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b-=-=-.==- Opinions & Ideas / PAGE 4 - HOGANSVU Hovm NEWS - JAN. 9, 2003 ' No THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS us,*s o4o MII I-Ini PUBLISHADVERTISING DIRECqR JOHN KALL zOC IATE PUBLISIDITOR RoB RICHARDSON ASSISTANT EDITOR JAYNE GOLDSTON BUSINESS MANAGER Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 P. O. Box 426 HogansviUe, Georgia 30230 A rha ]luhlkati,, Millard B. Grimes, When God Sends A Wake Up Call tion and does. I also must admit that late- ly things have not exactlybeen going perfect in my life and I wondered if God was just showing me that no matter what, he's still in charge. He still holds the entire world and every human being in his con- trol and we should never for- get that. THIS BROUGHT BACK a childhood memory that I'll never forget. I was raised Baptist for the majority of my life. When I reached the age of 14, I was interested in music and decided that I would try to play gospel. I started play- ing at church, not my church, but Pine Mountain Valley Church of God. To say it was a little different from the church I was raised in would be an understatement. I did- nt fully understand it, but I knew there was something about it that I liked. Rick Lipp, who is now pas- tor of Community Baptist Church introduced me to the Pentecostal belief. As I con- tinued to attend the little coun- try church, I learned that faith is a powerful thing, but you must believe that God can do all things and you must trust him to do it. At the age of 15, I had a mass to develop behind my left ear. The doctors were ready to operate. Unfortunately, I had just had surgery on my foot from a sports injury and was not ready to make anoth- er trip to the operating room so soon. I approached my pas- tor, and requested prayer. The tradition ,of the church is to anoint you with oil and have the church members to pray for you. To make a long story short, the next day, the mass was gone and I didn't have to go under the knife. I've been told over and over it was probably just coin- cidence, but I really don't think so. As I said, things are kind of topsy turvey in my life right now. I believe this was my wake up call. So, I've made a New Year's resolution, that no matter what happens, I know God is in control and I'm going to trust in him. After all, with him in control, I know the end result will be a good one. Sometimes, God just decides it's time to give you a wake up call. I'm sure each and everyone of us has had one from him from time to time. It's his little way of say- ing, "OK, so you think you think you can take care of yourself. Well, fine. Try this on for size." Such was the case with me a few days ago. I was driving along, minding my own busi- ness, not a cloud in the sky when all of a sudden my wind- shield was covered with rain. It was dark out, and hard to see anyway, but I mean this was some really hard rain that just took away my entire vis- ibility. Luckily, or by the hand of God, I'm not really sure which at this point, there was a ear in front of me and I guess the same thing happened to that driver because he or she applied her brakes rather abruptly. There were also cars headed toward me in the other lane. By looking at the head- lights coming at me, and the taillights of the ears in front of me, I managed to battle my pickup and stop without hit- ting anyone. Once I stopped I realized my wheels had just missed a deep ditch on the pas- senger's side of the truck. Had those tires gone in that ditch, the truck would have no doubt overturned or at least left the highway and headed straight into a group of pine trees at the bottom of the embank- ment. You can imagine the feel- ing I had, you know the one where all of a sudden you real- ize that you could have been seriously injured or in the worse case scenario, killed. MY FIRST THOUGHT was how if I had been fast thinking enough, I would have simply turned on my wind- shield wipers I could have avoided this fright. Unfortunately, none of us think that fast. We react, then think. My second thought was, God saved me onoe again. This is not the first time in my life that he has reached down and pulled me out of a desperate situation, and I'm sure it will not be the last. I gave him a word of thanks and drove on. After a few minutes, it dawned on me. That was a wake up call. God was show- ing me that he is still in con- trol and always will be. Now, I know that to some of you that might sound a lit- tle farfetched, but I believe that sometimes the man upstairs wants to get our atten- TIlE HOGANSVlLLE HOME NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Grins Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Geolgia 31816. USPS 6204)40. Subription rates by mail: $18 in Troup. Harris or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales laxcs. Perkical postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 