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PASTOR"S CiORNER by Rev. Shirley Watkins q '.i ' is. 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. My mama always told me, and I always told my children, your name is all you really have. If you walk with bad people, you'llbe known as a bad person. If you stay around good people, you'll be known as a good person. In my life, I have found that tobe oh, so true. People are known for the company they keep. q-hey are called names by the names of the company they hang with. God wants us to hang with the wise, so that we will be wise. You learn to be what you are around the most. If you want to be a child of God, guess what? You need to hang around children of God. If you want to have discernment and wisdom, it will only come from God. So you need to spend a lot of your time alone with God in prayer. We can only see His ways as we get closer to Him. We only get closer to Him by getting before Him in prayer and meditation and reading of his Word. Draw nigh to Him and He will draw nigh to you. That's the only way to become like Him. People think they can be Chris- tians (Christ-like) and never open their Bibles or spend time in prayer. But not so! We have to do more than a "Lay me down to sleep" prayer. We have to spend time with Him. Make an appointment with Him and keep it. We use up the hours in our days and never once spend an hour with God. He is looking for us. Just as God looked for Adam in the garden, He is looking for you and me to fellowship with Him. We have fellowships for all kind of things except for time with REV. SHIRLEY WATKINS God. We have food fellowships, singings and other things going on, but where is our alone time with God? When was the last time we really sat down or knelt down and talked to Him for more than five or 10 minutes? When was the last time you made up your mind to stay in His pres- ence until you heard from Him, no matter how long it took? Our excuses are so puny! I don't have the time to pray. I don't know how to pray. I can't pray long. All of these are just excuses God doesn't even want to hear. Maybe you can't pray long, but you can stay in His presence and let Him talk to you in the Spirit or through the Word. I am not sure about you but I want to be a wise person. I want to walk with the wise. The wise are God and His people that lis- ten to Him. Too many people are not hearing the Word preached any more. They hear stories, or jokes or a small sermonette, but not the Word. They are not told how to be wise. They are not told what sin is. They are not encour- aged to stay away from the things that they are weak in and will cause them to fail. It is time to go back to the Word of God. It is time to hear: "Thus saith the Lord" Are you walking with the Wise Man? I truly hope so. We need God to move for us now more than ever. May God bless you and help you to be like Jesus. Rev. Shirley Watkins is pastor of Light- house of Prayer, 2287 Highway 41 South, Smart. 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 Christ United Methodist Church, 417 N. Frontage Road, Forsyth. at news@mymcr.net by Monday published of charge as space March 19-21 St. Philhp A.M.E. Church, Culloden invites ~1 everyone to worship with its Annual Family Orange Grove Bapt st Church (H ghway 8, 74, Cuttoden) Annual Spring Revival wilt MarcK20 Cht~t: United 994-493cL (478)- March 20-22 The guest speaker on March 20 will be Rev. Jarvis Barrion St. and Brown Chapel Baptist Church of Forsyth The guest speaker on March 21 will be Rev. Nathan Gordon and Mr. Airy Baptist Church of Forsyth. The guest speaker on 22 will be Rev. Derek Dumas and Baptist Grou Blatock.: Ramah Primitive Baptist Church t274 Ramah ChurCh Rd, Barnesville will hold its Spring Meeting on Tuesday-Thursday, March 26L 28 beginning at 7 p.m. nightly. Elder Steve Pierce will be preach 6g The e w t be a covered dish supper at cb p,m. on Thursday, March 28. Everyone s invlted. Elder Kurt Bacon, Pastor, 770-468-4921. March 31 Garden Hill Baptist hcmts Movie NiCe Garden HI I Baptist Church, 88 Vining St Forsyth, wilt host MoVie Night On Sunday March 31 at 5 p.m. There will fi ger food and refreshments. 'All are inuitecl to fellowship with members, enjoy a good Christian based movie, "When the Game Stands Tall," and receive a blessing of meet- ing hke-minded believers. at 2560 April 8-10 Smarr will host its Annual I.