Sunday, December 7, 2014

SEC YEAR END REPORT CARD 2014






Dear readers.  It is the end of the semester and final grades are in.  I know we are not supposed to show everyone’s grade as we are taught in school to not embarrass the under achievers.
Consider this not a COMMON CORE report.

In the Spirit of peace and love forget about the Middle East, police relations and the economy.
Concentrate on something that is always brings harmonious glee to the masses SEC FOOTBALL.

These assessments are scientific ally calculated so there fore correct.
Therefore there is probably no reason to reply as this is what they call
THE STONE COLD TRUTH!

A  plus
University of Alabama  Tuscaloosa, Alabama  founded 1831 mascot Crimson Tide  SEC entry 1932
Ole Miss beat you.  This changed nothing.  I knew you would be win the SEC WEST anyway and Ole Miss would finish at 8-4 (except Ole Miss beat the school beneath them in the Magnolia State to go 9-3)
Gainesville High School Red Elephant alum Blake Simms should be a Heisman candidate but he is not.

B plus
Ole Miss ,  The University of Mississippi Oxford, MS   founded 1848, mascot  Rebels, SEC entry 1932
Ole Miss came from the bottom – to the middle- to the top third of the conference.
They beat #1 Bama and the for many weeks this season  falsely touted #1 team, Mississippi State with a faux Heisman leader .  They lost to a tough LSU team in the road, had a heart and leg breaking loss to Auburn at home and a weird loss to a mediocre Arkansas team.  Hugh Freeze thinks the Ole Miss job is better than the Florida Gator job.  “No way” you lost in the past might say.  Wins and dollars scientifically prove this.

University of Georgia     Athens, Georgia                              1785        35,520   Bulldogs               1932
Could have, should have and did not.  Unfortunately they lived down to and lost to Georgia Tech who labels the Dawgs “Next Year’s National Champs” every year.
Why are they this high?  The Dawgs beat down Missouri and Auburn in their roller coaster season that has many fans sick and considering who is driving in the future.


B
Auburn University Auburn, Alabama   founded  1856   mascot Tigers(one of many)    SEC entry    1932
Auburn University (not THE UNIVERSITY OF AUBURN as Pat Dye and Bo used to say) was the most dangerous team to play.  They were expected to be 8-4 and had people thinking playoff before they ran out of steam.  From a theological perspective it is believed that the real NCAA commissioner B.L. Zebub called in his contract against LSU for Malzon and their QB and the horseshoe had to be returned.  For a more technical explanation watch Damn Yankees.  No body want to play this offense.

B-
Mississippi State University         Starkville, MS     founded 1878    mascot Bulldogs               SEC entry 1932
MSU who their daddy “The School Up North” shall be now known as “The School Beneath Us”.
They are why the SEC does not need Texas A&M.  The SEC already has a little brother, maroon wearing team that hired Jackie Sherrill.  The y took Bama’s colors, Memphis States logo, Texas A&M’s jerseys, Georgia’s mascot and the Third Reich’s slogan.  As Bugs Bunny would say they are “real Maroons.”  Their best team in history went 10-2 and lost to big brother.  In the spirit of the holidays as Coach Mullen looks like cousin Eddie in Christmas Vacation >  Good luck in the Orange.  Clower Power! To you and yours.

Grade B-
University of Missouri    Columbia, Missouri founded       1839       mascot another Tigers   SEC entry 2012
Missouri for some TV reason joined a conference with no local interest and obviously no desire to support their team in a championship team.  They are average as is a B- grade.  I would rather they be average in the Big Ten as numbers mean nothing up thie whether it be 10-12 or 13 boring teams to watch.

Grade B-
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, Louisiana founded 1860               mascot Fighting Tigers  SEC entry 1932
A down year for one of the nation’s great programs of the last ten years.  The Grass Eater took Wisconsin and Ole Miss down.   Bigger corn dogs ahead for The Hat.  (Love him)

C plus
Texas A&M University   College Station, Texas    founded 1876    mascot Aggies   SEC entry 2012
For no good reason except for your quest for the Cotton Bowl gets easier as a middle of the pack SEC West team compared to being a middle of the pack Big 12 team.  You had your greatest player ever and went 8-4 last year to beat Duke in a bowl.  For your future in the SEC please referee to the short book “The football Glory of Mississippi State”.  It’s a short read.


C
University of South Carolina   Columbia, S.C.  founded 1801          mascot nasty  SEC entry                1991
You beat Georgia.  Keep saying that.  Clemson beat you.  The visor is sagging.  The Chicken curse has been dormant but it is still in your system.

