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When we had our first grandchild, I experienced what grandmother love was all about. It’s indescribable and it’s incredible. As my Maw Maw Thompson’s birthday is just around the corner, I began to think about how she loved me. Some of the best times of my life were spent with that lovely lady.

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I’ve been called “old-school,” and I’ve referred to my younger days as “back in the day.”

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Gillsville Baptist Church volunteers prepared boxes of food to give out to community members as part of the Free Holiday Meal drive-thru. A nativity scene and caroling were also offered to the families as they drove through to pick up the boxes of free groceries.

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What a year! I’ve seen more challenges this year than in any other year of my life. Still, when looking back, I’ve learned so many lessons in 2020, and I plan to us those for years to come.

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We all have so many roles in life. Some are husbands or wives, sons or daughters, a grandchild, a brother or a sister, an employee and a friend. It’s the Lord who gives us all of the opportunities to do our part to make the world a better place. Still, our encounter with the Lord Jesus Chris…

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This time last year none of us could have imagined what awaited us in 2020. The fight for the White House, the run off for two senate seats in Georgia; our state in definitely in the spotlight. Last, who would have ever thought a virus could change so many lives. It still shocks me to think …

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Shown at the Mt. Carmel Brotherhood Community meeting are: (L-R) Gordon Worley, Mt. Carmel brotherhood coordinator; Chase Rylee, TrueLife Church pastor; and Zach Watson, (Mt. Carmel Baptist Church pastor.

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Last week I made a decision that would cause me to take a big leap of faith. It was something I’ve been praying about, and I know God gives us the desires of our hearts. Still, as I debated the pros and cons in my mind, I felt a touch of anxiety. I’m didn’t linger there; I began to encourage…

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In early times the season of Advent was a time to prepare the hearts of the people. They spent time in fasting and prayer, and many new Christians were baptized. It was also a time to prepare for the Messiah to come to Earth. After all, the Latin definition of advent is coming.

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Community Brotherhood will be held on Sunday, December 6, at 7:30 a.m. in the Don Stewart Hall at Homer United Methodist Church for a time of worship only, no breakfast will be served. Everyone is asked to wear mask and temperatures will be taken at the door.

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Gillsville Baptist Church will offer a free holiday meal from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6. Fifty grocery food boxes will be given to the first 50 families in a drive-thru pick up.

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Every year, I always thank the Lord for the big things He has done for me. First of all is my salvation, then my family, my friends, and my ministry. I also thank Him for the opportunity to pray, worship, and praise which opens up a line of communication with the Father, and that turns my da…

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It’s so important to keep the Word of God as our road map for everyday life. There are so many self-help books, television shows to give advice, and other people who want to let us know their thoughts, may we remember the Word of God stands forever.

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My friend and I started casually keeping a list of the wide range of events that have happened in 2020. Some of the items on the list include the pandemic, of course, and the hurricane that caused great storms in our area, the rationing of some items at the grocery store, and the election an…

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Shown at the Mt. Carmel Brotherhood meeting are: (L-R) Gordon Worley, Mt Carmel Brotherhood Coordinator; Deron Crocker, November Brotherhood speaker and former pastor of Living Mission Methodist Church; and Zach Watson, pastor of Mt Carmel Baptist Church.

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When I reflect on the miracles I have read about and the ones I have seen, it reminds me that nothing is impossible with God.

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Melvin McCoy, a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church, was the guest speaker at the Community Brotherhood breakfast meeting on Nov. 1. The group met at Homer United Methodist Church for a time of worship. Community Brotherhood is the only ecumenical, basically lay, group in the county. Churches …

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So I’ve been wearing a face mask off and on for several months, and everyone around me has one on as well. Until recently, I’ve passed and repassed them without a second thought. Lately the Lord has moved on my heart. Now I look into the eyes of the people I meet, and many times I’ve been mo…

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“Hey Grammy can you hold me?” Those were some of the most precious words I’ve heard in a while. Although that was just the beginning of my week with the grands. “Hey Grammy will you read to me?”

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Community Brotherhood will be held on Sunday, November 1, at 7:30 a.m. in the Don Stewart Hall at Homer United Methodist Church for a time of worship only. No breakfast will be served. Everyone is asked to wear mask and temperatures will be taken at the door.

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Everything was going according to plan at church on Sunday. We were about five minutes away from singing and praising the Lord. That’s when the back door popped open and in walked a family we had not seen in at least six weeks and they had a good reason to be out of church.

