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During the Spring Quarter (March, April and May), I had the opportunity of writing 14 Sunday School lessons for the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church on the subject of “Justice and The Prophets.” It was an enlightening though intense study of God’s intention to bring about justice in the world, humankind’s failure to heed the message and refusal to repent, and God’s judgmental fulfillment of his promise to set things right.

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The Covid-19 plague that surrounds us is teaching us that our relationships extend beyond our families to include our neighbors, state, nation, and the nations of the world. From this pandemic are many tragic deaths, sacrifices and especially on those in poverty.

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One of the things that separates the rather tedious everyday-ness of coronavirus reports of sickness, deaths, isolation, social distancing, quarantines, supply shortages and unemployment is Sunday!

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Mother’s Day this year is unique experience. In the past it was celebrated by a large crowd of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This year we are considering the impact of COVID-19 on the elderly, the most vulnerable to the virus.

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A Methodist pastor talked about leaving the ministry. He said he had lost the joy of serving. He no longer enjoyed pastoring or counseling or preaching or any of the other responsibilities of being a clergy person. When asked about his prayer life, there was an awkward silence. Tragically, like so many other people, this pastor didn’t have a prayer life.

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As we hunkered down a few nights ago for the anticipated storms and the continuing coronavirus threat, we were glad to see the dawn of a new sunshine-filled day. 

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A family was watching a movie of the life of Jesus on television. Their 6-year-old daughter was deeply moved as the moviemaker realistically portrayed Jesus’ crucifixion and death.

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There is not any of us that has not been affected by the coronavirus. Like you, over and over I have watched the unthinkable devastation of this virus. Tears have welled up in my eyes as I have listened to the agony of the bereaved, heard the staggering death counts, seen the overcrowded hospital conditions, observed business closings and people without jobs and heard the dire predictions of what could be.

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COVID-19 is the focus around the world. As finite individuals with the propensity to ask “Why?” may we attune our spiritual ears to the wisdom that God’s Spirit provides through His Word. When Jesus taught us to “love our neighbor as ourselves,” (Mark 12:31) He surely meant for us to think h…

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Imagine it’s 2030 and I’m sitting around the table with my grandchildren. One asks, “Granddaddy, tell us about the war of 2020.”

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News from churches around Clayton and Henry counties.

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News from churches around Clayton and Henry counties.

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What do we intend to do with our lives? As we contemplate this critical question, we need to remember that our dreams are more important than the vehicles we drive.

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News from churches around Clayton and Henry counties.

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News from churches around Clayton and Henry counties.

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On the way to a meeting, I passed a florist truck. I couldn’t help but notice the advertisement on the side of the truck. The advertisement read: “Flowers whisper how you feel.”

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I have several friends who have recently experienced the death of loved ones in their families. In the past few days, I have been involved in one such family’s graveside service.

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It’s been a long time since I have addressed the subject of marriage. Primarily, it’s because I know that everybody is not married, nor should they be. In addition, I am aware that sometimes marriages end in divorce as “the lesser of two evils,” and that the church’s task is to lift burdens not add to them.

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The year 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War (June 25,1950). On Thursday, March 26, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea and the Georgia Department of Veterans Services will partner to say “Thank You” to Korean War veterans for their honorable military service and personal sacrifice by hosting a special medal and certificate ceremony. This special ceremony is being hosted by the Walk of Heroes/Veterans War Memorial and American Legion Post 77 at 674 American Legion Road in Conyers, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

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In the movie “Gladiator,” there is a scene where Maximus is about to lead his army into battle. While challenging his men, he says, “Brothers, what we do in life echoes in eternity.”

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A man said to his pastor, “My father taught me how to earn money, how to save it and how to spend it; but he never taught me how to give it.”

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In recent days, I’ve read several articles on the accusation of cheating in three sports — baseball, golf and football (infractions). And these are certainly not the only sports who have issues with this kind of accusation either in the past or present.

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News from churches around Clayton and Henry counties.

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I was preaching a series of sermons in a small town, and on one of the days an elderly gentleman came up to me during lunch. He said, “I know what it is to be frightened.”

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For the past four years, my New Year’s resolution has been the same. It has nothing to do with weight, being a better person or cleaning the house more often.

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