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Contents MARCH 2021
GoodNews from the Pastor’s Desk
6 What A Wonderful World This [Can] Be...
GoodNews for Kids
GoodNews for Marriage
26 Knock, Knock
by Laura Perdue
GoodNews for Everyone
8 Have You Ever Felt Too Young? 28 An Earthen Vessel by Bekah Prytherch
GoodNews on Money Matters
10 The 12-Week Year by Andrew Lee
GoodNews for Men
12 Jesus, The Gardener of My Soul
by Dr. Ralph Jenkins GoodNews for Women
14 God Hears
by Zebbie Brewster
GoodNews for Everyone
18 Strong Women
by Megan VanMeter
GoodNews for Everyone
20 The Pledge of Allegiance by Monica Gambrell
GoodNews Cover Story
22 Good Shepherd Funeral Home
by David Thompson GoodNews for Everyone
24 Re-Dig The Wells
by Johnny K. Hughes
by Chad Hess
GoodNews for Parents
30 Home Is Where Your Story Begins
by Brenda Dedmon GoodNews for Everyone
32 My Daily Bread
by Nadolyn Lee
GoodNews for Everyone
34 Spring Free In Faith by Heather Tate
GoodNews for Teens
36 Peace In The Midst of Troubles
by Caleb Prytherch GoodNews for Everyone
38 What Time Are You Living In?
by Dr. Alan Hix GoodNews for Everyone
40 What’s In Your Heart Will Come Out
by Erin Clay
GoodNews for your Taste Buds
42 Key Lime Pound Cake by Mary Anderson Beard
Gò0dNews from the Pastor’s Desk What A Wonderful World This [Can] Be…
he more God’s love defines humanity (1 Corinthians 13:1-8a). #1. Love is extremely slow to lose
patience: “I am content to wait without becoming sinfully
#11. Love has staying power under pressure: “When the easier route would be to abandon benevolence, I will persevere on the right road.” #12. Love extends the benefit of the doubt: “I quickly
angered when others fall below the godly expectations I
discount rumors and gossip to continue believing the best
have set for them.”
unless such later proves to be true.”
#2. Love is kind and constructive: “I am cautious in my judgments of others and honestly seek to heal rather than hurt.” #3. Love is not possessive: “I don’t have to be in control
#13. Love sees with eyes of hope: “I’m optimistic to consider people’s potential and will help them reach it. #14. Love refuses to quit: “When I’m tempted to give up on a person, I will pray for more strength and wisdom.”
of conversations, circumstances, events, etc.” #4. Love is not anxious to impress: “I can relax and feel secure in my spirit for who I am.” #5. Love is not arrogant and egocentric: “I won’t hold an inflated view of my own importance but will instead focus on lifting others up.” #6. Love has good manners: “I respect the dignity and rights of others.” #7. Love is not selfish: “I will preference their interests over my own.” #8. Love is not touchy and resentful: “While I value myself, I try not to take myself too seriously. I’ll forgive offenses.” #9. Love finds no delight in the sins and shortcomings of others: “I won’t let pride puff my ego by reflecting on the flaws in others. I will pray over my faults.” #10. Love rejoices when right reigns and truth
A bonus Bible study: Acts 2:38; Romans 8:29. “What do God’s redeemed people owe each other?” Love (John 13:34-35), Service (Galatians 5:13; Matthew 20:26-27), Comfort (1 Thessalonians 4:13, 16-18), Exhortation
prevails: “I am zealous to help correct injustices and to
(Hebrews 13:22; 3:12-13), Consideration (Hebrews 10:24),
Confession (James 5:16a), Prayer (James 5:16b), and Hospitality (1 Peter 4:9).
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Gò0dNews for Kids
Have You Ever Felt Too Young?
by Bekah Prytherch
ave you ever felt that you were too young?
and you mean so much to Him! Even though you
That you couldn’t do something great for
may be younger, you can still do amazing things
God? Sometimes when we are younger we
feel like we cannot do the great things that grown-
There is a story in the Bible where Jesus was
ups can do. But, did you know for the kingdom of
teaching people and some children ran up to
God it doesn’t matter how old you are? No matter
Him. But, the disciples did not want Jesus to be
how old you may be, you can still do amazing
bothered with children while He was teaching. So the disciples tried to shoo the children away, but Jesus did something amazing. He said in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Jesus wanted the children to come to Him just like he wants you to come to Him now! Through praying and reading your Bible
things for God at a very young age! Whether it
you are able to come to God. He is always there,
be helping out a friend at school or being kind to
He is always listening and willing to help you. God
someone that is being bullied. Maybe its helping
sees you and everything you do. He cares about
your grandparents, helping your mom and dad
you, just like Jesus cared about seeing the little
around the house, or helping a neighbor. Or maybe
children! You can do BIG things for God no matter
its just being a kind friend to somebody in need.
you are, you can do great things for God. God sees you and everything that you do. He loves so much
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About The Author
You see, no matter how old you are or where Bekah Prytherch is the children’s pastor at Heritage Fellowship Church of God in McDonald, Tennessee. She is married to her husband, Caleb, and they live in Cleveland, Tennessee.
