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Posted by on in Reflections From An Old Friend

This article goes out to all the young drivers who feel they constantly hear their parents preach about safe driving techniques and rules of the road. Trust me, we know how you feel. Remember, we’ve been there and done that. So there is quite a bit of knowledge and experience that goes along with getting older.

It may seem at times that everything your parents say is nothing more than a conspiracy to make your life dull, boring and difficult. But as I’ve mentioned before, your parents are much smarter than you give them credit for. Parents are like ace detectives on a case. The only difference in there case is that it involves no crime. There case is to investigate, learn and know as much as possible about today’s teens and their habits in order to keep you safe. Trends change like the seasons, but the one thing that never seems to change is life. Every teen goes through a stage in life where they feel their parents know nothing and are completely out of touch with current trends and issues. The old what do you know theory kicks in.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. It is apparent because of the difference in age that teens and adults will normally not like the same music, clothes and so on. But what parents have on teens is experience and you can’t buy experience. Experience and knowledge can only be gained over time with life experiences.

So my appeal to all teens is to please just simply listen to your parents. Listen to the words and wisdom of those who are trying to keep you from harm. These are the people who love you more than life itself. You may not realize it, but no matter how big you get, you will always be mom and dad’s little baby. Parents don’t view their kids any differently the older they get. Parents are always parents and will always care and love you no matter what. They will always want the best for you and worry about you constantly.

So to all the many teens and young people out there, please listen to your parents and elders about driving and other life issues. People who truly care about you will never lead you astray. Take their words to not only your hearts, but your minds, as well. Life can be tough, but listening to those who have lots of experience could and will save you lots of heartache and trouble, and might just save your life.

Listen, Watch and Learn. It’s your life to live. Please live it wisely!  

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The Word of God reads in Galatians 5:16 from the (NKJV), “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”  

We have the instruction and admonition from this verse that if we will give place to living in and by the Spirit of God we will not fulfill the lust (or desires) of our flesh.  

In order to do this, we must have understanding of what it means to “walk” in this manner.  

The meaning here is: to live or to tread all around.  

It is how we conduct ourselves or we could say, it is our manner of living.  If you follow the definition on out, it also means a “path”.  

In simple meaning, it is a set path; a certain course that God has laid out for His children to walk.  

Of course this path is revealed to us in the Bible.  

So, for me to walk in this manner I must be a person who gives place to God’s Word every day.  

When I say, “give place to the Word”, I mean that each child of God is to read the Word, meditate the Word and make a quality decision that we are going to obey the Word as we live life here on this earth.  

The more I read the Bible, concentrate on, and practice those instructions through my speech and actions, the more God’s Spirit will be displayed in my life.  

Fleshly lusts and desires give way to the light of God.  

In other words, when I give place to the nature of God on the inside of me, I will not fulfill those desires that are contrary to the set path and certain course God has for me.  

This all begins with a decision, and that decision being: I will walk in the Spirit.

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Posted by on in Reflections From An Old Friend

On a daily basis the average motorist will personally witness 20 to 30 motorists failing to restrain either themselves or their children. Most motorists realize the serious risk involved with not being properly restrained while traveling the roadways, however, some motorists still fail to see the risk involved with not buckling up. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children and also rank near the top as a leading cause of death to adults, as well.

Therefore, my requests and wish is that each and every citizen of our great county and city please wear and use their safety belts at all times when traveling the roadways. I would also ask that each and every child under the age of four be placed in the appropriate car safety device and that all children between the ages of four and eight use a child booster seat and seat belts. Taking just a few seconds to place your child in a car safety device or seat belt is a proven lifesaver.

Thousands of people are killed each and every year because of failing to buckle up. Taking just a few seconds to properly restrain each and every occupant in your vehicle will definitely be time well spent. Hospital and emergency personnel see daily the tragedies often associated with not using seat belts and car safety seats for drivers and passengers, and know first hand the many benefits gained and lives saved because of proper occupant protection.

