Christian Community



Christian Community


January / February 2017

Volume 12, Issue 1

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Papa’s Pantry






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Spiritual Fresh Start




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The mission of Papa’s Pantry is to help individuals

and families re-establish stability and self-reliance by

offering a variety of programs including immediate food

assistance, employment strategies, and life skills through

hands-on support and ongoing training.

Christian Community News (CCN) is published every 2 months by

“Papa’s Pantry”, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit, organized in 1998, that works

with families in need; providing food assistance and stability training to

help them stabilize.

Recognizing that “man does not live by bread alone, but by every word

of God,” (Dt 8:3) The Master’s Training Center, the Pantry’s education

division, offers mentoring, classes and coaching for all families in the

areas of employment strategies, money management, goal setting, time

management, computer skills, nutrition, organic gardening & bible


Please consider Papa’s Pantry in your monthly giving. We depend on

local financial support to continue to offer stability training and groceries

to those in our community. Donations are tax-deductible. Papa’s

Pantry does not seek government grants. Funds generated by advertising

help ongoing programs. The advertisements in CCN are meant to

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Christian churches are defined as those who believe in the Trinity of

God the Father, Jesus the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ

was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of a virgin, fully God

and fully man. He was crucified, died, resurrected, and is now seated at

the right hand of God the Father as our Savior, Redeemer, and Intercessor.

Salvation is found only through Him. Forgiveness and new birth is

available to all who believe.

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Life is About Celebrating

Little Victories Too!


Ask, Believe, Receive


God Chooses the Not



Bad Stress, Good Stress


The Desires of My Heart


The Opposite of Love


Set Your Own Bar


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Food Assistance

of the hungry children in

Georgia are in families who make “too much

money” and do not qualify for government

assistance... no food stamps, no free or

reduced school meals, and no WIC.

Our Vision

To have a community where everyone has

the tools to achieve stability and where no

one goes to bed hungry.

Our Mission

Help families reach sustainability

by offering essential “Stability Solutions

Training,” hands-on support, mentoring, and

life coaching alongside food assistance as


Our Values

Christ-Centered, Intentional, Compassionate,

and Committed.


Stability Training

Letter from the Editor

Lynne Saunders

Editor and Founder of Papa’s Pantry,

The Master’s Training Center,

& Christian Community News Magazine

Author, “21st Century Keys to EMPLOYMENT”

Christian Community News

Published by Papa’s Pantry (501c3)

6551 Commerce Pkwy, Suite 200

Woodstock, GA 30189

Phone: 770-591-4730

Fax: 770-591-4707

Happy New Year! As we once again settle in to find that new normal in our schedules and tasks, we tend to breathe

a sigh of relief. At Papa's Pantry, we are still working with determined men and women focusing on getting back

on their feet. With the appropriate Stability Training, the path toward success is close within their reach! It's an

exciting time, one with the pent up energy of a race horse clammering for the gate to go up, releasing them to run to

win! That is what January 2nd provides. There will certainly be some celebrations!

I am often asked why Papa's Pantry's logo is an artichoke. I must brag on the graphic arts students at KSU many

years ago, who adopted Papa's as their project for the semester. I was able to come into their classroom and give a

full presentation of the concept and mission that guide our relationship-driven, personal work done with each client.

They had the opportunity to ask questions, much like high level advertising agency executives might be asking their

client. Each student was charged to design three separate marketing concepts, each one including a new logo.

During the next several weeks, several of the students reached out with further questions and asked for deeper

insight. Then the day arrived when I recieved approximately 25 boxes from the university. Each box contained

concept after concept, logo after logo. I was blown away. Papa's Executive Board of Directors were also taken back

with such professionalism and sheer talent reflected in each presentation we reviewed. We saw lots of apples and lots

of trees. Apples represented the stability "teaching" concept of the ministry. The trees reflected deep roots to parallel

the deep work we do with each family, and their leaves emphasized growth. All good... All great!

And then, there was that one that stood out... was it a tree too? After careful deliberation, we realized it was an

artichoke! Hmm. I've eaten several in my life, and the things that stood out in my memory about artichokes was

how rough it was to get through the outer leaves in an attempt to extract any of the meat that hid between the outer

skins. But once through the outer leaves, those found within were more tender... and then, you get to the heart... the

actual prize!

We realized that this one simple image captured the complexity of what we deal with as we serve each person's deep,

and sometimes painful challenges. Many of our clients initially come in with very rough and tough edges, making

it nearly impossible to detect anything tender or plyable within them. With love, respect, time, and much patience,

manytimes they become lifetime friends.

To sum it up, we look to the heart of everyone, much as the Lord does with each of us. This

year, we will continue to drive the message home... #theheartmatters ! For those involved

with social media, you can follow our stories using this hashtag. For those who avoid social

media, our website will begin to feature the challenges and changing hearts we encounter,

and find it an honor to serve.

May your dreams and desires come to fruition this year!

Love and Blessings,


Papa’s Pantry


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Spiritual Fresh Start

By Lynne Saunders

At the beginning of every New Year, people,

for a time, rededicate their lives to make

wiser and healthier choices. These new

personal commitments we have come to know as

New Year’s Resolutions. Unfortunately, these

life changing things are generally dismissed,

or forgotten altogether within a short time. We

somehow know that we can always circle around

again when it’s convenient to give it another try.

Yes, we all hope for the next New Year.

A serious question we must all ask ourselves is

about our commitment to the Lord. Is our bible

just an accessory we carry to church once a week?

Do our lifestyle and personal choices really line up

with those that God desires for us? Not to step

on any toes, but as we scrape our weary bodies off

the holiday pavement, are we going to God first for


Our Thursday bible study has ramped up again

on the Chronological Life of Jesus, and we find

ourselves studying Jesus’ baptism and wilderness

experiences. That’s quite a dynamic duo of events

which often confused me. Both powerful, yet both

extreme experiential opposites.

We begin in the approximate year of 29 AD. We

are able to discern this timeline based on the

categorical documentation of the political scene by

gospel author Luke, in which he wrote in chapter

3:3, “In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius

Caesar…” Luke is helping his readers understand

the tumultuous political times felt in Israel while

under strict Roman control. Tiberius Caesar was

an appointed Roman governor, the one who would

play a part later in Jesus’ death.

Through the scriptures, we have been able to

meet John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus,

sent to “Prepare the Way.” This turned out to

be a dual message. His proclamation heralded

the fulfillment of the coming Messiah, yet his

message to all was also a personal one. It was

for each man and woman to prepare their own

hearts for a personal encounter with God… for the

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Lord was surely soon to be among them in the flesh.

