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Letter From Paul Harvey To His Grandchildren

We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse.

For my grandchildren, I’d like better. I’d really like them to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches. I really would. I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated. I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car. And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen. It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.


I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in, I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother. And it’s all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he’s scared, I hope you let him. I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.


On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don’t ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won’t be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom. If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one. I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books. When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.


I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like. May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove, and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole. And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend. I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle.


May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays. I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor’s window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand. These things I wish for you – tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it’s the only way to appreciate life.


Paul Harvey






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8:30am                                Sunday School                          10:45am


02 – Courtney Collins           02 – Heather Dias                        02 – Alisha Jones

09 – Helen Hoogendoorn     09 – Carla Denton                        09 – Nance Swofford

16 – Janice Gray                  16 – Millie Pellham                       16 – Micca Sims

23 – Denise Reese               23 – Helen Hoogendoorn             23 – Helen H.

30 – Cindy Williams              30 – Heather Dias                        30 – Tiffany Davis





8:30am Service                                                            10:45am Service


02 – Jim Voyles                                                              02 – Chris Sims

       Bob Sterling                                                                   Jackie Holman

       Jon Schaff                                                                      Ray Reynolds

       Keith Pellham                                                                 Dave Harper

09 – Burrley Loftin                                                           09 – Ronnie Norman

       Nick Key                                                                         David Denton

       Bud Everett                                                                    Eugene Jones

       Rick Miller                                                                      Jr. Heriford

16 – Roger Barlow                                                          16 – Kenny Wilson

       Mike McMaster                                                               Leonard Thompson

       Paul Kester                                                                    Jim Billingsley

       Brent Lakey                                                                    Chris Sims

23 – Denny Roberts                                                        23 – Jackie Holman

       Jim Voyles                                                                      Ray Reynolds

       Bob Sterling                                                                   Dave Harper

       Jon Schaff                                                                      Ronnie Norman

30 – Dale Davis                                                               30 – David Denton

       Burrley Loftin                                                                   Eugene Jones

       Nick Key                                                                          Jr. Heriford

       Bud Everett                                                                     Kenny Wilson








Galatians 5:1

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Galatians 5:13

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

John 8:32

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 15:13

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Dear Friends and Family at the Ava General Baptist Church-

We want to thank you for the opportunity to join your Mother’s Day Celebration. The food, hospitality and fellowship were warm and sweet. We were humbled and overwhelmed by your generous love gift. What a blessing you all are to us!!

With grateful hearts we think of you

In Christ


The Jeanetta Knapp Family


















  Summer is upon us! We kick off July with the celebration of our unique freedom that we enjoy in our country. We just got to take 21 students to a gathering of over 800 other students and leaders to equip and encourage them in their walk with God. And, not once did we fear for our safety. I’m thankful for all those in our congregation and nation who have, and are, serving to protect this freedom.

    But, there is a freedom even better than democracy. That’s the freedom from the punishment for our disobedience which we have the option of receiving through Jesus Christ!


“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 ESV


    Being set free comes with responsibilities. Considering our faith, we have the responsibility of spreading this Good News to those around us.

    Don’t neglect the command that our Lord gave His disciples so long ago: “

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching

them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 ESV     Those are all actions we have to take. It’s effort given on our part. The word “go” in Greek means “as you are going”. As we are at the ball fields this summer, teach people what Jesus taught us. As we are at the pool, love people as Jesus loves us. As we are at the lake, serve people as Jesus served us. As we are at the store, make disciples. As we are on vacations, teach our families how to walk with God.


    Notice there are disciplines here, too. How do we teach what Jesus commands if we aren’t reading and studying His Word? How are we to show people how to follow God, if we’ve taken a vacation from following Him? How are we to show people how to converse with God, if we’ve stopped conversing with Him in prayer?


Make this summer count! Make every day that you wake up and have breath in your lungs count!


May God bless you and lead you today!





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