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The 12-Week Year MONEY MATTERS
WITH DR. ANDREW LEE Dr. Andrew Lee is professor of English at Lee University. He also serves as a coordinator for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. He and his wife Esmerelda have three children.
n a recent edition of the Bigger Pockets podcast
3. If you haven’t set up a Roth IRA account online, log
(highly recommended), author Brian Moran spoke
onto Vanguard.com or Fidelity.com and do it immediately.
about his book The 12-Week Year. With new year’s
Then set up auto-drafts from your checking account to
resolutions barely two months behind us, the idea behind
be deposited into your new Roth IRA every month, even
this book is to start thinking of our yearly goals in terms of
if it’s only $25-$50 per month. Have the Roth account
twelve weeks instead of twelve months. The implications of
invested in a broad U.S. and global stock account(s) and
this mindset shift are tremendous (and exciting).What if you gave yourself only twelve weeks to accomplish your new year’s
leave it alone for at least a decade. Watch it grow! 4. If you are married and/or have children who are
resolutions? How would that look, and what might result?
dependent on your income, get a “term” life insurance
Remember that in Stephen Covey’s best-selling book The Seven
policy immediately. Go online to compare insurance
Habits of Highly Effective People, the very first habit is to be
policies and premiums (Selectquote.com or Policygenius.
“proactive.” Thinking of the year has having only twelve weeks
com) and buy enough insurance to take care of your
will definitely help us to stop procrastinating and to get to
family if something should happen to you (usually ten
work on our goals and start taking action now.
times your annual salary is recommended as the proper
Regarding your finances and financial goals and resolutions, change your thinking from “I have until later this
amount of life insurance to buy). 5. If you are married and/or have children, make a Last Will
year to start . . .” to “I have to get this done in three months or
immediately. You can do this online at any number of sites
ninety days!” How would that look, practically speaking? Here
that will prepare a Simple Will using your state’s laws,
are some scenarios, and if you still haven’t done all of these,
with all the legal forms that you simply fill-in the blanks
what are you waiting for? Twelve weeks from this article’s publication is early June, so hop to it!
and print off. Or you can use a local attorney if you prefer. 6. “Learn more” to “earn more.” Immediately search
1. Do a “net worth checkup” by listing all your debts and
through a list of financial Podcasts on your phone (free)
all your assets. See how much you “owe” versus how
and start subscribing to the ones that interest you. Start
much you “own”. Then google to see what’s the median
listening and learning! Click off the music and turn on
net worth for someone in your age group. See how you
the podcast as you drive around town or while walking,
stack up and how to improve your net worth.
jogging, or cleaning house. You’ll be amazed how fast
2. If you aren’t contributing to your employer’s taxdeferred retirement plan in order to get the employer’s matching contribution, contact your Human Resources
you learn. This will motivate you to take additional steps toward financial success. Remember, this is a to-do list for the next twelve weeks.
department and sign up immediately for payroll
There are six items on this list, so if you accomplish one of these
deduction to begin doing this.
every two weeks, you’ll be done in twelve weeks and will have made significant progress toward financial security for you and
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Gò0dNews for Men
Jesus, The Gardener of My Soul
by Dr. Ralph Jenkins
uke 13:6-9: “Then Jesus told this story: ‘A man planted
Tammy and I plant a garden every year, but before we plant
a fig tree in his garden and came again and again
that first seed, we have to toil or till the ground: we have to
to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always
break up the hard soil. Before God can use us in still greater
disappointed. Finally, he said to his gardener, “I’ve waited
ways, He must break up the fallow ground in our lives, and
three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down.
tribulations and sorrows have a way of doing that.
It’s just taking up space in the garden.” The gardener
God is sovereign over my life. I’m the garden, and
answered, “Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another
He is the gardener. He sees the harvest of my life in the
year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer.
end, and only He knows what it will take to produce the
If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.”’” Tammy and I planted four peach trees four years ago. We planted them, we watered them the first three years, and we fertilized them twice a year. Last year, they bore fruit. We had hundreds of peaches on each tree, but they were all very small. What we didn’t know was we had to cull half of the fruit so the rest would grow bigger and sweeter, and we had to trim the trees of excess limbs and shoots. We had to cut them back in order to get bigger and sweeter fruit. It’s not so different in our spiritual walk with the Lord.
fruit He desires. He knows when I need to be fertilized,
We need to be planted (saved). We need to be fertilized and
watered, and pruned in order to produce the best fruit
watered (the Word of God), and though we may not like it,
possible for His purposes.
we need to be trimmed or pruned (tribulation and trials) to
Don’t resist in times of tribulation. It may be that God is
produce fruit that is sweeter and better. It is necessary for
preparing you for something very special for His glory and
us to grow into a tree firmly planted, strong and healthy,
for your life. Simply submit to God, trust Him, commit to
bearing the fruit our Master desires.
Him, and delight in Him, and He will give you the desires
“The tribulations and troubles of life may simply be
of your heart (Psalm 37:3-5).
God fertilizing your spirit so you may grow in your faith God can’t use me until He breaks me. Break me, O God, and give me a living faith that has a heartbeat for you.
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About The Author
and produce better, bigger, sweeter fruit.”
