The Greatest Preacher

All the prophets in the Old Testament prophesied of the coming of Christ. Matthew chapter 4 verse 23 refers to Jesus in this way: and Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. He was born of a virgin. He is the Son of God and also the Son of Man. As well as, being born of the Spirit of God, He was also born of a fleshly body, yet without sin. He was tempted in every respect as you and I but He did not yield to the temptations. Walking in a fleshly body as you and I, He understands how weak and vulnerable we are as mortals. This makes Him an all sufficient Saviour.

You may ask why was it necessary for Him to be the supreme sacrifice? When they crucified Him, after three days He arose from the grave defeating satan. If he had not risen, we would still be lost in our sin. But by His resurrection, salvation has come to everyone that will believe in Him.

Let's observe closely the teachings of Jesus in the book of Matthew. The red letters indicate the words that Jesus spoke. After Jesus was baptized of John and when Jesus had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterward a-hungered, and the tempter came to Him and said, if thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Jesus answered, It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. The devil tried to tempt Him again, v.5 & 6, but Jesus said in verse 7. It is written again, Thou shalt not temp the Lord thy God.

Verse 8 & 9 show how satin tried to appeal to the fleshly side of Jesus by offering Him all the kingdoms of this world if Jesus would only fall down and worship him. Verse 10 states, Then saith Jesus unto him, get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.
In verse 17 as Jesus began to preach, He said, Repent: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
Then in verse 19, as Jesus began to call his disciples, He told Peter and Andrew, his brother, Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. He also called other disciples. They immediately followed Him. Read the rest of the Chapter and how the fame of Jesus spread.

Matthew Chapter 5, Chapter 6, and Chapter 7 is the message that Jesus, the greatest Preacher that ever walked the face of the earth, preached. The depth of this sermon is so great that we need to look closely and truly observe what He is teaching us. At the time of this message, Jesus had already proven He was the only begotten Son of God. Preparation had been made for this day and He taught with authority. He spAke in a manner as no man had ever spake before.

Chapter 5, v. 3 “Blessed and the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.

(To me this illustrated humility, it is my opinion, the first step to receive salvation is that we must humble ourselves before God. If we miss the first step, we can't make it to the next step of salvation.)

Chapter 5, v.4 “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted”.

(The word mourn is to grieve. And what more can make us mourn more than being lost or alienated from God. The apostle Paul said in one place, If in this life only I had hope in Christ I would be among all men most miserable. So, when we cry out to God and mourn for the saving of our soul, Jesus promised to send us another comforter, which is the Holy Ghost. And by His word we are comforted.)

Chapter 5, v.5 “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth”.

(Meek is to be mild of temper, patient, gentle. I picture Jesus being gentle and very patient. The scripture says in another place that when Jesus was contending with the devil, He didn't bring a railing accusation.)

Chapter 5, v.6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled”.

(We know that that our natural body needs food and water to sustain life. We eat natural food and drink water to satisfy our hunger and thirst. It is also important to know that we need spiritual food and spiritual drink to sustain our spiritual life. Jesus told satin, man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. He told the woman at the well that if she would ask of Him He would give her living water. We need to hunger and thirst after righteousness if we want to be filled with His Holy Spirit.)

Chapter5, v.7 “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy”.

(Having mercy is having a willingness to forgive. If we expect God to forgive us of our sins, we must be ready to forgive others that have mistreated us. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray He said in His prayer, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us.)

Chapter 5, v.8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God”.

(The word pure is clean, clear, honest, genuine, real. We know nothing is hid from God. With a pure in heart, we confess our sin to God and ask His forgiveness. With a pure in heart we depend on Jesus to save us from our sins.)
Chapter 5, v.9 “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they are called the children of God”.

(Once we are saved, we have a new spiritual life in Christ. This newness of life gives us a desire to live peaceably and lead others to Christ. How do we know we pass from death unto life? Because we love the brethren.)

