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O Local Churches PA S T 0 R'S C 0 R N E R b y R e v. N a h a n J a c ks o n ,you are upon us. So how can we go about making this year better than last year? A wise man once said: "If I am better today than I was yesterday, then I will always be getting better". How can we as believers in Jesus Christ and God's Holy word do this? Well by being obedi- ent, obedient to God's word. The Bible has a lot to say about obedience. In the Ten Commandments, we see just how impor- tant the concept of obedience is to God. Deuteronomy 11:26-28 sums it up like this: "Obey and you will be blessed. Dis- obey and you will be cursed." In the New Testament, we learn through the example of Jesus Christ that believers are called to a life of obedience. The concept of obedience woven all through scripture relates to hearing from a higher authority. One of the Greek terms for obedience conveys the idea of positioning oneself under someone by submitting to their authority and command. An- other Greek word for obey in the New Testament means "to trust" According to Holman's Illus- trated Bible Dictionary a succinct defmi- lion of biblical obedience is "to hear God's Word and act accordingly" Thus, biblical obedience to God means to hear, trust, submit and surrender to God and his Word. Here are a few thoughts to help us in our attempts to be more obedient to God in 2019. 1. Jesus calls us to Obedience In Jesus Christ we find the perfect model of obedience. As his disciples, we follow Christ's example as well as his commands. Our motivation for obedience is love: If you love me, you will keep my com- mandments. (John 14:15) 2. Obedience is an Act of Worship While the Bible places strong emphasis on obedience, it's critical to remember that believers are not justified (made righteous) by our obedience. Salvation is a free gift of God, and we can do nothing to merit it. True Christian obedience flows from a heart of gratitude for the grace we have received from the Lord: And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God be- cause of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice--the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. (Romans 12:1) 3. God rewards Obedience Over and over again we read in the Bible that God blesses and rewards obedience: "~nd through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed--all because you have obeyed me." (Genesis 22:18) Now if you will obey me and keep my cov- NATHAN JACKSON enant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth;for all the earth belongs to me. (Exodus 19:5) But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don't obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it w~ ath- w$"disfnb4e food pac provided 10 a.m, at Chr UMC 417 North Frontage Road, (next b the Farm Bureau). To be a reapient of this ance-a-rnonth food distribu- tion, approvatin advance is required. Contact Circle of Care at (478)-g94-4939 to apply. For additianahnformalbn, call/478)-994-t232 Circle Gare. Jan. 18 Ferry Rd, Jutiette, will host an awesome says and don't forget what you heard, then by. Bank on sir in0 family, Diggle,on Friday, Jan ]8 God will bless you for doing it. (James 16, To r tO help unload truck and/ 7 p.m. Finger ~ wit! be served Come and: 1:22-25) or a stribute food, show up at receive a blessing. - 4. Disobedience leads to Sin and Death The disobedience of Adam brought sin and death into the world. This is the basis of the term "original sin" But Christ's perfect obedience restores fellow- ship with God for everyone who believes in him: For as by the one man's disobedi- ence the many were made sinners, so by the one man's (Christ's) obedience the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:19) For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:22) 5. Through Obedience, we experience the Blessings of Holy Living Only Jesus Christ is perfect, therefore, only he could walk in sinless, perfect obedience. But as we allow the Holy Spirit to live in us and transform us from within, we grow in holiness. This is known as the process of sanctification. The more we read God's Word, spend time with Jesus, and allow the Holy Sp'mt to change us from within, the more we grow in obedi- ence and holiness as Christians: This is what the LORD says--your Re- deemer, the Holy One of Israel: "/am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow. Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea. Your descendants would have been like the sands along the seashore--too many to count! There would have been no need for your destruction, or for cutting off your family name." (Isaiah 48:17-19) Therefore, we don't learn obedience overnight; it's a lifelong process that we pursue by making it a daily goal. Keep growing Forsyth, let 2109 be the year of our Lord, as we all grow with Him and in Him. Nathan Jackson is Student Pastor at New Providence Baptist Church, 2560 Highway 41, Smarr. The Pastor's Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial Associa- tion, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. at The Pickled Okra, 33 W. Johnston St. on the Square. Driving Program at Boys & Girls Club prepares teens for the road By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef Forsyth-Monroe County Boys & Girls Club helped prepare 22 teens to be safe, responsible drivers in courses it offered on Dec. 15 and Jan. 4. Joel Tolliver, unit .director of the local Boys & Girls Club, taught the UPS Road Code Teen Driv- ing Program and made it available to any teens who were