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Contents AUGUST 2021
GoodNews from the Pastor’s Desk
6 Caring for the Poor by Dr. Ralph Jenkins
GoodNews for Kids
8 David’s Adventures by Sandra Gilmore
GoodNews on Money Matters
10 Want Accountability? Tell Everybody
by Andrew Lee GoodNews for Men
12 Time to Forgive by Dave Adams
GoodNews for Women
14 The Value of Connection by Megan VanMeter
GoodNews for Everyone
18 An Olympic Effort by Bill Fortenberry
GoodNews for Everyone
20 David: A Man After God’s Own Heart
by Erin Clay
GoodNews Cover Story
22 Kawasaki-Suzuki of Rome by Jimmy Lemaster
GoodNews for Family
GoodNews for Everyone
26 Encouragement GoodNews for Teens
28 Come Out of The Grave by Caleb Prytherch
GoodNews for Everyone
30 Getting Back to...The Future! by Dr. Alan Hix
GoodNews for Everyone
32 Forgetting What Lies Behind by Joel Walker
GoodNews for Everyone
34 Judas Ate Too by Beth Penny
GoodNews for Everyone
36 The Grand Finale by Gina Hooker
GoodNews for Everyone
38 What You Think by Aimee Hays
GoodNews for Parents
40 Stand On the Word
by Ashley McPhearson
GoodNews for your Taste Buds
42 Summer Corn Salad by Tim Marcum
24 The Eleventh Hour by Zebbie Brewster
Gò0dNews from the Pastor’s Desk
Caring for the Poor
by Dr. Ralph Jenkins
nd if you give yourself to the hungry and
If you would take some time and read Isaiah 58, you
satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your
would see a host of promises made to those who care for
light will rise in darkness and your gloom
the poor and sick. God promises to turn our night into day
will become like midday. And the LORD will continually
and gloom into the light of midday. God promises that
guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and
when we call on Him, He will hear us. When we cry, He will
give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered
say, “Here I am.” He will continually guide us, satisfy our
garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail”
desires, and give strength to our bones. If that is not enough,
(Isaiah 58: 10-11).
He will also repair, restore, and raise up all that is broken.
I received a note today from a pastor and dear friend in India. Over the last year, all of our pastors, their families, churches, and our children’s home in India has either had or have Covid-19. They are the poorest of the poor and during this season they cannot provide the food and medicine need for all. We have had the privilege, because of those who give to this ministry, to provide food and medicine for many of the Telegu People. It has been a tough year, to say the least, for so many—Covid-19, the economy, and schools and churches closed. We have had our social circles collapse around us. It has brought about discouragement and despair for many of us. I have found that nothing increases my faith, joy, peace,
If you really want to be blessed and have your joy, peace, love, and hope restored—just step out in faith and
and hope more than reaching out to those less fortunate
do it God’s way. Get up, get out, and go find someone you
to help provide for their needs. I am always amazed at the
can help in their time of need. He promised to bless us if
personal satisfaction that comes with giving and caring for
the poor of this world. In fact, I would say that I may get
God condemns His people in Isaiah 58 for their religious
more out of it than they do. It encourages and compels me
ritual. Our commitment to worship, prayer, and Bible study
to be a better me.
is hugely important. Blessings, encouragement, joy, peace,
Yet, for the Believer there are even greater blessings. The Word of God is filled with promises of blessing when we
restoration and, yes, even revival are found in serving others. Now, go and be a blessing to someone.
our good work. He promises blessing to those who are good to the poor.
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About The Author
care for the poor. We honor God and He promises to repay Dr. Ralph W. Jenkins is a native of Rome, Georgia. He and His wife Tammy have served the Lord in ministry for over 25 years and has pastored several churches. He loves to win souls, preach the gospel, shepherd God’s people, and work on the farm.
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Gò0dNews for Kids
by Sandra Gilmore
here once was a boy with some sheep, Some rams, and lambs, and ewes. He tended them tenderly night and day. He did all that he could do. Later, he was a boy with a basket, His father told him to carry, To take it to his brothers at the battle site “Go right away, don’t tarry.” With basket in hand, (full of cheese and bread) He was on a mission. He obeyed his dad and left right away, Even though he could have gone fishin’!
Now, he was a boy with a sling, Five smooth stones in his pouch. He remembered when he slayed the lion and the bear. He braced himself to give the giant a big ouch! He put the sling in motion, It whirled and twirled above his head, The giant kept on taunting, But he should have stood in dread! David’s stones launched airborne. Traveling with great speed, The troops and the crowd were motionless, For nobody believed: This boy with the sheep and the basket Could impact such a great scene, A standoff between a giant and a whole army But God intervened!
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The stone met its target, right on time. It was forceful and it hurt. The giant stopped teasing and taunting, When his face timbered to meet the dirt! Are you just a boy (or girl) with a basket? A child without a mission? Obey the Lord, and do your tasks, Even if you would rather be fishin’! For as you go, the Lord will go with you. From sunrise to sunset He is your constant companion. The best friend you’ve ever met! You might think your days are boring, Bland, without treat or treasure. Remember David with his basket of cheese, And you, too, can find adventure!
About The Author
He delivered the basket and found a surprise. A giant was taunting the troops! The army was hiding and covering their ears. While the giant whistled and whooped!
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.
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’ll tell you a secret: I’ve been using the Noom weight loss system for a few months now and have dropped nearly twenty pounds so far (glory to God). Countless experts say it’s critical to share your goals with others to keep yourself accountable and to stay motivated, so here’s hoping they’re right! No matter your goals, by sharing them online or in person with friends and family, you are more likely to be held accountable and to meet your goals. The psychology behind this should be obvious. Once you speak (or type) your goals and intentions into existence, they instantly become “real” by being heard and acknowledged by others who will usually offer encouragement and support to spur you on toward fulfilling your goals and following through on your intentions. More importantly, we now feel the pressure much more intensely to continue moving toward success in order not to look like a failure or quitter in the eyes of those who are watching to see whether we were determined and disciplined enough to do what we said we would do. Let’s apply these ideas to financial goals. If one of your goals is to reduce debts and save money for emergencies, you would be wise to share these goals with people whom you believe would support you in your efforts. Use wisdom here, and perhaps avoid sharing your goals with those whose financial habits are worse than yours since they may end up trying to discourage or mock your plans. Furthermore, get comfortable telling family and friends so they can expect to see changes in your spending and saving habits. For example, if you’re invited to dinner at an expensive restaurant that will jeopardize your monthly financial goals, you might instead offer to meet up with your
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friend group later that evening after dinner for board games or karaoke. If these people are really your friends, they will respect your financial discipline and understand that your goals are a priority. By sharing your goals aloud, your friends can encourage you and be understanding in these types of situations. Sharing goals with others can also lead to pleasant surprises. For instance, most of us are aware of the “hot” real estate market we are currently experiencing. If you are trying to buy or sell a home right now, it would certainly help to share your goals with numerous people. You never know whether someone may know someone who is looking to buy or sell a home, which may lead to you realizing your goal. But if you keep your goals to yourself, people can’t help you. So, what stops us from telling others about our goals and plans and dreams? I think it usually comes down to fear—fear of being told our goals are unachievable and unrealistic or unimportant; fear of failing to reach our goals and having everyone think of us as a loser or a quitter or a hopeless dreamer. Ironically, one of the reasons we might choose to keep our goals to ourselves is precisely because we fear some of our friends and family might actually encourage us and offer to help us, which means we now must get “serious” and actually put forth extra effort and dedication to reach these goals (when in reality, we may have been planning subconsciously to quit pursuing this goal after yet another half-hearted effort). Proverbs 13:12 tells us, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Start sharing your goals and dreams with others. The longer you wait, the longer your hope may be deferred.
