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Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy - Be a willing volunteer in God's army

The Bible sometimes refers to the people of God in military terminology (Ephesians 6:11–17, 2 Timothy 2:3, etc.). We are the army of the Lord, called into service to do battle with Satan. Our purpose, with Christ as our leader, is to defeat the devil's efforts to lead us and others away from God. There can be no greater or more worthwhile task given to those who serve God.

April 27, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Just build the best you can

I learned a lot at my first church down there in Sarasota, Florida: old folks - and I am one of them now - are very pragmatic, just worry about the things I can control; always do one thing at a time and do it well; I'll never live long enough to be an expert; afternoon naps are better than aerobics, my wife is smarter than I'll ever be; throw something away or give it away before I buy anything new; never tell a lie unless I have a great memory; all sermons are great if I love my congregation ...

April 26, 2014 | Rev. John Bressler | Columnists/Editorials


An Easter feast of roasted lamb

Over two French doors in my kitchen hangs a sign that reads, "Good wine, good friends, good times." That couldn't have described the scene around my table more on the cool and rainy Tuesday night we had earlier this week. I'd invited a few of my closest friends to my early Easter feast, where we would dine on roasted lamb with mint chutney and farm-style side dishes hailing from the soil of Screven County.

April 20, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Parenting Advice with John Rosemond - Torturing animals raises suspicions of sociopathy

Q: My 18-year-old son and a slightly younger friend recently found some mice and decided to dispose of them. They drowned one and set the other one on fire. When I confronted my son for torturing animals, his response was, "They're just mice." Is this typical boy behavior, or should I be concerned?

April 20, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Slow down and enjoy the moment

Twenty-five years ago when Julie and I drove into Statesboro with the kids, we knew we had been blessed by God Who had brought us home. Strangers waved at us as we drove in, the streets were clean and there was little traffic up and down old two-lane Fair Road. I think there were only a few places to eat - mostly family style - and Georgia Southern College had perhaps 9,000 students.

April 17, 2014 | By REV. JOHN BRESSLER | Columnists/Editorials


Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Masters gives Statesboro hotels a nice 'bump'

Every now and then it is good to get out of the Boro and get a different perspective. One of my favorite places to get a feel of how the "ordinary Georgians" are doing is Bennie's Red Barn on St. Simons Island.

April 14, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Tribute to a friend I met online

All too often, we hear horror stories about "meeting" people online. It's true that predators and crazy people use the Internet as a tool to take advantage of others, but if one uses common sense, the world of cyberspace can lead to true, real relationships.

April 14, 2014 | Holli Deal Saxon | Columnists/Editorials


Parenting Advice with John Rosemond - Video games proving very problematic for teen boys

Q: Our 14-year-old son seems depressed - to us, at least. His principal sees no sign of depression but thinks he's socially anxious. The subjects of counseling and medication have come up. We have suggested to him that he get more exercise and spend less time playing video games and watching TV, but he says he hates sports. He appears to be withdrawing more and more into his video-screen world.

April 13, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Bulloch History with Roger Allen - Statesboro incorporated in 1866

Note: The following is the 28th in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.

April 13, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Kathy Bradley - Hut one, two: For love of the blitz

I know exactly when I fell in love with sports.

April 13, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy - We live in battlefield conditions

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil" (Ephesians 6:10–11).

April 13, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


'Elijah' took me to Israel

It has been some 30 years since my brother-in-law and I stood on the top of Mount Carmel in northern Israel, the site of the remarkable biblical encounter between Elijah and the priests of Baal. We had talked about 1 Kings 17 the night before and when we realized that we were not bound to the travel itinerary and read about a side trip to Haifa - just a few miles from Mount Carmel - we jumped at the chance.

April 10, 2014 | By REV. JOHN BRESSLER | Columnists/Editorials


Taking care of the lesser creatures

Have you ever been shopping at ReTails? Yes, that's the way it's spelled, and it just happens to be one of the best thrift shops around.

April 10, 2014 | By REV. JOHN BRESSLER | Columnists/Editorials


Guest column: Preventing cervical cancer

A cancer diagnosis, no matter the type, can be sobering for any patient. Cervical cancer in particular can be frightening for women with fears that the diagnosis eliminates their chance to have children, or worse. As a gynecological oncologist, helping women understand the importance of preventative care can mitigate many of the threats associated with cervical cancer.

April 10, 2014 | By GIUSEPPE DEL PRIORE, MD, MPH | Columnists/Editorials


The importance of teachers

Recently, I exited my editor's office to find a lady waiting to speak to me. I was quite flabbergasted when she told me I was a former student of her father's, and that he spoke of me often until his death earlier this year.

April 10, 2014 | Holli Deal Saxon | Columnists/Editorials


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Parenting Advice with John Rosemond - Child's anxiety may be caused by sudden changes

Q: Since our daughter - now 2 years old - was born, we have lived with my parents. Being the first and only grandchild, she has been the center of attention. Several months ago, our son was born and we moved into our own home. Almost immediately, our daughter began pulling her hair out, sometimes in handfuls. Doctors have said she does it for attention and we should just ignore it. That's what we've done but it has not stopped. It's now gotten so bad that I've cut her hair because the side she pulls has gotten so ...