Another request pertains to the riding of passengers in the rear cargo area of pickup trucks. The cargo area of a pickup truck was not designed nor intended for the transportation of people. However, space limitations inside the cabs of trucks often force passengers into riding in the cargo/bed area of the truck. As the use of pickup trucks continues to increase, so do injuries and deaths associated with pickup truck crashes. Most injuries and deaths occurring in pickup truck crashes involve passengers riding unrestrained in the cargo area, being thrown out of the vehicle during a crash or rollover. Each year an average of 200 deaths can be attributed to passengers riding unrestrained in the back of pickup trucks. 

The old it won’t happen to me theory doesn’t work here. Please use seat belts and proper child restraint devices when traveling the roadways and always obey the rules of the road.  We can’t afford, or tolerate losing any of our citizen’s. Please, please buckle up and be safe!

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In the Old Testament we read of a time in which the spiritual climate of the day was tragically poor.  King Ahab “did evil in the sight of the Lord” (1 Kings 16:30).  Unfortunately, the people followed suit in rebelling against God.  They began to ignore God and put other gods before Him. That was no more evidenced than by the fact that the altars of God lay in ruins. Because of this, it had been some time since the people had experienced the presence and power of God in their midst.  There was a natural drought at this time, but even worse there was also a spiritual drought.

However, because of the actions of one man (a prophet named Elijah), who chose to repair the altar of God, the power of God was demonstrated once more in a dramatic fashion.  “And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down,” (1 Kings 18:30). As a result, God showed up and showed out.  Read 1 Kings 18.  Lives were changed, victories were won, showers of blessings came, and most importantly, God received great glory.  

The reality is this:  Nothing, absolutely nothing, can take the place of the power of God in our lives.  Nothing, absolutely nothing, can take the place of the power of God in our churches.

But the question is:  Is our altar in need of repair?  Is it broken?  It was when Elijah repaired the altar that a great thing took place – a “God thing”.  If you and I are to experience great things in our lives and the lives of our churches that can only be described as “God-things”, our altars must be in order.  All the necessary stones must be in place.

What are these stones?  Elijah used 12 actual stones to put the actual altar in place, but as he was doing that he was putting in place another altar – the altar in his heart.  He demonstrated complete devotion to God no matter what everyone else was doing.  He showed a fearless faith that truly believed that with God all things are possible.  He obeyed everything God told him to do no matter the pressure that society put on him to do otherwise.  He surrendered his all to God.  These are the stones that we must use to repair our altars.

Today, the church cries out:  Where is the God of Elijah?  Where is that same display of power that God showed on Mt. Carmel?  Why doesn’t God do that today?  Where is He?  The answer is:  He is right where He has always been.  The real question is:  Where are the Elijahs?  It is time to end our practice of casual Christianity and mean business with God.  It is time to repair our broken altars.

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Posted by on in Reflections From An Old Friend

Just wanted to tell all the wonderful residents of Mt. Juliet well done! Because of your efforts our sales tax numbers continue to climb.  With the Holiday Season quickly approaching and 2013 just around the corner I’d love to see all residents adopt a Buy and Shop Mt. Juliet Businesses First motto. With our economy seeing some tough times, there is no better time than 2012 and beyond to support your local business community by buying and shopping Mt. Juliet first. The more we spend in our own community the more our community benefits, and so do we. 

As with any community, the importance of its citizens spending their hard earned tax dollars locally is vitally important to the community’s economy and its citizens. With Mt. Juliet’s rapid growth and new businesses literally opening daily we’re starting to see an even greater need to spend our tax dollars locally. For example, Mt. Juliet businesses depend upon our tax dollars for survival. They make huge investments in our local community in an attempt to provide a service or convenience and desperately need and deserve our support.  Our schools, businesses, roads and many other services depend on the local economy for survival. When a business sets up shop in Mt. Juliet their goal is to provide services and conveniences to local citizens. In return, the local economy gets a boosts from the additional revenue generated locally and a trickle down effect occurs. Without local businesses providing these much needed services citizens are forced to call on vendors in other cities and towns. As a result, these vendors have to drive and ship their merchandise further and that cost is passed on to the customer/consumer. Unfortunately, money spent in other cities and counties benefits that community and not ours.

Therefore, I would like for each citizen to make every effort possible to spend your tax dollars locally. I totally understand that Mt. Juliet doesn’t currently, nor will it ever be able to offer every available service or convenience, but I would like for everyone to please patronize the businesses and services we have. In other words, if we have a business that offers something we need, we should make every effort to patronize that business and not a business outside our community. What is spent here benefits here, what is spent elsewhere benefits that community. For example, if you know that you need gasoline, try and plan your gas purchases locally, if you need groceries, buy them locally and so on. The more we spend locally the better off our community will be.