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Gò0dNews for Men
Time to Forgive
by Dave Adams
t’s time to forgive one another…just like Tiny Tim did. “God Bless us, everyone.” That is one of the most
remembered phrases in the story, A Christmas Carol,
Jesus admitted, “Yes, this woman is guilty,” and in a brilliant move to unmask the true condition of their hearts, adds “he who is without sin, cast the first stone.” One by
about Ebenezer Scrooge. In the story, a man who was very
one the men dropped their stones and walked away, starting
indifferent to his fellow man came to understand the joys
with the oldest. The oldest representing the one who had
of love and forgiveness. None of us want to be called a
the most sin. Jesus turned to the woman and said where are
Scrooge, but it is a lesson we all could learn to some extent,
your accusers? The woman said they are not here. “Then
neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and
We live in a time when there is tremendous judgement and polarization in our society. Today, we are being asked
leave your life of sin.” Caught in the very act, Jesus is willing to forgive those who truly repent.
to pick a side. Jesus warns us not to judge one another and to “love one another.” In John 13:34, Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that is to love one another as I have loved you.” Jesus also said, “the world will know you are my disciples by the love you show one for another” (John 13:35). Jesus was speaking at a time when there was tremendous judgement of people because of their heritage. Jesus shares with us the story of the Good Samaritan. To some in that day, the term “Good Samaritan” would have been heresy. Samaritans were considered ritually unclean. They had intermarried with non-Jews and some had honored foreign gods. Jesus used examples of the day to demonstrate love, forgiveness and restoration. It is
Do you need more examples? Jesus weeping over
amazing that Jesus would have used a race of people who
Jerusalem—a city that kills prophets—and going to the cross
had worshiped other Gods. In this, Jesus is saying that
to die for sinners.
forgiveness and restoration is essential in a Christian’s life. Jesus does warn not to keep sinning. This is exemplified
Is it going to take a visit from the ghost of Christmas past before we get the message? We as Christians, need to
in the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery.
exemplify the grace and compassion of forgiveness. We also
In John 8:1, the religious leaders of the day used the law
need to pray about how to “walk the walk” in this stormy
to trip up Jesus. They seized a woman caught in adultery
reality in which we live.
execution of sentence. Stone her and do it now!
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About The Author
and threw her at the feet of Jesus, demanding immediate Dave Adams served as a pastor for two years in Bend, Oregon. Adams is licensed through Christian Global Outreach Ministries. Adams is working on several outreaches, including, The Jesus Network, USA Heartbeat, Operation Eagles Wings, and Back the Blue Radio. Adams has lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for more than two years and plans on staying in the south.
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Gò0dNews for Women
The Value of Connection
by Megan VanMeter
s I struggled to find a topic for this article, I was
God created us to have fellowship with each other,
reminded at a prayer time this past weekend just
commune with each other, and share our burdens. At the
how much we all seek the approval of another
age of sixty-one, I am learning just how vital connection
human and how much we compare ourselves to other
and sharing is. It is baby steps for me. It is accepting myself
women. We wish we were like them, as they seem to have
for how God made me and learning how to share that with
their life together. Yet, as we began to pray and share
others. I am reminded of Proverbs 31:25, “She is clothed
testimonies, we realized just how much we are alike. We
with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of
struggle with self-image, we compare ourselves financially,
the future” (NLT). How comforting is this to know in times
we compare our schedule management, and we compare relationships. I also realized that comparison is not just among a specific age group but spans through different age groups—from early years to golden years. Women tend to hold onto their selfproclaimed weaknesses and bury them deep, constantly feeling inadequate. I do this daily. I am bound by the chain of lies from the enemy. We often forget that we were made in the image of God and He loves us just as He made us. We are too busy finding fault with ourselves to focus on the spiritual gift each of us has been given from above. Our spiritual gifts are unique to each of us and meant to be shared with others. God will put people in our path to minister to and
of despair? How unique are these words and their meaning for each of us? We are clothed in strength and God will not
share our troubles. For myself, I tend to build walls and
give us more than we can bear. We are clothed in dignity—
keep everything private, not wanting to bother someone
we are worthy of His love.
else with my problems—as they have their own to deal
In our darkest times, He calls us to sit at His feet and
with. Is that fair for me to do? Am I stealing a blessing
to be comforted by His love and compassion. Listen to the
from someone else who is supposed to use their gift to
soft words He speaks to your heart and be refreshed by the
give me guidance and comfort? Reaching out to someone
Holy Spirit. After all, this is where we gain our strength
else is hard for some. Baby steps are required, but they can
to face another day. So be strong and courageous, ladies.
be achievable. I believe every woman needs and desires
laughter with, someone they can share themselves with— and just be honest.
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About The Author
to have a confidant, someone they can share tears and Megan VanMeter is on staff at West Rome Church. She finds joy in helping others. She is a grandmother of two and loves making memories for her family.
