August 22, 2002 – January 05, 2019
Christian John Burns, age 16, of Dahlonega passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019.
Chris was born in Lumpkin County on August 22, 2002. He was preceded in death by his mother Johanna Burns, grandfather Juddy Welch, great-grandfather Clyde Spradley, and great-grandfather Leon Welch. Chris was a dedicated and loyal friend. His passion was music and gaming and he was a left-handed self-taught guitarist. He was an honor student at Lumpkin County High School and was a reliable, dedicated employee of Dairy Queen in Dahlonega. His friends called him “Chrisby Bacon”. Chris’ solution to fix things was “turn it off and turn it back on again”.
Survivors include his dad Bill Burns, brother Kenny Page, and sister Melinda Page, all of Dahlonega; maternal grandparents Edward and Jennifer Bilby, Moore, S.C.; maternal great-grandmother Georgia Mae Spradley, Dahlonega; uncle Stephen Welch, Dahlonega; aunt and uncle Jamie and Todd Holford, Mauldin, S.C.; uncles and aunts Aaron and Dana Welch, and Adam and Mary Welch, both of Dahlonega; Scott and Barbara Bassett, Sylva, N.C.; aunt Stacey Watts, Dahlonega; uncle Brian Bruning, Cornelia; and special friend Elizabeth Rodriguez, Murrayville.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Saturday at Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Tommy Panter will officiate. The family will receive friends from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM Friday at Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home.
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Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home of Dahlonega, formerly Banister Funeral Home
Are You a Righteous Person?
1Cor1:9 “God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” Do you think the Father would call us into fellowship with His Son if we were not righteous? You can, and should be righteous. Righteousness means having the ability to stand in the presence of Father God without the sense of guilt or condemnation. Think of receiving eternal life, the nature of God Almighty. You come into His family and partake of His Divine Nature. You are free from the fear of Satan and can stand in his presence without any sense of inferiority. Satan cannot pierce through the armor of righteousness.
Eph 6:14” Stand, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.” His righteousness will become a wall against the enemy when you learn to wear it. Put it on. Make it happen. The very next verse tells you that you will not make it to” happy land” if you fail the righteousness test.
1st Cor. 6:9 says, “Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Listen to me! Don’t be deceived!
A righteous person is one who is living out his life through the Son of God and has walked out of his old lifestyle into the new Kingdom of God. He has changed worlds. My friend, you get into the new kingdom by being washed in the blood of the Lamb, Christ Jesus. He alone is righteous and the maker of your righteousness. Where does your family stand?
You might be thinking,” Bob, no one can be that righteous.” O yes, you can because of a loving, kind, and good Father. Our Father God draws you to His preciousSon, Christ Jesus, who washes you in His own blood: The blood that makes you whiter than snow. All you need to do, my friend, is to believe it, step into it and thenstep out and live it.
Listen, the desire to get rid of sin consciousness has given birth to all the religions of the world, but Satan and the sin problem are still here. Remember now sin makes cowards of men. Sin consciousness holds us in bondage. But God has made provision for making a new you. He has planned to impart His nature to you, taking out the old sin nature and replacing it with His Godly nature.
Rom 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death.” Sin has to be abolished in your life by the Lord Jesus so you might be made the righteousness of God, in Him. My friend, your sin is dead unto the Lord. Look at the price paid for you. It makes you feel like you truly are somebody, doesn’t it?
1Pet 3:18 “For Christ has once suffered for sin, the Just for the unjust.( or the Righteous for the unrighteous ) that He might bring us to God, being put to death (killed) in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” He covered you. He made the new you.
1Pet. 2:24 “Who His own self-bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.” Look, if you have not come to Jesus with your sins, then hell will be your final home! Listen, my friend, repent today. Can you see your sins in his body hanging on a bloody tree? It’s time to walk away from all sin .2Cor.5:21.”For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Cor5:17”Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things become new.” This new person has never lived before He is now a new, righteous creature! You’re a brand new self. There is nothing in the book against you; it is just as if you had never sinned.
Rom8:1”There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” You are now made right, put right.
