Turning defeat into victory

September 21, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford I believe it is safe to say that we have all experienced both defeat and victory at some point in our lives. If that is true, then how do we keep from staying in an attitude of defeat and how do we turn our mistakes into a victory? Henry Ford once defined
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Pious Bob - Worthy of Praise

September 21, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Praise the LORD! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.” (Psalm 147 NRSV). We expect a lot from God. He watches over us, He heals our broken hearts and His power and understanding is awesome. This psalm
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

September 17, 2018 chris
Cornbread Skillet Casserole and White Shoe Peg Corn Salad This week, I am going to feature some of my family’s favorite dishes and some of these are not in my cookbook. My son, Mac, comes home from Birmingham every Saturday and I always cook something that I know he enjoys eating. He specifically asked me to make this
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Pious Bob - Finding Your Role

September 17, 2018 chris
“Then Paul answered, ‘What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.’” (Acts 21:1-14 NRSV). As a Warrior for God, Paul makes General Patton look like a sissy. Paul has his critics both
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God’s faithfulness to His children

September 17, 2018 chris
I love the book of Deuteronomy. If you ever need reassurance of who God is in your life, read this book! In the first chapter alone, we see so many characteristics of God’s faithfulness to care and protect His children. Deuteronomy 1: 29-33 (NIV) says, “But I said to you, ‘Don’t be shocked or afraid
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Infamous outlaw came through Etowah County

September 7, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover – The Vagabond Reuben Houston Burrow was an infamous train robber and outlaw in the southern and southwestern regions of the United States. During the final years of the American frontier, he became one of the most hunted men in the Old West since Jesse James. From 1886 to 1890, Burrow and
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Pious Bob: A Laugh with the Lord at Paul’s Expense

September 7, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Then all the city was aroused, and the people rushed together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut.” (Acts 21:27-36 NRSV). Paul was committed to preach the Gospel in the temples no matter how much he was rejected and no matter how
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Southern Cooking: Crusty Pound Cake, Wet Chocolate Cake and Quick and Easy Sour Cream Pound Cake

September 7, 2018 chris
Let’s eat some more cake this week! Crusty Pound Cake 2 cups sugar 1 cup Crisco 6 eggs 2 cups cake flour 1/4 cup frozen orange juice 1 tablespoon vanilla Cream sugar and Crisco. Add eggs, beating well after each. Add flour, orange juic and vanilla. Put in a greased and floured tube pan. Place
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If Mississippi can pass a lottery, then so can we

August 31, 2018 chris
By State Rep. Craig Ford Alabama can no longer say, “Thank God for Mississippi.” The Mississippi State Legislature recently passed a state lottery, and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has said he will sign it into law. This means that Alabama will now be one of only six states in the entire country – and the
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Southern Cooking: Queen Anne’s Lace Cake and Fresh Peach Pound Cake

August 31, 2018 chris
By Andy Bedwell Let’s eat some cake! When we talk about the sleepovers that we used to have back in the early 1950s, a fond memory that my neighborhood friends still recall concerns my mother and her cooking. My mother made a great four-layer, freshly grated coconut cake with seven-minute frosting and freshly grated coconut
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Inspiration from God’s Word: The Prayer of Jabez

August 31, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford The church I attend just completed a series on prayer, as well as our bi-annual 21 Days of Prayer. During this time, we are all encouraged to readjust our focus on the Lord and let prayer be our first response and not our last resort. Our church provides a simple prayer journal
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How the Phoenix Hotel became a house of disrepute - Part II

August 31, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover Last week The Vagabond wrote that back on Feb 16, 1909, Gadsden was to have another hotel at a neat new place on the southeast corner of Chestnut and 5th streets. The new place became known as the Phoenix Hotel and was run by Miss Theo Barry. She was related to the
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Dealing with the Law and Our Sin

August 31, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “What then should we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet, if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet”…So the law is
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Local Revolutionary War sergeant had Civil War connections

August 31, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond recently received an e-mail from Sonny Stowers, a former resident of this area. He wrote: “Hello! I thought I’d send you a picture that was created for me, dealing with some of my Civil War relatives. I think it’s kind of interesting.  I thought you might like a story about
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob... Working on the Right Part

