Saturday, September 29, 2012







This Coming Sunday --

Set Your DVR for the Fox News channel at 9:00 PM Eastern. Maybe this is why the White House has been discounting FOX.

Sounds like this could be history in the making someone may go down - either Obama or Fox News. It may be that Fox has been holding this information back due to the sensitivity of it and out of courtesy. But, Obama has taken on Fox and it appears they are ready to spill the ugly beans of truth about the background of this individual who has had an extremely radical past. This Sunday, Fox News is going to air a very important documentary about Barack Obama, Sunday night at 9P.M. Eastern.

The report will go back to Obama's earlier days, showing even then his close ties to radical Marxist professors, friends, spiritual advisers, etc.

It will also reveal details about his ties to Rev. Wright for 20+ years, i.e., how he was participating with this man and not for the reasons he stated.

The report has uncovered more of Obama's radical past and we will see things that no one in the media is willing to put out there. It will be a segment to remember.

Mark your calendar and pass this on to everyone you know: Sunday night, 8 PM CT; 9 PM ET.

Democrat or Republican, this report will open your eyes to how YOUR country is being sold down the road to Totalitarian Socialism.

If you care about the direction of our country, pass this notice on to everyone you


Landscaping at United Community Bank in Blue Ridge, Ga

Outside of the main branch of United Community Bank is one of the most beautiful displays of flowers that I have seen. As I visited the branch this morning I took a few pictures of the arrangement. One of the workers of United Community bank said that Anthony Holloway was responsible for the awesome floral arrangement,

Kudos to United Community Bank in Blue Ridge and Anthony Holloway for the outside landscaping work around the bank. Just another way of making and keeping Blue Ridge, Ga beautiful.

Fall Leaves Starting to Change Color Blue Ridge, Ga

This past week the leaves in the Blue Ridge area have began their transformation from the green of Spring and Summer to the kaliedoscope shades of Autumn. Over the next few weeks the leaves will continue to change colors till they peak in mid to late October.

The leaves in Blue Ridge, Georgia and the surrounding area are really beutiful this time of year and you do not have to go way back into the mountains to their beauty, The leaves in the outlying and residential areas of Blue Ridge rival the colors of the leaves in the mountains, however, being a native resident of Fannin County I enjoy taking treks through the surrounding mountains.

I captured a few pictures today of the changing leaves posted below, I hope to post more in the coming weeks.
Downtown Blue Ridge




Nike Outlet Online

Did you know Nike's* are available online through Nike Online Outlet. You can purchase shoes made from the famous footwear manufacturer from the comfort of your home. Shop the and compare prices from the Nike Outlet site and you may be able to save money on your Nike purchase.

You may have concerns about buying shoes online such as: what if the shoes don't fit, defective or you are not satisfied with the product. According to the Outlet site, they are committed to your satisfaction and have a 14 day return policy.

The price of gas and the hassle of going to the mall or physical location makes shopping for your Nike shoes online an attractive option. Additionally, you may save yourself some money through shopping from a Nike Outlet as opposed to other retailers.

If you are in the market for some Nike shoes or just for some new shoes in general visit the Nike Online, remember, looking is free and you may find a great deal on a nice pair of Nike's.

Nike is a registered trademark of Nike.*

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rhododendron Trail at Ocoee White Water Center

Trails to Walk Near Blue Ridge, Georgia

Trails to Walk Near Copperhill, Tennessee

Things to Do in the Blue Ridge Area


Last Sunday, the family and I enjoyed a picnic and a hike down on the Ocoee River. We accessed the river via Hwy 64 at the Ocoee White Water center. After eating our lunch and walking on the rocks in the middle of the river we hiked the Rhododendron Trail.

The Rhododendron Trail follows the river downstream on the far side of the river. This trail is a little more than a mile one way and ends at one of the power stations on the river with little grade. The trail is situated between the Cherokee National Forest and the Ocoee River, the forest side of the trail is a steep mountainside with huge boulders overshadowing the trail in places. This walk along the Ocoee is a non-strenuous, peaceful trek through beautiful peaceful surroundings. The Ocoee along the trail has some of the clearest, pristine looking pools I have noticed on the river. As I walked the trail I took a few pictures with my ipod of some of the scenery along the way.

The Ocoee White Water Center is in Polk County, Tennessee flows beside Hwy 64. From Chattanooga, you can access Hwy 64 from Cleveland Tennessee; from the Atlanta area, take I-575 north to 515, turn right onto Hwy 5 North at 3rd red-light in Blue Ridge, Ga. Follow Hwy 5 until it dead ends at Hwy 68 in Copperhill, Tennessee and go left on 68 to Ducktown. In Ducktown, take 64 West to the White Water Center, which will be on your left a few miles down the road; you can’t miss it.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Great Electronic Device

I am really enjoying my Kindle Fire*. There are so many things you can do with this Kindle device. Aside from being a great e-reader, with the Kindle Fire; you can watch movies, surf the web, email, download great aps, use as a word processor or listen to your favorite music. The price on the Kindle Fire has came down as the new Kindle Fire HD is coming out, maybe one day I will upgrade. I use my Kindle Fire for studying the Bible and I also preach from the Bibles I have downloaded on it. The Kindle is also great for preparing the messages I preach. This is my first KIndle and if it has not done anything else for me it has got me back to reading. *Kindle and Kindle Fire are trademarks of Amazon.