interested, ages 13 and up, whether they are members of the Boys & Girls Club or not. The program lasted for four hours, including lunch provided for partic- ipants. It included videos, five interactive sessions with videos, games to re- enforce the learning and driving simulation with a steering wheel and gas and brake pedals. With Liberty Mutual Insurance as one of the partners in the program, those who completed it received a certificate that could Christopher Hedges be used for a discount on vehicle insurance with participating companies. Students did not need a driver or learner's license to take the class. "The earlier the better for teens to learn about driving safety" said Tolliver. Christopher Hodges, a 7th grader at Monroe County Middle School, said he learned how important it is not to be distracted while driving. He said that all kinds of things can distract a driver and impair his ability to drive skillfully and safely, like drugs, drinking or even being sleepy. The first year a teen has a driver's license, he can't drive with another teen as a passenger because that can be a distraction. Hedges said that all drivers have to watch for hazards like animals and bicycles on the side of the road, and drivers shouldn't drive with one hand. He liked the simulator that let him drive through a danger zone and a driving test and learn the best ways to manage them. He also liked the games that let teens earn points while reenforcing what they were learning. The sfudents divided into two teams and competed to reach their point goal first. Hedges is a member of Forsyth-Monroe County Boys & Girls Club. "Ms. K," who works at the Club said that the Teen Driv- ing Program is just one of the useful and interesting opportunities available at the Club, She encouraged adults and older youth to volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club, which is open from 3-7 p.m Monday- Frida)n Volunteers can help with art, sports/recrealion, music/band, or tutoring during homework time. They can work with students or can help set up programs and classrooms. Members of the community are encouraged to give presentations, especially about career-re- lated skills. Ms. K. said that volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club is a great way for older youth to build resumes. "It's good to make a difference," said Ms. K. "Every little bit helps" Call 478-992-5605 for more informa- l!on. The Club is at 500 Highway 83 South, Forsyth on the former Hubbard Middle School campus. Bin o for Books i Friday By Joe Reed and Care- Last year Sammi Rich- worthwhile organization, who support Monroe line Nickel ardson, daughter of Chris commit your time, dollars, Reads, also known as and Kristen Richardson and support to the many Ferst Readers of Monroe, Monroe Reads Bingo for of Forsyth, won the grand worthwhile organizations do so because they know Books will return as a fun prize, but the real winners in Monroe County. that the importance of event on Friday, Jan. 11, are Monroe County chil- We are grate+ful to childhood literacy cannot from 6-9 p.m. at Mon- dren who receive a book multiple local businesses be overemphasized. All roe County Clubhouse, each month and have and organizations who children need exposure behind the library at 52 someone they love read to are supporting our efforts to age-appropriate books W. Chambers Street. The them. In the 10 years that financially. They will be and need to be read to event begins with pizza at Monroe Reads has been recognized at the event, from the earliest age. 6 p.m and Bingo starts active, more than 60,000 Contact Caroline Nickel "Early literacy (read- promptly at 7 p.m. books have been mailed at, ing and writing) does Several different versions to hundreds of Monroe 478-508-0828 or Face- not mean early reading of Bingo will be inter- County families, book about the event, instruction or teaching spersed with door prizes Whether or not you Ticket may be purchased babies to read; it is the and delicious desserts. A attend Bingo for Books, in advance through Pay- natural development of ticket costs $36 for adults please head to the Vol- pal and held at the door. skills through the en- - the cost to mail a book unteer Expo, Thursday, Many organizations in joyment of books, the each month for one year Jan. 17, from 3-7 p.m at Monroe County are worth importance of positive to a child under 5 years the Monroe County Fine the investment of our interactions between old. For children under Arts Center. Whether it's time, our support, and our babies and parents, and 12, tickets are only $18. Monroe Reads or another money. The volunteers the critical role of literacy- Bingo for Books is great family fun for a good cause. Check it out this Friday at 6 p.m. at Monroe County Club- house. rich experiences. Literacy earlyliteracy development begins at Monroe Reads works to birth and is closely linked put a new book through to a baby's earliest expe- the mail into the hands riences with books and of MC'S children every stories" American Library month from birth to 5 Association http://www, years, at no cost to their families. That means we services/booksforbabies/ need your support. Lee Smith Men - Fri 10 to 7 Unless Playing Golf FREEMAN FUNERAL HOME A name that can be trusted for funeral and burial arrangements Brentwood Place Forsyth 994-6483 994-6576 60 S. Jackson Voted 2014 Boarding Bathing Medical Management Wellness & Preventive After Hrs. & Emergency St. Forsyth, GA 478-994-4986 Best Veterinarian by readers of the Reporter "Serv/cing Each Family W/th Equal Res r;ect"