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Contents

NOVEMBER 2022

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

22 PS138V8

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

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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

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GoodNews Poetry

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

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Gò0dNews from the Pastor’s Desk

The Family Supper Table by Donald Cantrell

I

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,

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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.”


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Gò0dNews for Kids

Count Your Blessings

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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

to keep?

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!

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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.


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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.

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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

Taxes

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

Roth Conversion

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.

income earners.

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

done correctly.

certain care facilities. This money can also be used to build a handicap

Market downturn

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

for some.

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

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Gò0dNews for Men

Did God Really Say…?

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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

of Gedaliah.

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

REALLY say…?”

we should walk and do” (Jeremiah 42:2,3). When

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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…?”


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Living Abundantly

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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.

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Dalton Church Directory Assembly of God

Christian Fellowship Assembly 3656 Chattanooga Road, 30755 706-280-7594 The Sanctuary 515 Reed Rd NW, 30720 706-270-2088 The Healing Center Church 515 Reed Road, 30720 706-229-9456

Baptist

Abundant Life Baptist Church 811 J and J, 30721 706-278-5289 Antioch Baptist Church 1205 Antioch Road, 30720 706-278-1305 Beaverdale Baptist Church 2496 Beaverdale Rd NW, 30721 706-259-7089 Calvary Baptist Church 2115 Chatsworth Rd, 30721 706-278-6324 Carolyn Baptist Church 2305 Cleveland Highway, 30721 706-259-8142 Centerpoint Baptist Church 420 Centerpoint Drive SE, 30721 706-277-2100 Christ Reformed Baptist Church 1378 Dug Gap Rd, 30720 706-226-3026 Concord Baptist Church 1054 Hopewell Rd, Cohutta 30710 706-694-8618 Cove Baptist Fellowship Church 461 Carbondale Rd SW, 30721 706-277-3484 Crown View Baptist Church 502 West Tyler St, 30720 706-278-7422 Deep Springs Baptist Church 1660 Beaverdale Rd NE, 30721 706-259-3255 Dug Gap Baptist Church 2031 Dug Gap Rd, 30720 706-278-2377 Eastbrook Baptist Church 204 Hill Rd, 30720 Eastside Baptist Church 913 East Morris St, 30721 706-278-8553 Eleventh Avenue Baptist Church 2550 South Dalton Bypass, 30722 706-278-7020 Emmaus Baptist Church 4268 S. Dixie Rd, 30735 706-483-5251 First Baptist Church 802 Kenner St, 30721 706-226-9681 First Baptist Church of Dalton 311 North Thornton Ave, 30720 706-278-2911 Grace Baptist Church 2049 Lower Kings Bridge Rd, 30721 706-537-6884 Good Hope Baptist Church 2525 Lake Francis Rd, 30721 706-259-3719 Grove Level Baptist Church 2802 Cleveland Highway, 30721 706-259-8519

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Good Samaritan Baptist Church 3137 Cleveland Rd, 30721 706-259-7239 Gospelway Baptist Church 336 Jupiter Cir, 30721 706-278-1424 Grace Baptist Church 2049 Lower Kings Bridge Rd, 30721 706-537-6884 Harmony Baptist Church 187 Lower Dawnville Rd, 30721 706-226-5521 Harvest Baptist Church 3986 Cleveland Hwy, 30721 706-694-8951 Hill Crest Baptist Church 1901 Cityview St, 30720 706-279-1267 Hopewell Baptist Church 3527 Airport Rd, 30721 706-226-5987 Kinsey Drive Baptist Church 2626 Kinsey Drive,30720 706-277-3505 Lakeshore Park Baptist Church 12 Crescent St, 30720 706-275-6050 Liberty Baptist Church 506 South Pentz St, 30720 706-226-5535 Lindsey Memorial Baptist 706-673-7650 3503 Lindsey Memorial Rd. Rocky Face, Ga. 30740 Macedonia Baptist Church 1355 Dawnville Rd NE, 30721 706-259-9220 Maple Grove Baptist Church 347 Maple Grove Rd, 30721 706-483-6300 McFarland Hill Baptist Church 307 Brickyard Rd, 30721 706-277-5521 Mount Rachel Baptist Church 332 Haig Mill Lake Rd, 30720 706-278-5192 Mount Ridge Baptist Church 1401 M L King, Jr. Blvd, 30721 706-278-0335 New Hope Baptist Church 900 Roan St, 30721 706-226-2093 New Hope Baptist Church 706-673-8050 2105 Tunnel Hill-Varnell Road Tunnel Hill, GA 30755 New Life Baptist Church 2620 Old Grade Rd, 30721 Northwest Georgia Baptist Church 222 North Pentz St, 30720 706-463-3490 Olivia Baptist Church 1817 Guy St, 30720 706-278-3507 Pine Grove Baptist Church 4004 Airport Road, 30721 706-264-8630 Poplar Springs Baptist Church 897 Poplar Springs Rd, 30720 706-259-8727 Reformation Baptist Church 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

