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Kids talk about God: Why did John the Baptist say he was a voice crying in the wilderness?

By Carey Kinsvolving and Friends "John the Baptist said he was a crying voice because he was a Baptist,” says Kaylin, 11. I wonder if Kaylin’s assertion should be considered for a vote at the national convention of the Southern Baptists. “John did not want them to think he was Jesus,” said Morgan, 9. “Jesus was his cousin.” When the religious leaders asked John, “Who are you?” he could have said, “I’m not t ...

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FAITH: Being a single parent

By Mike Ennis, Faith Community Fellowship - Springville Campus There is hope in every situation. Life events can be devastating and we can end up living realities we never imagined. I believe one of the most challenging of circumstances is when one finds themselves being a single parent. There are so many difficulties faced by single parents. However, even in what can seem impossible circumstances, there is ...

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FAITH: What Type of Parent are You?

By Andy Waits, FBC Springville My wife and I are expecting our first child. We are excited and nervous. Having had two miscarriages last year, we approach this pregnancy with severe anxiety. Thankfully, the doctor confirms a healthy baby and a healthy mama. We simply rest in God’s everlasting arms. Right now we are planning for the child’s arrival. We are in the process of planning a nursery and creating a ...

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FAITH: No exit

By Michael Brooks Years ago students had to relocate to attend theological seminary. I often joke that when I was young, we had seminaries to attend, not just click on! The rise of Internet study has dramatically changed modern education. Nevertheless,  my new bride and I packed up and moved to Louisville, our home for the next three years. I had many wonderful teachers and classes and am grateful for this ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Hot political summer in the city of Montgomery

By Steve Flowers, political analyst MONTGOMERY — It has been a long hot summer in Montgomery, and I do not mean at the Capitol or Statehouse, but in the City of Montgomery itself.   There is a heated and pivotal mayor’s race.  It has been considered a foregone conclusion that Montgomery will elect their first African American mayor this year.  It is probably about eight years later than expected.  Mont ...

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Alabama voters will be watching how new gas tax funds will be spent

By Paul DeMarco We are just now days away from the first installment of the ten cents a gallon gasoline tax the Alabama House of Representatives and Senate approved this past legislative session. This September 1st, gasoline will go up by six cents a gallon this year, two cents each of the next two years and then may go up by a penny every other year depending on the National Highway Construction Cost Index ...

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FAITH: Kids talk about God: What does the Bible mean when it says Jesus was full of grace and truth?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends "If you had a bad day and had a timeout, God would forgive you,” says Hayes, 6. Hayes, you’re thinking like me. You need a lot of grace for life’s truth timeouts. In Jesus, we see the perfect balance of grace and truth. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). ...

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FAITH: How to change churches successfully

By Michael J. Brooks I'll never forget the family I met at a neighboring church years ago while leading a Bible study. They were happy in their church, I thought, but several years later they presented themselves for membership in our church. The interesting thing is that there was another church in between, so ours was their third church in a short time. Church growth researchers report that people are cha ...

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Students Returning to the Classroom as Debate Starts Soon on Changes to the State Board of Education

By Paul DeMarco Now that students across the state are returning back to the classroom, it is a good time to think about an upcoming vote in Alabama that will happen in a little over six months. On the March 3, 2020, ballot along with the presidential primary, will be a Constitutional Amendment that will change the way Alabama administers the state education system. Voters will decide whether to change the ...

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Kids talk about God: How does Jesus give light to everyone?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends "Jesus gives light to everyone by letting you buy it from the grocery store,” says Omar, 5. The Apostle John had a different kind of light in mind when he referred to Jesus as “the true light which gives light to every man coming into the world” (John 1:9). “Jesus came into the world to tell people the truth,” says Shelby, 10. “He was the light that took away those dark belie ...

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