No Silent Night?

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The “insults” are becoming brazen when my hometown, Tuscumbia, Alabama gets notified that the elementary children can’t sing Silent Night at school.  That’s what happened.  Americans United for the Separation of Church and State served notice in this tiny Alabama town.

A group of five, six and seven-year old children will be able to sing ‘Silent Night’ in their Christmas program after Alabama school officials decided to ignore a complaint filed by a group that called the song “unconstitutional.”

The news came as a relief to students and teachers at G.W. Trenholm Primary School in Tuscumbia, AL after they found themselves thrust into the war on Christmas.

“We’ve always sung ‘Silent Night’ and we’ve never had a problem,” Principal Janice Jackson told Fox News & Commentary. “We were just surprised, very surprised.” More

Tuscaloosa Tornado

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Here is a link to some incredible photos of the Tuscaloosa Tornado.   So many people are concerned that I thought I needed to put these up.  There were many lives lost and much structural damage.  Realize that the same tornado that made all the damage that you see, continued into suburbs of Birmingham, Concord, Pleasant Grove, Pratt City, Fultondale, Mulga among others.  On the same day HackleburgPhil Campbell, Culman, AthensHuntsvilleCahaba Heights, Moody, ArabGuntersville, Dadeville/Lake Martin and many other towns and cities were hit by tornadoes.

Half of the Debris from Tornadoes removed

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Alabama is making the best of the situation and moving forward despite

tremendous obstacles.   We shall overcome Alabama.  Keep putting one step in front of the other.

 

 

 

In 96 cities, towns and counties, government workers, private contractors and volunteers continue to tackle the rest — another 4 million cubic yards.

Gone from yards and roadsides are almost 6 million cubic yards of debris — enough to put a six-foot-high cover on all four lanes of Interstate 65 from Birmingham to Mobile.

Statements from the Al.com blog: click here for full report.

Why we need the Storm

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I found this blog, Why we need the Storm,  by a woman who had been through the recent storms in Alabama.   But I did not connect her to the tragedy that struck them.

She is the wife of the man who is giving his story in this video, Mr. Crawford:

I am amazed by the people who can stand up and say what they say as Kelly does here:

If there were no storms, we would never rejoice over serenity.

If there were no rain, we would never fully appreciate blue skies.

If there were no darkness, we could not contrast it with light.

If there were no thunder, we wouldn’t enjoy the quiet.

If there were no turbulence, we wouldn’t need a mighty Stronghold, we wouldn’t know Peace in the midst, we wouldn’t cling to a Savior who holds all things in the palm of His hand.

I believe the picture you see in the blog if you click it is of their home or the remainder of it.

You can help the Crawford’s here:  http://www.bradrick.org/helpalfamilies/

Alabama Tornado–Tuscaloosa Fly Over

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Tornado

Tornado

Here is the Tuscaloosa, AL fly over that says it all.  There were many lives lost and much structural damage.  Realize that the same tornado that made all the damage that you see, continued into suburbs of Birmingham, Concord, Pleasant Grove, Pratt City, Fultondale, Mulga among others.  On the same day Hackleburg, Phil Campbell, Culman, Athens, Huntsville, Cahaba Heights, Moody, Arab, Guntersville, Dadeville/Lake Martin and many other towns and cities were hit by tornadoes.

Update: here is a great video from CNN showing the damage:

Update: linked here is a tripline map–very good job!

 

Update: here are label photos of the Tuscaloosa, AL damage from the April 27, 2011 tornado.

Tribute to Alabama Tornado Victims

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Great Seal of The State of Alabama

State Seal

This is a collection of tributes to those affected by the Alabama tornadoes on April 27, 2011.  My prayer for those whom I know is that they would not get weary by all they are facing.  That they would not feel hopeless, thought they want to give up hope at times.  That they would not faint but would regain strength from God, their source.

IS 57:10 You wearied yourself by such going about,
but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’
You found renewal of your strength,
and so you did not faint.

There is a new day today Alabama!! Look up and see it.

I love gospel music

Shelter from the Storm

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There are some gut wrenching and heart breaking stories coming out of the Southern storms of April, 2011.  here is just one of them if you care to listen.  There is some redeeming value here or I would not pass it along.  If you love baseball you will love this story.   If you love people you will love this story.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=6470969

Alabama Tornadoes

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April 27th will be a day many people do not forget all of their lives.   For about 4 hours in the evening the TV weather men were covering 3 tornadoes at any given time.   These tornadoes hit Tuscaloosa, Concord, Pratt City, Pleasant Grove,  Fultondale, Hackleburg, Athens, Huntsville, Alabaster, Elmore County and many more sites.

I want to give you just a small view of the devastation that has occurred in the state of Alabama in about a 4 hour period.

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But God’s people find hope in Him.  He is their comfort and He is their stay. The prophet Isaiah tells us how to respond in situation like these:

Isaiah57:10:  You were wearied with the length of your way,
but you did not say, “It is hopeless”;
you found new life for your strength,
and so you were not faint.

Though devastating to so many and some have even lost their lives–this is a dark time but it is also a time where we find strength to make new beginnings.  My prayer is that the people rise up and find their hope in the Lord.  If He is the God who is there, he uses events like these to cause is to come to Him.  To find in Him our source, because he is the Source.

Off to help some of those not so fortunate tomorrow!!

Campus video of Tuscaloosa Tornado

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See below where the Wall Street Journal quote is speaking of David Platt a local pastor and visionary I might add.   I have a good friend today involved in the “radical experiment” across town.   What Platt writes about is not just a vision, they are doing it.  My friend by the way is disabled.  AND,  he and his family had just finally sold a home that they were carrying the mortgage for 2 years or longer after they had purchased a new home.  The Radical vision was presented and my friend then sold the home they had bought just two years earlier and moved to East Lake.   Yes, there is a lake, but this is not a desirable area of the city.  He and the family bought two homes–one right across the street from where they live.  Of course, there was lots of work to be done on the home they bought and the one across the street they are rehabbing for ministry in the community.  He and his family are “living the dream.”  They could not be happier.

Just yesterday, I was in a small town Alabama bookstore.   I looked over and there it was on the best seller shelf:  Radical by David Platt.

But, at the same time, Alabama preacher David Platt is igniting thousands of young people with his book “Radical,” which calls Christians to rescue their faith by lowering their standard of living and giving their time and money to Church-based charities.

And though nondenominational churches are growing, the Southern Baptist Convention—the nation’s largest Protestant group—has over 10,000 students studying for ministry in six seminaries right now.

Read the full Wall Street Journal article here.

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