Bible

Fellowship Bible Church 2044 Dug Gap Rd, 30720 706-278-6269

Catholic

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church 968 Haig Mill Lake Rd, 30720 706-278-3107

Christian

First Christian Church 1506 Dug Gap Rd, 30720 706-278-7244

Church of Christ

Central Church of Christ 515 N. Tibbs Rd, 30720 706-278-8051 Riverbend Church of Christ 2218 S Riverbend Rd, 30721 706-226-0819

Church of God

Church of God of Union Assembly 2311 South Dixie Rd, 30720 706-275-0510 City View Church of God 3688 Chatsworth Hwy, 30721 706-226-6686 Crosspointe 2681 Underwood Street 30721 706-278-2649 Lifegate Church 2744 Cleveland Highway, 30721 706-259-0016 Valley Brook Church of God 1474 Mineral Springs Rd, 30720 706-279-3296

Community

Church on the Hill 1035 Abutment Rd, 30721 706-278-9208 Community Fellowship Church 409 North Fredrick St, 30721 706-278-3204 Freedom Community Church 908 Elk Street, 30720 706-463-2690 Rock Bridge Community Church 121 W Crawford St, 30720

Episcopal

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church 901 West Emory St, 30720 706-278-8857

Latter-day Saints

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

Lutheran

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

Methodist

Bethel AME Church 620 Spring Street, 30720 706-226-2714 Bethel UMC 123 Bethel Church Rd, 30721 706-278-3309 Dalton First UMC 500 South Thornton Ave, 30720 706-278-8494 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

Nazarene

First Church of the Nazarene 2325 Chattanooga Rd, 30720 706-278-8428 Grace Church of the Nazarene 1111 Nelson St, 30721 706-278-1171

Non-Denominational

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


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

Pentecostal

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Fuente de Agua Viva 1007 Underwood St, 30721 706-278-4963

La Senda Antigua 308 East Matilda St, 30720 706-270-8826 True Gospel Pentecostal Church 109 South Henderson St, 30721 706-278-5696 Shadow Ridge Worship Center 122 Wheat Drive Varnell, GA 30721 706-280-4546

Presbyterian

ChristChurch Presbyterian 510 South Tibbs Rd, 30720 706-529-2911 First Presbyterian Church 101 S. Selvidge St, 30720 706-278-8161

Grace Presbyterian Church 2107 Threadmill Rd, 30720 706-226-6344

Salvationalist

Salvation Army 1109 N. Thornton Ave, 30722 706-278-3966

Seventh Day Adventist

3 Angels Hispanic SDA 701 E Morris St, 30721 706-618-1182 Dalton Hispanic SDA 112 W Long St, 30720 706-275-0523 Dalton SDA Church 300 South Tibbs Rd, 30720 706-226-2166

Chatsworth Church Directory Baptist

Blue Ridge Primitive Baptist Church 706-517-9849 134 Hyden Tyler Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Calvary Baptist Church 706-695-7747 Highway 225 North Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Center Hill Baptist Church 706-695-7988 65 Berry Bennett Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Cisco Baptist Church 706-695-9270 Highway 411 North Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Cool Springs Baptist Church 706-517-5388 Holly Creek Cool Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Fellowship Baptist Church 706-695-2626 4396 Highway 52 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US First Baptist Church 706-695-2112 121 West Market Street Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Flat Branch Baptist Church 706-695-2663 3443 Highway 286 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Free Hope Baptist Church 706-695-3717 4176 Highway 76 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Holly Creek Baptist Church 706-695-8522 422 Holly Creek Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Liberty Baptist Church 4221 US-76, Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Little Consauga Baptist Church 706-517-5733 1100 Sugar Creek Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Maranatha Baptist Church 706-695-6330 Highway 225 South Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Mount Pisgah Baptist Church 706-517-8944 2309 Old Highway 411