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African Methodist Episcopal Bethel AME Church 22 Nichols Rd Rome, Ga 30161 706-295-0019 St. James AME Zion Church 3 Maxwell Lane Rome, GA 30165 404-307-7396 Summer Hill AME Church 1981 Kingston Hwy NE Rome, Ga 30161 706-235-7113
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East Rome Baptist Church 601 Cedar Ave Rome, Ga 30161 706-234-8553 East View Baptist Church 901 Kingston Ave Rome, Ga 30161 706-291-8250 Emmanuel Baptist Church 1414 Old Dalton Rd Rome, Ga 30165 706-232-3939 Enon Baptist Church 3105 Turkey Mountain Rome, Ga 30161 706-295-5052 Fairview Baptist Church 2348 Old Cedartown Hwy SE Lindale, Ga 30147 Fellowship Rome Baptist Church 314 Burnett Ferry Rd Rome, Ga 30165 706-234-9416 First Baptist Church 100 E 4th Ave Rome, Ga 30161 706-291-6850 Flatrock Baptist Church 848 Cunningham Rd SW Rome, Ga 30161 706-234-9976 Flint Hill Baptist Church 3578 Wax Rd SE, Aragon, GA 30104 706-232-8121 Friendship Baptist Church 2283 Calhoun Rd NE Rome, Ga 30161 706-295-4803 Garden Lakes Baptist Church 2200 Redmond Cir Rome, Ga 30165 706-234-6615 Greater Mount Calvary Baptist 445 East 14th St Rome, Ga 30161 706-234-5047 Hill Crest Baptist Church 2202 N Broad St Rome, Ga 30161 706-291-8806 Hollywood Baptist Church 112 Lombardy Way Rome, Ga 30161 706-234-6642 In Focus Baptist Church 12 N Hughes Rome, Ga 30165 706-234-8963 Lakeview Baptist Church 80 Salem Dr Rome, Ga 30165 706-235-2149 Lovejoy Baptist Church 436 Branham Ave Rome, Ga 30171 706-232-1917 McFall Baptist Church 3011 Rockmart Rd SE Rome, Ga 30161 706-235-5673 Mount Alto Church 1915 Huffaker Rd NW Rome, Ga 30165 706-232-6222 Mount Carmel Baptist Church E 20th St Rome, Ga 30161 706-232-8777 Mount Olive Baptist Church 17 E Pennington Rome, Ga 30161
706-234-6413 New Antioch Baptist Church 4553 Calhoun Rd NE Rome, Ga 30161 706-295-2248 New Bethel Baptist Church Weathington Dr Rome, Ga 30161 706, 291-8939 New Canaan Baptist Church 3 Excelsior St Rome, Ga 30165 706-291-1984 New Hope Baptist Church Hwy 156 Rome, Ga 706-235-0250 New Hope Baptist Church 399 Moran Lake Rd Rome, Ga 30161 706-290-0507 North Broad Baptist Church 1309 N Broad St Rome, Ga 30161 706-295-2100 Northwood Missionary Baptist 4076 Calhoun Rd NE Rome, Ga 30161 Park Ave Baptist Church 531 Park Ave SE Lindale, GA 30147 Parkview Baptist Church 4 Wesley Drive Rome, Ga 30165 706-232-4431 PisGah Baptist Church Alabama Rd Rome, Ga 30161 706-232-4431 Pleasant Hope Baptist Church 5935 Rockmart Road SE Silver Creek, Ga 706-235-2800 Pleasant Grove Baptist Church 500 N Division St Rome, Ga 30165 706-235-0731 Pleasant Valley North Baptist 735 Old Summerville Road NW Rome, GA 30165 706-232-6426 Pleasant Valley South Baptist 702 Pleasant Valley Rd SE Silver Creek, Ga 30173 706-234-1841 Providence Baptist Church 17 Burnett Ferry Road SW Rome, Ga 30165 706-291-0689 Riverside Baptist Church 48 Ash Street Rome, Ga 30161 706-291-8114 State Line Baptist Church 8536 Black Bluff Road Cave Spring, Ga 30124 678-988-0339 Saint Paul Baptist Church Pleasant Valley Rd Rome, Ga 30161 706-235-5037 Second Avenue Baptist 823 E 2nd Ave Rome, Ga 30161 706-232-3663 Shannon First Baptist Church 400 Fourth Street, PO Box 997, Shannon, GA 30172 Sherwood Forest Baptist Church 1 Goodman Rd Rome, Ga 30161
706-291-6174 Shorter Avenue Baptist Church 1410 Shorter Ave Rome, Ga 30165 706-234-8266 South Broad Baptist Church 508 South Broad St Rome, Ga 30161 Spring Creek Baptist Church 2636 Chulio Rd SE Rome, Ga 30161 706-234-1220 Springfield Baptist Church 113 Smith St Rome, Ga 30161 706-295-7217 Thankful Baptist Church 935 Spider Webb Dr Rome, Ga 30161 706-291-8132 Three Rivers Church 2960 New Calhoun Highway NE Rome, Ga 706-766-0942 Trinity Baptist Church 1728 Calhoun Rd NE Rome, Ga 30161 706-295-3368 Turner Chapel Baptist Church 756 Turner Chapel Rd Rome, Ga 30161 706-235-8682 Unity Baptist Church 2261 Pleasant Valley Rd Rome, Ga 30161 706-232-2184 West End Baptist Church 107 Mississippi Dr Rome, Ga 30165 706-235-1971 West Rome Baptist Church 914 Shorter Ave Rome, Ga 30165 706-232-9722 Wilkerson Road Baptist Church Wilkerson Rd Rome, Ga 30161 Woodlawn Baptist Church 1649 Cartersville Hwy SE Rome, Ga 30161 706-232-4171 Word & Way Baptist Church New Rocketmart Rd Rome, Ga 30161 706-234-8729
Saint Mary Catholic Church 911 N Broad St Rome, Ga 30161 706-295-7014
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Church of Christ
Church of Christ 108 E Callahan St Rome, Ga 30161 706-291-0675 Lindale Church of Christ 3035 Maple Road Lindale, Ga 30147 706-234-3027 Oak Hill Church of Christ 1500 Martha Berry Hwy Rome, Ga 20165 706-291-0351
Rome Church of Christ 121 Primrose Road Rome, Ga 30161 706-234-4444
Church of God
Armuchee Church of God 4974 Martha Berry Hwy Rome, Ga 30165 706-232-4414 Beech Creek Church of God 3000 Alabama Hwy NW Rome, Ga 30165 706-234-7466 Church of God of Prophecy 94 Huffaker Rd. Rome, GA 30165 706-528-4225 Lindale Church of God 585 Park Ave Lindale, Ga 30147 706-232-5676 New Life Church of God 210 E 18th St Rome, Ga 30161 706-232-0704 New Hope Overcoming Church of God 200 Nixon Ave Rome, Ga 30161 706-234-4695 North Rome Church of God 1929 N Broad St Rome, Ga 30161 706-291-6687 Rome AOH Church of God 504 Decatur St Rome, Ga 30165 706-295-2999 West Rome Church of God UA 2827 Alabama Hwy Rome, Ga 30165 706-880-6895