Fall Foliage in the Blue Ridge,Ga Area

I took a stroll with my precious daughter today and took some pictures with my Apple iPod touch* of the beautiful fall foliage here in North Georgia. Many came to the Blue Ridge, Georgia area to see the leaves as they change their colors in the Autumn; however, I find the early fall flowers very captivating. The foliage is so beautiful I decided to share it on my blog. So sit back and enjoy the beauty of God's creation in the North Georgia mountains. *Apple and iPod touch are registered trademarks of Apple.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Emergency Room Fees at Fannin Regional Hospital

Maybe there was a mistake with this high hospital bill or perhaps it is the going rate for Fannin Regional Hospital's ER Services. If it is a mistake, they are very eager to collect the money from us; we have been sent letters and received phone calls for the collection of a bill that in my opinion is outrageous for the services received. There is story behind this bill, actually two different bills, one from the Fannin Regional Hospital, the other from Fannin Emergency Group LLC. Fannin Emergency Group is the provider of the ER physician who attended my wife on her visit to Fannin Regional's Emergency Room; his name is Herbert Flynn MD,
My wife went to the ER to get checked out for some pain she was feeling after she had been involved in an automobile accident. The accident was not her fault so the responsibility of paying for her visit to the ER falls to the other driver's Insurance provider, which happens to be Georgia Farm Bureau. My wife told them about the accident and felt she should be checked out in case she had some injuries as a result of the accident. The doctor checked her out by just examining her himself, no x-rays, no lab work, nothing but a routine hands-on, non-invasive examination. He told her she had probably strained something as she braced for the impact of the wreck and wrote her a prescription for some 400mg Ibuprofen and released her. To the best of my knowledge this is all the treatment that she received at Fannin's Emergency room. Now for the cost of this little emergency room visit: the total charge for this visit was
This seems a little high for a routine visit to the hospital. The bill breaks down as follows; $540.54 to Fannin Regional
$442.00 to the Physician Services

The physician services include $417 to the physician and $25 for using the Fannin Regional ER between the hours of 10PM -8AM. $173.60 of the physicians' bill was erroneously paid by my major medical provider, UnitedHealth Care. The bill should have been charged to the Auto Insurance provider, I hope United got their money back.
$982 seems like a very large sum of money for a routine emergency room visit. Unless you have a life threatening situation you may want to stay away from this ER. Even if your insurance will cover the cost, consider other options. As long as people and insurance companies are willing to pay these outrageous hospital fees, the cost of healthcare will continue to rise.
This bill may be a mistake, if it is I will take down this post and post a rebuttal. If it is a mistake the bill collector seems to be alright with asking me for the full amount.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Philippians 4:8-14

8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,


9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:


10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;


11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.


12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

In Paul's letter to the Philippians he presents his approach to the Christian life. In verse 12 he acknowledges he has not yet arrived at perfection or yet attained to the resurrection of the dead. I would like to be able to ask Paul exactly what he meant by saying that he had not attained to the resurrection from the dead. Was Paul implying that if he did not continue on with Christ that he may not attain to the resurrection or that the resurrection from the dead was still out in front of him? What Paul meant about not yet attaining to the resurrection from the dead may not be clear, but what is clear is the course of action that he took.

In verse 13 he said that he forgot those things that were behind and reached forth to what lay before. Paul had a lot of things in his past he had to forget and leave behind; as a follower of Christ his position of prominence in the Jewish religion and his former hostile stance against the early church was something that could mentally and emotionally be a hindrance to his walk with Christ. Therefore Paul chose to leave them behind and to reach forth to what God had before him. God had before Paul what He has for every believer: the gift of eternal life and the reality of having fellowship with God Himself through the blessed Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead. To put it in the simplest terms, God has set before us blessed fellowship with Himself; we should ever be moving towards and grasping for this Holy fellowship with God. It is not that God is not with us as believers, when we place our faith in Christ, we are born again of the Holy Spirit and our spirit is one with His Spirit; but being one with His Spirit and walking in fellowship with God is not the same thing. To walk in fellowship with God means that I am walking in agreement with His will (how can two walk together except they agree?) and that I am trusting Him fully. I believe Paul was reaching forth towards this fellowship with God; all believers should follow Paul's example and reach forth to this fellowship with God. In verse 14 Paul elaborates on his pursuit of the things before him.

Paul said he was pressing towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Note the words he uses; the verb press brings to mind thoughts of opposition and the effort he put into his walk towards God, the phrase "toward the mark" speaks of a specific goal, "prize of the high calling" tells of the preeminence and the glorious walk that God has called believers to, and "God in Christ Jesus" puts it in the proper perspective letting readers know that it all about God.

