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THIS IS MY STORY — How God healed my ‘fantasy’ marriage

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THIS IS MY STORY — So, I can be baptized again?

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THIS IS MY STORY — How I found Christ in a coloring book

By STEVIE FRANKS   How I found Christ in a coloring book        I was born in Grenada, Mississippi, and grew up in the small town of Charleston, Mississippi, for the first...

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By KELLYE SMITH     Headaches, seizures, wheelchairs and faith        “This is what the Lord says: Cursed is the person who trusts in mankind. He makes human flesh his...

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