-care-will-you-need 3. https://www.medicaidplanningassistance.org/nursing-home-costs/
( 423) 6 6 4 -4 2 0 3 HughesRetirementGroup.com
S E R V I N G T H E D A LT O N A R E A S I N C E 1 9 7 4
1 0 8 N . H A M I LT O N S T R E E T | D A LT O N , G A 3 0 7 2 0 7 0 6 . 2 7 8 . 1 0 3 0 | M A RY V I L L E J E W E L E R S . N E T
AS A LIGHTHOUSE PERSONAL CARE HOME, WALNUT CREEK'S MISSION IS TO PROVIDE SAFE, HIGH QUALITY AND LUXURIOUS BOUTIQUE-STYLE SENIOR LIVING AND MEMORY SUPPORT. WHY SETTLE FOR HOME-LIKE WHEN YOU CAN HAVE A HOME.
RESIDENTIAL LIVING PERSONAL ATTENTION EXCELLENT VALUE PROFESSIONAL
SCHEDULE A TOUR TODAY! CALL US: (706) 225-2550
Gò0dNews for Men
Did God Really Say…?
by Brent Goodge
here’s a story at the end of the book of Jeremiah
Jeremiah promised to bring them God’s word, they added,
that doesn’t often make it to the Bible bedtime
“Let the Lord be a true and faithful Witness between us…
storybooks. The story is touched on in five verses
whether it is pleasing or displeasing, we will obey the voice
of 2 Kings (2 Kings 25:22-26), and the Chronicles don’t mention it. It’s the story of the “fortunate” Jews who
of the Lord our God” (Jeremiah 42:5,6). Ten days later, Jeremiah brought them the word of the
survived the siege of Nebuchadnezzar and were not
Lord. God instructed that the people stay in the land of
carried off to Babylon.
Judah. God would move the heart of Nebuchadnezzar to
By direct order of Nebuchadnezzar himself, Jeremiah
spare them. Conversely, if they chose to go to Egypt, hardly
was released from prison after the Babylonian army took
any of them would survive to return. The devastation they
Jerusalem. Given the choice to travel to Babylon as a
were desperate to escape would find them in Egypt.
guest of Nebuchadnezzar or to stay behind with the other
The leaders of the people, having already made up their
remaining Jews, Jeremiah chose to remain in Judah. He
minds to go to Egypt, proclaimed, “You speak falsely! The
moved to Mizpah to live. There he joined Gedaliah,
Lord our God has not sent you to say, ‘Do not go into
whom Nebuchadnezzar had appointed governor of the remaining people. Read Jeremiah chapters 40-45 to get the entire story. In short, Gedaliah was murdered and the Jews remaining were at a loss for what
Egypt’” (Jeremiah 43:2). Having already promised to accept the word of the Lord through Jeremiah, they denied that God actually inspired the words His prophet was sharing with them. There is a much older story that reveals
to do. Some favored staying in Judah. Others
where this attitude originated. About 3,500 years
favored escaping to Egypt in fear that Babylon
before Jeremiah, a snake waited in a tree. The
would come to destroy them for the murder
snake was eating fruit that Adam and Eve had
been forbidden to partake of. His conversation
Thankfully, Jeremiah was yet among them, and he could relate God’s instructions to them. Their
began with “Did God really say…?” and quickly moved to “You shall not surely die,” in direct contradiction to the
request to Jeremiah could
word of God. Then he added that,
hardly have been more
through disobedience, Eve could
respectful. “Please let our
become like God (Genesis 3:1-
petition be acceptable to
5). Satan inspired the Jews who
you, and pray for us to
rejected the word of Jeremiah.
the Lord your God…
Satan inspires all those today
that the Lord your
who, by their words and deeds
God may show us
implies the question, “Did God
the way in which
we should walk and do” (Jeremiah 42:2,3). When
12 // November 2022
About The Author
the thing we should Brent Goodge lives in Whitfield County, and he wants the quote of his life to be like Jesus, “It is written…” rather than “Did God REALLY say…?”
IN THIS MARKET, EXPERIENCE MATTERS. WITH OVER 15 YEARS OF REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE IN NORTH GEORGIA, YOU CAN TRUST ME FOR ALL OF YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS.
Angie West REALTOR® License # 327103
MOBILE: 706.463.3644 OFFICE: 706.459.3107
1902 SHIELDS RD, DALTON, GA 30720 Each Office Is Independently Owned & Operated.
H E A D O N O U T F O R S O M E F A M I LY F U N T H I S F A L L ! O U R F A R M F E AT U R E S E X O T I C ANIMALS, UNIQUE LODGING OPTIONS A N D U N F O R G E T TA B L E E X P E R I E N C E S ! LOCAL TENNESSEANS LOOKING FOR A N A M A Z I N G ‘ S TA Y C AT I O N ' , A S W E L L A S T H O S E T R AV E L I N G I N T O T H E S E Stay Here, Play Here A P PA L A C H I A N F O O T H I L L S T O E N J O Y T H E FA L L C O L O R S W I L L F I N D O C O E E R I V E R S I D E FA R M T O B E T H E P E R F E C T P L A C E T O M A K E M E M O R I E S T H E Y W I L L C H E R I S H A L I F E T I M E ! H A P P Y FA L L Y ’ A L L !
Gò0dNews for Women
by Kristen West
nce upon a time, I was a single mother. Living
The abundance Jesus is referring to here is the abundant
paycheck to paycheck was the norm, ramen
life that can be found in Him. Abundant joy, abundant
noodles was a gourmet meal, and thrift store
peace, abundant wisdom, and an abundance of God’s
clothing filled our closets. Taking care of my children’s basic necessities was my sole focus. I didn’t have the
Spirit dwelling in us as we believe in Him. And, herein lies the secret of how a single mother
margin to lavish them with the hottest toys, coolest
on welfare or a family living below the poverty line can
snacks, or nicest clothes. Our needs were always met.
have joy unspeakable and live from a spiritual place that surpasses the amassed prosperity of those on the Fortune 500’s Most Wealthy People in the World list. Abundant life comes as we learn there is no worry He cannot carry, no heartache He cannot mend, and no fear He cannot handle. Yet, how often do we find ourselves acting like He’s the God of scarcity? The God of barely enough and meager handouts? The God who has control of the faucet but only turns it on enough to give us a trickle?
We just didn’t have the extra. It was during this season,
Ephesians 3:20 says, “…to Him who is able to do
though, when God taught us about abundance. It seems
exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think…”
contradictory to the natural mind, I know, but with God
Don’t settle for scarcity of peace, joy, or hope today,
all things are possible, right?
friend, when we serve a God who came to give us life
In John 10:10, Jesus proclaims that He came to give us
more abundantly! Your bank account will never give
life. He didn’t stop there, though. He went on to add that
you that. Doctor’s reports can never give you that. The
He would give us “…life more abundantly.”
newest, nicest, and best can never give you that. Only
So often, American Christianity has interpreted this
Jesus Christ can give you that.
of the Year’s most trendy vehicle. But this promise goes so much deeper than the external abundance of possessions.
14 // November 2022
About The Author
verse to mean stacks of cash, the finest of clothes, and Car 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.
STA R T TODAY.
PLUS We’re Here to Help. - 5 0 + F i t n e s s C l a s s e s E a c h We e k
-Indoor Heated Pool
-S auna/S team Room
- C e r t i f i e d P e r s o n a l Tr a i n e r s
-Full C our t Basketball
- H o t Yo g a
FOR YOU: One Week
ONE-ON-ONE PHYSICA L & OCC UPATI ONA L THERAPY • Fully equipped therapy gym • Private treatment rooms • Aquatic Therapy in a heated therapeutic pool • Ly m p h e d e m a T h e r a p y
• • • •
Dry Needling Ve s t i b u l a r R e h a b i l i t a t i o n Cer tified Hand therapy Parkinson’s BIG therapy
G et a FREE Gift Annual and month-to-month c ontra cts available.
1225 Broadrick Drive Dalton, GA B r a d l e y We l l . c o m 7 0 6 . 278 . W E L L ( 9 3 5 5 )
FOR A FRIEND: One Week
Bradley Whitesid e Rehabilitati on C enter’s lic ensed physical therapists provid e direct a cc ess physical therapy. A physician referral is often unnec essar y.
