Jesse Profitt of Pikeville has spent years searching for the right weight loss program. He tried everything from diet pills to nationally advertised programs before he made the decision to check out weight loss surgery at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC).


He says he was tired of all the different diets and losing a few pounds only to stop the diet and gain back the weight.


Profitt suffered from sleep apnea. “I was on the highest setting that you could get on my cpap and I would quit breathing as many as 200 times a night, even with my machine,” said Profitt. “I dreaded even the thought of going to sleep at night.”


He also had trouble with his knees and was on medication for high blood pressure.


Profitt says he was depressed just thinking about going out in public. He wore bigger scrubs at work to try to hide his weight.


“I was never comfortable with myself. I got to the point that I was just going to work and avoided going out in public,” he said. “I never engaged in activities or exercise. I had to do something.”


He decided to attend a PMC weight loss surgery seminar to check out his options.


“As soon as I talked to the staff, I knew this was definitely for me,” said Profitt. “I had to do something to feel better about myself and I finally found a real direction.”


After meeting with PMC Bariatric Surgeon Amy Johnson MD, Profitt decided to have the bariatric sleeve procedure.


Profitt said he was excited, for the first time in a long time, about a future that included better health. He was anxious to rid himself of his breathing machine but most of all he was longing for a life filled with activity.


It was not long before Profitt began to see positive changes.


“My earliest success came when I was able to come off my breathing machine two weeks after surgery,” he said. “I saw an improvement with my knees within a month, to the point I was able to start exercising regularly. I was also able to stop taking my blood pressure medication within six months.”


Life is quite different now.


“Today, I just love to get up and start my day,” he said. “I am riding my bike 16 miles a day and I am running. My goal is to do at least a half marathon, if not a full




He says he is doing all the things he longed to do prior to losing weight. He is back to going to Pigeon Forge again, but this time around he does not have to sit down to rest and watch the world pass him by.


“I am going and doing all I can,” said Profitt. “I went to Dollywood 21 times last year, rode everything three or four times and even ran up the hills.”


He has earned a new nickname at work.


“I am on the go all the time,” said Profitt. “I am sprinting down the hallway and my coworkers say ‘there goes Speedy.’ So everyone calls me ‘Speedy’ now.”


He says words cannot describe how he feels.


“I have revised my whole wardrobe. I enjoy dressing up and getting to go to my closet and picking out something great to wear,” said Profitt. “I used to pick out a pair of sweatpants and sweatshirt to cover myself up but now I can wear what I call my skinny jeans or pants.”


Profitt says he worked closely with Dr. Johnson and her staff.


“Jesse has been such a success after weight loss surgery,” said Dr. Johnson. “He devoted time and effort to a new lifestyle that includes a diet of whole healthy foods and vigorous exercise. You can tell just by looking at him how good he feels!”


Profitt has great things to say about the weight loss center staff.


“They are absolutely phenomenal. No matter who you call or who you speak with at the office they take the time to answer your questions,” he said. “Dr. Johnson told me if I had any complications to call her and she gave me her cell phone number. Who does that?”


He reported that the entire staff makes you feel like they are right there with you.


“Several of them have been through the surgery too, so they know what you are going through,” said Profitt. “They can tell you what to expect and what not to worry about. I could never ask for more. I would trust Dr. Johnson with my life and if I needed to, and I hadn’t already done it, I would sign up for surgery today.”


For more information about wellness or weight loss contact the Pikeville Medical Wellness and Weight Loss Center at 606-218-2205.

Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, June 16, 2017

Jaqueline England Hays Scott, 83, of Buskirk, passed away June 12. Funeral, June 15. Burial, Blackburn-Hays Cemetery, Pinsonfork.


Lester Fred Adkins, 58, of Aflex, passed away June 13. Funeral, June 16, Burnwell Gospel Revelation Tabernacle. Burial, Mountain View Memory Gardens, Maher, W.Va.


Homer Owens, 82, of Pikeville, passed away June 12. He was a U.S. Army veteran and former radio broadcaster for East Kentucky Broadcasting. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.


Vernon Webster Tackett, 75, of Campton, formerly of Virgie, passed away June 12. Funeral, June 16. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Gloria Elizabeth Stapleton, 89, of Hellier, passed away June 10. Funeral, June 15. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery, Chloe Road, Pikeville.