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 Women
by Zebbie Brewster
s I was sitting in the doctor’s office waiting
man’s wisdom teacheth , but which the Holy Ghost
to be called back, I was looking again at the
teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But
Scripture related to the Sunday morning
the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of
Bible study. As I read over it again, I was amazed to see again
God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
the mighty workings of God in the people’s lives. This was not the first time I had read this Scripture, but the words now spoke to my heart in a different way. God knows what our needs are at all times. Hey, as a Christian, we are His children, and He is that loving Father who listens as we commune with Him in prayer. We read His Word as He speaks to our hearts. It is spiritually discerned and comes alive to the believer as the Holy Spirit helps us to discern it. God speaks, and we are wise to listen. It is life to our weary souls. It is hope for the lost soul to find their way in our downtrodden world. What is God speaking to you today? 1 Corinthians 2:9-14: “But as it written, Eye hath
Let me encourage you to take time and read God’s Word today. Let it speak to your heart as only His Holy Word can. Then speak back to Him in prayer.
not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the
You will find no sweeter relationship than what will
heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for
be found in spending time with your blessed Savior,
them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto
us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea,
James 4:8: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw
the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the
nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and
things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him?
purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of
I’m praying you find that perfect peace today in Jesus Christ.
know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which
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About The Author
the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might Zebbie Brewster resides in Summerville, Georgia. She is an active member at Perennial Springs Baptist Church.
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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
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church 42 Ash Street Rome, Ga 30161 706-235-5892
First Apostolic Church of Rome 3213 Cave Spring Rd Rome, Ga 30161 706-235-9551
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Redemption Church 105 Broadus Road NE Rome, Ga 30161 706-232-0277
Antioch Baptist Church 4526 Big Texas Valley Rome, Ga 30165 706-232-7248 Armuchee Baptist Church 6648 Big Texas Valley Rd NW Rome, Ga 30165 706-235-3169 Berean Baptist Church 8 Skyline Dr Rome, Ga 30161 706-295-9832 Blue Pond Baptist Church 1291 Morrison Campground Rome, Ga 30161 706-235-3296 Bryant Chapel Baptist Church 24 Shady Lane Rome, Ga 30161 706-235-9768 Bush Arbor Baptist Church 3290 Black Bluff Rd Rome, Ga. 30161 770-885-0779 Calhoun Avenue Baptist Church 1021 Calhoun Ave Rome, Ga 30161 706-234-4431 Calvary Baptist Church 101 Broadus Rd NE Rome, Ga 30161 706-291-1461 Cedar Valley Baptist Church 3024 Cedartown Hwy SW Rome, Ga 30161 706-295-0978 Community Chapel Baptist Church 3733 Black Bluff Rd Rome, Ga 30161 706-232-4070 Desoto Park Baptist Church 1107 Cave Spring Rd. Rome, Ga 30161 706-232-6207 Dykes Creek Baptist Church 3181 Kingston Hwy NE Rome Ga, 30161 706-291-7790
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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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Missionary Alliance 306 Coker Dr Rome, Ga 20165 706-235-9190
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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by Megan VanMeter
s I searched for a topic for this month, I came across a quote by Kavita Ramdas that resonated with me. She writes, “We need women who are so
strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.” A strong woman stands up for the meek when no one else will. She is compassionate and understanding but does not let anyone take advantage of her. A strong woman loves deeply, and her laughter is abundant. She allows her tears to flow freely from the pain she feels; she may bend but never breaks. A strong woman is a gift to the world. There are so many women in the world who are mistreated and become the victim. However, women do not have to remain a victim. They can overcome with the proper help and the Word of the Lord. Isaiah 40:29 states, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” All we need to do is call out to the Lord for help. I have been in dark places where I felt weak and alone, but I trusted in the Lord and His Word. I allowed Him to refresh my spirit and replenish my strength so that I could face another day. In times of despair, it is not always easy to think beyond our toward God just as we used to run toward our earthly father when we were children. I think at some point, we have all struggled with fear. Fear is a powerful negative emotion and can steal our strength and passion, and some of us may not know how to overcome the pain. Once again, we look to Scripture for our answer. God’s Word is faithful and clear: “There is no fear in love. But perfect loves drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment” (1 John 4:18). In all things, seek the message of the Father before acting; go to Him in prayer for all your concerns and fear will not have an opportunity to invade your thoughts and emotions.
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Because we can stand on the Word, be that fearless woman who people knew would accomplish her goals. Be the strong woman who dares to accept the challenges of an uncertain future. Be strong in your approach to everything, gain strength from your past experiences, and do not let your future be guided by your past. You are not who you were yesterday, and by the grace of God, you will not be the same person you are today. Grow in your faith, guard your heart against fear, and be courageous and strong, for you are a gift to the world. About The Author
situation, but it is at these times when we should be running
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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The Pledge of Allegiance
by Monica Gambrell
ike all dedicated parents, my husband and I tried our best to attend as many of our children’s extracurricular activities as possible. It was darned near impossible to do them all, with so many children doing different things, but as the older ones moved out, it was easier to spend more time with the younger ones. Four of my five children played the trombone in the school band, and when my middle child, Sarah, marched in the high school band, we volunteered to run the concession stand at all of the home games. Boy, were we dumb! Just kidding: we actually had a good time doing it, for the most part. On one particular day, I learned a very valuable lesson (which is almost always at a dear cost). Since I had the most gregarious personality, I was the front-person. Like a true carnie, I would screech from the confines of the concession stand, “Get your hotdogs, popcorn, and cold drinks here!” To everyone’s delight, the sales were always at their peak when I “encouraged” passers-by to partake of our delicious wares. This day was excruciatingly hot, and we really wanted to sell a lot of our frozen drinks. They had a great profit margin, and I was willing to do whatever it took to make more money for our band students. I felt indebtedness to the band that had on so many occasions allowed my children, who could not afford the uniforms, training camps, and annual competition trips, to partake just as if they could afford it. I truly felt obligated to put as much money back in the coffers as I possibly could to repay what had so graciously been given to my children. They benefitted in many ways: from the camaraderie and striving for common goals to the search for their place in the world. I felt an allegiance to this school band. I was having the time of my life yelling at the top of my lungs to anyone who would listen when I was struck by the sudden silence and stillness of everyone around me. They were in a sort of reverent stance, and they were all facing me! What had I done? I cannot even begin to tell you how mortified I was to learn that everyone’s sudden
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reverence was in fact geared toward the flagpole mounted on the hill behind the concession stand. They had all stood silent before reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag of our country! My shouts had reverberated in their sudden silence, and I wanted to crawl beneath the closest rock and hide.
