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Janet Paschal, member of the Gospel Hall of Fame and frequent guest on the Gaither Homecoming Tour, will be performing a Christmas Concert at Rainsville First Baptist Church on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. There is no charge and no love offering will be received. The church is located at 223 Church Ave…

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Christmas is wonderful for many, yet it can be blue for many others. What can we do in this special season? Come and bring December in by beginning the celebrations of Christ’s birth. We will sing, share God’s story in word and song and think about the joys and challenges of the season.

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Our Lady of the Valley Church in Fort Payne will celebrate their 60th anniversary Nov. 23. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with the recognition of all those who helped to make the new Religious Education facility possible. There will be festivities throughout the day in the Parish Hall to inclu…

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Ephesians 1:18-19, “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can see something of the future he has called you to share...”

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Today is Veterans Day, the day our nation honors, though not nearly appropriately, the men, women and families who are veterans of war.

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Ephesians 1:18-19, “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can see something of the future he has called you to share...”

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Last Saturday we talked about why Christians go to church.

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Have you ever wondered why so many Christians go to church?

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Do you have a favorite hymn? What does it mean to you?

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“One o’clock and all’s well!” My favorite scene from my favorite Disney movie. I have recently become a father and I have rediscovered the Disney classics. Now that I am older that scene from Robin Hood is no longer between Nutsy and The Sheriff, but now it’s between Festus from Gunsmoke and…

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Genesis 39:21-23 NLT - But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.

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Hebrews 1:1-2 KJV - God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

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Proverbs 17:1 NLT - Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting--and conflict.

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Mark 3:21 NLT - When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said.

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That is the question that has been raging since 1972 when Roe v. Wade took the center stage at the Supreme Court. We have been arguing from a medical, psychological, moral, and religious point. What is that which is in the womb of a woman? Is it a blob as some have suggested? Is it something…

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“The Big Thompson flood of 1976 was the deadliest flash flood in Colorado’s recorded history. On July 31, between 12 and 14 inches of rain fell over a four-hour period in the mountains around the resort town of Estes Park.

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Would you be amazed if you were told that a United States President went on national public radio throughout the United States and held a prayer meeting? In our 21st century people would say that he crossed the line. People would cry out “separation of Church and State.” But this amazingly h…

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This month I have written about the work of the Holy Spirit in all of us. We started this month celebrating the “Birthday of the Church” (Pentecost) and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church.

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You may remember the Magic Eye puzzles that became popular in the 1990’s. Each Magic Eye puzzle is a jumble of random dots and images, but if you re-focus your eyes all of a sudden it reveals a 3-D image hidden within the jumbled chaos.

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Can you hear me now? This always brings back to mind the annoying commercials from Verizon that asked that question repeatedly. For almost a decade that was Verizon's slogan and ad campaign.

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I went to an Alabama football game last fall, and I could not help but notice all the smartphones. At kick-off there were thousands of smartphones capturing video, taking photos, snapping selfies, and posting to social media. We see the world through these little handheld devices.

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My brother’s birthday is June 5, just a few days away. Growing up I remember that he never got to celebrate his birthday at school, because school had already finished by the time his birthday arrived.

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Do you remember being a child and wanting something so bad it seemed like you were going to pass out? You had to have it now. At that moment. In that instant. But, you heard that dreadful word come out of your parents’ mouth–wait.

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This month in a series of Saturday articles, I have advanced the idea that Christianity undergirds and provides the foundation for education in its most comprehensive sense. The scriptures claim that knowledge, understanding and wisdom begin with a proper appreciation for an understanding of…

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With all the pecking do we wonder why woodpeckers never seem sidelined by headaches or even worse, from concussions? These birds don’t just peck around; they really pound it out. A woodpecker’s head and beak strike with a force 1000 times greater than that of gravity. By contrast, any human …

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We have much to be grateful for when we consider our educational institutions in DeKalb County and Fort Payne. We have two dedicated superintendents, many fine principals and teachers and an award-winning junior college. They continue to develop new programs, to implement the latest technolo…

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The Hope Puppets, a ministry of First Baptist Church in Rainsville, is proud to present its annual Hope Puppet event.