Goldie Newsome, 96, of Virgie, passed away June 11. Funeral, June 14. Burial, Annie E. Young Cemetery.


Janet Martin Johnson, 74, of Virgie, passed away June 11. Funeral, June 14. Burial, Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville.


Fred Gene Moore, 87, of Shelbiana, passed away June 9. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict. Funeral, June 13, Greasy Creek Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Moore Family Cemetery, School House Hill.


Glenda Kathern Belcher Hall, 80, of Island Creek, passed away June 6. Funeral, June 10. Burial, R.H. Ratliff Mausoleum.


Shirley Lorraine Hall, 79, of Bryant, Ark., formerly of Beaver, passed away June 9. Funeral, June 15. Burial, Harris Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Sammie Kay Bays, 55, of Prestonsburg, passed away June 8. Funeral, June 12. Burial, Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Pat “Nikki Vicars” Davis, 70, of Paintsville, passed away June 5. Funeral, June 10.


Arnold “Big Dommer” Bailey, 85, of Hippo, passed away June 11. Funeral, June 14. Burial, Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel.


Charlene Hammonds Hamilton, 84, of Prestonsburg, passed away June 10. Funeral, June 13. Burial, Richmond Cemetery, Prestonsburg.


Charles James Cecil, 78, of Maryville, Tenn., formerly of Harold, passed away June 8. Funeral, June 11. Burial, Gearheart Cemetery, Harold.


Edna Webb Click, 101, of Langley, passed away June 7. Funeral, June 10. Burial, Webb Family Cemetery, Langley.


Joseph Vaughn Watson, 36, of Dana, passed away June 9. Funeral, June 12, Prater Creek Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial, Boyd Cemetery, Dana.


Zander Lee Bray, 72, of Pikeville, passed away June 11. Burial, private.


William Queen, 72, of Lexington, passed away June 8. Funeral, June 12. Burial, Johnson Memorial Park, Pikeville.


Phyllis Jean Pigg, 83, of Hellier, passed away June 10. Funeral, June 14. Burial, Hylton/Holbrook Cemetery, Rockhouse.


Joe Hurley, 66, of Jamboree, passed away June 12. Funeral, June 16. Burial, Slone Cemetery, KBC Hollow.


Gordon L. Layne, 52, of Williams, Ariz., formerly of Matewan, W.Va., passed away May 20. Graveside memorial service, June 17, Mitchell-Layne Family Cemetery, Matewan.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Addison Elise Bailey, daughter of Brittany and Anthony Bailey, born March 15; weight: 7 lbs., 12 oz.


Nathan Matthew Wayne Baker, son of Brandy and James Baker, born March 16; weight: 5 lbs., 4 oz.


Harper Raine Belcher, daughter of Amber and Joshua Belcher, born June 8; weight: 7 lbs., 5 oz.


Zayla Shawn Crum, daughter of Kellie and Joshua Crum, born June 8; weight: 5 lbs., 8 oz.


Alaina Elyse Lunsford, daughter of Chante Spartman and Kenneth Lunsford, born June 7; weight: 7 lbs., 5.8oz.


Cooper Ford Lee Wireman, son of Chrisanna and Jared Wireman, born June 7; weight: 7 lbs., 8.2 oz.


Liam Jordan Mullins, son of Lakan and Jordan Mullins, born June 7; weight: 5 lbs., 10 oz.


Kaihen Royce Watkins, son of Erika and Brendon Watkins, born June 7; weight: 7 lbs., 2 oz.


Parker Grey Yates, son of Tara and Christopher Yates, born June 7; weight: 7 lbs., 3.4 oz.


Zaden Ryder Ramey, son of Casey and Kevin Ramey, born June 7; weight: 6 lbs., 6.3 oz.


Zoey Kate Slone, daughter of Shawna and James Slone, born June 6; weight: 7 lbs., 10 oz.


Hudson Warren Pratt, son of Deanna and Vernon Pratt, born June 6; weight: 6 lbs., 10 oz.


Daniel Creed Boggs, son of Kendal Mullins and Daniel Black Boggs, born June 5; weight: 10 lbs., 1 oz.