August 24, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God–not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand
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Southern Cooking: Shrimp Dip, Hawaiian Aloha Dip and Sad Cake

August 24, 2018 chris
By Andy Bedwell Let’s get ready for some football with some snacks and goodies! Roll Tide and War Eagle! Shrimp Dip 8 ounces cream cheese 1 cup mayonnaise 1 (11-ounce) cream of shrimp soup 1 (4-ounce) can shrimp, drained 1 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon lemon juice Combine the cream cheese and mayonnaise in a
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The Vagabond: The Phoenix Hotel in Gadsden became a house of ill repute

August 24, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover Back on Feb 16, 1909, it was announced that Gadsden was to have another hotel at a neat new place on the southeast corner of Chestnut and 5th streets. It was to be known as the Phoenix Hotel and operated by Miss Theo Barry. Miss Barry was related to Police Captain W.L.
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

August 17, 2018 chris
Lemon Blueberry Pie, Strawberry Pie and Coconut-Caramel Pies Let’s cool off this August week with some cool pies! Lemon Blueberry Pie 1 9-inch graham cracker crust or baked pastry shell 3 egg yolks 1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup real lemon juice 1 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind drop of yellow food
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Every school should have an SRO officer

August 17, 2018 chris
By State Rep. Craig Ford Now that school has started back, a lot of attention has been given to the issue of school safety and security. Concerns over school safety and, particularly, the possibility of a mass shooting are nothing new. Though the Columbine massacre that happened nearly 20 years ago was not the first
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Pious Bob - Giving Up and Giving In

August 17, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:5-12 NRSV). Most of us live too much
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New school year starting now but should be starting later

August 3, 2018 chris
Rep. Craig Ford Remember when school didn’t start until after Labor Day? In a matter of days, students all across Alabama will start a new school year, and we’ll only be one week into the month of August! Instead of spending the last few weeks of August working summer jobs or on family vacations, teachers
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

August 3, 2018 chris
Tomato Pie, Stir Fry Garden Vegetables and Rice Pudding Deluxe Tomatoes, tomatoes and tomatoes! They are everywhere! Tomato Pie 9-inch deep dish pie crust 3 medium tomatoes, peeled and sliced thinly 6 strips bacon, fried and crumbled 1 cup cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Swiss) grated 1 cup mayonnaise Bake frozen pie crust five to
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Inspiration from God’s Word: Onesimus - A Story of Forgiving Love

August 3, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford Paul was a prisoner in Rome, and his friend Philemon, who had been one of Paul’s co-workers in ministry and a dear friend, lived in Colosse. Along with his wife Apphia, Philemon led a dynamic and growing house church in Colosse. Although Paul had never visited the church in Colosse, the one
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Pious Bob - The Urgency of the Light

August 3, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Jesus said to them, ‘The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Joshua: A Great Leader

July 30, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford In the book of Joshua, we read about the story of God’s faithfulness to His people, and how by faith God’s people can overcome and experience life-changing deliverance. The book of Joshua is not only a fulfillment of God’s promise to His children but also an example of a man named Joshua
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Pious Bob - Having Truth In Our Love

July 30, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

July 30, 2018 chris
Vidalia Onion Appetizer, Best and Easiest Dip Yet, Bacon/Tomato Dip and Easy Stir and Drop Cookies Vidalia Onion Appetizer 5 Vidalia onions, thinly sliced 1 cup water 1 cup sugar ½ cup cider vinegar 1 cup mayonnaise 16 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 teaspoon celery seed Place the onion in a large bowl. Combine water,
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Could we finally get a lottery passed next year?

July 6, 2018 chris
By State Rep. Craig Ford Alabamians have been asking for a lottery for years. It continues to be one of the most popular ideas polled year in and year out, yet we still don’t have a state lottery. But there’s a chance that could change next year. The Alabama Legislature won’t return to Montgomery until after
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

July 6, 2018 chris
Ice Cream Muffins 2 cups self-rising flour or baking mix 2 cups softened vanilla ice cream Combine the flour and ice cream in a bowl and beat until smooth, adding a little more ice cream if necessary to make a creamy mixture. Grease 12 muffin cups and fill thre-fourths of the way full. Bake at
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Pious Bob - Worldly Ignorance of the Holy

July 6, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, ‘I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.’ The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king
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