The aristocratic religious leaders of the day, dressed in

their fine robes, mocked John by the Jordan's water’s

edge. John was a simple man who lived in the solitary

wilderness. He wore a tunic made from camel hair, a

far cry from the pompous religious authorities. From

his miraculous birth, his job description and life’s

mission were made clear through the angel Gabriel.

The day that Jesus arrived at the Jordan River was

a day like so many before it. Most likely it offered a

clear blue sky, warm sun, and a gentle breeze. John

was preaching there, and encouraging a large group of

people to “repent.” This simple word means to change

one’s mind in such a significant way that actions and

behaviors are changed. Sin is sin. Living with bad

choices day after day, year after year makes one numb

to the seriousness of the matter. However, God still

has an opinion.

When people’s hearts and minds were ready to be

changed, to be cleansed of sin, John baptized them.

His was a water baptism of repentance.

Water baptism was not a brand new tradition starting

with John. Baptism in the Jewish culture predates

this event by centuries. It was not uncommon for

Gentiles to get baptized to convert to Judaism. Many

times, captured men and women from war-gained

cities and towns were forced to follow the religion and

politics (which went hand in hand) of their captors.

This required baptism, and for the men and boys,


Within the Jewish culture, water purification was

required of the men before going to the temple to

worship. This ceremony was also a rite of passage

when a man from a priestly line came of age (at the

age of 30) to publicly begin his religious duties.

John’s baptism of repentance was the first of its kind,

according to historians and scholars. This one dealt

with the internal, spiritual part of mankind, not just

the outer display.

The Jordan River is certainly significant as the place

where Jesus was baptized. But, throughout history, it

carried symbolic parallels of passage.

• The Israelites passed through the Jordan in

route to the promised land (Josh 3:14-17)

• Moses sat on these mountain ridges with the

promised land in sight while he wrote the book

of Deuteronomy, just before his death. The

penalty for his raised temper was the loss of

entry to The 40-Year Promised Land.

• The prophet Elijah sought refuge from Ahab,

king of Israel, by the brook Cherith, just east of

the Jordan (1 Kings 17:1-5)

• Elijah was translated up to heaven in a

whirlwind after crossing the Jordan on dry

ground with Elisha (2 Kings 2:6-12)

• Naaman, the Syrian general, bathed in the

Jordan at the command of Elisha and his

leprosy was healed, (2 Kings 5:8-14)

• Elisha made the ax head float there (2 Kings


• Today, Christians from around the world who

visit Israel look forward to being baptized in

the Jordan River as their new rededicated walk

with Christ.

Then Jesus came from Galilee to be baptized by John.

This was a purposeful visit. The time had arrived

for Jesus to say his good-byes and leave his hometown

of Nazareth, located in the northern part of Israel. It

was about a 3-day journey to Bethany, the place where

John was preaching and baptizing. In a day without

GPS and cell phones, have you ever wondered just how

Jesus knew the perfect time and place?

A widely-debated question among Christians as well

as those who argue against the faith, revolves around

the reasoning of why Jesus was baptized by someone

who should have been a servant and subservient? I

love when research unearths a myriad of parallels

that enrich the significance of an event. This has been

the case with Jesus’ baptism. As we read through the

story in Matthew, we discover that John did not even

want to baptize Jesus, realizing his own humanity

and self-proclaimed unworthiness. He, in fact, wanted

Jesus to baptize him instead!

Jesus directly contradicted his rebuttal with firm

authority, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to

do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Like a parent

commanding a strong-willed child, paraphrased, ‘Do

it now, and don’t ask me any questions!' These are the

first recorded words of Jesus as an adult, and at the

very beginning of his ministry. He had authority.

To fulfill righteousness. Hmm. To be able to be in

“right relationship with God” meant that Jesus was

to be baptized by one who was less than himself, less

than God. Here is why this event was so significant:

• Obedience to the order of things. Submissive to

the Father’s plan.

• Jesus’ coming to John showed his recognition of

John as his forerunner, and approval of John’s

water baptism of repentance, bearing witness

that it was from heaven and approved by God.

• This event began Jesus’ public ministry.

(Remember that water baptism at the age of 30

was a rite of passage for young men beginning

their priestly duties.)

• Jesus came into the world to identify with

mankind… men and women just like us…. so he

could identify with sin. This was his first act of

substitution on our behalf. Sinners had no hope for

redemption on their own. They needed a Savior.

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Life is about CELEBRATING the Little Victories


All too soon, another year has ended just

as quickly as it started. And, looking

back, I see all the places where I fell

short. I was supposed to finish my novel by

the end of this year; I don’t see that happening.

I was supposed to increase my income by a

certain percentage this year; it doesn’t look like

I’m going to hit that mark either. And I see you

too -- yes, you. You are probably also feeling

bad because you were not able to accomplish

some of the goals you set at the beginning of the

year. Yet, have you considered the little goals

on the way to the big goals that you were able

to achieve?

My husband and I set a wedding date in April

and we did it – just the way we said we would.

It was small and intimate, just the way we

wanted it. We did not cave. We stuck to our goal,

stayed within budget, and had a memorable,

inexpensive wedding which left us with money

in our pockets and no credit card debt.

My husband and I set a date to go home for a

visit in October. We did that. We stayed within

budget, bought our tickets early, so they were

cheaper (those who fly to any part of Africa

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know how ridiculously expensive airline tickets

can get), and again, no credit card debt was

incurred. The result was that we got to save

money, got to see family and friends we hadn’t

seen in almost a decade, our daughter got to

see three of her grandparents for the very first

time, and we came back to the United States

refreshed and inspired to keep setting these

kinds of goals for our own sanity’s sake.

The point I’m trying to make is this: so many

times, we set unachievable goals, or we set too

many goals, or pack them into a timeframe,

forgetting that some things have a life of their


Take my novel, for instance; I have been

working on it for two years now. Sometimes I

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find inspiration and I can’t stop writing. But other

times, I seem stuck. The book is three quarters of

the way complete. Every time I go back to it, it feels

like I never stopped -- it’s fun and I’m motivated.

Other days I can barely write a word. But little

by little, I am closer to being finished. I need to

tell myself that this is okay. That as long as I am

keeping at it, I will eventually get there. Many

bestsellers – and this is what I’m aspiring to write

– took years to produce.