Chapter 5, v10. “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.

(You can rest assured that not everyone will accept us when we stand for the righteousness of Jesus the only begotten Son of God. They crucified Jesus for doing good and performing miracles and being the only begotten Son of God. There are many non-believers that would like to destroy us if they got the opportunity. Just remember to hold fast the name of Jesus and we are a winner, for through Him we have life eternal.)

Chapter 5, v.11 “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake”. V 12,” Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”.

(Notice that Jesus uses the word shall, He knew the future, as well as, the present and the past. Jesus teaches us to not get weary in well doing. But to rejoice, Jesus knows the nature of man, so instead of being down hearted as you work for Christ, He teaches us to rejoice.)

Chapter 13, v.13 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men”.

(Salt, naturally is important in our life, and Jesus uses this illustration to show us that if we become weak in His spirit, we lose our strength as witnesses for Him. Without the Spirit of God strengthening us, our influence as witnesses for Him is gone and men won't pay any attention to what we have to say. If we are no different from the world, why would the world want to be like us. So, it's important for us to walk the walk and talk the talk that represents we are ambassadors for Christ. The book of James shows us that Faith without works is dead. Show me your faith without your works and I will show you my faith by my works.)

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Sweet Southern Tumbling grows in Maynardville

Breann Welch (second from left) of Sweet Southern Tumbling receives a small business loan check from Clinch Powell.

A Union County startup business got a big boost Feb. 15, as Sweet Southern Tumbling received a $10,000 check through the Clinch Powell Small Business Loan program funded by USDA Rural Development. Business owner Breann Welch has used the loan to upgrade to a larger space and purchase additional equipment, including a 42x42 cheer spring floor.

Gun Control?

Gun Control

On February 14, 2018 another tragedy took place at the hand of a psychopath with a gun. 14 students, on the cusp of life, and 3 teachers were brutally gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Landmark, FL, during school hours. Before the funerals could even take place, insensitive idiots on both sides of the gun control debate began running their mouths. Gun control is obviously a touchy and complicated issue; hence the reason that it has not been solved yet.

Finding Grandpa

Finding Grandpa

I’m by no means an expert genealogist/researcher, but I’m surely an experienced one! Frequently persons come to me for help in compiling a family history. I am glad to help as much as I can.

So often when I ask for a grandparent’s name I’m told, “I don’t know–I just always called him grandpa–or I just always called her grandma.” Now, where does one start? There are many ways. Here are just a few suggestions. It is my hope that these suggestions will be useful to students in their history projects:

Yours till Niagara Falls

Yours till Niagara Falls

“Yours till Niagara Falls” or is it “Yours till the Statue of Liberty sits down?” Maybe it's “Yours till the United States drinks Canada Dry.” Could it be “Yours till they feed the corn on your toes to the calves of your legs?” No, that doesn't sound very nice. I know. It's “Yours till the barn dances and the fire escapes.”

The Other Woman

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Some people have pictures in their wallets or on their phones of the wives, children, grandchildren, etc. I have one picture of my wife in my wallet and maybe one of my stepson and me. I have several pictures on my phone of a special female who came into my life in May, 2009. It happened like this.

My wife was visiting the place where she lived before she married me, then as now occupied by her son and his girlfriend. One of the many cats that had been there had recently had kittens. The momma cat was run over by a car and died. No one knew where her kittens were.

The Bad Rap of Snake Oil

The Bad Rap of Snake Oil

I have a friend who told a humorous story about being in a meeting where someone was speaking of things that he knew to be untrue, downright bovine excreta. When he had taken all he could of it, he stood up, got up, slammed a dollar onto the table and cried out “gimme a bottle of that snake oil!” Snake oil is indeed a popular metaphor for anything being touted as true, but in reality is fraud. And those attempting to sell or convince you to accept something fraudulent are referred to as snake oil salesmen.

