Are You Prepared to Vote Tuesday March 5, 2024?
Birmingham Christian Family Magazine
by Laurie Stroud
1w ago
Special Feature The next opportunity for Alabama citizens to exercise their right to vote is Tuesday March 5, 2024. “I want to encourage all eligible Alabama citizens to register to vote and to exercise this constitutional right,” said Secretary of State Wes Allen. “Voter participation in safe, secure, and transparent elections is critical to the success of our state.” Secretary of State Wes Allen urges Alabama citizens to be fully prepared to vote on March 5, 2024. Click here to view a March 5, 2024 sample ballot for your county of residence. On election day, polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p ..read more
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Celebrate February with These 4 Sweet Treats
Birmingham Christian Family Magazine
by Laurie Stroud
1w ago
Ready-Set-Cook Looking for new recipes to try? Here are four great options to enjoy with your family or gift to friends. 1. Danna Standridge, author of Happiness is Homemade, Y’all, shares her simply delicious One-Spoon Cocoa Brownies recipe with us. She started making these brownies years ago for herself and then fellow teachers to help reduce stress. Because who doesn’t love a chocolate brownie? Click here to find her recipe. You can also read her inspiring faith story here. 2. Comedian Ellen Skrmetti makes her followers laugh on a daily basis with her hilarious sketches and reels. Did you k ..read more
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Local Pastor & Renowned Apologist Defend the Faith Together
Birmingham Christian Family Magazine
by Laurie Stroud
2w ago
Church Leaders Pastor Madison Roberts didn’t plan to be a pastor. In fact, before going to seminary, his career path included being an engineer and attorney. After being a practicing attorney for 12 years, he was inspired by the book The Case for Christ by renowned author and Christian apologist Lee Strobel. Mountain Brook Presbyterian’s Pastor Madison Roberts is seen here with his wife Rebecca and their three children- Hosford (16), Pryor (13), and Carolyn (10). While teaching a Sunday School class on The Case for Christ, Roberts shares, “I started feeling this pull. It turns out it was ..read more
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2024 Editorial Calendar
Birmingham Christian Family Magazine
by Laurie Stroud
3w ago
JANUARY: Resources to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the family Education Resource Guide Where can you serve in 2024? FEBRUARY: Home & Garden Issue Heart Health Dental Health Easter Prep (Ash Wed 2/14) MARCH: Spring Sprucing Spreading the Good News of Easter (Easter 3/31) Summer Camp & Vacation Options APRIL: Ways to Serve/National Volunteer Week April 21-27 Perfect Gifts for Mom/Mother’s Day May 12 Healthy Weight Management MAY: Summer Family Fun Ideas Salute to Seniors (Older Americans Month, High School Grads) BCF Scholarship Winners Share Faith JUNE ..read more
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Lessons from the Father, and the Wife
Birmingham Christian Family Magazine
by Laurie Stroud
3w ago
The Great Outdoors Snow fell heavily that blustery February night. Hannah and I had only been married a year or so, and we were still caught somewhere between adventurous college students filled with puppy love and established married folks who made budgets and paid bills on time. Centerville was halfway between her work at the Hero Family Resource Center in Hale County and my classes at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. It was a great first hometown for us in our newlywed life…  I was raised by a strong, independent mother who didn’t practice “domestic.”  I had two brot ..read more
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From Deer Season to Turkey Season
Birmingham Christian Family Magazine
by Laurie Stroud
3w ago
The Great Outdoors presented by: Mark’s Outdoors Deer Season Ends… February brings the end to yet another deer season and hopefully everybody had a bountiful one! When you pick up your meat from the processor, if you run out of room in the freezer or have more meat than you can use, share your harvest. There are plenty of people right here at home that could use the meat, because they are not hunters or maybe things are just tough at the moment and the extra food would be helpful. As hunters and Christians it is important that we keep an eye out for one another, help those in need, and use eve ..read more
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Winter Weather Checklist
Birmingham Christian Family Magazine
by Laurie Stroud
3w ago
The Home Front Winter home maintenance is not only about preserving the integrity of your property but also about creating a comfortable and appealing space for potential buyers. As the winter season continues, I want to empower my clients to enjoy the warmth of their homes while protecting their most significant investment. Here is a quick Winter Weather Checklist for homeowners.  Seal the Gaps. One of the key elements of winter home maintenance is sealing gaps and cracks that could allow cold air to enter into the home. Inspect windows, doors, and any gaps in the foundation for pot ..read more
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Home Tips, Cooking Tips & More at the Birmingham Home Show
Birmingham Christian Family Magazine
by Laurie Stroud
3w ago
Special Feature The 50th Annual Birmingham Home Show will feature hundreds of top local experts with the latest home products and services, special guest Ati Williams from Netflix’s Hack My Home and a cooking stage with a lineup of chefs that include none other than Birmingham Christian Family cover story and contributor Danna Standridge. The three day show will be February 16-18, 2024 at the BJCC.  Host of Netflix’s Hack My Home and former host of HGTV’s DC Flippers, Ati Williams will appear at the 2024 Birmingham Home Show. BCF readers receive $3 off advance ticket prices, CODE Family ..read more
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Navigating Finances and Family Dynamics
Birmingham Christian Family Magazine
by Laurie Stroud
3w ago
Money Matters As most of us have experienced in one way or another—families can be hard. Add in money, and any issue your family is having will be amplified. There is no one-answer-fits-all because human emotions are fluid, and relationships can be complicated. Whether navigating financial matters with children, aging parents, or extended family, biblical principles give wisdom. Let’s explore three.  1. Make Generosity a Priority. In Acts 20:35, Paul led through giving as he explained, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the ..read more
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How Far to the Promised Land
Birmingham Christian Family Magazine
by Laurie Stroud
3w ago
Best Books Sometimes broken people break the world around them.  Sometimes the brokenness of the world breaks the best of people. Humans are a strange species. We are capable, both individually and collectively, of love and hatred, generosity and selfishness, godliness and wickedness. Virtue and vice reside within all of us, even among people of faith. In it all, in the brokenness and the healing, in the beauty and the ugliness, God is always at work. Esau McCaulley’s latest book How Far to the Promised Land is available for purchase at Sanctuary Christian Books and Gifts in Ala ..read more
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