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HOGANSVILLE HERALD - THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012 PAGE 3-A ThePower Of Just Saying No Rev.Aaron U MeC0110ugh Columnist Saying no is one of the most liberating things an indi- vidual learns to do. Simultaneously, saying no is one of the most difficult things an individual learns to do. Today I want to talk about a woman in the Bible who had the intes- tinal fortitude to say no - and the blessings it caused for others. For thirty plus years I have been preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I wouldn't dare a guess as to how many sermons I have preached from the Book of Ruth or how many times I have quoted the wedding passage it contains in a particular wedding ceremony I was performing. I'm sure both are more that I care to remember. But there is one thing of which I am certain. Until recently, I never viewed Naomi's daughter-in-law, Orpah, as a main player in the story. In my mind, she was just a daughter-in-law that deserted Naomi and Ruth and returned back to her people and her gods. I did not think this significant. However, I have changed my mind - and furthermore, I think there is a valuable lesson for us to learn from her actions. As we review the narrative of the Book of Ruth we know that Naomi and her husband had left Judah in a time of famine and had traveled to Moab. While there, her two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, (Names literally mean puny & sickly) married Moabites women named Ruth and Orpah. While in Moab Naomi's husband and two sons die. Naomi then decides to go home to Judah. And as she starts her journey home her two grief stricken daughters:in-law both pledge that they are going with her. Naomi then does some- thing that is often overlooked - she began to tell her daugh- ters-in-law just how hard a life they would be forced to live should they go with her. She then encouraged them to go back to their mothers and to their gods. Literally, she made a strong appeal for them not to go with her. NOW, at this point in the story, we usually shift our focus to Ruth and the great commitment she made to go with Naomi. However, I submit to you today that there were two great/momentous decisions made that day. Naturally, Ruth's was one. However, I believe that Orpah's was just as great. Here is my point: After originally stating she was going, Naomi, in a "no holds barred" sort of way, present- ed the truth to her about what she was agreeing to do. At this point, Orpah weighs all the evidence and changes her mind. In essence she told Naomi that this was not for her. She could not commit herself to it. Consequently, she did the bravest/smartest thing she could do. She said nol And it was a decision that would change history as we know it. Play make-believe with me for a moment and let's pretend Orpah decided to go with Naomi. First, it wasn't in her heart to go, so she would have been mumbling and grum- bling the whole way. She probably would have quarreled with Naomi and Ruth. She would have disrupted every- thing. She would have been just another mouth to feed. And just what if she and Ruth both went to Boaz's fields - and he liked her better than Ruth! (He would have legally been the Kinsman Redeemer for both!) Then Ruth would not have been in the lineage of Jesus. So you see, her deci- sion to say no was just as significant as Ruth's decision to say yes ! Naomi did a very wise thing when she blessed her dangh- ters-in-law to say no. I t hnk th,t.,we would be wise to learn a lesson ere. If Y9 talk soUl, body out of doing some- thing by iresenting the facts to them - they weren't really on board to begin with. We need to bless people to say no! How many times have I been guilty of accepting some- body's first answer without really presenting the unadul- terated truth to them? How many times have I suffered the consequences of doing so? How many times have I said yes when I should have said no? No! It's a powerful little word with great ramifications. I think all of us should become better versed at saying it - and meaning it. Just consider the grmf we would save our- selves if we would! There are volumes that could be written about Orpah and the life she supposedly lived afterwards, but be that as it may, at the critical moment, she weighed the evidence presented to her and made the courageous and corre t deci- sion - she said no when she should have said it - and she stuck with her decision. God, please give us people like that today! Seems I remember Jesus saying something about let- ting our yea be yea and our nay be nay. I'm just saying ... Aaron McCollough is an area missionary with the area Baptist Association which serves Harris, Meriwether and Troup counties. He is a resident of Hogansville. Our belated sympathy goes out to the families of Lilla Mac Robinson of Hogansvflle and Margaret Adams Rogers, 75 of Grantvflle in their deaths. May you rest in peace. Ole Mac Thompson-Daniel and Alice Mac Nalls of Grantville have returned home after spending one week with Grace Mitchell Clack of Manhattan, New York. Willie Dawson, Gabrielle D. Hines and Bernice Tamplin have returned home after spending one week with Katrina Horton of Hollis, New York. What a