C-
University of Tennessee               Knoxville, Tennessee     1794       Volunteers         SEC entry  1932
The only thing that has improved on Rocky Top besides the awesome new rap music they play is almost as enjoyable as Rocky Top 1,000 times in one game.  The only change here is that Butch has a better PR man than Dooley.  The same stuff keeps happening.  6-6 and the anticipation of the Belk or Music City Bowl or Birmingham.

D
University of Arkansas   Fayetteville, Arkansas    1871                       Razorbacks         SEC entry 1991
Bringing a taste of the Big Ten to the SEC.  Why? 

D-
University of Kentucky  Lexington, Kentucky       founded 1865                    Wildcats               SEC entry 1932
Annie the musical is being redone.  That is Kentucky football.  The sun will come out tomorrow or is that the lights in Rupp Arena?



D-
Vanderbilt University     Nashville, Tennessee     founded 1873    mascot Commodores     entry 1932
As Dennis Green said in a NFL press conference and a beer commercial-
“They are who we thought they were.” You are Vandy.


F-
University of Florida       Gainesville, Florida          1853      Gators  1932
Your Florida.  What in the Tebow happened to you?



Monday, November 24, 2014

John Wesley says Volunteer at Good News at Noon

John Wesley says you need to go to GOOD NEWS AT NOON Thanksgiving or 
any of the other 364 days 
“One great reason why the rich, in general, have so little sympathy for the poor, is, because they so seldom visit them. Hence it is, that, according to the common observation, one part of the world does not know what the other suffers. Many of them do not know, because they do not care to know: they keep out of the way of knowing it; and then plead their voluntary ignorances an excuse for their
hardness of heart. "Indeed, Sir," said person of large substance, "I am a very compassionate man. But, to tell you the truth, I do not know anybody in the world that is in want." How did this come to pass? Why, he took good care to keep out of their way; and if he fell upon any of them unawares "he passed over on the other side." [cf. Luke 10:25-37]*
Our perspective changes with proximity. It is easy to overlook a need until it is staring at you in the face. This is why it is so important for us to live in community with others. When we isolate ourselves we miss out on ways God wants to use us to meet the needs of others, or we miss out on ways God wants to meet our needs through others.

*From John Wesley's sermon "On Visiting the Sick."


From the Gainesville Times
Good News at Noon shelter is still looking for volunteers and donations for the holiday. Any volunteers need to be at the shelter’s church at 10:30 Thanksgiving morning to help serve the meal. The shelter is located at 979 Davis St., Gainesville.
The ministry is also requesting food items that are easy to open, like Spam and saltines, to hand out to the homeless.

Come Join Us.

Lift Jesus Up!

Fletcher Law, D.Min
Pastor 
Good News at Noon
979 Davis Street
Gainesville,GA (770) 503-1366


PS.  When you visit you see people like Ma Rogers who has made us thousands of great meals


and you will see appreciative people 



and many of these people will have changed lives



and you can hang with Willie




and you can meet our director of youth and children Hannah


you can hear the Word of God preached



You can hear Frank Moore Jr. sing



                                                you can meet great friends there

                                                            You can hel serve hot meals



                our shelter director thomas can tell you about our expansion and need of donors
     you can meet many local pastors there

 you will see children there





 tou will see volunteers there from all over North Georgia


We will preach Jesus in Word

and deed

and we will play
 


and you can meet and be blessed by MR. B at lunch or on Thursday Family Night











you can see our expansion and new land that we are raising funds for 




 we can give you a tour

   you can meet Mike

 and Neal and many of our residents

it will make you feel alive and young again like our 92 year old founder Mr. B.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Good News at Noon New Land - Prayer and Consecration Service








Good News at Noon blesses new property

POSTED: November 12, 2014 12:44 a.m.
Good News at Noon blesses new property
NICK WATSON/The Times

Thomas Ramirez, second from left, discusses the power of prayer at the consecration of new property for Good News at Noon with founder Gene Beckstein, left.