1225 Broadrick Drive Dalton, GA HamiltonHealth.com/rehab-outpatient 7 0 6 . 272 . 6 1 9 9
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
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
16 // November 2022
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 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
Church of God of Union Assembly 2311 South Dixie Rd, 30720 706-275-0510 City View Church of God 3688 Chatsworth Hwy, 30721 706-226-6686 Crosspointe 2681 Underwood Street 30721 706-278-2649 Lifegate Church 2744 Cleveland Highway, 30721 706-259-0016 Valley Brook Church of God 1474 Mineral Springs Rd, 30720 706-279-3296
Church on the Hill 1035 Abutment Rd, 30721 706-278-9208 Community Fellowship Church 409 North Fredrick St, 30721 706-278-3204 Freedom Community Church 908 Elk Street, 30720 706-463-2690 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 901 Chester Road, 30721 706-270-9733
Bridging the Gap Ministries 514 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, 30721 706-277-7575 Relentless Worship Center 879 College Dr, 30720 Conference Room 3 706-313-1129 Cornerstone Family Church 1240 Dawnville Rd, 30721 706-259-8509 Dalton House Of Prayer 897 College Dr, Conference Rm 3, 30720 706-915-6545 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
Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Fuente de Agua Viva 1007 Underwood St, 30721 706-278-4963
La Senda Antigua 308 East Matilda St, 30720 706-270-8826 True Gospel Pentecostal Church 109 South Henderson St, 30721 706-278-5696 Shadow Ridge Worship Center 122 Wheat Drive Varnell, GA 30721 706-280-4546
ChristChurch Presbyterian 510 South Tibbs Rd, 30720 706-529-2911 First Presbyterian Church 101 S. Selvidge St, 30720 706-278-8161
Grace Presbyterian Church 2107 Threadmill Rd, 30720 706-226-6344
Salvation Army 1109 N. Thornton Ave, 30722 706-278-3966
Seventh Day Adventist
3 Angels Hispanic SDA 701 E Morris St, 30721 706-618-1182 Dalton Hispanic SDA 112 W Long St, 30720 706-275-0523 Dalton SDA Church 300 South Tibbs Rd, 30720 706-226-2166
Chatsworth Church Directory Baptist
Blue Ridge Primitive Baptist Church 706-517-9849 134 Hyden Tyler Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Calvary Baptist Church 706-695-7747 Highway 225 North Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Center Hill Baptist Church 706-695-7988 65 Berry Bennett Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Cisco Baptist Church 706-695-9270 Highway 411 North Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Cool Springs Baptist Church 706-517-5388 Holly Creek Cool Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Fellowship Baptist Church 706-695-2626 4396 Highway 52 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US First Baptist Church 706-695-2112 121 West Market Street Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Flat Branch Baptist Church 706-695-2663 3443 Highway 286 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Free Hope Baptist Church 706-695-3717 4176 Highway 76 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Holly Creek Baptist Church 706-695-8522 422 Holly Creek Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Liberty Baptist Church 4221 US-76, Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Little Consauga Baptist Church 706-517-5733 1100 Sugar Creek Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Maranatha Baptist Church 706-695-6330 Highway 225 South Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Mount Pisgah Baptist Church 706-517-8944 2309 Old Highway 411
Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Murray Baptist Church 706-695-9712 508 West Peachtree Street Chatsworth, GA 30705 US New Hope Baptist Church 706-517-3089 1273 New Hope Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US New Prospect Baptist Church 706-629-9521 7629 Highway 225 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Old Fashion Baptist Church 706-695-5420 885 Ben Adams Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Open Air Ministries 706-386-484 1058 Mtn Crest Dr. Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Prayer Baptist Church 706-624-9216 10859 Hwy. 225 South Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Shinning Light Baptist Church 706-517-1739 801 North 5th Avenue Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Smyrna Baptist Church 706-695-5815 1913 Smyrna Church Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Spring Place Baptist Church 706-695-5532 441 Highway 225 South Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Strait Way Baptist Church 706-517-2861 508 West Peachtree Street Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Total Praise Baptist Church 706-695-6441 1461 Greeson Bend Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Zion Hill Baptist Church 706-517-5913 Highway 225 North Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
Grace Bible Church 2599 Leonard Bridge Rd. Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
Church of Christ
Woodhaven Church of Christ
706-847-7400 508 West Peachtree Street Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
Church of God
Chatsworth Church of God 706-695-9388 Highway 411 South Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Central Community Church 706-695-4242 60 Pine Hills Drive Chatsworth, GA 30705 Spring Place Church of God 706-695-8000 717 Tibbs Bridge Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
Faith Worship Center 706-695-6866 189 Hyden Tyler Road Chatsworth GA 30705 House Of Prayer 616 Jenkins Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
Casey Springs UMC 7250 Chastworth Highway South Chastworth, GA 30705 Center Valley UMC 706-971-4646 5394 Highway 225 North Chatsworth, GA 30705 US First United Methodist Church 706-695-3211 107 W Cherokee Street Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Fullers Chapel UMC 532 Cook Drive Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Mineral Springs UMC 71 North Way St Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Spring Place UMC 706-695-5143 Po Box 248 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
God’s Light House 784 Smyrna Church Road Chatsworth, GA 30705
The Church of God of the Union Assembly at Chatsworth, GA 706-695-7335 Highway 52 Alternate Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Liberty Tabernacle 706-517-3140 2196 Smyrna Church Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Living Word Christian Fellowship 706-695-5005 960 Cherokee Drive Chatsworth, GA 30705 US New Beginnings Ministries 706-695-6067 646 Floodtown Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US North Gate Church 706-548-4967 7727 Highway 225 South Chatsworth, GA 30755 US Tabernacle of Praise 706-517-0377 1435 Leonard Bridge Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Wings Of Faith Ministries 706-695-1527 1122 North Holly Drive Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
Victory Tabernacle 706-517-1458 355 Ellijay Street Chatsworth, GA 30705 US A Place to Worship 706-517-8568 259 Old Landfill Rd Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
Presbyterian Sumach Presbyterian Church 706-695-4773 2089 Sumach Church Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
Seventh Day Adventist
Seventh-Day Adventist Church 706-517-5124 1115 Highway 52 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US
goodnewscm.com // 17
Gò0dNews for Grandparents
Thank You Lord
by Zebbie Brewster
had gone to my husband’s doctor’s appointment with him. As I followed behind him, trying to find his doctor’s office, a sign in another doctor’s office
caught my eye. It was a simple sign, but to me, it spoke volumes. It said, “Work Hard, Stay Humble, Be Kind.” I thought to myself, is that the secret to a successful life? I knew in my heart that I had fallen way behind in following those simple directions. The Bible tells us in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Seeking God’s way for my life was always the right road to travel on, even though I knew there had been times I had veered off that path. My grandfather set the example for me as a child for how to walk with God and be successful for God. My grandfather was always working hard at whatever job he was doing. From working in the hay field, to cutting fire wood, he worked hard at it. He was no shirker and got the job done. I loved to listen to him talk to God in prayer. He always said, “Thank You Lord, that everything is as well with us as it I never fully understood the meaning behind it. Life was not always easy, yet God was real in my grandfather’s life. He loved God and his family, and stayed faithful to the God who was faithful to him. I remember how he would often visit my family after I had a family of my own. It seems that he would often forget his hat, which he always wore. That gave him an excuse to come back to get it and visit again. My mom told me that she and her dad were prayer partners. They would meet and have
18 // November 2022
prayer together. What a blessing that was to hear about! Praying for them was important. It also helped increase our faith as we saw their prayers come to fruition. I am thankful God blessed me and allowed me to be born into a Christian home. Thank You Lord, that everything is as well with us as it is. For Lord, You truly are worthy of all our love and praise.
About The Author
is.” As a child, hearing him say that in his prayers,
Zebbie Brewster resides in Summerville, Georgia. She is an active member at Perennial Springs Baptist Church.
Church Activities & Events Murray County Saddle Club Relay For Life
Saturday, November 5 572 GA-52, Chatsworth, GA
New Life Baptist Church Appointed Quartet
Sunday, November 6 | 10:30AM 2620 Old Grade Rd, Dalton, GA
Carolyn Baptist Church Karen Peck & New River Sunday, November 13 | 6PM 2305 Cleveland Hwy, Dalton, GA
Alder Way House of Prayer Faithful Promise
Sunday, November 20 | 4PM 115 Alder Way, Resaca, GA
Gò0dNews for Everyone
Are You Tilting at Windmills?
by Dr. Alan Hix
s we approach Thanksgiving, are the day-to-day
challenges of a stressful work environment, difficult family
challenges of life making it hard for you to get in a
situations, unrealized expectations, and a host of other
thankful mood? Let me tell you a story.
things we pursue as we search for meaning and purpose
Don Quixote is a novel written by Miguel Cervantes in
in life, we imagine that this is what brings meaning and
the early 17th century. In the story Alonso Quixano is a low-
purpose to life, and we lose sight of God’s blessings and
ranking member of the Spanish nobility. As he approaches
provisions. And like Alonso, we end up tilting at the
middle age, he imagines a life far more exciting than his
windmills of earthly things that have no eternal value. No
mundane existence. Alonso dons a suit of armor and takes
wonder we feel unfulfilled.
up a lance. In his new imagined life, he is a knight errant in search of adventure and glory. In his quest for meaning and purpose, Alonso challenges peasants to duels and views inns as castles. In one of the more well-known parts of his story, he comes upon a group of windmills. However, for Alonso, they are giants that need vanquishing, so he charges them with his lance. You can imagine the outcome was not what he intended. Having been unhorsed, he believes that magicians changed windmills into giants to thwart his noble quest. While we smile and chuckle at Alonso’s passion for a noble quest that exists only in his imagination, I wonder if sometimes we might find ourselves on an imagined quest of our own. I recently read a blog in which the author proposed that many Christians prefer a “comfortable”
However, a thankful heart has a whole new set of
Christianity. He went on to argue that this longing for
priorities. When the Apostle Paul writes to the Colossian
“comfort” can result in believers not being particularly
believers, he gives them—and us—a picture of what a life
excited about heaven or seeing God face to face.
focused on eternal things looks like:
I found myself saying, “Wait a minute; you can’t be
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which
serious?” However, the author argued that many Church
indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the
members are too busy setting up their own “heaven on
word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one
earth,” that they don’t have time to think about eternity.
another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual
They busy themselves trying to check all the boxes on what
songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you
they want out of life—impressive career, great marriage,
do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
good kids, perfect home, and countless other things. They
giving thanks to God the Father through him (Col. 3:15-17).
find themselves imagining this is what life is all about.