July 20, 2014 | John Rosemond | Columnists/Editorials


Kathy Bradley - Imagine that!

I am lying on my back. The darkness outside the window has a green tinge to it, as though the night has mildewed. If there is a moon or any stars, they are blocked by the limp branches of the mimosa trees and the shed in the backyard - neither of which I can see, both of which I know are there. Also, there is the clothesline where my mother hangs the wet sheets and towels that flap and flap and flap and come back inside dry.

July 20, 2014 | Kathy Bradley | Columnists/Editorials


Bulloch History with Roger Allen - Foy family brings railroad trams to Bulloch County

(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the growth of roads and transportation in Georgia and Bulloch County beginning in 1807.)

July 20, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Parenting Advice with John Rosemond - Children may pick up sassiness from television shows

Q: The "sassiness" that I have heard so much about from my friends started a few months ago with my 5-year-old daughter. She will say things to me that I actually find myself tongue-tied on how or what to say to correct her. Sometimes, she apologizes, which tells me she knows she's talking disrespectfully to me. What do you think about 10 minutes of timeout for this sort of thing?

July 13, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Some Kinda Good with Rebekah Faulk - How to choose food and wine pairings with grilled foods

Summertime is grilling season, and whether you prefer cooking with charcoal or gas, one thing is certain: a cold beverage makes everything taste better. Summer offers endless opportunities for matching lighter, refreshing wines with simple, easy-to-prepare foods. Whether you're grilling meats, vegetables or dessert this season, I'd like to share a few tips about pairing food and wine to help you get the most flavor on your plate.

July 13, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Fun with the Family with Julie Lavender - Summer sun and sensational fun

Summertime fun seems like it's just begun, but only a few weeks remain before the first school bell rings. I hope you've used every opportunity to make terrific summer memories, with swimming quests, hiking explorations, picnics, boiled peanuts and watermelon, camping excursions, baseball and softball tournaments, fresh fruit and vegetable delicacies and late-night reading adventures. Walk barefoot in the grass, swing on the porch and drink lots of lemonade this month to enjoy and celebrate everything summertime offers. Squeeze in some of the holidays below to create sensational summer fun with those you love.

July 13, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


God is in control of our lives

I was reading a document recently about a man whose wife committed suicide. From all that he said, she was lovely, talented, intelligent and extraordinary in so many ways, but had a well-diagnosed illness that the best counseling couldn't cure.

July 10, 2014 | Rev. John Bressler | Columnists/Editorials


Bulloch History with Roger Allen - Savannah gets a case of railroad fever

Note: The following is one of a series of articles looking at the growth of roads and transportation in Georgia and Bulloch County beginning in 1807.

July 06, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Parenting Advice with John Rosemond - Child should outgrow head-banging

Q: When he throws a tantrum, which happens several times a day, my 20-month-old often gets down on the floor and starts banging his head. Worried that he may hurt himself, I pick him up and comfort him. I know that reinforces head-banging, but I don't know what else to do. Making matters worse, a school counselor friend of mine tells me that head-banging is something lots of autistic kids do. I'm at a loss.

July 06, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Kathy Bradley - Why did it have to be snakes?

The snake was 5 feet long - exactly 5 feet long. I know this because I measured the skin he left in the hosta bed right outside my back door; the skin he left in a soft pile, like dirty clothes he expected his mother to pick up and toss in the laundry; the skin I picked up with a broom handle and stretched across the cool concrete carport, careful not to touch it, because, well, you just never know.

July 06, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Where is your treasure?

It must have been around 40 years ago when this incident happened. Julie told me that I could write about what had happened because her mom would have had a good laugh abut it.

July 03, 2014 | By REV. JOHN BRESSLER | Columnists/Editorials


Parenting Advice with John Rosemond - Potty training is a process

Q: My 26-month-old daughter will go on the potty happily every hour when told - we're using your "potty bell," and it's working extremely well - and produces every time. As a result, she's having very few, if any, wee incidents. However, we still have to catch her before an impending bowel movement - she usually begins releasing gas - and rush to get her to the potty. She will sit and poop on the potty, but at day care (three days a week), they can't watch her every second; therefore, she often poops in her pants there. How can ...

June 29, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Some Kinda Good with Rebekah Faulk - Farmers market Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is that time during the year when so many of the things I hold dear culminate - summertime, family, fireworks, all-American food, tradition, pride. Whether it's on the front porch of the family cabin or beneath the sky on a blanket by the ocean, year after year, l revel in celebrating our nation's independence.

June 29, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Bulloch History with Roger Allen - First 'longest' railroad started in Savannah

Note: The following is one of a series of articles looking at the growth of roads and transportation in Georgia and Bulloch County beginning in 1807.

June 29, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy - Change is possible only through God

A regular perusal of news outlets is enough to show that our world is in a mess, to put it mildly. Of course, this is nothing new. Political agendas, personal desires and worldly viewpoints always have made improving human relationships an uphill battle.

June 29, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


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