Like my allegiance to the school band, I feel an even stronger allegiance to my country, so I was mortified at my own dishonor of this moment. Now, though, my heart is pondering a different question. Do I revere and give honor to the allegiance I have to my Lord? Do I, in every circumstance, stop everything to set aside a time in every day in which I honor my Lord? Does my allegiance to my Lord bring me to tears like my allegiance to my country? Do I stand proudly to declare my allegiance and invite others to do the same? Let us shout a resounding “yes” to Him who deserves our allegiance. Let us never forget our allegiance to Him. “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: As surely as I live, I will bring down on his head my oath that he despised and my covenant that he broke. I will spread my net for him, and he will be caught in my snare. I will bring him to Babylon and execute judgment upon him there because he was unfaithful to me” (Ezekiel 17:19-20).
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t is better to go to the house of mourning than to
of 17. In 2008, the two were reunited when Bobby accepted
go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of
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all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart”
“He’s like a father to me. He raised me in this business,”
(Ecclesiastes 7:2). For almost 100 years, the Jennings family has been
said Bobby about Parnick. “Mr. Jennings is a good Christian man, and he and his wife have made it possible for us to
ministering to the people of Rome in their time of loss and
help families that are in need. He’s probably the best funeral
grief. Good Shepherd Funeral Home, owned by Parnick
director I’ve ever seen, and taking his traits and being given
Jennings Sr., is a continuation of this legacy of care.
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Parnick Jennings’s father, James William Jennings, opened his first funeral home in Tennessee in the 1920s. In
been a big influence.” The principle behind “the Jennings way” is simple:
1930, he moved his family to Rome and opened Jennings
treat every family the same and follow the Golden Rule.
Funeral Home. Parnick joined his father as a partner in the
“We treat everyone here at the funeral home like they’re our
business during the 1950s and helped run the funeral home
family. We treat them just like we’d want our family treated
until they sold their firms in 1988. In 2007, Parnick reopened
if they went through this,” said Bobby. “It doesn’t make a
his own firm, now known as Good Shepherd Funeral Home.
difference whether they have a lot or don’t have anything.
Today, even at the age of 90, his influence and legacy still
We’re glad to listen, help them, and find organizations that
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Bobby Don Rogers is Good Shepherd Funeral Home’s general manager. He has been in the funeral service
grief and emotional stress.” One unfortunate reality about funerals is that people
industry since 1973, when he started out with Parnick at
often don’t think about cost until they have to pay for one,
Jennings Funeral Home on North Broad Street at the age
and that’s when they find that funerals can sometimes be
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Re-Dig The Wells
by Johnny K. Hughes
hroughout history, wells were often the source of
opposition. He moved ahead and reopened another
contention and power struggles, and in the Book
well. We must be persistent in the face of our enemy
of Genesis, we see where Israel’s enemies were
and continue moving forward. Following the digging
notorious for filling in wells with dirt. In Genesis 26, we read
of the Rehoboth well, Isaac received the confirmation of
where God tells Isaac not to go to Egypt during a time of
his father’s promises upon his life, and there he built an
famine. He instructed him to stay in the place where He had
altar. Proverbs 22:28 states, “Do not remove the ancient
placed him and to plant his seed for a harvest. God blessed
landmarks which your fathers have set.” It is important
him with a bounty of crops and herds.
to mark the places of our victories and build an altar
The Philistines became very jealous of Isaac, and they filled all the wells with dirt. These were the wells that the
of remembrance, and by doing so, we are able to take authority over the pushback of the enemy.
servants of his father, Abraham, had dug many years earlier. After his bountiful harvest, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, asked Isaac to leave the country, stating, “You are mighty, and have become too rich and powerful for us.” Isaac moved to the Gerar Valley and began to re-dig the wells of Abraham; however, as he opened the first well, local shepherds came and claimed the fresh water as their own. Isaac’s servants then opened another well, and again, there was a fight over the rights of the water. Abandoning that well and moving on, they reopened a third well, and the local people left them alone. Isaac named this well Rehoboth, meaning “Room Enough,” for God made room for them to thrive. As I was reading through these Scriptures, I realized
Stand your ground and know he cannot push you past your last victory over him. Persistence keeps the flow of God’s Spirit alive in our lives. Remember the victories of
the same thing happens in our spiritual lives. Following a
your past. There is an enemy waiting to fill your wells with
spiritual breakthrough or victory, our spiritual enemies will
debris of human traditions, but we must look back past the
immediately begin to disrupt the flow of fresh, invigorating
reformers, denominationalism, and religious actions. Tap
water with the garbage from the world; likewise, the enemy
into the crystal-clear flow released by the Lord in the first
will also try to fill the spiritual wells of our ancestors that
century, pulling that past into our present. Guard your wells
are rightfully ours. These wells represent the living waters
and rebuild the fallen altars!