It is the same way with my business. I keep

reminding myself that success does not happen

overnight. It takes time. My job is to stay dedicated

to the process, provide quality work to those who

see the value in the services that I provide, and the

rest will follow. And that’s exactly what I have been

doing. To look at my earnings and feel discouraged

is pointless. Did I make more this year than I

made the year before? What about the year before

that? If my answer is “yes,” then I am on the path

of growth.

I look back on the year 2016 with so much pride

because for all the things I was unable to achieve,

there are ten more things that I did, for which I

am (and should be) proud. That’s the way it should

be. Instead of setting goals that are not easily

attainable, I set mini-goals throughout the year

and I accomplish those. At the end of the year I

take stock of where I soared, and take the places

where I fell short with me into the New Year, to be

worked on and achieved over time.

Visual Art, Drama, Music, History and Theatre

Production programs for 4-18 year olds

A la carte classes and private lesson options

Language Arts, Math, History, Science and Foreign

Language courses for grades Pre-K-10th

A la carte class options 7th-10th

Let’s stop being so hard on ourselves. We live in a

world of instant gratification where we want things

to happen today that probably need to wait until

tomorrow. What we should focus on is realizing the

fullness of life, giving life and God our very best,

so that when He does call us, He can say to us,

“Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast

been faithful over a few things, I will make thee

ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of

thy lord.” (Matthew 25:23).

Are you making any resolutions this year? What

do you think about my thoughts? I’d love to hear

from you. Happy New Year!

Nicole Twum-Baah is the owner and

managing editor of The Brielle Agency,

a writing & editing studio in Kennesaw.

She is an avid reader who once spent

her summers lounging at the pool with

a good book. Nowadays, she spends

her summers at the park, watching her

daughter play, while sneaking peeks at

her phone. She lives in Kennesaw with

her husband and daughter. She can be

reached at

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Kids Kamp is Back!

Have kids between the ages of 5 and 14? Kids Kamp will be coming back to Papa’s and

The Master’s Training Center again this year, thanks to the CarMax Cares Foundation!

Mark your calendars for the weeks of February 20th and April 3rd – Cherokee and Cobb County schools will be closed during these

weeks, so Kids Kamp is open… and Kamp is free to any child who wants to participate!

It all began four years ago when CarMax began supporting this “project” we envisioned. Most of the programs Papa’s and MTC offers

is for adults. We wanted to include a program that would directly make a positive impact in the lives of the younger generation. Kids

and a parent are invited to learn and play together during each session.

Kids Kamp was initially launched as a 3-morning program for kids who were in kindergarten through the 5th grade. Each day offered

hands-on, fun activities revolving around health and wellness. One day a child might be learning about healthy snacks and meals,

and participate in its preparation. Or, another day, he or she may be out in our organic garden planting something fun… the favorite

so far was last year’s “pizza garden,” although they did enjoy planting worms the year before! Lastly, our activities include a “moving

and grooving” component to emphasize good exercise along with good nutrition.

We found that entire families enjoyed coming back to multiple camp sessions, until the kids aged out of the program. Momentum

is a terrible thing to waste, so we are now offering a Youth Leadership component, an additional phase of Kids Kamp. This is

geared for middle school kids to begin learning how to be good role models and leaders. A Journey Kid’s role will be similar to that

of a camp counselor, helping the younger kids with the session’s projects. Parents do not need to accompany these older kids.

Feb 20, Monday, 10-1:00

Journey Kids, 6-8th grade - Lunch will be provided

Feb 21, 22, 23, Tuesday-Thursday, 10-12:00 3-part sessions

April 3, Monday, 10-1:00

Journey Kids, 6-8th grade - Lunch will be provided

April 4, 5, 6, Tuesday-Thursday, 10-12:00 3-part sessions

Early registration is open. Go to for more information. See you in February!

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Cherokee Christian

Ministerial Association

CCMA is a group of like-minded, like-spirited

pastors & ministry leaders who are devoted to

claiming our communities for Christ. If this

describes your burden and vision, PLEASE COME

to see how YOU connect.


Meetings are the last Wednesdays of each month. Join The us Date:

January 25th and February 22nd, 11:30-1:00pm Saturday,

Dayspring Church, 6835 Victory Drive, Acworth

Lunch is $5.00 for members, free for 1st time

visitors, $10.00 for non-members. RSVP requested

but not required:

Saturday, January 21st, 11:00-1:00


Lunch, Giveaways, Fun!

6551 Commerce Pkwy, Woodstock 30189

Get a better job

Save money

Find program for the


Eat healthier

If you would like to be a speaker,


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y Tom Prior

Happy New Year! Traditionally at this

time of the year we consider New Year’s

Resolutions – those minor tweaks to

our life that we end up tossing aside by mid-

February. Are you trying to ignore something

or trying to fix it with half-measures? Imagine

if you took bold steps that actually fixed it!

Consider Theodore Roosevelt’s advice: "In a

moment of decision, the best thing you can do

is the right thing to do, the next best thing is

the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can

do is nothing." In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus

encourages the Disciples to pray for anything:

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask

in prayer, believe that you have received

it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)

Have you sought God’s wisdom in prayer and

are still doing “nothing” about “something”?

Let me tell you about a friend who was a

co-worker. Her name is Monica. Monica is a

single mother raising two teenage sons. Both were

doing very well academically, ran cross country,

and played both soccer and basketball. A junior in

high school, her oldest son was an above-average

basketball player, but for some reason he didn’t

click with the coach. He saw limited playing time

in games and always practiced with the second

team. And there were other issues. In Monica's

words, she and her sons “were going nowhere!”

As spring break approached she told me she was

taking the week off “to do stuff with her sons.” I

didn’t give “stuff” a second thought. Returning

to work a week later, she announced they were

moving to North Carolina… immediately! They’d

spent the week in Raleigh-Durham visiting high

schools and talking to basketball coaches. She

found a high school with strong academics and

a basketball coach who saw potential in her

son, identified several potential apartments,

and attended a job interview. She rented a

U-Haul truck and they were gone in a matter of

days. She got the job, the next spring her oldest

son graduated from high school with honors

and was invited to walk-on in the basketball

program at a small college in North Carolina.

I marvel at Monica’s ability to prayerfully imagine

something better and then activate courage and

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leadership to stop “doing nothing” and act on her plan.

She believed it and received it… just like Jesus stated!