Do you know that this glorious prize is for all believers? God extends and calls all who have placed their trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior to sweet fellowship with Him. However, we must leave behind the junk of the past, the sin and anything else that will hinder us from trusting and obeying God in all things and reach forth and press towards following God wholeheartedly. It means that we must put some effort into it, even to the point of pressing through whatever stands in our way. Dear friend, I do not place before you an easy life nor a safe life I put before you the only life that is truly worth living, fellowship with a God that loves you with an inexpressible, everlasting love that is all summed up in the crucified and risen Christ Jesus, God's only begotten son whom He freely gave to us that we might have life through His name.

Choose today fellowship with God.


Autumn Fading

The last vestiges of summer are silently slipping away

And the bright, colorful promises of spring have turned a shade of gray

And I sit just here with poor heart aching, thinking of my former days

While the bittersweet feelings of autumn merge into my fleeting life's parade


Leafs will soon burst forth in a melody of brilliant hues

Awesome, seductive colors pitched against a sky fall blue

This is nature's last colorful painting before winter's recluse

Which reminds of the season of life that is waiting and the paying of what's due.





Thursday, September 6, 2012

Things to Do in Blue Ridge, Georgia

Swinging Bridge over Toccoa River

If you take US Forest Road 816 off of Hwy 60 in Fannin County you will find the Swinging Bridge that spans the beautiful Toccoa River that feeds Blue Ridge Lake. You will have to drive a little piece to get to the trail that leads to the bridge but once you get there, the walk down to the bridge is not that far. The bridge was built in 1977 and gives a scenic view of the Toccoa River and surrounding forest.

To reach US Forest Road 816 from Blue Ridge, Ga you will travel a little over 18 miles from McDonalds in Blue Ridge, From McDonalds go east on a Highway 515 until you reach the Redlight in Lakewood, Ga. At the light you will go right on Highway 60 till you travel a little over 18 miles from the Blue Ridge McDonalds. USFRD 816 is on the right. This road is part of the Benton Macaye Trail. It is really very pretty at the bridge, I took these pictures with my phone.

So you have decided to spend a few days in the quaint little town of Blue Ridge, Ga., a town nestled in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains, and you are wondering how you are going to spend your time. Dependent upon your likes and dislikes there several different activities that you may choose.

  1. Take a stroll down the old Downtown District of Blue Ridge. Being a native of the Blue Ridge area, this is something that I personally probably would not choose, but every weekend the Downtown area is full of people who seem to be enjoying themselves. There are numerous shops, eateries, and even a gem mining and miniature golf place. Some of the eateries have bars with karaoke and live music.
  2. Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. During certain times of the year you can take a train that takes you to the twin cities of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway follows the Toccoa River on the rails that have run beside the river for decades.
  3. Go tubing down the Toccoa River. There are a few different outfits that offer tubes and shuttle services for tubing down the Toccoa River.
  4. Enjoy the Lake. Blue Ridge Lake is just a few miles from Blue Ridge and has swimming areas, boat launch sites and a marina. Blue Ridge Lake is also suitable for fishing.
  5. Hike the trails. There are many trails to hike in the mountains surrounding Blue Ridge. You can hike part of the famous Appalachian Trail, Benton-MacKaye Trail along with other lesser known trails.
  6. Trout Fishing. There are many trout streams in close proximity to Blue Ridge, Georgia. Some of the streams are stocked with trout and others are teeming with native trout.

    Added to the list of things to do in Blue Ridge, Ga is now Ice Skating. As an added attraction, Downtown Blue Ridge has a an outdoor ice skating rink. I have heard that the price to ice skate is $10, but that is just hearsay. So if you are paying are quaint little town a visit and are looking for something fun to do, you just head on down to the upper end of main street past all the shops and right between Main Street and the railroad tracks is the ice skating rink, I believe it is called Blue Ridge on Ice.I never would have dreamed of an outdoor ice skating rink in Downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia, here in the heart of the deep south but then again I never dreamed that I could type a message that could be seen by people all across this crazy world. 

    In my 49 years, Blue Ridge has seen a lot of changes, some for the good, some not so good. An ice skating rink is one of the better ones, I won't mention the negative changes. I am just glad to still be around to see the changes.
This is not a comprehensive list of things to do in Blue Ridge but is a good starting point if you are visiting our area for the first time. Have a good time and enjoy your stay in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Bought a New Dell Inspiron at Walmart

Just bought a new Dell Inspiron lap top. Seems to a pretty cool computer so far. 8GB of memory a 1TB hard drive with preloaded with a basic version of Microsoft Office 2010. Microsoft Office2010 allows you to blog right from the application, which is really cool. I bought for the whole family, mainly school purposes for our boy who is in a virtual academy but I may find myself using quite a bit myself. This is the nicest Dell I have ever bought. I bought it at Walmart for $698 before taxes using my Walmart Discover Card that is running a special 18 month no interest deal n electronic purchases of $429 or above. If someone is needing a computer or other high dollar electronics, now is an excellent time to visit your local Walmart.
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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Great Book by Andrew Murray

I recommend this volume to every believer who is serious about their relationship with God, The Collected Works of Reverend Andrew Murray. This book is a tremendously bargain at .99 for a digital download. Please consider downloading this book, it is loaded with tons of encouragement and Biblical insight.