302.30. FOR SUUSCRIIq'iONS call (706} 846-3188 or write to Citrculation Manager. Star Mercury Publications, P. O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. P(XWI'MASr;: Send 'address changes to R O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA 30230. STAFF Publisher and Advertisiug Director ............................................................... Mike Hale Associate Publisher and Editor ........... : ............................................... John Kuykendall Business Manager ................................................................................. Jayne Goldston Assistant FMitor ..................................................................................... .Rob Richardson StaffWriters .......................................................................... Bryan Geter, Billy Bryant Assistant Advertising Manager. ................................................................. Laurie Lewis Advertising Sales ........................................................................................ Karen Grant Conlposing .................................................................. Valinda Ivery, Dcwayne Flowers I zgals ...................................................................................................... Jayne Goldstou Circulatkm Manager. .................................................................................... Judy Crews Produclion Manager ............................................................................ Bobby Brazil Jr. Assistant Manager ........................................................................... Wayne Grochowski Pressroom ........................................... Darrell McCauley, Joey Knight. Larry Colleges COmmUTE OmCFaS lrsidenl ............................................................... : ............................. Millard B. Grimes Vice R:sident .................................................................................. Charlotte S. Grimes lixccutive Vice Pn:sident and Secretary ....... ,,,,.,.,.: .................. Laura Grimes Corer Treasurer. ...................................................................................... Kay Grimes Garrett Legal Counl and Assistant Secretary ............................................... James S. Grimes Humor Just Out of This Worl00r:s00 d Dec (Written in 1989) The good news regarding the recent scandals regard- ing television evangelists is that they have provided the opportunity for much need- ed humor. They have even revived some old material. Remember the joke about Oral Roberts starting his own record company? It's going around again: "Hear about Oral Roberts starting his own record com- pany?" "No, what happened?" "He went out of business. The hole in the middle of his records kept healing shut." I LIKED the one about Jerry Falwell running into Jimmy Swaggert in an air- port one day. They began to chat and quite naturally the conversa- tion got around to money. "How, Brother Falwell," began Brother Swaggert, "do you decide what part of the money you get from your believers each week goes to the Lord and how much you keep for yourself?" "Very simple," Brother Falwell explained. "Each week I take all the money my flock has sent and put it into a large cardboard box. Then I go into my office, where I have a line drawn on the floor. I throw all the money up into the air, and what falls to the left of the line I give to the Lord. What falls to the right I keep." "Very good," said Brother Swaggert. "I have a similar system of deciding how much I give to the Lord and how much I keep.'l also go into my office withall the money, and I also throw it up into the air, and whatever the Lord catch- es he can keep." I KNOW people who are now admitting publicly they were regular watcher of the PTL Club. They didn't watch for the salvation, however. They watched it for the humor. "Jim and Tammy Faye were the best husband-and- wife comedy team since Burns and Allen, and I miss them," a friend was saying. "My favorite routing of theirs was when Jim and Tammy Faye both dressed up in sailor suits and Jim begged for money to pay for the water slide at Heritage Village while Tammy Faye cried. After she had cried for few moments, she looked like Soupy Sales had just hit her face with a mascara pie." "I really miss both of them," my friend continued. "Watching PTL now is noth- ing like it used to be." Richard Dortand Jerry FalweU both look like they're constipated, and I can't stand Jimmy Swaggert. He seems to be in such pain. Maybe he has the same problem-," Dortch and Falwell. !dens. Mr l I REMAIN convi Th, humor is just as good fOins o soul as watching a tele and evangelist, and I close as the following gems eurl ls ly making the rounds: isn- *Did you hear how C-" ) .pu=ne Roberts died. The enie bounced, k7_'.7: .. .  