Your “something to fix” does not need as drastic a solution

as moving to North Carolina. It can be as simple as

organizing a closet, cleaning your workbench or taking a

dream trip. It might even include fitness and diet. The

key is recognizing your stagnant condition, imagining

your life after you take bold steps forward, and in prayer

seeking to align your desired outcome with God’s plan. As

Jesus told the Disciples, “…you must truly believe it will

happen and have no doubt in your heart.” (Mark 11:23)

To succeed you must imagine your endgame so

vividly that the exciting future inspires perseverance.

Use this prayer to build, cultivate, and fortify

your imagined success so you believe it to be real.

O Lord of graciousness and mercy, we come to wait

in your presence, for we want to be more like you. We

are often ungracious and impatient and unforgiving.

We frequently withdraw, or live defensively. Lead

us to trust you. Give us the courage to live with faith

and enthusiasm. Lift up our hearts in confidence that

we may live boldly. Remind us that your power in us

is greater than all circumstances outside us. Amen.

Only through your faith in God will you believe

your goal is achievable; then you will achieve it.

Tom lives in Woodstock with his

wife Mary. He is a retired USAF

pilot and a former Habitat for

Humanity executive director.

He is a Boy Scout leader and

coordinates bell ringers for

The Salvation Army Red Kettle

Campaign in Cherokee Co. He

serves on the Papa’s Pantry

Executive Board as treasurer. He

enjoys flying, backpacking, hiking,

golf, running, and hanging out with

his grandson, Rowan. Contact

Tom at

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February is a tough month for many of us.

Right after Christmas, the store shelves

start to be stocked with red and pink

hearts reminding us that the “love holiday” is

right around the corner.

We all want to be chosen as someone’s Valentine,

don’t we? We all want to be cherished, to be

known, and to be loved. Instead of looking

to greeting cards for expressions of love, can

I encourage you to look for the unexpected

expression in God’s Word?

There is a woman in the genealogy of Jesus

we don’t often, if ever, recognize as being in

His lineage. She isn’t listed, but she’s there


We meet her in Genesis 29:16. Leah is the oldest

daughter of Laban, older sister to Rachel and

the first wife of Jacob. As we read her story we

learn that Jacob doesn’t love Leah and never

wanted to marry her. Laban foisted Leah on

him, eager to be rid of a daughter described

as having “weak eyes.” Her very name means

“cow.” Rachel, on the other hand, was “lovely in

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form and beautiful” and the object of Jacob’s love

and desire.

Leah bears Jacob his first four children, all sons.

Let’s pay attention to the names she gives them

and why:

Reuben – See, a son:

“The LORD has noticed my misery, and now

my husband will love me.” (Gen 29:32)

Simeon – He hears:

“The LORD heard that I was unloved and has

given me another son.” (Gen 29:33)

Levi – Attached:

“Surely this time my husband will feel

affection for me, since I have given him three

sons!” (Gen 29:34)

Judah – Praise:

“Now I will praise the LORD.” (Gen 29:35)

What picture does this paint of Leah for you?

A woman who is not valued as a daughter, not

loved, not chosen, not wanted. Leah’s heart

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aches with that knowledge.

Do you ever feel like Leah? Has your heart ever

ached with the knowledge that you are not the first

choice? Mine has. We know when others are the

favorite, or the popular, or the beautiful. We know

when we aren’t. Sometimes that knowledge just

hurts. This is why Leah’s story resonates with our


God does something unexpected in Leah’s story

that is easy to miss.

Judah, Leah’s 4th son, is in every lineage account

of Jesus. Judah is the patriarch of the tribe

from whom David comes, the one from whom the

Messiah would come. This is confirmed for us in

the Chronicles and again in Matthew 1 and Luke

3. God’s promise of an eternal King is fulfilled

through Judah -- birthed from the womb of Leah.

God didn’t choose the lovely and beautiful Rachel

for this. God chose the overlooked Leah.

This is unexpected. Our culture tells us that the

favorites, the popular and the beautiful are the

ones who get chosen. God tells us differently. He

shows us, through Leah, that He will often choose

the not chosen.

What weighs on your heart today? Allow the lesson

of Leah to seep into the hurting places, the unsure

places, the doubting places, and the seeking places.

Let her give you encouragement. The world may

overlook you, but God does not.

He chooses you.

Let this be the day you say: “Now I will praise the


Denise loves a good cup of coffee

with friends, snuggles from her

chocolate lab Hudson, doing

life with her husband, being a

mom to grown-up kids and most

of all, encouraging others to

connect the life-giving and lifesustaining

Word of God with

the messy places of our lives.

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y Dr. Rich Schones

The stress of the holiday season is over and

it is now time to tackle the new year, and for

the opportunity of a do-over from previously

failed New Year’s resolutions to get healthy.

Your body was recently bombarded with “holiday

stress.” Too much indulgent food and drink and

too little of a healthy balanced lifestyle of work

and rest. When our body becomes stressed,

it loses the ability to adapt, which makes us

more susceptible to pain, sickness, and disease.

There is “bad stress (Distress)” which we are all

familiar with. There is also “good stress (Eustress).”

Each one results from PHYSICAL, CHEMICAL and/or

EMOTIONAL factors -- some self-induced, some not.


Bad Stress


With a car accident (or fall), even if it didn’t

cause damage or send you to the hospital, all

that force goes through the body.


Prolonged sitting is the new smoking.


A backpack weighing more than 10% of a

child’s body weight puts damaging stress on

the young spine.


Your posture when on a cell phone or computer

-- or even driving or sleeping -- will result in

habitual spinal stress and pain.


The birth process is one of the most physically

stressful processes of life a mother and baby

will ever endure.


Thousands of toxic chemicals are found in almost

everything we encounter. They are in the air

we breathe, (including plug-in air fresheners),

first or second-hand smoke, the water we drink

and bathe in, lotions, deodorants, cosmetics,

furniture, carpeting, clothing, and even in

processed foods found on the interior aisles of

the grocery store.


Dealing with incoming bills from Christmas

or the loss of a loved one can cause one to feel

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overwhelmed and shut down.

As a professionally trained chiropractor and wellness

expert, it is my job to teach health from a proactive

standpoint, not reactive. Do you know that 90% of

all diseases are caused from excessive DISTRESS

for long periods of time? When “distress” levels are

high, drug use, even legal pharmaceuticals are more

widely used. Americans take more drugs than any

country in the world, yet only 4.4% of the world’s

population lives in the US. More drugs do not mean

better health. The US ranks 37th in overall health.