Corey Daniel Gilbert, son of Amy and Daniel Gilbert, born June 3; weight: 8 lbs., 12 oz.


Addalyn Grace Stevens, daughter of Heather and DJ Stevens, born June 2; weight: 6 lbs., 6 oz.


Audrianna Camille Sturgill, daughter of Karen and Gregory Sturgill, born June 2; weight: 7 lbs., 13 oz.


Alyxandria Jade Carrillo, daughter of Shayla and Gabriel Brian Carrillo, born June 2; weight: 7 lbs., 7 oz.


Brayden Alexander Baldwin, son of Samantha and Vance Baldwin, born June 2; weight: 7 lbs., 11 oz.


William Casyn Boggs, son of Aimee and William Boggs III, born June 1; weight: 7 lbs., 1.5 oz.


Blake Ryan Iricks, son of Amber and Anthony Iricks, born June 1; weight: 8 lbs., 14 oz.


Brantley Kruiz Damron, son of Ciara Adams and Charles Damron, born June 1; weight: 7 lbs.


Jaylan Brooke Nichole Gwyn, daughter of Brittany Huffman and Deandre Gwyn, born June 1; weight: 5 lbs., 9 oz.


Aiden Jace Brown, son of Brandi Brown, born June 1; weight: 7 lbs., 1 oz.


Hadley Kayah Caudill, daughter of Jessica and Brian Caudill, born June 1; weight: 8 lbs., 1 oz.

Friday, June 16, 2017

OWENSBORO — Pikeville’s first trip to the girls’ state softball tournament for the first time since 2002 was short-lived as the Lady Panthers were eliminated by Woodford County, 12-2, in the second day of play at Jack C. Fisher Park on June 9.


The Lady Panthers, who finished 30-8, was bounced into the loser’s bracket when eventual state champion Madisonville-North Hopkins rolled to a 10-1 victory on June 8.


In the loss to Woodford County, Pikeville took a 2-0 lead in the third inning when losing pitcher Erika Conn delivered a two-out, two-run single, scoring Alexis Stanley, who had reached on an error, and Savanna Nunemaker, who had doubled.


The Lady Panthers managed five hits in the elimination game. Lindsey Lockhart, Cassidy Lowe and Lindsey McNamee all singled.


In the opening loss to Madisonville-NH, Pikeville managed five hits. Camryn Slone singled and scored while Conn, Lockhart, Lowe and McNamee added singles.


Pikeville advanced to the state tournament, winning the 15th Region title over Johnson Central.




At Owensboro


(State Tournament)




PK (30-8)…............................002 00 – 2- 5-2


WC (34-6)…..........................000 (12)x – 12-10-1




WP – Caitlin Karo


LP – Erika Conn


Hitting: Erika Conn 1b, 2 RBI; Savanna Nunemaker 2b, 1r; Alexis Stanley 1r; Lindsey Lockhart 1b; Cassidy Lowe 1b; Lindsey McNamee 1b, Pikeville.




At Owensboro


(State Tournament)




MNH (34-5)….....................051 013 0 – 10-16-2


PK (30-7)……......................000 001 0 – 1- 5-1




WP – Courtney Patterson


LP – Erika Conn


Hitting: Camryn Slone 1b, 1r; Erika Conn 1b; Lindsey Lockhart 1b; Cassidy Lowe 1b; Lindsey McNamee 1b, Pikeville.




Johnson Central….....................1


LEXINGTON — Johnson Central’s explosive offense was held in check as the Golden Eagles managed just two hits in an opening round loss to nemesis Highlands, 3-1, in the opening round of the boys’ state tournament at Whitaker Park Ballpark on June 9.


The Golden Eagles, who finished 31-8-1, struggled from the outset against Blue Bird hurler Ethan Doty, who was dominating. Doty struck out 12 and walked just one in throwing 123 pitches.


His performance outdueled JC starter and losing pitcher Braxton Kelly who worked four innings, allowing three runs on two hits. Tate Meade worked the final two innings.


JC leadoff hitter Geordon Blanton tripled to start the sixth inning and scored on a throwing error by the shortstop for the Golden Eagles lone run.


Cody Rice had the only other hit for JC.


The Golden Eagles had eliminated Highlands in the opening round one year ago.




