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Dick and Melodie Tunney — From arena shows to ‘Carols by Candlelight’

By KATIE EUBANKS          When Dick Tunney and Melodie Ware joined a gospel group called Truth on the same day in 1980, they were as different as could be.        Melodie was a rule bender, while Dick — “to a pharisaical degree,” he admits — was a rule...

The Formans: Finding their purpose in foster care and adoption

By ANNA CLAIRE O’CAIN          “We always wanted a big family,” says Adrienne Forman, native of the Franklin County community of Roxie, and wife of nine years to Alex. “We weren’t able to have children naturally, so that’s kind of what got us into foster...

The church that stayed — and offers a glimpse of heaven

By ANNA CLAIRE O’CAIN          Imagine the day that believers are able to enter the gates of heaven in awe of our Savior’s presence. Picture strolling the streets of gold and shouting praises to Jesus alongside the rest of His saints. In that beautiful place...

But God Ministries — Providing jobs, changing lives in the Delta

by ANNA CLAIRE O’CAIN          Just a couple months from now, one of MCL’s favorite missions organizations will celebrate its 10th anniversary. But God Ministries            (BGM) started its work in Haiti and has since expanded into the Jonestown...

Palmer Kennedy becomes head of school at Jackson Academy

By KATIE EUBANKS   Fulfilling his calling        In 1738, future Methodism leader John Wesley reluctantly attended a meeting on Aldersgate Street in London, heard a reading from Martin Luther’s preface to the book of Romans, and felt assurance of his...

Word of Life Highland Colony celebrates 1 year

By KATIE EUBANKS Word of Life Highland Colony celebrates 1 year        In June 2019, Word of Life Senior Pastor Joel Sims was watering his grass when, in his words, “the Lord dealt with me in a real big way that we would do a work in Madison County.”      Joel...

Matt and Stacey Ayars — How God brought them from Haiti to Mississippi

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 couple months — and then suddenly being told you no longer have months,...

Fostering hope — How foster care has changed this Fondren family’s life

By KATIE EUBANKS   Fostering hope How foster care has changed this Fondren family’s life      When I ask 10-year-old Octavius why he was sad to leave his previous foster families — even the ones he didn’t like — he gets quiet.       Just a few minutes ago, when...

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

By KATIE EUBANKS   Tasting the eternal How this Southern-born artist found her calling in the south of France        Jill Steenhuis didn’t know if she had any artistic talent.       She didn’t know if she’d ever get to visit       Paul Cézanne’s studio in...

KIEL HIGGINBOTHAM Sharing the gospel through Mississippi FCA

By SARAH MCLAUGHLIN   Kiel Higginbotham Sharing the gospel through Mississippi FCA         “We were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us,” the apostle Paul wrote in his epistle to...

TOUGH QUESTIONS — How do we handle the Santa Claus issue?

By DR. FRED HALL, LPC     QUESTION: I want to let my kids experience the wonder of Santa Claus, but my wife wants to tell them the truth from a very young age because otherwise we’re ‘lying.’ How do we resolve this?      ANSWER:       Thanks, reader, for the question. This is a fun...

LAGNIAPPE — Being a foster kid at Christmas

By MANDY BUFKIN          “Life before CPS was tough. It was hard... a lot to handle. I was trying to take care of my mom, my sister, and my grandma. I was taking care of my mom because she wouldn’t take her medicine, we couldn’t keep a roof over our heads, she wouldn’t be able to work....

AS I SEE IT — Honoring Joseph and effective stepfathers

By DAN HALL Honoring Joseph and effective stepfathers        “Because Joseph, her husband, was faithful to the law and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.” – Matthew 1:19        Joseph knew three things: 1) He loved Mary, 2) he did...