It takes persistence to see the promises of God become reality. Isaac didn’t stop digging when he encountered
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of their past ministry, as well as their unfulfilled promises. Johnny K. Hughes is the executive director of Indian Ministries of North America, Inc.
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by Laura Perdue
nock, Knock. Hello, are you in there? How many times in
prayer. The order we should pray in and the three aspects of prayer:
life have you found yourself standing at a door knocking but
content, persistence, and God’s faithfulness.
no one seems to answer? You ring the doorbell, but still no
When we pray how many of us can admit that our prayers are
answer? You bang on the window, but still no response. So, what
more like a shopping list versus a conversation with him? It sounds
do you do? You just give up and move on to the next business of
more like God I need this, this, and well throw this into the mix while
the day. Parents, how about a time when your child really wanted
you are at it, but we never stop to thank Him and praise Him for all
something? They didn't just ask one time and walk away when you
that He has already done for us. If we flipped the script of our prayers
said no. They probably kept saying “Momma, Momma, Momma,”
and thanked Him first, then made our requests known to Him, what
and when that didn’t work, they pitched an all-out temper tantrum
frame of mind would this put us in? For me, I believe it would open a
until they got your attention or they got what they wanted. Am I
more intimate conversation with Him. Sometimes I personally feel like
right? Maybe it is a different scenario, or maybe you really needed
the selfish child who just goes to God and says “Okay, give me this,
your spouse to help you with something or needed their listening
but I fail to show Him how grateful for all that He, daddy God, has
ear, however after asking and feeling no response you get frustrated
already given me.
that you just quietly walk away.
How about our persistence? Remember the scenario’s I mentioned in the beginning of the article? What have you been asking and believing God for that just because He has not answered, you just stopped asking, just gave up, and stopped being persistent in your prayers? When we pray, we expect God to answer right away, but what we must learn about prayer is that God’s provision is daily, not all at once. We cannot store it up and then cut off communication with God just because he does not answer right away. It’s time to be persistent and get your child-like faith fight back by asking God for what you need! We need to stop being so fast-food minded when it comes to God’s promises and His Word. Many times we want it fast and our
One morning recently, I felt a tugging of the Holy Spirit and
way, but when we are in such a hurry, we lose the quality of what we
it was so strong to the point I could not get comfortable enough to
would have received if we would have just waited a little longer. Sit at
go back to sleep. So, I grabbed my devotional, a fresh cup of my
the Lord’s table, let God know what you need, wait on Him to bring it
favorite caramel coffee, my Bible, and turned on my prayer time
to you, and when He finally delivers, sit in a posture of thankfulness
playlist. I must admit that I have not been as faithful in my prayer life/
for His faithfulness to you, and enjoy! Have peace with what Jesus
devotional time these past few months as I should be. I have found
promises in His Word in Luke 11:9-10 “So I say to you: ASK and it
myself stressed out, fatigued, and running on empty, like an emotional
will be given to you, SEEK and you will find, KNOCK, and the door
train wreck going nowhere. Guess that is what happens when we
will opened to you. For EVERYONE who asks receives, he who seeks
don't make time for the one who is the SOURCE of all we need.
finds, and those who knock the door will be opened.”
Now, back to knocking on a door and no one answering. How
Today, if you are fatigued and feel like you cannot go any further
can we relate that concept to our marriages? This morning the topic of
in life, ask yourself—how long have I been away from the Source?
my devotional was on “morning.” It was talking about the principle
How long have I neglected putting my marriage and my commitment
that we start our morning by. Some start it by reading social media,
to God first? When you pray for your marriage, do you complain more
checking emails, checking bank balances, etc. Then there are those
than you ask God to restore? When we pray and apply the order that
that start it off by indulging in God's Word, worship, and prayer time.
God has set forth for us in how to pray, what a difference I believe we
I am guilty of being one of the first groups of people. The devotional
would see. Challenge yourself this year to knock on Heaven's door
was considerably basic talking about how important it is to start your
until your marriage is restored!
receiving the manna He is ready to supply. It did not stop there. What really got me into my spirit this morning was the scripture reference, Luke 11:1-13. In these passages God is teaching His disciples about
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About The Author
morning off by turning God's Word up like a breakfast bowl and My name is Laura Perdue and I am married to my best friend, Brian Perdue. God has truly blessed us both and I could not imagine life without my prince, My promise. Brian and I reside in Marietta, Georgia, and serve on the ministry team of Fivestones Church in Canton, Ga.
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An Earthen Vessel by Chad Hess
n the Book of John chapter 14, we are blessed generation
is no need to have fear and anxiety. We cannot add even one
after generation to hear our Lord Jesus reveal truth
day to this life in this earthen vessel by worrying. Today,
after truth about Himself and ourselves as believers and
take hold of the promise. See yourself in Him and He in you.
followers of “the Way.” In verse 2, He tells the disciples and
Know that even a fatal blow to this body cannot separate
us to not “let our hearts be troubled.” Why? Jesus goes on
you from the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. You are
to tell us that His Father’s house has many rooms, and He is
already there! Remind yourself of this promise moment by
preparing a place for those who believe in His name. Jesus
moment and day by day. When you feel afraid or anxious,
then goes on to say in verse 6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” All of this is really good news. All we have to do is believe what Jesus said about Himself. Truly believe in Him and follow His way, and we are already heirs to the Kingdom of God. (There is so much in this chapter that years have been spent by theologians unpacking it all. It cannot be covered in this article. Please re-read the chapter with fresh eyes to see all the good news that is there). Now, for the purpose of this writing, is where John 14 gets really good. Jesus tells us in verse 19 that He will be leaving this realm to
stop and remind yourself that you are a child of God and an
return to the Father. He goes on to say, “But you will see me.
heir to His Kingdom.
