October 22, 2020

Pastoral Nuggets: Dance ‘Till it Rains

In his book, “Mastering the Seven Decisions that Determine Success,” author Andy Andrews quotes Anne Frank, who said, “Our lives are fashioned by choice. First, we make choices. Then our choices make us.” He also tells a story about some Aboriginal Rainmakers in Australia. It seems as though every time communities got into trouble because of drought, they … [Read more...]

Local law enforcement participate in ‘National Faith & Blue Weekend’

(Franklin, GA) -- Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry and Franklin Police Chief Kevin Hannah held a meet and greet with community Faith Leaders of Heard County on Friday, October 9 as part of the NFBW (National Faith & Blue Weekend). NFBW was created as an outreach project to join national law enforcement groups and faith leaders across the country to work … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Criticism Without Compassion

The Pharisees derived 611 Old Testament Laws from the Talmud. When asked which of these was the greatest, Jesus promptly boiled all those laws down to just two. (Matthew 22:37-40KJV) “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.  And the … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Optional church attendance and Christianity

In my opinion, one of the greatest problems facing the church and America today is the fact that attendance has become optional. I was raised in Bill & Betty McCollough's home. This meant that church attendance was not optional. In fact, the only option associated with it was whupped or non-whupped. But let there be no mistake - you were going - like … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Kudzu and Christianity

(Franklin, GA) -- Here in the Deep South, we have a wonderful little vine called Kudzu. We have so much of it that you would think it is native to the South. In fact, kudzu now covers more than 7 million acres in the South. Kudzu was introduced to the United States in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Japanese … [Read more...]

Rev. Thomas Hammond at Centralhatchee First Baptist Church

(Centralhatchee, GA) -- Centralhatchee First Baptist Church will have a very special guest speaker on Sunday, Sept. 27th at 11:00 AM when Rev. Thomas Hammond, who is the executive director of the Ga. Mission Board, joins us. Previously, Rev. Hammond served as the lead pastor of Alpharetta First Baptist Church from 2013-2018. For several years during his … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Three Encouragements

In his book, “First Things First,” Stephen Covey says, “Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything - is futile.” Without question, 2020 has been a poignant reminder of this truth! And I am certain that one of the most frustrating things regarding 2020, is our inability to control the events that affect our lives. We feel totally out of … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: Racism

Somewhere along my life journey, I came across the article below. It was written about the famous African American Pastor/Evangelist of yesteryear, Dr. E.V. Hill. If I knew who wrote it, I would give credit. Unfortunately, I do not. “Pastor E.V. Hill used to tell of a time he received a death threat from the Black Panthers because they didn't like his … [Read more...]

Pastoral Nuggets: “… Chances Are – It’s a Duck!”

A long time ago, my daddy gave me some of the best “life advice” I have ever received. He said, “Son, sometimes in life you are going to encounter situations, circumstances, and people that you just cannot understand. When you do, remember what I am about to tell you: “If something looks like a duck, swims like a duck, waddles like a duck, and quacks like … [Read more...]

Methodist Church moving worship services to Flat Rock Campground

(Franklin, GA) -- Starting this Sunday, August 23, and every Sunday in August, September and October, Franklin United Methodist Church will have worship services at 9:00 AM at the Flat Rock Campground. Pastor Brett Mathews will lead us. These open-air services at Flat Rock will enable us to socially distance while staying faithful to our mission of … [Read more...]