At Lexington


(State Tournament)




JC (31-8-1)...........................…000 001 0 – 1-2-3


HL (26-12)…...........................000 210 x – 3-4-2




WP – Ethan Doty


LP – Braxton Kelly


Hitting: Geordon Blanton 3b, 1r; Cody Rice 1b, Johnson Central.







ON THE BIG STAGE: Johnson Central second baseman Ryan Sartin-Slone, above, has the ball elude him during the Golden Eagles’ 3-1 loss to Highlands in the opening round of the state baseball tournament. Below, starting hurler Braxton Kelly delivers a pitch during the fourth inning. JC finished 31-8-1.
Medical Leader | Photos by TEDDY PAYNTER
Author Name: 
Teddy Paynter
Friday, June 16, 2017

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Interventional Cardiologist and Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Muhammad Ahmad MD, recently congratulated Jim Evans on his 10th anniversary in cardiac rehabilitation (rehab).


In April 2007, Evans presented at PMC with an emergency situation that resulted in open heart surgery and six coronary bypasses.


“I knew something was wrong,” said Evans. “I was having trouble walking around but I thought, through diet and exercise, I could take care of things.”


After his surgery, Evans followed the advice of his surgeon and cardiologist and began his therapy in PMC’s Cardiac Rehab.


“Cardiac Rehabilitation is a medically supervised program for people who have had a heart attack, heart failure, heart valve surgery, coronary bypass grafting or percutaneous coronary intervention,” said Dr. Ahmad. “It involves adopting heart healthy lifestyle changes to address risk factors for cardiovascular disease.”


Dr. Ahmad says cardiac rehab is designed to help adopt lifestyle changes. This program includes exercise training, education on heart healthy living and counseling to reduce stress and help patients return to an active life.


“Cardiac Rehab can improve your health and quality of life,” said Dr. Ahmad. “It can reduce the need for medications to treat heart or chest pain, decrease the chance you will go back to the hospital or emergency room for a heart problem, prevent future heart problems and help you live longer.”


Dr. Ahmad commends Evans for his commitment to improving his heart health through cardiac rehab.


“Physical activity is the main part of cardiac rehabilitation,” said Dr. Ahmad. “Remember, physical activity is any body movement that works your muscles and requires more energy than resting. Walking, running, dancing, swimming, yoga and gardening are examples of physical activity. Exercise, on the other hand, is a type of physical activity that is planned and structured. Lifting weights, aerobics class, playing a sport are examples of exercise and are recommended for about 30 to 45 minutes, five to six days a week.”


“Cardiac rehab has enabled me to do a lot of things I probably could not have done if I had not had it,” said Evans.  “The nurses and everyone here keep an eye on you. They check on you.  You do not live in denial. If you have a problem they will do everything they can to accelerate your appointment with your cardiologist to see what could be going on.”


Evans says this area needs the heart institute and cardiac rehab.


Evans has literally lived coast-to-coast but has resided in Pikeville for 12 years.  He retired from the University of Pikeville where he served as Vice President of Finance and Administration.


“I have literally lived from Boston to Seattle, all across the country,” said Evans. “I cannot imagine I could have received better care anywhere.  My wife and I noticed, there is a great caring for people here at Pikeville. You will run into very professional care other places, but there is a special caring here, the kind of thing that you often do not see everywhere else. This special level of care has certainly been exemplified by the nurses in cardiac rehab.”


“We at Pikeville Medical Center strive to give the best to our patients while keeping in mind their needs and restrictions,” said Dr. Ahmad.


He urges heart patients to take advantage of cardiac rehab.


For more information about cardiac rehabilitation call 606-218-4925.

Author Name: 
Carol Casebolt
Friday, June 9, 2017

PIKEVILLE — The Center for New Beginnings Fellowship Church, with the generous help of others throughout the community, is answering a higher calling.


It has opened its door to all those less fortunate with the creation of “The Closet.” It provides all genders with a variety of clothing items which have been donated to the church.


“Once the Center opened, people would stop in for a drink or snack, and we had women’s clothing but when men would stop in they would ask if we had a pair of socks or shirts, but we didn’t have any,” Bethany Arnett said. “I was in Helping Hands shopping for men’s clothes and was telling them why I was getting them.”


Helping Hands wanted to get involved.