Now are you in the mood for Thanksgiving?
Heaven and an eternity with God seem so distant that the As I sat down to write about Thanksgiving, this blog came to mind. When we focus on getting through the
20 // November 2022
About The Author
issues of the moment take center stage in our lives.
Dr. Alan Hix is an Associate Professor of Christian Studies at Shorter University. In addition to being and educator, he has served churches as a pastor, been involved in mission trips to Africa, Canada, and Alaska, and participated in archaeological excavations in Israel for several years.
Call Us To Schedule A Free Inspection! Alfonso Lopez (706) 618-9937 Gabriel Lopez (706) 847-8631
www.ajlopezroofingandremodel.com AISE & WORSHIP
Now Enrolling Students ForThe The 2022-2023 2019-2020 School For School Year Year Classes Available For MMO 2 Years Old, 3 Years Old, 4 Years Old, & Kindergarten
ContaCt the ChurCh offiCe: 706.695.8522 or tina CoChran: 706.517.9286
Gò0dNews for Everyone
PS138V8 by Regina Law Smith
have always believed that God provides everything we
ways,” he said. “I had been praying for some extra money
need. He may not answer our prayers in the ways we
for my business license and insurance, with no idea where it
want or on the timelines we expect, but He does answer.
was going to come from. Today, I went to the mailbox and
And every now and then, in the midst of daily living, we are
found a check for $2,000 from online classes I had dropped
allowed a powerful glimpse of our Father’s hand at work.
weeks after the refund date. But somehow, someway, the
I’ve certainly seen His hand in my life. One morning
refund was processed and sent to me. Prayer is an amazing,
on my way to work, I was troubled and crying so hard
amazing thing!” The assurance that your children know
I was heaving. Suddenly, a car swerved in front of me. I
God is priceless.
can’t tell you the make, model, or color of the car, but I’ll never forget the license plate: PS138V8—Psalm 138, Verse
I was most aware of God providing for my needs one December long ago. It was one of those months when
8—which says, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me”
there was more
month than money, and I knew with Christmas just
(KJV). Well, what
a week away, I
else could I do but
dry my eyes, blow
the means to buy
my nose, and give
presents for my
a prayer of thanks
young sons. I spent
the night pondering
He is present in
ways to help them
the workplace, too.
My niece, a single mother of two, arrived at work not long
the birth of Jesus Christ is the true meaning of Christmas
ago with her gas tank on empty. “Okay, God,” she prayed
and the only gift we need. The next morning, a friend from
at her desk. “You promised to take care of my needs, and I
church called and said, “Just hear me out. My husband and
need gas!” Before my niece could complete her prayer, a co-
I want to give you $250 to help with Christmas for your
worker asked for a lift home that entire week. In exchange?
boys.” Through my tears, I whispered, “Thank you” to my
The co-worker offered to fill up the gas tank.
friend—and to my Father.
God has been active in my co-workers’ lives as well.
It was I, not my sons, who needed to understand the
When I was on an out-of-town training assignment, a
true meaning of Christmas that year. I was reminded in a
colleague became disoriented. Two other co-workers took
powerful way that God knows our needs more than we do.
her to the emergency room. One co-worker recognized her
And, through the birth of Jesus Christ, He has a divine plan
symptoms as those of a stroke, and the other knew just
to provide for all of them—in ways that are beautifully clear
where to find the nearest hospital. My ailing colleague made
to our humble human hearts.
by God in her path that day. It warmed my heart recently to receive this voice message from my grown son: “God works in mysterious
22 // November 2022
About The Author
a full recovery, and says we were her “angel family” placed Regina Law Smith is presently married and God blessed her with the opportunity to raise six sons and one daughter. Her life experiences are of immeasurable value to this world and her community. It is no surprise that her favorite quote is, “Believe what you want to believe, but know the Truth.”
NOW HIRING AGENTS!
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
Have you ever considered a career in Real Estate? Why not work with a company who knows what they are doing and how to get the job done? No experience n e c e s s a r y. N o w h i r i n g a g e n t s f o r o u r o ff i c e i n R i n g g o l d , G e o r g i a . Call us today for more information.
105 RBC Drive Ringgold, GA 30736 706.935.6398 Each NextHome Office Is Independently Owned And Operated.
NEXTHOMEPLUS.COM BENEFITS • EXCELLENT IN HOUSE TRAINING • TEAM BASED ATMOSPHERE • FLEXIBLE WORK HOURS • GREAT CLOSING TEAM
TRACE MASHBURN REALTOR/BROKER email@example.com
Gò0dNews for Health
Hamilton Health Care System New Telehealth Service
amilton Heath Care System recently
for appropriate services, and the telehealth
introduced Hamilton Community
providers and support team will follow up
Health, a new way to connect with a
with the patients.
healthcare provider through a smartphone,
Providers include Jessica Sanders, NP; Sherri Brooks, NP; Nancy Giammarella,
wherever they are.
NP; Kim Standefer, NP; and Amy Garner, NP. The Community Health Support team includes Kelly Smith, Bella Resendiz, and Yajaira Barrera.
Tom Bledsoe, Jr.
“This new health option is designed
Most health insurance plans are accepted,
to provide the right care at the right time,
and self-pay options are available for those
wherever you are,” said Tom Bledsoe, Jr.,
MD, Population Health medical director. The hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7
The service is available for new and established patients, and they may schedule
p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year.
their own appointments at their convenience
Same-day appointments are available.
online at HamiltonHealth.com/365telehealth.
When patients need laboratory or imaging services following a telehealth encounter, they will be referred to the patient’s most convenient Hamilton location 24 // November 2022
For more information, call 706-529-8862.
LOCATED AT THE OLD FOOD CITY ON GLENWOOD OPENING NOVEMBER 17TH 2022
GET IN SHAPE WITH PEAK FITNESS • 23,000 Sq/Ft. • Personal Training • Tanning • Sauna • Smoothie Shop
• Daycare • Free Weights • Cardio • Group Classes • Spin Classes
1021 RIVERBURCH PKWY DALTON, GA 30720 706.529.7867 NOW OFFERING BUNGEE FITNESS CLASSES
NOW OPEN 24/7!
FEATURED COVER STORY
America’s Thrift Stores Known for its community support, America’s Thrift Stores celebrates its newest opening in the Northside Shopping Center on North Glenwood Ave in Dalton.
merica’s Thrift Stores announces the third
Thrift Stores helps to keep 50 million pounds out of
store opening in Georgia, located at 1287 N
landfills each year.
Glenwood Ave in the Northside Shopping
In Dalton, for every pound of goods donated,
Center. The Grand Opening is Thursday, November
America’s Thrift Stores will make a cash donation
17th and the grand opening celebration will
to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to help
continue into the weekend with music, giveaways,
provide for kids with critical illnesses. Last
and a live DJ on Saturday, November 19th.
year, they donated nearly $400,000 to Children’s
Founded in 1984, America’s Thrift Stores is
Healthcare of Atlanta through their other two
a for-profit company that supports numerous
locations in Georgia—Marietta and Athens. With
children’s health and addiction recovery charities.
the new store opening in Dalton, they are looking
With every donation made to America’s Thrift
forward to raising even more to benefit Children’s
Stores, they give back to six charity partners across
Healthcare of Atlanta this year. As you can see,
the five states in which they operate. In addition to
America’s Thrift Stores believes in making a
the charities America’s Thrift Stores supports, they
difference in the communities where they operate.
also provide over 1,500 jobs across their other 24
Their goal is to donate $100 million to charity over
locations. Through customer donations, America’s
the next 10 years.