Chatsworth, GA 30705 US 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

Bible

Grace Bible Church 2599 Leonard Bridge Rd. Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Church of Christ

Woodhaven Church of Christ

706-847-7400 508 West Peachtree Street Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Church of God

Chatsworth Church of God 706-695-9388 Highway 411 South Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Central Community Church 706-695-4242 60 Pine Hills Drive Chatsworth, GA 30705 Spring Place Church of God 706-695-8000 717 Tibbs Bridge Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Full Gospel

Faith Worship Center 706-695-6866 189 Hyden Tyler Road Chatsworth GA 30705 House Of Prayer 616 Jenkins Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Methodist

Casey Springs UMC 7250 Chastworth Highway South Chastworth, GA 30705 Center Valley UMC 706-971-4646 5394 Highway 225 North Chatsworth, GA 30705 US First United Methodist Church 706-695-3211 107 W Cherokee Street Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Fullers Chapel UMC 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

Non-Denominational

God’s Light House 784 Smyrna Church Road Chatsworth, GA 30705

The Church of God of the Union Assembly at Chatsworth, GA 706-695-7335 Highway 52 Alternate Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Liberty Tabernacle 706-517-3140 2196 Smyrna Church Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Living Word Christian Fellowship 706-695-5005 960 Cherokee Drive Chatsworth, GA 30705 US New Beginnings Ministries 706-695-6067 646 Floodtown Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US North Gate Church 706-548-4967 7727 Highway 225 South Chatsworth, GA 30755 US Tabernacle of Praise 706-517-0377 1435 Leonard Bridge Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 US Wings Of Faith Ministries 706-695-1527 1122 North Holly Drive Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Pentecostal

Victory Tabernacle 706-517-1458 355 Ellijay Street Chatsworth, GA 30705 US A Place to Worship 706-517-8568 259 Old Landfill Rd Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Presbyterian Sumach Presbyterian Church 706-695-4773 2089 Sumach Church Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

Seventh Day Adventist

Seventh-Day Adventist Church 706-517-5124 1115 Highway 52 Chatsworth, GA 30705 US

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Gò0dNews for Grandparents

Thank You Lord

I

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

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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.


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Gò0dNews for Everyone

Are You Tilting at Windmills?

A

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

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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.


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PS138V8 by Regina Law Smith

I

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

NOV

G A

month than money, and I knew with Christmas just

(KJV). Well, what

a week away, I

else could I do but

wouldn’t have

dry my eyes, blow

the means to buy

my nose, and give

presents for my

a prayer of thanks

young sons. I spent

to God?

the night pondering

He is present in

ways to help them

the workplace, too.

understand that

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

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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.”


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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.

A

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.

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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

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Gò0dNews for Everyone

How Do You Pray?

M

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

Him everything.

ugly details to our earthly best

About The Author

friend, why

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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.


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Forgetting What’s Behind

“B

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.

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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.


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Is God One Person?

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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

a charade.

confesses one God eternally

God’s worship – This is the

existing in three persons. Here is what

greatest reason. God has revealed

orthodoxy confesses.

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

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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.


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While He Was Thinking

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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

sticky questions.

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

and peace!

role that would enter daily life for centuries to come. According to Matthew Chapter 1, the Lord sent an angel to Joseph in a

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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: tandsgilmore@yahoo.com or her website: www.sandragilmore.org


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Rejoice In Your Harvest

F

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.

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Best Plan: God’s Way by Karla Smedley

I

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

around me.

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

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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.


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Objects In the Mirror Are Smaller Than They Appear

T

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

behind us.

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

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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.


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Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole Boats by Jodi Varnado

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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

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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.


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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


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A Thankful Heart, For Real

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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

thankful for.

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

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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.


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I Finally Got Over Myself! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

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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

myself too!

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

everyday ways.

and used as He pleased.

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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.


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His Story

I

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

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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.



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