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FAITH: Do Not Judge!

By Andy Waits, the associate pastor at FBC Springville If you want to be discouraged, spend a lot of time on social media. If you want to lose all hope in the future of our nation, read the comments on any article on any website. The internet has allowed people to anonymously sit behind a keyboard and spew false and sometimes hateful rhetoric without any regard for the truth or the people’s lives and famili ...

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FAITH: I have Been Reading the Bible Wrong

By Richard Harp, Deerfoot church of Christ I have been reading the Bible wrong for a very long time. This discovery has been both eye-opening and freeing at the same time. What I found may help you in your walk with God and in your personal Bible reading practices. You may be just as surprised as I was to discover you have possibly been reading the Bible wrong as well. These discoveries have also led me to ...

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Agape Church offers ‘Hope for the Journey’ for families of addicts

By Crystal McGough, copy editor PINSON — When someone has a family member or loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it can be devastating. Often, the addicted person’s family feels alone as they try to cope with feelings of heartache, fear, anger, anxiety and confusion. They can feel as though their loved one’s addiction has put a scarlet letter on the entire family, and find themselves trying to ma ...

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Trussville man publishes book, ‘From The Cross To The Throne’

By Crystal McGough, copy editor After an out-of-body experience in his early 20s, Barry Grantham felt a calling from God to share the gospel of Jesus. But even a direct word from God did not result in immediate action, as criticism from fellow Christians made Grantham doubt his calling. “I had an experience with the Lord when I was about 21 years old, and really just kind of ran from it up until about 2016, ...

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FCF Trussville holds Easter weekend ribbon cutting for new sanctuary

By Crystal McGough, copy editor TRUSSVILLE -- Faith Community Fellowship in Trussville opened the doors of its brand new sanctuary to the public over Easter weekend. Lead Pastor Steve McCarty and the FCF staff held a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication on Saturday, April 20, at 9 a.m., and the church’s first Easter service was held in the new sanctuary that evening. On Sunday, FCF held two more Easter se ...

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Faith: Prepare to meet your baker

By Richard Harp This is the slogan for the local Great Harvest Bakery in Trussville. Recently, a challenging yet inspirational story took place regarding their company and our congregation.  We had a family of three visit with us for worship one Sunday. Their mother filled out a visitor’s card, explaining that she and her daughters had just moved to Alabama from the far Northwest and were looking for a chur ...

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Faith: Calvary, not Calvin

By Andy Waits If you want to get someone’s blood boiling bring up Calvinism. Better yet, if you want to make a life-long enemy, accuse them of being a Calvinist. This label has become the scarlet letter, the ace in the hole that people pull when they want to rally a mob against a pastor or church member. ​How do you define Calvinism? Everyone has an opinion. Some say “a Calvinist doesn’t believe in missions ...

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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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