26 // November 2022
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been dedicated to kids for over 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Their care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than 920,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 27 neighborhood locations, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the country’s largest pediatric clinical care providers. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country. America’s Thrift Stores is proud to be partnered with an organization so focused on improving kids’ health. If you are interested in making a difference with kids in Dalton, America’s Thrift Stores is now accepting donations at its Dalton location. Simply drive up to its store donation center and they will take it from there. From a thrift shopping experience in Dalton,
than 10,000 items every day. With up to 70% off retail pricing of name-brand clothing and household
America’s Thrift Stores is proud of their tag line
goods, America’s Thrift Stores is confident you will
“Not Your Mama’s Thrift Store.” What you will find
find great values for you and for your entire family.
when the store opens is a clean, organized shopping experience where “It’s a New Store Every Day.” America’s Thrift Stores is able to make this claim because the location in Dalton will restock more
goodnewscm.com // 27
Gò0dNews for Everyone
How Do You Pray?
by David Huff
any people answer the question how do you
would we not spill out the details to the one who can
pray like this: “I talk to God,” and that is
help us the most—God alone? If we were to approach
exactly what we are called to do. How serious
God and tell Him everything that is in our hearts, how
do you get with God? Do you talk to God as you would the person next to you, or do you talk to God as if you are
much healing could we receive? In Matthew 18:3-4, we are told to become like little
hiding the ugliness that is inside of you? Exodus 33:11
children and to humble ourselves like a child. Why
says that Moses spoke with the Lord face to face and just
would God want us to be like a child? The answer is
as a man speaks to a friend. Let that sink in for a moment.
that children are honest. They will tell you anything
Can we learn to speak with the Lord face to face? When
and everything, and the faith that a child has is
we go into our prayer closets, do we pour our
unquestionable. Yet that is how we are called to talk to God: with child-like faith, where
hearts out to the Lord, or do we check a box off the list—Okay, I prayed today?
we are willing to talk to God about every aspect and every fear inside of
When I was learning to pray, I thought you always had to bow
us. God wants to be that intimate with
down and get on your knees
each of us. When we tell our friends,
in a particular manner or
family, spouses, or whoever we are
fashion. I would hold back on
close to the hidden secret fears or
the things I would say because
things that are hurting us, we feel a
I did not want to say anything
relief come over us. Jesus says, “Come
offensive to the Lord. The truth
to me all ye who are weary and heavy
is God already knows what
laden” (Matthew 11:28). In these words, God is telling us to come
is in our hearts. When we are
to Him and to release everything
spilling out all the thoughts that
that is on our minds or hearts.
we have to Him, He will take
God loves it when we tell
those thoughts and work with
Him everything, and
them. God wants us to talk to Him as if He is our best
He wants us to be so
friend, and He should
comfortable talking to
be. If we are willing
Him that we will tell
to spill out all the
ugly details to our earthly best
About The Author
28 // November 2022
My name is David Huff, and I am married to Brittany and together we have five wonderful kids. We attend Rock Bridge Community Church Calhoun where I serve on the prayer team and production team. I am also a senior at Liberty University.
Knife STOPWesttheYellow PAIN T R A D I N G
P O S T
$30 0 Initial Exams & A THE EVERYTHING UNDER SUN Digital X-Rays
VA LU E !
• CABINETS • FLOORING • VANITIES • HVAC EQUIPMENT
Includes: Consultation, Chiropractic Exam, and (2) sets of Digital X-Rays
Not valid with workers comp or personal injury claims. First time patients only. Present coupon at time of first visit. Not valid with any other offer. Expires: 03-15-19 GN
Dr. Luis Rivera Member Georgia
Chiropractic Association NEW SHIPMENT OF KITCHEN Dr. Rebecca Holden Member Georgia SINKS & FAUCETS IN Chiropractic Association
2226 Chattanooga Rd, 715 S. 30720 Thornton Ave. Dalton, Georgia Dalton, GA 30720 Walk-Ins Welcome ( 7 0 6 ) 2 2 6 - 7706.609.0023 914 www.praychiro.com Se Habla Español westyellowknife.com MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED & CARE CREDIT
PRACTICE MADE PERFECT. Direct Primary Care Associates offers a simplified and smarter approach to better health without the stress and limitations of third-party insurance companies. Our membership provides office visits with plenty of one-on-one time with your doctor, allowing you the opportunity to take proactive steps towards a healthier life.
24/7 Access via text, phone, email, or video conference Same or next day appointments 30-60 Minute unrushed visits Personalized health plans Discounted labs
DirectPCA.com | @DirectPCA *Covered medications & labs are subject to change. Please visit DirectPCA.com for more information.
302Red Red Cross Dalton, GA 302 CrossDrive, Dr. Dalton, GA 706.529.8049| |retrobowlofdalton.com retrobowldalton.com 706-529-8049 $1OFF OFFHourly Hourly Rate $1 Rate Church Groups / Group Rate
ChurchExpires: Groups/Group Rate 12-15-22 Expires: 03-15-19 09-15-19
1/2 Price Price Shoes 1/2 Shoes
Church Groups / Group Rate Church Groups/Group Rate Expires: 12-15-22 Expires: 03-15-19 09-15-19
Gò0dNews for Everyone
Forgetting What’s Behind
by Jonathon Wright
rethren, I do not count myself to have
Paul also expresses his deep desire to know Christ
apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting
and the power of His resurrection. In other places, Paul
those things which are behind and reaching
describes this power as being able to do above and
forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward
beyond anything we ask, think, or imagine. See Ephesians
the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ
3:20. Paul wanted to see God’s power in his life and
Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14, NKJV).
the church. He also wanted to follow God in times of
In the first part of this chapter, Paul talks about his
suffering like Christ. Paul wanted to be faithful to the end.
old way of life, his days when he was a Pharisee and
He wanted to be perfect but was not. But he did this one
keeper of the law. The days when he persecuted the
thing. The fact that the apostle Paul singles out this one
church. Paul used to think a relationship with God meant
thing makes it very important. He forgot those things in the past and continued to press forward in his goal to be more like Christ. He wanted to put the past behind him. There was a time in my life when I greatly struggled in a particular area. God’s word in Isaiah 54:4 told me that I should forget the shame of my youth. Something about that passage just gave me peace. It helped me to move forward in my Christian life. And eventually, I was able to overcome it. Paul struggled with similar feelings about his past. He even called himself the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). However, Paul understood that we are powerless to change mistakes
keeping all the rules and relying on his strength alone.
in our past. We can try to learn from them and make
Now he knew Christ and His power to change a person’s
things better. But at the end of the day, we need God’s
life. Because of this, his former way of life does not begin
forgiveness and mercy, found at the cross. We need to
to compare with his new life in Christ. His former life
start each day by forgetting the past. When we do this, it
was rubbish when compared to knowing Christ. And he
helps us make the most of our today. We place our trust
had a long list of credentials. Paul wanted to encourage
in the promise of Christ and keep moving forward to
the Philippian church and those struggling against Jewish
become the people God wants us to be, which helps us
influences. These influences were trying to nullify and
move toward spiritual maturity and more success in life.
those dogs. Paul knew what he was talking about because he was one before he met Christ.
30 // November 2022
About The Author
put down their Christian faith. He told them to beware of Jonathon Wright currently lives in Cleveland, Tennessee, and has been a member of the Church of God for about twenty years. He is a graduate of Lee University and Beacon University where he earned a BA and MA in Biblical Studies. He loves studying the Bible and has done so for over thirty years, but only now has God given him a desire and the opportunity to be a writer. Jonathon hopes to encourage people to read the Bible and take notes. You can find more from Jonathon at amazon.com/author/everydaynotes.
c a n a ’ l B
APPLIANCES & FURNITURE TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS 5738 Ringgold Rd East Ridge, TN 423.710.1289
406 4th Ave Dalton, GA 706.529.8195
FROM MILD SCRATCH & DENT TO BRAND NEW AS LOW AS 30% OFF!
TENCHI FAMILY KARATE MARTIAL ARTS, FITNESS & CHILD DEVELOPMENT
“All Roads Lead To Tenchi”
O K I NAWAN K A R ATE is a TR EA SU R ED M A RTI A L ART. We a re t h e OR I GI N A L COM B AT M A RTI A L A RT f ro m O k i n a w a , Ja pa n. E verything begins w ith y o u , Y O UR S TAB I LI TY LI VES WI THI N Y OU R SELF. K a r a t e i s a b out CR EATI N G PEA CE. Co urtesy, H o n e s t y, a n d R espect belo ngs to everyo ne. Fro m dec a d es of p rove n m a r t i a l a r t m e t h o d s , w e help everyo ne gro w menta lly a nd physica lly to become the BE S T V E R S IO N O F Y O UR S E L F. We w e l c o me yo u a nd yo ur f a mily to co me “LI VE Y OU R B EST LIFE .”