In a nut shell, if you can buy it at home and support our local businesses, then please do so. Current businesses, services and products not currently located in Mt. Juliet are much more likely to locate here if they see that our citizens support and patronize their local businesses. Our community and its businesses depend upon your support and patronage. For example, Academy Sports, Jonathan’s Grille, Longhorn and Whitecastle chose Mt. Juliet for multiple reasons with the largest reason being your proven track record of supporting local businesses first. If we continue this trend we are destined to get additional retail, upscale restaurants and entertainment venues like a small convention hall/center, full service hotel, skating rinks, bowling center and so on. So please keep up the great work, You are the owners of the community and have true ownership. 

In closing, please buy and shop locally. Its money well spent and will benefit us and our community for years to come. You will also save yourself lots of gasoline and time by not having to drive as far to shop, eat and play. 

Sincerely,

Kenneth D. Martin

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Posted by on in Religion

Are we a spoiled generation of people? I know when I travel outside of the states I am often struck by what we fail to be grateful for while others would consider the poorest in our country to be wealthy. Gratitude is a virtue that will keep our locomotive life in proper perspective and help us to maintain a balanced life. The psalmist proclaims simply “It is good to give thanks to the Lord.” I echo that statement and add the good produced by our thankfulness certainly makes us better people all around. I submit to you a few reasons it is good to give thanks to the Lord and therefore realize the value of gratitude.

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Posted by on in Reflections From An Old Friend

Dear Citizens of Mt. Juliet.

Thank you so much for the confidence you have shown in me with the appointment to serve as your city manager. I have served this city and the citizens for nearly twenty three years and it is my intent to be the best city manager ever. My heart and soul is truly planted in Mt. Juliet and I will work daily to improve not only our community, but the quality of life for our residents and those that visit our great city. I am so honored and humbled and will strive daily to make each of you proud you chose me for such a tremendous honor. We have been blessed to have many wonderful elected officials, citizens, volunteers and city employees that have worked hard and sacrificed to make our community what it is today, and it is my intent to protect that hard work, dedication and sacrifice. Our goal will be to keep and enhance our small town charm, character, integrity and quality of life for all.

If I can ever be of assistance please don’t hesitate to call on me. City Hall belongs to the citizens of our great city and we are here to be great stewards and wonderful public servants. 

Your friend in service,

Kenny Martin   

754-2552

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Isn’t life amazing? Think about all of the things that happen in our lives daily that we either don’t really pay much attention to, or don’t really think about.

For example, how often do we think or say to ourselves when we see a huge jet plane taking off with hundreds of passengers on board, isn’t it amazing that a plane that weighs thousands of pounds, that’s made out of metal and carrying hundreds of passengers and all their bags and suitcases can take flight and fly. Most of us don’t, we sort of overlook these things because we see it happen everyday and sort of take it for granted.

Another example is the human brain. How often do we realize what an awesome instrument the human brain is? When was the last time you seriously thought about it? Think about it, in order to read this article you use your brain, in order to pick up the paper that has this article written on it you use your brain, in order to comprehend this article you use your brain, in order to remember or forget this article you use your brain. Even more amazing is the whole time you were reading this article you were also thinking of other things, blinking your eyes, moving various parts of your body and listening to sounds around you all while reading. Isn’t the human brain amazing?

Let’s take a moment to think about saving lives and other medical marvels. How often do we think about the many lives that have been saved because of heart surgeries and transplants, the lives that have been saved because of cancer treatment? How often do we really take the time to realize how many lives have been saved for various cures, medical procedures and etc?

As we awake each and every day we are confronted with many fascinating and wonderful things. The seasons change every year, it gets light and dark each day and always has, the earth is turning and we don’t feel it, a baby is born, a child learns to walk and talk, the flowers bloom, the grass turn green, water, sleet and snow fall from the clouds, men and women fly into space, the clouds form, the clouds clear and so on.