What’s the answer? How can you begin to take new

steps toward better health? I challenge you to decide

that NOW is the time to prioritize your health. Your

life may depend on it! The good news is that there

is GOOD STRESS. Making small daily changes will

rapidly add up to an improved sense of well-being.


Good Stress


Proactive exercises such as swimming,

walking, jogging, or weight training will

improve most all body functions.


Attain proper postures for all activities.


Seek chiropractic treatments. (I offer

traditional and non-crack methods.)


Always avoid processed food… eat fresh, healthy

food, organic when possible, and drink plenty of

good water.


This is my favorite. Laugh every day! Find

something funny or feel the joy that only the

Lord can give... and live!

Dr. Rich Schones is a native

of Southern California. He

and his family moved to

North Georgia in August of

2014 after being led by the

Lord to relocate. Dr. Schones

owns Savannah Hills Family

Chiropractic in Woodstock

and he attends Passion City


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The Desires of my

Psalm 37:4



Since we are in the midst of the season of love—

a.k.a. Valentine’s Day — I thought I’d write

about my love for missions and share with you

that God really does grant us the desires of our

hearts. It may not be in the way we expect or

in our timing, but His way and timing is well

worth the wait and always better than our own.

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of

participating in two, international short-term

mission trips one near the jungles in Costa

Rica and the other to a small Hungarian town.

I'm still amazed by how God changed my life

in so many noteworthy and unexpected ways

during both trips. This story is about my trip

to Hungary and God’s graciousness in giving me

one of the desires of my heart.

I was standing on the bow of a boat slowly

meandering down the Danube River and

delighting in the warm, evening glow emitted

by the lights of Budapest. The words of Psalm

37:4 — Take delight in the LORD, and he will

give you the desires of your heart — began to

resonate through my mind. I’d read this verse

before, and even recited it to friends a time or

two, but I don’t think I really grasped the truth

it holds until that very moment.

You see, my love for Hungary and desire to

experience Budapest began many years before

when I worked in the airline industry. I was

coordinating a world conservation project with

National Geographic. The event was held at

Grand Central Station in New York City. While

researching countries to promote at the booth

my company had sponsored, I stumbled upon a

photo of Budapest at night. The instant I saw

the photo I fell in love with the city, also known

as “the little Paris of Middle Europe." The more

I researched Hungary, the more my heart ached

to be there, to smell the smells, take in the

sights, and enjoy the people and its culture.

I prayed and prayed for God to give me the

opportunity to travel to Hungary. Then one

day, to my complete surprise, God called me

into ministry. At that moment, my hopes of ever

experiencing Hungary disappeared. Although

it was difficult to leave the industry I had such

passion for, I knew without a doubt it was time

for me to move on to my next adventure.

Once I was finally done mourning the loss of my

beloved industry and had adjusted to having my

feet planted on the ground instead of on the floor

of an airplane, I was able to see all that God was

doing in my ministry… the capacities in which

He used me, and the many doors He opened. I’d

become so involved in doing ministry I lost sight

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of my passion and love of adventure, travel and the

world, especially Hungary. It was as if I’d shoved

those desires into a closet, turned the key and went

on with my life like they’d never existed.

Many years later the door opened for me to travel

to Tóalmás, Hungary on a short-term mission trip.

What?!?! Yes, I was sent to Hungary on a mission

trip even after doing my best to squelch my desire.

God not only answered my prayer, but for 10 days

I lived among the town’s people. I shopped with

them. I broke bread with them. I shared God and

devotionals with them. I got to know them and their

hearts. Me, Kristen Loughman, got to serve God

and be his hands and feet in a country I’d dreamt

about, loved and longed to see for so many years.

As I continued to reflect upon these events that led

up to me floating down the Danube in that moment of

time, tears streamed down my face. God had given

me the desire of my heart in a way that was better

than I could’ve ever imagined or done on my own. I

was able to experience Hungary firsthand. Not just

as a tourist as my initial plan had been, but as a

harvester and a vessel to share the love of God.

God gave me the desire of my heart even though I’d

put it by the wayside. He took something I believed to

be impossible and used it to remind me that I’d been

predestined to be there. He put the initial love and

desire I had for Hungary in my heart, but I needed

to grow a bit, actually a lot, before He could send me.

God's love for each of us is so great. And He, even

despite ourselves, longs to give us the desires of our

hearts in ways that are beyond our comprehension.

Even if it is done through missions work.

Lord, thank you for showing me the impossible,

and for giving me the desires of my heart as I

delight in you and your ways. Continue to remind

me of your truths daily, especially when things

seem impossible by my own understanding, so

that I’m always walking in your truths and not

trying to figure things out on my own. Touch the

hearts of those you have called to missions so that

they too can experience the life-changing grace

you show and the growth they will experience

when doing your work. In your holy name I pray,


Kristen is a Bible teacher and

speaker, and has held leadership

positions in several ministries.

She is also a certified inductive

Bible study facilitator for Precept

Ministries International. Before

ministry she worked in the airline

industry. Throughout her years in

aviation God worked on Kristen’s

heart about the need to share the

healing power and truths of Jesus

Christ with women around the

world. Kristen currently lives in the

Atlanta area.

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This question might seem simple. Your

first thought was likely hate, although

some might argue the opposite of love is


As Christians, we might feel we know more

about love (and thus its opposite) because we

happen to know love personally. We are told

in 1 John 4:8, “God is love, and all who live in

love live in God, and God lives in them.” By

knowing God, we know love. But do we really

know its opposite? Is there a sneakier opposite

to love that is easily overlooked? Can we learn

something about the true meaning of love by

figuring out its opposite?

The only way to fully answer that question is to

examine love more closely. And the only place

to find that answer is looking to God. Because

God is love, there is no love without Him.

Searching the Bible for quotes about love leads

to a plethora of results: love your neighbor as

yourself; love is patient and kind; it always

protects, always trusts, always hopes, always

perseveres; three things will last forever —

faith, hope, and love — and the greatest of

these is love. Of course, there’s perhaps the

most well-known, and dare I say, well-loved of

all Bible quotes — John 3:16. “For God so loved

the world that he gave his one and only Son so

that whoever believes in Him shall not perish

but have eternal life.” So what do these verses

tell us about love? It is patient, yes. Kind, of

course. Lasting, definitely. But what about

John 3:16?

