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The For the past several years this passage of scrip- ture has been a buzzword among Southern Baptists. We have used it to artic- ulate our mandate for mis- sions. We equate Jerusalem as our home town, Judea as our state, Samaria as North America, and of course the uttermost part of the world as the whole world. And while I wholeheartedly agree with this, I think that in our zeal to articulate the places for mission opportu- nities, we miss something very profound that Jesus did in this verse. Jesus said, "...and ye shall be witness- es unto me..." Note what He did. He "spoke His disciples forward!" Remember, at this point, Jesus has just finished pour- ing three years of His life into the disciples, instruct- ing them, and at best, they failed. But grab hold of what He did! In their failure, He spoke them forward. In essence He was saying to them, "You're not there now boys. You haven't reached your full potential yet. The only thing you are a witness to right now is your own failure. Oh, but the day is fast approaching when all that I have put into you is going to take root and start to bear fruit. Trust me boys. It won't be long until you will rise to the occasion and be My witnesses!" ii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii !!i!!!~!~;i!:~i~!iii~i~)iiiiii~i~iiii~:iiiiiiiiiii~iiiiiiiiiiiiii~iii!i:iiiiiiii~iiiiii!i~i~i!i~ i iii~i~iiiiiii~iii!i~iiiiiii~i~i~iiii~iiiiiiiiiiiii~i~iiii~i~iii~i~!!i!iii~ii!i~i~i!~i!iiiiii~iiiiii~i!i~i!ii~i~ii!i!i~!!!!iii!iii!~!!iii~ii!iiii!~!~!~!!!iii~iiiiii!~i!i!i~i Acts 1:8, "But ye shall In other words, we can receive power, after that the see something that's half Holy Ghost is come uponyou: dead and speak full death and ye shall be witnessesinto it, or we can see some- unto me both in Jerusalem, thing that's half alive and and in all Judaea, and inspeak full life into it. Samafia, and unto the utter- Proverbs 25:ll(KJV) says, most part of the earth." "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." SEVERAL YEARS AGO there was a movie about a little boy who, at the urging of his teacher, developed and conducted a social experi- ment where he encouraged people to, "Pay it forward." The whole experiment was based upon the Biblical principle in Ecclesiastes ll:I(KJV) "Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days." In other words, the good that you do for others from a pure heart will come back to you. I wonder how many times every day that we pass up opportunities to speak people forward. Proverbs 18:21(KJV) teaches us that, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue ..." SPEAKING PEOPLE FORWARD isn't a hard thing to do. However, it is some- thing that we must do inten- tionally and genuinely. Nobody likes to feel as though they are being patronized. Yet, everybody likes to be around people who lift their spirits. We don't know the torment somebody may be facing in life. We don't know the personal hell they may be walking through at that very moment. Sometimes our smile or our kind word may be the only smile or kind word they receive all day. The truth is that God may want to show His love into that person's life and at that moment, Jesus may look and sound a whole lot like you or me. It may be as simple as telling them that they look nice today or thanking them for a job well done. It's the little things in this life that make the biggest difference. In Luke 6:31(KJV) Jesus taught, "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." And in Proverbs 18:24(KJV) the Bible teaches, "A man that hath friends must shew him- self friendly..." There are two great prin- ciples to be learned from what Jesus said in Acts 1:8. First, we speak into the lives of others that which we desire and believe them to become. People tend to do whatever is spoken into their fives. Therefore, it behooves us to speak people forward. Secondly, what we speak into the fives of others returns to us. Therefore, we should speak wisely. THE GREATEST TRUTHS we truths we speak into the lives of others are those we model before them. This Sunday would be a great Sunday to speak your friends and loved ones forward by attending church with them! Aaron McCollough is an area missionary with the area Baptist Association which serves Harris, Meriwether and Troup counties. He is a resident of HogansvBe. 2014 Belinda L. Parham Feb. 4, 1943 - Sept. 9, 2014 Jack M. Crews, Sr. An Avid Auburn Fan Feb. 6, 1928- Sept. 12, 2014 U.S. Army Veteran Mrs. Belinda L. Parham, 71 of Newnan, passed away 2hesday, Sept. 9, at Hospice I_aGrange. Born Feb. 4, 1943 in LaGrange, Mrs. Parham was the daughter of the late Johnny and Alice Feagin. She retired from Ampex in Opelika, Alabama, after 27 years of service and had lived in Port St. Joe, Florida since 1992. Mrs. Parham attended Beach Baptist Chapel and was an avid Auburn fan. Survivors include her daughter and son in-law, Toni and Shawn Bidinger of Newnan; sons and daughters in-law, Tommy and Vonda Worley and Terry and Heather Worley, all of Opelika, Alabama; step-daughter and son in-law, Jennifer and Matt Ward of Fort Walton Beach Florida; step-son and daugh- ter in-law, Jamey and Stephanie Parham of Pace, Florida; sis- ter, Carolyn Wilson of Warm Springs; brother and sister in- law, Danny and Sue Feagin of Acworth; ten grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband James David Parham. The funeral service was conducted Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville with Mr. Tim Wilson and the Reverend Josh Rhye officiating. Interment was Friday, Sept. 12, in Holly Hill Cemetery in Port St. Joe, Florida, with Pastor David Nichols officiating. Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfuneralhome.com Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home of HogansviUe was in charge of arrangements. Clara Mae Williams Feb. 26, 1929 - Sept. 10, 2014 Cherished Mother Mrs. Clara Mae Williams, 85, of Newnan, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10 at Ansley Park Nursing and Rehabilitation in Newnan. Born Feb. 26,1929 in Atlanta, Mrs. Williams was the daugh- ter of the late Claude and Fannie Mac Gray. She retired from K-Mart in Newnan, was a member of East Newnan Baptist Chtwch, and had lived in Coweta County since the mid 1970's. Survivors include her daughter and son in-law, Eugenia and Jimmy Brown of Gay; son, Larry Williams of Jonesboro; sister, Reba Miles of Forest Park; brother, Skeeter Gray of Atlanta; three grandchildren; and several great-grandchil- dren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Harold Williams and a daughter, Robin Lynn Williams. The funeral service was conducted at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 12, at Eamp Meniorial Park in Fayetteville, with the Reverend Mary Ruth Davidson officiating. Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfuneralhome.com Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home of Hogansville was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Jack M. Crews, Sr., 86, of Hogansville, passed away Friday, Sept. 12 at Hospice LaGrange. Mr. Crews was born Feb. 6, 1928, in Carroll County, son of the late Olin Purn Crews and Fannie Ruth Boswell Crews Coleman. A resident of Hogansville most of his life, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War Two and a member of Union Baptist Church in St. Marks. Survivors include his son, Jack Crews Jr. and his wife, Carol, of Hogansville; sister, LaRose Surowic of Hogansville; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Imncaster Crews; daughter Tracie Norton; sons, Michael Crews and Randall Crews; grandsons, Gene Crews and Jeremy Norton; and great- grandson, Cameron Adams. The family is honoring the wishes of Mr. Crews and no service will be conducted. Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfuneralhome.com Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home of Hogansville was in charge of arrangements. Tony L. Scott Dec. 27, 1965 - Sept. 11, 2014 Member of VFW Post 4629 Mr. Tony L. Scott, 48, of Franklin, passed away Thursday, Sept. 11, at his home. Born Dec. 27, 1965, in Fulton County, Mr. Scott served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard and was a member of VFW Post 4629 in ImGrange. He lived at Stovall before making his home in Heard County in 2008, was Baptist by faith, and was employed as a maintenance technician at Wal-Mart.com in Carronton. Survivors include his wife, Cathy Chapman Scott of Franklin; daughter, Jessica Davidson of Manchester; step- daughter, Paula and Nathan Lee of LaGrange; step-sons, Brian and Deigh Martin, Bradley and Jennifer Martin, all of W mder; his mother and step-father, Vassie and J. W. Roberts of Ft. Pierce, FL; brother, Jeff and Anessa Scott of Carrollton; step- brother, Jamie and Cindy Roberts of LaGrange; step-sisters, Debbie and Audy Beverley and Kina Spradlin, all of LaGrange; and six step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Eugene Scott. The funeral service was conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Septemberl4, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville, with military honors. The Reverend Terry Rainwater officiated. Condolences may be . expressed at www.mckibbenfuneralhome.com Claude A.McKibben and Sons Funeral Home wasin charge of arrangements. Please submit your church news items to news@star-mercury.corn by noon Tuesday, Items should pertain to special events, not routine services. Keep it brief. More people will read it. Fifty words or less is best. Remember, all Ten Commandments total only 89 words. Please do not use "Georgia" in local loca- tions; we know you mean Pine Mountain, Georgia, not Pine Mountain, Minnesota. And don't put "2014" with upcoming dates. We know your event will be in June of 2014, not June of 2047. Claude A. McKibben & Sons Funeral Home 208 Johnson Street Hogansville, Georgia We Sell All Types of Tires HUBBARD & SPINKS Parts. Sen ce 1115 E, Main St. Phone: HogansviUe, GA30230 (706) 637-6379 mml Member FDI~ An Equal Housing Lender~ Downtown Hogansvflle 706-637-6544 These sponsors encourarqe aCou to attend the Shurch o~f y our c~o(~e sunday !