February 22, 2019

Men’s Day at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church

Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church 385 Old Field Rd Franklin, GA 30217 Rev. Henry Smoke, Sr. Pastor Invite you to join us as we celebrate MEN’S DAY 2019 Sunday, February 24, 2019 2:30 P. M. Guest Speaker Rev. Travis Leonard Pastor Ebenezer Baptist Church Franklin, Georgia We look forward to you worshiping with us! … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Satan’s Deflections

I want to start this Pastor’s Column by stating that you won’t find anybody more prolife than me. I believe that life begins at the moment of conception and that all life, from conception to natural death, is precious. And I think the actions of the politicians in New York who decriminalized abortion at any time during pregnancy, up to the very moment … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Stephanie (Part Two)

After Stephanie’s miraculous birth, she lived a relatively uneventful life. She had a heart murmur that we had to keep check on, but nothing major. Stephanie accepted Jesus as her Savior at a very young age. And as long as I can remember, she has always had a love for music. From the time she was twelve until she was fifteen, Marianne and I would take her … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Stephanie (Part One)

Thirty-seven years ago, on a Wednesday morning, our baby daughter, Stephanie, made her grand entrance into this world. She was a scheduled repeat cesarean section for Marianne and the pregnancy was routine. So, we had no clue what we were about to encounter! I kissed Marianne goodbye as they wheeled her into the operating room. Then I assumed my place in … [Read more...]

Valentine’s steak dinner at Ephesus Baptist

(Ephesus, GA) -- Ephesus Baptist church will be having our Annual Valentines Steak dinner sponsored by the  youth and children of the church. Come join us February 16th from 5-7 for a valentines dinner which includes a steak, baked potato, salad, roll and dessert. Tickets are only $20 and need to be purchased in advance. All proceeds go toward the youth … [Read more...]

Spaghetti Dinner Youth Fundraiser at Olive Branch Church

(Franklin, GA) -- Olive Branch Church will host a Spaghetti Dinner Church Youth Fundraiser on Saturday, February 16th at 6:00 PM. $5 Plates -- Treat your Valentine to a great meal catered by our youth. Eat in our fellowship hall for great service, or get your plates to go! Olive Branch Church is located at 40 Frolona Road in Franklin, GA. … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Getting Started

When I announced my call to preach my pastor said to me, “So, you’re called to preach?”  I said, “Yes sir. I am.” He responded, “Well, then don’t you ever come into this church unless you’re prepared to preach. The Bible says to be instant in season and out, and I will give you the pulpit on a moment’s notice.” I thought he was kidding. However, one Sunday … [Read more...]

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

(Franklin) — If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, we can help. Come to a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous to hear a solution. Every Monday night from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. an open discussion meeting of AA is held at the Franklin Church of God located at 12002 GA Hwy 100 in Franklin, GA. … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: God Called Me to Preach

After our wedding, Marianne and I attended the church where I met Jesus and we met each other. Before long I began to sense that God had something more for my life. As I would listen to the pastor preach, I would think things like, “I would have said that like this,” or “I would have used another scripture there.” As I began to sense that God was calling … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: The Stories of My Life 3 — Meeting Jesus

As I stated in an earlier column, “God tends to work in my life through cataclysmic, over the top means and blessings. He leaves very little room for me to misunderstand what He is doing!” The same is true regarding my salvation experience. For the first sixteen years of my life I was raised in a traditional, quiet, Southern Baptist Church. Everything was … [Read more...]