God gave his one and only son. How many

parents read that and think about what that

truly means? He didn’t send His only child away

for summer camp. He didn’t give His son up so

that He could have a better life. He sacrificed

His one and only son to what they both knew

would be a painful and horrific end. He chose to

let his son suffer to save us all because He knew

that was the only way to bridge the gap between

us and Him, created when Adam and Eve chose

the Knowledge of Good and Evil over obeying

God. (And before we all go throwing the first

couple under the bus, we should remember that

we’d have done the same thing in their shoes.

It’s just human nature.)

But God didn’t want our story to end there. He

loved us too much to stop there. So he made

the ultimate sacrifice. And therein lies the

ultimate meaning of love — sacrifice. So if

loving means sacrificing of oneself, what is the

opposite? Hint, it isn’t hate.

The definition of sacrifice is giving up

something for the sake of something else.

Hate is a passionate disliking of someone or

something, which is not the opposite of sacrifice.

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The opposite of sacrifice, and therefore love,

is selfishness. Instead of putting another’s

needs above your own, you start looking at

every situation as what you’ll get out of it. And

selfishness is an easy trap to fall into.

Our over-commercialized world teaches us to

be selfish. What’s this store doing to serve me?

How attentive is the restaurant staff being to

me? What are my family and friends doing to

show me how much they appreciate me? Why

doesn’t my boss ever tell me how great I’m doing?

The common theme in all these thoughts — me.

When we focus on ourselves, we don’t leave

room to love others. We can’t show the love

God calls us to show if we are self-focused, and

we can’t truly love others when we only think

about what we are getting out of a situation or


My prayer for each and every one of us (and,

yes, please pray for me too) is to pay attention

to where our thoughts are this New Year and

Valentine’s seasons. Are you focused on you?

Or are you paying attention to how well you are

loving others? Are you showing patient, kind,

lasting, and self-sacrificing love to your family,

friends, neighbors, and even strangers? I know

what you’re thinking now. It’s easier said than

done. It’s easy to love those who love you, but

what about the one who cuts you off in traffic

or the rude lady in front of you at the grocery

store? That is when we remember that God is

love. And through His love we are able to love


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this verse down and keep it close: “And do

everything with love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14)

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Set Your




For many, New Year’s Eve is a time to

think about making changes for the year

ahead. I find it interesting that we have

linked in our heads that a new calendar year

equates with making changes. Well, it turns

out civilizations of people before us have been

doing it for centuries, so I guess it’s part of

being human.

Instead of talking about the “R” word that has a

huge failure rate, I’d like to offer this for you to

think about: What would you want to be able to

say about your life next New Year’s Eve?

Perhaps that will excite you to figure out how

to get there. In other words, maybe it will help

you figure out what changes you need to make.

Let me encourage you to think small changes.

Small changes unlock possibilities that didn’t

exist before.

So, make one small change, one you feel like

you can and will do. Set your own bar. You’ll be

amazed at the difference it will make on your

Daily Fulfillment Meter, because often small

changes create momentum.

I love it when I hear a counseling client say, “I

can do that.” That means in their mind, they

have a thought that fits them where they are,

not where their spouse or some other influential

voice from the past says they “should” be. I try

to help them lock in that thought by following

up, “That’s awesome. Will you do that? Will

you see what happens when you do?”

Here’s a quick brain dump of small changes you

can consider. I hope this is a springboard for

your thinking, but hey, you can just pick one

from this list as well.

Put your accumulated change in a jar, and once

a month have fun deciding what to do with it.

Spend it, save it, give it away…

Cut up one credit card.

Pick a time to set an alarm to turn off all

electronics for the night.

What will you do??? Maybe get a better night’s

sleep, have a great conversation with your

spouse, have sex, read something you’ve been

wanting to get to but “just haven’t had the time


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Subject: Law of the Garbage Truck

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport.

We were driving in the right lane, when suddenly a black

car jumped out of a curbside parking space right in front

of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and

missed the other car by just inches!

The driver of the other car whipped his head around and

started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved

at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked,

'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your

car and sent us to the hospital!' This is when my taxi

driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage


He explained, "Many people are like garbage trucks. They

run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger,

and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they

need a place to dump it, and sometimes they'll dump it on

you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them

well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it

to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let

garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake

up in the morning with regrets, so... Love the people who

treat you right. Forgive the ones who don't. Life is ten

percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take


Have a garbage-free day!

Decide one thing you will no longer tolerate. Don't

tolerate it.

Decide one silly thing you will not get angry about

any more.

Read one verse of Scripture per day.

Try one new healthy food. Maybe you’ll like it.

Smile at one stranger a day. Make them wonder

what you’re up to.

Write an inspiring thought on a note card and put it

somewhere that you have to move it each day, like

your pillow, car seat, or computer keyboard.

Take a 30 second gratitude break – make a mental

list of all you have to be grateful for. This might take

a note card or phone alarm reminder.

Give a complement to each family member before

eating a meal together. Food tastes better when you

feel good.

Take a 30 second stretch break once a day. Set a

reminder, I know I need to…

Throw away or give away 5 things a month.

Drive to work once a week without the radio on. Let

your mind breathe.

Put a one-dollar bill in your Redbox case for the next

renter to find.

Listen to your favorite song without multitasking.

Play air guitar or drums instead.

Write one thank you note.

Hey, you can let life slide by, or you can decide to live

life on purpose. Pick a small change that excites you,

and see what happens. God gives each of us a day’s

worth of joy, and it’s up to us to protect it from the

Enemy who wants to steal, kill and destroy. (John


Greg Griffin is a Pastoral

Counselor in private practice

in Marietta. His specialty is

relationship repair and rescue,

helping partners, spouses, and

parents and their adolescents.

He’s also the author of Dungeon

Times Survival Guide, and Vital

Faith. You can learn more at his


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From the Desk of

Faith Moody

Director of MTC


Navarro's Story

“Faith introduced me to a new way of thinking”

Seven years ago, God blessed me with the

opportunity to meet someone, who through her

blessing, has blessed hundreds of others. I know

that you are saying that’s a lot of blessings!

In 2009, I found myself laid off and unemployed,

and was suddenly displaced from a home I shared

with others I believed were my friends. I had to

move forward and was introduced to a community

helps organization by the name of Papa’s Pantry,

headed and organized by that someone I mentioned

earlier. Her name is Lynne Saunders.

Now, I don’t know all the circumstances of all her

students, but I do know that the hard work and

efforts of her clients, students and participants

are criteria. You have to do the work, be thick

skinned, and dedicated to your goals, and Ms.

Moody will go above and beyond in helping you

succeed. “Fair enough. I’m in, Ms. Moody."