~ March 23 March 24 Church, Forsyth. Everyone is welcome on any night. Rev. T.J. Head is pastor. Kynette United Methodist Church, 266 April 18, 19 thu By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net Monroe County Board of Health voted to increase its $50,000 commitment for renovations on its building up to $75,000 to ma ch the contribution from Monroe C6 inty its application for a $750,000 COmmunity Block Development Grant from the state to renovate the building at 106 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Forsyth. Morris Hutcheson of Georgia Depart- ment of Public Health North Central District, which includes Monroe County, will present the proposal to Monroe County commissioners at their meeting on March 19. The Board of Health had al- ready agreed to contribute $50,000 but will match 7whatever the commissioners will give over $50,000 up to $75,000, hoping to increase,chances of getting the grant from the state. Hutcheson said that renovations needed at the Health Department are estimated at $947,500. The maximum amount for the Community Block Development Grant is $750,000. The building, located next to Monroe County Hospital, needs extensive work on plumbing and flooring, enlarging examining rooms and other improvements and repairs. The Middle Georgia Regional Commission is writing the application for the grant, which is due April 1. Carter Watkins Associates of Monroe is the archi- tectural firm working on the project. Although the Board of Health has identified replacing carpet and flooring as an immediate need at the Health Depart- ment, Hutcheson said the architects have recommended delaying any work until the people making the decision on the CBDG can tour the building and see the condition it is in and the need. "Make the Board of Commissioners aware of what it will cost if we don't get the grant" board member Hugh Cromer told Hutcheson. Hutcheson told Commissioner Larry Evans, who is the BOC representa- tive on the Hospital Board, that he should abstain from the BOC vote on committing funds for the Health Department renova- tion. In her nurse manager report at the quar- terly Board of Health meeting on March 11, Whitney Lover documented the issues at the building in Februar)n There was a clogged toilet in the patient lab restroom and brown water running into the toilet in the front office area on Feb. 14. On Feb. 21 a gas smell coming from the utility room alerted the staffto a small gas leak. On Feb. 26 maintenance fixed a toilet that was constantly running. On March 5 the toilet overflowed in the front desk area. Other board members present at the March 11 meeting, in addition to Cromer and Evans, were Jeremy Goodwin, Lillian Davis, Dr. Mike Hickman, Chris Hewer and Eric Wilson. Other staff members present, in addition to Lovett, were Gina Smith and Cathy Jenkins. & Friends Rd Forsyth 417 N Frontage February Students Rock Springs Chris- tian Academy Star Students for Febru- ary are, left to right, bottom row, Cael Hawkins, Cason Crowe, Tucker Mc- Daniel, Kurt Schal- Iott; 2nd row, Callen Hill, Lola Kile, Bella Martin, Karoline Westbury; 3rd row, Jadon White, Ka- leigh Kimbell, Sam Watson: 4th row, Jace Harrison, Logan Benton, Tony Bryan, Caden Fleming, Alex Abernathy. Karoline Westbury and Jadon White are Monroe residents. Ken Shamrock spea at Rock Springs Church Ken Shamrock visited Rock Springs Church for a Men's Breakfast and special ap- pearance for church worship services with Senior Pastor, Dr. Benny Tate. Shamrock has an international following from both Ultimate Fighting Champion- ship/Mixed Martial Arts (UFC/MMA) and pro wrestling. Hundreds of men gath- ered to hear his powerful testimony on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Men's Breakfast. Tate shared a message on the importance of men and families on Sunday, and Shamrock shared more about his experiences in professional fighting and wrestling. He dis- cussed his troubled childhood, including living as a runaway, getting kicked out of placement homes, alcoholism/drugs and fighting. He shared how he eventually turned his life over to Christ. 9 Lee Smith Man - 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 Voted 2014 Best Veterinarian by