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HOGANSVILLF, HERALD - THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2012 PAGE 3-A Acting gev. upon What McCollough We Believe Columnist Acting Upon What We Believe If last Sunday was a typical Sunday in America, sev- enty-five churches, sixteen of whom were Southern Baptists, met for the last time. Following the morning service, they walked out of the building, padlocked the doors, and ceased to exist. Some closed their doors due to population shifts. Some closed because they forgot who they were and why they existed. Some closed because they were built around programs, promotions, performances, and personalities. However, most closed simply because they chose to do church their way - and not God's. TODAY, it seems as though we live in a time when the church with the latest program, the best praise band, and a preacher with a charismatic personality gets the gold medal. Churches seem to be busying themselves chasing the latest fad, attending conferences lead by cutting-edge gurus, and buying into the latest, up-to-the-minute tech- nology, while, all too often, the world around them is lan- guishing in Spiritual darkness - while the saints dashfrom church to church seeking a "Spiritual fix" all the while, miserably failing to effectively penetrate the lostness that surrounds them. While attending a North American Mission Board Church Planting meeting in Columbus,this past week, a pastor with who I was speaking hit the nail on the head when he said, "The world is dying for the church to be the church!" And he's right! I BELIEVE we have lived to see the prophecy of William Booth, Founder of the Salvation Army, fulfilled. He said, "The chief danger that confronts the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell." In my opinion, by and large, the church has disengaged from and abandoned its charge to be "salt and light" in a sin-sick world! WE HAVE BECOME proficient at being welfare cen- ters, social centers, wellness eenters, motivational cen- ters, job skills training centers, civic organizations, and social clubs where its members meet to, match, hatch, and dispatch! - All of which are wonderful in and of them- selves and should be parts of the overall ministry of the church - but are not the m inistry of the church. In Chuck Coalson's DVD, Breaking the Spiral of Silence, it is stated, "You don't really believe something until and you"act- upon it! believe rayer : Chrlstfanchttrches all across American today are guilty of news @ star-mercury, com saying we believe Biblical truths and standar, ds - when we never act upon them. On a hillside outside of Jerusalem, just moments before His ascension back to the Father, Jesus gave the key to effectively reaching and discipling a lost world. He said, " Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." (Luke 24: 49KJV) Perhaps the effectiveness of the early church was in their simple act of obedience. They returned to Jerusalem and prayerfully waited until the Day of Pentecost when the Spirit of the Living God endued them with power. It wasn't complicated and it wasn't difficult; it was simply an act of obedience. The only hope for America today is for Christians, across all denominational lines, to return to their Spiritual Jerusalem and tarry, in prayer, until they are endued with power from on high. Then, as the disciples did, do whatever it takes to pen- etrate the spiritual darkness of this lost and dying world that surrounds us. WHEN WE LOOK at the sad state of Spiritual affairs in America today, it becomes abundantly clear that although we are called a Christian nation, we are not acting upon what we say we believe as we should. Remember, we don't really believe something until we act upon that belief! Last Sunday seventy-five churches closed their doors. And the sad part is that most closed their ministry long before they closed their doors! God help us! We need a revival. Aaron McCollough is an area missionary with the area Baptist Association which serves Harris, Meriwether and Troup counties. He is a resident of Hogansville. Baptist Church News Highland Baptist Church will celebrate Homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Aaron McCollough will deliver the message and music will be provided by Darrell Luster of Durham, NC. We are expecting a great time of worship and fellowship and would love for you to join us. Lunch will be served immediately following the service. Everyone is invited. All children and youth of our community are invited to join us every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for Children and Youth Supper. Following the supper we have Youth Ministry (6th Grade and Up) and Children's Ministry (Ages 5 thru 5th Grade). We also have adult Bible Study and Prayer Meeting at 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday. Everyone is welcome. Discover your Spiritual Gift! Join us Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. for Pastor Terry's study on Spiritual Gifts. Every Christian has a spiritual gift. Discover which spiritual gift God has given to you and whether you are using it as He intended. Everyone is invited. Highland Baptist Church is located at 409 Askew Ave, Hogansville. For more information, call the church office at 706-637-4217. Mandy Hester Kirklin Dec. 28, 1918 - Aug. 16, 2012 Beloved Mother Mandy Hester Kirklin, 93, of LaGrange, died Thursday, Aug. 16, at her home. The funeral service was conducted Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. The Reverend Ed Storey officiated and inter- ment was in Shadowlawn Cemetery in LaGrange. Mrs. Kirklin was born Dec. 28, 1918, in Heard County, daughter of the late John and Josie Kittle Hester. She lived in LaGrange for 70 years and was Baptist by faith. Survivors include her daughter, Frances Kirklin of LaGrange; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Kirklin; daughters, Clara Ruth Pointer and Betty Jean Kirklin; son, Edward Eugene Kirklin; and several brothers and sisters. Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfuner- alhome.com Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home of Hogansville was in charge of arrangements. Happy anniversary wishes go out to: Rev. M.R. and Mrs. Dorothy Clements on their 41st on Aug. 23; Rev. Charlie and Mrs. Wanda Glanton on their 40th on Aug. 25; Charlie and Michelle Harist n on their 8th on Aug. 21 to Johnny and Karen Williams on their 24 on Aug. 21. We wish them many more. Courtney and Kisia Easter .of Grantville announce the birth of their twins, son, Ani'Jay Jamez, weighing one pound and 1'1 ounces and daughter, Ani'Jah Jamilah, weighing one pound and 10 ounces; born Aug. 11. Maternal grandparents are Bennie and Barbara Williams Of Macon. Paternal grandpar- ents are: Gloria Easter of St. Marks, Demetrius and Wanda Easter of LaGrange, and the great grandparents are Ella Mae Snellings of St. Marks and the late Willie Ed Snellings. We're sorry to report that infant Ani'Jay Jamez Easter passed away on Aug. 11. Homegoing services were held on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Camp Ground Cemetery, St. Marks. Rev. Davie Sewell officiated. Thrash and sons Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. Our belated sympathy goes out to the family of Henry Blount, 82 of the Zion Hill Community in his death. He is just away. Birthday greetings go to: Charles Brown, Katie Addie, Willie B. Cameron, Tom Cofield, Tracy Cousins, Latoya Evans, Nigel Lee Gay, Jawan Hayes, Shirley B. Hayes, San Harris, Michelle Heard, Jimmy Matthews, Deborah Moreland, Latresse Nails, Seveda Milner, Bruce Porter, Haneisha Laskae Leslie, Nykeisha S. Boyd, Josie Rosser, linda Rowe, Charles Rowe, Roger Mae Rutledge, Andre Smith, Capazio Lemere Stinson,' Marketta Rocquell Stepp, Maude Lindsey, Brianna Madison, Sewell, Britney Nicole Tucker, Althina Monique Glanton, Karlos Gates, DeJontae Mareze Thrash, and Darius Kurtell Williams. We're happy to report that Susie Rosser of Lone Oak is home from the hospital and doing nicely. Oak Ridge CME Church, Greenville invites everyone to its annual home- coming on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. Pastor Luctricia White is the pastor. Luthersville Neighborhood Senior Service Center will have its third annu- al fall festival on Saturday, Sept. 87 start- ins at 9 a.m. Vendors can have a booth for a fee of $25 each without electrici- ty or for $35 each with electricity pro- vided. See or contact: Senior Center at (770) 927-6379 or Gerliene Clemons at (706( 672-4730; Mary Amey at (770) 927- 0167 and Jennye Lou Hardaway at (770) 927-6782. It will be held at the Luthersville City Complex. White Plains United Methodist Church, St. Marks invites everyone to its 'Cruising for Christ.' Second annual car/truck/bike show on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Early registration fee is $10, day of the event $15, sponsored by White Plains United Methodist Men see; Willie B. Cameron, Kippy Tigner or Curtis Williams. Rev. Yolanda Jones-Colton is the Pastor. Southern Crescent Menu Monday peas, mixed greens, cornbread, mar- Whole grain, 100 percent fruit juice, ham- garine, mandarin oranges, milk, coffee burger patty, vegetarian baked beans, and tea. tomato, lettuce, onion, whole wheat bun, mayonnaise, hot apple crisp with oat- Thursday meal crust, milk, coffee and tea, 100 percent fruit juice, spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans, tossed salad with Tuesday light dressing, whole wheat garlic bread, 100 percent fruit juice, oven baked chick- margarine, fruit and jello, milk, coffee and en, English peas, carrot raisin salad or tea. steamed carrots, wild rice, whole wheat rol!, margarine, strawberries with angel Friday food cake, milk, coffee and tea ~p~e~ cent~t~u!t~e,-p~t~ beans, macai'oni arid.cheese, cucumber,- Wednesday onion, tomato salad, cornbread, mar- Whole grain, 100 percent fruit juice, pork garine, pineapple tidbits, milk, coffee and cutlet or sliced turkey breast, black eyed tea. Wendy's Cruise In will be held Saturday, Aug. 25 in Hogansville from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Door prizes, 50/50, music and cruiser of two months and more. For more information please contact Mary Davenport at (706) 668-7731or email rdcoup@gmall.com. Wendy's and show coordinators are not responsible any accidents. Victory Praise Cathedral Hogansville !~~Ljam~,~----- 211-B Hwy 29- H0gansville, GA 30230 Claude A, McKibben & Sons Funeral Home 208 Johnson Street Hogansville, Georgia 706-637-8623 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 ' 404438-3407 Mtmber ~lC A, ~tual Housing Le~ltr'~ Downtown Hogansville 706-637-6544 Phil Waldrop 300 Main Street Hogansville, Georgia 706-637-8683