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Best Dressed

My memories of the first day of school include wanting to always wear something new and feeling a bit anxious about how the school year would go. Admittedly I wanted to look good when I walked through those doors. I wanted to be accepted, liked, and included. Looking at old pictures that my mom insisted on taking every year as we dashed out the door for that first school day, I’m not sure I can say I was a “woman of style” but the effort was there!

As I send my three sons off to school this year – two seniors in high school and one a sophomore in college- I cling to God’s promise that He has clothed them in His “garments of salvation and wrapped in a robe of righteousness.” (Isaiah 61:10, Holman Standard) He is with them wherever they go. I want them to remember that their worth does not lie in how they look or even in the accomplishments they achieve by God’s power, their worth is in Him. As God’s children, we are always the “best dressed” people in the room. We are radiant in His robe of righteousness! What a glorious gift we have and need to tell the world about!

Laurie Stroud 

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

www.BirminghamChristian.com

Birmingham Christian Family

@cfpBirmingham

To say thank you for reading and supporting the businesses and organizations that advertise with us and make spreading Good News through Birmingham Christian Family magazine possible each month, we have several great giveaways to share with you this month.

  • A $50 Gift Card from the Trak Shak in Homewood and on Hwy 280/Inverness- offering great Back to School gear including athletic wear and shoes. Visit Facebook.com/BirminghamChristianFamily, Like AND Follow our Facebook page AND Share the Trak Shak post to be entered to win. Winner announced on Facebook Wednesday August 30, 2017!
  • Four general admission tickets to Alabama Splash Adventure– a great way for you, family and friends to enjoy one of the last days of summer! To enter, simply Like and Follow our Facebook Page, Facebook.com/BirminghamChristianFamily AND Share the Alabama Splash Adventure Family 4-Pack post. Winner Announced on Facebook Wednesday August 16, 2017.

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17 Years & 205 Issues of GOOD NEWS!

Looking back over the 17 years since the first issue of Birmingham Christian Family magazine was published, I am reminded of the many, many ways God has guided and grown His ministry of Good News. The magazine was established as a resource for families and over the years we have grown as a “family” of magazines as well. As we thank God for allowing us to enter our 18th year of Good News in Birmingham, we also celebrate 12 years in Anniston/Gadsden, 8 years in South Alabama/Bay Area and 7 years in Nashville, Tenn. Behind the scenes in each of these markets is a publisher who works week in and week out to give their community Good News and help local businesses and organizations grow. The longevity of each of their publications is evidence of their sacrificial love for the communities they serve. It is also evidence of how our Christian Family readers and advertisers rally around and support the Christian Family mission of bringing Good News to the communities we serve. Thank you for allowing us to do what we do to the glory of God.

To celebrate this milestone, we have some great family giveaways we want to share with you this month:

  • A pair of tickets to see comedian Tim Hawkins live at the BJCC on July 14. Visit Facebook.com/BirminghamChristianFamily, Like our page and Share the Hawkins’ post to be entered to win. Winner announced on Facebook July 10, 2017!
  • Four general admission tickets to Alabama Splash Adventure. To enter, simply Like and Follow our Facebook Page, Facebook.com/BirminghamChristianFamily and Share the Alabama Splash Adventure Family 4-Pack post. Offer Ends July 18, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again, thank you for reading and giving us the privilege of sharing God’s Good News every month!

-Laurie Stroud 

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

www.BirminghamChristian.com

 

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Meet Our Family

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Looking back over the 17 years since the first issue of Birmingham Christian Family magazine was published, I am reminded of the many, many ways God has guided and grown His ministry of Good News. The magazine was established as a resource for families and over the years we have grown as a “family” of magazines as well. As we thank God for allowing us to enter into our 18th year of Good News in Birmingham, we also celebrate 12 years in Anniston/Gadsden, 8 years in South Alabama/Bay Area and 7 years in Nashville, Tenn. Behind the scenes in each of these markets is a publisher who works week in and week out to give their community Good News and help local businesses and organizations grow. The longevity of each of their publications is evidence of their sacrificial love for the communities they serve. It is also evidence of how our Christian Family readers and advertisers rally around and support the Christian Family mission of bringing Good News to the communities we serve. Thank you for allowing us to do what we do to the glory of God.

Would you take just a couple minutes of your time this month to tell us how we can best continue to deliver Good News to you and our Birmingham metro area community?

Take our online reader survey: it’s quick, only five questions.

Just go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/9MCT3NB

Also, to say thank you, if you choose to share your email address with us we will enter you for an opportunity to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

THANK YOU for reading and giving us the privilege of sharing God’s Good News every month!

Meet Our Family! Melissa McElroy/Bay Area Christian Family publisher, Jaime Hill/Anniston/Gadsden Christian Family publisher, Laurie Stroud/Birmingham Christian Family publisher/CFP President, Robert Stringfellow/Nashville Christian Family publisher

-Laurie Stroud

Founder, The Christian Family Publication, Inc.

www.BirminghamChristian.com

 

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We Want to Hear from You! and say THANK YOU!

It was July 2000 when we published the first issue of Birmingham Christian Family (BCF) magazine. When that first issue arrived, my sons were ages 2, 1, and 1 and we were all traveling around town together delivering that first issue of Good News! It was an exciting time to say the least!

Now nearly 17 years later, we continue to distribute free copies of the magazine all around town but we are also able to reach our community with Good News on line at www.birminghamchristian.com.  Over the years we have updated the look and format of the magazine but our mission has not changed.

We continue to exist to reach people with the Good News of Jesus Christ and help businesses grow through advertising. I hope you will take just a few minutes of your time this month to tell us how we can best continue to deliver Good News to you and our community! Take our online reader survey: it’s quick, only five questions.

