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God’s Very Good Idea

July 31, 2020

Best Books In the mysterious Book of the Revelation, the apostle John has a glimpse of heaven. In his pre-Christian days, the writer would have undoubtedly envisioned a heaven filled mostly with Hebrews like himself, perhaps with a handful of God-fearing Gentiles in the mix. Much to his surprise, the visionary did not see a …

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Family Conversations in a Broken World

July 28, 2020

Parenting Points The year 2020 has come with much news that points to the deep brokenness of the world. The growing death toll of Coronavirus, the senseless murder of George Floyd, racial unrest in our nation, and whatever other trouble fills the headlines of the local news all create discussions that we must have with …

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Heritage Christian Academy’s Uncertain Future in the Hands of a Certain God

July 28, 2020

Miracle Moments Brought to you by: Molly Maid of Birmingham, Heritage Christian Academy (HCA) was in need of a miracle. What had begun in 1974 as Shades Mountain Christian School, a ministry of Shades Mountain Independent Church, was facing an uncertain future. After officially separating from the church in 2010, HCA experienced a decade of …

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Overcomers: Opportunity to Help Area Youth

July 28, 2020

Education Extra Teenage youth at King’s Home come to us with tremendous educational deficits. Without intervention statistics show most of these children will drop out of school, dramatically increasing the chances of a life of hopelessness, poverty, and crime. Education is key to building confidence, opening doors for opportunity, and creating future success. Giving our …

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Quiet Time with Kids?

June 26, 2020

Parenting Points For a long time as a mother, it felt like the right thing to do was to get up early and read my Bible before my kids awoke. That seemed like what “good moms” did, and it is what I had done all my adult life. It would have been a great plan, …

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“Honoring Old Glory”

June 25, 2020

Photo Fun More than 115 frayed and faded United States flags and one United States Marine Corps flag were recently properly retired thanks to the patriotism of two groups at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. Members of the Monsignor Frank J. Wade Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly joined forces with Boy Scout Troop …

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“Faith in Action”

June 25, 2020

Photo Fun Prince of Peace (POP) Catholic Church in Hoover recently presented Bradley Murai with the 2020 Caitlin Sweeney-McDaniel Award for Faith in Action. This award honors a graduating high school senior within the parish who exemplifies their Catholic faith in action, serves their community, and is a well-rounded student. The award was established 16 …

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Readers’ Choice for Summer Fun: Camp Sumatanga!

June 25, 2020

Special Feature The winner of our 2020 Favorite Summer Spot/Activity Reader Survey is Camp Sumatanga! Tiger-Rock Martial Arts and Riverview Camp for Girls were close runner ups. Thank you to each reader who completed the survey! Congratulations to Bethany G. from Alabaster for winning a $75 Gift Card to The Trak Shak! Readers’ Choice Winner …

Mission Makers Sketch WellHouse Home for Trafficked Minors

Local Ministry Offers First of Its Kind Help for Children in Alabama

June 25, 2020

Mission Makers The WellHouse, a local ministry serving victims of human trafficking, will soon be able to help children. The Housing Affordability Trust recently awarded The WellHouse with full funding for the construction of a Home for Trafficked Minors. It will be the first in Alabama and one of only 40 known programs in the …

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Children’s of Alabama Recognized Nationwide for Pediatric Care

June 25, 2020

Healthy Living Nine pediatric specialty services at Children’s of Alabama have been named among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 2020-21. Children’s ranked in the top 50 programs in the United States for: Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and …

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