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The Power of With at Christmas

November 24, 2019

Parenting Points It is the most wonderful time of the year – filled with gatherings, gifts, and endless activities. We so often love it because it is a break from the routine and an opportunity to remind ourselves of the things that truly matter. Yet before we know it, we will blink, and it will …

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Faith, Family & TLC in Alabama

October 28, 2019

Cover Story God always answers prayers. Sometimes, the answer is “yes” and sometimes the answer is “no.” Once in a while, He says “Let’s try something else.” When Eric and Courtney Waldrop, of Albertville, were trying to have a 4th child in 2018, God gave them more than they ever imagined. The couple already had …

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The Giving Manger: Celebrating the Reason for the Season

October 28, 2019

Home for the Holidays What started as a desire to make Christmas centered around Jesus in a few homes has now become a tradition used in over 75,000 homes in just three years. A handcrafted Baby Jesus, a wooden manger, a bundle of straw, and a sweet family story introduces the idea of helping others …

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Parenting with the End in Mind

October 25, 2019

Parenting Points Often, it is easy for us as people to get lost in the details of life and parenting that we don’t take the time to stop and look at the bigger picture. In his book Start with Why, Simon Sinek raises the simple idea that if we start with the “why” then move …

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Teaching your College-Age Child About Money

October 25, 2019

Money Matters presented by: Vision Financial Group Lesson 1: Budgeting 101. Perhaps your child already understands the basics of budgeting from having to handle an allowance or wages from a part-time job. But now that they are in college, he or she may need to draft a “real world” budget. Here are some ways you …

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Don’t Miss Out on the Church: The Importance of the Local Church in the Life of the Family

September 26, 2019

Parenting Points  We live in a world where it is easy to be surrounded by Christian teachings and influences. We can turn on Christian radio to hear the truths of the Gospel sung. We can read a Christian book where we can learn with others how to faithfully live for Jesus. We can download the …

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Joining Forces to Help More Families: Sav-A-Life, Inc

September 16, 2019

Mission Makers Sav-A-Life, Vestavia and the North Jefferson Women’s Center (NJWC) in Fultondale have joined forces to help more families in our community. Final paperwork on the landmark merger was recently signed to form the single organization, Sav-A-Life, Inc. Serving families on two campus, Sav-A-Life, Inc is the single largest nonprofit crisis center for pregnancy …

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Grandparenting with a Kingdom Focus

August 25, 2019

Special Feature  A new frontier of ministry is advancing within the grandparent generation. It’s a new ‘old’ with profound Kingdom potential. Introducing: Intentional Christian Grandparenting. Before you dismiss the term as far from ‘new,’ observe the grandparenting culture of today! Consider that there are more grandparents living today than any other time in our nation’s …

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Watch the Bible Come Alive for Students with Epic Curriculum

August 25, 2019

Education Extra Did you know that only four percent of Generation Z holds a Biblical worldview? Birmingham’s Iris O’Brien and Don Akendbrandt developed the new Bible curriculum Epic (Eternal Perspective Influencing Culture), in response to this startling statistic. Epic engages students while helping them gain a complete understanding of the whole Bible. “Our vision is …

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Packing for College from a Legal Point of View

July 28, 2019

Legal Matters Presented by: Bradford & Holliman, Estate Planning, While you’re packing dorm linens and electronics, remember to pack the legal documents that you hope your child never needs during college. Contact Info. Make sure your child has every possible contact means for you in his or her wallet and in their cell phones, …