Disciples of Christ
First Christian Church 209 E. Second Ave, Rome, Ga 30161
Church of the Transfiguration 304 Coker Dr Rome, Ga 30165 706-234-0197 Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church 101 E 4th Ave Rome, Ga 30161 706-291-9111
Rome Foursquare Church 308 Reservoir St NE Rome, Ga 30161
Christ Gospel Church 619 Chulio Rd SE Rome, Ga 30161 706-234-7744
Grace Bible Church 614 Dalton Rd NE Rome, Ga 30165
Cornerstone Church 324 Mathis Dr Rome, Ga 30165 706-234-4923 Renovation Church 2601 Shorter Ave. Rome, Ga 30165 706-936-1380
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 3300 Garden Lakes Pkwy Rome, Ga 30165 706-235-2281
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 3000 Garden Lakes Blvd Rome, Ga 30165 706-232-7257
Beech Creek UMC 2972 Alabama Hwy, Rome, Ga 30165 706-235-4973 Chapel Hill UMC 1818 Kingston Rd Rome, Ga 30161 706-232-9177 Holsey Sinai CME Church 1233 Martin L King Rome, Ga 30161 706-295-7265 Lindsay Chapel UMC 9 College Park Dr SW Rome, Ga 30161 Livingston UMC 21 E Lakeshore Dr SE Rome, Ga 30161 Metropolitan UMC 700 Broad St Rome, Ga 30161 706-291-8660 Mt Pleasant UMC 4782 Alabama Hwy Rome, Ga 30165 706-232-4350 New Bethel Methodist Church Reeceburg Rd Rome, Ga 30161 706-235-9700 North Rome UMC 706-291-6704 Oostanaula UMC 74 Battey Farm Rd Rome, Ga 30161 706-292-0084 Rome First UMC 202 E 3rd Ave Rome, Ga 30161 706-291-8590 Rush Chapel UMC 1225 Rush Chapel Rd Rome, Ga 30161 706-291-7986 Scott Chapel UMC 3 Chambers St NE Rome, Ga 30161 Second Avenue UMC 801 E Second Ave SW
Rome, GA 30161 Shannon UMC 600 First Street Shannon, GA 30172 706-491-7112 Silver Creek UMC 36 Reeceburg Rd SE Silver Creek, GA 30173 706-234-2518 South Broad UMC 546 S Broad St Rome, Ga 30161 706-232-5230 Trinity UMC 606 Turner McCall Blvd SW Rome, Ga 30165 706-291-0033 Wesley Chapel UMC 9 College Park Dr SW Rome, Ga 30161 West Rome UMC 1003 Shorter Ave PO Box 2247 Rome, GA 30164 706-234-6214
Rome First Church of the Nazarene 20 Glenda Dr Rome, Ga 30165 706-234-5023
Access Church 1905 Calhoun Rd Rome, Ga 30161 705-584-7497 Christian Church at Rome 2417 Shorter Ave Rome, GA 30165 706-235-0501 Glorious New Jerusalem Church 537 W 12th St Rome, Ga 30165 706-295-2045 Glory Tabernacle Church 300 Watson St Rome, Ga 30165 706-235-0888 Gospel Harvester Church 1246 Cartersville Hwy SE Rome, Ga 30161 706-290-9858 LIFE Church of Rome 19 John Davenport Drive Rome GA 30165 706-728-3166 Lighthouse Church of Rome Lighthouse Dr SE Rome, Ga 30161 706-291-0864 New and Living Way Bible Church 59 Dykes Creek Rd Rome, Ga 30161 706-233-9200 Northside Church 75 N. Floyd Park Rd. Rome, Ga 30165 706-233-9896 Rally Up International Ministries 1941 Shorter Avenue Rome, Ga 30165 706-235-8561 Solid Holy Rock Deliverance Tabernacle 700 Kingston Ave
Rome, Ga 30161 706-291-8948 The Church at Rome 246 North 5th Avenue Rome, Ga 30165 706-346-2733 The Place Global 1107 Calhoun Ave Rome, Ga 30161 706.802.2059 Trinity United Christian Church 6 Deer Run Trail Rome, Ga 30165 706-204-8270 We The Church 810 East 2nd Ave Rome, Ga 30161 Words of Faith Tabernacle 3134 Rockmart Rd Rome, Ga 30161 706-314-9158
All Saints Church 615 Cleveland Ave Rome, Ga 30165 706-378-4474
Cannon Temple Holiness Church 308 Porter St Rome, Ga 20161 706-233-9001 Christ Temple Holiness Church 1321 Martin L King Rome, Ga 30161 706-235-3787 Victory Temple Of Joy 118 Williamson St. Rome, Ga 30165 706-766-3865
Covenant Presbyterian Church EPC 1645 Cartersville Hwy. Rome, GA 30161 706-767-8373 First Presbyterian Church EPC 101 E 3rd Ave Rome, Ga 30161 706-291-6033 Seven Hills Fellowship 530 Broad Street Rome, GA 30161 706-530-1630 Silver Creek Presbyterian Church 6 Old Rockmart Road Silver Creek, Ga 30173 706-234-6862 Westminster Presbyterian Church 1941 Shorter Ave Rome, Ga 30165 706-235-8561
Rome Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist Church 307 E 14th St SW Rome, Ga 30161 706-292-0067 Seventh-Day Adventist Church 2526 Cedartown Hwy SW Rome, Ga 30161 706-234-4117
Cave Spring Church Directory
Cave Spring Church of God 19 Mill Street Cave Spring, GA 30124 706-777-8348 Cedar Creek Baptist Church 5440 Black Buff Rd Rome, Ga 30161 706-777-8360
Live Oak Baptist Church 5506 GA-100 Cave Spring, GA 30124 706-777-8566 The Empty Tomb 5630 Fosters Mill Rd SW Cave Spring, GA 30124 Rehoboth Missionary Baptist
6 Rehoboth Rd SW Cave Spring, GA 30124 706-777-3313 First Baptist Church 4 Old Cedartown Rd. Cave Spring, GA 30124 706-777-3566 Cave Spring UMC
30 Alabama Street Cave Spring, GA 30124 706-777-8624 Jackson Chapel UMC 301 Jackson Chapel Rd Cave Spring, GA 30125 706-777-3750
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An Olympic Effort by Bill Fortenberry
do not watch competitive swimming or go to track meets.
