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This month I would like to share some various aspects of life. Today I ask you to consider the subject of a birth in the family. Psalm 127:3 says “children are an heritage (or gift) from the Lord” and are a reward from Him.

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Some of those who oppose wearing masks to prevent Covid cite hiding God’s image, hearkening to Genesis 1:26-27 where the writer said humankind was created in God’s image and likeness. What do those words really mean?

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The classic film “Inherit the Wind” is a fictional account of the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. Pandering for votes, Tennessee’s legislature outlawed teaching the theory of evolution and instead said only the creation story in Genesis should be taught in the state’s schools.

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Are you open-minded? This is a question I ask students in an ethics class that I teach.

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At the time the creation stories in Genesis 1 & 2 were written, the most popular account of how the world came to be was one out of Babylon. Knowing the context of our texts is paramount to explaining their existence.

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“Who can find a good wife? She is far more precious than jewels…She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” Proverbs 31:10,26

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I’ll never forget my “Prodigal Son” moment in my senior year of high school. My family had some land in the country and my father had just purchased a used tractor for the pasture. The air-conditioned cab and extra horsepower were major upgrades from our previous one. Anxious to show off, I …

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have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galations 2:20

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Joseph, Son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Mt 1:20-21).

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What makes you happy? What truly brings joy to your life? What is it that can put a smile on your face or brighten your day no matter has happened? Hold on to that thought for just a moment…

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Last week I was very thankful to attend and be part of the National Day of Prayer event here in our community. Every year, Clara Washington does a fantastic job of organizing and bringing people together to represent all of our community for the purpose of praying together. This is one of th…

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Because Jesus gave His life, dying on the cross, we are set free to be God’s own people and given new life in Jesus’ name! This month I continue to share and lift up what the Lord’s death has afforded and made possible in us as believers.

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If you have attempted any home improvement projects recently, you probably have noticed the price of lumber… You can’t help but take notice that 2x4s and 2x6s and other dimensional lumber has more than doubled in price. Now that swing-set in the backyard or the new deck out the backdoor has …

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There I was with my hands full. I had been working outside a while back and I was soaked from head to toe due to ample humidity. And then I heard it. At first it was like a distant droning or maybe a subtle hum, but it grew louder. There it was. A glint of yellow caught my eye as the yellow …

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Years ago, I was blessed to go tent camping in the last great frontier of America: Alaska. My friends from church and I hiked with bear proof containers and tents through the Alaskan tundra and across streams. It was awesome.

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While in India, the only light I had in my room in our mud hut was a small brass oil lamp, about half the size of my hand. I had bought it in the village market that was twice a week in the town square, and it reminded me of a genie lamp. I still have it in my office at the church. I would f…

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Have you ever hidden a Pop-Tart from a homeless person? I have.

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Working in the food service industry can shine a light on the darker parts of humanity. Customers can be and frequently are infuriating in how they are clueless, offensive, difficult, cheap, or looking to pick a fight. As an employee, you cannot retreat from them. Instead you have to serve t…

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You may remember the Marvel movie “The Black Panther” that came out in 2018 and went on to be the top-grossing movie in the Marvel cinematic universe. The plot of the movie revolves around the coming-of-age story of the character T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman- an African-American acto…

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Back in Feb of 2011, a man named Rick took a new job at a Checkers restaurant in Florida. After one day on the job, he was taken back by how rude and verbally abusive the manager was to his staff. So, Rick decided to confront the manager about it. As you can imagine, being a new employee, th…

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A few years ago, I was in a Christian bookstore and noticed a small plastic toy hanging from a hook at the end of an aisle. What I saw, tucked neatly behind a clear plastic bubble, was a small action figure of a man. The cardboard background packaging declared this toy to be a “Bendable, Pos…

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One of the most dramatic conversion experiences recorded in the New Testament is Paul’s encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. Prior to Acts chapter nine, Paul was one of the most vehement and violent opponents of the Gospel and the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. After that day, Pau…

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By definition this is an editorial, but people don’t need to know what I think. However, all people everywhere need to know what the Bible says, and that will be the subject of this month’s Pastor’s Corner. This installment will be about the Bible in general, the remainder about the Book of Acts.