The sense of unworthiness destroys faith and robs us of our peace of mind. Only Jesus can replace unworthiness. Are you washed in the blood? Have you tasted his wonderful love? Listen, love is our sin cover.
Heb 9:26 “Now once at the end of the age has He been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” In the garden, Adam had perfect fellowship with God before the devil deceived him. Now that lost righteousness has been restored to us, the believer, through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. He broke sin’spower for the believer.
Living a righteous life unto the Lord brings peace. It brings rest. It brings joy, and better health. Living righteously gives you a sense of well-being. It brings blessings and prosperity to every area of your life through the presence of the Holy Spirit that is dwelling in you.
. The righteousness of Christ Jesus is to and for all men who will believe. Never again should you see yourself as “a poor sinner”, if you are born again. Don’t look atyourself as a failure and sin- ruled. Why not? Because the Father Himself planned the redemption and brought it about through His precious Son, Christ Jesus. He has set His seal upon the redemptive work of Jesus making you, the believer, righteous.
John 16:33 Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Make sure you are all the way out of the world, and into His kingdom, where He can cover you.
Matt28:18 And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.”If Jesus has all power on the earth, then the devil has no power except what he steals from you, or you let him take away. Speak to the devil with authority and, you can take out of his mouth what he has gobbled up from you.
1Pet5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour.” That is you, and that is true. The devil hates God’s righteous sons and daughters. He wants to keep you living on Wrong Street. If the devil can make you feel unrighteous, then he can influence your thinking which will affect your decisions. Don’t let the attacks get to you, Put up a good fight remember;
David didn’t make David famous, Goliath did..
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Today, I want to talk to you about your faith, but I don’t want to do just another faith teaching that won’t work for you any better than the last one you heard. I want to help you to power up the faith you have. Faith works by love, so then, love will be your power source to walk by faith. You can measure your faith in the Lord by your love for Him. Faith is reaching out with love, and appropriating what has already been spoken and offered to you.
Rom.12:3, Paul said,” For I say, through the grace given unto me to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, as God hath given to every man the measure of faith.” The Father jump starts all of us in our faith walk. We increase it by learning to listen to His Word, knowing His will, and learning His way.
Gal.3:22 The Apostle Paul said, “The scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith [of] Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.”
Paul also said,” I walk by the faith of Christ Jesus.” Faith is not something you get, but something you have when you receive and believe Christ Jesus. We must learn to receive and live by His faithfulness.
I want you to take a look at Gal.1:3-4. Paul said,” Grace be to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ who gave Himself for our sins that He might deliver us from this present evil world; according to the will of God and our Father.” We must change worlds. You have to walk out of this evil world and put no faith in it at all but keep your heart set on the Faithful One, Christ Jesus, and His Kingdom.
Gal. 2:20, Paul said,” I am crucified with Christ. Nevertheless, I live; yet not I but Christ lives in me and the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith [of] the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” When you believe and trust everything Jesus said and did, and can believe Him for His future promises; you will be full of faith. (although you’re standing in the midst of an evil world)
Rom.10:17, Paul said,” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” You can add to your faith by taking in more of the Word of God. Our big challenge is understanding how faith works and when we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us.
Heb.11:1,” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” We must work the substance and believe the evidence of something we cannot see. Faith believes what cannot be tasted, touched, seen, heard or smelled.
Faith is a place between A-men, and there it is. I prayed. I believed. I have it. Faith is what you hold on to until the thing you are praying for comes into your hand.
1John5:4, “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” Faith is Big, Big, Big.
How do you use faith? Faith does not come from or operate out of the natural realm. Your spirit touches things of the Spirit. By faith, your spirit touches the supernatural realm. Your soul, which is your mind, will, and emotion touches the sense realm: reason, thought, feelings, and desires.
Your body touches the five senses: touch, smell, hear, feel, and taste.
The natural man says,” if I see, it I will believe it”. The spiritual man says,” If I believe it, I will see it.” Jesus said, My Word is Spirit, and it is Life. Do you have the Life of the Spirit working In you?
