The last of the "beatitudes," as given in Matthew 5, is found in verse 10: "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Believe it or not, the first ship recorded with the name Ocmulgee was a 454-ton whaling ship, based in Edgartown, Mass., that was captured by the Confederate raider the CSS Alabama on Sept. 5, 1862.
Q: Our oldest son, age eight, has recently started saying that he has no friends, no one likes him, he's no good at anything, and so on. None of this is true, mind you. He's a good kid who does well in school. We are at a loss as to where this is coming from. His younger brothers are bothered by hearing it as well, and we worry about the effect on them. This has been going on for a couple of months now. We've tried talking to him, and we've tried ignoring him. Nothing works ...
I am just going to tell you straight up, this column has little to do with business. It has to do with my march to glory, my 50th birthday this coming July.
A couple of weeks ago I stopped for the mail and, before I could get my hand into the box, heard the distinct sounds of baby birds. I quickly drew my hand back, suspecting that I might be in the cross-hairs of the mama somewhere close by. A few seconds went by without the appearance of an angry female of the avian variety, and I reached back in, this time seeing two baby birds sprawled across the stack of sale papers and catalogs.
The countdown is on - the last school bell rings in the not-so-distant future, and kids, parents and teachers are planning their festivities with gusto. Use each day in May to celebrate another completed school year; remember to praise your kids for a job well done, and thank teachers for their compassion and care of your children. Make it a memorable May with some of the wild, but authentic celebrations below, or make up a few of your own to welcome summertime merriment.
The first of four ships named Milledgeville was the Confederate ship the CSS Milledgeville. Built for war, it was a steam-powered iron-clad sloop weighing some 1,000 tons, 175 feet long and 35 feet across.
Q: Our ninth-grade son always manages to get A's and B's on his report card, but just before the report card comes out, his grades take a complete dive. Should we punish him for this or just accept this imperfection?
I can't help it. About every six months, I have to check into the Market District. I still think that was one of the shrewdest moves I have seen.
Who is not interested in peace in life? Who doesn't want calmness, serenity, quiet, stillness and tranquility to characterize each day? Everyone seems to want peace, but few find it easy to attain. Fewer still seem to have the ability to help others find this calmness and serenity in their lives.
The first vessel named Altamaha was owned by the Steamboat Company of Georgia, formed in 1816 by Samuel and Charles Howard. Built in Charleston in 1817, the Altamaha arrived at Savannah on Oct. 27, 1818.
Q: My 4-year-old stepson still has the occasional tantrum in response to being told that he can't have or do something. His mother, who has primary custody (he's with us two days a week, generally), is very permissive, so he comes by this "honestly." When he throws a tantrum, we put him in his "tantrum place," which is a chair in the dining room. That causes his tantrum to get worse, actually, and it sometimes takes him thirty minutes or more to calm himself down to where he can get out of the chair. Is there anything we ...
As you might imagine, folks come up to me all of the time about rumors they have heard. It is true or is it not?
A fellow in West Virginia asks, "My wife and I need to agree concerning our children. She sees things one way, and I see things a completely - and I mean COMPLETELY - different way. How can we get on the same page?"
On Wednesday the Georgia Cities Foundation and Georgia Municipal Association will bring its three day "Heart & Soul" Tour of eight Georgia cities to Statesboro. The bus tour will show state agency heads, business leaders, downtown developers and philanthropists ways in which cities are revitalizing and capitalizing on their downtowns.
(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)
It may have been the trees, soaring and spreading and stretching up into the sky and down into the earth. It may have been the words, carved into stone in letters thick and straight, their assertion of permanence both ironic and inspiring. It may have been the silence or the stillness or the statuary that captivated me, that made the cemetery at Christ Church on St. Simons one of my favorite places. I don't remember and I can't say that I ever knew for certain, but on that day the thing that grabbed me and held me was ...
What does Solomon's temple have to do with the new year? Answer: Each new year provides a fresh opportunity to examine priorities, and the depiction of events around the construction of Solomon's temple contained in 1 Kings 5-9 reveals some unflattering things about King Solomon's priorities that can help us evaluate our priorities from God's perspective.
Michael and Kathy Lee Gatto's son was killed in a violent and tragic incident at Rude Rudy's bar in Statesboro last August. Now they hope a law they are proposing would create more responsible ownership in all businesses that serve alcohol in Georgia.
Chip had an excellent sermon this past Sunday and gave me a jump-start on 2015. An excellent sermon is when I don't drift off somewhere during the delivery, don't try to re-write it like I think it should be and put the good stuff in the back of my mind so I can rethink it later on. The title was a humdinger, "What did God do with the gold?" The content was about commitment. I also agree that I really need to know what He did with the money - even though He can do whatever He chooses - because ...
A reader writes that her friends "recently spent around $300 on their daughter's birthday party - her first. They bought lots of stuff to entertain their young guests and extended family. The child, a baby, obviously had no clue what was going on. I should mention that the parents are struggling to make ends meet." She asks for my take on this.
One of the more popular shows currently on the small screen is "American Pickers," starring business partners Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz. They travel the country in their large van, searching through barns, back yards - literally anywhere they can find old pieces of what most would call junk but that they think they can sell in their two Antique Archaeology stores. I could be wrong, but it seems a safe bet that neither Mike nor Frank got very excited as kids about Christmas or birthday parties, as both normally include gifts that are new rather than old.
Fireworks and sparkling grape juice, off-key "Auld Lang Syne" tunes, a large falling ball, horns and hugs and kisses ushered in a new year. Do you have dreams and hopes for 2015? Whatever your plans for the new year, make family and loved ones a priority with lots of special time and celebrations to treasure for much longer than 365 days.
Amid allegations, speculations, and opinions whirling around regarding both the journalistic reporting of the alleged University of Virginia rape and the accuracy of the alleged rape itself, it's important to note how this national news story can shape our knowledge about sexual violence.
As the pastor who initiated the presentation of the manger scene I have special interest in the response from the community and would like to add a few insights to the conversation.