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I-1OGANSVILLE HOME I'qEWS -1 HURSDAY, JUNE A4, 2004 sit Wrong for Us to Drink? L Sonaetime ago I read a ing and whosoever F about a fellow who used bget drunk with his buddies ~,_e~/day after work. One =_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-~: .L~d that fellow received I _~tas his Savior and when I 1~l~lay came, he refused to ~It druak with his buddies. " TL.Every time his buddies ,jl[~I him to go and get c0mu h .:.~ e refused. Then one of his buddies got : ~_ ~ With him for his absti- ont ~ and tried to trick him. r~ ~ man asked, "If drinking a' !8o Wrong, then why did turn water into wine? The young Christian not n .~Wing much about the [~ ,i hie replied, "I don't know ,at, ellt Jesus turning water Y,ahc ~0 Wine, but I know at my l~li b"b ~ei~e.,he turned beer into fur- o s , A lot of people are like ~c X ~ YOung Christian. They re not sure what it means ~en Jesus turned water into ,z d ~e. Sadly, the confusion ~r drinking alcoholic bey- rages is not confined to the bid outside the church. :i u ,~@ In some religious cir- a ~ ~, the debate is carried A ~. Over abstinence or mod- r~i[.,,a)l~ n The only way such a ~te can be settled is for ~involved to surrender - ~Ives to a careful study ?.T Word. , It is not within the ~scope f this article to convey a '~ed description of the s "~]~ciples of biblical inter- lactation. However, the bot- ~liae is what doesthe Bible to say? sed upon the teaching ~l,~ the scripture itself the -~oly Spirit as the guide into ar slJ~,.truth will lead the sincere [ ~_" v er to that truth. The needy Spirit will not lead some 1 q~J~ One conclusion and anoth- ide~. group to a different con- ;d. "~alSion. He will not contra- dict himself. If that is the c,3se, why so much confusion? The confu- sion comes from a lack of rightly dividing the truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly divid- ing the word of truth." To find the truth of God's word a Christian must right- ly divide or correctly expound the Bible. By the way, the Bible says in I Corinthians 2:14 the unbe- liever is not capable of com- ing to a proper understand- ing of the Bible. TO THOSE who do right- ly divide the word of truth, there will be found two basic words translated from the original that mean wine. There are words translated strong drink that definitely refer to intensely intoxicat- ing beverages. Simply defined, those words only refer to the fruit of the vine. The connotation must be concluded from the context of the passage being studied. Simply stated, the way the word is used will determine if the word is referring to fer- mented alcoholic beverage or just plain old unfermented grape juice. The book of Proverbs abounds with ref- erences that condemn the use of alcoholic drinks. Such as, Proverbs 20:1 says, 'a, Vine is a mocker, strong drink Is rag- is deceived thereby is not wise." Also consider Isaiah 5:II, %Voe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them." There is one verse in Proverbs that seems to lend itself to using alcohol has a pain killer to a dying man, however. But, for consump- tion as a beverage, the only conclusion that can be reached is that the use of alco- holic beverage is strictly for- bidden in scripture. As far as Jesus turning water into wine he simply made the water the best grape juice this world has ever seen. Jesus, the Son of God would not do anything that was forbidden in other scripture. If one desires a fur- ther explanation of Jesus and the turning the water into wine, feel free to write giv- ing your name and an address to reply to. The point is, alcohol is a dangerous thing which has deceived this world. We must realize it is a sin and not a sickness. If it is a sickness, it is the only sickness contract- ed by an act of the will. It is the only sickness you can buy in a store. It is a sickness that the government receives revenue from, There are too many lives taken on our streets, too many battered wives, too many neg- lected children, and too many destroyed lives to say that to drink alcohol is not wrong. It is bad enough to see non- Christians ruining their lives with alcohol, but to see so- called Christians indulging. it is an even greater tragedy: When will our society wake up to see that alcohol destroys lives? Trane's Comfort System is the perfect role model Its variable-speed motor works more quietly and efficiently. And talk about dependable: Trane also boasts the best warranty in the business. So if you're looking for a positive influence on your home, look no farther than your local Trane dealer. TRAN It's Hard To Stop A Trane? Jackson Heating & Air 1411 Whitesville St LaGrange, GA 30240 Residential 8 Uommercial Installations and Service Preventive Maintenance 8 Repairs - 6 months same as cash financing (with