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  • New tunnel, premium RV section at Talladega Superspeedway on schedule despite weather

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    Construction of a new oversized vehicle tunnel and premium RV infield parking section at Talladega Superspeedway is still on schedule to be completed in time for the April NASCAR race, despite large amounts of rainfall and unusual groundwater conditions underneath the track.

    Track Chairman Grant Lynch, during a news conference Wednesday at the track, said he’s amazed the general contractor, Taylor Corporation of Oxford, has been able to keep the project on schedule.

    “The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they did from the original design, basically to keep that tunnel from floating up out of the earth, was remarkable,” Lynch said.

  • Alabama workers built 1.6M engines in 2018 to add auto horsepower

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    Alabama’s auto workers built nearly 1.6 million engines last year, as the state industry continues to carve out a place in global markets with innovative, high-performance parts, systems and finished vehicles.

    Last year also saw major new developments in engine manufacturing among the state’s key players, and more advanced infrastructure is on the way in the coming year.

    Hyundai expects to complete a key addition to its engine operations in Montgomery during the first half of 2019, while Honda continues to reap the benefits of a cutting-edge Alabama engine line installed several years ago.

  • Groundbreaking on Alabama’s newest aerospace plant made possible through key partnerships

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    Political and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at Alabama’s newest aerospace plant gave credit to the formation of the many key partnerships that made it possible.

    Governor Kay Ivey and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event which celebrated the construction of rocket engine builder Blue Origin’s facility in Huntsville.

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LISTEN: Adventures with Jesus, Today’s Lisa van den Berg speaks about her relationship with Christ, her battle with cancer

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Lisa van den Berg is a radical follower of Jesus. She will go wherever He asks her to go and do whatever He asks her to do. She wakes up every day and asks the Lord what He wants to do each day.

She is the host of the podcast “Adventures with Jesus, Today” and a prosperous purpose coach.

In this episode, she describes how she was transformed in Him and then how her relationship with Christ was strengthened through her battle with cancer years ago.

This is a powerful story of adventure and triumph over trials. Be encouraged by listening to her story today.

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1 month ago

LISTEN: Artist Steve Skipper talks being saved from gang life, turning his life to Jesus

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Steve Skipper has never been trained professionally in art, yet he is one of the best Super Realism artists in America. God has gifted Steve with ability, and he has been given supernatural guidance in how to paint the way he does.

Steve was a member of a notorious street gang in Birmingham when he was radically saved by the Lord. He was on a path to nowhere and he knew it. However, God sent someone to save him from that life, and he chose to say yes to Jesus.

In “Colors of Character,” a recent movie based on Steve’s life, he shares his testimony in full. Steve has overcome racial struggles, gang violence and a lack of professional guidance to become one of the best in his industry.

This is an amazing story of God’s grace and redemption, as well as the power of an authentic relationship with Him. Listen to the story to learn more.

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1 month ago

LISTEN: Alabama Pastor discusses faith in the midst of constant opposition

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Matt Scott is the pastor of The Gathering Place Church in Moody. In a season of shaking and uncertain rules and regulations for churches, Matt has chosen to stand boldly in his faith.

Matt left a high-paying sales career to pursue ministry full time. He understands that his purpose in life is to lead others into a relationship with Jesus, and he does that through sharing the full extent of the gospel without any sugar-coating.

In this episode, we discuss the challenges he has faced in this season and how he continues to stand firm in his faith in the midst of constant opposition.

If you need more courage and boldness to walk out your faith, you won’t want to miss this.

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2 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 35: Interview with Mathew Meagher

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Christians are being persecuted all over the world. In India, that persecution is very prevalent, and it can lead to death or arrest.

Bishop Mathew Meagher is on the front lines of sharing the gospel in Hyderabad, India, and he has seen that oppression first hand.

Mathew is the founder and CEO of Grace TV and Jesus Way International. In this episode, he discusses the challenges he has faced living in India and how he has been able to overcome these things.

Mathew is a great example of someone fully living for Jesus daily. He is a breath of fresh air, and I believe you will be inspired by his message.

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3 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 34: Interview with Bert Danner

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Bert Danner grew up in the projects in the deep South. He faced extreme adversity from a young age and was determined to find a way out. He joined the U.S. Navy in order to pursue his dream of becoming an officer.

Bert became a Naval pilot and had his career all planned out. That’s when he found out he was not in control of his plans. Relieved of duty due to budget cuts, Bert was left to find a new career path. It was a dark period in his life and almost lead to his demise.

