Inspiration from God’s Word - Psalm 91: The Soldier’s Psalm

March 19, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Last week our nation was called to a “Day of Prayer” concerning the coronavirus that has since been identified as a pandemic. Many churches across our country sent out a message encouraging everyone to pray Psalm 91. While praying that psalm over my family, our country and our nation as a whole,
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston - Found on ladies' bumper stickers

March 16, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Found on ladies’ bumper stickers: * So many men, so few who can afford me! * God made us sisters, Prozac made us friends. * Princess, having had sufficient experience with princes, seeks frog. * Coffee, chocolate, men…some things are just better rich. * Don’t treat me any differently than you would
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The Vagabond - John Coffee’s adventures in Attalla

March 16, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Last week the Vagabond wrote about Davey Crockett passing through the Attalla area. This week, another famous man, John Coffee also came through the same area. On Oct. 4, 1815, Coffee (pictured at right) was appointed by U.S. President James Madison to survey the boundaries created by the Treaty of Fort Jackson,
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Hold on God, I’ll be with You in a minute!

March 16, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Now by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his commandments. Whoever says, ‘I have come to know him,’ but does not obey his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; but whoever obeys his word, truly in this
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Inspiration from God’s Word - No need to fear

March 16, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford I do not normally watch the news on a regular basis. Based on all that is happening around the world regarding the coronavirus, however, I decided to watch both the local and national news yesterday. If I was not alarmed or anxious before the news, I definitely was afterwards. Throughout the day,
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part XVI

March 16, 2020 chris
By John Larkins Do we live our lives – and so, stage our deaths – as though we believed in eternal life and God, including His complete jurisdiction over our fate? Many humans ponder these questions. For example, in his play Hamlet, William Shakespeare has the main character mulling this question while contemplating suicide, one
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Corn Salad, Pound Cake Sauce and Chicken Queso Casserole

March 12, 2020 chris
Cottontail’s Village 2020 at the BJCC in Birmingham was a great success for us this year. In fact, I signed more cookbooks than I did last year. The highlight of the weekend for me was talking to so many wonderful cooks from all over our great state. Mary and I asked many cooks what their
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Of old dogs, children and watermelon wine

March 12, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Last week my darling husband Alan asked me to write about old dogs, children and watermelon wine. Even though that was my intention when I started, my story ended up totally different. At work the next day, Pat Hill, the director at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe, knew that song by
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Are We There Yet, Father?

March 6, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one. So I do not
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Why Worry?

March 6, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford I struggled this week with the title of this teaching. I wanted to title it something more positive and life-giving, but I kept coming back to this question I ask myself often when I let my circumstances become bigger than my God. It is so easy to let our circumstances and the
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part XV

March 6, 2020 chris
By John Larkins The emphasis of the writings for this column has been to clarify the real meaning of Jesus Christ’s mission on earth. Reducing the scriptures to reveal His guiding light can be done by asking, “What Did Jesus Do? Jesus’ 33 years on earth (during which we see glimpses of His childhood, mostly
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston - Mom, I already miss you

March 6, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston It’s been 12 years since my mother’s illness began, yet it seems just like yesterday that I could visit with her, share books, watch funny movies, and talk on the phone at least once a day. I already miss the way my mom was when she was younger. This kind of situation
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Pineapple Congealed Salad, Chicken Parmesan and Blackberry Wine Cake

March 6, 2020 chris
Pineapple Congealed Salad 1 small lime Jello 1 cup boiling water 1 (4 oz. ) cream cheese 1 cup small marshmallows 1 small can crushed pineapple 1/2 cup evaporated milk 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 cup diced pineapple 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 cup chopped pecans Combine Jello, water, cream cheese and marshmallows. Stir over low
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Worthwhile road trips and therapeutic seniors

March 6, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott This past weekend was spent watching movies with my hubby Alan and making apologies to family and friends for saying “no” to another long driving weekend. For those people who have the energy to go forever, more power to them. On Monday, Alan and I traveled two hours and 15 minutes to
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston - Drastic changes in income

February 28, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston The main reason I am sharing this family situation with you, my readers, it is this wonderful newspaper who gives me the opportunity to continue to do what I love to do, which is to write and to share. It was two years ago when Phil woke up as usual to go
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The Vagabond - The finals hours of Bob Barton

February 28, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Last week, The Vagabond talked about Robert “Bob” Barton and his famous blind tiger located in downtown Gadsden. Barton was believed to have been born 1843 in Ireland. He operated the first sea food restaurant here in Gadsden and was the first to bring in oysters to this area. Old Bob, as
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part XIV

February 28, 2020 chris
By John Larkins “Repent and believe the gospel.” Followers of The Way, as they received the sign of the cross on their foreheads, on Ash Wednesday earlier this week, reflected on the time our Savior spent in the desert prior to His humiliation and death to establish our eternal salvation, hearing these words. As the
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Inspiration from God’s Word - What is the condition of my heart?

