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So what do you celebrate?

The Real Story... News and commentary about the real estate market and related topics. Dave Parrish, ABR ®, CRS, CSP, GRI, ePRO ®, REALTOR ®, RE/MAX MarketPlace For an archive of The Real Story visit: http://www.DavidParrishRealtor.com/myblog The opinions expressed here are my own and don’t necessarily represent those of RE/MAX International. So What Do You Celebrate… Summer has arrived and that great Ameri ...

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Should a Christian even vote this year?

By Chip Thornton, First Baptist Church Springville A young voter asked me Sunday, “Who are you voting for in November?” Apparently a famous Christian rapper said he would not vote because there were no [caption id="attachment_32458" align="alignleft" width="198"] submitted photo[/caption] acceptable candidates. That concerned me. Christians should seek to significantly influence (not withdraw) from politics ...

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Summer vacations: A practice modeled by Jesus

By Buddy Champion, First Baptist Church Trussville  Summer is here! The once growing green grass now has dry spots. The rain comes for one part of our city but not the other. The lightning bugs are flying and other bugs seem to be screaming about how hot the evenings are. Vacation Bible Schools are taking place while mission trips are coming and going. In the middle of this, we say that we need a vacation; ...

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Chloe’s Story: Faith, inspiration and an enduring message

Commentary by Scott Buttram It was nine years ago today when Chloe Collar began to change the world or, at least, our part of the world. Her story and the story of her family is one of faith, inspiration and a story that should endure the test of time. Chloe is the daughter of Danielle and Chris Collar.  Lori and I met Chris and Danielle at church and though they were almost a generation younger, we bonded ...

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Will you get Cataracts?

By Dr. Zachary Steele Since June is cataract awareness month, I thought I would talk a little today about the most common thing we see in patients over the age of 60. We are often asked questions daily about cataracts, more often than not by baby-boomers. Usually the question is “will I get cataracts?” The answer is yes, we all do eventually. Cataracts are the most common eye disorder in North America. Abou ...

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Loved, Love, Loving

By Kevin Payne, Palmerdale United Methodist Church  William Shakespeare penned the line, “Love is a many splendored thing.” And, to be sure, it is. Love is constantly transforming, moving, and changing. Love itself evolves, and it changes and evolves us. Take marriage, for instance: the love that is shared in the first year is not exactly the same as what is shared by the 50th. It’s not less of love, but it ...

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Two decades of service and a lifetime of friendship

By Steve Flowers One of my most cherished lifetime memories is the almost two decades I served in the Alabama House of Representatives. It was because of the lifetime friends made during that era. The House was not as partisan as it is today. This day and time it seems like legislators do not mix and mingle with different party members. They get in their caucuses and stay put. When I was in the House, altho ...

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Mobile Bay trout fishing makes big turnaround

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Tim String is a happy camper again. The speckled trout fishing in Mobile Bay and nearby estuaries has been excellent this spring and early summer, which means String’s boat is full of happy campers as well. “From last year to this year there is a 100 percent difference,” String said. “From talking to people I know and I trust, it was ...

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Everybody’s A Theologian

By Andy Waits, First Baptist Church Springville I am 5’9, 180 pounds and out of shape. I don’t eat healthy. I casually exercise. The last time I played competitive sports was on the JV football team in high school (14 years ago). Yet, I’m sure of one thing: I know how to coach football better than professional coaches. I realized this last fall. I attended a college football game with a friend from church. ...

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Mouth of God

By Channing King If somebody asked you where health comes from, what would you say?  Would you say your heart, your lungs, or would it be your brain?  Healing in your body works by sending messages from the brain through nerve messages that move down your spinal cord out your nerves to every tissue, cell, muscle, and organ.  Your nervous system is the master control of the body. This is how God set up the h ...

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