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Litany of Shame

Litany of Shame

Whenever Mother and Dad had an argument, usually in bed at night, Mother had a litany of offenses Dad had been guilty of in the past. She never forgave him and she certainly never forgot. First on the list was when Dad punched Mother's brother, Uncle Johnny, in the nose and knocked him down. The second offense was the one I will now describe. Dad was officially listed as AWOL at the end of World War l. That sounds worse than what it was. I will explain.

Antichrist Among Us

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Today we have much confusion in the Church about the word antichrist. However, when taken in context the scriptures are very plain about antichrist. The actual word “antichrist” is only mentioned 4-times in the Bible and all 4-times by the Apostle John. Just because the actual word is only used 4-times, does not lessen its importance, because the concept of "antichrist" is throughout the entire Bible.

Carnival Chili

Carnival Chili

Back in the 30's and the 40's small carnivals cross-crossed the country. It was before television and the Internet. Amusements were simpler back in the day. I'm not talking about the circus, just a carnival with some rides and a midway. They are gone forever.

I remember them. Dad allowed us one ride, a walk through the midway and a hot dog. What sights! What sounds! What smells! That was what childhood memories were made of. We went once.

Dolly Parton’s Stampede

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Dixie Stampede in Branson, MO, Myrtle Beach, SC and Pigeon Forge, TN has a new name…. Dolly Parton’s Stampede. There was much talk about a name change, but the reality hit home after observing the new signage in Pigeon Forge; all remembrances of the supposed offensive word “Dixie” have been removed. This decision was made and quickly implemented after an August, 2017 Slate.com article was published. Dolly Parton has millions of fans, and many defend her by stating all the things she has done for literacy, her community and Sevier County during the 2016 fires.

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Historic Ramsey House Presents The Legacy of Woodworking with Hal Galbraith

Woodworking with Hal Galbraith

Historic Ramsey House Presents The Legacy of Woodworking with Hal Galbraith February 24, 2018 10 am to 2 pm

On February 24, 2018, a four hour discussion and demonstration devoted to furniture making during the Federal Period (1788-1825) will be given by Master Woodworker, Hal Galbraith. The talk begins with the design and function of essential cabinet making tools from that period. Next, pieces from the Historic Ramsey House collection will be viewed and discussed. Joiner methods used and some decorative details will also be demonstrated.

Need A Ride To Church

Need A Ride To Church

Fellowship Christian Church located at 746 Tazewell Pike Luttrell TN 37779 will pickup anyone in the local area needing a ride to church. Call Sam at 865-607-3741 to schedule a ride.

Worship Services

Sunday School 10:00 AM
Sunday Worship Service 11:00 A.M
Sunday Evening Service 6:30 P.M
Wednesday Service 7:00 P.M

4H Outdoor Club

4H Outdoor Club

Join our NEW 4-H Outdoor Club! 6th – 12th graders join forces to experience hands on learning in ecology, environmental education, wildlife, forestry, resource management, and so much more!

Meetings are held twice a month: 1st Wednesday at the 4-H office & 2nd Monday at Paulette Elementary. For more information and to get involved email bbergero@utk.edu

Come to tomorrow’s meeting afterschool to get started. February 7 - 3:30-5pm

Obituary

Fred Carl King

Fred Carl King, age 90, passed away February 21, 2018 at Westmoreland Nursing Home and Rehab Center. Preceded in death by father Taylor King, mother Lona Brown King, son Stephen King, brother Eugene King, and sister Evelyn Whaley. Survivors include sister Pauline McManus, daughter Connie Jackson, sons Fredrick King (Chrissy), David King (Penny), grandchildren Kirsten King, Tyler King, Amber Welch, Todd King, and Gregory Jackson (Renee), several great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Estelle Loy

Estelle Ella Edmondson Loy of Maynardville, Tennessee, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the age of 104.

