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DOUG JONES: Honoring Our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day

By Senator Doug Jones This Memorial Day, I ask that we all take time to remember and honor the Alabamians, and men and women from across the country, who have given their lives while serving in our nation’s armed forces. They—and their families—have sacrificed more than most of us can ever imagine in order to defend our country both at home and abroad. It is because of their service that America continues t ...

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Opinion: Level the Playing Field for Small Craft Breweries in Alabama

By: Jeff Heck, Co-Founder and CEO of Monday Night Brewing, Joel Iverson, Co-Founder and COO of Monday Night Brewing, and Jonathan Baker, Co-Founder and CMO of Monday Night Brewing We founded Monday Night Brewing, an Atlanta-based craft brewery, with a clear purpose – “to deepen human relationships over some of the best beer in the country.”  One of the primary ways we live out our purpose is creating spaces ...

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FAITH: I’m Looking for a Good Church

By Andy Waits, Associate Pastor, FBC Springville Every week or so I will get a text message from a friend or church member calling my attention to another Facebook thread. Someone has gotten on What’s Happening in Springville/Argo/Odenville/Moody/Pell City/Trussville and is asking for recommendations for a good church. Like most millennials, I get my popcorn ready to enjoy the show. It seems innocent enough ...

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FAITH: Unrequested help

By Kasey Graydon Have you ever wondered if you were going to make it? Like seriously thought to yourself “I don’t know how much more of this I can take?” You are not even remotely considering anything as severe as suicide or leaving everything behind, you’re just freaking tired. Tired of schedules, tired of expectations, tired of bills, tired of people disappointing you, tired of disappointing people, & ...

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Relections: On Finishing In Second Place

By Michael J. Brooks I found former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s book at our local library recently and enjoyed reading about his life and service. I heard the governor speak in 2012 and know him to be a commanding figure in person. He didn’t hold back in his book, either! Christie told about his rise from federal prosecutor to governor, flirting with a national office and the two issues he dealt with i ...

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FAITH: Set your face towards suffering

A major turning point in the story of the Gospels is when Jesus began His final journey towards Jerusalem. Rather than staying in one region, He moved steadily southward from Galilee down to the capital city so He could observe the Passover feast. For Jesus, this was a momentous expedition. “When the days drew near for Him to be taken up, He set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). The days were drawin ...

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Kids talk about God: Should you tell the truth even if they won’t like it?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends After hearing a speech in the House of Commons, Winston Churchill remarked, "I should think it hardly possible to state the opposite of the truth with more precision." Whether lies are told with precision or ambiguity, they'll eventually be exposed. The truth is sometimes painful but welcome compared to that sick, sinking realization that you've been had by a liar. As Matthew ...

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Opinion: If you (don’t) like your baby

Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Al For many years, the question of when life begins was a point of contention in the abortion debate. Today the debate is no longer about whether life begins at conception, but about how long you have to end life. The New York legislature recently passed a bill that legalizes the killing of a baby right up until birth. They claim that committing an act of infanticide could be justified i ...

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Opinion: What is abortion, really?

Commentary By Parker Snider, Alabama Policy Institute A battle over abortion is raging around us and more and more states are taking their stand. Some states, like New York and Virginia, seem intent on abolishing any limitations to the practice. Others–red states like Kentucky, Mississippi, and now Alabama–appear resolved to end legalized abortion within their borders. In the midst of this reality, it’s imp ...

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FAITH: Kids talk about God – Why is Jesus forgiving?

KIDS TALK ABOUT GOD BY CAREY KINSOLVING AND FRIENDS Why Is Jesus Forgiving? "Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive," wrote author C.S. Lewis. Think of a time when someone deliberately hurt you. Then, multiply your pain 10,000 times. You might be able to relate to how God feels when faced with a world of people who have sinned against him. Ultimately, all sin is agai ...

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