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There is an old adage: “Hire a teenager when he still knows everything.” As a teenager, I knew a lot more than I know now. I knew who was saved and who was not simply by listening to their language or examining their actions.

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In a social experiment, a man in New York City dressed as a homeless person and sat on a sidewalk. He held a sign that said, “Homeless, need $ for weed, drugs, and alcohol.”

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The gospels quote Jesus telling his disciples to do things that seem impossible, like loving their enemies and turning the other cheek. Jesus called this “fulfilling the law.” We might see it as “correcting” the laws of the Old Testament.

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Immigration has been a hot topic in the news lately. However, humans have been migrating for as long as we’ve been around. Almost 25 percent of Americans migrate yearly, but we call it “moving.”

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Alabama Senator Tim Melson, of Florence, has introduced a bill to have state middle and high schools offer electives in the Bible. State high schools already may teach the Bible as literature, and last year, 453 students across the state enrolled in that course.

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My family enjoys watching the wildlife in our backyard. Through the years we have seen raccoons, rabbits, a turtle, hawks, birds of all types, and millions of squirrels. When the kids were small, Daddy would get out our trusty binoculars to view the critters up close. This was a pastime my b…

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There are certain sounds that construct my time machine. Perhaps I will be resting my head on my pillow late at night and hear that familiar rhythm of crickets that takes me back to summers when I would spend time on my grandparent’s land in the country. Or maybe it’s the cicadas that beckon…

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Years ago, I enjoyed the village life, nestled among the jungles of West Bengal, India. It was there that I ministered through church planting and evangelism, taught English and worked toward local community development. I lived in a mud hut with no running water or modern amenities and elec…

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A few months ago, my family and I moved to the beautiful community of Fort Payne. It didn’t take us long to enjoy the scenery that is nestled between two picturesque mountains and the peaceful valley below. You certainly don’t have to look far to see God’s fingerprints.

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Were you ever asked to “accept Christ,” meaning to believe or trust in him? I’m going to suggest that asking people “to accept” Christ is unfortunate terminology. I will allow that it is better to ask others to “accept Him” than not to present the gospel at all. However, I think that this ma…

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We have been considering this month how we become Christians. We have already analyzed two different passages in an attempt to shed light on this question. The first text, 2 Corinthians 5:17, revealed that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation and that this divine work produces the ne…

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How you ever wondered how you came to believe in Christ, while your neighbor has not? It’s not that you are smarter or kinder or even more thoughtful. It’s not simply that you were raised in a believing family, because more than a few were so raised, and yet, today, have no faith.

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During this Christian season of Advent, we have been exploring some of the traditions that are observed by many Christians as they prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas. The four weeks of Advent have themes for each week: hope, peace, joy and love. The first w…

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In last weeks reflection we were introduced to the Christian tradition of observing a time or preparation leading up to the annual celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. This time of preparation is known as Advent. The four weeks of Advent have themes for each week: hope, peace…

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Grand Avenue Bells is an ecumenical hand bell choir organized under the umbrella of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Payne. It is made up of “ding-a-lings” from several different churches in the area making it possible to play 49 bells four octaves, as well as three-octaves of hand-chimes.

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us and we can take a deep breath. At the same time, we are constantly reminded that the “holiday season” is in full swing, and we need to get ready. Are we ready? Have we checked all of the items on our to- do list?

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“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.”

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We are quickly approaching the new year. Many pastors have been praying for sometime for God’s direction for the church in 2019. But, I hope it’s not just your pastor who is praying about how we can better serve, better worship, study more, pray more, and give more as the calendar turns.

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Well the mid-terms are finished, the ballots have been counted (for the most part) and the stats are in.