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+ PASTOR'S CORNER by Rev. Keith Harris e n&Tyen I was young, I was the kid. I was the long stance runner, never the tackle in football. Soon after I discovered girls, I came to believe that they liked muscular boys, not skinny kids. I went to my source of truth at that time, the comic books. On the back of most comic books was an ad for the Charles muscle building program. That was exactly what I thought I needed, so I ordered it. When my Charles Atlas Pro- gram came, muscles did not magically appear all over my body. The program wanted me to work and exercise. In fact, the whole program was just an exercise program. Since I bought it, I had to try it. At first, it was n'V. drudgery. I hated it. I can't tell IMRRIS you how many times I wanted to quit. In time, I started getting stronger and seeing some results. Working out actually became fun. In Joshua chapter one, God speaking to Joshua repeats the phrase several times, "Be strong and courageous." See Joshua chapter 1: verses 6,7,9 My question was, how do you become Strong and Courageous? To become strong, we must work and prepare and push ourselves, q-his applies to every area of our lives. To become strong physically we must exercise. To become strong mentally, we must study. To become strong musically, we must practice. To become strong socially, we must be kind and friendly to others. We must risk rejection. To become strong emotionally, we must heal from life's hurts. We must honestly and courageously face the hurts, not repress or pretend they don't exist. Then we must push ourselves forward. To become strong financially, we must save, discipline our spending .and invest wisely. To become strong in any area, we must diligently prepare, we must stretch our- selves, we must push ourselves. To become strong spiritually; we must learn to trust God implicitly. Joshua 1:9 says, "Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" There is transformative power in believing that truth to the core of our being. To become strong spiritually, we must believe the truth and reject the lies. The world's lies sag 'You are not good enough, you are not strong enough, you are not smart enough, you are not enough.' These lies will keep us from being and doing and enjoy- ing the wonderful life that God has for us. Joshua 1:8 says, "This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do ac- cording to all that is written it it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success" To grow spiritually we must learn to speak truth and reject lies. We must learn to program our minds with truth. To become strong spiritually, we must obey God. Notice that it says, "Thatyou may be careful to do." Joshua obeyed God and conquered many obstacles in his life. When he felt that God had called him to something, he gave everything he had to accomplish it. We become courageous when we become strong. When we are prepared, disciplined, and trust God we automatically become confident and courageous. Courage is a consequence or fruit of preparation. I never did become a right tackle on the football team. Nor did I develop some mas- sive physique. But I did go on to run cross country in college and I loved it. It was invigorating running through the moun- tains and valleys. It took a lot of work and preparation but it was so worth it. Physi- cally, it was what God created and called me to do. Most importantly, God has called me into relationship with Him. My heart, my mind, my spirit continue to grow as I run with Him through life's mountains and valleys. Rev.Keith Harris is pastor of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 40 Rumble Road, Smarr. The Pastor's Comer is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial Association, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at8 a.m. at The Pickled Okra, 33 W. Johnston St. on the Square. Rock Springs Christian Academy names Stars Pictured are the April/ May Star Students at Rock Springs Christian Academy in Milner. Jeremy Hunnicutt, Isaiah Davis and Juvita Tater all live in Monroe County. Front Row (L-R): Lynlee Derhammer, Kaysi Rebuelta, Ryan Grose, Elizabeth Ryals; Second Row (L-R): Lucy Sowell, Eli Williams, Kallie Lat- imer; Third Row (L-R): Carsyn Rosier, Juvita Tater, Olivia Daven- port, RyLeigh Harris; Fourth Row (L-R): Cami Glover, Isaiah Davis; Back Row (L-R): Jeremy Hunnicutt, Heather McLenon, Andrew Gaylor; Not Pictured: Jack Dyer. EmaJl church calendar news to Diane Ghdewell at by Monday at 10 a.m. Church information is published free of charge as space permits. May 19 will celebrate Homecom-May 27 Liberty Baptist will host ing on Sunday, May 20. Hill Baptist has Services start at 10:30 a.m. "Heartfelt" with special singing by Susan i03rd Anniversary Liberty Baptist Church, 3043 Handley. Pastor J.R. Jones will Spring Hill Baptist Church will High Falls Road, will host deliver the message. Dinner celebrate its 103rd Church Heartfelt on Saturday, May Anniversary on Sunday, May 19 at 6 p.m. This group has on the grounds will follow the been singing for the Lord for service. Everyone is invited. 