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Kids talk about God: Why does the Bible call Jesus “The Word”?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends "Jesus is the Word because through him all things are made,” says Jonathan, 8. “What he said became. Through the words of Jesus, the Earth and man were made. So, he is the Word.” When we read, “In the beginning was the Word” in John’s Gospel, we should immediately think of another Bible text that begins with the same introductory phrase. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, G ...

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FAITH: Miracles Through Mistakes

By Tyler Warner, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Trussville As a pastor, I talk to a lot of people, giving counsel or encouragement. One of the mysterious parts of my job is seeing what actually sticks, and what does not. Often, a throwaway comment will redirect someone’s life, while the carefully-constructed arguments fall flat. In the book of 1 Samuel, we meet Hannah; a barren woman, miserable over her la ...

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Inside the Statehouse: Those who bake the pie get to eat it

By Steve Flowers Governor Kay Ivey’s first legislative session of the quadrennium was very successful.  Her prowess at getting things accomplished with this Legislature has been remarkable. She knows what she is doing.  It should not be surprising given her background and experience. Kay Ivey has been around state government for most of her adult life.  She has dealt with the Legislature for over four decad ...

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REFLECTIONS: Making an uncertain sound

By Michael J. Brooks, Siluria Baptist Church in Alabaster I was delivering a Sunday night sermon years ago at the end of a long day. The congregation began laughing for no explicable reason, so I stopped and asked about this. “You said we had ‘feets’ of clay,” someone said. We all had a laugh, and then I bore down, “But we all DO have feets of clay!” I guess everyone that evening was as Dave Barry says, “hu ...

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FAITH: Be obedient and trust God for the outcome

By Mike Ennis, Faith Community Fellowship, Springville Campus The only thing CERTAIN in this world is UNCERTAINTY. Life quickly gets complicated and confusing. As a planner and goal setter, any given day can be unnerving and leave me with a sense of failure. There are so many, like me, who can get overwhelmed with a life that is unpredictable. Below is a story of my friend Tommy. As a sales representative i ...

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Byrne: Curtain Closes on Democrats’ Mueller Theater and Impeachment Fantasy

Washington, D.C. – July 24, 2019 – Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) released the following statement after the conclusion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. Byrne said: “Democrats’ last desperate attempt to change the narrative on the Mueller report and generate support for their delusional impeachment fantasy landed with a thud. I’ve read t ...

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Inside the Statehouse: 2020 U.S. Senate Race

By Steve Flowers The long hot summer has brought some crystallization to the 2020 U.S. Senate race. This seat is the Senate seat held by Senator Jeff Sessions for almost two decades.  He unwittingly made a strange and probably very regrettable decision to join President Donald J. Trump’s administration as attorney general.  Very few U. S. Senators with 20 years seniority would leave their permanent seats in ...

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OPINION: Deadly Summer for Boating Accidents Should Lead to More Funding for Alabama Marine Patrol

By Paul DeMarco, former Alabama State Representative This summer has proven to be deadly on Alabama waterways, with 25 fatalities so far this year. The high number of deadly boating accidents has made 2019 one of the worst years for deadly boating accidents in over 20 years. While only midway through the year, the numbers have already eclipsed fatal boating accidents in each of the past two years in Alabama ...

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FAITH: Equally Free, Not Equally True

By Andy Waits, Associate Pastor/ Worship & Students, FBC Springville We live in the greatest country in the history of the world. Having traveled to many countries and met many people, I say this with boldness. While the nation we all love is certainly not perfect, we still enjoy many freedoms for which our forefathers fought. One liberty I am most thankful for is the freedom of religion. As a Pastor, I ...

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FAITH: How do I choose a church?

By Joshua Winslett, Pastor of Beulah Primitive Baptist Church in Leeds There are various reasons that we hear people choosing a church to attend. Typically, the standard reasons I often hear are “it feels good,” “I like the music,” “it had the best programs,” and “our children like it.” Church worship should feel good. Worship hymns should be engaging to the experience. Congregations should be active, or li ...

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