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Kids Talk About God: Why does God bless Peacemaker?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9). "A peacemaker is a person who breaks up fights," says Doug, age 10. Is this a referee or more like a bouncer? "If you try not to start fights but settle them, you will be thanked," says Davis, 10. Often the peacemaker is misunderstood, blamed and persecuted for trying to prevent strife and conf ...

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Phase III of Faith Community Fellowship well underway; plans include public coffee shop

By Tommi O. Peters For the Tribune TRUSSVILLE - Before planting Faith Community Fellowship church in January of 2006, Lead Pastor Steve McCarty lived as a missionary with his family, often traveling throughout the country to raise financial backing. He leaned heavily on that experience when prioritizing the design needs for construction of FCF’s Trussville location. “I’ve seen every church size and shape ac ...

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Reflections: What do you think?

By Michael J Brooks College students can be irresponsible; a student was a few semesters back. He missed a test and then decided a month later that he needed to take it to maintain his financial aid. I talked with an administrator and asked what she wanted me to do. “It’s your class,” she said. “What do you think you should do?” This was not my experience at other places where the matter would require numer ...

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Faith: The Me Too movement

By Michael J. Brooks Special to The Tribune Kevin was minister of education in a church I served. He’d often say pastors and musicians get accolades after worship services, such as “Thanks for the wonderful sermon,” and “Thanks for the beautiful music.” But in contrast, church members would tell Kevin which toilets needed repairing. I thought about Kevin a few weeks ago when a lady stopped me before a mid-w ...

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God is Bigger Movement Bass Fishing Tournament continues nonprofit’s efforts one year after founder’s passing

By Tommi O. Peters For The Tribune TRUSSVILLE - One year after Rachel Shaneyfelt’s passing, the Trussville-based nonprofit she founded carries on thanks to efforts of her family, friends, and volunteers. The movement functions independently of any church or specific denomination and boasts the mission “To bring hope to a broken world.” After being diagnosed with Mesothelioma, Shaneyfelt had gone to her doct ...

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Reflections: Being in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day

By Michael J. Brooks The Apostle John was exiled to Patmos in the Aegean Sea—the fortress reserved for Rome’s worst criminals. John was only guilty of preaching the gospel of love. But he like Peter, Paul, John Bunyan and others, took time to write from prison and encourage others. It was on Patmos that John was given the vision we call the book of Revelation. Theologians debate about his use of “the Lord’s ...

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Following The Good Shepherd

By Michael J Brooks Special to The Tribune Scripture doesn’t tell us all we’d like to know about spiritual gifts. The writers paint in broad strokes telling us that God has gifted every believer in a unique way to do his work. Thus, not only are we commanded to serve God, but we’re enabled to serve God. Sincere believers disagree on the fine points. I tend to agree with Bible teacher Charles Swindoll about ...

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Reflections: Words on wisdom

By Michael J Brooks Special to The Tribune Christians have sung it for years but may be unaware of its origin in scripture. We sing, “Holy, holy, holy,” and talk about “cherubim and seraphim.” These terms come from the call experience of Isaiah in chapter six of his book in the Old Testament. It was in the year King Uzziah died after a reign of 50 years. The country was in mourning and felt keenly the loss ...

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First Baptist Trussville choir among three Alabama churches that performed at Carnegie Hall

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE — The choir of First Baptist Church Trussville was one of two other Alabama church choirs to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York last week. The trip to New York for the performance was organized by Michael Adler, music minister at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham. [caption id="attachment_58835" align="alignleft" width="300"] Choirs from Shade ...

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Faith: The difficulty of doing God’s work

By Michael J Brooks Special to The Tribune In his new book, “Faith,” former President Jimmy Carter includes Millard and Linda Fuller as examples of those whom he’s known and admired. The Fullers founded Habitat for Humanity, an organization that has built or renovated 2 ½ million homes in 70 nations. One of Millard Fuller’s greatest accomplishments was convincing the Carters to partner with Habitat, and the ...

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