Thankfully, Bert pressed forward and knew that God had more for him to do. In his new book, “Conquer,” Bert describes the difficulties he faced growing up and how he overcame them, and he offers practical applications for anyone else to do the same.

If you need to be inspired, listen to this great story of perseverance.

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3 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 32: Interview with Sam Maniscalco

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A prayer room in a hair salon? Praying for people and seeing incredible things happen in a place of business? Does that happen in America today?

The answer is yes, and Sam Maniscalco is a man with bold faith who was willing to take these chances.

We live in a time where people believe that you can’t share your faith and be successful. Sam proves this incorrect in many ways.

Sam overcame alcohol, cocaine and porn addictions, along with divorce, to become a successful businessman who chooses to follow Jesus in all aspects of his life.

If you need hope and encouragement, listen to his powerful story to hear how you can overcome these things as well.

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4 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 33: Interview with Barry Moore

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Barry Moore is a candidate for Congress in Alabama. He has faced extreme adversity in his political and business career, but he is an overcomer.

Barry felt a call by the Lord to run for Congress and he lost the first time. He is running again because he loves America and wants to serve with purpose.

In this episode, we discuss his faith, his support of President Donald Trump and other issues facing this country currently.

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4 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 31: Interview with Tony Cooper

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Tony Cooper has spent 40 years helping others in ministry roles. For the last 30 years, he has been with the Jimmie Hale Mission, recently serving as the CEO.

In this episode, Tony talks about adversity being the beginning of growth. He describes the challenges he has faced in life and how his faith has helped him move him forward in those situations.

There is hope available for everyone. Tony discusses how people can find the hope they are desperately seeking and how “nobody is beyond hope.”

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5 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 30: Interview with Chace Hatcher

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We all face trials in life, but some are worse than others. Chace Hatcher had a choice at an early age: become a victim of his circumstances, or become a victor in life.

Chace endured an abusive dad who ultimately killed himself, a mom who was an alcoholic and also abusive, and a suicide attempt of his own. He had many demons to wrestle, and it was not until he met his now-wife and developed a strong relationship with God, that his life started to take a turn for the better.

A successful entrepreneur who has formed and sold several companies, Chace has a great story of triumph over adversity.

New business formation is on the rise in America, and if you are one of those thinking about starting your own company, know that you will have to overcome obstacles to be successful. Chace is a great example of the grace of God and the power of perseverance. Find out more in this episode.

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5 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 29: Interview with Martin Briggs

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Now is the time for people to take a stand for what they believe in. As a business owner, someone can choose the path of profitability over purpose.

Martin Briggs believes you can do both and serve your clients and customers with courage and conviction. He has started the ULECx Market that brings the body of Christ together and serves the business community to answer the call that we are facing today.

Martin is a serial entrepreneur and owns several businesses that allow him to model the love of God in all that he does daily.

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6 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 28: Interview with George Shamblin

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Life is a journey for all of us. What we do on that journey is ultimately going to lead us more towards our purpose, or away from it.

George Shamblin is a teacher, pastor and author of the book “The Relay.” In this episode, George tells us a little bit about his journey and how he came to write the book, and how his book can help people grow in their faith.

George is full of energy and joy, and you will be inspired to hear what he has to say.

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6 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 27: Interview with Greg Davis

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Greg Davis lives life on purpose through leadership at First Priority.

With a lot of uncertainty in the school systems, I am thankful that Greg is helping raise up young leaders that will pray in school and bring God into the midst of a hectic time.

Many people believe that prayer is no longer allowed in school but Greg’s story proves otherwise. You can never stop people from praying, and I am very thankful for that. Hear what he has to say about the subject and be encouraged.

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7 months ago

Living Life on Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 26: Interview with Andy Mason

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This is a challenging season for most people. Everyone needs hope. Andy Mason wrote a book called Finding Hope in Crazy Times, and he shares some of his experiences from the book with us here.

Andy is the founder of Heaven in Business in Redding, California, and is an author of several other books as well.

The stories shared in this episode, along with book itself, are great ways for anyone who is struggling to find hope in the crazy times we are living in.

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7 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 25: Interview with Carol Bevil

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Everyone needs hope, especially now. The best and only way to truly find it is through God’s word.

Carol Bevil found that out on her own journey. She decided to write a book based on the scriptures that have given her strength and hope over her life. A trainer, coach, author, and mom, Carol has found peace in God’s word, and now she is sharing it with others. You will be strengthened by her story.