The moral of this story is to soak each and every moment of life in. Life is not something we take for granted. Life is something we get one chance at and we must enjoy it. So as you start 2012 off, take every chance you get to enjoy the things we often overlook or take for granted. Isn’t life amazing! 

Kenny Martin

754-2552

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It is astonishing that God created us in His own image.  And as we certainly know, we are people of great emotions or feelings.  Sometimes our emotions can even be mixed.  Like the man who said, “I have mixed emotions when I receive Father’s Day gifts. I’m glad my children remember me, but I’m disappointed that they actually think I dress that way.”

God made us that way because He is that way.  The Bible ascribes many emotions to God, including joy, anger, and grief.  

We have to be very careful about our feelings.  They are not usually our best guide to making decisions, because they can be false and fleeting.  The difference is that God’s feelings are perfect and holy – they are never false or fleeting.  

There is a verse in the Scriptures that was brought to my attention at a time when I was asking questions.  Does it really matter to God what I do with my life?  With billions of people in existence, am I of any concern to Him?

In Ezekiel 33:11, God tells the prophet, “Say to them, ‘As surely as I live,’ declares the Sovereign LORD, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.  Turn! Turn from your evil ways!  Why will you die, O house of Israel?’”

Israel had turned her back on God and was now suffering the consequences.  The people were in a very difficult situation without much hope.  But God reminds them through his prophet Ezekiel just how He felt for them and how He feels for you today.

This verse teaches us that God feels pain when you disobey (“I take no pleasure”).   God hurts when He sees you making wrong choices and suffering the consequences of those choices.  

He is very pleased when you repent (“but rather that they turn”).   When a wayward child returns home, all of heaven rejoices, (Luke 15:10), and the one leading the celebration is God Himself.

He feels passionate about your future, (“Turn!, Turn!”).  He is pleading with you to make the right choice and follow Him.   

He is puzzled by your decisions, (“Why?”).  God expresses puzzlement not because He is not surprised when you make bad choices or does not know why you do, but because it so astonishing when you do.

You really want to know how strongly God feels for you?  Look to the cross of Christ!  “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us,”  (Romans 5:8).  You were on His mind when He was on the cross. 

Some of you may never have realized how God feels about you and some of you may have forgotten.  But be certain, God loves and cares for you!  

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People can often have many expectations in life.  We have expectations of other people, our government, our neighbors and even our own family members.  The list could go on and on but the point is that in every area of life there are expectations we have.  This is true for our life in this natural world but it should be the same way for the children of God spiritually as well.

Hebrews 11:1 from the New King James version says that “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  The word “hoped” here means expectation.  So using our definition we could read the scripture this way, “now faith is the substance of that which we expect God to do in our lives…”.  And really I have to take it a step further by saying that which “I” expect God to do in my life.  Many Christians know that God “can” do this or do that and very often we have no problem believing that God will work in the lives of others but it really comes down to the point of, what do I expect God to do for me in my life.  This is where the rubber meets the road and where real life is.  This is the question that I as a child of God must ask myself and find the answer according to what God has said in His Word.

Abraham in the Old Testament is a great example of what we are saying.  In Genesis 12:1 God begins to tell Abram what He wanted to do in his life and the Bible tells us that Abram believed God and it was accounted to him as righteousness.  Abram even before God changed his name had to come to the decision that God would do what He said and the Bible tells us that Abraham came to the place of being fully persuaded (Romans 4:21) that what God had promised He was able to perform. Praise God!

Abraham believed God and came to the place of expecting God to bring it to pass in his life.  We must do the same.  What we read in the Bible is more than just stories, it is God writing to His family to tell them of what He has done for them in and through Christ Jesus and what we are to believe Him for and come to the place of expectation that our Heavenly Father is able to perform this in our lives!  Let me encourage you today, take God at His Word and hold fast to it expecting Him to bless your life and cause His Word to be manifested in every area of your being!      

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I would like to take a moment to remind all parents of the importance of using good child and teen safety measures and making children and teens aware of stranger danger and predators. As many of us have seen many times from news shows, predators are constantly on the prowl. They use everything from toys to the internet to lure innocent and trusting children and teens. To think that any person would harm or attempt to harm a child absolutely outrages me. As human beings and parents we have enough to worry about without having to worry about some sick individual harming our children. Mt. Juliet is a wonderful place to live, shop and raise a family, but unfortunately, predators know no boundaries when it comes committing their evil acts.

