May Manna Highlights

Are You Ready to Go to Heaven?

Pastor Don Gettys

  1. Packing: The only thing you can take is your character. 1 Tim 6:7.

  2. Passports: The passport is Jesus. All who seek to enter must have proper identification. Jesus is the Way, John 14:6.

  3. Tickets: Your ticket: John 5:24. Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.

  4. Departure Time: Very soon! Revelation 22:20. He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

  5. Transportation: First Class Air Travel. I Thessalonians 4:17.

  6. Inoculation: No Vaccinations are needed because disease is unknown at the destination. Revelation 21:4.

  7. Time Changes: Leave your watch at home. There will be no time there. Revelation 21:23. There will be no need of the sun or moon there.

  8. Monetary Exchange: You are permitted to forward ample quantities of currency ahead of your arrival. Deposits should be as large as possible. Matthew 6:20. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

  9. Hotels: A mansion-like condominium will be given to each traveler to live in forever free of any and all charges. John 14:2.

  10. Reservations: Time is running out. Booking must be done today. II Corinthians 6:2 - Now is the day of salvation.

Dear fellow traveler, the time is at hand. Signs of the Times are every where. Are you going on this Vacation? Dignitaries are there waiting for you. At your arrival an expensive crown will be issued to you and you will be given a wardrobe that will never wear out. Get connected to Jesus and let's all be there with the missing of not even one person!

Church Member in the News

Have you seen the Chattanooga Free Press on Wednesday, February 25, 1998? If you did, you would have seen a picture of Carlene Jamerson, chief nursing officer of Columbia Parkridge Medical Center, with other officials ready for a ribbon cutting. The hospital was opening a new day surgery center.

Besides her professional duties, Carlene also plays the organ for church services once a month. Thanks Carlene and so many other officers that make our church so special.

The Tarrying Time

    by Adrian V. Boyer

We tarry but a Fortnight Here
In Life's adverse Regime.
We work and play: We weep and pray,
Or chase some phantom Dream.

Our Sojourn thus is oft beset
By Troubles and Remorse,
And we may seek in vain to find
Some far more happy Course.

And Times there are we may aspire 
To reach some cherished Goal
That proves to be a cruel Mirage,
A canker to the Soul.

We may surrender to Defeat,
And forfeit in Despair
The hope that burned withing our Hearts,
And left us callus Care.

However Drear our Prospects Here,
Or dim our Vistas be,
If we with Patience will endure,
We shall from Care be free.

For Somewhere there's Relief from Strife,
Where everlasting Rest
Will guarantee Security,
And Fears no more molest.

Tho we tarry but a Fortnight Here,
Let not your Spirits sorrow,
For Promise of a brighter Day
Will come in God's Tomorrow.

News Release: Atlanta Tornadoes

In April, the fourth month of 1998, we were responding to our fourth disaster. I don't like the average; do you?

On Thursday, April 9, seven counties in the Atlanta area Cobb, DeKalb, Effingham, Fulton, Gwinnett, Liberty, and Long were designated eligible for federal aid. This was through an amended declaration. The initial declaration, issued March 11, covered the flooding in South Georgia. The initial declaration had already been previously amended to cover the Gainsville tornado of March 20. Said in another way, we had three major disasters in the state of Georgia within 30 days.

Disaster Donations Accepted at the Samaritan Center

The Samaritan Center will be accepting donations of cash, household items, linens, cleaning supplies, personal care items and other household goods for use by survivors of the last tornados. Donors may bring any of these items, in new or excellent condition, to the center's front office between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The center is located at 9231 Lee Highway, Ooltewah.

Checks should be made out to the Samaritan Center Disaster Fund. Please do not bring disaster supplies to the center's back dock area. After- hours drop-off arrangements can be made by calling 238-7777. Used clothing is not needed at this time.

As an affiliate of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the Samaritan Center is one of several Adventist Community Services centers in the Southeast United States which, under agreements with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross, is mobilized to help with disaster recovery efforts through the collection and distribution of goods.

Reflection for Parents

Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. - Proverbs 16:24

Positive Lifestyle: Do You feel Like Watered Down Lemonade?

by Charlene Anderson, Health/Temperance Leader

At times, do you feel hazy, disoriented, weak, sick to your stomach, dizzy, cramps in your legs, legs feel like rubber? You can be fit, healthy and intelligent, but you can be knocked for a loop! You can develop these symptoms. Why? You could be dehydrated. You are desperately in need of water. If dehydration is left untreated, it can send your body temperature dangerously high. It can also cause life threatening heart rhythm disturbances. Some people with diabetes or who use diuretics are more likely to become dehydrated than others. You can be perfectly healthy and still run dry. The more fit a person is, the greater percent of water they have in their blood. This allows for extra sweating when needed.

Why does it happen? Either you don't drink enough or you lose too much water. There are many factors involved in dehydration like swimming, outdoors all day, working and playing hard, and exercising. Sometimes it can be a combination of things. Maybe you don't want to drink much because you're going out or you work. This can be combined with other factors. Then we've had it! One big reason for this is that our reservoir in our bodies isn't full to begin with and we keep drawing water out for different activities we do. People will care for their lawn and garden better than they care for themselves. Few people drink the correct amount of water for their own body.

