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By LAURA LEE LEATHERS Time to come to the garden alone The flowers are beginning to bloom. Birds, bees, and butterflies start to loom. Meanwhile, I come to the garden alone, To be in His presence,...

Tasting the eternal — How this Southern-born artist found her calling in the south of France

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MISSION MISSISSIPPI MOMENTS — Accept, or except one another:

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THIS IS MY STORY — How Jesus got me out of body-image bondage

By REBECCA TURNER          When asked, “What led you to the field of nutrition?” I always respond that I find it incredibly empowering that, to some extent, you can control your health by...

MISSION MISSISSIPPI MOMENTS — Why forgiveness is crucial to racial reconciliation

By JARVIS WARD     Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32, ESV         From its inception, I have participated in...

OUTSIDE IN — Notice the details

By CHRIS BATES         It was January 2018,  and the Mississippi Delta was almost completely frozen. Only the deep, slow-moving rivers were not fully iced over, plus a few sparse flooded areas where...

AS I SEE IT — One Christian wrestles with Black Lives Matter

By DAN HALL     One Christian wrestles with Black Lives Matter        As we recognize and celebrate Black History Month, I want to wade into the very controversial discussion of Black...

MISSION MISSISSIPPI MOMENTS — How prayer has torn down walls in Mississippi

By LEE PARIS   How prayer has torn down walls in Mississippi        The power and emphasis of prayer in the life of Mission Mississippi began over a lunch meeting at the former Primos...

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