27 at 2 p.m. The theme is "Get in the Word." The guest a number of years and shares Mt. GihHxl Baptist speaker is Pastor John Herring testimonies that will bless your . with the Glorious Hope Choir heart. Refreshments will be Choir Anniversary and Congregation. All are served after the singing. All Mr. Gilead Baptist Church, welcome. are invited. 2705 Boxankle Road, Forsyth will celebrate its Choir An- Wrights Grove has Wcml- Abundant Life has yard nJversary on Sunday, May ~rl's I1~ ~ieblml~l~ 20 at 2:30 p.m. Special sole & donut fundroiser guests will be Dart Willis and On Sunday, May 27 at 2 Abundant Life Church, 962 p.m. the Women's Ministry of Juliette Road, Forsyth, will recording artist April Ruffin & Wrights Grove Church will have a yard sale and donut Company. host a Women's Day Cel- sale Saturday, May 19 from ebration. Theme- *'Women of 8 a.m. until as a fundraiser for Many Hats;*' so grab your youth camp. favorite hat or not and come celebrate. Minister Leisa Atwater of the Tessie Hall Baptist Church, Forsyth will be the minister. Contact Sister Louise Stephens. May 20 St. Luke AJ&E. holds Men & Women's Day St. Luke A.M.E. Church, 143 James St Forsyth will cel- ebrate Men & Women's Day on Sunday, May 20 at 11 a.m. All are welcome. Midway Baptist celebrates 137th Anniversary Midway Baptist Church, Hopewell UMC has June 4-8 Highway 41, Smarr, invites Women's Day Program everyone to loin in celebrat- Rev. Carlos Towns and St. James Baptist to hold ing the church's 137th An- Hopewell United Methodist Vasolkm Bible School niversary on Sunday, May 20 Church, 483 Hopewell Road, St. James Baptist Church, at 11 a.m. Pastor Katrin Talton Forsyth invite everyone to 110 James St Forsyth will from Coleman Clake A.M.E. the Women's Day Program host Vacation Bible School Church of Forsyth will bring on Sunday, May 20 at 2:30 on Monday-Friday, June 4-8 the message, p.m. The guest speaker will from 6-8 p.m. nightly. For be Pastor Jennifer Carner. The more information, contact Sardis Missionary Baptist theme is "Women Recognizing, Sister Angela Banks. celebrates 171 years Acknowledging and Accept- Sardis Missionary Baptist ing Our Purpose," and the June 10 Church, 100 Sardis Church scripture is Proverbs 31:25-26. Sit. Luke .~E. hosts Road, Barnesville will ~ 14emine's celebrate its 171 st Church An- May 21, 25, 27 q~tle~tl~ niversary on Sunday, May 20 Oak C~ro~ HolJlrl~rL Everyone is invited to the at 2:30 p.m. The theme ~,ill 50th Heroine's Day Celebra- be "Give Me That Ole Time celel~mtes d~unh tion sponsored by Heroines Religion." Guests will be Rev. an~hr~ry of Jericho, Lily Court #17 of Rufus Whatley and the Union Oak Grove Holiness Church, I~orsyth on Sunday, June 10 Hill Baptist Church of Forsyth. 1786 Zellner Road, Forsyth at 3 p.m. at St. Luke A.M.E. Everyone is asked to dress Jn will celebrate the church's Church, 143 James St Forsyth. blue leans and white shirts/ anniversary Monday-Friday, The guest speaker will be blouses. All are welcome. May 21-25 with services at Heroine Patricia Wills, Past 770-358-0015 7:30 p.m. nightly, climaxing Most Ancient Matron who with a service at 12 noon on now serves as Treasurer of Williams Chapel AJ~4.E. Sunday, May 27 The theme Diamond Court #770 of Family & Friends is "Holding fast to our Faith" Lithonia. The theme Js "Rahab HebrewslO:23. Speakers will Living in the New Era." DaY be: Bishop Joe Ridley of Gray The Williams Chapel A.M.E. on Monday, Bishop JoAnn church family invites everyone White of Atlanta on Tuesday, June 18-20 to loin worship at its Annual Pastor Lonnie Fletcher of Sit. James Baptist holds Family & Friends Day on Sun- Forsyth on Wednesday, Pastor Annual Revival day, May 20 at 2 p.m. with Tommy Williams of Griffin on St. James Baptist Church, 110 speaker Rev. Terrell Brown Thursday, Elder Willie Burns James St Forsyth will have Jr Youth Minister of Cov- of Decatur on Friday and its Annual Church Revival on enant Life Cathedral Church, Pastor Demostray Head of Monday-Wednesday, June Macon. Dinner will be served Jackson on Sunday. The Oak 18-20 beginning at 7:30 p.m. after the service. Grove Holiness Church and nightly. Rev. Eddie Collier of Raster/Overseer Bishop B.F TowalJga County Line Baptist May 20 Mckibben invite everyone to Church will be the guest mes- East Juliette Baptist has attend. For more information, sengen Homecemblg call Annette Lucear at 478- East JuJielte Baptist Church, 394-1085. 183 J.H. Aldridge Dr Juhette Annual ACE Literacy Tea was delightful MCACE (Monroe County Adult and Community Education) held its Ladies Literacy Tea on Saturday, May 5. Author, Julie Landon spoke about the process of writing children's books. She inspired the guests to tap into their creativity; and she shared her lat- est work, "Mystery on the Farm." MCACE is devoted to improving literacy and education within Monroe County. Brandi Pye is pictured at the MCACE Literacy Tea with her young ladies: Bai- ley, Lily, and Makenzie. Read), to Meet Your Pet Needs Lee Smith 994-1666 Mon - Fri 10 to 7 Unless Playing Golf FREEMAN FUNERAL HOME A name that can be trusted for funeral and burial arrangements 26 Brentwood Place Forsyth 994-6483 994-6576 Boarding Bathing Medical Management Wellness & Preventive P liJl|] ll[itt]JIP l l]lI * After Hrs. & Emergency 60 S. Jackson St. Forsyth, GA 478-994-4986 Voted 2014 Best Veterinarian by readers of the Reporter I