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Knowing or Following Jesus

June 27, 2012 Larry J. Grainger 0

One day Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee when He came upon two brothers, Peter and Andrew, who were fishermen, casting their nets into the water. He issued a call to them that if they would leave their nets and follow Him, He would teach them how to become fishers of men. Nearby, He saw James and John, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He issued the same call to them as He had Peter and Andrew. All four immediately left their nets behind (and in the case of James and John, their father as well) and began to follow Jesus.

While it might appear so upon first examination, this was not their first encounter with this amazing man. Approximately one year earlier, these gentlemen had met the Savior. When John the Baptist identified Jesus as the Lamb of God, Andrew, Peter, and John followed Jesus home and spent the day with Him. We are not told how much time the brothers spent with our Lord, but it was significant enough for them to have an immediate response to His call. One would not expect a man to immediately, without warning or explanation, leave everything behind and follow someone, unless they already knew something about that someone.

I recall this story to make this point. There is a difference between knowing and following Jesus. These men had known Him for approximately a year, and yet it wasn’t until the moment Jesus issued the call by the sea that they actually began to follow Him. It is good to know Jesus…it is better to follow Him. Following the Messiah meant they would need to leave that which was familiar and comfortable to them. They had to leave behind what had worked for them in the past and what they had grown up with. We do the same thing when we choose to follow Jesus in total discipleship and give our lives to serve Him and His kingdom.

I ask you, are you following Jesus, or are you satisfied with simply knowing Him or knowing about Him? Is God an important part of your life? Then you know Him, but you are most likely not following Him. God can’t be an important part of your life – He must be all of your life. Another sign of knowing but not following is when you are satisfied with just attending church, but not being the church in the earth. Jesus identified the conditions of following Him when He said, “deny yourself and follow Me.” Give yourself totally to Him today, leave your nets behind, and your great adventure will be underway.

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Senior Spirit: June 27, 2012

June 27, 2012 Linda McClanahan 0

“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer”! 

Great things are on the calendar for the next three months at the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center starting with the annual Membership Drive. 

Beginning July 1, every member will receive a Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center T-shirt when they sign up. 

Dues are still just $20 per person, per year and almost all programs are free or low cost!

Are you a worker bee? 

There are plenty of volunteer committees and projects. 

From the “Let’s Build a Park” committee to special event committees. 

We need you!

Are your funds limited and a vacation is out of the question? 

July is packed full of activities from music and art to socials and games. 

There are day trips and even a trip to San Antonio this fall. 

There is never a dull moment at your senior center. 

Whether it’s exercise, learning a new skill or just relaxing with a game of cards or bingo….you are sure to have a good time on any given day.  

Spend the summer with us at the place, “where friends meet”.

For more information on programs, events, volunteering, sponsorships or membership call: (615) 758-9114

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Good Ole Days

June 27, 2012 Kenny Martin 0

Even no older than I am, I can remember when folks spoke to one another as they passed on the streets, waived at complete strangers as they drove down the road, opened doors for the ladies or offered them a chair when none were available and just had respect for one another. Oh how times have changed, and not necessarily for the better. Now if you throw your hand up and wave at a passing motorists you might just get a bit of road rage directed your way, or even have someone mistake your kind gesture as an inappropriate hand gesture, thus, receiving one in return. 

Don’t get me wrong; there are still lots of great people who do lots of good deeds. The problem is, that number seems to be dwindling. And from all accounts, there is no apparent reason for the reduction to be found. As a small boy I can remember more yes sirs and no sirs, yes ma’am and no ma’am, please, pardon me and excuse me. Now we seem to hear huh, what, and what about me more and more.

There was nothing wrong with sitting on your front porch. We knew our neighbors and they knew us. All you needed to seal a deal was a person’s word and a handshake. Now instead of sitting on our front porch so we can see our neighbors, get to know them and see what’s going on in our communities, we sit behind our house on a thing called a deck or patio surrounded with a six foot privacy fence. And for the most part, we might know a couple of our neighbors. Also, in order to seal a deal today we need four attorneys, a notary public and a witness. Oh, how I miss the good ole days.  

If clothes, music, fashion, dance styles, cars and hairstyles can come back in style, so can the manners and innocence of the good ole days. We have the best country in the world and we didn’t get that way by accident. Let’s bring back a little bit of yesteryear by having more house warming events, block parties, patience and getting to know our neighbors. Who knows, we might just make another friend or two if we try. God Bless the U.S.A.    

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