Rise to the Moment of Truth Thursday, March 30, 2023


'There's just something special about him': East Alabama child collects items for those in need instead of asking for Christmas gifts

For those who remember going through the old “Sears Christmas Wish Book” and circling all of the toys they wanted from Santa as a child, there is no doubt that kids have a little extra hope during the Christmas season. But for one east Alabama child, hope was something he gave to others in 2022.

Police warn of thieves monitoring Christmas trash for an easy opportunity

With all of the goodies you received this Christmas, comes a lot of trash. There are wrapping paper scraps, gift bags and boxes. But disposing of those items could be an invite for thieves, police say.

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Randy Tatano: Yippee-ki-yay, Merry Christmas!

I just need two things for a perfect Christmas… great food and an action movie in which things explode.

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St. Nicholas: Separating man from myth

He existed in the most significant period of the early Church, which saw tremendous Christian persecution and the establishment of the first Christian creeds.

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Ashley Carter: A Christmas tree wish

This past week, my family and I took a short trip to the mountains. While we were there, we visited a few stores and did some shopping. I was taken aback by the small tree filled with hand-written wishes as I entered one of the stores.

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Amie Beth Shaver: And we know that hope does not disappoint

For the believer, our hope is placed in a person, born on December 25, over 2,000 years ago.

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Matt Clark: The incarnation and the problem of pain

If you’re dealing with the problem of pain this Christmas, remember that Christ’s birth is the proof that God does indeed care. 

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Joey Clark: Grown men don’t cry on Christmas

Usually when people say “goodbye,” they don’t actually mean it. Most of the world’s farewells are like that — a matter of courtesy born of habit — goodbyes that at best carry the hope of “until we meet again, my friend.” 

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Randy Tatano: Christmas Tree Wars — Real vs. artificial

After 20 straight days of vacuuming and watching the cat climb the Christmas tree, my mother had reached the end of her rope and said goodbye to real Christmas trees forever.

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Ashley Carter: Christmas traditions

With the Christmas season upon us, many are trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on their lists. I myself have been in the very same situation. I stopped recently and thought about all the things I got as a child and honestly can’t remember many of the gifts.

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Sean of the South: The one

‘Twas a Christmas tree lot in Alabama. It was the kind of operation that does business in the parking area of a major shopping complex.

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Stephanie Holden Smith: My grown up Christmas list

Please find my Grownup Christmas List for Alabama politics and politicians.

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Sean of the South: Dear Sean

"The whole WORLD can’t be wrong about Santa, can they?"

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Luke: The Christmas Story

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And...

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Christmas Spirit Shines Brightly Throughout Alabama

By Amanda E.H. Pritchard   If you’re looking to make your spirits merry and bright…Alabama’s got you covered! From fantastically festive...

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Answering questions for holiday beach-goers

By Craig Monger   While holiday vacationers prepare for trips to the Gulf, questions remain about the availability of properties and...

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Coping with grief and loss during the holiday season

By Craig Monger   Celebrating the holidays in light of the past year and a half may bring many negative emotions.   While the holidays...