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
3975 Ruby Drive, Va rnell, GA 30756 70 6 .2 2 2 .0 2 3 0 | t e n ch ifamilykarate . com
Gò0dNews for Everyone
Is God One Person?
by Matt Jensen
onotheism–the belief that there is only one God–has
◦ Is neither the Father nor the Son
always been essential to the Christian faith. The early
◦ Therefore, He is truly the Holy Spirit
church steadfastly defended monotheism but ran into a
difficulty–Jesus is equated with God in the New Testament. In fact, the deity of Jesus was a major reason that people wanted to kill Him (John 5:18; 8:58-59; 10:30-31). Desiring to hold to monotheism, some denied the full deity of Jesus. However, others desired to hold to monotheism and the full deity of Jesus. One solution proposed by men like Sabellius, Noetus, and Praxeas, was to say that the Father and the Son are actually not distinct persons. Like an actor playing different characters, God plays
It’s terribly important to confess that God is one God, but it’s vitally important to confess that this one God eternally exists in three persons, too. Here are a few reasons why: It’s biblical – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Sabellianism and orthodoxy agree that the Word was God (i.e. the one divine nature). However, Sabellianism can’t explain how the Word was with God. They must say something like “The Word appeared to be with God.” Orthodoxy can say that the
Father and then Son. This became known as
Word was God (divine nature) and with
the heresy of Sabellianism. Many strains
God (person). Sabellianism also can’t
of this error have surfaced over time,
account for passages such as Matthew
but its distinctive feature is that God
3:16-17. Orthodoxy can say that Jesus
is unipersonal. In other words, God
was baptized, the Spirit descended,
is one God existing as one person,
and the Father spoke. Sabellianism
sometimes acting as different
turns the events of this passage into
persons. Against this, orthodoxy
confesses one God eternally
God’s worship – This is the
existing in three persons. Here is what
greatest reason. God has revealed
Himself as one God eternally existing in
God is one divine nature.
three persons. Therefore, we must worship
• The divine nature is not shared by
Him as one God eternally existing in three
anything in creation.
persons. The most serious theological errors we
• The divine nature is not divided among the
three copies of the same picture). God eternally exists in three persons. • The person of the Father: ◦ Is unbegotten – He has His person from none ◦ Is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit ◦ Therefore, He is truly the Father • The person of the Son: ◦ Is eternally begotten – He has His person from the Father alone ◦ Is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit ◦ Therefore, He is truly the Son • The person of the Holy Spirit: ◦ Is eternally proceeding – He has His person from the Father and the Son
32 // November 2022
unipersonal God of Islam, but the blessed Trinity in unity and unity in Trinity. Our salvation and communion with God – Was it really the Son who came to save us? Was it really the Father who gave a people to His Son? Is it really the Holy Spirit who applies Christ’s redemptive work? Sabellianism must say, “No.” Can we really believe in Jesus (John 6:29)? Can we really pray to our Father in heaven (Matthew 6:9)? Can we really walk by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16)? Sabellianism must again say, “No.” If Sabellianism is true, our salvation and communion with God cannot be Trinitarian. We would be saved and commune with a God who is one person having multiple personalities. Thankfully, that is not the God who reveals Himself to us in the Bible. The one true God eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. About The Author
persons (like three pieces of the same pie). • The divine nature is not cloned three times (like
can possibly make concern God. He is not the
Matt Jensen is a missionary from Reformation Baptist Church in Dalton, Georgia. He and his wife, Danielle, are preparing to move to Thailand soon with their son, Judah. They are also anticipating the birth of another son, Gabriel.
H AV E A C O M P U T E R ?
CHANGE CAREERS IN JUST 42 HOURS. ACHIEVE INDEPENDENCE WHILE BUILDING YOUR LEGACY
SAVE BY ENROLLING NOW FOR $305 $185! This Includes Your Tuition, Ebook, Practice Exam Questions & 2 Hour Study Review.
WE BUY ALL METALS INCLUDING APPLIANCES
706.275.0130 3 2 1 9 S D i x i e H w y, Dalton, GA 30720
Gò0dNews for Everyone
While He Was Thinking
by Sandra Gilmore
ave you been following this series? Check each month as
dream. This messenger delivered stout answers to Joseph’s
we explore often-overlooked connections to Christmas
and wind our way back to this sacred event.
His mind was anywhere but there. What was he going to do?
How could he get out of this pickle? He was a craftsman. Years of working with resistant
Matthew 1:20 states, “But while he thought on these things, behold an angel appeared unto him in a dream.” The angel assured Joseph about following through with his marriage to Mary, even affirming the child was indeed the Son of God.
materials had taught him a few things. He envisioned a use for a material that the material couldn’t even see for itself. He shaped the stone. He carved the wood. He avoided the delicate areas that could crack later, relying on the strength around it to achieve the goal, which was to transition something typically left alone or behind into something that would serve, something that would become a part of daily life. His work would bear his mark. His design and years of training, planning, working, and re-working would all be reflected in the craftsmanship of the final product. Still, his day was ordinary. To a casual onlooker, his day would have seemed routine, no fuss, nothing unusual, until
The original language gives us insight into Joseph’s
that evening. During the day, his hands were busy with the
ponderings. This verb can be translated ponder, deliberate,
wood. He was carving, pounding, shaving, clearing shavings,
and revolve in the mind. Another passage in the book of Acts
staining, expertly crafting a resistant material into what he
describes, “While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said
envisioned it to be. After years of honing his trade, his hands
unto him…” These two examples highlight the promise in
could maneuver without his mind engaged. And on that day,
Isaiah 26:3: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is
his thoughts took the focus while his craftsmanship ebbed out
stayed on you.”
on autopilot. Joseph had questions, sticky questions directed by society’s
Do you ever ponder with your mind stayed on the Lord? Does your heart yield to The Master Craftsman? Or do you
mores and religious considerations. He just couldn’t see a way
worry with your mind focused on other things with a heart
out or a way in, for that matter. He was stuck with an urgent
resistant and stiff? With our minds stayed on the Lord, we can
desire to run. He was running with a sincere desire to stay
invite the Holy Spirit to give us insight, answers, and direction.
committed. What should he do? Everyone would know the baby
He brings peace. When we worry, we give the enemy of our
wasn’t his. But he didn’t do anything wrong. And this girl genuinely
souls an invitation to weigh us down, confuse us, or stagnate
believed God gave her this baby!
us. As we enter this season of thanksgiving soon followed by
That evening The Master Craftsman worked with an
Christmas, the Lord is indeed our Immanuel, God with us. We can ponder, wonder, and even question with renewed hope
man who could have possibly been left behind by history into a
role that would enter daily life for centuries to come. According to Matthew Chapter 1, the Lord sent an angel to Joseph in a
34 // November 2022
About The Author
immalleable material. The Lord expertly crafted the heart of a
Sandra Gilmore serves the Lord as wife, mom, and encourager, mostly through writing and speaking, occasionally through cooking, rarely through anything athletic and only because of the mercy and grace of Jesus. You can reach her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or her website: www.sandragilmore.org
COLDWELL BANKER KINARD REALTY CLEVELAND OFFICE 2650 Peerless Rd NW Cleveland, TN 37312 423.476.5532
OFFICE LOCATIONS KINARDREALTY.COM
RINGGOLD OFFICE 7616 Nashville Street Ringgold, GA 30736 706.935.5599
CALHOUN OFFICE 120 Cornerstone Way, Ste 6 Calhoun, GA 30701 706.629.8818
DALTON OFFICE 704 S. Thornton Avenue Dalton, GA 30720 706.226.5182
CARTERSVILLE OFFICE 322 E. Main Street Cartersville, GA 30120 770.382.2121
706.226.1234 A lpha O mega LLC. com
Gò0dNews for Everyone
Rejoice In Your Harvest
by Stephanie Daniels
armers are intentional about the seed they sow and
to give monetary gifts to your local churches, charities, or
the harvest they reap. They don’t plant apple seeds
alms, giving wherever you see a need.
and expect cabbage. They put a specific seed in the
Everything we do is a seed sown. “Do not be deceived,
ground and patiently wait for harvest season. They nurture
God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will
and water the seed, then at the right time, a harvest grows
also reap” (Galatians 6:7). One of the wisest things we
up out of the fertile soil. Many people don’t realize how
can do is sow good seeds. Sowing seeds of faith into the
much our lives are like farming. Seed time and harvest time
lives of others not only blesses them but it impacts us as
are a part of life. We sow seeds daily. The harvest we receive
well. Psalms 107:37 reminds us, “They sowed fields and
is based on what was sown.
planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest.” We can ensure a good crop of favor and blessings in our lives by simply being intentional about what we say, do, and think. The word of God says, “As a man thinks so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). When we continuously think negative thoughts, it is just a matter of time before we speak negative things, which can result in negative actions. Negative thoughts, words, and actions can produce bad fruit in your life. Speak life over yourself and others, and meditate on the word of God to help keep your thoughts pure. These are just some of the things that can help
As we reflect on our lives over the course of the
produce a good harvest in your life.
year, we can anticipate a harvest of all we have done.
