John Hatcher: Save Wednesdays and Sundays for the church

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Churches are preparing for their response to Halloween by hosting fall festivals and all sorts of positive activities for children. Churches, in fact, do a lot at attempting to reach out to area children and say, “We have a place for you.”

Sallie Satterthwaite: Disposing of obsolete computer equipment

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Our simple philosophy: If the equipment still works, let's get it into the hands of someone that can use it. If it doesn't work, let's dispose of it properly. -PC Disposal, Inc.

Father Paul Massey: Dear Father Paul

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Dear Father Paul: I became a Christian a little over a year ago after years and years of pretty deep sin. Drugs, booze, name it. I love my church and the leadership is asking me to take a position teaching young adults. I'd love to do it, but I feel so unworthy considering the life I've lived. What do you think? — No Name, Fayetteville.

Father David Epps: Sitting on a pile of it

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First of all, a few disclaimers: I have not personally spoken with any city official past or present about the circumstances in this article. Although I am a police chaplain with the Peachtree City Police Department, I have not sought information about the facts of this situation from police officials. This is not an oversight because I know and am friends with individuals in the government and the police department. If any “sludge or bio-solid” is to be flung, I don’t want it hitting them. Fair enough?

Rick Ryckeley: Cursed little sweet gum balls

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It’s fall once again in Georgia. Gone are the high temperatures and humidity of the long Dog Days of August. They are replaced with cool, romantic moonlit evenings and even cooler mornings. Fall brings with it certain rituals unlike any other season. Rituals like driving to the North Georgia Mountains to view the rainbow of colors splashed across the mountain landscape, cleaning out gutters, and of course raking leaves. But every fall brings something else — something unwelcome around our house.  Those cursed little sweet gum balls.

Sallie Satterthwaite: Linn, of all people

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This is the true story of two brothers.

They need not be identified, (although calling one Linn, short for Lincoln, will make the pronouns easier.)

John Hatcher: The lesson of the jackfruit tree

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The humble, often ugly seed is one of the most amazing gifts in the universe.

One of the most amazing seeds is that of the jackfruit. Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, reaching 80 pounds in weight and up to 36 inches long and 20 inches in diameter. Now get this, there may be 100 to 500 seeds in a single jackfruit. I have seen 15-20 fruit hanging from a single tree. That says that a single tree can produce up to 10,000 seeds a year and each seed is capable of producing one tree. At this point it moves into higher math. But I think you get the point.

Ronda Rich: Invited? Call if you can’t come

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I’m going to have to stop throwing parties. I get too upset over people who fail to RSVP.

I get so upset over such inconsideration that I think unholy thoughts and then I have to pray for forgiveness and work through all of that. It’s more trouble than preparing for the party.

Justin Kollmeyer: Let your kids have Halloween

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I love Jesus. I hate the devil. I am guided by the Bible. I want to stay away from evil. I want what's best for our children. I will protect them whenever, wherever, and however possible and necessary.

Father David Epps: Games and teams I cheer for

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The Major League Baseball playoffs are here. Yawn! I dont even know what teams have made it to the final six or final four or whatever.

Ronda Rich: Pouting divas need obedience school

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Mama was sternly lecturing me the other day about how spoiled Dixie Dew is and how I should correct the problem.

Dr. Knox Herndon: Lying, cheating and stealing

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I love to read history of all periods, and I continue to study the human condition and how we all treat each other. We all have different capacities for this people watching and certainly our backgrounds and life experiences contribute greatly to this endeavor. It is also interesting to watch how people in the world get what they want and at what price they pay in foisting human suffering on others to get it.

Father Paul Massey: Dear Father Paul

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Dear Father Paul: I have a friend who is really into astrology. Does the Bible speak about astrology? Helen, Fayetteville.

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