With that in mind, did you know that everyday, 2,300 children are reported missing in the United States? While the hard work of dedicated people and technology resources can bring back as many as 90 percent of these children, the question is, what happens to the other 10 percent?

A missing child is a parent’s worst nightmare. Statistics show that in 1990 there were over 650,000 missing persons reported to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center. In 1994, there were 954,896 reports, an increase of over 43 percent. The FBI estimates that out of all the entries, 85 to 90 percent were children. Applying to the 85 percent estimate there were at least 812,000 missing child reports filed or 2,225 children reported missing in the United States every day in 1994. That is why it is so very important to take all preventive measures available to assure that this parent’s worst nightmare never happens.

Helpful tips for protecting your child are as follows: Don’t let your child wear clothing with his or her name on it except for sporting events where parents and guardians are present. Allowing your child to wear his or her teams jersey with their name on it while out playing, could give a predator an opportunity at gaining your child’s trust. A child will tend to pay attention or acknowledge someone calling out their first name and assume that the person knows them. Using last names on jerseys is a much safer practice than first names. Videotape and take pictures of your child two or three times per year, including profile shots, do not leave children unattended while shopping, visiting with friends or unattended in automobiles. You also want to watch your teen’s use of the internet and other teen computer sites. Predators are known for luring children and teens with any and all measures, including cell phone and texting.

My heart cries out for the many parents suffering the unknown whereabouts of their child. We all know children are God’s greatest gift, a treasure sent from Heaven above, and we must do all we can to protect them.  

Kenny Martin

754-2552

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With recent deaths of unattended children, the elderly and pets in vehicles across our great State and Country, there is no time like the present to remind everyone of the importance of not leaving any child, senior citizen or pet unattended in an automobile. Temperatures inside an automobile can reach temperatures up to one hundred forty degrees in a matter of minutes. As you can tell from recent news stories and countless tragedies across the country, these tragedies just don’t happen to irresponsible parents, these tragedies can happen to anyone. Even caregivers and parents with the best of intentions can fall victim to these tragedies. With our busy and hectic lives this can happen much easier than most truly realize.

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Look with me a 2nd Chronicles 20:22-23, “As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The men of Ammon and Moab rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.”

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Remember the fun and anticipation of “back to school days”? What new things will I learn? How many new friends will I meet? What new adventures are ahead?

The Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center brings those memories back. Take a class in computers, art or exercise. Join the Choir, Drama Club or Walking on Sunshine Club. Learn one of five different card games, how to play nine-ball or learn how to knit, crochet or quilt.  

Lunch time was always a favorite! Meals on Wheels is serving up a healthy lunch every day. Call to rsvp in advance: 758-9114. A covered dish social lunch with entertainment is scheduled for the second Wednesday of every month. Three Thursdays each month, the cooking club makes a home cooked meal for just $5. The community can participate. Lunch can be eat-in, carry-out or delivery. Call for a menu and to rsvp. All proceeds benefit the building fund.

You can meet your friends each morning for coffee and plan which programs you want to participate in that day. Come and sit on the front porch and share a tale or two. Membership is just $20 per year and you will receive a free T-shirt.  

Got time for extra-curricular activities? Volunteer to serve one of 8 committees,   be a part of the “Let’s build a Park” committee or serve one of the fundraising event committees. 

Mark your calendars for upcoming special events: On September 19, world champion horseshoe pitcher, Joan Elmore will join us for the annual horseshoe pitching tournament. Sign up to play in the tournament. 

The annual senior picnic is scheduled for Friday, September 28. Karaoke, bingo and games are on the agenda. Members will sign up to participate. 

Do you like to travel? Day trips and longer trips are scheduled each quarter. A trip to San Antonio and a trip to Kentucky Downs are on the calendar.

 Every Thursday from 1 – 3 pm, you can join us for a 2 hour country music jam. Bring your acoustic instrument and join the performers or be a part of the audience.  Just like school, there is never a dull moment!