time! Happy Anniversary wishes go to: Mitchell and Ann Cousins on their 42nd on June 6; Wendell and Charlone King on their 24th on June 10; Douglas and Brenda Pritchett on their 21st on June 8; Dennis and Shandra Rhodes on their 21st on Jure 7; to: Frederick and Angelia Rhodes on their 6th on June 10. We wish them many more. A very special happy birthday to Mrs. Louise H. Hines of Grantville on her 95 years young on June 8 and more happy birthdays to come. Remember that we love you, from your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Birthday greetings go to: Danny Allen, Gene Bailey, Willie Lee Clements, Sr., Rev. Clarence Ellison, Rosalyn H. Burston, Justin Emanuel Clement, Cessinee Dean, Emma Lou Glanton, Justin Gardy, Exie Grady, Sharon Nicole Dean, Tawanna Hines, Andre Howard, Barbara Annette Addle, Travis Colton, Kailyn Janae Bynum, Ector and Marian Dean, Jasmine Harrius, Konrad Hines, Zelda Hines, Joseph Antonio Hines, DeAndre Terez Hawkins, Larry Elliot Leigh I, Franklin Jimpson, Frederick Lowe II, Thomas Hines, IV, Annette Philips, Mike Purgason, Joyce Miller, Wayne Malcolm, Brittany Glanton, Tyrone Tigner, Stephanie Brown, Bradasia Cofield, Demetrius Flowers, Demeres Hayes, Migil Hayes, Kala Terrell, Antonio Gunn, Verleda Mitchell, Joe Rosser, Minister Jamie Wheelous and Lisa Moss. Bethlehem Baptist Church St. Marks invites everyone to its 134th church anniversary on Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m. with guest speaker, Rev. Yolanda Jones-Colton, Pastor of White Plains United Methodist Church, St. Marks. Dinner will be service. Morning service at 11 a.m. with pastor Willie Joe Cameron bringing the message. Rev. Lucy L. Stanley is the associate pastor. Vacation Bible School will be held at the Bethlehem Baptist Church, St. Marks Monday through Wednesday, June 11-13 from 3 p.m. - S p.m. All children and adults are invit- ed to attend. Rev. Lucy L. Stanley is the director. Rev. Willie Joe Cameron is the pastor. The User Board and the VIP Choir of the White Plains UM Church, St. Marks will have a Brunswick Stew sale on Saturday, June 9. Rev. Yolanda Jones-Colton is the pastor. There will be a meeting at the Greenville Library on Saturday, June 9 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. to make plans for the 40th year class reunion for the class of 1973 Greenville High School. See or contact: Brenda Render McGhee at (678) 772-4236. All class members are asked to be present. Summer Camp SAAFE (Safe Academic Awareness in Family Enrichment) Program at the Old Luthersville Elementary School. June 12 - July 31 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday age 5-16, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Math skills, read- ing and writing. Basketball program, tennis and piano music classes. Educational and field trips. Registration fee is $15. Summer focus kick-off, onSaturday June 9 from 11 a.m. until i p.m. For additional information contact: Mrs. Beverly E Ball at (770) 846-8930 or Rev. Roderick Freeman at (404)503- 7409 sponsored by the AURS (American Union and Relief Society). New Friendship Baptist Church (Hwy 362) Greenville invites everyone to its 102nd church anniversary on Sunday, June 10 at 11:30 a.m. with pastor Roosevelt Render, bring- ing the message. Hogansville First Baptist Church Hosts VBS "Hometown Nazareth, when Jesus was a Boy" is the theme of this year's Vacation Bible School at Hogansville First Baptist Church. VBS 2012 will be an event of June 10-15, from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday night will be Family Night. V.B.S. is '!Family FBC", where all ages from preschool to the senior adults are involved. Family members, which include Parents, Grandparents and Children will stay and learn together. Hogansville First Baptist Church is located at 500 East Main Street. For more information, call the church office at: (706)- 637- 8731. Benefit Car Show Slated June 15 Savannah Court Assisted Living Come Down Memory Lane Show & Shine Car Show will be held June 15 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Free refreshments, free to come some awards and goody bags. The event will be held at 27 Belt Road in Newnan. For more information call Mary at (706) 668-7731 or email: rdcoupe@gmail.com. Hummingbird Festival Features Reunion Activities The Hogansville Hummingbird Festival weekend features many high school reunion activities in addition to the excit- ing arts & crafts, food and family fun ...... :..., . It's a great time to meet tap with old classmates and reneff friendships. If any Alumni from the Hogansville or Callaway High Schools who might be interested in coordinating or participating in the festival weekend activities, please contact Todd Pike (Class of 1985) at 706-977-3003. Claude A. McKibben & Sons Funeral Home 208 Johnson Street Hogansville, Georgia 706-637-8623 Victory Praise Cathedral Hogansville 211-B Hwy 29- HogansviUe, GA 30230 Services: Sunday-Worship 11 a.m. Wednesday- Bible Study 7:30 p.m. Friday- Prayer & Praise 7:30 p.m. Pastor - Anthony Frost 404483-9074 o 404438-3407 B . H0gansville il00Commumty Pharmacy 00Bank0000f00u, st Phi, Waldrop i Downtown H0gansville 300 Main Street Hogansville, Georgia 706.637-6544 706-637-8683 Support Your Local Place of Worship.