It takes time to hydrate your body. If you are thirsty, you have gone over the dehydration line. When your water level is too low, your body will have an increase of sugar or salt. This can be dangerous! As you age, your thirst mechanism doesn't work as well and the kidneys may allow more water to go through than it should. Dizziness kicks in when you lose as little as 4 to 7 percent of your body weight in water when you are in fit condition. From 2 to 4 percent can affect the way you think and do your work. Your body first draws the water from the bloodstream. Then with thicker blood, your heart has to work harder to send the blood to the head, heart, and kidneys. Your body redirects the blood to places it needs to go and the rest has to wait.

Now it gives up on the skin. The blood carries heat away from your muscles to the skin. If it can't get blood to the skin because of lack of water, the muscles can break down and release the potassium that can cause irregular heartbeats. This can be stopped before it gets started. You need to know how to meed your daily requirements. Divide your weight by two. Then divide this by eight. The total is how many glasses of water you need daily. Water loss increases whenever you do anything in a warm environment. You need to drink three to four cups of water thirty minutes before exercising. Four to eight ounces every fifteen minutes is needed if your heart beat is 50 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate for exercise. You don't have to take "salt pills" while exercising; they can dehydrate you. Your body is good at holding onto sodium and can regulate itself. If you are on medication or have congested heart failure, you should consult with your doctor on your water needs.

Here are some important facts:

  1. We are about 70% water, so drink your water.
  2. Extreme exercise for 26 minutes can coagulate the albuminous substance in the body without enough water.
  3. Kidneys can fail from overwork without enough water.
  4. Kidneys filter blood 400 times in 24 hours.
  5. Thick blood can result in clots. Water thins it.
  6. Skin shrivels up without enough water.
  7. Iced tea, soda, cola drinks, alcohol, coffee, and juices don't count. They cause dehydration.
  8. Thirst is not a good indicator. Thirsty? You've gone way beyond.
  9. Heart attacks and strokes strike mostly in the morning because the blood is too thick for lack of water. So drink at night.
  10. You should drink 30 minutes before meals and none at meals.

Health Seminar

by Vicki and Dave Griffin

The seminars on March 20-22 at the Standifer Gap Church were very impressive, to say the least. We learned a lot about the Biblical Lifestyle. What does God want for us?

Do we have to be stressed out all the time? There was much help in how to distress our lives. There are answers to all of our problems in "The Owner's Manual." Anyone who says the Bible is not up to date has not read it throughly.

Why do we follow health principles? To live seven years longer? No! Then Why? God speaks to us through our brain. So we must have clear minds, not damaged ones. Satan has found a way to make a sneak attack on us. He has found a way to deaden our brain cells through our lifestyles. We talk about being our own self and then we allow him to tempt us to kill our brain cells so we are unable to think clearly. This way he is thumbing his nose at God for he knows that the avenues that God can work with us are so clogged up with bad lifestyles that it is hard to get through to us. He has literally designed a diet to kill us, to deaden our minds.

God can't teach us as He would like if we don't eat properly. Modern science is showing that the principles of the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy are true. Life is a series of trials. We need to develop gratitude and love. Now is the time to make changes in our lives and lifestyles. Satan's line, "It doesn't matter what we do or eat." Remember, "You surely won't die." Biblical lifestyle is not only diet but exercise, mental state, music, sleep, and recreation. I Corinthians 9:25 tells us to be temperate in all things.

Vicki and Dave Griffin will be coming to our church on November 20-22 to present the Biblical Lifestyle to us. There will be a lot of material on how to keep our minds clear as we get older, how to come out on top with stress, and much more.

Counting on Jesus

A little girl returning from Sunday school was asked by her grandmother how many had been in her class that day. She replied, "Counting Jesus, there were 15 of us."

Beatrice Plumb in Christian Herald

Saltshaker Strategy

Directions: Study the following steps for making good decisions. Memorize the steps and then try them out.

Step 1 Stop. Wait before you act.

Step 2 Ask: Is this a good choice? What will the consequences be? What would Jesus do? (Ask Him.)

Step 3 Learn. Check out the situation. Take your time. Don't be hurried.

Step 4 Take a stand. Decide yes or no. Stick to your good decision.

"Ye are the salt of the earth: . . . " - Matthew 5:13

                      McDonald Manna Ten Years Ago

                             Volume 1   No. 2
                            Editor: Joan Crosby
                          Published: May 7, 1988
                                 Ten pages

What Happened Ten Years Ago?
     This was the front page article from our loving pastor, Don Gettys.

                       From the Pastor's Pen
     Over the last few weeks, you have been hearing about the emergency 
needs of our church. These have happened because of unbudgeted expenses 
that were emergency in nature and because of a decrease in giving. We all 
come to church for a rich blessing, but the richest one will be received 
by those who give one.
     Yesterday I went out to visit in the home of one of our members.
They have no furniture at all   just bare floors and walls. They had only
one can of food in the whole house. I went to the store and purchased
several bags of good food and took it to the home. I felt good because I
helped where there was a real need.
     Our church has a real need right now. Because our budget is low, I
could not take any funds out of our assistance fund to help this family. I
helped out of my pocket, but I think of how much more help we could
have been to this family if our funds were in place.
     Almost $9,000 in extra funds were pledged a few weeks ago by our
faithful members. I appreciate their part in sharing the manna. Have you
shared the manna that God has given to you? When we share the manna,
what is left over seems to taste better. I wish to thank each of you for 
your part in helping our church to help others in giving of our money, time,
and love to meet the needs of Jesus.

Dear God:

(Letters from children)

If you watch me in church Sunday, I'll show You my new shoes. - Mickey D.

I would like to live 900 years like the guy in the Bible. - Love, Chris

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