It’s never too late to relive “back to school days”.  Come and learn something new, meet a new friend and have a great time at the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, “where friends meet”,

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Somewhere in history, who knows when, it became clear that ‘Enough-would NEVER be- Enough.’ It probably started between Cleopatra and Marc Antony’s demise at the Battle of Actium and they knew death was not far off that Cleo turned to Mark and said, 

“Why didn’t you bring more than two spears? Now we are staring death in the face”

“Maybe if you would have packed more”

‘Maybe if you would have bought more”

“If you can tell me where I can buy more than two at a time, I’ll do it. Until then, shut up and fight!”

And so the Big,Bulk,Budget Club was born. Where the diapers come in packs of 800, canned corn is purchased by the gross, and you can get your tires rotated while picking out an engagement ring.

It’s ironic how I will fight to avoid the grocery but instead opt to go to budget clubs just to take advantage of deep discounts and savings yet leave with a palate of non-perishables and a receipt for $600.00! 

As much as I hate to spend a Saturday afternoon wandering the isles of these stores, once I’m there, it’s heavenly. Where else can you find the latest New York Times bestseller (at a 30% discount), sample chocolate covered puff pastry and buy new living room furniture under the same roof? 

My children love it too. Especially my oldest who insists we wait until lunchtime to go. “Because that’s when all the food samples are out. It’s a free lunch, Mom!” 

He’s starting to act more and more like his father. 

My husband likes to brag about how long our essentials last…to anyone that will listen. Last weekend we were grilling out. Jay walked inside followed by his shadow; our youngest. He pulled out the aluminum foil and very proudly said, 

“You were still in kindergarten when we bought this. Isn’t that cool?” 

For the first time I saw our baby look at his father like he normally looks at me when I’m helping him finish his homework. It’s the disappointed look that says, 

“There had to be a mix-up at the hospital. There’s no way I’m biologically part of this family.”

I like a good deal as much as anyone. In fact, it’s liberating to only buy dryer sheets once a year. I just don’t feel the need to tell everyone. I even thought about letting our membership expire and start buying my hot dogs in 8 packs again instead of 32. 

One afternoon, my oldest and a friend were playing. They stopped long enough to get a snack. They grabbed something out of the pantry and headed back upstairs. As they tore the wrapper from a fruit roll-up (and left that wrapper on the steps), his friend shouted, 

“DUDE! That is a HUGE box of Fruit Roll-ups!”

“I know! We bought that before Christmas and still have a ton left. You should see our closet full of toilet paper.”

I guess I can keep the membership going for now. 

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Ernest Hemingway wrote a story told about a young man in Spain who ran away from home.  No one could really say why Paco ran away, or perhaps he didn’t.  Some said he was kicked out of his home by his father for something foolish that he said or did.  Either way, Paco found himself far away from his small village wandering the streets of Madrid.  Paco’s memory of his mistakes and his guilt over what happened were leading him down a dangerous road.  

It turns out that the last thing that Paco’s father wanted was for his son to be far from home, which is why the father tried something desperate to get his son’s attention.  The father put out an advertisement in the local newspaper, El Liberal, which circulated throughout the entire city. The advertisement read, 

“Paco, meet me at the Hotel Montana at noon on Tuesday. All is forgiven.  Love, Papa.”

When the father arrived at the Hotel Montana the next day at noon he was surprised to find eight-hundred young men named Paco waiting for their fathers.

The first time I heard that story I cried.  Because of course I am a son who longs to be forgiven.  

It is one of the great unspokens in our culture. We don’t talk about it, but we need it.  It affects our hearts in many ways, but we rarely acknowledge it.  We need to be forgiven.  

One of my friends told me recently of going to visit his mother in the hospital, she was sharing a room with a woman who was nearing death.  He told me of how at night his mother’s roommate would cry out.  “Forgive me! Forgive me!”  That bone-chilling request made in the sterile hospital room is not a rare request, but a common one.  Often on the minds of those that are dying is regret for things done and some left undone. It’s not evidence that they are despicable people but that they are human. 

The definition of forgiven is “to grant pardon”.  What you once held against someone, you now release.  

Jesus talked about the need to be forgiven and the great need that we have to forgive others of what they have done to us. When He taught His disciples how to pray he said that we must ask God to forgive us as we forgive others.  

We all have the need to be forgiven and we all have the need to forgive.Forgiveness is available to you today through Jesus.  Perhaps today you can ask God to forgive you and have that deep need of your heart met through his love and mercy. As you accept forgiveness you will also be able to extend it to those who have hurt you.  

