Inspiration from God’s Word: God remembers you as He did Noah

January 25, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford Genesis 8 is a chapter of hope, encouragement and rest after tribulation. In this chapter, we read about Noah, his family and the animals who have been on an ark for over a year due to a flood that destroyed the entire earth and everything living on it. These were dark times
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Seeking the Freedom of Faith

January 25, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Galatians how to live in our complicated world: “For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the things written in the book
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Of border collies and grandbabies

January 25, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Here in Glencoe, we have two dogs, even though I am a cat person. During my caregiving experience, I became attached to some border collies owned by the daughter of a client. Border collies are very smart, and I thoroughly enjoyed their entertainment. When given the chance, I got my own border
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The Vagabond: Blind tigers and gambling houses in Etowah County - Part I

January 18, 2019 chris
By Danny Crownover Back in 1882, the first prohibition law was forced upon Gadsden and Etowah County by a legislative act without vote of the people. Some of the events that followed included the advent of the blind tiger and its fellow traveler, the gambling house. Although Gadsden had 21 volunteer policemen who carried badges
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Aunt Dot’s Spicy Pimento Cheese and Lemon Pound Cake

January 18, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell Food seems to always be a topic of conversation when my friends and family get together. Someone in the family always has some new recipe we all need to try, or we are talking about a new restaurant that’s just opened and finding out if anyone’s been there yet. I have found
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Toasting the Boasting of Weakness

January 18, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” (2 Corinthians 11:21b-33 NRSV). Was Paul willing to testify against himself? I guess that some Christian testimony and witnessing is just that. It’s telling a story about one’s self that shows a weakness and how God has
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God’s image maker

January 18, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford This week’s devotion is actually one I saw written by Sylvia Gunter with “The Father’s Business.” Sylvia is an incredible woman of God and has written several books and Bible study curriculum. You can read more about Sylvia and her ministry at www.thefathersbusiness.com. I love Genesis 1:27 and personally believe it is
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Center invasions and qualifications

January 18, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott The George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe was invaded by yours truly on Jan. 9, and I am so glad I showed up and surprised the residents! Not only did I enjoy seeing everyone (as I always do), I found out some information that might be useful. A gentleman named Greg Lawrence
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Chicken Stew, Baked Potato Salad and Luscious Lemon Layers

January 11, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell No fancy restaurant could have possibly offered up food as delicious as what we had. This is what I often think of when I eat in most places. At our family Decoration Day in May every year, we would always meet at the cemetery for a brief sermon and sing wonderful old
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Using the Right Stuff

January 11, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “The work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done.” (1 Corinthians 2:14 – 3:15 NRSV). The foundation has been laid, and that foundation is Jesus Christ. Paul
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Inspiration from God’s Word: Restoration - who needs it?

January 11, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford I love the story of the lost sheep in Luke 15: 1-7, maybe because I can relate so easily to this story. Like sheep, we have a tendency to go astray and get lost because of our own foolishness. This is why sheep need a shepherd so that the shepherd can find
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Saylor Rhea showed me my age...

January 11, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott A while back my husband and I had the honor of watching our first grandchild, Saylor Rhea. We were so excited and had made all kinds of plans. I was inspired by a sweet lady at church who does “Nana Camp” every summer with her grandkids. Our first day consisted of going
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Apple Salad, Turnip Green Casserole, Another Chicken Casserole and Hershey Bell Cookies

January 4, 2019 chris
By Andy Bedwell Let’s begin the New Year with some quick, easy and good recipes. Apple Salad 1 (16 oz.) can drained pineapple 2/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup flour 5 large apples 1/2 stick margarine Cool Whip Pecans Cook pineapple, sugar and flour until it thickens. Add margarine when taken off heat. Put into refrigerator
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Pondering life with Pious Bob - Finding Light in the Darkest Places

January 4, 2019 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Therefore I urge you to take some food, for it will help you survive; for none of you will lose a hair from your heads.” (Acts 27:27-44 NRSV). A centurion and some soldiers were taking Paul to Italy to appeal his case before the emperor. Paul had warned the sailors in
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Christmas was indeed merry; let’s bring on the new year!

January 4, 2019 chris
By Vicki Scott Hopefully everyone had a Merry Christmas this year. I was blessed with much more than I deserved. This article is my first one typed on my very own laptop! My darling husband must have gotten tired of me “borrowing” his computer on my trips to my moms for typing. My beautiful daughter
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The beginnings of a new year

January 4, 2019 chris
By Toni Ford There is something special about new beginnings. I love the thought of starting afresh and anew, making new goals and having fresh vision for the year ahead. I saw a quote posted on social media this past week by a man named Brad Paisley, which read, “Tomorrow is the first blank page
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Time has been on my side...

