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THE WAY I SEE IT—Happy Endings and New Beginnings

By MARTIN E. WILLOUGHBY, JR. About fifteen years ago, I was struggling whether I was being called into full-time ministry. I started taking some seminary classes, and I was in a process of seeking...

THE WAY I SEE IT—Someday, One Day, Today. Pay Attention.

By Martin E. Willoughby, Jr. My family and I recently enjoyed some time off together on spring break. I confess that I don’t vacation easily. I lean towards being a workaholic, and it takes effort...

THE WAY I SEE IT—Reclaiming an Authentic Faith

By Martin E. Willoughby, Jr. For a number of years, I taught people of all ages how to play tennis. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this job was the privilege to work with junior tennis...

THE WAY I SEE IT—A Heart of Forgiveness

By MARTIN WILLOUGHBY A familiar plot in many movies is the main character’s journey of revenge. I have found this particularly true in old westerns. Someone gets wronged, and the main character goes...

THE WAY I SEE IT—Facing Fear

By Martin E. Willoughby, Jr. Mark Twain once said, “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” I can identify with Twain’s point. Generally, I am a...

THE WAY I SEE IT—Christmas Gifts

BY MARTIN E. WILLOUGHBY, JR. ‘Tis the season for some Christmas shopping. A whole lot of Christmas shopping. The National Retail Federation is projecting sales to increase to $630.5 billion this...

THE WAY I SEE IT—A Life of Significance

BY MARTIN E. WILLOUGHBY, JR. I have found in life you can be mentored by people you know personally, and also those who influence you through their writing and/or speaking. One of my “book mentors”...

THE WAY I SEE IT—A Life of Joy

By Martin Willoughby My wife Nicki is a patient soul. She allows me to “tacky” up our house with various laminated reminders of things that I believe to be important. One of those reminders that I...

THE WAY I SEE IT—Gratitude

By Martin E. Willoughby, Jr. Nothing quite makes you appreciate your health like getting sick. My son Trey and I both recently had a bout with a lingering stomach virus. I went from jogging one day...

THE WAY I SEE IT—Lessons from My Daughter

By Martin E. Willoughby, Jr. Fifteen years ago my wife Nicki and I were blessed with the birth of our first child—Allison (Ally) Willoughby. We had struggled with infertility, and it was with great...

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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...