Each Monday, workers go through all of their clothing and pull everything off the shelves that haven’t sold in the past four to five weeks and bag it up.


“I was thinking oh goodness, all of these clothes, what will we do with all of them. But, from a previous lesson learned I said ‘yes.’ Helping Hands gives us their clothes, and we open our doors and give them away for free. Almost as fast as we bring them in, they’re leaving out the door,” Arnett added.


It took the Center days to go through all the clothing and organize it by sizes.


Arnett said Helping Hands routinely calls the Center each Monday to let them know more clothing items are available.


“We realized we were given these clothes and we didn’t turn them down because we learned that when you’re a church organization and someone asks if you need this, always say yes because that means God is preparing you for the future, you’re going to need it,” she added.


Each Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Center, an arm of the church, gives away clothes to those in need.


Before Helping Hands involvement, the church only had a supply of women’s clothing, many items which had been donated by Cato’s.


“A woman from our church is a manager at Cato’s. They did inventory and were going to get rid of clothes. She had asked if we could use them at the church,” Amber Collins said. “I told her we really didn’t have a need but we might eventually need them for something. I went to pick them up and there were eight to ten huge boxes full of clothes.”


Collins recalled a woman who had graduated from the detention center program, who was homeless and had nothing.


“We brought her over to the Center and she was able to go through all of the clothes and pick out clothes.”


Arnett said the free clothing was beneficial to not only the community but to church members as well.


“We hung on to the clothes that were given to us, some people in our church needed some so they came in and took some and then it spiraled from there.”


Arnett said there is no formal process to get clothes, anyone is welcome.


She said there have been individuals that come in and say they would really like to go back to school. Church officials are working on having an optional questionnaire for individuals to fill out to express their interests.


“It’s really not about just giving away clothes, it’s really about building relationships with people in our community so we can help in some way,” she said.


She said it’s a blessing to help others.


“We don’t really have any plans from here, we are just doing this from day to day. So far, nothing that we have done has been our plan. We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing every day and let God put together the pieces of the puzzle to form the picture that he knows needs to be done,” she concluded.

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, June 9, 2017

Join the American Cancer Society (ACS) and Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) on June 9 at Bob Amos Park for Pike County Relay For Life.


This fundraiser benefits the ACS by raising awareness for cancer research. The money raised also helps with patient programs and services to help the community.


“Relay For life is a wonderful way to remember those lost to cancer and to encourage those who are still in the fight,” said Nell Bedwell, RN, PMC Oncology Outreach Coordinator. “This is the community’s way to take action and support those who are affected by cancer.”


Over 300 people are projected to participate this year, with over 75 of those people on PMC’s team.


Teams from all over the region will gather together to celebrate the hundreds of survivors in attendance.


PMC encourages the community to come and be a part of this special evening.


The event begins at 6 p.m. with closing ceremonies beginning at 11:30 p.m. Call Josh Johnson at 606-220-1017 or visit for more information.

Author Name: 
Amy Charles
Friday, June 9, 2017

Ryan Jones had plenty of time to think during a drive through the Appalachian Mountains to visit family in Virginia.


“I was driving to visit my sister in Wise, Va., and was thinking about starting a cold brew business on my way there,” he said. “I did some research on cold brew and knew it was one of the hottest trends in the coffee industry today.”


When he arrived at his sister’s house, he noticed a bucket of coffee beans soaking in water and asked what she was doing.


“I have been doing some research on cold brew and thought I would give it a try to see how it tastes,” Sarah Lawson said.


Minutes later her husband, Brett, walked through the door and everyone jumped on board to take the leap to start the business. They immediately began making an outline of what they needed.


Lincoln Road Cold Brew Coffee was established in August 2015.


“One evening Brett came over to my house to pick something up,” Jones said. “When he began to leave he told me not to forget to try some of that Lincoln Road Cold Brew. From then on, the name stuck.”


Lincoln Road is the name of the road where everything is brewed, bottled and distributed.


The company offers cold brew coffee in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains and is comprised of the three southwest Virginia natives.


Cold brew coffee is created when coarse ground coffee beans are steeped in cold water for an extended period of time to pull out the bold, rich, sweet and nutty coffee flavors.


