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Prison Reform will Dominate Discussions in State Capital in Coming Months

By Paul DeMarco, former state representative Prison Reform will Dominate Discussions in Alabama State Capital in Coming Months The state is in the midst of negotiating with the United States Justice Department on how to solve Alabama’s chronic prison overcrowding. This past April the Justice Department released the results of a two-year investigation of the state’s prison system and their belief that the co ...

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The Overlooked Legacy of Gideon

By Joshua Winslett, Beulah Primitive Baptist Church Gideon is a very recognizable character in the Biblical narrative. He and his 300 are used to motivate Christians in their individual warfare and pilgrimage (Judges 6-8). However, his example in his later years equally serves as an example for believers to consider. Like most judges in Israel, Gideon experienced miraculous victories through the sovereign p ...

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Kids Talk about God: Can I be sure God is with me?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever" (Psalm 23:6). "The verse means that God will dwell with me all my life," says Devon, age 10. "It also means that God will stay with me in my house." Devon, God stays at my house, too. But as King David recalled his days as a shepherd boy, I think he had somet ...

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FAITH: Being A Christian In The Restaurant

By Michael J. Brooks, Siluria Baptist Church I stood there a bit speechless since it didn’t work out like I’d planned, though I suppose it made me look kind-hearted. I paid the bill for my hamburger lunch and then gave the cashier a five-dollar bill. “Can I have some dollars?” I asked. She responded, “Who was your server?” [caption id="attachment_47240" align="alignleft" width="214"] Michael Brooks, Siluria ...

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OPINION: United States Supreme Court Census Ruling Does Not Bode Well for Alabama

By Paul DeMarco, former Alabama State Representative This past week, the United States Supreme Court released an opinion that does not bode well for Alabama.  The Court found that the Trump Administration did not provide sufficient justification to require a question regarding citizenship on the next United States Census Questionnaire. The Commerce Secretary had argued that the question is necessary to assi ...

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FAITH: Loving and Leaving Your Family

By Tyler Warner We honor the family in the Church. But something so wonderful can become truly ugly when it goes bad. For example, Abraham had several serious setbacks that all stemmed from his family. We think of Abraham as the old patriarch, but when God first called him, he was a young man named Abram. The Lord told him to leave his family and go to a new land alone. However, Abram departed with his fath ...

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Kids talk about God: How would you pray for America?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends "I would pray that I bless all the people in the world and all the animals, my cat, Rusty, especially," says Noah, age 6. Noah would also ask God to bless his house and other people's houses and "to make the parks really fun." Somewhere in Petaluma, California, there's a blessed cat named Rusty. "I pray that everyone in the world has food," says Clare, 5. We often take for gr ...

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OPINION: Accolades for Alabama’s economic development success keep coming

By Paul DeMarco, former Alabama State Representative Over the past 25 years, Alabama has had its fair share of problems it has faced. - public corruption, prison overcrowding, woes with public education and the ever-increasing cost for Medicaid. Where Alabama has shined is economic development and job creation. Since Mercedes-Benz selected Alabama as the site of its first-ever American manufacturing facilit ...

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Kids Talk about God: How does God protect us from danger?

By Carey Kinsolving and Friends "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over" (Psalm 23:5). As I sit down to write, there's a table before me with many interpretations of this well-known Bible verse. One of my favorite attempts to unravel this Scripture comes from Elizabeth, age 8: "Be kind to your enemies, and I'll make you a king." King David ...

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FAITH: Do Not Judge!

By Andy Waits, the associate pastor at FBC Springville If you want to be discouraged, spend a lot of time on social media. If you want to lose all hope in the future of our nation, read the comments on any article on any website. The internet has allowed people to anonymously sit behind a keyboard and spew false and sometimes hateful rhetoric without any regard for the truth or the people’s lives and famili ...

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