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DEMARCO: For Alabama, government-run health care is a disaster in the making

By Paul DeMarco Election Day 2020 may still be more than a year away, but Democrats running for their party’s nomination for president are clamoring to capture the headlines. One issue that Alabamians should pay close attention to is health care. Some candidates—like Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders—are calling for an immediate overhaul of our entire health care system while others, like former ...

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FAITH: Confession is good for the soul

By Michael J. Brooks I thought it best to confess before some enterprising journalist dug it up and doomed any political nomination I might have in the future. We’re studying the book of Acts in our church, and lately highlighted the seven servants chosen in chapter six. We Baptists traditionally espouse this to be the genesis of the deacon office, though the men aren’t called deacons in this context. Their ...

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Kids talk about God: How can you avoid being double-minded?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends “When bad things happen, don't ask God 'Why?' Just believe God has everything under control, and don't panic on him," says Becca, 10. It's easy to trust God when things are going smoothly. When the crisis hits without warning, faith is tested. James, the New Testament writer, is so confident in God's goodness that he urges Christians to rejoice when they encounter difficultie ...

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FAITH: No matter what, there is hope for the future

By Mike Ennis, Faith Community Fellowship, Springville Campus Pastor Sometimes life just does not make sense. As we look around and see the crazy things that are happening, life just gets more confusing. It seems like what should be right is wrong and what should be wrong is right. When we examine our own life, it can be just as confusing. We are all products of our life experiences. Sometimes it’s all we k ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Rick Pate, Will Ainsworth, Jack Hawkins

By Steve Flowers, political analyst MONTGOMERY — We have two men who were elected to statewide constitutional offices last year, who seem to be doing a good job.  They are both working quietly and diligently in their new posts. Rick Pate was sworn in as the state’s Agriculture Commissioner in January.  He followed John McMillan, who served eight years as Agriculture Commissioner.  McMillan took a nonpolitic ...

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Reflections: Our refuge in time of trouble

By Michael J. Brooks David’s experience in the Valley of Elah is a story familiar to even the smallest child. The shepherd-boy of Israel faced down the Philistine giant, Goliath, who was nearly 10 feet tall. A Sunday School worker taught her boys and girls about this story one morning and asked them what they’d do if they faced a giant like David did. “I’d call 9-1-1!” replied one little girl. [caption id=" ...

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Kids talk about God: Why didn’t Jesus trust people?

By Carey Kinsolving and friends “Because Jesus knew some people were mean,” says Torie, 7. If you’ve ever watched any old western movies, you know that some people enjoy being mean. They wouldn’t have it any other way. Early in his ministry, Jesus performed miracles in Jerusalem. The Bible says, “Many believed in his name when they saw the signs which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself to them, becaus ...

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REFLECTIONS: Your speech betrays you

By Michael J. Brooks The lady behind the counter listened to my request, and then made a simple statement, "You're not from around her, are you?" I was on a trip at the time above the Mason-Dixon Line and I suppose it was clear I was from the deep South! We Southerners don't really notice our speech patterns but we do notice those from other regions. And sometimes our nativity is revealed through the truism ...

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Reflections: Christians AWOL

By Michael J. Brooks It was a disturbing call I received several years ago. His mother phoned to say Gary was in jail. Gary had grown up in our church and joined the U.S. Army. On a weekend leave, he decided he wasn’t going back. So the Army and the rental car agency pressed charges and he was in jail. Of course I went to see him and offered what comfort and counsel I could. Gary is the only person I’ve kno ...

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POLITICS: Another Alabama Police Officer Loses His Life, State Leaders Need to Act

By Paul DeMarco BIRMINGHAM — Tuscaloosa Police Officer Dornell Cousette was shot and killed in the line of duty this past week. Unfortunately, he became the fifth member of Alabama law enforcement to die in 2019. Nationwide there have been 87 officers who have been killed this year. Law enforcement faces danger on the job every day, yet in the year 2019 are still not fully appreciated for the sacrifices the ...

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