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2019 65» up up. . 4| i July 17, 2019 PASTOR'S CORNER by Dr Rodney Callahan Christiansneeal armor e are in a spiritual war for our Christian faith. Paul encourages us as Christians to prepare for it. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of call this economic “black- mail”! In other words, if you do not do this we will cut off your financial sup- port!»! On another front, several large protestant denominations have tried to redefine mar- riage. They do His might. Put not hold to on the whole the traditional armor of God, Christian belief that you may -‘ that marriage be able to 'l is between a stand a ainst -- man and a the will: of co" ROdney woman. They the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness ofthis age, against spiri- tual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6: 10—12 NKIV. This spiritual war has many battlefields. It is being fought in spiritual arenas. This engagement is happening when secular values conflict with the ethics and truths of the Holy Bible and the Chris- tian world View. Georgia recently passed “The Fetal Heart Beat Bill” which states that a fetus is~considered a life at 6 weeks when a heartbeat is usually detected. An abor— tion after that would be ‘illegal. Some in the H01- lywood movie industry have called for a boyc'ott of filming in Georgia if the bill goes into effect in 2020. There is a big debate in the area of human sexual— ity and so-called “rights.” Some Christians do not appreciate the beliefs of the LBGTQ community being forced upon them by the mainstream media sources! A large boys’ group bowed to corporate demands to allow homo- sexual leaders in their organization. They used to Caflahan even ordain men and women into ministry that are prac— ticing a sinful lifestyle. Thankfully, the Roman Catholic Church and several other Protestant denominations have not compromised their stand. Another battlefield is on a personal level. Youth and adults have to make tough decisions when they face strong peer pres- sure. Will I use drugs and alcohol? Will I engage in sexual activity outside the sanctity and security of marriage? These are just a few areas in which spiritual battles and warfare are being fought. Paul told the Ephesians to prepare for these battles by putting on the “whole armor of God.” He laid out this equipment in Ephesians 6:13-18. It is as follows: the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righ- teousness, feet shod with the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God. How do we use all this equipment in our fight? First, we find protection through the girdle of truth and the breastplate . of righteousness. Simply stated, we need to allow objective truth and bibli- cal principles to outweigh w for spiritual warfare emotion in our decisions about faith and morals. Our responses to evil should be peaceful and non-violent. The helmet is to protect our mind. Spiritual battles begin as thoughts in our brain. Look at both sides of an issue thoroughly before taking a stand. The shield of faith is to protect us from the fiery darts Satan will throw at us. When you take a stand against a popular or po- litically correct position, people will attack you for it. Be prepared and use your shield of faith. To win the war, we must go on the offensive at some point. The sword of the spirit, the Word of God, is our key to victory. In Luke chapter 4, Jesus was tempted by Satan. Jesus responded to each of Satan’s temptations by quoting scripture to him. He won the battles! God wants us to be vic» torious in this war and our battles. The final battle will be won when Jesus returns to earth and sets up his kingdom! Lastly, the purpose of my article is to create a better awareness of the “war” we are fighting. I hope my readers will see this as an . opportunity for dialogue and not just debate. My desire is stated in Hebrews 12:14 NKIV, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lor .” Col. Rodney Calla— han, D. Min. is a retired military chaplain who has also served as a prison chaplain, hospice chaplain and in numerous other capacities. The Pastor’s Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial Association, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8:30 am. at Christ United Methodist Church, 417 N. Frontage Road, Forsyth. Page 33 CHURCH CALENDAR Email church calendar news to Diane Glidewell at news©mymcnnet by Monday at 10 am. Church information is published free of charge as space permits. July 15-17 St. Paul A.M.E. has Revrval St: Paul AME. Church, Smarr will have Revival on July l5, lb and T7 nightly at pm. The Revival speak~ ers are: Monday — Rev. Doreen Smalls Friendship Circuit