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Paul Anderson Youth Home 2020 Christmas Family Extravaganza
Dec 09, 2020

Paul Anderson Youth Home 2020 Christmas Family Extravaganza

The Christ-centered youth home’s annual Christmas celebration raises funds, awareness and spirits.

(VIDALIA, GA) Paul Anderson Youth Home, a fully accredited and licensed home offering a second chance to young men in crisis, held their annual Christmas party at the First Baptist Church of Vidalia. In order to comply with changes due to the pandemic, the event was unlike the traditional dinner theater show. This year the evening began with a “Jingle Mingle” featuring delectable Christmas goodies and heavy hors d’oeuvres, followed by a lineup of singers, musicians, a jazz ensemble, youth choir and more.

“Our 17th annual Christmas celebration promised to be different, with a new and exciting program of entertainment,” said Glenda Anderson, Co-founder of Paul Anderson Youth Home. “And while we are excited to celebrate the Holy season, we couldn’t wait to share the mission of our ministry and remind our local community about the important work we have been doing for nearly 60 years,” she added.

Paul Anderson Youth Home staff members Eileen Whitfield (Right) and Steven Richardson (Left) perform together at the Christmas Extravaganza.

Paul Anderson Youth Home staff members Eileen Whitfield (Right) and Steven Richardson (Left) perform together at the Christmas Extravaganza.

At Paul Anderson Youth Home, the endless distractions and commercialization of Christmas are put on pause. Instead, the home celebrates the birth of Christ, slowing down the hectic nature of the season to allow a focus on its true meaning. The Christmas Family Extravaganza finds that balance of celebrating God’s gifts and having fun while supporting such a worthy cause.

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The Vidalia Heritage Children’s Choir sing for guests at the Christmas Extravaganza.

Rev. Don Moye of First Baptist Church Vidalia curated the evening’s entertainment. Matthew Kersey, Minister of Music and Worship at Grace Community Presbyterian Church and Jeff McCormick, headmaster at Vidalia Heritage Academy, emceed the show. Performance acts included Bill Torrance as “Uncle Gus”, a piano duet with Marshia Pierce and Kathy Rogers, the Williams Family Trio, PAYH staff members Eileen Whitfield and Steven Richardson, and the Vidalia Heritage Children’s Choir. The evening closed with a special performance by members of the PAYH staff and young men.

“Uncle Gus” and a young man from the Paul Anderson Youth Home perform together at the Christmas Extravaganza.

“Uncle Gus” and a young man from the Paul Anderson Youth Home perform together at the Christmas Extravaganza.

As we gather together to celebrate this Christmas season, we are asking everyone to keep an open ear and open heart to spread the word about the Paul Anderson Youth Home and connect us with the families of young men who are struggling with behavioral problems and issues of discipline, anger, and depression. Through our spiritual counseling, character development, and accelerated learning program, we share Christ with these young men. He is the one who transforms their lives for eternity. Our Christmas Extravaganza is one of the many celebrations held throughout the year to celebrate this important work.

ABOUT PAUL ANDERSON YOUTH HOME

Founded in 1961 by weightlifting world champion Paul Anderson and his wife, Glenda, the Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) is a Christian residential program and on-campus school for young men between the ages of 16 and 21 struggling with behavioral problems and issues of discipline, anger and depression. PAYH is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). In addition to counseling and character development, PAYH offers an accelerated learning program enabling residents to graduate with a high school diploma and technical certifications. To date, over 1,400 young men have attended the program. The Home is located at 1603 McIntosh St. in Vidalia, GA. To learn more about PAYH, call 912- 537-7237 or visit www.payh.org.

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cynthia@crussomarketing.com 

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Reading the Bible
Sep 17, 2019

Studying the Bible with Other Believers

Are Bible studies really that important? If we’re honest, many of us likely believe that we already check off enough boxes on the “Christian to-do list.” We read our Bibles, go to church, say our prayers, listen to Christian radio, and refrain from using curse words. We have busy schedules and don’t feel like we can make time for any more appointments, so we often let Bible studies fall to the bottom of our priority list and don’t think twice about it. This is a dangerous habit to develop as a believer, however. Studying the Bible with other Christians is extremely beneficial for our relationships with God.
Why is it important to study the Bible with other believers? In short, because the Bible tells us to. In Colossians 3:16, Paul writes, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit…” He continues in Hebrews 10, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Under the influence of the Holy Spirit, Paul instructs us to let the message of Christ dwell among us, to not give up meeting together, and to teach, admonish, and encourage each other in our fellowship.
If we are faithful to meet with other believers to study the Word of God and pray together, we will experience the following benefits:

  1. God’s presence. God will be with us when we gather together. In Matthew 18:20, Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” When we join together in prayer, reading the Scriptures, and pursuing of our Savior, we are unified in His presence. He is there with us as we join together as the body of Christ.
  2. Accountability. We will find accountability amongst other believers. Proverbs 27:17 tells us, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” This verse refers to an Old Testament practice in which one iron blade was used to sharpen another blade until both became more effective tools. Without each other, both blades would be dull. Similarly, believers “sharpen” one another by holding each other accountable in their walks with the Lord. When we gather together as brothers and sisters in Christ and openly share our struggles and failures, we learn how we can help hold each other accountable to stay faithful to our calling as children of the King.
  3. Fresh perspectives. We all come from different backgrounds with different experiences, and consequently, our viewpoints can vary widely. Meeting with other believers to discuss the Bible can bring about lots of different perspectives on Scripture and spiritual matters. This is healthy as it enables us to interpret Scripture through different lenses than we might personally have and exposes us to wisdom outside of our own mindset. We may find ourselves learning things that we never would have considered if we weren’t in community with other believers.
  4. Encouragement. Meeting together as like-minded believers can be greatly impactful on our faithfulness. Hebrews 3:13 says, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” We are naturally sinful, and Satan seeks to devour us, but when we gather with our brothers and sisters in Christ to learn about God and grow in our faith, we encourage each other to stay faithful to Him and not fall prey to Satan’s lies. This encouragement is vital both when we are spiritually weak and when we feel spiritually strong. We will have highs and lows in our walks with the Lord, but having other Christians to walk beside us and encourage us in our journeys is infinitely valuable. We were created for community; we need it for spiritual survival.

Bible studies can take many different shapes and forms. It may be just you and one accountability partner reading the same book of the Bible together and chatting about it on the phone a few nights a week. Perhaps it’s a group of men meeting at a coffee shop one morning a week before work to discuss the Bible passage from Sunday’s sermon. Maybe it’s a weekly women’s Bible study at your church. You can use an official, organized, biblically-based curriculum or simply read through a book of the Bible; the structure doesn’t matter, just make sure you are meeting with other believers on a regular and consistent basis to dive into the Scriptures and pray together.


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A Priceless Gift
Aug 29, 2017

A Priceless Gift

Every holiday and special occasion, I struggle to find the perfect gifts for my loved ones. I am not a naturally good gift giver, but I very much want to be, and the tension between those two realities can be stressful. I go back and forth debating whether or not the gift in question is adequate. Will they like it? Can they use it? Is this just going to end up in the back of their closet or for purchase at their next yard sale? But more than all of that, the most prominent question lingering in my mind is Will they know how much they mean to me when they open this gift? I want to give them a gift that makes them feel loved and appreciated. I want them to know they are priceless to me.
Money is a funny thing. It has monetary value here on Earth, but it can, when used correctly, supersede the realm of this life. And when it does, it is worth more than any price we could place on it. When we spend our money on things of eternal value, we truly make a priceless investment. These are the most important investments we can make, as they are the only ones that will stand the test of time.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  

– Matthew 6:19-21

In his book The Treasure Principle, which is based on the scripture above, Randy Alcorn discusses six “Treasure Principle Keys that teach us how to be good stewards of the money God has given us:

  1. God owns everything; I’m simply his money manager. We are the managers of the assets God has entrusted – not given – to us. It’s easy to fall into the pattern of considering it “my money because we feel like we work hard and earn it. The reality is that God has given each of us the gifts and strengths we use to make money. We would not have the ability to do so without His gracious giftings, and when He allows us to make money or when He blesses us with financial gifts, He is entrusting it to us to use for His glory.
  1. My heart always goes where I put God’s money.  Does it stress you out when your kids spill their juice and stain your expensive white carpet? It’s probably because you have invested good money in it, so you want to take good care of it. That’s what happens when we spend money – our affections go along with it. If we start putting our money towards eternal things, our hearts will be more invested in eternity.
  1. Heaven – the New Earth, not the present one – is my home.  (Hebrews 11:16) My husband and I live in an old rental house. I am often tempted to spend a lot of money on new features to make it feel a little nicer, but every time I start to, I remind myself that we aren’t going to live in this house forever. It doesn’t make sense to invest a lot of money in a house that isn’t our permanent home. When we move from this house, we will be leaving whatever improvements we have made. They can’t go with us to our next home. The same is true for our spiritual lives. This Earth is our rental house, and we won’t be here long. We will spend eternity in Heaven, our permanent home, so that’s what we should invest our money in.
  1. Live for the eternal, not the temporary. Alcorn says, “We’ll each part with our money. The only question is when. We have no choice but to part with it later. But we do have a choice to part with it now. We can keep earthly treasures for the moment, and we may derive some temporary enjoyment from them, but if we give them away, we’ll enjoy eternal treasures that will never be taken away from us.
  1. Giving is the only antidote to materialism. Giving is a joyful surrender to a greater person and a greater agenda. It dethrones us and exalts Him. When we give, it says, “It’s all about you, God; not me. It recognizes that God’s money has a higher purpose than our affluence. Giving doesn’t rid us of the things we care about; it shifts our perspective and causes us to care about eternal things.
  1. God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving. God gives us more money than we need so we can give generously. Because God gives so generously to us, we are free to give generously in return because we know He will provide for us. He doesn’t bless us abundantly so that we can live in the biggest house, drive the nicest car, and wear the newest clothes. He does so to enable us to give!