December 28, 2018 chris
By Vicki Scott Since Christmas sneaked up on me, my brothers volunteered to stay with my mom while I finish up shopping and preparing for our traditional Christmas dinner. I have been a free woman since Wednesday, Dec. 19. I can’t believe I am writing this, but in that short time, I have missed my
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Tomato-Chili Soup, Cabbage Soup and German Chocolate Cupcakes

December 28, 2018 chris
By Andy Bedwell Tomato-Chili Soup 2 quarts canned tomatoes (I used fresh frozen) 1 can Rotel tomatoes 1 medium onion, chopped 1/4 cup bell pepper, chopped 1 can chili beans 1 can pinto beans 1 can whole kernel corn, drained 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon sugar Mix all ingredients
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Inspiration from God’s Word: God is our Redeemer

December 28, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford Throughout the 43rd and 44th chapters of the Book of Isaiah, there is an emphasis on “God the Redeemer.” The word translated “redeem” or “Redeemer” is the Hebrew word for “a kinsman redeemer,” a near relative who could free family members and their property from bondage by paying their debts for them.
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The Vagabond - Charles K. Crossfield

December 28, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond remembers getting ice cream at Crossfield’s during his youth.  At that time, the ice cream was known all over town and continued to be known for many years. Here is the story of the Crossfields in Gadsden: One of the most useful citizens Gadsden ever had was Charles K. Crossfield,
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Pious Bob - Participating In Our Tempering

December 28, 2018 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:1-13 NRSV). St. Paul
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The Vagabond - An 1895 Christmas tale from Lovejoy’s Crossroads

December 21, 2018 chris
By Danny Crownover The Vagabond came across a true Christmas article originally written by local historian Marvin B. Small. It reads: “Back in the year 1895, there was a spot in West Gadsden that was known by old timers as Lovejoy’s Cross Roads. In those days, Tuscaloosa Road (now Tuscaloosa Avenue), as it was then
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Inspiration from God’s Word - For unto us a savior is born

December 21, 2018 chris
By Toni Ford During this Christmas season, I am reminded of Isaiah 9:6-7. This Scripture is one of the greatest prophesies ever foretold and serves as a great reminder for the true meaning of Christmas. Isaiah 9:6 proclaims not only the birth of Jesus (“a child is born”) but also His deity (“a son is
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The Golden Girls & Clint Eastwood

December 21, 2018 chris
By Vicki Scott Back in the day when I played on a regular basis at George Wallace Senior Center, I was able to enjoy my obsession with The Golden Girls TV show. The name was the inspiration behind calling our seniors, “Golden Yellow Jackets,” and that is how I see them; they are the “Gold”
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Pondering life with Pious Bob... Accepting Our Charge

December 21, 2018 chris
“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves…When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time;
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Homestyle Beef Casserole and Red Velvet Brownies

December 21, 2018 chris
By Andy Bedwell I bring you good news that will be of great joy for all the people. Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. – Luke 2:10-11 Homestyle Beef Casserole 1 pound ground chuck 1 (14-oz) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and
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Mama’s got no gun!

December 17, 2018 chris
As I previously mentioned, I had the opportunity to stay with my mother five days a week due to her complications with dementia. She was in a car accident when I was three years old, but has been able to live a normal life until a little over a year ago. Her life is an
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Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell

December 17, 2018 chris
Sylvia Stewart’s Old Fashioned Light Fruitcake, Strawberry Crescent Bars and Sausage Dinner Quickie May this season be rich with the laughter of friends, With the closeness of family whose love never ends, May your hearts be content, May your spirits be light, And all of your holiday memories bright. Merry Christmas Sylvia Stewart’s Old Fashioned
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Jesus: He is the only name

December 17, 2018 chris
This week, my thoughts and readings in the Word kept taking me back to the importance of a name. Maybe, because this is the Christmas season and each year, in the midst of the business, of buying gifts, going to parties and preparing Christmas cards, I try to keep an awareness of the true meaning
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The Vagabond - New Deal projects in Gadsden

December 17, 2018 chris
New Deal projects were the domestic programs of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1939. The projects took action to bring about immediate economic relief, as well as reforms in industry, agriculture, finance, waterpower, labor and housing and vastly increasing the scope of the federal government’s activities. The program’s first objective was to
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