A.M.E., Jackson; Tuesday Rev. Bernard Sut- ton — Salem AME. Church, Gray; Wednesday * Rev. Rufus Whatley Pleasant Grove, St. Paul, Union Hill and Macedonia Missionary Baptist Churches, Forsyth. For more information, contact Cynthia W Moore at 478- 394—5046 or cinthmoo©aol com. Everyone is welcome. July l5- T9 Maynard Baptist holds VBS Maynard Baptist Church, llQS Juliette Road, Forsyth will host Vacation Bible School, with the theme "ROAR ~ Life is Wild,“ on Monday, July TS—Friday, July TQ from 6-830 pm. A light supper will be provided each night, July 21 1st Baptist of High Falls hosts Worship at the Lake First Baptist Church of High Falls will have its An~ nual Worship at the Lake on Sunday, July ‘2l beginning at ll am. The guest speaker is Scott Davis, who shares hope through comedy and mu- sic. There will be a covered dish luncheon as well as lots of fun activities for young and old during the afternoon. This special event will be held in the Group Shelter at the High Falls State Park (it has air conditioning). A $5 park- ing fee is required or park at the church and catch a ride on the church bus from l0:l5 until K145 am, Union Hill Missionary Baptist has Family Friends Day Union Hill Missionary Bapti§t_ ‘ Church, 299 Union Hill Drive, Forsyth invites everyone to the Family Friend‘s Day Program on Sunday, July 2T at 10:30 am. Bishop Dante Smith of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church of Bogart and Book- er's Chapel Baptist Church of Washington will deliver the > message. The public is invited. Tessie Hall Baptisthas Choir Anniversa Tessie Hall Baptist C urch Choir, 320 Boxankle Rd, Forsyth invites everyone to its Annual Choir Anniversary an ‘ Sunday, July 2T at 2:30 pm. Choir and praise teams are” special guests. Everyone is welcome. Come let as war- ship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness. Dinner will be served. Christian Men \ Women’s Support Group hosts lmusu . he Christian Men Wom- en‘s Support Group will host a program of gospel music to benefit Timothy Graham because of an illness. It will be Sunday, July 2T at 2:30 pm. at Mount Sinai C.M.E, ‘ Church, 2T8 Garden Circle, Milner. Orange Grove Baptist celebrates Pastor’s Anniversary Orange Grove Baptist Church will celebrate Pastor Lonnie B. Fletcher's l3th Pas- tor's Anniversary on Sunday, July 2T at 2:30 pm. Pastor Jimmy Lyons and the East Mount Sinai Friendship Baptist Churches are the special guests. Dinner will be served. Guest speaker for the ll am. worship service will be Rev. Denise Chatman of Thoma‘ston. New Macedonia Missionary Baptist has Family 8! Friends Day New Macedonia Mission- ary Baptist Church, l5l0 Oxford Road, Culloden will have Family Friends Day on Sunday, July 2T. Worship service is at l pm. with guest speaker Bishop Dante Smith. Piney Grove Baptist Church Choir is the musical guest. All are invited. 478-294- bel. Rev. Rufus J. Whatley is pastor. Greater Friendship Baptist r * celebrates Pastor’s 40th Anniversa The Greater Friends ip Baptist Church, 3242 Dames Ferry Road, Juliette will celebrate Pastor Jarrell's 40th Anniversary on Sunday, July 2T at pm. Pastor Milton Goggins and the Mount Mas riah Baptist Church of Griffin will be guests.» All are invited. July 21-24 \ Laodicea Baptist holds Homecomingsiitevival Services , Laodicea Baptist Church, l01-_Westbrooks Road. . Forsyth invites everyone to its. Homecoming 8. Revival Serf vices beginning on Sunday. July 2T at TD am Revival : Services will be Monday, July 22-Wednesda'y, July/24 at 7:30 pm. each night. The ' guest speaker willbe Rev. J. Barrion of Brown Chapel Baptist Church, Forsyth. Ev- eryone is welcome any night of the services. July 24-26 New Macedonia ~ Missionary Baptist has Revival ‘ New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, l5l0 Oxford Road. Culloden will have Revival Wednesday, July QAnFriday, July 26 begin- ning at 7:30 pm. nightly. The evangelist for the week will be Rev. Ll. London of the New Jerusalem Temple Bap- tist Church of Detroit, Mich. All are invited. 478-294— 9661. Rev. Rufus J. Whatley is pastor. July 24- 26, 28 51:. Phillip AME. holds Summer Revival St. Phillip AME. Church Fam~ ily, 36 Old Fort Valley Road, Culloden will hold its Three Night Annual Summer Revival on Wednesdavariday, July 24-26 at 7:30 pm. nightly. The guest preacher will be Rev. Dexter A. Jordan, pastor of Center Hill Baptist Church in Macon. Attire for the week is casual and comfort— able, including Homecoming. The Homecoming Service is Sunday, July 28 at 2 pm. The speaker will be REV. Robert Chaiman, pastor of the Forslyth Circuit. All are welcome on any night, July 26-27 , TheSanctuaryholds Mans Conference There will be 0 Men‘s Con~ ference of The Sanctuary, l2643 Highway 87. Juliette