I’m reminded of the feeding of the 5,000. A young boy gave the small amount of food he had, and Christ used it to feed a multitude. Of course Christ didn’t need a thing from anyone in order to feed the crowd – He could have done it without the little boy. Similarly, He doesn’t need our help or our money to accomplish His purposes, but He chooses to involve us in His miracles and gives us a chance to bless others and become an answer to their prayers. It’s an extraordinary, priceless opportunity that we shouldn’t pass up!


A changed life is priceless


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A Priceless Investment
Aug 22, 2017

A Priceless Investment

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? – Mark 8:36
When asked by a reporter “What would you be worth if you hadn’t given so much money to charity? the late George Jenkins short and simple answer – “Nothing. Why did he answer this way?
Born in 1907, Jenkins began as a clerk at a Piggly Wiggly supermarket at the age of 17, and quickly worked his way up to a manager’s position. He was efficient and motivated, and sales in the store he managed quadrupled within a year.  However, when the great depression hit, the store he managed was sold.  Things were difficult under the new owner, and Jenkins decided to simply start his own business instead, incorporating under the name “Publix Food Stores. The first year was hard, but after the competing Piggly Wiggly closed, business boomed and he began to open new locations. Thus, a supermarket giant was born, and Publix remains a top player in the supermarket industry today.
One of the drivers of Jenkins’ success was the investment policy he implemented on behalf of his employees. He believed that workers who were invested in the company would be incentivized to see it succeed, and implemented a system in which his associates (he didn’t call them “employees) accumulated stock in the company and shared in its profits.
Just as Publix associates were better motivated because they had a stake in the company, we are better motivated to see a cause succeed when we invest in it directly. This is doubly true when investing in God’s kingdom, which yields a return in this life and the next. When you invest your time, efforts, and finances into ministry, you invest in something priceless, because the profits from your investment will pay dividends for eternity.
So why did Mr. Jenkins answer the reporter’s question the way he did? George Jenkins understood the value of an eternal investment, giving millions to charity over his lifetime. In the words of Jim Elliot, he gave up “what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose, and his investment in God’s kingdom continues to pay off. He knew that a changed life is priceless, that material wealth isn’t everything, and that while he could have kept more money for himself, in the end it would have been worth nothing.


A changed life is priceless


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A Priceless Legacy
Aug 15, 2017

A Priceless Legacy

What does it mean to leave a legacy? Have you ever thought about the world you will leave behind, or the effect your life will have upon it? Great or small, good or bad, each of us will change the world to some degree.
In his poem Ozymandias, Percy Bysshe Shelley describes what was once an imposing, colossal statue that towered above the inhabitants of a forgotten city. Now, the surrounding structures have eroded away, leaving only the sculpture itself. Though now a shattered ruin, the inscription on the pedestal can still be read – “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair! Surrounded only by “lone and level sands the statue is a mere shadow of its former glory, yet still declares the might of the long-dead king to a barren desert.
It reads like a cautionary legend, but Ozymandias was no fictional character. “Ozymandias was the Greek name for Ramses the Great, considered by many to be the greatest and most powerful Pharaoh in Egyptian history. Ruling for 66 years, he won numerous military victories and expanded Egyptian wealth and influence to unprecedented levels. His people considered him to be a god, and nine subsequent pharaohs took the name Ramses in his honor.  In his day he was without equal, heavily influencing the future development of 3 continents.
Ramses was a great man by historical standards, but what is the eternal value of his deeds? Consider Christ’s words in his Sermon on the Mount:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:19-21

We each “store up some form of “treasure daily. For some that means investing in savings accounts, property, retirement accounts, or other financially profitable means. For others that may be in experience, knowledge, or skill. These are good things to pursue, but the truly wise don’t invest exclusively in the things of this world.
Like most pharaohs, Ramses was buried with a great deal of wealth, but it was quickly stolen by thieves exactly as Jesus described. Even if it hadn’t, it wouldn’t do him any good. The glory of Ramses has faded, he has no further power or influence, and the empire he ruled is no more.
So what kind of legacy will you leave? Like Ramses, you can invest in earthly treasure, but over time your legacy will begin to decay. However, if you invest your life in others, and pour yourself into serving God and His kingdom, your legacy will last forever. How do you do this? The basic instructions are simple (but not necessarily easy to carry out). Invest your life in others; share the Gospel, be active in your local church, give generously to those in need, and teach others to do the same.  You may not go down in history, but the priceless legacy you leave will last forever, and the glory of Ramses will pale by comparison.
 


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