Because I live, you will also live.” Verse 20 is the promise
Knowing the truth about yourself, the only things that
that is often missed by those of us trudging through this
matter are the things of the Kingdom. The most important
fallen world. Jesus says, “In that day you will know that
thing in the Kingdom is knowing Jesus and following Him.
I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.” Did you
Tell everyone about it. Pray for those who don’t know about
catch it? He said He would be in the Father, and we would
it. Pray that God would put you in places to tell those who
be in Him and He in us. The Kingdom of Heaven is here
don’t know about it. Remember, this body, this earthen
vessel, is just that: a temporary, alternate dwelling that will
Jesus is telling us the good news that we are in Him and
pass away because it’s not needed. We’re already with Him
He in us. We are already seated with Him in the heavenly
and in Him, and He is in us. And finally, rest in the truth
places. It is difficult, I know, to remember this promise and
and promise. We are children of the Living God and heirs to
this fact in the world we currently live in. We see things
the Kingdom, and the Kingdom is already here.
the current state of the country and the world), but it’s right there in verse 20. You, as a believer, are already there. There
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through a dark glass, and it is easy to forget (especially with Chad Hess is a husband, father and Army Veteran. He is a parishioner at Saint Andrews Anglican Church in Rome, where he is involved in lay ministries.
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Home Is Where Your Story Begins by Rev. Brenda Dedmon
have a print hanging in my home that reads, “Home Is
a few seconds between the end of one person’s
Where Your Story Begins.” Just recently, I have looked at
sentence and the beginning of the other person. This
that print and thought about memories of my home as a
gives time to absorb what is said and have empathy,
child. I have so many fun memories of my childhood. We
and it gives an opportunity to understand their view
did not have a lot of money, but I knew I was loved, and we
and then respond.
had a lot of fun as a family. My reflection as an adult makes me realize my life story did begin at home. I think my parents put into practice the
• Take an interest in your child’s interests. Your child’s favorite toys, hobbies, or interests are things they are strongly attached to. If you show no interest in
Scripture in Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Connection is the relationship you have with your child. When you take the time and make an investment in being intentional in building a relationship, you gain the power of influence over your child that cannot be matched by any other parenting effort. The following are a few suggestions I believe will get you started in the right direction: • Learn and speak your child’s love language. “The 5 Love Languages of Children” by Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell describes the ways children need to be loved. One example is if you constantly tell your child all the nicest things
their favorites, they may think you do not like them.
about them in passing, but their love language is
You do not have to love what they love, but you do
Quality Time. If you are not having enough alone time
have to show an interest. Allow them to talk about
with them, those nice things mean less. If you discover
what they love and why they love it. This will help
that inner language, you will have a greater impact.
your child feel a sense of belonging and is the kind of
• Listen more than you speak. God gave us two ears
bond needed for a relationship that leads to a positive
and one mouth, so perhaps we need to listen more than we talk. Everyone wants to be heard, even
parental influence. As you put these ideas into your relationship with your child, you are building trust between you and your child.
emotions, and their opinion. Children feel value
One day, your child will recognize how you did point them
when we listen to them actively. Actively listening is
in the right direction, and they will realize that home is
listening without thinking about what you are going
where their story did begin.
to say. Train yourself and your children to pause
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children. We should value their thoughts, feelings,
Rev. Brenda Dedmon is the retired director of the Children’s Learning Center, First Baptist of Dalton. She is also an avid Bama, Roll Tide Fan!
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My Daily Bread
by Nadolyn Lee
waiting a train, I was sipping coffee and
I always come back to this verse in Proverbs when I
having a pastry when I noticed a public piano
need reminding that there is grace in being given only
in the station. I had time to kill, and I hadn’t
what I need. “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but
had a chance to tickle the ivories in a couple of weeks.
give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have
The sparse number of slow-moving passengers in the
too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
station reflected just how early it was. At the piano, I
Or I may become poor and steal and so dishonor the
played and softly sang a few praise songs when my
name of my God” (Proverbs 30:8-9).
husband passed by as if he were a stranger. In an effort to be cute, he placed a coin on top of the piano. We were in a foreign country, so I didn’t realize exactly how cheap he was being with his tip. As I continued to play, a man came up to me and asked for money. My wallet was tucked away in my luggage, so I grabbed the coin on the piano, handed it to the man, and told him to have a nice day. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw him take a few steps, shake his head in disgust, turn back around, and slam the coin on the piano. I was glad he spoke a different language because I
There is marvel to be found somewhere in the
don’t think the words he muttered would have gone
middle. When God grants us what we need for each
very well with my praise song.
day, do we gratefully grab hold in thanksgiving, or are
Well, ouch! That didn’t feel great. I replayed that
we more likely to slam the coin on the piano and search
scene over in my head on the train ride and began to
for greener pastures? Recall the rich man who built an
consider how the Lord must feel when I refuse His
even bigger storehouse to hoard his wealth for a rainy
gifts or am ungrateful for them. He is a good, good
day. He didn’t wake up the next morning to enjoy even
Father, and He showers us with gifts every day.
his daily bread (Luke 12:16-21). Let us wake up each
Sometimes, though, I fail to see the gift at all. Like the
day and ask, Lord, give us this day my daily bread.
on to something or someone else that I feel will better satisfy my desires.