This organization was then, and still is, in the

business of helping individuals and families with

basic needs such as food… but it also offers a

training program which empowers people who are

in need of, and seeking, employment to get back on

their feet. In 2009, I graduated, if you will, and

became another success story of Papa’s Pantry

and The Master’s Training Center after attending

several classes on resume writing, interview

techniques, etiquette and appearance.

Fast forward… August 2016, I was unexpectedly

laid off after five years of employment with the same

company, and suddenly again, facing homelessness.

Coincidentally, my landlord needed to reoccupy the

house I had been renting.

Without delay I connected with my favorite family

at Papa’s because I needed basic assistance and

support, and once again began the process of

seeking employment. This time I was introduced

to Ms. Faith Moody, who is now the director of The

Master’s Training Center. I had been informed that

her success rate was 76% in helping job seekers

become employed within just a few weeks


My goals and objectives were somewhat unique

and atypical. Let me say that in any market, when

someone becomes unemployed it is a challenge!

Sometimes one must accept a job or position out of

their field or occupation, at least temporarily. I was

good with that, but how about being 65 years old,

displaced, and seeking to change careers to boot! I

am also just one class away from completing my

Business Management degree, with a concentration

in Human Resources at Shorter University and due

to graduate in May 2017. I needed to focus on all

the balls in the air.

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“Ok, Ms. Moody, let’s see just how good you are!”

I never throw pity parties and never will, and I

know that these challenges would be exceptionally

difficult, but ‘faith without works is dead.’ (No pun

intended.) Things in the job market have changed

since 2009 with technological advances. The way

employers seek candidates, interview, and hire

is very different. So, I had to forget how I did it

before; this was a new ballgame. I rolled up my

sleeves and got busy.

Faith introduced me to a new way of thinking and

guided me to accomplishing my goals in this new

era. I went through the Employment Strategies

classes again, changing my approach. My previous

professional experience was in Culinary Arts as a

chef. I had worked over the years for some very

renowned establishments, but just prior to my lay

off, I was a Customer Service Representative for a

small generation lead company.

I had several interviews and offers with various

companies and organizations, but they just

didn’t feel like a good fit. I kept going, trying not

to get discouraged.

Resume Do's and Don'ts

If you are in the job market and are putting out

"hundreds" of resumes that just don't seem to be

working, there may be hope. Chances are that some

of today's rules aren't being followed. If that is the

case, there are a few simple things you can do to

update your resume to have it compete fairly with others.

1) Most resumes need to be only one succinct page. Of

course, there are some exceptions, but only if page 2

includes pertinent information that couldn't fit on page 1.

2) Customize the resume to fit the needs of the job in

which you are applying. Don't hide your wonderful

skills they need in a section they may not even read.

3) There is no longer a need to include work history that

dates further back than 10 years. Going back to 1982

only tells the potential employer that you are an older

worker who has not kept up with the job market times.

Need more help? You can attend an upcoming

Employment class, see schedules on the next pages.

Or you can get the book below!

I am now delighted to announce that I am

employed by the Cherokee County School

District. My goal and aspiration two years ago

was to become involved in a school system, get

my foot in the door where there are options to

utilize my degree, and grow in the system. I can

say that I am on my way, as I am now a bus

attendant for special needs children and high

school students… and I love it!

The credit and “props” all go to Ms. Faith

Moody, Papa’s Pantry, and The Master’s

Training Center, and the marvelous staff at

the Woodstock location, but God gets the glory.

Thank you, Jesus.

This is just my story, what’s yours? If you don’t

have one, then get off your rear end and make it

happen! There are people willing to support and

help you if you, as Faith would say, “put in the

work.” God bless you.

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What's better than coming home from work to smell dinner cooking?

Smelling dinner cooking all day!

No matter what your schedule or taste buds call for,

we have something for everyone in this issue's slow cooker recipe section.

What's the difference between crock pot and slow cooker recipes? Nothing!

Seems that the original slow cooker was made by the crock pot company!

Who knew?



1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 (10.75 oz) cans condensed cream of chicken soup

1 cup salsa

2 cups corn

1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1-1/2 cups water

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp dried cilantro

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Optional Toppings:

sour cream, fresh diced tomatoes, green onions,

diced avocado, tortilla strips….


Spray your slow cooker with

cooking spray. Add chicken to

the bottom of the slow cooker.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix

cream of chicken soup, salsa,

corn, black beans, water, cumin,

and cilantro. Pour over the top

of chicken.

Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Remove the chicken and shred with two forks. Place back

into the slow cooker and add shredded cheese. Continue

cooking until cheese has melted, about 15 minutes.

Serve with your favorite toppings.



1 lb. ground beef

1 small onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 (30 oz) can chili beans

1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes

1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes

2 cups beef broth

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

8 oz elbow macaroni

salt and pepper to taste

Optional Toppings:

cheddar, sour cream, green onions, corn chips....


In a large skillet brown

ground beef until no longer

pink. Drain grease and add

beef to slow cooker.

Add in remaining

ingredients and stir well

to combine. Cover and cook

on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.


Noodles may not have to cook as long in a newer slow

cooker, so the first time, keep watch after 1-1/2 hours so

they don’t get mushy.

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Vegan, gluten free

Servings: 6-8


1 medium sweet potato, peeled & chopped

(about 3 cups)

1 large broccoli crown, cut into florets

(about 2 cups)

1/2 white onion, diced (about 1 cup)

1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes

2 (14.5 oz) cans coconut milk (either full fat or lite)

1/4 cup quinoa

2 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 Tbsp)

1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger

1 Tbsp freshly grated turmeric (or 1 tsp ground)

2 tsp wheat-free tamari sauce

1 tsp miso (or additional tamari)

1/2 to 1 tsp chili flakes

1 to 1-1/2 cups water


Add all ingredients to a slow cooker, starting with 1 cup of water. Stir until

everything is fully incorporated.

Turn the slow cooker to high and cook for 3 - 4 hours until sweet potato cooks

through and the curry has thickened.



1 Tbsp olive oil

1 (12.8 oz) package smoked

andouille sausage, thinly sliced

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

1 small onion, diced

3 carrots, peeled and diced

2 stalks celery, diced

2 (15 oz) cans Great Northern

beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

2 bay leaves

4 cups chicken broth

Kosher salt and freshly ground

black pepper, to taste

3 cups baby spinach

Optional additions: 1/4 c heavy cream, 1/3 c white wine, hot sauce

to taste, sprinkle of thyme to taste.


