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Amanda Scott — Abortion, healing and hope

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OUTSIDE IN — An image of you

By CHRIS BATES          I was about to become a teenager the first time I visited the Teton mountains. My family took a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, just after Christmas that year. We...

LIVING MY CALL — Tim Neese: From worship leader to homebuilder

By ANNA CLAIRE O’CAINE          Tim Neese has lived in Flowood since he was 10 and is the owner and sole builder of Neese Custom Homes. He is husband to Mandy and father to his two...

A CUP OF ENCOURAGEMENT — A ‘birthday’ that changed the world

By LAURA LEE LEATHERS     It was a Saturday, and the relatives had been invited to celebrate my grandson Waylon’s second birthday. I stood outside the front door of his home and waited...

Aaron and Lizzy Sibley — Loss, lament, and moving forward

       No matter what you’ve experienced, nothing can prepare you for the loss of a child. “I had never had a lot of bad things happen in my life at all (before we lost our son),” says Lizzy...

THIS IS MY STORY — How my daughter’s illness brought me closer to Christ

By KIM CARTER          My God story begins in my early childhood. I was raised by my grandmother, where going to church was a rule to live by. I was baptized during a revival in 1985 at...

MISSION MISSISSIPPI MOMENTS — Don’t let fear keep you from serving

By WANDA THOMAS        Mission Mississippi’s December theme, “Deeper Service,” requires us to examine our hearts and minds to give considerable thought to what it means to serve, just as the...

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