So, whether you have sown time, money, shared your
The greatest harvest of all is a harvest of souls into the
faith or planted a garden, expect God to give you a bountiful
kingdom of God. Jesus sowed His life so that anyone
harvest. The apostle Paul explains that our righteousness
who calls on His name shall be saved. We can play a part
comes from God, and He is faithful to provide seed to
in that wonderful harvest by simply sharing our faith.
the sower. “Now He who supplies seed to the sower and
Sowing seeds of faith can be one of the most rewarding
bread for food will also supply and increase your store of
things a person can do in their lifetime. Matthew 9:37-38
seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness”
tells us, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
(2 Corinthians 9:10). It is never too late to sow seed with
Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send
intention and purpose. In this harvest season, expect God’s
out laborers into his harvest.” Another way to sow seed is
goodness and mercy to overtake you.
36 // November 2022
A FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS THAT HAS THE QUALITY OF YESTERDAY WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF TODAY.
• WE CAN HELP YOU SET UP YOUR CLAIMS • RENTAL CARS AVAILABLE • WE WORK WITH ALL INSURANCE COMPANIES
• BRAND NEW SHOP WITH BRAND NEW EQUIPMENT
927 S. HAMILTON ST. | DALTON, GA 30720 706.229.3131 | DALTONCOLLISION.NET
Gò0dNews for Everyone
Best Plan: God’s Way by Karla Smedley
like to be in the know! I dream of my future, whether it
the bed and pull the covers over my head. Life can just
be the events of the current day or the upcoming years. I
happen to me; I am too tired to try anymore. That is my
enjoy designing what’s to come.
Plan D—no plan at all! Que Sera Sera; whatever will be
Plan A: My Plan, Ideal Target In my mind’s eye, I see how my day will play out. I rise, I dress, I forge ahead. I strive to move toward my target. Then life happens. When I am distracted and forcefully navigated in a different direction with the world’s twists
will be. The world is in control of my life. Like a sky dance, that inflatable tube advertising wacky waving thing, I will just flail around, getting slapped in the face as life comes at me! What’s the point? Then suddenly as I am flailing . . . God allows a wind of wisdom to slap me
and turns, I am left frustrated and confused because my
across the face! I remember . . .
mental perception of what I wanted gets delayed.
God’s Plan: Thriving, Not Just Surviving
Plan B: My Back-Up Plan, Let Down, but Keep Trucking I tweak my course of action for a better chance of success, beginning to diagram long-term details for my life,
What am I trying to do? Live my life – doing it my way? Don’t misconstrue my words, I believe it is actually good to think ahead, to be prepared. However, we must
desiring to be in control of my future. The day is foggy with interruptions, so I visualize the month, the year, and even decades ahead. And without even realizing, I have created an expectation of what lies ahead. At times, I act like a fortune teller in my own life, creating and forecasting through my own crystal ball. I know that life takes perseverance, so I press on. Again, developing my idea of what is to come. Wouldn’t you know it, life happens again. I seem to be even further from my goals. The envisioned masterpiece in my mind becomes dented all the more. Tired and a bit weary, I pick up a hammer and try to bump the indentions back in place. Plan C: My Back-Up for the Back-Up Plan, Deflated and Struggling to Survive I now handle my quest with tunnel vision. Droning
stay in fellowship with God and allow Him to guide us with His intentions for our life. How do we do this? Prayer. Ask for forgiveness of sins and guidance. He will
forward, I have become obsessed with acquiring my desired
take us by the hand and lead us through life, if we will
vision into reality. All the while, the uncompromising
allow Him. “Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my
stomps towards my target may cause me to miss something
enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to
follow” (Psalm 5:8).
It’s time to wave the white flag. Throw in the towel. The uncontrollable is too much. It’s time to climb in
38 // November 2022
About The Author
Plan D: I Give, Simply Flailing in the Wind Karla Smedley lives in Dalton, Georgia, where she has taught 5th through 8th grade for the past twenty-four years. She is a member of Emmaus Baptist Church and has two grown children. She enjoys singing with the praise team at church, and she writes a Christian blog, Smorgasbord of Sisterhood, with her cousin Donna.
prescription needsand andlet letus usbecome become prescription needs your Hometown Hometown Independent IndependentPharmacy! Pharmacy!
PROFESSIONAL PHARMACY PROFESSIONAL PHARMACY Dalton’s Preferred Pharmacy For Over 60Years! Years! 55 Preferred Pharmacy for Over Years! •Dalton’s Service Gift Shop Preferred •Full Pneumonia Vaccine 55 Dalton’s Pharmacy for 50 Over 50 •• Flu Flu Shots Shots
Service Compounding Specializing in Newborn Gift Baskets • Shingles Vaccine Come by Full and visit Center Offering us • We •Accept Flexible Spending We Accept Flexible Specialty Drug Compounding
for all your prescription needs and Come by and see visit usfor forallall your Come us your Come by and visitusus forallallyour your us become Hometown Independent Pharmacy! Comeyour see for Account (FSA) & Bennylet Cards Spending Account prescription needs and let us become prescription needs and let us become • We Offer Diabetic Education Shots • Pneumonia Vaccine (FSA) and Benny Cards • Flu prescription needsand andlet letus usbecome become prescription needs • Newborn Baby Gifts your Hometown Independent Pharmacy! • Shingles Vaccine • Newborn Baby Gifts Hometown Independent Pharmacy! • We Offer Professional Counseling and Veterinary Drug Compounding
your Hometown Hometown Independent IndependentPharmacy! Pharmacy!
• Specialty Chocolates & Candies • We Accept FSA & Benny Cards on all Medications Diabetic Footwear. • Balloons • We Offer Diabetic Education
• We Offer Diabetic Education
Fittings • Specialty Chocolates & Candies • Custom Balloons
and Foot Exams
Our Pharmacists: Dr. Jason P. Sneed, Pharmacy Manager •• Flu Flu Shots Shots • Cookie Cook, RPh. • Mark Smith, RPh. • Dr. Tammy Houston
•• Flu FluGift Shots • •Full Service Shop Pneumonia Vaccine Shots Open when you need us 365 days a year! Monday thru Friday 8 am Vaccine - 8 pm, Saturday 9 am - 8 pm - Sunday 11 am Compounding - 7 pm Full Service Specializing in Newborn Gift Baskets ••Shingles Service Gift Shop •Full Pneumonia Vaccine We Accept All Major Insurance PlansCenter Offering • We •Accept Flexible Spending We• Accept Flexible Specialty Drug FullCompounding Service Compounding Specializing in Newborn Gift Baskets Shingles Vaccine County Wide Delivery t and Veterinary DrugOffering Account (FSA) & Benny Cards Center Spending Account Compounding • We Accept Flexible Spending • We Accept Flexible Burleyson Road • Dalton,Specialty GA Drug Compounding • 1100 We Offer Diabetic Education and Veterinary (FSA) and(FSA) Benny Cards Account & Benny Cards FullDrug Service Compounding Center Offering (706) 278-2490 Spending Account • Newborn Baby Gifts CompoundingSpecialty Drug Compounding & Veterinary Drug Compounding • We Offer Professional Counseling • We www.professionalpharmacydalton.com Offer Diabetic Education (FSA) and Benny Cards • Specialty Chocolates & Candies on• Newborn all Medications Baby Gifts Diabetic Footwear. • Balloons • We Offer Professional Counseling Offering Free • •We Offer Diabetic Education Specialty Chocolates & Candies 187648
Se Habla Español (Speak Spanish)
on all Medications • Balloons • We Offer Diabetic Education
Custom Fittings and Foot Exams Diabetic Footwear.
Our Pharmacists: Dr. Jason P. Sneed, Pharmacy Manager Custom Fittings • Cookie Cook, RPh. • Mark Smith, RPh. • Dr. Tammy Houstonand Foot Exams
Our Pharmacists: Dr.need Jason P. Sneed, Pharmacy Manager Open when you us 365 days a year! Monday thru Friday 8 am - 8 pm, Saturday 9 am - 8 pm - Sunday 11 am - 7 pm • Cookie Cook, RPh. • Mark Smith, RPh. • Dr. Tammy Houston
We Accept All Major Insurance Plans Open when you need us 365 days a year! County Wide Delivery t Monday thru Friday 8 am - 8 pm, Saturday 9 am - 8 pm - Sunday 11 am - 7 pm
Mexican Bar-B-Que Grill
1100 Burleyson Road Dalton,Plans GA We Accept All Major•Insurance County Wide Delivery t (706) 278-2490
Se Habla Español (Speak Spanish)
(706) 259-7998 1100 Burleyson Road • Dalton, GA 323 S. Grimes St. (706) 278-2490 www.professionalpharmacydalton.com Dalton, GA 30721
Se Habla Español (Speak Spanish)
Gò0dNews for Everyone
Objects In the Mirror Are Smaller Than They Appear
by Beth Penny
here are so many pivotal moments in our lives
forward and move forward as we understand that the
that imprint on our memories. One of those for me
past has a presence in our future but does not control it.
will always be the day I turned sixteen and got my
My advice is to live life as you would drive a car. Look
driver’s license. For me, as for so many others, being able
forward and move on from what mistakes or errors you
to drive alone was the first step in young freedom and
have made in the past. Look forward and remember
independence. It signified so much more than that little
that God is always above. An old adage says, “If what is
piece of paper you receive that says you passed a test.
ahead scares you and what’s behind hurts you, just look
But learning to drive, on the other hand, was full of so
up. He never fails to help you.”
many more issues. Learning to be totally aware of your surroundings proves difficult until it becomes second nature. One of the first driving lessons my dad gave me was learning to use the mirrors. The side mirrors and rearview mirror have their own purpose, and we have to learn to use them to aid the process of driving. However, they aren’t the most important thing to help us drive. As we drive, we glance in the mirrors to look for things beside us, right behind us, or even further behind us. We use those to help us know our
Those words ring true. Just as the words in Psalm
surroundings or potential dangers. We don’t, however,
121, “Look up to the mountains—does my help come
continuously drive while looking through the rearview
from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made
mirror. There is a reason the windshield is bigger than
heaven and earth…The Lord himself watches over you!
the rearview. We always have to look forward to where
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade”
we are going and be aware but not focused on what is
(1-2, 5). Don’t let mistakes of the past guide what you can
accomplish in the present. Remember that the windshield
In life, we have to remember the same lessons. We
is bigger than the rearview.
control what is in front of us. We have to continue to look
40 // November 2022
About The Author
have to be aware of what is behind us but not let it Beth Penny has taught English at Model High School since 1997. There she is also the Yearbook adviser and the Special Education Department Chair. She and her husband, Chad, have four children.