February 28, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford In the Gospels Matthew and Mark, the first parable mentioned is of the farmer scattering seed. This more often referred is to as the parable of the soils, since the emphasis of the teaching is placed primarily on the different soils in which the seed falls. The setting for how Jesus begins
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - The Answer is in Our Faith, Not in the Wind

February 28, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “The faith that you have, have as your own conviction before God. Blessed are those who have no reason to condemn themselves because of what they approve. But those who have doubts are condemned if they eat, because they do not act from faith; for whatever does not proceed from faith
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Andy's Leftover Vegetable Soup, Hash Brown Soup and Apple Salad

February 28, 2020 chris
As the weather is still cooler, we Southerners welcome our soups to the family dinner table. So, grab your ladles, bowls and spoons to try these delicious and comforting recipes! Remember a soup is a “souper” addition to any kind of meal. Andy’s Leftover Vegetable Soup 1 can corn 1 can of peas 1 can or
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Of beauty pageants and former May Day queens

February 28, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott Last year, we traveled to dance recitals and home football games to have the honor of watching our grandchildren perform in their cute little outfits. They looked so cute! This year, we attended our first grandchild beauty pageant with five-year-old Ava Jaymes. She was beautiful and so elegant. Her sister, five-month-old Addison
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston

February 21, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Perched high in the cozy nest, in the limbs of a tree, the sparrow lifted its voice to sing a morning song. Quickly a thunderstorm brought wind and rain, the sparrow’s song was weak. And the beautiful bird’s song was lost. This storm shall pass, she convinced herself, and spread her wings
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The Vagabond - Old Bob Barton Gadsden’s Blind Tiger King

February 21, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover Robert “Bob” Barton was believed to have been born during 1843 in Ireland. He operated the first sea food restaurant in Gadsden and was the first to bring in oysters. Old Bob, as he was sometimes known, was the all-time blind tiger king of Gadsden and Etowah County. Barton struck it lucky
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God’s Word revealed for us - The Way, Part XIII

February 21, 2020 chris
By John Larkins “Blessed are the undefiled in The Way, who walk in the law of the Lord” – Plasm 119 1-2. The most important choice any human can make is to soberly and respectfully select Jesus Christ’s Church for his or her salvation. This is consistent with the teaching that He himself remains in
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Sheep, The Coin and the Son

February 21, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford In the 15th chapter of Luke, Jesus shares three of His greatest parables ever told. Before He begins, He is approached by the Pharisees and other religious leaders, who are upset with the crowd Jesus is hanging out with. Not only did Jesus welcome the outcasts and teach them, He went a
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Pondering Life with Pious Bob - Father, can I borrow the keys?

February 21, 2020 chris
By Robert Halsey Pine “Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. So, if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.’” (John 8:33-47 NRSV). Sin
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Chicken Fruit Salad, Beef Chow Mein and Sour Cream Apple Pie

February 21, 2020 chris
When I mentioned to family and friends that I was working my way through hundreds of recipes for my cookbook and what fun I was having, someone would proudly chime in with a comment about their momma’s or aunt’s famous recipes. Some of my recipes may seem dated by today’s measure. A few may even
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It takes a (church) village

February 21, 2020 chris
By Vicki Scott During the night service at Cove Creek Baptist Church in Glencoe, Jonathon Mason presented a message from God’s Word and how scripture is taken out of context. He did well in his presentation, and I loved to hear his experiences as a father. Before coming to church, Jonathan’s wife was at work
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston

February 14, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Love is everywhere! If you don’t have it, you want it, long for it and look for it. If you’ve got it, you want to be reminded of it, especially if you are female or a child and it is Valentine’s Day. We are reminded daily about love through different sources. One
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The Vagabond - Nationally known bike racer from Attalla

February 14, 2020 chris
By Danny Crownover During October of 1893, Etowah County residents enjoyed some fine bicycle racing at the fairgrounds in East Gadsden. The one-day meet was the beginning for Ben Stowers, who became a nationally known bicycle racer professional. Stowers won the half flying start and the five-mile lap race in the event. Gadsden competitors won
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