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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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Faith: Life is worth remembering

By Tyler Warner Calvary Chapel, Trussville TRUSSVILLE — We just commemorated the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice. Nine million soldiers died in that war, and seven million civilians. At the time it was considered the war to end all wars, the greatest catastrophe that had ever befallen the earth, or at least Europe. Without it there would have been no World War II, no Nazis, no Soviet Union, n ...

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Clearbranch launches new service at Pinson Valley High School

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports PINSON — Over 160 people showed up Sunday evening, Dec. 2, to attend the first service of Crosshaven in it’s new location at Pinson Valley High School. Crosshaven is a worship service meant for those wanting a different kind of worship with a deconstructed feel.  Clearbranch Associate Pastor Jeremy Auvil’s message began a sermon series called, “The Christmas Present ...

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On getting along with others

By Michael J. Brooks My denomination invited me to write a series of three commentaries for Sunday School teachers to be used next year, and I was happy to complete the assignment a bit early and hit “send” last week. The editor said 90,000+ leaders will use this material. He said the Bible teachers range from college professors to truck drivers, and I was to write for the truckers! As I tell classroom stud ...

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