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Rebecca Ingram Powell

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Her video high-fives special needs cheer team

NASHVILLE (BP) -- "When I was really little, doctors told my mom that I would be special needs," explains 14-year-old Savannah Grace, whose YouTube video has lots of people talking. "They said I would be autistic."       Perhaps that's why this aspiring pop star wanted to share the spotlight in a video with the Cheerville Raptors, a special needs squad from Tennessee.

Tell your teens what God says about them

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--I couldn't believe it. How could those guys be so mean?

‘It’s a pleasure waiting on you’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--"It's been a pleasure waiting on you," the young blonde waitress announced as she handed us our checks.

Holidays on the home front

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--For military wife Michelle Fryc (pronounced Fritz), being apart from her husband, Donald, during the holidays is something she has come to expect and endure.

FIRST-PERSON: Enlisting help for military moms

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--When our first baby was born, my husband and I lived several hours away from our families. I had never felt so alone and stressed out.

MOTHER’S DAY: Mothers also graduate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--My son Derek, the youngest of our crew, is graduating from kindergarten. It’s an exciting time for him, and a contemplative time for me. I asked Derek, “What does your kindergarten graduation mean?”

FIRST-PERSON: A coming-of-age Christmas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--"Daddy, did you mail my letter to Santa?" It may have sounded like an innocent question, but in 1974, I was a curious 8-year-old, and I have to admit that it was a set-up.

FIRST-PERSON: Oct. 31 — a day of freedom

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Thump. Thump. Thump. Does that sound like the bells of freedom ringing? There is nothing melodious about a thumping sound, but today, I'm thinking about the thudding thump of a hammer in the hands of a young monk. He was pounding tacks to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg exactly 486 years ago, Oct. 31, 1517 -- Reformation Day. His name was Martin Luther.

FIRST-PERSON: Impacting generations at VBS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Hurray! It's time for Vacation Bible School! Over half of my 36 summers have included VBS, as either a student or a teacher.

FIRST-PERSON: Get equipped to defend the unborn

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--In 1988 I was a college senior, and I had just voted in my first presidential election. George Bush had won. On my university's campus, Republicans were definitely in the minority, but on the day after the election, you especially knew who was who. I walked into my French class and was greeted by many glum faces. My French teacher, Madame Goldberg, breezed in a few minutes later. "It will be hard for everyone to concentrate today. We are all so disappointed," she said.