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To the sounds of “Amazing Grace” and “I’ll Fly Away,” Gainesville homeless shelter and ministry Good News at Noon blessed its new property Tuesday evening on Davis Street.
“I feel like a little kid with a candy, because to me it’s very exciting that God gave us more places to help more and more people,” said shelter director Thomas Ramirez.
Ramirez said the new property, located behind the kitchen on Davis Street, could possibly be turned into a playground area for children.
Following a selection of hymns, Pastor Fletcher Law began with Scripture from John 3:14.
“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,” the passage reads.
Gene Beckstein, the shelter’s founder known as Mr. B,, explained how the power of prayer has affected his own life. When an infection threatened the lower leg of the 92-year-old, people sought help from a higher power for good health.
“Six weeks later, he got healed,” Ramirez said.
The story, Beckstein said, brings a tear to his eye.
“As surely as he was healed, God will also do this work,” Bill Coates, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Gainesville, said of the consecrated property.
Coates led the dozen or so in attendance in prayer, asking that the property help those in need.
“We come to consecrate this land, and we come to consecrate ourselves,” Coates said in his prayer.
Ramirez said he views this as a new opportunity to continue helping people through Christianity.  
“God has so many miracles performed here,” said attendee Willie Alexander.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Abraham and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day



Apologies to - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day- 
But did you hear about Abraham’s day?
Abraham was over 100 years according to the book of Genesis when he and Sarah had a son named Isaac. His wife and his greatest desire of their hearts was to have a child. Mrs. Abraham laughed when it was divinely prophesied that she could conceive at such an old age. Despite all of Abraham and Sarah’s great accomplishments and adventures in life having a child was there life. Abraham was a religious man and lived a life of faith that pleased his God.

But one day Abraham received a soul crushing request from his God.
“Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
Abraham did not fully understand it seems.
In obedience Abraham took his cherished only son from Sarah and went up the mountain.

If Abraham did not understand what did the boy think?
Genesis 22 records this exchange “As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” Was Abraham lying? After all he was just a man.

Abraham seemed to be destroying the life dream of himself and his wife Sarah.
Earlier in Scripture it reads “his faith was translated into righteousness.”
Was Abraham righteous or alarmingly foolish?

In this faith or covenant with his God Scripture says in Genisis 22 “He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” 13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

Abraham remembered that God had remembered Abraham and Sarah.
17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[c] 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
Abraham trusted God through faith and knew his God.

Some people who argue and howl against the New Birth because they call the death of Abraham’s covenant partner’s son “divine child abuse”. God the creator of Heaven and Earth is and was in covenant with Abraham. Abraham was saved by the covenant.

The terrible, horrible, no good very bad day showed victory for you if you are a child of the covenant and a true son of Abraham.

Give your heart, your Issac to the great covenant God of Abraham.

Yes we know this was a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ on the cross.

1 Peter 2:24
“24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.””

Now that was the greatest day.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Receiving Grace in The Grove - Help me get my book distributed please



RECEIVING GRACE IN THE GROVE is about calling out to The Lord in prayer - and being heard!   The good news is He hears our prayers. Psalm 18:6

The situation > 
BROKE, JOB LOST, returning to COLLEGE with a BABY on the way.
The Lord providentially sent people in Kay and Fletcher's life to help them and baby Graham.  Miss Armelia came and showed grace in loving others when they never knew how much they needed it.

Fletcher who was voted least likely to preach the gospel or write a book by his friends and teachers was given this story.
Please contact him for book sales, book signings and to speak at your church, Sunday School class or organization

Contact 
Fletcher Law
1195 Cumberland Valley Road
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 561 2609

FletcherLawandGrace@gmail.com
Website   -  ReceivingGraceInTheGrove.com 
Facebook - Receiving Grace In The Grove 
  • ISBN-10: 1462729215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462729210


Here is the book's page and some reviews on Amazon-

Dear Reader and Friends,
Please keep me in prayer - (If You know me pray to calm me down.  In real life I have to keep having reminding myself I am not covering kick-offs in the Sugar Bowl in the next 30 minutes.)  
-Pray Christ will be glorified as the story is about what He did for me and my family when we cried out to Him.
-Pray for opportunities to get a publisher, market this book,distribution, for booksellers, and book signings.
-Pray for places to speak or have a book signing.
-Pray that my family will be safe in travel and provided for
in this "Kick-off".

Lift Jesus Up!

Fletcher Law


(Below is information from the hard back book jacket you might enjoy reading.)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR-
Fletcher Law, DMin lives in his hometown of
Gainesville, Georgia. He earned a doctor of ministry
degree from Samford University’s Beeson Divinity
Schoo, a Master of Divinity from Emory's Candler School of Theology, a Master of Education from The University of North Georgia and his B.S. from the University of Mississippi. Fletcher is a minister who has worked as a
pastor, preacher, evangelist, school teacher, chaplain,
and football coach. Currently he teaches Social Studies and coaches the football team for Wilbanks Middle School in Demorest,GA.  Fletcher is the pastor for Good News at Noon a homeless shelter and community ministry in Gainesville,GA. He and his wife Kay have one son, Graham. This is his first book.