approved credit) 706-884-3351 II II I llll HOGANSVILLE WATER PLANT 220 OAK STREET HOGANSVILLE, GA 30230 WA QUALIT' REPORT DO I NEED TO TAKE SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS? Some people may be more vulnerable to c.x)ntaminam.s in drinking water than the general population. Immuno- compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system dt,~)rder~, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should ~k advice about drlnking~ water lfr6~ ~their "health care, :providers~L'i~P4A~K~na~t~ ~.kr~ lesa~n the risk of infoction by Cryptosporidittm and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Water [3tf/nking Hotline (8OO-426--4791). WHERE DOES MY WATER COME FROM? The Ci@/of HogamNIIle wi~draw~ an avenge of 450,000 gallons pet- day from the Blue Creek Reservoir. An alternate water supply source is " the Flat Creek station. 8oth sims am s~rface water. SOURCE WATER ASSESSMEN'r AND ITS AVAILABILITY Chattahoochie-Rint R~ Development Center recently completed a source water assessment for Hogansville water supply sources. For mote information, eontnct I~e Chaltahooehee-Flint Regional Development Center S.W.A.P. project manager at (770) 854-6026. WHY ARE THERE CONTAMINANTS IN MY DRINKING WATER? Drinking wgter, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to conttm at least small amounts of some contami- nants. The prentice of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about cnta~ninants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rive~, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the WATER QUALITY DATA TABLE The table below liars all of the drinking water co~tamimmts that we detected during the calendar year of the report. The presence of contaminants m the wate~ don not ne~marily indiatte that the water poses a heahh dsk. Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done ia the calendar year of the ~ The EPA or the State requires us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year became the conoentmtions of theue mmaminants do not change frequently. INORGANIC CONTAMINANTS Fluoride (ppm) 4 4 1.04 0.7 1.65 2003 NO Erosion of natural deposits: Water additive which prorru~Ies strong teeth; Di~hm'ge from fertilizer and aluminum factories. MICROBIOLOGICAL CONTAMINANTS Fecal eoliform/E. Coil 0 I 0 NIA 2003 NO Human and animal fecal waste Positive Samples A violation occurs when a routine sample and a repeat sample in, any given month, are total.enloform positive, and one is also fecal coliform or E. coli positwe. Total Coliform 0 1' 1 N/A 2003 NO Naturally present in environment (positive samples/month) "lhrbidity 2003 NO Soil Runoff 100~ of all the samples were below the 1~ value of 0.5. A value less than 95% constitutes a TT violation unless approved by the state. "l~e highest single measurement was 028. Any single ~nt in excess of 5 is a violatian. VOLATILE ORGANIC CONTAMINANTS TrHMS [Total N/A 100 73 35 119 2003 NO By-pr0ducts of drirddng water disinfection Trihalomethanes] (ppb) AI)DITIoNAL CONTAMINANTS "' In an effort to ensure the safest water possible, the State has required us to monitor some contaminates not required by Federal regulations. Of ttlmeeontamilmtes, only those listed below were found in your water. Haloaeetic Acids (HAAS) ppb Chlorine '4' '" 60 ppb 56 ppb NO By-product of drinking water chlorination 4 MG/L 1.,53 MG/L NO Water Additive used":io control microbes .................. corer tm "' The following contaminates were monitored for, but not detected, in your water. Nitrate [Measured as Nitrog6n] (ppm) Nitrite [Measured as Nitrogen (ppm) 10 10 ND 11 ND NO ground, it dissolves naturally occuring minerals and. in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife. Inorganic Contaminants. ~uch as salts and metals, can be naturally oh.curing or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial, or domestic waste- water dis, charges, oil and gas production, mining or farming. Pesticides and herbicides may come from a variety of sources f' sttCbf!a~t all~Ct!lmr~, t~tn ~'mwa~r runoff, and r~sidential uses. Organic Chemical Contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, are by-products of industrml pr~x.aesses and petroleum l~rodt~ion, and can also come from gas stations, urban storrnwater runoff, and ~pttc systems. Radioactive contamirmnts can be naturally o~urin~ or be the result of oil and g~ prodt~tion and mining activities, In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink. EPA pre~ribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contam- inants in water provided by I~blic water systems. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reBulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which "must provide the same protection for public l~alth. HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?. All wate~