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FAITH: Unrequested help

By Kasey Graydon Have you ever wondered if you were going to make it? Like seriously thought to yourself “I don’t know how much more of this I can take?” You are not even remotely considering anything as severe as suicide or leaving everything behind, you’re just freaking tired. Tired of schedules, tired of expectations, tired of bills, tired of people disappointing you, tired of disappointing people, & ...

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Relections: On Finishing In Second Place

By Michael J. Brooks I found former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s book at our local library recently and enjoyed reading about his life and service. I heard the governor speak in 2012 and know him to be a commanding figure in person. He didn’t hold back in his book, either! Christie told about his rise from federal prosecutor to governor, flirting with a national office and the two issues he dealt with i ...

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FAITH: Set your face towards suffering

A major turning point in the story of the Gospels is when Jesus began His final journey towards Jerusalem. Rather than staying in one region, He moved steadily southward from Galilee down to the capital city so He could observe the Passover feast. For Jesus, this was a momentous expedition. “When the days drew near for Him to be taken up, He set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). The days were drawin ...

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Kids talk about God: Should you tell the truth even if they won’t like it?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends After hearing a speech in the House of Commons, Winston Churchill remarked, "I should think it hardly possible to state the opposite of the truth with more precision." Whether lies are told with precision or ambiguity, they'll eventually be exposed. The truth is sometimes painful but welcome compared to that sick, sinking realization that you've been had by a liar. As Matthew ...

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Opinion: If you (don’t) like your baby

Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Al For many years, the question of when life begins was a point of contention in the abortion debate. Today the debate is no longer about whether life begins at conception, but about how long you have to end life. The New York legislature recently passed a bill that legalizes the killing of a baby right up until birth. They claim that committing an act of infanticide could be justified i ...

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Opinion: What is abortion, really?

Commentary By Parker Snider, Alabama Policy Institute A battle over abortion is raging around us and more and more states are taking their stand. Some states, like New York and Virginia, seem intent on abolishing any limitations to the practice. Others–red states like Kentucky, Mississippi, and now Alabama–appear resolved to end legalized abortion within their borders. In the midst of this reality, it’s imp ...

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FAITH: Kids talk about God – Why is Jesus forgiving?

KIDS TALK ABOUT GOD BY CAREY KINSOLVING AND FRIENDS Why Is Jesus Forgiving? "Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive," wrote author C.S. Lewis. Think of a time when someone deliberately hurt you. Then, multiply your pain 10,000 times. You might be able to relate to how God feels when faced with a world of people who have sinned against him. Ultimately, all sin is agai ...

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What about autographing the Bible?

Commentary By Michael J. Brooks The recent tornado in Lee County, Alabama, was devastating with 23 lives lost—several in a single family. How sad that things changed for these residents in such a short time.  U.S. presidents are expected to make appearances following disasters in order to boost morale. We remember President Obama touring Tuscaloosa with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley in 2011. Likewise, Preside ...

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The Gas Tax: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Commentary By Phil Williams, Alabama Policy Institute The increased gas tax became law this week amid much Goat Hill fanfare, reminding me of a Clint Eastwood line from an epic western: “I’ve never seen so many men wasted so badly.” The Alabama Policy Institute has said for weeks that improved state infrastructure is important, but that conservative principles must guide the increase: taxes should be the la ...

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Giving our students the best education possible

Guest Editorial By Bradley Byrne “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This question is probably the single most-asked question of any child throughout the world. Here in the United States, many children are able to achieve their dreams through hard work, dedication, and a quality education. But, for some here in our own country, hard work and dedication are not enough when it comes to circumstances ou ...

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