The NIV translates Hebrews 12:1 as, “let us throw off
I have never been to a gymnastics competition. But every
everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” If
four years, I get Olympic fever. I cheer for Team America
you are running to win, you do not want clothes, straps or
and cry through every success story of hardship and
shoelaces that could get tangled. You do not eat things that
perseverance. Even my wife, who will be the first to say she
could make you sick, and you sure do not want to wear
does not understand the world’s obsession with sports and
something that restricts your movement.
competition, will join me to watch Simone Biles fly through the air or Katie Ledecky skim through the water like a fish. There is something about watching people push themselves further than they thought they could go—to do something few of us can do—in pursuit of something bigger than themselves. God likes sports analogies. In Hebrews 12, Philippians
What habits or thoughts are entangling you? Are you reading God’s word, ingesting the bread of life and living water? Are church traditions or your past decisions restricting you from freely worshipping God? Hebrews 12:12-13 paints the picture of the athlete who did not win, the guy who had an off day. Notice the advice: Raise your hands. Find your inner strength. Hold your head
3, and 2 Timothy, we read about the call of the Christ-follower in terms of athletics. I especially like Hebrews 12. “…Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed” (Hebrews 12:1b, 12-13 ESV). God understands that we are inspired by people who finish well, by champion stories, and competition. So, how do we run toward God with Olympian effort? How does the Christ-follower chase after holiness and
up so you can see the finish line. Do not give up. Fix what is wrong. Keep going. Do you feel defeated? You are not. Do not droop. Lift
the ultimate prize of being Christ-like? Hebrews 12 offers
your hands and worship your Creator. Do not depend on
your own power. Let God be your strength. Keep your eyes
Get rid of the excess weight. Have you ever watched the track competitions? You do not see overweight runners.
on the finish line. Run. RUN. RUN! There is more than a gold medal at stake.
They are lean, muscular and focused. They gave up carbs a long time ago to build the kind of muscles that would get What kind of excess weight are you carrying? A sin you do not want to let go? Unforgiveness? Lack of discipline?
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About The Author
them to the finish line quickly and cleanly.
Bill Fortenberry worked 17 years as a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist, and has worked in healthcare communications since 2001. Bill serves as the chairman of the board of managers of Haven Health Clinic for Women and is a men’s ministry leader and small group facilitator at his church, HBC Rome. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Ethan and Autumn. A storyteller at heart, Bill writes an occasional blog at kudzudad.blogspot.com.
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David: A Man After God’s Own Heart by Erin Clay
do not know when I first heard King David referred to as,
scripture is in the Bible. It is learning about who God is
“a man after God’s own heart,” but it resonated with me.
and what He expects from me.
This man lived a life that caught the attention of God at
David had a heart full of love for God. It is what is in
a very young age. He became one of the greatest Kings that
your heart that overflows. In David’s case, the overflow
we read about in the Bible, even though he did not live what
of his heart was singing, playing the harp, dancing, and
many would see as a perfect life. What about David made him, “a man after God’s own heart”? The story of David shows that he had a personal relationship with God. He regularly read and meditated on the scriptures. He openly sang, danced, and played music in worship to his God. He also prayed…a lot! It was what was in David’s heart that made his relationship with God so spectacular. He fully loved God with all his heart. He was not ashamed to dance in the streets to celebrate God. David prayed to God. As I examine my own relationship with God, I think about how many times I have gotten discouraged and did not immediately go to God in prayer.
shouting praises for the Lord. When David worshipped
I am reminded of what my husband and I told our kids
God, he really worshipped. He did not just go through the
when they were young—prayer has two parts: talking to
motions. So many times, I feel like I am distracted while
and listening to God. I ask myself, “Do I take the time to
worshipping, and I am not giving God the full attention he
listen to God?”
deserves. Worship must be intentional.
David also spent time in God’s Word. The best way to
I think the story of David’s life captures my attention
get to know someone is to spend time with them. Spending
so well because David gives me hope. He was a man that
time in the scriptures is how we get to know God. Not just
went through hard times and never gave up on God. David
reading, but also examining and learning them. In Psalm
is referred to so many times in the Bible. He led by example
119:11, David wrote, “I have hidden your word in my heart
and is someone that we can admire and learn a lot from.
that I might not sin against you.” It is important to know
You can find the story of David in 1 & 2 Samuel.
what the Bible says. I believe this goes beyond simply the scripture around the verses to understand why the
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learning your favorite Bible verses. It also means learning
My name is Erin Clay, and I am a wife, mom, and stepmom. My husband and I are Sunday school teachers at Calvary Baptist Church. I’ve lived my whole life in Rome, Georgia, and I own the travel blog titled “When In Rome, Georgia.”
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Kawasaki-Suzuki of Rome by Jimmy Lemaster
immy Lemaster has lived in Rome, Georgia, his whole
there until just before their first son Jason was born in 1979.
life. In 1976, Lemaster married his wife, Denise.
The Cycle Specialist was known for motorcycle repairs,
Together the Lemasters have two sons, Jason and
parts, and accessories.
Kris, along with six grandchildren. All of the grandchildren
By 1983, Kawasaki of Rome was sold to George and
love to ride and hangout at their grandparent’s dealership,
Byron Swinford, who wanted Lemaster’s shop to merge
Kawasaki-Suzuki of Rome.
with Kawasaki of Rome in 1984. Lemaster purchased
Fifty years in the powersports industry—doing what you love and loving what you do—all started when a few high
Kawasaki of Rome from his partners and became the full owner of the dealership in 1988.
school and church friends would ride their motorcycles to
In 1988, it was only Lemaster’s wife, Denise, and one
school and church. That is when Lemaster decided he had
mechanic operating the dealership. The dealership has now
to have his own motorcycle. When Lemaster was in the
expanded to ten employees. Kawasaki Motor Corporation
eleventh grade, he drove his Harley Davidson 350 to the Harley Dealership and the Honda Dealership to ask for a job. Lemaster landed an after-school job at the Honda Dealership in 1971, working for George and Gennett Swinford. A few years later, Lemaster opened his own shop called Cycle Specialist. The shop was located on Dean Street in an old gas station. The Lemasters made the back of the store into a small living space. The Lemasters stayed
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has ranked Kawasaki of Rome sixth in the eastern sales region and was the number one Kawasaki Dealer in Georgia in August of 2000. Lemaster turned a family business into a regional success. The Lemasters have grown with the industry. In the pre-seventies, it was just motorcycles. The powersports business began to grow with three-wheeler ATVs, stand-up jet skis, and four-wheeler and sit-down jet skis. The latest growth happened when the Mule Side by Side utility was introduced. That kick started the sports machine Teryx for more aggressive riding. Around 1989, the Lemasters got their first computer and were able to offer financing to their customers—which only created more sales. The economy was improving and powersport manufacturers were broadening their products around 1992. Now, Suzuki has been added to the dealership in 2021. Kawasaki-Suzuki of Rome’s reputation has spread well beyond Rome and Floyd County. Kawasaki-Suzuki of Rome offers a full line of street bikes, dirt bikes, side by sides, allterrain vehicles, and jet ski watercraft. Kawasaki-Suzuki of Rome also carries a large selection of apparel and accessories for all of their products. Financing options are available to Kawasaki-Suzuki of Rome customers. This is the place for first time buyers because they will leave the dealership in full gear! “We try our hardest to meet customer satisfaction, it is of the utmost importance to us. With our staff experience, we are very helpful in figuring out exactly which product the customer is wanting,” said Lemaster. Kawasaki of Rome has won the Best of Rome for eight years. They have also been nominated for Best of Rome 2021. Lemaster has shared his love for motorcycles with his family. Included among his employees are, his wife,
Denise, his son, Kris, and his two daughters-in-law, Erica and Peggy. In his free time, Lemaster still loves to work on and ride motorcycles. Lemaster used to race motor cross and hair scrambles all around Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. Now, he likes to ride dirt bikes with his grandchildren. Spending time on the lake is a blast—riding jet skis with friends and family at surrounding lakes and rivers. It is also great family fun to go out to riding parks with Lemaster’s two sons and grandchildren, riding their teryx side by sides! The children love to get muddy and play. “We always make a lunch and have a little picnic together—making great memories,” said Lemaster. If you are ready for a new ride, we would love to help you and build a friendship! Come see us at KawasakiSuzuki of Rome at 2853 Alabama Hwy, Rome, Georgia 30165. You can also give us a call at 706-235-3454 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our website is www.kawasakiofrome.com. We look forward to working with you.