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Posted by on in Reflections From An Old Friend

In an effort aimed at protecting our business community from Robberies. The City of Mt. Juliet would like to offer the following crime prevention tips:

Keep your front doors and windows clear of signs and posters. This allows law enforcement officials the ability to see in. It also allows clerks and merchants to see outside for suspicious activity.

Keep the outside of your business well lit at night.

Keep your business looking neat and clean. A clean environment is good for business but uncomfortable for robbers.

Practice good cash control. Keep minimum amounts of cash in cash drawers and make regular drops.

Make bank deposits as often as possible, never less than once a day.

Use video camera surveillance and make it well known.

Be alert for customers who appear to be loitering or wearing clothing that doesn’t match the season.

If you see someone who appears to be suspicious inside or outside, call the police and have them checked out.

Greet everyone who enters your business and make eye contact.

Place markers at the entrance to help employees gauge height

Place post robbery forms near cash registers for fast data entry immediately following any incident. 

Surveillance and Security Equipment Information and tips:

Remember to periodically check your video security system for proper operation. The information it gathers can be invaluable to law enforcement efforts.

Have a security technician position the cameras to capture the best picture angles.

Insure that the correct date and time appear on your video cameras time, date generator. Remember to fall back and spring forward.

Robberies can occur in any location at anytime. That’s why it’s so very crucial to use all available preventive measures when combating crime.  Let’s join forces and stop these crimes before they have a chance to happen.  Let’s stop these criminals in their tracks and put them where they belong, behind bars. The more tools and resources we have working and available, will help us do just that. For more information please contact the Mt. Juliet Police Department at 754-2550. 

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He was minding his own business, meandering down the road between Jerusalem and Samaria. When he got as far as Jericho, he discovered a man who had been beaten, stripped, robbed, and left for dead by thieves. He had noticed two men of the clergy pass the man by on their journey as he approached. The first one moved over to the other side of the road. The second actually looked at the man; maybe a quasi inspection. But then he likewise made haste to get to the other side.

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I got to thinking recently after having a very long and interesting conversation with my 87 year old Father-N-Law. Speaking with him is like listening to a real life encyclopedia. The more I listen the more I want to learn and hear. It has been a wonderful revelation and life changing experiences for me for the better.

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Did you know that some of the activities of the Mt. Juliet Senior Center are not just for seniors? The Mt. Juliet Senior Activity center offers over 80 programs and events for its members aged 55 and over. In addition to those programs, many activities are open to the community……

1) On the first, third and fourth Thursdays, at 11:30 a.m., a homemade lunch is open to the community. For just $5 you get a home cooked meal prepared with love by our cooking club. Businesses are encouraged to call the day before for eat-in, carry-out or delivery.                     call  758-9114

2) Every Thursday from 1-3 pm, we have a 2 hour free Country Music Variety show. Bring your acoustic instrument and join the performers or be a part of the audience. 

3) Free Karaoke is open to the public the third Tuesday of every month at 12:30 p.m. Come join the singers or be a part of the audience.

4) Free monthly concerts – bring a snack or appetizer to share. We pass the hat for the musicians. You will enjoy two hours of great music on a Saturday night from 6-8 p.m.! The next concert will feature Country Artist, Billy Tarkington on Aug. 18.

5) Trips & Travel – Casino Trips are open to the public! A trip to San Antonio Texas is planned for September. Call for details 758-9114

6) Special events are always open to the public. 

Coming up next: Pig-Stravaganza, August 10  5:30-8:30 p.m.  Must be 21 to attend! An evening of fun…a pork dinner, games of chance, piggy raffle, pig calling contest, music and lot’s more. Tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the door. (Includes dinner and five free raffle tickets). Call for more info: 758-9114

7) Volunteer opportunities – Anyone can be a part of the many volunteer programs offered at the center.  Adopt-a-room, “Let’s Build a park,” Special Event Committees and Daily Operations are some of the opportunities for volunteers. 

July is membership month! Seniors aged 55 plus are invited to stop by for a free tour and newsletter. You will also receive a free T-shirt when you join! Visit Soon, the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, “Where Friends Meet.”

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