“Ours is steeped for 24 hours and infused with nitrogen to extract a less acidic, rich, bold, less bitter and flavor-filled coffee,” Jones said. “Our coffee beans are fair trade and organic beans that are carefully selected from a farm in Guatemala. The beans are shipped to Zazzy’s Roasters in Abingdon, Va., to roast and are picked up the same day.”


Lincoln Road’s Straight Up Cold Brew can be found in local retail stores, 14 regional Food City stores and online.


“Currently, we do not have a retail space. However, we do have a coffee trailer that we travel around in to sell our coffee with several different flavors on draft. We are trying out a few different flavors right now that you’ll hopefully see in stores next year,” Jones said.


“Our product is made for you to enjoy however you wish,” Jones said. “You can drink our cold brew by heating it up, pour over ice, mix it or drink it straight up.”


Jones said they’re looking to increase their brewing capacity and hit more stores in 2018.


“My family comes from an entrepreneurial background and I was inspired and influenced by my father. I thought it would be a great way to make a quality product while also telling the story of the Appalachian Mountains,” said Jones. “Wherever this business goes, we want to tell the story of where we’re from and where we got our start.”


His favorite thing about the business is being able to do what he is passionate about while also providing a good quality product for people to enjoy.


They will be attending the Best Friend Festival in downtown Norton, Va. on June 16 from 10-11 p.m.


For more information and to view upcoming events, visit To place an order call or text 276-275-3633, or email

Author Name: 
Abigail Gibson
Friday, June 9, 2017

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is the first of a four-part series regarding National Safety Month.)


Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is observing National Safety Month during June.


The first topic of the series brings awareness to the safety of children and hot vehicles.


“While it’s never a good idea to leave a child alone in the car, it is imperative that parents understand the dangers of leaving children in vehicles when it’s hot outside,” PMC Pediatrician Brad Akers, MD, said.


Each year, children are left unattended in hot vehicles. This can potentially lead to heat stroke. According to the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP), heat stroke is a breakdown in how the body regulates temperature. The symptoms of heat stroke include hot, flushed skin with a high fever and can cause confusion, coma or shock.


“A car can heat up quickly,” said PMC Pediatrician Kishore Gadikota, MD. “As a result, a child left in a hot car can suffer heat stroke very quickly.”


The AAP states that a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s and that babies are at a higher risk to experience heat stroke because they are less able to sweat when hot.


“A hot car is like a greenhouse,” PMC Pediatrician Shobha Haridas, MD, said. “When children are confined in a hot car, their body temperature can rise rapidly causing heat stroke; therefore it is absolutely unsafe to leave a child, even if it is for a short period of time, in a car in the summer.”


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports these tips to follow:


•Look Before You Lock – Get into the routine of always checking the back seats of your vehicle before you lock it and walk away.


•A Gentle Reminder — Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat. Or, place your phone, briefcase or purse in the back seat when traveling with your child.


•A Routine Check – If someone else is driving your child, or your daily routine has been altered, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely.


•A Key to Safety – You know to keep your vehicle locked, but also keep your keys out of reach to ensure your child does not gain access to an unattended vehicle.


“We should also take caution when placing children in the cars as seatbelt fasteners and car seats can become hot enough to cause burns during the summer,” added Dr. Akers. “It’s important to always check the seat before the child gets in the car to ensure the child cannot be burned and, in some circumstances, it’s also a good idea to let the car run with the air conditioner on for a few minutes before getting in to avoid these types of injuries.”


For more information or to schedule an appointment with a PMC pediatrician, call 606-218-2207.

Author Name: 
Melinda Goodson
Friday, June 9, 2017

A modern interpretation of “The golden rule” was posted on a church sign “Tweet others as you want to be tweeted.”


Like all other forms of communication twitter can be used in a positive or negative way. The golden rule when practiced makes a positive difference. This is true of all our daily actions whether at home, work, play, or tweeting.


The power of our words (spoken or written) can be positive or negative. They can build others up or tear them down.


Jesus’ version of the tweet, “…in everything therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you,” still works when practiced. (Mt 7:12)


So, may the cry of the psalmist be our prayer. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight O Lord my strength and my Redeemer.” (Psalm19:14).




~ PMC Chaplain Sam Crawford may be reached at 606-218-3969.

Friday, June 9, 2017