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man in the station, I rely on my own resources to move Nadolyn Lee is a graduate of Berry College with her Masters and Education Specialist Degree from LMU. She has taught elementary music for twenty-three years in the North Georgia area. Creator of ‘Dirt Road Believer’ YouTube Channel, Nadolyn produces Christian devotions every Tuesday and Thursday. She is an author, songwriter, and director for children’s musical theater in her community of Summerville, GA. She and her husband of eighteen years, Adam, have four teenage children. Nadolyn co-founded and runs the local chapter of Helping Hands Ending Hunger, INC that feeds hungry students and their families over the weekend.
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Spring Free In Faith
by Heather Tate
round this time of year, I often hear the buzz of
that I am His, and He is mine; I am never without His love,
people saying, “It’s time for spring cleaning!”
mercy, and grace.
I’ve never been one to enthusiastically approach
If you are struggling with a difficult task, a difficult
cleaning. I’ll admit, I struggle in this area. I have spent some
decision, or a significant need, I would encourage you to
time over the past months working on improving those
talk to God and then trust that He holds you in His hands
efforts. The work ahead of me was not easy, and I often felt
(Psalm 139:10). I would also encourage you to seek the
overwhelmed when considering the depth of what I had
counsel of your pastor, a counselor, or a close friend for
to do. I found that when I was struggling, if I took a deep
guidance. When we are faithful in obedience and service to
breath and said a prayer for God to give me the strength and
the Lord, He will bless our efforts.
the will to press on, He would. The result was progress! The great thing about progress is that it inspires further action and leads to success. The verse that appeared in my devotional today is Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” This verse is the perfect example of my hope when I ask God to intervene during my struggles. I can trust His faithfulness. As I continue to work on spring cleaning, I can focus on this verse reminding me that faith is trusting what I cannot see. My goal this spring is to spring free in faith. Learning to trust God when I feel like I am incapable of completing any task sets me free from self-burden. This concept applies to so much more than spring
May the promises of the Lord be a blessing to you in any time of struggle. You are one of His chosen, and because
cleaning. When I commit to trusting God in every action
you are chosen, you are also empowered to spring free in
throughout each day, I am free to do the work (have faith)
faith (Ephesians 1:3-4)!
difficult times in my life where God’s faithfulness was clear, even if it took some time for me to see it. I can rest knowing
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Peace In The Midst of Troubles
by Caleb Prytherch
here’s a lot of things that can cause us to feel helpless, hopeless, and lost. Many things go on in our world and in our lives that are not always great. If we focus
on what is going on in the world around us, often times we can become so consumed by all the negative things happening, that it’s all we tend to see and think about. It’s like a control over our hearts and minds, that we cannot seem to get away from. While the world is filled with problems and we may have situations that are difficult in our personal lives, that does not mean that there is no hope. In fact, you can find peace and hope in the middle of what seems to be some of the most difficult circumstances you’ve ever faced. In John 14:27, Jesus says, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid.” We all love gifts. Gifts are fun and I truly haven’t met a person who doesn’t like to receive a gift. Gifts are not something that we ourselves have to pay for, but the fact is that someone did have to pay for that gift that we received. It is the same with the gifts that God gives. We don’t have to pay for them, we don’t have to wait to earn them, because He gives them freely. However, Jesus did pay the ultimate price and gave His life for you and me, just so we could have life and life more abundantly. When we accept the gift the gift of salvation that God gives, then we can experience true peace that only comes from Jesus Christ alone. The answer to the problems in our world is Jesus. The answer to the restlessness and hopelessness that you may be feeling is Jesus. The love that you are looking for in all the wrong places is found in Jesus. He is the hope of the world. He is the only one to where we can find our peace at. He’s the only one who can help you overcome whatever circumstances you may be dealing with.
over every situation in your life, He will give you a peace that no parent, friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, or any other person can give or take away. We need to remember that while we are in this world, we don’t have to live in fear thinking that the world is our only hope, because ultimately our hope is not in the kingdoms of this world, rather our hope is found in the Kingdom of God. So, if you have Christ living inside of you, then you need to realize that Christ has given you a gift that is full of hope, life, joy, peace, and love. No other person can give such a gift and no other person can take it away. Therefore, stand firm on His promise and walk in perfect peace, even if everything around you seems like it is falling apart.
no way out, with no hope, no peace, no joy. But there is hope and if you turn to God and allow Him to have control
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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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What Time Are You Living In?
by Dr. Alan Hix
his month, we turn our clocks forward in our bi-
beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s
yearly ritual of shifting from one time to another.
heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done
Schoolchildren will no longer have to wait for the
from the beginning to the end.”
bus in the dark, and we can start planning to fire up the
Solomon acknowledges that God’s creation is beautiful,
backyard grill for a pleasant evening outdoors. (We’ll not
but it was created with an expiration date—it has an end.
talk about losing that hour of sleep!)
