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!i~!i~ii~i~i~i~i~ii~i~!ii~ii!i~iii~i~!~iiiiiii!~ii~i!i~iii~i!}~i!ii~i~ii~ii}~i~ii~iiiiiiii~ii!ii g His Glory On Display In our Christian experience we do everything within our power to follow God's leading as closely as possible. In his book, The Red Sea Rules, which is the foundation for this column today, Robert J. Morgan quoted A.T. Pierson saying, "To go as I am led, to go when I am led, to go where I am led, is that which has been for twenty years the one prayer in my life." Shouldn't this be the prayer of every Christian? When we pray as A.T. Pierson prayed we must be ready to experience whatever it is that God wants us to experi- ence - however He chooses. Sometimes He leads or allows us into places we do not understand - hard places - scary places - hurtful places - places of indecision - places of dis- appointment in ourselves and others - and places that cause us to call into question all we have ever learned or known about God. THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL found themselves expe- riencing exactly what I've just described when God instruct- ed Moses to lead them to a place where they would have the Red Sea in front of them, the wilderness on either side, and Pharaoh's Army closing at warp speed from behind. (Exodus 14: 1-3) However, it was in this most untenable position and undesirable situation that God chose to put His glory on display. And so it is with us. Sometimes it is in our most confusing, hard, scary, and hurtful places of indecision, where are questioning all we have ever learned and believed about God, that He chooses to put His glory on display in our lives. In John 12:27-28(KJV), facing the darkest hour human- ity has ever known, Jesus said, "Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again." I want you to hear how The Message version of the Bible translates that passage, Jesus said, "Right now I am storm-tossed. And what am I going to say? 'Father, get me out of this'? No, this is why I came in the first place. I'll say, 'Father, put your glory on display.'" A voice came out of the sky: "I have glorified it, and I'll glorify it again." Wow! Catch what Jesus said! He said that "Right now" He was storm tossed. There was immediacy to His statement. And if Jesus was storm tosse we will be ala ! But He did not pray for the Fat., situation. Instead, He sim- pIy: for the Father to put His glory on display in His situation. Wow! How woefully inadequate I feel even writ- ing these words for this column! I spend 99% of my prayer time praying for God to change, give me victory over, or remove me from some situation in my life. Seldom do I ask God to simply put His glory on display in my life situ- ation. It is much easier for me to play "the victim" or "poor pitiful me" than it is to realize that God wants to put His glory on display in my life situation. And I have a feeling rm not the only dog named Rover running in this pack! AS I BEGIN to close this column, I do so by encourag- ing you that when, as the Children of Israel, you find your- self in a most untenable position facing a most undesirable situation, that as a child of God, you are there: 1. By God's appointment. (Remember, God told Moses to lead them where they were) 2. In His keeping. (The same God Who leads you in will lead you out) 3. Under His training. (There are teachable moments in every situation) 4. For His time. (Even when he's four days late (Lazarus) He's still right on timed Here is the truth for the Child of God: God is still in the business of delivering His people. However, He does it His way, in His time, for His glory! Almost too numer- able to count are the various ways God chose to deliver His people. He parted the Red Sea for Moses, had Noah build a boat, gave Sampson the jaw-bone of a donkey, gave Shamgar an ox goad, spat in the dirt and made mud for a blind man's eyes, and called Lazarus forth from the grave, just to name a few. Now, I don't know how He will work in your situation or mine. However, I do know He will work. Our duty is to make sure His glory is put on display in our situation! God help us to do this! Aaron McCo//ough is an area missionary with the area Baptist Association which serves Harris, Meriwether and Troup counties. He is a resident of Hogansville. !iiii!iiiiiii!iiiiiiiii! iiiiiii!ii!iii!ii!!!iiii ,, ................ Bernie Lou Martin July 23, 1931 - March 1, 2015 Retired Uniroyal, Inc Quality Inspector Mrs. Bernie Lou Martin, 83, of the Lone Oak Community of Meriwether County, passed away Sunday, March 1, at Twin Fountains Home in LaGrange. Mrs. Martin was born July 23, 1931, in Jackson County, Florida, daughter of the late Orville Oscar Reeves and Bernice Williams Reeves. A graduate of LuthersviUe High School, she lived in Meriwether County most of her life, attended Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak, and retired as a quality inspector from Uniroyal, Inc. Survivors include her daughters and son in-law, Tammy Renee Martin of Lone Oak, Sherry and Kelly Kramer of Five Points, AL; sons and daughters in-law, Steve and Teresa Martin, Hugh (Mike) and Vicki Martin, Gerry and Patsy Martin, all of LaGrange; sister, Carolyn and Billy Russell of Thomaston; brother, Roger and Deborah Reeves of Sparta, VA; sisters in-law, Grace Reeves of Ormond Beach, FL, Marion Reeves of Sharpsburg; nine grandchildren; sixteen great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert Reeves and Gerald Reeves. The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 4, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. Dr. Richard Hanner will officiate and interment will be in the Luthersvflle The Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfuneralhome.com Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Hogansville Th March ursday, 51 2015 is in charge of arrangements. Patricia J. Long Aug. 16, 1939 - Feb. 26, 2015 Wonderful Cook and Homemaker Debra Friend Reynolds Oct. 9, 1973- Feb. 20, 2015 Cherished Daughter and Sister Debra Friend Reynolds, 41, of Hogansville, passed away Friday, Feb. 20, at her home. Born Oct. 9, 1973, in LaGrange, Debra was a graduate of Troup High School and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from LaGrange College. She had served as a depart- ment manager for law firms and lived in Charlotte, NC, Naples, FL and Woodstock before returning to Hogansville in 2008. Survivors include her father, Ed Friend, St. of Hogansville; brothers, Ed Friend, Jr. and his wife, Tina of Manchester, Michael Friend and his wife, Jamie of Hogansville; and nephews, Brayson Friend and Brent Friend. She was preceded in death by her mother, Glenda Allen Friend. The funeral service was conducted Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. The Reverend Jeff McCartney offi- ciated and interment was in Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfuneralhome.com Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Donald Jack Childress Dec. 28, 1943 - Feb. 24, 2015 U.S. Army Veteran Mr. Donald Jack Childress, 71, of Hogansville, passed away, Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Florence Hand Home in LaGrange. Mr. Childress was born Dec. 28, 1943, in Grayson County, Virginia, son of the late Daniel Jack Childress and Gladys Edna Ayers Childress. A veteran of service in the U. S. Army, he had lived in Georgia since 1983 and retired from Floyd S. Pike Electrical Contractors. He was a member of the Moose Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, partici- pated in and won many pool shooting competitions. Survivors include his sons, Donald Jack Childress II and his wife, Wanda of Hogansville, Travis Jefferson Childress and his wife, Sherry of Winston-Salem, NC; daugh- ters, Wendy Ellen Childress of High Point, NC, Katherine Caroline Childress of Savannah; sisters, Doris Butcher of Mt. Airy, NC, Nancy Childress of Dobson, NC; brother, Douglas Childress of Mt. Airy; and grandchildren. Patricia J. Long, 75, of Hogansville, passed away, Thursday, Feb. 26, at West Georgia Medical Center. Ms. Long was born August 16, 1939, in Decatur, Illinois, daughter of the late Woodrow Wilson Williamson and Thelma Pfeifer Williamson. A resident of Jonesboro for 17 years, she had lived in Hogansville since 2009. Ms. Long worked outside the home for many years but is remembered by her family as a wonderful cook and homemaker. Survivors include her daughters, Pamela Gradick of John's Island, SC, Julia Letchworth and her husband Rodney of Albany; sons, Richard Long, Jr. and his wife Jackie of Winder, Christopher Long of Albany; sister, Susan of Decatur, IL; brother, Jerry of Yulee, FL; grandchildren, Georgianne and her husband Chad, Erin, Johnny IV and his wife Jessi, Kim and her husband Ryan, Joshua, Paris and Thomas; great-grandchildren, Robbie, Emily, Johnny V, Cameron, Lily, Gabriel, Arilyn, Jacob, Hannah, Arya; and her care- givers, Misty and Larry Snyder and Amanda Robinson. The family will plan a memorial service at a later time. Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfuneralhome.com Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home of Hogansville was in charge of arrangements. William Gann Nov. 10, 1946 - Feb. 25, 2015 Retired Lineman Mr. William Gann, 68, of Luthersville, passed away Wednesday, February 25, at his home. Mr. Gann was born November 10,1946, in Coweta County, son of the late Jim Buck Gann and Eva Louise Jordan Gann. He had lived in Meriwether County since 1955 and retired as a lineman from the City of Grantville electrical depart- ment. He loved to work in his yard and was a man of faith who enjoyed placing scripture on Facebook. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Gann of Luthersville; daughter, Denise (Dee) Gaddy of Senoia; sons and daugh- ters in-law, Jamie and Ann Marie Gann of Newnan, Josh and Jennifer Gann of Luthersville; sister, Louise Agan of Hogansville; brothers, Rev. Harry Gann of Luthersville, Robert Gann of Hogansville; nine grandchildren; four great- grandchildren. The funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. The l everend James Calhoun, Mr. John Coshnitzke, and Mr. J. W. Spradlin offi- A memorial serviee pn cted at 11 a.m., Friday, ciated afi:ff!:i'fi f e.nt wds;in Forest ,tmwrr,Memorial Park March 6, at Salisbury:N ati6iiai Cem ery in Salisbury, NC, " in ' with military honors. Condolences may be~ expressed at Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfuneralhome.com www.mckibbenfuneralhome.com Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home was in Claude McKibben and Sons Funeral Home of charge of arrangements. Claude A, McKibben & Sons Funeral Home 208 Johnson Street Hogansville, Georgia We Sell All Types of Tires HUBBARD & SPINKS Parts.Service lllSE, MainSt, Phone: H0gansvine, GA30230 (706) 637-6379 Member F'D1C An Equal Housing Lender' Downtown Hogansville 706-637-6544