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I’m not perfect. I don’t have it all together. If I preach about self examination, spiritual inventory, and who or what you should be sold out to, and I don’t evaluate myself, I have failed everyone around me.

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As Christians and followers of Christ, we should have a leg-up on “race relations.” Why, you might ask? Well, because we know a secret that God has made known to us in His Word that should help to solve at least some of the challenges we face in dealing with those who may look a bit differen…

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“In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.” – Dante Alighieri, Inferno

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“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now...Come further up, come further in!” – C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle (The Chronicles of Narnia)

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“Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.

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I would like to address a problem we are facing in America in regards to ethnic and culture issues. You will notice I did not say race problems. I will address that a little later.

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Empathy is a Christian virtue that Jesus modeled for us repeatedly. The 10 lepers whom he healed were excluded from the community because of their communicable disease. He showed empathy when others would not.

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Even before Charles Darwin published his finding on evolution, religious people disavowed scientific discovery. Galileo Galilel, considered by some as the father of the scientific method, was threatened with execution for daring to say the Earth revolved around the sun.

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When I was in high school, I went with my Boy Scout troop to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM over the summer on a two-week backpacking trip. Along the way, we stopped and did a lot of extra activities (panning for gold, burro racing, blacksmithing, etc.) but, the most memorable activity…

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A few years ago, Gatorade released a series of commercials where customers would come up to the counter to make a purchase and were told that, because it is a sports drink, they could not buy Gatorade unless they were currently sweating. The customers would protest and ask for the manager…wh…

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When I was in college, I remember a particularly frustrating meeting that I had to sit through. The main goal of the meeting was to set up a service opportunity to help a local children’s home. Our meeting started out well enough but soon we got so caught up in planning every little detail t…

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Several Christmases ago, my wife and I had to remove a huge, gargantuan pine tree from our backyard. To the tree remover’s surprise, the tree was actually three pine trees in one it seemed. At the base they were one, but they then branched off to form what appeared to be other large mature t…

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Feeling forgiveness is half of the battle that some never grasp. Yes, they may believe they are actually forgiven by Christ after receiving Him, but feeling forgiveness is quite another story. What about you? Do you really feel forgiven? I mean way down deep. Do you feel the forgiveness that…

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There are a lot of things in our life that grab our attention, some good, and some bad. For instance: blue flashing lights in the rearview mirror, a weather alert app during storms, your child’s cry, a promotion from your boss, a timely text when in need. Each grab your heart and pull your t…

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I once heard a story of a man who was in a counseling session with his wife and his pastor. The man’s marriage had to be salvaged. The man had been struggling with his anger and did not think there was any way he could control it.

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“Someone once asked me what I would write if I only had six words for my autobiography. Here’s what I came up with: ‘What if we weren’t afraid anymore?’” – Bob Goff

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As Alabamians are instructed to stay home from gatherings of more than 10 people due to the spread of the coronavirus, many pastors are finding themselves preaching to empty sanctuaries as they live stream sermons online or on the radio. Above, Pastor Marshall Henderson of FBC Fort Payne pos…

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Merriam-Webster dictionary decided in 2018 to include a new word, “dumpster fire.” I think the authors were convinced after watching American politics played out daily (and hourly) on national cable news and through social media, that America now knows what a “dumpster fire” is.

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I love the local church despite its flaws, personalities and problems. The local church is God’s headquarters for His Kingdom. Jesus established the church and almost 90 percent of all the references in the New Testament to the church are to local assemblies.

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Wait, read that heading again. “To Stay Hungry You Must Keep Eating.” That has to be a misprint.

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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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