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By KATIE EUBANKS     Matt and Stacey Ayars How God brought them from Haiti to Mississippi   Imagine accepting a job in a foreign culture in another country, preparing to move in a...

A CUP OF ENCOURAGEMENT — Lessons from Dad’s toolbox

by LAURA LEE LEATHERS Lessons from Dad’s toolbox My dad had a shop that any man would envy. He had every tool imaginable for every need — and each item in its place. As his eldest daughter, I...

THIS IS MY STORY — How I made it through my unplanned pregnancy

By DANIELLE (last name withheld for privacy)   How I made it through my unplanned pregnancy   When I first found out I was pregnant, I was devastated. I was scared, angry, bitter and lost....

FOOD FOR THOUGHT — Recipes approved by Dad

Recipes by KATHERINE COWGER Recipes approved by Dad In honor of Father’s Day, we asked our friend Katherine Cowger for a few dad-friendly recipes we could share with the men in our lives this month....

LET’S TALK IT OVER — An open letter to the heart of men

By BRANDEN HENRY An open letter to the heart of men   When was the last time you felt alive? And I mean really ALIVE. Not just the excitement of buying a new thing, watching a great game or...

AS I SEE IT — Neanderthals? Maybe… But cut us some slack

By DAN HALL   Neanderthals? Maybe… But cut us some slack   Allow me to thumb my nose at political correctness and simply state: Men and women are different.   Harvard clinical...

HEALTH & WELLNESS — Only God can create, heal, restore

By CHRIS FIELDS Only God can create, heal, restore   "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis chapters 1 and 2 are the only true accounts of creating everything ever...

MODERN MOTHERHOOD — Hope for the grieving on Father’s Day

By LIBBO CROSSWHITE   Hope for the grieving on Father’s Day   The older I get, the more I value learning about the character of Christ. The snippets of Him throughout the Old Testament...

MISSION MISSISSIPPI MOMENTS — Honoring one another

By GERALYN WARFIELD Honoring one another   More than in many places, Mississippians often easily connect with one another. We may unite over crawfish, football or other sports. School...

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By KATIE EUBANKS   Michael and Julie Estes Finding a ministry home at Ridgecrest        In 1998, Michael Estes finally worked up the nerve to ask out Julie Stone.  They’d both grown up in Clinton, and probably met on a Clinton High School...

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By KATIE EUBANKS   Shower Power Jackson organization empowers people experiencing homelessness        Lying in the shade, a young man named DJ spreads his Bible on top of his face and reaches his arms up to the sky. He doesn’t take medication...

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By KATIE EUBANKS     Anne Graham Lotz talks cancer, loss, and seeing God’s blessings        In early 2019, Anne Graham Lotz — daughter of the Rev. Billy Graham — was scheduled to speak to the women at First Baptist Jackson. A brutal round...

Sean Milner: He grew up at a children’s home — and now he runs it

By KATIE EUBANKS   Sean Milner He grew up at a children’s home — and now he runs it        Sean Milner remembers the gunshot from when Oma wounded herself in the shoulder.      “(My siblings and I) ran out on the back porch and...

FEATURE — But God Ministries finds a home in the Delta

    JONESTOWN — Linda McGrew thought she had grown up poor — and she had. But then she visited some homes in Quitman County.   “I (was) inspecting the units that we were to rehab (at a nonprofit). You could look through the ceiling and see outdoors. You...

SPECIAL FEATURE — Doing diversity in the local church

By Katie Eubanks   Doing diversity in the local church     Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour of the week, but not if these churches have anything to do with it. In the greater Jackson area, leaders at several churches — from a megachurch...

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2018 Christian Leaders of the Future Event

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AUTHOR PROFILE—Angie Camp—Real-Life Fiction

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AUTHOR PROFILE—Terri Blackstock

By Susan E. Richardson   Author Profile—Terri Blackstock   In Sunday School I used to see the friend who had invited me to come with her, the one who made me welcome every Sunday, and assured me a “go to” place to sit. She had a kind word for everyone and made other visitors feel as...