on Friday and Saturday nights, JulyQO and 27 starting at a pm. The theme is “Put on the Full Armor Of God." Calling all men to wor— ship and fellowship with us! Great speakers both nights, live music, and good food. Admission is free. like us on * , Facebook: The Sanctuary@ sanctuaryiuliette. July 27 ‘ liberty Barnabas senioistundijem an Libertmptist Church, 3043 High Falls Road, Jackson will host a seniors luncheon and Bingo contest at ll a.m;,-Sat- u-rday,‘July 27 Food drinks . will be provided. To qualify to win prizes the Women’s Missionary Union is asking for a finger food item and/or a cleaning supply item dono¥ tion. For further- information, contact Brenda Crowe at 478972-0730. Forsyth Police gets new body camera system By Diane Glidewell good warranty. LensLock will replace any lost or broken cam- eras at no cost to the city There is ~ Forsyth Police Department Sgt. a docking station where officers David Asbell told city council leave their cameras when not in about the LensLock system the pity bought for police body cam- eras at council’s Tune 17 meeting. He said that each officer on patrol use. The department can tell if the camera is in use, charging, etc. Each officer has an assigned slot for his or her camera. Film can to criminal investigations like murders will never be deleted. The police department has a written policy for the use of body cameras and the images obtained with them. “This is a great tool for us to have,” said Chief Eddie Harris. “It cleared an oflicer on a citizen “It’s confiising Whether it should be solely by population versus other considerations,” said council Patel of Bainbridge. No one spoke at the public hearing either for or against the application, and it was approved unanimously. member Mike Dodd. Council member Melvin o Council approved projects for Lawrence said he attended the the Transportation SPLOST to be TSPLOST meeting with the county the previous week, but the city forfeited the opportunity placed before \pters. Projects were not listed specifiCally; the resolu- riiiist have a body camera. Forsyth be filtered by officer, date, case complaint last week” tion said TSPLOST funds would to discuss changing the division has a grant to pay for the new syS- number, etc. for easy review. The “Thank you for supporting us be used for “Road, street and of funds because it didn’t have a rein, which costs $15,000/year. system protects identities with a and approving this tool,” said bridge purposes” with estimated quorum present at the meeting. : “It protects the officer, sub- feature that blurs faces and blurs Asbell. costs of $2,551,394. \ ‘ Mayor Eric Wilson said the city jiect and public,” said Asbell. any identifying information that The referendum will be placed ywill get a larger percentage of “LensLock is the best price and fit appears on the film, like names In other Forsyth Council news: on the ballot on Nov. 5, 2019 to TSPLOST funds if the referendum for us.” or dates of birth. The police chief collect 1 percent sales tax com; passes by being a part of the re- : He said Forsyth Police Depart— can review an officer by pulling ' o Council approved a new mencing on April 1, 2020 for quest for it and approving projects i-nent checked out seven systems information on traffic stops. license for package sales of beer five years and not to exceed $17 than if the county requests a vote that are available in the area before The Forsyth Police Depart- and Wine at Devi Foods, 79 North million. It will be divided be— on TSPLOST without Forsyth deciding on LensLock. Several ment is setting up a link with Lee St., Forsyth. The reason for tween Monroe County and its being involved. Board of Commis— other departments, including the District Attorney so that his the license application was new two municipalities according to sioners chair Greg Tapley attended Butts County and Griflin, report— Office can access the fihns. Images ownership; the license was ap- population, 83.1974 percent to the the council meeting to answer ed good results with the system, . from traffic stops will be kept for prOVed for Sukdevju, Inc., and the county, 15.0082 percent to Forsyth questions about the TSPLOST, but i Asbell'said the system has a ’ two to three years; images related applicant was Dharmendrakumar and 1.7945 percent to Culloden. there were none.‘ lttlzliitiiiittiliiiiiitlttitlliiiittiltUillliitiilillilliiliii C H u R H P A G E M A p E P o S I B I. E B Y T H E s E S P o N O R s : tititlitiliiiitiiiiiiltitlt{itliiiiiil!tliitittlliitiiééiiitillt Lee Smith 994-1666 Mon Fri 10 to 7 :Lee’s Haircutting ...Unless Playing Golf .. .. 26 Brentwood Place - Forsyth 994-6483 994—6576 FREEMAN FUNERAL HOME. 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