Not so with humanity. Because we live within time, we
As human beings, we spend much of our life
cannot see all that God has planned. And there is the
looking forward to something—a new job,
tension—we are created for eternity, but
graduating from school, finding our
we currently live within time. As a
life partner, or retirement. In this
result, we feel out of sync with
current season, most people
time because we were made for
are looking forward to a time
something more. The Apostle
when we can “get back to
Paul addressed this in 2
normal.” On the other
Corinthians 5:2: “We grow
hand, some people seem
weary in our present
to be haunted by events
bodies, and we long to
in their past. Either way,
put on our heavenly
we are creatures of time.
Over the past year, as we
have struggled our way
So, as you turn
through the pandemic,
your clocks ahead,
part of that struggle has
mourning the loss of an
been with time. Many
extra hour of sleep, let that
people have had to rearrange
remind you to look beyond
schedules to work from home,
time—toward eternity. An
teach their kids at home, look after sick
eternal view changes the way we
family members, and wrestle with paying bills. Because of the quarantine, we shop from home
look at everything in life—our jobs, our finances, our family, and current affairs. It brings
and find ourselves waiting on packages from an overloaded
us hope, hope that is based on God’s grand purposes and
postal system. We think, “If I only had more time…”
the promise of eternity in His presence for those who trust
Our frustration is born out of a sense that we simply
in Him. “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope
do not have enough time. We long for something more.
we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise”
The problem is that we think this time in which we live is
the only time we have. What we have forgotten is that, as eternity, not for time. King Solomon struggled to understand this, and he wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He (God) has made everything
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creatures made in the image of God, we were created for
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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What’s In Your Heart Will Come Out rowing up, my mom would always tell me that whatever I put in my heart and mind would eventually come out. She was usually referring to what I was watching on television or the music I was listening to. I knew she was right, but my teenage self just did not want to hear that about my favorite show or song. She often used Scripture to help steer me in the right direction growing up. This was something that I did not fully appreciate until I was the parent of a teenager myself. I wish I were as bold as her. She did not care if it was just me and my brother in the house or half the neighborhood; she got out the Bible and showed me the error of my ways. I do believe that whatever we fill our minds with is what will come out. It will be revealed in our vocabulary, our responses to different situations, our habits, and our beliefs. It will also be reflected in how we treat others. We have all known people who are full of happiness. Joy seems to pour out of them no matter the situation. We have also known people who are negative and grumpy. These people typically make everyone around them miserable and uncomfortable. In Philippians 4:8-9, Paul was writing to the congregation of the church of Philippi in Greece. He says, “Finally, my brothers and sisters, always think about what is true. Think about what is noble, right, and pure. Think about what is lovely and worthy of respect. If anything is excellent or worthy of praise, think about those kinds of things. Do what you have learned or received or heard from me. Follow my example. The God who gives peace will be with you.” Recently, my 16-year-old son and I were having a conversation about inappropriate situations in movies and on TV. He brought up a scene in a movie that implied what was happening but did not show the act. I told him that it was wrong and that he should not watch it. He said, “Well, you let me watch it in a different movie.” That was like a punch to the gut! I had to admit that I was wrong in letting him do so and that it was not about his age because I should not have watched it either. In today’s world, it is harder than ever to protect ourselves from the ugliness of the world. We must be diligent and stay on guard. We need to practice paying
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attention to what we watch on TV, listen to, and search for on the Internet. We also need to be mindful and set a good example for our kids. I have been thinking about what we fill our lives with a lot lately. I have (sadly) been able to observe two elderly family members who have dementia setting in, and now they do not have control of their thoughts and minds. Each lived their life completely differently from the other. What they have filled their hearts with is overflowing. One lived a life of love and kindness, and it is now being reflected in her through laughter and joy. The other lived a self-centered and off-colored lifestyle, which is now being reflected in inappropriate and trying behavior. Watching these two ladies has been an eye-opening experience that makes me think about what I put in my own heart. I want to fill my life with goodness and love. I want to fill my heart and mind with things that are pleasing to God so that what flows out of my heart is good and uplifting.
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Key Lime Pound Cake
by Mary Anderson Beard
o matter what time of year it is, being in my kitchen always reminds me of my grandmother. We would stay in there for what seemed like hours. We would
sing songs, talk about school, and sometimes even talk about boys! We talked about heaven and who we hoped to see there: just about anything that you could imagine, we talked about it! (We even cooked and baked a little too!) I pray that one day I will have those special talks with my grandkids too! My 4-year-old grandson already has the same love of the kitchen that we did! My favorite place to be is in the kitchen baking, no matter what time of year. I LOVE making special desserts that coincide with the time of year it is. In February, I like to make pink or red; in March, I like to make green or yellow; in April, I like to make pastels; you get my drift. Since March and April are both great months for something GREEN, I wanted to share this delicious and easy recipe with you. It’s perfect for a little green to keep from being pinched on the 17th or delicious as a dessert with your Easter dinner.
Ingredients/Instructions • 1 box white cake mix • 1 cup whole milk • 1 stick butter, melted • 3 large eggs • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract • 1 Tbsp. lime juice • 1 small box lime Jell-O mix Mix all ingredients together and bake in greased Bundt pan for 40 minutes or until done. Let cool completely. Frosting/Glaze: • ½ stick butter, softened • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar • 1 tsp. vanilla • 1 Tbsp. lime juice • 1-2 Tbsp. milk or water (or more if you want a thinner frosting/glaze)
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Mix all ingredients together with mixer until smooth. Spread or drizzle over cake. Store in fridge. **You can garnish with lime zest, lime slices, strawberries, toasted coconut, slivered almonds, etc.
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