Popular evangelist Chuck Swindoll was speaking on the theme of grace and its relationship to God's will on his radio program "Insight for Livin.," He was looking at material from Paul's letter to the churches of Galatia, and among his textual references for the day was this sobering one from chapter 1:
I noticed it, what at first appeared to be a matted, wadded up piece of spider web, as I started down the back steps. It was hanging from the dryer vent moving just slightly in the breeze. As I reached to pull it away I realized that it was a fragment of leaf attached to a thin twig attached to a larger twig stuffed inside the vent, not just dangling on the edge.
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Gorman of Washington, D.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Jill Stevens Gorman Blackmon of Hagan, Ga., to Paul Foy Smith, son of Paula Banks Smith and the late Jasper Edmund "Ed" Smith Jr.
The plans have been finalized for the wedding of Jami Teal Barrow and Brian Wayne Newland.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis K. Cason of Brooklet announce the engagement of their daughter, Thelma Diane "Tootie" of Brooklet, to William A. Hickman, son of Tammy Hurst and Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Hickman.
Sharon Holloway Sowards of Bluffton, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Gary and Sarah Sowards of Chelsea, Ala., announce the engagement of their daughter, Susannah Lynn Gooding, to Keary Don Cuebas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy and Vicki Lewis of North Augusta, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Jose and Tommette Cuebas of Warner Robins, Ga.
Cynthia Lane Armstrong and Henry Trigg Chaplin were united in marriage on March 24, 2007, at the home of the bride. The Rev. Doug Carpenter officiated the 5 p.m. double ring ceremony.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lane Armstrong of Statesboro announce the engagement of their daughter, Charlotte Elaine, to Michael Wade Elliott, son of the late Donald R. Elliott of Calvert County, Md.
MOSCOW - High-level talks Friday between the United States and Russia failed to bridge major differences over U.S. plans for a missile defense system in Europe and a range of strategic arms issues.
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Former Vice President Al Gore, newly named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, said Friday he hopes the honor will ''elevate global consciousness'' about the challenges of global warming.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The mighty river delta that supplies water to two-thirds of California's population and serves as one of the most important wildlife habitats on the West Coast is in worse shape than ever despite $4.7 billion in government spending.
MEXICO CITY - An aspiring horror novelist was arrested after police discovered his girlfriend's torso in his closet, a leg in the refrigerator and bones in a cereal box, the city prosecutor's spokesman said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES - Authorities investigating the death of Anna Nicole Smith raided six locations Friday, including the offices and residences of two doctors, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.
LONDON - Women are just as likely to get an abortion in countries where it is outlawed as they are in countries where it is legal, according to research published Friday.
MARION, Ill. - Bob Shank was in good spirits as he awaited gallstone-removal surgery at a veterans hospital in August, laughing as he handed his wife his false teeth for safekeeping.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has the opportunity to accomplish what only one other player has achieved - win the Heisman Trophy twice.
BALTIMORE - The three candidates in Major League Baseball's first contested election for a new commissioner in 46 years made presentations to the 30 teams Wednesday, a day ahead of the vote.
HOUSTON - For Brian Cushing, there's no substitute to being on the field.
PORTAL - Robert Brown has never been at a loss to produce highlights on the football field.
FERGUSON, Mo. - In the days since an unarmed black teenager was shot dead by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb, a big question that's smoldered amid the outrage of many is who the officer is.
A second suspect has been arrested in a series of burglary and theft cases across Bulloch County, authorities said.
Bulloch County Schools Superintendent Charles Wilson is one of 16 members who will serve on the Georgia House of Representatives' Study Committee on the Role of Federal Government in Education.
Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore has been appointed to serve on a Member Services Advisory Council for the Georgia Municipal Association.
More than 3,000 incoming students will call Georgia Southern University their new home away from home on Friday during the university's annual tradition, named Operation Move-In.
Dellarie Shilling, an assistant professor in Georgia Southern University's School of Nursing, has been appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve on the Georgia Board of Nursing.
Dr. Bennie Gene "Ben" Odom
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Great golf can lead to short memories.
Back during the land boom of '04 I came up with one of my bright ideas. I'd heard of guys who were making tons of money in land development and decided to take my rightful place among those successful entrepreneurs. Like any good businessman I started off with a reasonable mission statement. "It is my intention to rake in enough money to retire and just live off the fat of the land." That sounded pretty good so I proceeded forward and put together a business model.