OFFICIAL MOWERS OF THE BACKYARD LIFE WITH PAYMENTS AS LOW AS
WITH PAYMENTS AS LOW AS
GOING ON NOW
0% FINANCING FOR 60 MONTHS* *QUEST AND RADIUS MODELS ONLY. SEE EXMARK.COM FOR DETAILS.
ASK US ABOUT
EXMARK’S MILITARY AND FIRST RESPONDERS DISCOUNT Visit exmark.com or dealer for complete details
B & B TRACTOR 1106 GOOD HOPE RD NE, DALTON, GA 30721 (706) 259-9629
Gò0dNews for your Taste Buds
Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole Boats by Jodi Varnado
love gathering around a table with good food and good company. The Thanksgiving holiday grants us the perfect opportunity to foster this connection and fellowship. This twist on the classic sweet potato casserole only enhances the experience! This recipe is sure to bring comfort to your friends and family this Thanksgiving dinner. With only eight ingredients and one pan, you can present this sweet side dish and leave your guests impressed. (And don’t worry, they won’t know how easy it was it prepare. Your secret’s safe with me.)
Ingredients • 4 medium-large sweet potatoes or yams • 1 tablespoon of neutral oil
Toppings • 2 tablespoons of butter • ¾ teaspoon of ground cinnamon • 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar • 1 cup of raw pecans, roughly chopped • 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup • 1 cup of mini marshmallows
42 // November 2022
Instructions 1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Slice the sweet potatoes in half, but leave the skin on. Rub both sides with oil and arrange cut-side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 3. Use a fork to poke holes in the back sides of the potatoes, then bake for 25-35 minutes.
4. Once tender, remove potatoes from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Then carefully flip the potatoes over. Use a fork to gently mash the insides of the potatoes until they are slightly pressed down and the surface is flat.
5. Swipe the top of each potato with butter. Then, shake a light dusting of cinnamon on each potato, followed by brown sugar, pecans, and maple syrup. Top with mini marshmallows. 6. Return to the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the toppings are slightly toasty! 7. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.
• Apartment/College Dorms • Restaurants • Places Of Worship • Day Cares • Medical Facilities • & Many More!
ROBINSON SALVAGE We Manufacture Specialty Acoustic Products For Commercial, Residential, & Industrial Applications. Special Pricing Available For Non-Profit Organizations
A Treasure Hunter’s Paradise! • We Are A Veteran
Owned Organization. • Closeouts • Clothing • We Honor Your Service. • 100% Made In the USA • Store Returns • Housewares Call: 888.865.0456 • highlandacousticsolutions.net • Insurance Losses • hardware • Bankruptcies • Beauty Supplies • Truck / Train Wrecks • Sporting Goods • & Much More! Everything is a discount!
Check us out on Facebook!
2511 Cleveland HWY Highway 2408 Cleveland • Dalton, Why RentGAWhen30721 You Can Own? Dalton, GA 30721 706-529-3857 • robinsonsalvage.com
LET ME HELP YOU FIND THAT PERFECT HOME TODAY!
WHETHER PURCHASING OR SELLING YOUR HOME, LET ME HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL.
706.226.1115 Start your loan application Lisa SloanTODAY:
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!
H O S P I C E & PA L L I AT I V E C A R E
1/2 OFF REGISTRATION FEE Expires: 06-01-17
COLDWELL BANKER KINARD REALTY
704 South Thornton Ave. • Dalton, GA 30720
706-226-7417 706-866-5557 For All Your Residential &
514 Fleming St, Ste 4 890 Battlefield Pkwy Commercial Real Estate Needs. DALTON FT. OGLETHORPE
Hospice of Chattanooga has been
THE SLOAN TEAM 706-695-4823
providing quality Hospice and Palliative care for patients and families in Tennessee and North Georgia for 37 years.
1422 Green Rd, Ste J COLDWELL BANKER
H O L I DAY S & WEEKENDS
DAY S P E R YEAR
R EFER R AL LIN E
Dalton GA_multibranchgeneric5.125x7.625.indd 1
Three convenient locatons to serve you:
We are here to serve families every day.
Office: 706-226-5182 Cell: 706-280-0068 Click Email: email@example.com Come by Website: www.kinardrealty.com
CHATSWORTH KINARD REALTY 704 S. THORNTON AVE.
All loan terms and applicable DALTON, APR’s depend on meeting our underwriting and GA 30720 income criteria for the loan size 706-226-5182 requested and may require collateral. Active duty military, their spouse orwww.kinardrealty.com dependents covered by the Military Lending Act (“MLA”) may not pledge a vehicle as collateral. 1st Franklin Financial Corporation, NMLS #141654, Georgia Residential Mortgage Licensee #5656. Lisa Sloan Mike Sloan 706-280-0068 706-280-0077 5/22/2019 10:16:21 AM
Thanksgiving Day by Judy Hood
On this day of Thanksgiving I thank you Lord for all you have been giving I thank you for the air I breathe That gives life in and through me If you had not given your life for me I would cease to exist, you see I know my mom gave me birth But you gave me rebirth To save my soul And make me whole I wish everyone would give their life to you But some people act like they don’t want any part of you I’m glad we have a Thanksgiving Day To thank you for each and every day As I look up into the sky to praise you for being so good to me I honor you, for without you, I don’t know where I would be I know I have made many mistakes along the way But I serve a big God that forgives me and brightens my day So, “Happy Thanksgiving,” Lord, thank you, for all you do Remind us before we judge people to try our foot in their shoe 44 // November 2022
Auto Collision & Body Repair
1105 Riverbend Drive, Dalton, GA 30721 706-529-8213
LEN’S HAND CAR WASH HAND WASH & WAX
•FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED •IN BUSINESS FOR 4 YEARS •FULL DE TAIL: INSIDE + OUT •BILLINGUAL
200 WEST MORRIS ST, DALTON, GA (706) 264-4132
Gò0dNews for Everyone
A Thankful Heart, For Real
by Kaye Stein
ovember—the month we are most thankful in!
and loving on our people? Are we showing a thankful
Raise your hand if you’re guilty. Can you see
heart towards the people God has put in our lives? It’s
mine? My hand is up. At my age, I’ve celebrated
okay to start with small steps, maybe even better. Try
so many Thanksgiving meals in so many different homes,
listing your gratitude. Or when you sit down at the
and with so many different people, that I can’t say I have
table with others, have everyone say something they are
a tradition. But that’s okay. I moved around, living in
several different states and I wasn’t always able to get
Being thankful is an action and showing thankfulness
back home. So, I guess my tradition is that I don’t have
can be a little difficult or even scary at times. Letting go
a tradition. Don’t get me wrong, I do have a meal with
of bad history can possibly require much more effort, so start small. Say like, learning to be thankful for yourself! Be thankful for the way God made you—all the way down to your nose hairs! I’m sure you have heard the saying, “you must learn to love yourself before you can love someone else!” It is very true. Your nose hairs have a job to do even though it’s not a major part of you. But just the same, they have a purpose. It may not be as significant as the iris in your eye, but every part of you is made to perfection to do your Lord’s work. I know it’s kind of a funny analogy, and not too glamorous to think about nose hairs, yet every part of you is put together by God. Likewise, He put together each one of us to fulfill His purpose and bring Him glory!
family, but it’s been a changing dynamic. I’m sure there
Ephesians 3:19, “May you experience the love of
are plenty of you who have been in the same place in life.
Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then
Dynamics change for different reasons, and we could go
you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and
on and on listing them, but that’s not the point we need to
power that comes from God.” So, shout your praises to
dwell on. The point is, are we thankful and ministering to
the God almighty and be thankful for His love for you!
the ones God gives us during the time we have?