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage

and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 3-4


Place sausage, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, beans, oregano and bay

leaves into a 6-qt slow cooker. Stir in chicken broth and 2 cups water

until well combined; season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours.

Stir in spinach until wilted. Serve immediately.




1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

5 large apples, peeled and cut into chunks

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

For the topping:

2/3 cup oats

2/3 cup loosely packed

brown sugar

1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

3-4 Tbsp softened butter

1 tsp vanilla extract


In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, granulated

sugar, apples, salt, and cinnamon. Spread onto bottom

of slow cooker.

Mix your crumble topping ingredients until it comes

together. Sprinkle it over top of the apples. Cook on

low for 4 hours, or high for 2 hours.

Turn off heat and let sit, covered, for one hour to let

the caramel thicken.

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Spiritual Fresh Start

• This became the foundational historical event for

each of us to encounter. Water Baptism for not

only forgiveness of sin, which is important, but

also to publicly testify that we have had a “change

of mind,” a "change of heart." We have repented

and now identify ourselves as a follower of Christ!

So, standing in the chest-high water of the Jordan that

day, John prayed as Jesus became fully submerged. We

signify immersion in our personal baptism experiences

as “putting off the old person” and coming up as a new,

redeemed Believer. Many times, we invite our friends

and family to take part in our joy and witness this

spiritual rebirth.

That day, God was watching from heaven. Three of

the four gospel writers reported that as soon as Jesus

went up out of the water, the heavens opened! Mark

described it as the heavens “tore” open. From my

ringside seat some 2,000 years later, I try to imagine

what it meant for the heavens to tear open, and why

was it so significant for each author to repeat? Could

it be that for the first time in human history, there was

now a permanent opening for man to enter heaven…

through Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, the Savior?

In our imaginations, we can hear Father God’s

booming voice heard from heaven, cheering for his

son! Matthew captured his words as, “This is my Son,

whom I love! With him I am well pleased.” However,

Mark, and Luke, testified the words as, “You are my

son whom I love; with You I am well pleased."

The Holy Spirit then took bodily form and descended

out of heaven’s new open door to fellowship with Jesus.

In this setting, we encounter the Holy Trinity, God the

Father, Jesus the Son our Savior, and the Holy Spirit

all together in one place.

Imagine our earthly baptism experiences. Would you

love to hear God shouting for joy for you through that

opening he created in heaven?

I pray that this year, you become closer to Father

God and our Savior Jesus. Through baptism, prayer,

or even starting a new course of bible study. Indeed,

heaven will be rejoicing over you!

4474 Towne Lake Pkwy., Woodstock

Thursday Night Support & Care Groups

January 12th through April 6th

All classes are free. Minimal charge for materials.

Childcare available with advance notice.

7:00 - 8:30pm

For more information contact: Rev. Doug Mills ~ 770-924-4777 ext. 105

DivorceCare is a DVD support group seminar

for those going through divorce, separation or are

in relationships that are deeply hurtful. You don’t

have to hurt alone. This interactive group ministry

covers practical topics under the following titles:

● What’s Happening to Me? ● The Road to Healing/Finding Help

● Facing Your Anger ● Facing Your Depression

● Facing Your Loneliness ● New Relationships ● Financial Survival

● Kid Care ● Moving On, and Growing Closer to God

You will find an encouraging, caring environment for support and healing. Don’t

struggle alone - get connected with others who live in the challenge of moving on

after divorce.

Everyone, at some level, is carrying a hurt, a

wound or a scar and often experience loneliness, isolation,

anxiety or feelings of depression. The power to heal is in God’s

hands. Healing takes place as you join and share in a

community of healing and love. Led by Carol Zepf, Director of

Hillside UMC Counseling Center. * Class size is limited.

GriefShare is a DVD support group seminar

designed to help your rebuild your life after losing

a loved one. Our group is led by caring people

who have experienced grief and want to help you

through the difficult days ahead.

Some topics include:

● Is This Normal? ● Why? ● Guilt and Anger ● Complicating Factors

● Stuck ● What Do I Have to Live for Now?

... and more

In your journey from mourning to joy, you will find help and encouragement after

the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend.

Boundaries affect all areas of our lives: physical, mental,

spiritual, and emotional. Healthy boundaries are one of the

keys to a balanced and rewarding life!

● Are boundaries biblical? ● When to say Yes

● How to say No ● How to take control of your life

● Keeping people from taking advantage of me

● Answering people who want my time, love, energy, or money

● Dealing with my disappointments ..... and more

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Christian Community News Magazine can be found in local “sit and wait” locations such as family restaurants, car/mechanic shops,

salons, etc. We are now mailing issues to Papa’s financial donors, local church pastors, and medical and professional offices.

The link to each new issue is emailed out to approximately. 2,300 subscribers and friends of Papa’s Pantry. Each issue also appears on

our website: Please let us know if there is a new local distribution spot that we may add to our list!

About Papa’s Pantry…. and how it connects with The Master’s Training Center, Christian

Community News Magazine (CCN), and YOU!

Papa’s Pantry began as a “cupboard thing” from God, then became a basement outreach which

turned into a home delivery food assistance program and evolved into stability training. The

ministry just Celebrated its 18th anniversary in August.

Today, Papa’s Pantry has two locations in Cherokee County. It is a food assistance program that seeks to work

with families to get them on their feet. The main location is in Woodstock and houses The Master’s Training

Center. The satellite location, an emergency food distribution site is Canton’s St. Paul AME Church.

The mission of Papa’s Pantry is to help individuals and families re-establish stability and self-reliance by

offering a variety of programs including immediate food assistance, employment strategies, and life skills

through hands-on support and ongoing training.

Life Skills workshops and classes are offered through The Master’s Training Center (MTC) which is the

Educational Division of the Papa’s Pantry ministry. Through MTC, people and families are transformed into

a brand new life of optimism, hope, and progress! MTC is a community training center. Scholarships are

granted for the stability courses as appropriate.

Christian Community News Magazine is the public “voice” of ministry needs, opportunities, and success

stories… Advocacy. Articles touch on timely topics that benefit everyone in the community. The publication is

printed every two months. Local businesses can advertise in the publication. Proceeds above publication costs

go directly back into the ministry to feed and train our local families and neighbors.

Papa’s Pantry counts on donations from the private sector: individuals, churches, businesses, foundations, and

fundraising (CCN included). Papa’s Pantry does not seek or accept government funding, and is debt free.

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