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September 4, 2019 Page 3C AR orter PASTOR'S CORNER by Rev. Brian Moore Self-control is from connection to the truth of God's goodness 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsufferinj kindness, goodness, fa hfulness, 23 gentleness, self-con- tr6L Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the fl h with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." (Galatians 5:22-25) Bible has much to say about self control. One area of our lives where it is hard- est to exercise self-control is with our emotions. We must strive to keep them rooted in truth instead of letting our circumstances control them for us. It is very important for us to not base our emo- tions and reactions in present circumstances. If Rev. Brian we do that, our reactions will be all over the map. Instead, we should root our emotions in truth and be able to respond accordingly. When we root our emotions in truth, we are able to remain grounded when things don't go our way. People who have untethered emotions also have untethered reactions. Emotions tethered to truth enable us to sensibly as- sess all aspects of our present difficulties. If you do not have your emotions tethered to truth, you make assumptions and draw conclusions that also aren't true. An example of self-control would be when someone does something that hurts you. You have the choice to root your emotions and your response in the immediate hurt, or you could respond based off of the general character that you know that person possesses. The second response is the self-con- trolled response. We should not throw the entire past away the moment some- one makes a mistake or does not perform the way we expected or desired. This does not only apply to how other people treat us. When things do not go the way we had planned, we have the opportunity to keep our emotions tethered to a trust in God's character and control or to simply let them ride on the unstable waves of this life (Romans 8:28). When we keep our emotions connected to the truth of God's goodness, we are then able to maintain self-control in the midst of the storm. The storm does not have to disappear in order for your God honoring self-control to be present. Your focus must change. You must shift from focusing on the storm and letting it dic- tate your reactions to focusing on the presence of the Lord who never changes and will never forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6, 8). This was true of the apostle Peter when he stepped out of the boat in the middle of the sea in the midst of a ferocious storm. His confidence was rooted in a focus on Jesus Christ alone. He lost that confidence when his focus shifted back to his present circumstances (Matthew 14:22-33). Another area of our lives that is greatly impacted by tethered and untethered emotions is marriage. When we have untethered affec- tion toward our spouse, it is mere- ly circumstantial. When times are good, feelings are good. When times are bad, feelings are bad. But Moore when our emotions are tethered to truth, then no matter how hard times are, feelings remain the same. Our love must be rooted in commit- ment instead of circumstances. This is the definition of unconditional love (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). Recognize that peo- ple and the circumstances of this life are not eternally dependable. Do not tether your emotions to them. Tether your emo- tions to truth and to Jesus Christ who is dependable and never changes. It is then and only then that you will be able to exercise self-control. Make sure your responses to life's cir- cumstances are controlled. Temporary emotions cannot be trusted and should not be allowed to drive our reactions. Every experience in life is an opportunity to magnify the presence and glory of God. While things may catch us by surprise, they will never catch Him by surprise. So always keep your emotions rooted in truth and be led by the Spirit of Truth. "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Galatians 2:20) Rev. Brian Moore is pastor at New Providence Baptist Church, 2560 Highway 41, Smarr The Pastor's Corner is spon- sored by the Monroe County Ministerial Association, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8.'30 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 417 N. Frontage Road, Forsyth. im There will be an American Heritage Girls Launch Party hosted by AHG Troop GA 3418 on Monday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at New Providence Baptist Church, 2560 Highway 41, Smart. American Heritage Girls, based in Cin- cinnati, Ohio, chartered AHG Troop GA 3418 to New Providence Baptist Church. It is a program for girls, ages 5-18, inter- ested in learning more about a service- focused leadership and character-building program. Ministers at New Providence are offering American Heritage Girls to the commu- nity as a compliment to Trail Life USA, a Christian scouting program for boys. Its mission is "building women of integrity through service to God, family, commu- nity and country7 The organization is a hands-on, scouting-style program that of- fers service opportunities and an extensive badge program from six Frontiers: Heri- tage, Family Living, Arts, Outdoor Skills, Personal Well-Being, and Science and Technology. It offers opportunities to learn age-appropriate outdoor and practical life skills with emphasis on Christian leader- ship and character. Trained leaders guide weekly activities with input from members to keep the pro- gram exciting, interesting and fun. Leaders emphasize Christian living, patriotism and citizenship in all activities. Pathfinders are ages 5-6 and typically in Kindergarten. Tenderhearts are ages 6-9 and typically in grades 1-3. Explorers are ages 9-12 and typically in grades 4-6. Pioneers are ages 12-14 and typically in grades 7-8. The high-school age group is 14-18. AHG Troop 3418 will meet on Monday evenings. Girls of any color, creed, race, national origin and socioeconomic status who agree to live according to the stan- dards of the AHG Oath and Creed are invited to be members. For more information, call 478-994-2545 or email ds4x with AHG INTEREST in the subject line. Sept. 6, 2011 Son of Jason & Tilm Ward iii iil/i;iii:i;i;/ i;;iiiiil;!iii!iiii!ii!iiiiiiiiiii:~?!!!i!i!!i!i!!:!! i!~ &:!!!i! i!! , ~Jll ~tiver th6 Sept4 Jeaneen Willing- Thompson Bettye Whitmire John Howard III ham Frances Sparks Sept 8 Sept.10 Sept 5 Donnie & Lynn J. Mary Ellen Strick- Gracie Jackson Lisa Matthews Elsberry land Susan Watson Mathis Young Jimmy Copeland Mr. & Mrs. Brian Ronnie & Laura Sept. 7 Dr. Grover Tyner Cox Daniel Laverne Merritt Chris Ivey Sept. 9 Sept. 11 Sept.6 Angela Watson Colton Perkins Travis Elsberry James McGhee Mr. & Mrs. Lee Rachel Boone Dr. Darryl J. Lee Clay Garnto Perkins Dianne Grant Jeanette Maddox Mr. & Mrs. CurtisHaylee Davis Wesley Ham This week's birthdays and anniversaries are courtesy of Forsyth Lions Club calendar. To have your name added to the calendar, contact Virginia Remick at 994-5426. Children's birthday notices through age 12 and birth announcements are published free of charge for the community. Email Diane Ghdewell at with information and picture. Monroe County brothers Browning Sandusky, far left, and Schuyler Sandusky, far right, met conservative author and radio host Mark Levin and his wife, Julie Prince, at the Convention of States meeting in Williamsburg, Va. in August. C H U R C H P A G E M A D E P O S S I B L,B Y T H E S E S P O N S O R S : ' @ Lee Smith Mon - Fri 10 to 7 Unless Playing Golf FREEMAN FUNERAL HOME. A name that can be trustedlor funeraland burial arrangements 26 Brentwood Place Forsyth % 994-6483 994-6576 B rding Bathing Medical Management Wellness & Preventive Alter Hrs. & Emergency 60 S. Jackson St, Forsyth, GA 478-994-4986 Voted 2014 Best Veterinarian by readers of theg rter