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The Eleventh Hour ave you ever been in the eleventh hour? The eleventh hour is when you find yourself in a place where time is running out! You have prayed fervently about a need in your life or someone else’s. You know without a doubt that God is able to meet that need. You share this urgent prayer request with others—just to know that you are not praying about it alone seems to make the burden less heavy! Then, in the course of your day, you meet someone and share that urgent prayer need with them. They remind you of the goodness of God. When it seems that time is running out, God is always right on time! They remind you that God can meet the need even in the eleventh hour. Now that is the petition you lift up to God! You do your part and trust God with the rest! In my situation, my daughter and her family were trying to find a home to move into. As the day came closer for them to move out, I was trying not to worry. Sometimes, we can get so caught up in what is currently going on in our life that we forget how God has been with us so many times before. It is so easy to get stressed and discouraged. I had prayed that God in His great goodness would work a miracle—if it be His will, that He would make available that home they needed! I knew when He did that it would renew their faith and mine in a faithful God! It is like knowing if you can make it through the storm, it might be possible to see the rainbow. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). To trust the God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills, that is wise trust! “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10). I can tell you that God was once again an on-time God? My family has a roof over their heads and a place to lay
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down at night. God worked it out in such a way that we knew it was not a coincidence, but His divine plan! My heart was so thrilled when my daughter called to tell me the news. I was so overcome that it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, Lord, Your goodness and blessings to us are more than we can comprehend. Thank you, Lord, for letting me share in this blessing with my family. I know, Lord, there is another storm brewing on the horizon. I just pray
that I will remember when the boat of life seems to be filling with water, I will always remember Your faithfulness. “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ saith my soul, ‘Therefore will I hope in Him.’ The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him” (Lamentations 3:22-25). I pray that you too put your trust in a God who is faithful.
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hope these words will help deepen your devotion and
because Victory was the mindset even before the race was
enhance your zeal to live as a continual success in
completed. God’s champions remind themselves that even
when the odds are stacked against us, we are yet “more than
Being An Encourager. Mark Twain said, “I can live a full two months on a good compliment.” Wanting to be lifted is a natural desire!
conquerors through Him…” (Rom. 8:37).
Press On Towards Future Victories. Even Paul did not allow himself to be gripped with
“Praise be to the God and Father of our
regret from a painful past. In Philippians 3:12-14, Paul says
Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion
he would not allow the failures of his past to destroy the
and the God of all comfort, who comforts us
good things he could accomplish in his present state.
in all our troubles, so that we can comfort
He also would not allow the past to stand between him
those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). This does not just happen, nor is it a work that should always be left up to another— it is our role too. It takes work, love and compassion to elevate someone high through words and
and the goal. What was Paul’s secret? He learned the value of “Newness” in Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). He continually replaced all negative attitudes, inhibiting emotions and carnal thoughts with eternally empowering and positive ones. May
actions. Think of all the
our minds be on the
opportunities still within
victories promised and
this month to both lift-up
the crown of life we have
and be uplifted as you enjoy genuine fellowship and spiritual worship with your siblings in Christ. “Therefore encourage one another and
been guaranteed. May our Great God continue to watch over and care for His body of redeemed through Christ. May we each more fully adopt the mindset of
build each other up, just as in fact you are
a faithful disciple/student/servant.
doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
“What can I do and say to edify
The Heart of a Champion.
saints along the way, bringing
God’s people are champions because they let God do the training and guiding. There is coming a day when the crown will be placed upon our heads for successfully running the race! It is the crown of championship that is given
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Come Out of The Grave
by Caleb Prytherch
orrow and sadness are emotions that all of us face or
So, Jesus calls Lazarus to come out of the grave and
have faced in our lives. We go through hard times, we
Lazarus comes out alive and well! Jesus had just performed
lose people we love, and many other circumstances
another great miracle. In the later part of Verse 44, Jesus
that can cause us to feel sad. I do not necessarily believe
says to them to “Take off the grave clothes, and let him go.”
that any person likes to feel sad; however, I have found that
I believe that this passage is so important for us to take
many times people allow their sadness to overtake their joy
ahold of. No matter what you have gone through, you are
in their lives. I want to remind you that if you are dealing
not meant to stay in that place of sorrow for the rest of your
with a difficult circumstance, it is okay to feel sad. However,
life. You are not called to be bound by the “grave clothes”
you must not allow the sadness to stay in your life forever.
forever, because God is greater than the most difficult
In John 11, we read that Jesus’ close friend Lazarus was
circumstances of your life.
sick and then died. When Jesus arrived at Judea, Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. Jesus talked to Lazarus’ sisters, Martha and Mary, and He was greatly moved. “When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. ‘Where have you laid him?’ he asked. ‘Come and see, Lord,’ they replied. Jesus wept” (John 11:33-35). While there is a lot that we could learn about in this story, there are a couple of things that I want to specifically focus on. First of all, in this passage we read that Jesus was greatly moved by the death of his dear friend and in Verse 35, it says that “Jesus wept.” What this tells me is that Jesus felt the pain, sorrow, and sadness that Mary and Martha felt. This also
Satan wants you to be bound by sorrow, but eventually,
reminds me that Jesus feels the pain, sorrow, and sadness that
you have got to take the grave clothes off. The enemy wants
all of us feel. He knows where you are, what you are going
to keep reminding you and making you feel like you cannot
through, and He is right there with you through it all. He is
continue on with life, but God came so that you could
not some kind of robot or inanimate object—He is real, He
experience new hope, new joy, and new peace. Often times
feels, and He always knows what is happening.
we cling to our grave clothes because they seem in a weird
Secondly, if you continue to read on in this story, Jesus
way “comfortable,” but God has called for us to take them
ordered that the stone be moved from the tomb where
off! Jesus walked out of the grave, He called Lazarus out of
Lazarus was buried. Once the stone was moved, Jesus
the grave, so why do we think that we must stay in it?
prayed to the Father, and then he called forth for Lazarus to
“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a
come out of the grave. “When he had said this, Jesus called
lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes
in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came
in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go’” (John 11:43-44).
