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HOGANSVlIAE th)Ml,; Nl,:ws -TItURSl)AY, DECEMBER 21, 2000 PAGE S Meeting Mankind's Great,00st Need  " ."..', ' ..... .' . song A psychologist was once fhe Bible says 1 ( (,od so need I said earlier that there says about Godslove It as saying, "Man has two basic needs, one is to be loved and the other is to have some- one to love." One must admit that statement has a world of truth in it; however, there is an greater need experienced 'man. During this time of year that many needs arise. church receives numerous alls from people who have var- needs and at this time of those needs intensify. We mr best to try and help those some have need of food, others have need with bills while still others gas and water. God has blessed Antioch and we are thankful for the God given r to help many who call. Although many calls are and many folks are there is one great need no civic organization, no program or even a can meet. That is man's of a Savior. More than the of clothes and shelter, than the need for food and aresomethatwehereatAntioch reaches to the lowest valley as i: Pastor's can help and unfortunately well as to the highest mountain." Column sometimes there are those we We here at Antioch Baptist cannot help. May I share with Churchhopethatyouknowwhat you the good news that there is it is like to enjoy God's greatest ..... , ::::. : By Wesley no one who is beyond the help gift to mankind. From myself .... Boatman of God. No one is so good that as well as all the folks here at k  they need not be saved and no Antioch, we would like to ............ one is so bad that they cannot express our desire that each of S ' " be saved. God s gift is a gift that you have a very Merry is made available to all. lake the Christmas. water and even more than the need of air, human beings need a Savior. While no earthly agency can supply that need, that need has already been sup.- plied. It is the supplying of that need that allows us to celebrate what one secular song calls, "The most wonderful time of the year." This indeed is the most won- derful time of the year and while the lights are brilliant, the dec- orations beautiful, and the excitement at a fever pitch, there is another reason for this time of year. It is the time of year that has been set aside to celebrate the giving of the great- est gift that could ever be given. loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son. 1 ha whoso- ever believeth in hiln. should not perish, bnl have everlasting life." Christmas is lhe time we celebrate God's gitt thal meets man's greatest need. While studying for this past Sunday's message, I ran across a little quote that bears repealing. It said, "I f man's gFealest need had been information, (;od would have sent him an educator. If man's greatest need had been technology, t',od would have sent him a sicntiM. If man's greatest need had been money, God would have senl him an economist. If nlall'S grcatesl need had been pleasure, God would have sent him an enter- taineE But man's greatest need was forgiveness,.so God sent him a Savior." That is the reason for such joy; that is the reason for such celebration; that is the reason for such a time as this, God sent his son to meet man's greatest A better all mA that is o, this c Se Come Home for Christmas .It's been a long time since I've had the Christmas spirit. I can't tell you why it has hap- tuned to me this year. Maybe ' life is better now than it's ever been. Maybe my daughter is happi- ' married and doing very well. it's because I have a lov- and caring wife. Maybe I'm making a comfort- able living and have a warm Maybe it's because retirement is just around the corner. Maybe it's because I on the first Christmas I parent to celebrate with. And maybe it's because I've suddenly realized I have a lot to be thankful for and have had a lot to be thankful for. Whatever the reason, I'm g an inner peace I can't remember experiencing since I was a child. Not siaee my daughter was very small have I wanted to hear songs; not just "Jingle Bells," but carols like "Oh Come All Ye Faithful." I'll my faith hasn't been all it should over the years. I've chosen not to take responsibili- for what has happened in my placing the blame conve- niently on whom I believe con- trois us all. Trouble is, He gave us rules and if we don't abide ' them then...well I don't need to you. So, I got our Christmas cassettes and played the old standards on the way to work. Bing, Dino, and Dinah haven't lost it, and possi- bly there'll never be voices like Dale Columnist those again. But, that doesn't mean today there aren't voices as beautiful if not more so than those from my childhood, name- ly Charlotte Church. To show you how consumed with the Christmas spirit I am I actual- ly chose listening to her Christmas concert on PBS over watching Muscle Car Magazine on Speedvision. Don't tell my wife, she already suspects I'm developing a mild form of senil- ity.' I'm remembering things this Christmas I thought my memory had permanently erased. My mother, daddy, and I used to turn out the lights, plug in the tree, and sing "Silent Night" every Christmas Eve without fail I can't get the pic- ture out of my mind of that tree standing in the pine knotted din- ing room of our house. The pan- eled living and dining rooms were separated by a half book- shelf that allowed us to see the tree from either room. By the fireplace was always where my presents were placed. I can't figure out why Santa never put them under the tree with all the gifts for our friends and fami- ly. I suspect it had something to do with him keeping warm. Those rooms were the formal part of our house and never used except when the preacher came for dinner, or when our relatives from the "valle," came up to see us which was about once every five years. They always seemed a bit cold to me except on Christmas Eve and morning. My most fond memocy of Christmas was my dad taking me in the evening to get a H'ee to brighten up those cold rooms. My parents never gave a thought to getting a white fake one until in the '70s when it was deemed that I was grown. You don't see too many of those trees anymore, and I don't under- stand why. ()h yes, i do. We would check several tree lots before settling on a good spec- imen. All the bright lights strung around the lots mesmer- ized my little mind, and all the different shapes and sizes of trees to choose from. It's my considered opinion m:: ,tad Eked the lights too, and that's why he waited till evening to go and get the tree. We would ahvays select a smaller tree, bul (me that had lots of branches, lie, and later I with my daughter's Christmases, found it very dif- ficult to screw the three bolts in the base into the small trunk and keep the tree standing straight. I was never trusted with the task of putting the sugar water in the base. Now that I remember, that's held true Continued on Page 6 Our sincere thanks to you for your kindness and friendship. C- eneral Contractors Commercial * Residential - Metal Buildings * Remodel Terry Hester 37 Riclgeview Terrace, LaGrange 884-2724 f -' +o We Prescribe A Dose Gd eer! Enjoy a happy and healthy holiday. We appreciate your patronage. Hogansville Pharmacy 300 E. Main St. 706-637-8683 J CRIMINALS HATE OUR GUTS. "And, Io, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy." Matthew 2:9-10 II MEDALLION SERIES 1 1/4" diameter chromed locking bolts. OmniBarrier TM protection system surrounds lock with multiple layers of steel. Brass handle and dial ring. Large gold metallic whitetail scene bonded to paint surface of safe door. Optional 1200 F/30 rain. fire protection listed and labeled by Omega Point I,aboratories. Medallion Fireproof STARTS AT =159500 N UN00R.Y 2139 Greenville Road LaGrange 882-1555 \\; Amid all the holiday bustle, let us remember the three kings, their journey of faith, and gifts of goodwill. Let us all reflect on our blessings this year and follow the star to the true meaning of the holiday season. Merry Christmas and many thanks to all of our good friends and neighbors. your support/ State Sentaor DAN LEE