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8 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 24: Interview with Shae Bynes

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Shae Bynes left a great job with IBM to follow God’s voice. She is the founder of Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur, and she seeks God’s guidance for everything she does. She has grown an organization that empowers people to do the same thing in their lives.

If you need encouragement to step out of your comfort zone and follow a dream or vision God has placed in your heart, this message is for you.

You will be inspired and challenged to step out in faith after you hear Shae’s story and the things she has accomplished so far on her journey.

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8 months ago

Living Life on Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 23: Advancing Sight Network

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Helping the blind eyes see. In this episode, Teresa Ham, CAO at Advancing Sight Network, talks about the mission and vision behind the organization and how they have been able to help so many people. They are restoring vision for people around the world.

We take sight for granted. So many people can not see at all. The Advancing Sight Network is helping people see again, or for the first time. This is a great group of people doing amazing things.

There is plenty of good to see in this world, and these folks are apart of helping the blind see it.

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9 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 22: Interview with Jenny Waltman

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Grace Klein communities has served over 100,000 people since March of this year as the economy shut down due to COVID 19. This amazing organization is a true testament to following God’s call on your life. They started the community during an economic downturn, and now they are in a position to be a blessing in another economic downturn.

Jenny Waltman is the founder, and she has a servant’s heart. Her love for God and people shines through in every conversation. Listen to find out more about her testimony and how they are helping those in need here in Birmingham.

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11 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 21: Interview with Wendy Garner

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Stuck in quarantine? Why not get some encouragement in your down time? On River Time is an organization that helps children overcome traumatic family history through relationships and the fresh outdoors. Wendy Garner left her job in television media and publicity to live out her purpose last year. Listen as she shares some of the things she has seen take place in these children. Lives are being restored and hope is rising thanks to the great efforts of this group.

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12 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 20: Interview with Jason and Austin Riley

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Austin Riley is one of the best race car drivers in the world, and he is the only one at his level with autism. Years ago, Austin was bullied, he felt he had no purpose, and he did not want to leave his room. Thankfully, his dad knew something different. Jason believed in his son, even when his circumstances were unfavorable, at best.

They turned their pain into purpose as they formed Racing with Autism and now Austin races all over the world. This incredible story is such an inspiration and it will speak to you if you are walking through a situation that seems like it has no possible ending that could be positive.

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1 year ago

Living Life on Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 19: Interview with Taziki’s Keith Richards

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Keith Richards founded Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe with one restaurant 22 years ago in Birmingham, AL. They now have 93 locations in 17 states with more to come. They started with hope and a dream. It took guts and a lot of faith. Now, they have a great American success story and they are giving back in so many ways.

From hiring special needs employees to using the herbs they grow locally, they are truly blessing others as they have been blessed. A very inspiring story that you don’t want to miss.

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1 year ago

Living Life On Purpose Episode 18: Interview with Julia Meyers

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Human trafficking is a major issue in 2020 and it is modern-day slavery that is not addressed nearly enough. Julia Meyers is on a mission to help end this plague on society as chair of the Human Trafficking Committee at the Junior League of Birmingham.

What does trafficking look like? What are the signs? What can I do to help? Your kids are probably on the social media platforms where most of the victims are recruited. Are you aware? Learn more about this massive problem and ways to help in this episode.

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1 year ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 17: Interview with Jason Black

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Jason Black is a second-generation McDonald’s owner-operator. He and his family have 17 restaurants combined. The industry itself is challenging as hiring and equipping people in vital roles can be tough to do. Black tries to balance serving people and profitable growth at the same time. He runs his business with purpose, even in the midst of corporate America.

Inside, he shares some of the struggles he has faced and how he deals with them. How does he do it? Find out in the latest episode.

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1 year ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 16: Interview with Scott Dawson

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What is the greatest issue we are facing as a society, and how do we deal with it? Scott Dawson, founder of the SDEA, shares his thoughts on this and much more in this episode. He also shares information about the upcoming Strength to Stand event he will be hosting with Kanye West this week as we talk about his radical conversion and what it means to the world and believers. Listen to find out more!

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1 year ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 15: Interview with Dennis Daughety

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Living a life of purpose doesn’t often make sense. In fact, more often than not, doing the most impactful thing is also the most difficult. Dennis Daughety, a franchise junkie, has chosen the path of an entrepreneur and allows the Holy Spirit to be his guide. He is a successful business owner but it’s how he has found the success that is intriguing. Listen to his story to find out how he got to this point, through the failure and trials, and how God has led the way.

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