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out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a Caleb Prytherch is the student pastor at Heritage Fellowship Church of God in McDonald, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Lee University, holding a Bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry and a Master’s degree in practical theological studies. He is married to his beautiful wife, Bekah, and together they have a passion to see peoples lives be changed and transformed through the power of Jesus Christ.
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Getting Back to…The Future!
by Dr. Alan Hix
ver this past summer, there have been myriads
I serve on the Strategic Planning committee of my
of discussions related to “returning to normal.”
church. The key question on our minds has been, “What
As the pandemic appears to be receding, people
does our church need to look like “post-pandemic”? What
are trying to figure out what their lives will look like post-
our own time of “exile” has helped us to see are the things
COVID. These questions hit just about every area of life
that are most important about expressing our faith. We
from work to school to shopping to travel. When it comes
have been able to distinguish between the things we have
to returning to corporate worship, churches are trying to
always done from the things we should be doing. While
determine how that will look. The pandemic gave church leaders the opportunity to think more intentionally about how to “do church.” As we sort out our post-pandemic lives, we may find ourselves longing to get back to the “way things were before.” In light of that, we must ask whenever we can go back, or even if we should go back. When the Israelites returned to Jerusalem after seventy years of exile in Babylon, they were faced with the challenge of rebuilding a nation, a city, and the Temple. Because they did not have the wealth of Solomon, their Temple would have to be a more modest structure. In Ezra 3:12 we find: “But many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first house, wept with a loud voice when they saw the
the structure of our worship and ministry has changed, the
foundation of this house being laid, though many shouted
heart of what we do—which is embodying the presence
aloud for joy.” (ESV)
of Christ—remains the same. And due to the pandemic,
There were two distinct responses to the new Temple.
God has opened our eyes to new opportunities and new
Those older Israelites who remembered the glory of
directions that will reach people more effectively than our
Solomon’s temple wept over the modest structure that
traditional ways of doing ministry. We will continue to be
they saw before them. They wanted to go back to the way
the hands and feet of Christ—it will just look a bit different.
things were before the exile. Instead of being glad they were
So, as we work to reestablish our lives, let us not pine
reestablishing their place of worship after seventy years,
for the past, but let us rejoice in the opportunities to build a
they were focused on the glory of the previous structure
more than the presence of God. The generation that had worship God. For them, God’s presence was more important than the nature of the building.
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never known the Temple rejoiced to finally have a place to
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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Forgetting What Lies Behind e love Disney movies in our home—yes, we have bit the bullet and purchased a subscription to Disney+. Our family favorite is The Lion King. In one scene, Rafiki, a crazy and loveable monkey, is speaking with the grown Simba, who knows he needs to come home, but is reluctant to face his past. Rafiki then proceeds to whack Simba in the head with a stick, and Simba says, “What was that for?” Rafiki replies, “It doesn’t matter. It’s in the past.” Then, Rafiki says, regarding the past, “You can either run from it or learn from it.”
The past—whether it is the story of humanity as a whole, of different cultures or nations, or of our own personal experience—is unchangeable. We are unable to go back and change things. Yet, if you are like me, you find yourself constantly looking back at the life you have experienced so far. When giving his testimony in Philippians Chapter 3, the Apostle Paul says in Verse 13, “…but one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.” This is a profound statement from Paul, and one that is important for us to apply to our own lives. I can think of at least three ways we need to “forget what lies behind.” We need to forget past failures. A vital part of maturing as a person is learning from our mistakes. I do not mean that we forget our past failures to the point where we repeat them, but we can often be so consumed with our past failures that we are gripped by them and allow them to cripple us in our present and future. Paul was a Pharisee and persecuted the church. He felt he
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was doing God’s will. However, after he encountered the living Christ on the road to Damascus, he was changed forever. Still, Paul seemed to express guilt over his past when he says in 1 Corinthians 15:9, “For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.” So, Paul coaches himself to forget his past failures. Do not be so overcome by your past that you miss out on what God can do through you right now. No past is so bad that God cannot redeem it and use you for His purposes moving forward. We need to forget past successes. This may seem strange considering the first point. However, there are times when we hold on to our successes of the past and we refuse to see what God is doing now. When speaking of life before Jesus in Galatians Chapter 1, Paul says in Verse 14, that he “was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions.” Paul describes himself as a “Hebrew of Hebrews” (Phil. 3:5). As a Pharisee, Paul would have had the respect of his peers. As a follower of Jesus, he suffered greatly. A Pharisee was typically well-off financially. Paul gave all that up to pursue a greater dream. Again, Paul coaches himself to forget what lies behind. We need to forget and let go of unforgiveness. At one point in Paul’s ministry, Mark was his companion. However, we read that Mark chose to abandon Paul and his team, a decision that split Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15:36-41). But years later, Paul instructed Timothy to “take along Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service” (2 Timothy 4:11). In the end, Paul chose forgiveness. Life is hard. There have been and will be moments in our lives where we are mistreated and perhaps even suffer at the hands of others. Satan can use these events to cause bitterness in our hearts. May God grant us the same power to forgive, forget, and let go of those hurtful experiences of our pasts, so we can walk in freedom and love. About The Author
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Judas Ate Too
by Beth Penny
hroughout time, being called a “Judas” has become the universal symbol for betrayal. Whenever we hear the word “Judas,” our
mind always goes to the ultimate act of betrayal in history. Judas betrayed Jesus for a mere thirty pieces of silver. Making a lot of assumptions, thirty pieces of silver would be worth only around $200 today. When Zechariah was sharing God with Israel, He asked to be paid for his work and was rewarded with the measly sum of thirty pieces of silver—already a widely known insult. About half a century after that, we come to Jesus and His disciples. Just hours before the ultimate betrayal, the disciples are gathering in the upper room to keep themselves safe from the growing danger that was in the streets for believers. They have gathered for what Jesus knows is His last meal with them. Keep in mind, Jesus also knew Judas had already agreed to betray Him. It is important to know that communal meals were eaten at a low table and on the floor, so it was just good manners to wash your feet before eating since sandaled feet were very dirty from the dust of the roads. Getting ready for this, the disciples were arguing or discussing among themselves who was the best. Who did Jesus love the most? Now, enter Jesus. In the utmost act of servitude, He washes their feet, even Judas. Ironically, their argument of who was the greatest among them lost all its valor. Jesus showed them a perfect example of humility. He came to them not as a King and someone revered but as a lowly servant. Serving them all, even Judas. Then came the meal, and they ate together, even Judas. Jesus knew—
Jesus not only set the example of humility and serving others for us, but He again showed us the ultimate act of forgiveness. He forgave Judas’s ultimate betrayal and allowed him to eat peacefully. In Matthew 5:43-44, Jesus had already told his followers and disciples, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.’” Sometimes wallowing in our sin, we feel unlovable and unforgivable. We feel that our shame is so heavy and dark, that Jesus could never forgive what we have done. Boy, are we wrong. Jesus showed us the ultimate example of forgiveness in that last meal. I am thankful that even Judas ate too.