dmvllle now s rummy r{Wiu Bakker's face like a ski sld,C': -xtoel Five inches of base andL; 1. inches of powder, r, - |Smil Did you hear aboulhar  television evangelist wtl a cross between Jim Bal and Oral Roberts? If he n't have sex within the d two weeks he is going to ! Mrs. BY SPECIAL ARRANGEtUary WITH his WIDOW, DEDRA,TIIEIVnaII, NEWS IS CARRYING SFJ,l' rL COLUMNS BY THE --dnal GRIZZARD, wHO GREW UP IN Nne 1] BY MORELAND, AND BFAMEyerme MOST WIDELY READ GEOlden WRITER OF HIS TIME. GRIZvZA/  .-'-" BOOKS AND TAPES ARE STILL All IvlrstvJL s. ABLEFORSALETHROUGHBADIIghte PRODUCTIONS, P.O. BOX lmin [ ATLANTA, GA 31118-1266 ANI._T". BooK AND MUSIC STORES NATP u In j WIDE. rved Making Changes for the New Yeai00ii Sometime ago while preparing a message, I came across an interesting little article. While I cannot quote verbatim the article, I would like to give you the gist of it. The subject matter pertained to some of society's problems like crime, homelessness, illiteracy, drug abuse, etc. Someone had offered the solutions of education, reha- bilitation, job opportunities and the e tha_t the s'YIia ,"/'eeded, but in response to that philoso- phy, someone made the obser- vation that no matter how you change the man on the out- side, he is still-the same on the inside. He may be a little smarter, a little richer or even free from drug addiction, but he is still the same man. This is the time of year when resolutions are made, commitments are made and vows are made. Countless folks have made the determi- nation they want a change in their life. There are those who have become tired of life as they are living and have decided to make a change. I can only speak from my experience, but it seems there is only a small percentage of people who desire change who actu- ally see change. While it is good that people want to bet- ter their lives or the lives of their families, many fail to realize their dream. While decisions have to be made and goals have to be set, many times that change is approached from the wrong angle. If e a,e j'each our g6ais :f0r tl: e''Year, we must begin from the right place. I MUST ADMIT this is my opinion, but nevertheless, an opinion based on reliable facts. The reason many desire a change in their life and fail to see that change is because that change is made from the outside. If we are to see a real difference in our lives for 2003, the change or the difference must first be made on the inside and then let it work its way to the out- side. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." The change that is necessary to effect a difference in our everyday lives is a change that comes from the heart. Sadly, we cannot do much about our own hearts, but there is a remedy. The Lord Jesus can make that change in our heart, and he can make the change on the inside that will result in change on the outside. I am not speaking of turning over a new leaf, mak- ing a commitment or draft- ing a list of resolutions, but I am speaking of a life chang- ing encounter with Jesus Christ. This encounter, this rela- tionship is an experience that must be entered into by faith. To some that may sound over- simplified, or even under- explained, but however you view it, it is the truth of SCiwto_ ture. Being a pastor, ofntr times people call and .; on questions believing I have! -^" " answer. However, I n'__i admit," there are times wlnd.. l ,'g'rsr. I cannot explain the waYdle v God. To those things we r# -'" simply exercise faith in word and will of Situations such as remind me of a true read about a got saved. AftEr" refused to go to the bars drink after work with his Not long after he persisted: l his refusal, his buddies beg to ride and make fun of 1 until one of them posed 110 a question. One asked,  drinking is so wrong, why Jesus turn the water i wine?"  The man, not kno much yet about the BibJ replied this way, "I don't k about Jesus turning war .into wine, but I know in house, he has changed be - into furniture." Real change comes fr a personal relationship wi the Lord Jesus Christ. 50 Yea.rs I ! H vHer ald.00_00 .oo00 00o.0w,o00 weeks of Green Wave football 'Cot mania, the Jan. 8, 1953 front page found less to cheer about in terms of roundball. 'Hogansville Drops First Game of Basketball to Bowdon,' noted a large headline. I! Meanwhile, a large photo at the 7t bottom of the page promoted the 'House of David Basketball Team'.,.._ set to play in Hogansville Fdday.k _ =GENEROSITY: FloWershoo i C owner Mrs. W.C. Bailey gave li00t i three-year magazine subscrip-! tions to the high school library. I Magazines included Argosy, Look, American Girl, Todays /. Woman - and Cosmopolitan.  NEW CHIEF: "John R. Hines was named ,chairman of the Troup County Board of Roads and Revenues..." 1953 LEADER: "George Funderburke was installed as president of the Kiwanis Club of: Hogansville at special cere- monies Tuesday night conduct- ed by Grady Fowler of LaGrange." =GRIM REMINDER: "15,000 dimes buy one iron lung." , nc