Remember Peter. He was taught perfectly by the Master. He knew everything about Jesus, but when his faith was tested, he failed the test. He said, “I don’t know the man.” After he walked on water with Jesus, and after twice working with Jesus in feeding multitudes with a few fish and bread, the #1 Jesus school graduate had little faith in the man. Christ Jesus.
When Jesus appeared to His disciples in Galilee, after his resurrection, Matt28:17 says the eleven worshiped, but some doubted. That alone shows you that faith doesn’t come easily. Even the men that were with the Master all the time showed little faith. Jesus said, my Word is Spirit, and it is Life. Faith then comes by hearing His Word. After Peter was filled and baptized with the Holy Spirit, he was able to tell the lame man,” in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth what I have, give I you, rise and walk.”
Rom.1:11, Paul said, “For I long to see you that I may impart unto you some spiritual gifts to the end you may be established.” This is big because spiritual gifts do not operate out of the natural man.They operate by faith out of the spirit. The natural man’s faith is only in what he can see or control. You have to step out of the natural man into the spirit realm and establish yourself in the spirit to move by faith.
When it comes to the things of God, you can‘t have it unless you can get it by faith. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. I believe this tells us the more faith we have, the more we can please Him. Tell me, is anything greater than pleasing our wonderful Father?
My friend, if you are trying to walk by faith based on what you have learned without first getting the word down deep in your spirit, you will lose every time! After you are saved and become a child of God, you must learn to live by faith. The Lord seldom, if ever, responds to pain, suffering, or sorrow. God responds to faith.
Prov.20:27, “The spirit of the man is the candle of the Lord.” God sees what is in your spirit, and he measures your faith from there. How do you think you look? What condition is your spirit? Are you praying every day in the spirit? If so, you should have your spirit built up until you can believe His word. True faith moves the Lord’s, heart. Little faith grieves him.
Gal.5:6,” Faith works by love.” God lavished his love upon you when He took you into His family. He washes your hurting, ugly, sinful life away, and promises you a future and a hope, and a love that lasts forever. My friend, this should make your faith rise and work for you.
Luke 22:31, “Simon, Satan has desired to have you that he may, sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith fails not.” Prayer is the bridge that faith travels over. It is not unusual to doubt your faith, but those who move the kingdom forward, never doubt The Master. You must have faith in all that He says.
Study and learn God’s word. If the Word is not understood, the enemy gobbles it up. We need faith to trust God in everything we do. Not just faith in Him, but confident in our position in Him. In other words, we need to be filled with His love and walk in His ways. We can operate the things of God in our lives by our faith in Him. Again, you will never walk in more faith than you can believe.
You cannot withhold anything from God and still have faith in His promises. You will not speak for Him with authority. You must live a pure life through Him, My friend; we have an anchor and someone to hold on to forever: The Man, Christ Jesus.
Matt. 9:29 Jesus said, “According to your faith let it be done unto you.“
Eph. 6:16 Paul said,” Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” I assure you the darts will come. So Faith up.
Please remember faith works by love: little love, little faith. We must learn to love in order to walk in great faith that pleases the Lord.
Gal.3:11, “The just shall live by faith.”
Rom.8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” You are made right, put right, justified. That makes You a just person! Now you can live by faith. Jesus said,” I am the light of the world.” Before He left, He said you are the light of the world. Throw your light out there, let it shine. Jesus said,” Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”. Matthew 5:16r.
God Loves You. Keep your eye on the Straight Gate.
The Gilmer County chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is selling tickets for a chance to win a restored 1927 Ford Model T Huckster truck. The proceeds collected from the raffle will be used to cover the cost of a mission trip to Japan next summer.
Ford Model T Huckster
FCA Area Director Reece Sanford said the vintage vehicle was donated by a local family in Blue Ridge to help send 12 to 17 coaches and athletes on the mission trip.
He said 500 tickets will be sold at $100 each with the drawing scheduled Dec. 17th, during a special FCA all start football game involving seniors from Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Towns and Union counties. The game will be played in Blairsville.
Queen said the old truck runs well and had been in a downtown Blue Ridge location for a number of years before being restored.
Tickets are available from Reece Sanford at (706) 253-9608.
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