Praise for Receiving Grace in the Grove
“Fletcher’s story is filled with recognition that God will provide for and sustain each of us.
This is a story of two dedicated young people with a dream. With God’s guidance a book
was born.”
—Coach Billy “Dog” Brewer, former Ole Miss head football coach and
Team of the Century member

“This book is about family, football and faith, and a lot more. Fletcher Law lets us walk with him through some pivotal moments in his life to see how God has been present in
events both big and little.”
—Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University

“This book will show you how God can use obstacles to demonstrate his power and grace. Fletcher Law’s journey will tremendously enrich your life.”
—Shannen Fields, actress and speaker, starred in the movie “Facing The Giants” and wife of Jimmy Fields, Ole Miss Letterman and High School Football Coach

“Receiving Grace at the Grove is an inspirational and compelling story about faith, family,football, and friends, and how God intertwined them into his omnipotent plan for
Fletcher Law and his family.”
—Doug Dixon, CAA, high school athletic director and head football coach

Self-published with Crossbooks a division of LIFEWAY.

Cover Graphics/Art Credit
HAL DELONG

Book Flap Book Information-
Receiving Grace In The Grove shares the true story
of Fletcher Law, who left Ole Miss a fraternity boy
without a degree who then went to work for his family’s
car dealership. His future was secure. He worked for
his father’s Lincoln-Mercury dealership, got married,
and expected prosperity and certainty in his future.
After Fletcher had spent just a few years of working
in the family business, however, his father sold the
dealership. Fletcher’s security was gone.
He and his wife decided to move back to Oxford,
Mississippi, so that he could finish his degree at the
University of Mississippi. The plan was that he would
get his degree and then pursue his dream of being a
head high school football coach. What’s more, the
couple now had a baby on the way. With great anxiety,
they pressed on through great obstacles concerning
family, finances, and faith—and the Lord provided
people and help when they called on Him.
Receiving Grace in the Grove tells the story of how
Fletcher, through his journey, learned to trust in the
Lord and His providential grace. That trust guided
him and his family to stay together, grow and trust in
the Lord and not their own plans. Soli Deo Gloria!


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Fletcher and Dr. Mike,  Miss Armelia and Graham, Kayand family at The King's (Elvis Pressley's) birth home, Graham and Miss Armelia rocking, The family minus Miss Armeia, Graham's first birthday in The Grove.

Is this Archie's last photo in game gear? This was taken at the 1989 Red-Blue spring game.  They had an alumni game that year which Archie played in.  I had to convince Archie to take the picture.  The closer was I asked him if he knew Dr. John Lee Taylor.  Dr. Taylor was the pastor of First Baptist of Gainesville,GA. John Lee baptized Archie in Drew, MS when Archie a young boy.  Only then did Archie let me have the picture.














Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Paradox of Coach Jim Lofton By Fletcher Law, assistant coach 1991-1993, North Hall

                              



                                  The Paradox of Coach Jim Lofton
                                       By Fletcher Law, assistant coach 1991-1993, North Hall

Coach Jim Lofton has built a well-known reputation for his football coaching and Christian character.
What is less known about him by those who did not know him in his coaching career is perhaps his equal devotion to teaching.  This was never in doubt working for him.  This is another lesson young coaches can learn from him.  As a young assistant he made a lasting impression on how a coach has a calling to teach your academic area, your sport and character by example.

A vivid memory of mine was once walking out of the North Hall field house through the washroom.
Future Clemson Tiger and NFL lineman Corey Hulsey, all 6’4 and 330 plus pounds of him and fully dressed out in pads, was sitting on the washer with his helmet by his side.  Coach Lofton was standing by him with an open book.  It was not a playbook on how to block 14 Blast.  Coach had in his hand an English Literature book helping Corey with Shakespeare.  Many people would not know that Coach had a master’s degree in English from Emory University.  I was surprised to learn that Corey was not even in Coach Lofton’s class.  Coach was delaying getting on the field for Lit for a student who also was a football player.  