But Judas ate too.
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and told him that He knew—Judas had betrayed him. 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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The Grand Finale
by Gina Hooker
his past July 4th, I went to a firework show
Our Father in Heaven has promised that this world
in my hometown. One beautiful display of
of decay and the battles we fight in our flesh will one
color after another lit up the night sky. Then
day come to an end. I can assure you He will not leave
there was silence and darkness which seemed to last
us expecting more, just as the person who funded
forever. I heard someone say, “You mean that’s it…
the grand firework extravaganza did indeed provide
no grand finale?” I said to that person, “There is
a grand finale. But the real grand finale comes when
always a grand finale…just wait for it, it will come.”
Christ appears in the clouds. Though that day seems to
I knew the organization that had provided this grand
tarry, “just wait for it…it will come.”
illumination for our pleasure would not leave us expecting more! Then I had to ask myself, “Am I looking to the skies for the grandest finale of all time or am I living as though that day will never come?” Sadly, many Christians have a lack of excitement for the coming of the Lord and have become complacent. Just as the parable how to boil a frog describes, “You cannot place a frog in a pan of boiling water, it will jump out, but you can place a frog in a pan of cool water, and little by little increase the temperature. The frog then becomes relaxed and complacent in the
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days,
warm steam bath. Once the water begins to boil and
the sun will be darkened and the moon will not
the frog realizes he’s in danger it is too late!”
give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the
We are instructed in the manner in which we
powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign
ought to live in 1 Thessalonians 5:5-8. The return of
of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all
Christ is near and may we all become more vigilant
the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see
as The Day approaches. May we live with a renewed
the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with
sense of urgency in our relationships with both God
power and great glory” (Matthew 24:29-30).
so that the day of the Lord will not come upon them as a thief in the night.
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and man. May we be a witness to those who are lost, Gina Hooker RN, Clinical Discipler. President and founder of Eternal Life Support Group.
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What You Think
by Aimee Hays
ecently, I ran an anonymous poll on social media
do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight
asking people to share what they were struggling
with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they
with, and the overwhelming majority of responses I
have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish
received were related to thoughts that people were having.
arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against
Our mind and thoughts are of our spirit, and battles and
the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to
conflicts are waged there in our mind. As children of God,
make it obedient to Christ.”
we must recognize the conflicts that take place in our mind and carefully consider how we will respond when intrusive thoughts cross the battlelines. We must realize that even though we have thoughts, we are not our thoughts. The Bible tells us to think on these things in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Often, we battle thoughts that begin early in life—we look in the mirror and scrutinize the image looking back, the moment that a loved one walked out and never came back, the phone call that changed everything, or the lie that person told about you that festers. The list of thoughts that conflict our minds can be lengthy. As you know, most conflicts that take place have both winners and losers as
What do you think about what happened to you? Has
recorded in history. The Anglo-Zanzibar War was a military
it held you captive or did it become the catalyst to push
conflict fought between the United Kingdom and the
you beyond enemy territory? Take back what the enemy
Zanzibar Sultanate on August 27, 1896. The conflict lasted
has stolen. Tear down the conflicting stronghold set up in
between thirty-eight and forty-five minutes, marking it as
your mind today. According to Proverbs 23:7, “As someone
the shortest recorded war in history.
thinks within himself, so he is.” We are not victims of
Battles have set time frames; however, when the
circumstances. If you have chosen to believe otherwise, this
battle never ends and the thoughts become persistent and
verse sounds like nonsense. But again, science is proving
all-consuming, we become engaged in war even if it is
what Scripture already says. Science has shown us that
short-lived. The enemy looks for the high ground to set
when we think, we build thoughts, and these thoughts
a stronghold in our minds to win the war. Destructive
become physical substances in our brain. We were created in
thoughts will be set on our weakest targets. The mental
the image of God, full of love and grace. What might happen
aspect of what we think of ourselves—how we see
if we started believing this?
about what happened to us—becomes a target. According to 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “For though we live in the world, we
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ourselves, how we think others think about us, thinking Aimee Hays is a native Roman and member of Redemption Church. Aimee has been married to Tony for 25 years and has raised two sons—Hunter who is now married to Abbey Williams Hays and Landon who is a Sophomore at Southeastern University.
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Stand On the Word
by Ashley McPhearson
ho said it would and will be easy? With four children and four different personalities, I am always
trying to satisfy them all—but who am I to always get it right? I relentlessly give my all to my children, no matter what. There is no favoritism, only four different personalities I must do right by— showing the right road to walk down, cross, and do not go down—to the best of my ability. This is a full-time job that can be trouble-free, uncomplicated, loving, backbreaking, tough, and doubtful—all in a number of minutes. The fear of most parents is that their children will not become better than themselves. They must stand strong in the Word of the Lord, “Train
up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Our children may stray for a while, but nevertheless, they always return just as the prodigal son. There are many stressful real-life
its work so that you may be mature and complete,
situations that legal guardians must face, but
not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom,
one main scenario is telling your children no to
you should ask God, who gives generously to all
without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
As they grow older, they do everything in
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,
their power to turn that no into a yes—no matter
because the one who doubts is like a wave of the
who and how it hurts the household. Stand on
sea, blown and tossed by the wind” (James 1:2-6).
the Word: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
As parents, patience and faith supersedes the tears, outbursts, and unyielding moments.
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because you know that the testing of your faith Ashley McPhearson and her family have been in Cleveland for three years since moving from Chicago. She writes stories, plays, and blogs about Jesus Christ.
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Summer Corn Salad
A fresh, healthy, and delicious accompaniment to any summer time picnic or evening cook out—a staple your whole family will enjoy! by Tim Marcum
• 2 ears of fresh corn
1. Cut the corn kernels from ears.
• 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
2. Toss the corn kernels with the Roma tomatoes, green onions, and jalapeno pepper in a medium sized bowl.
• 2 green onions, thinly sliced • ½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
3. Combine olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
• 1 lime, juiced
4. Pour the olive oil mixture over the corn mixture.
• ½ teaspoon of salt
5. Toss and chill.
• ¼ teaspoon of pepper
6. Serve (and watch the smiles appear!)
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