Let that joy and peace permeate your being, and that joy
Jesus’s ministry took Him to many places, but
will spread to the people in your life!
His focus stayed the same. Everywhere He went He work. All throughout the New Testament, there are stories of His love for us! Are we following in His steps
46 // November 2022
About The Author
ministered to people and was focused on His Father’s
Kaye Stein lives with her amazing husband, Mike, in Rome, Georgia, and attends Pleasant Valley North. She loves learning about God in Bible Study Groups and Sunday School in the Woman’s Class. She loves her family, especially her grands! She is retired and is starting her bucket list travels.
WE'RE YOUR HOMETOWN ACCESSORY STORE!
• Car & Truck Center • Gooseneck & Fifth-Wheel Hitches • Marine • Truck Beds
SHARE YOUR STORY Everyone has aLINE-X story to Share yours with us and OFtell. CLEVELAND see how your1107 story canLee change someone's life. South Highway
LINE-X PREMIUM ALL TRUCK GEAR Cleveland, TN 37311 BEDLINER BY LINE-X Contact Phillips: firstname.lastname@example.org EmailMelissa Jodi Varnado: email@example.com 423.559.2668
Gò0dNews Christian Magazine
4 Mmonth E T Hwe O distribute D S F O7,500 R 1 magazines G R E ATtoPover RIC E Each 400
Each we distribute to over locations locations in Cleveland Athens as 400 churches, 1.month 1,000 print magazines going7,500 outand intomagazines the communitysuch every month. in Cleveland such as churches, businesses, doctor offices, etc! 2. 2,000 print magazines being directly mailed to people's homes in the community. businesses, doctors offices, etc! 3. Our digital online magazine which is published worldwide and our app. Advertise Your Business With Rates As Low As Advertise Your With Aswith Low 4. Social media which we canBusiness run your ads on and doRates interviews you. As
$$150 150 A ONTH! AM MONTH!
Advertise Your Business With Rates As Low As Contact: Matthew Ruckman (423) 503-1410 Contact: Bud Kinches Contact Shane Franks 423-650-2801 706.270.2410
$150 PER MONTH!
2520 KEITH STREET CLEVELAND, TN 37312 423.339.6726
Gò0dNews for Everyone
I Finally Got Over Myself! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
by Terrie Ruff was so happy to see my friend Trish today! Her
Wow! Like Trish, I want to follow the example
bright and cheerful smile is such a refreshing
that Jesus left for us. He gave all as He poured
greeting as I pass by her department or as she
out His life to fulfill God’s plan for the salvation
enters my office. The joy of the Lord is all over
of humanity. He got over Himself and His sole
her! As we made plans for lunch, I was excited because whenever I spend time with her, I always walk away with food for thought, and today would be no exception. In a timely manner, I completed my morning tasks and hurriedly gathered my lunch bag and headed towards Trish’s office. From there, we made our way to a quiet spot in the cafeteria. As we sat down, she began sharing how God had been blessing her and her husband. He had been leading and guiding them as they were making life-changing decisions. She talked about wanting to do more
purpose was to glorify His Father and edify
for God and how she was more ready now to do
others. I, too, have determined to get over myself
whatever He asked of her, to go wherever He
in surrender to God’s purpose for my life. Daily,
asked her to go, and to be bold for Him and not
I give Him all. Daily, I die so that I can live for
concerned with what others thought. Wow! I look
Him. Trish, I get it, and like you, I finally got over
at her enthusiasm with amazement, and before I
could ask her the “how” question, she answered
Humility! What does it look like in your life? Do
my silent questioning. “Terrie, I finally got over
you think of others before yourself? Do you serve, pray
myself. Now I can really serve God.” Her laugh
or worship in a spirit of humility? Reflect on ways
was evidence of the new found freedom and joy
that you can develop a humble spirit in practical,
she had in emptying herself completely for God to
and used as He pleased.
48 // November 2022
About The Author
fill her to overflow, so that she could be His vessel
Terrie E. Ruff is a public speaker, soloist and inspirational author. She is an active member of the Orchard Park SDA Church in Chattanooga. Terrie can be contacted at Terrie.Ruff@lpnt.net.
Where Your Dreams Are Driven
Donde Manejastus Sueños 2016 Jeep Cherokee
2018 Chevrolet Traverse
2016 Chevrolet Colorado
2004 Toyota Tacoma
2012 Toyota 4Runner
Call Us For The Price
• 3.6L V6 • Leather Interior • Automatic
• 107K Miles • 3.6L V6 • Automatic
• 3.6L V6 • Leather Interior • 2WD • Z71
• 3.4L V6 • Automatic • RWD
• Limited • 4.0L V6 • Leather Interior
2020 Nissan Altima
2004 Volkswagen Passat
2018 Ford EcoSport
2015 Ford F-150
2012 Kia Sportage
Only 47K Miles
• 2.5L V4 • Automatic
1776 E WALNUT AVE, DALTON, GA 30721 706.279.4360
• GLX • Leather Interior • 2.8L V6
• SE • 100K Miles • Ecoboost
• 3.5L V6 • Platinum
Great VISIT ONE OF OUR Selection 2 CONVENIENT of Cars! LOCATIONS!
DON’T FORGET TO
• 139K Miles • Automatic • FWD
696 INMAN ST EAST CLEVELAND, TN 37311 423.472.4045 TO RECEIVE DISCOUNTS, SPECIAL OFFERS & DAILY OFFERS
Gò0dNews for Everyone
by Dorothy Teague
t seems like everyone is writing a book these days!
of singing and have sung the entirely of my life thus far. I
Some people are writing about their own life and all of
believe it was in His plan for my life to receive Him and to
their adventures. I often get envious when I hear about
use these gifts to lead others to Him. “The Lord has made
how full their lives have been and all the far off, exotic
everything for its purpose…” (Proverbs 16:4). Now, while
places they have visited. They do have quite an interesting
I know I have a purpose from God to be here, I haven’t
tale to tell! But my story is wrapped up in “His” story,
always kept to His plan. I am a planner and a list-maker,
interwoven into the fabric of His making. All of history is
and get very upset when my plans go awry. But I am
His from beginning to end. Our lives are a thread in the
reminded in Proverbs 19:21 that “Many are the plans in a
tapestry of time. Our purpose should be to reflect His story
person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
and His glory. My birth, while unremarkable to the world, was my beginning and could only be my beginning, just the way He planned it. It was on purpose for a purpose. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born, I set you apart and appointed you…” Here He is talking about Jeremiah’s purpose of being a prophet. But we have all been born with our own purpose and destiny. None of us are here by accident.
We are not here to live unto ourselves. Our life is a gift from
It is by God’s design that each of us has been born into this
God! James 1:17 tells us that “every good gift and every
world. In Psalm 139:16, David says, “Your eyes saw my
perfect gift is from above, coming from the Father of lights.”
unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written
It has been said that our lives are a gift from God and
in your book before one of them came to be.” Ironically,
what we do with our lives to honor Him is our gift to God.
when we are born into this world, we are born as innocent
I haven’t reached the end of my story yet, so I haven’t
babes, but we instantly become sinners because we are born
completed my purpose from God. But until I reach my end
into a sinful world.
date, my prayer is that I will be like a mirror reflecting His
During childhood, I went to church and learned about
glory and His story. After all, His story is the best one of all!
accepted Him at the early age of eight. I discovered my gift
50 // November 2022
About The Author
who Jesus was and that He died on the cross for my sins. I Dorothy Teague is a Tennessee native, who resides in McMinn County with her husband, Lewis, on their farm. After completing 31.5 years as a teacher in the Bradley County School System, she is active in her church at Eastanallee Baptist Church where she is a member of the choir and praise team.
Work Hard. Play Hard. Repeat.
Life Is Better With A Honda Rancher CALL US FOR THE REAL BEST DEAL!
929 N GLENWOOD AVE, DALTON, GA 706.226.4090 | KIRKSCYCLE.COM powersports.honda.com UTILITY ATVs ARE RECOMMENDED FOR RIDERS 16 YEARS AND OLDER. ATVsCAN BE HAZARDOUS TO OPERATE. FOR YOUR SAFETY, BE RESPONSIBLE. READ THE OWNER’S MANUAL.ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET, EYE PROTECTION AND PROTECTIVE CLOTHING. BE CAREFUL ON DIFFICULTTERRAIN. ALL ATV RIDERS SHOULD TAKE A TRAINING COURSE (FREE FOR NEW BUYERS. ASK YOUR DEALER OR CALL ASI AT 800-887-2887). NEVER RIDE AFTER CONSUMING DRUGS OR ALCOHOL, ONPAVED SURFACES, ON PUBLIC ROADS, WITH PASSENGERS, OR AT EXCESSIVE SPEEDS. NO STUNT RIDING. RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT WHEN RIDING. FourTrax® and Rancher® are registered trademarks ofHonda Motor Co., Ltd. ©2019 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (05/19)