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Goals….we all have them or maybe we’ve had them. Lately, I’ve been reminded of how important goals are in our lives. I believe there are several elements of goal setting that will help us to be more successful. Let’s face it, sometimes our goals have turned into a pipe dream, but that’s not …

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As we usher in the third season of this very unusual year, I pray that we can come together and enjoy the falling leaves and cooler temperatures. While traveling this past weekend, it is evident that people are beginning to get out and enjoy themselves. My prayer is that we can get outside, …

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Community Brotherhood will be held on Sunday, October 4, at 7:30 a.m. in the Don Stewart Hall at Homer United Methodist Church for a time of worship only, no breakfast will be served. Everyone is asked to wear mask and temperatures will be taken at the door.

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I recently talked to a group of teens about the people, places and things they treasure, and I began to reflect on the many treasures in my life.

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Most every day we come in contact with a variety of people. We interact with folks on the job, in the doctor’s office, along with our family and friends. I believe we’ve been around enough people to know there are several types of Christians.

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Shown at the Mt. Carmel Brotherhood Breakfast are:(L-R) Gordon Worley, Mt. Carmel Brotherhood Coordinator; Darryl Womack, guest speaker and pastor at Montgomery Memorial Baptist Church in Gainesville; and Zach Watson, pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.

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I saw a post on social media and I was so excited. I’ve known Mary for years, and when you see God do a great miracle in a person’s life, that is cause to praise the Lord. I’m talking about salvation, deliverance, and total restoration for her family. Still Mary needed financial stability. A…

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The Community Brotherhood, normally held at the Homer United Methodist Church, will not be holding their monthly breakfast for the month of September.

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“Lord I believe, help my unbelief!” Have you ever found yourself in that situation? I’ve prayed, believed, and watched as God moved in the lives of others, but when I need a miracle, I wonder if it will happen. I may think I don’t deserve it, or I may forget what a mighty God we serve, but i…

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Do you ever struggle to hear God? I have at different times in my life. Sometimes I’ve had big decisions and I’ve asked, “Where are you Lord?” Even though I feel like he should have already responded, and I have not heard a word. I know my God is faithful. He has never let me down. That does…

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I played softball for many years, and I loved every minute of it. As I grew up I’d find myself in the stands rather than on the field. While sitting in the stands, oh how I wanted to be a part of that next pitch, take a run around the bases, or catch a line drive. I also remember it took a l…

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Teamwork is so important in life. It’s important at home, in the workplace, and in God’s Kingdom. It’s working together, effectively and efficiently, to achieve a goal. I always try to instill the importance of teamwork in my grandson, Nate, and I hope to do the same with Rylee when she gets…

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What do you want to be when you grow up? That was one question people used to ask me again and again. At that point in my life I would always think about my career. I wanted to live in the city and work in business administration. I didn’t plan on getting married or having children. I’m sure…

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Dugar Strickland will be hosting an Old Fashion Front Porch Picking and Grinning Friday night, July 24, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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Andrew Wilson, member of Pond Fork Baptist Church in Pendergrass (left), was the guest speaker at the recent meeting of the Mt. Carmel Brotherhood. Also shown are Gordon Worley (center) brotherhood coordinator and Zach Watson (right) pastor of Mt Carmel Baptist.

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The Community Brotherhood, normally held at the Homer United Methodist Church, will not be holding its monthly breakfast for the month of August.

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It seems to be getting warmer and warmer as the dog days of summer roll on. I was in South Georgia a few nights ago and I did something I haven’t done it years, and it took me back to my childhood.

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“Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.” The mere mention of our Savior’s name will change my day. I get totally wrapped up in the decisions and duties and it can stress me out! When this happens I know I need to switch gears, and focus on the name of Jesus.

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When I walked into Zach and Casey’s house last week, I felt like a movie star! Seriously! I had a 2 3/4 year old running into my arms and I had a nine-month old clapping and smiling like never before. Without a doubt I am loved by some of the people who matter most in my life.

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I imagine we all know many June brides, and my family has at least five couples who will be celebrating from 15 to 56 years this month.

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Scripture is clear. We should serve others, and Jesus is the greatest example of service to mankind. Mark 10:45 says, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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Pray. Pray. Pray, and then pray some more. That’s an oversimplification, but it’s biblical, and it can be life-changing. First Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing, while Colossians 4:2 says, “Devote yourselves to prayer.”