Just go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/9MCT3NB

Also, to say thank you, if you choose to share your email address with us we will enter you for an opportunity to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

THANK YOU for reading and giving us the privilege of sharing God’s Good News every month!

-Laurie Stroud

Founder, Christian Family Publications

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Twitter @CFPBirmingham

205-408-7150

“Look to the Lord & His Strength, Seek His face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11 (Holman Standard)

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Watch this Mommy!

When I recently looked at old photos of our boys learning to swim, it gently reminded me of the trust God asks us to place in Him for our security and well being and the rewards that will follow when such a relationship exists. Jumping off the wall into the arms of a teacher is tough- especially the first few times! (Tough on the kid… tough on the parent) However, with time, the level of trust builds, the confidence begins to emerge, the anxiety disappears and a smile replaces tears of fear. “Hey, this is great!” is written all over that happy face.


So many times, God requires us to reach out, to trust Him and jump into the plans He has for us. It is so easy to want to run the other way and hide in our fear of what may lie ahead. But think about it. How many times, when you have trusted God to lead you through the unknown challenges that lay ahead, did you not emerge with a new level of confidence, an inner peace, even a thrill of excitement? You just want to exclaim to anyone who will listen, “Hey, this is great!”

Try it! Jump into the arms of God and enjoy a life worth living.

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

-Laurie Stroud

Founder, Christian Family Publications

Laurie@ChristianFamilyPublications.com

“Look t the Lord &His Strength, Seek His face always.”

1 Chronicles 16:11

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A Mountain Top Experience

When my sons were just four and five years old, we decided to improve the look of our “weed happy” front yard. To the great pleasure of the boys, a large load of red rocks was dumped on what was once a “nature area.” It was only a matter of seconds before the boys scrambled to the top, raised their hands up high and shouted with joy, “Look at me!”

As we prepare to celebrate this Easter, let us embrace a mountain top experience that gives us the joy to shout, “Look at Him!” Look what Jesus has done for us! Look at the blessings He has given!

Let us look toward the day when we will be able to celebrate with Him in heaven the power of His forgiveness. He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

-Laurie Stroud

Founder, Christian Family Publications

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Twitter: @CFPBirmingham

205-408-7150

Celebrating 17 Years of Good News!

“Look to the Lord & His Strength, Seek His face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11 (Holman Standard)

 

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Celebrating 200 Issues of GOOD NEWS!

The February 2017 Issue of Birmingham Christian Family marks 200 Issues of GOOD NEWS shared in our community. We consider this a milestone that could only be reached through God’s guidance and your embrace as a reader. If it were not for readers like you- sharing the monthly publication with friends and supporting our advertisers, we would not have the opportunity to continue in this ministry and help others establish similar publications in cities throughout the Southeast. Often through your enthusiasm and affirming response, we have felt God giving us wisdom and strength to press on. I cannot thank you enough for your continued prayers and support in the coming years!

 

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Founder, Christian Family Publications

Facebook: Birmingham Christian Family/Twitter @CFPBirmingham

Celebrating 16 Years of Good News!

“Look to the Lord & His Strength, Seek His face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11 (Holman Standard)

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Laurie’s Blog January 2017

 HAPPY New Year!
unnamedEvery once in a while, my mom will bag up and bring me some “treasures” of the past like old letters, photographs or childhood toys. Among the “treasures” is a note I wrote to my mom and dad many years ago. Judging by the artwork and handwriting— I was about eight or nine years old. Before my mom gave me the letter, she attached a yellow sticky note that simply says, “This is one of my Treasures. I Love You, Momma.”
It was a silly little letter I had composed, but the more I thought about it, the more I saw the value in it. I cannot recall the circumstances that prompted the note, but it is obvious to me my parents had recently been sharing with me an important lesson about the choices God gives us. One of those critical choices is to be, in the words of a child, “happy or sad.” Not to ignore the fact that in this world we face sad and some times tragic situations, it is up to us as to what type of attitude we choose to have when faced with a challenge. Do we look to God for strength and focus on that which is good? Or do we immediately consider how we might fix things and engross ourselves in how difficult life is? Although the circumstances may not lend themselves to feelings of “happiness,” do we allow them to steal our joy?
As we consider the blessings of the past year and the opportunities that await us in 2017, let us thank God for the choices He gives and the joy He offers us each and every day. Happy New Year to You & Your Family!
Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 12.48.52 PM-Laurie Stroud
Founder, Christian Family Publications
Facebook: Birmingham Christian Family/Twitter @CFPBirmingham
Celebrating 16 Years of Good News!
“Look to the Lord & His Strength, Seek His face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11 (Holman 
Standard)

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Christmas Roles
unnamedWise man? Shepherd? Angel? I have great memories of my three sons preparing for their much anticipated church Christmas programs. One year, at the ages of 7, 6 and 6, they each had a very exciting role to play. One son escorted Mary to the stable and watched over baby Jesus. Another put on his most royal look and brought baby Jesus gifts. And yet another watched over his flocks and sang praises like an angel. It doesn’t get better than that!
God has given each of us a special role to play this Christmas. He has given each of us a stage of unique circumstances and gifted each of us with unique talents to live to for His glory. As the hustle and bustle of the season descends, let’s not forget the most important role God has given us this season and all year. We are here to shine a light on the best gift ever given- our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!
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-Laurie Stroud
Founder, Christian Family Publications
Facebook: Birmingham Christian Family/Twitter @CFPBirmingham
Celebrating 16 Years of Good News!
“Look to the Lord & His Strength, Seek His face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11 (Holman
Standard)

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