As a new coach I was warned by defensive coordinator David Stephens about Coach Lofton’s intensity on the sideline on a Friday night.  Another paradox about Coach Lofton was our practices were teaching sessions.  Game days were different.  The coin had been flipped and the kick-off team I headed up was huddling up ready to start the game.  Coach Lofton grabbed my shoulder and hollered “I can’t believe that!”  “What?” was my shocked and puzzled response.  Coach said “There’s (name deleted to protect the guilty) in the stands.  I taught him freshman Health and he played here four years.  And now he is up there smoking a cigarette.”  In shock and disappointment he added “After all I taught him.”  Teaching freshman Health class was as important as Literature or running the 14 Blast or 20 trap properly.

One practice I was concerned about telling Coach that I had to leave early on the next day’s practice because the school I taught at was having a PTA meeting.  He told me sternly that it concerned him  greatly to see coaches not take teaching seriously.  He told me once at practice he was concerned about having a soft drink add on the scoreboard.  Coach was concerned about what even his students drank and ate for snacks.  He believed in his system he had formulated by being a student.  He was always improving himself and refining his system to see why he included certain stretches and exercises and play calls.  He had a system and he was always refining it. He taught his assistant coaches his system.  We all knew what all eleven were to do on every play.  He and we knew what all eleven were to do on defense.

One of his assistants told me a clinic story.  Coach Lofton was listening to Bill Yeoman the inventor of the Houston veer offense speak.  Coach asked the big time college coach what the backside tackle was to do on the outside veer.  The “expert” coach told Coach Lofton he did not know.  This was astounding for Coach.  This is perhaps why were to be taught the idea of the “big picture”.

Coach Lofton taught and led his assistant coaches in a clear direction.  We followed him. The players were to follow us.  There was no paradox in this.  Where could he have learned how to lead, coach and teach by character in all things?  The Apostle Paul wrote- 

1 Corinthians 11:1  (NIV) “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”


Friday, June 13, 2014

Fathers Day - Celebrate Champion Fathers


G.H. "Dick" Law, George Law, J.B. Johnson -Champions provide for their families



Father Fletcher Law, son Graham Law, Grandfather George Law got to celebrate a state championship together

We are approaching Father’s Day.
Mother’s Day is almost a sacred day in the church calendar.  People wax poetic for Mother’s Day.
People are quick to point out the sorry Fathers on Father’s Day.

This blog is about GOOD FATHERS.
George Law my champion
Other blogs will talk about the dreadful state of father’s.  I am sympathetic to that.  Today only about 30% of school kid’s live with both parents.  Many we find are by necessity raised by grandparents and great-grandparents.  These kids might not have the best best family but they many times do not even have a good model family with a father in the neighborhood.

Once at a conference with a friend the speaker said “There is no such thing as a ‘Leave It To Beaver’ family-never was.”
My friend from childhood, church, school and high school football team said “We did”.  And my friend was right.

We had great families and it was not by accident, luck, societal standing or ethnic group.
We had “Champions”.
What is a champion is this a sports metaphor? No it’s biblical.
champions have a heart to compete
And as I said when I preached my Father’s funeral my family had one.
What is a champion in biblical talk?
A champion represents, protects, provides and leads a people and a way they should go.  Yes there are good and bad champions.  
My son’s favorite bed-time story was David and Goliath.
Goliath the giant Philistine was the champion for evil.
David the very young man (probably in his early teens)
was the champion for God’s people of Israel.
Worlds collided.  You know the story.
The giant Goliath was slain by a slingshot and beheaded by the small youth who had no chance.
No, the youth David was not helped by The Almighty because of the misguided notion that “God helps those who help themselves”.
The greater champion was David’s champion.
The champion David was a man “a man after the Lord’s own heart.”
This boy man David was a champion because of he knew to serve the God of Israel.  Was David flawed? Sure he was.  But as the old Methodist evangelist Sam P. Jones said “David was a great sinner, but he was a first-class repenter.”
David knew there there was a God in Israel and trusted and followed Him.
If you will read Psalm 51 David knew he had a Redeemer-Savior.
David’s champion was the Lord and a trust in a coming Messiah.

At a Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s meeting I once heard Dave Van Halanger talk about his young son’s anxiety in hearing follow Jesus.  The boy asked his father with worried face and tears how could he follow a Jesus he could not see as he was taught in Sunday School.  Dave told him citing a verse from the New Testament “Son, you follow me, I’ll follow Jesus.”
You have a champion no matter your gender, race, income or status.
We all have a champion who defeated death, hell and the grave.
His Name is Jesus Christ.
Lord send a revival now we plead.

Lift Jesus Up!

Fletcher