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The vapor resolution

By Richard Harp This past year has come and gone like a vapor. So, with the new year I am making something I call a “Vapor Resolution.” ​If you get the chance to hear the New Year’s countdown, it gives you cause to join in and may even give you pause for thought. While the ball drops and numbers ring out, I think about the potential of the coming year. Ten… “What will this year be like?” Nine… “What new adv ...

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Looking back and looking forward

By Michael J Brooks The Roman goddess Janus had two faces; with one he looked behind and with the other he looked forward. How fitting that the first month in the year is named for him. January is a time we evaluate what we have experienced and make plans about what we want to experience. Looking back, we see a mixture of success and failure, prosperity and want, good choices and bad. We all experience bad ...

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Faith: Christmas means a change in circumstances

By Michael J Brooks A little girl found herself in the church Christmas pageant and sang the assigned carol with gusto, though in error: “While shepherds washed their socks by night / all seated on the ground / the angel of the Lord came down / and glory shown around / and glory shown around." Actually, the shepherds “watched their flocks by night”—an important job in ancient Israel. The sheep provided food ...

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Faith: Significance, meaning and the virgin birth

By Tyler Warner ​When the great interview host Larry King was asked whom he would interview if he could interview anyone who ever lived, he answered without hesitation: “Jesus Christ.” And the question he would ask? “I would like to ask him if he was indeed virgin-born. The answer to that question would define history for me.” While himself an atheist, Mr. King grasps the gravity of the Incarnation. ​The In ...

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Husband-Wife Children’s Pastors minister across nation and world, Part 2: Marcia Irwin Jones

By Avery Ammerman, third grade Special to The Tribune by students of FCCS Marcia Irwin Jones was born in Yazoo, Mississippi, on Oct. 20, 1966. She has three sisters, Betty, Freda and Lynn. Marcia’s dad was an ironworker, so her family moved many, many times across the South. Her dad built the water tanks below the shuttle launch in Florida that cooled the concrete when it blasted off. He also oversaw the cr ...

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Faith: Blood on our hands

By Richard Harp While living in Southern Ohio, our freezer was often supplied with deer meat. This was to save money on groceries and also ensure we were eating lean, healthy meat. One year I decided to save even more by processing the deer myself. Unbeknownst to me, the muzzleloader season that year would be the coldest of the winter, and I would acquire the deer on the coldest day. It froze solid and in o ...

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Faith: Christmas, again?

By Michael J Brooks Some of us have seen a lot of Christmases come and go, and now it’s coming again. We pastors are expected to have some new things to say every time, and it’s hard after preaching about Christmas for 30 or 40 years. Sometimes in frustration, pastors try to do a “re-run” sermon for the holidays, but there’s always someone like the late Jean Watters of Suttle, Alabama, who kept a record in ...

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Faith: Do not be afraid

By Michael J. Brooks Special to The Tribune I was a boy in suburban Birmingham when a man pounded on our door one night. We came to learn he was drunk and believed our house was his house. My dad was working overtime in the nearby steel mill, so I was the man of the house. My mother and sister were terrified. The man wouldn’t listen to us asking him to go away. Then he began to walk down the stairs to the b ...

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Blessing Box from FUMC youth provides 24/7 access to those in need

By Tommi O. Peters For The Tribune TRUSSVILLE — First United Methodist’s student ministry recently completed the latest installment of their Feed the Hungry initiative. Bearing the moniker of Blessing Box, the freestanding structure on Linden Street is unlocked 24/7 to offer canned goods and winter accessories to anyone in need. “We were brainstorming at church one night, basically about how we could help m ...

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Act of Congress leads Northpark annual Christmas program Sunday

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — During the holiday season in Trussville, the city’s predilection for spectacle goes into overdrive. Other than the tree lighting ceremonies and Christmas parades, local churches host annual Christmas programs to spread the season's message of hope and giving. Northpark Baptist Church is hosting its annual Christmas program on Dec. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. ...

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