A native of Union County, Estelle was born in the Nave Hill community on January 8, 1914. She was a retired school teacher and received her teaching certification from Lincoln Memorial University. Estelle educated generations of families in the county, having taught first through eighth grades in a one-room schoolhouse in the Nave Hill and Hubbs Grove schools. She ended her 30 year-career at Maynardville Elementary School.

James (Frank) Edwards

James (Frank) Edwards, age 80, went to be with the Lord Thursday, February 22nd after a long illness. He enjoyed time with his family, especially his grandchildren and playing his guitar. He was a member and deacon of Bryams Fork Baptist Church.

Irene (Walker) Nelson

Irene (Walker) Nelson - age 83 of Halls passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, mamaw, aunt, and friend. She is now rejoicing in heaven alongside of her husband Arvel Marion Nelson, daughter Martha Nelson, grandson Jason Nelson, parents Andy and Cora Walker, brothers Glen Walker, Houlk Walker, Perry Walker, sisters Virgie Gabriel, Cecila Brantley, and Ethel Dennis. Her legacy lives on through her loving and devoted family: daughter Judy (David) Walton, sons Tommy (Marlene) Nelson and Jeff Nelson.

Scott Sparks

Scott Sparks, age 51, of Knoxville, TN, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 19th, 2018. Scott earned his bachelors degree from the University of North Carolina, his masters degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and was a teacher at Karns High School. He was a former College Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, former Pastor at White Stone Church, and founding Pastor of The Grove Church. Scott's passion was leading people to Christ and walking along side them in their faith journey.

John Sterling Inklebarger

John Sterling Inklebarger, age 82, of Corryton, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018. He was a member of Graveston Baptist Church. He owned his own trucking company hauling building materials until a tragic accident in 1973 that left him disabled. He loved traveling with family and spending time with his friends whittling and trading knives. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.

Frank Humphrey

Frank Humphrey, age 81, of Knoxville, TN, gained his angel wings on Sunday, February 18, 2018. He was preceded in death by: Wife: Ann Humphrey Father: Frank T. Humphrey Mother: Ella Hammock Brothers: Eddie, John and Larry Humphrey Sister: Francis Adams Son in Law: Bob Greene Survived by: Daughter: Vickie Greene, Son: Frank “Scott” and Rhonda Humphrey Granddaughter: Tiffany and Dale Coward Great Grandchildren: Dalacie and Kyle Coward Brother: Gary Humphrey, Sisters: Brenda Owen and Linda Brooks. Special Sister in Law: Judy Ogle, Special nephew and Niece: Joseph and Alexis Stafford.

Irene Wyrick Sherritze

Flossie Irene “Nanny” Sherritze-age 90 of Maynardville, born December 3, 1927 went to be with her Lord Sunday morning, February 18, 2018 at home. She was devoted to her family and her church. She was a member of Hines Creek Baptist Church in which she was instrumental in getting organized in the early 1950’s. Preceded in death by parents, Edgebert and Lucy Wyrick; husband, Charles “Rattler” Sherritze; daughter, Norma Faye Sherritze; brothers, Ralph, John, Fate, Jim, Ceba, Swann, J. Will and Earl Wyrick.

Austin Logan Knight

Austin Logan Knight, age 18 of Knoxville passed away February 17, 2018. He was in the class of 2018 at Halls High School, where he wrestled for 1 year and played football for 1 year, and had completed all of his requirements to graduate and started college at Roane State to become an EMT. He was a member of Lonsdale United Methodist Church. Austin loved to fish and hunt and was a member of the Children of the American Revolution.

Jackie Ray Campbell

Jackie Ray Campbell-age 70 of New Tazewell passed away Friday afternoon, February 16, 2019 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He was a member of Chittums Chapel Baptist Church and was a U. S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Survivors: sisters: Margie Stansberry and Nancy Harvey, both of New Tazewell.

Private memorial service will be held at a later date. In accordance with his wishes, he will be cremated. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

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