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Lighthouse For Life

We’ve all seen the news; children are being sold for sex. It is happening in Thailand, Costa Rica, India, and other countries. “Thank God it’s not happening here.” That was Andrea Wind’s assessment of human trafficking until her pastor preached a sermon on the subject. Andrea is
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You are Rivin’ Me Frazy!

I have the most adorable nephews in the world. No matter what thought just passed through your mind, I do, and John Grady Plott, is one of them. He is 3 years old and absolutely a gift from God. Everything about him is adorable, especially the things he says when he’s a little
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A Thought Worth Pondering

One of my all time favorite hymns is “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.” It’s an old hymn, written by Joachim Neander, originally in German and translated into English by Catherine Wentworth, and often sung to a tune, Stralsund Gesangbuch, which has been around since 1665.
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How Small Groups Impact Spiritual Growth

Churches throughout the world are seeing greater value in small groups than ever before. People are starving for authentic relationships because we were created for relationships — with God, and with each other. Church campuses have become a center for activity on Sunday mornings
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A Leap FOUR Joy

“I bet your house is loud.” “What is your grocery bill like?” “How are you upright and dressed?” “How do you do it?” “Are they natural?” These are just a few of the statements and questions I repeatedly heard when out in
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Two Hearts, Both at Peace

On February 2, 2015, at the tender age of 20, Jesus called her home — my daughter, and very best friend in the world. Since that day, I have experienced every emotion imaginable. Anger, sadness, joy for her, regrets and guilt for me, but at the end of each day, I focus on my
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Katie Eats

Being healthy is about preparation. Providing your family with healthy foods takes time, focus and patience. Living a healthy lifestyle is learning to think long term about food goals instead of trying the latest fad diet to lose five pounds. From my observations, people who go
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The Strangers Among Us

I’m no camper, nor am I a fan of dirt. Truth be told, I’m more of a Hampton Inn girl. I’m also not the rough-and-tumble type. ROTC was the only class I ever dropped in college—turning my pants into a life raft while treading water proved impossible for me. And, though I once swam
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The Bundle & Me

Children are a blessing from God… all of them, no matter the circumstance. The precious cries of a ticked-off newborn, as his little feet were patted with ink and pressed onto his baby book, resounded through the hall where family and friends anxiously waited. As the tiny
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3-D Mammography Helps Detect Breast Cancer Earlier

Imagine trying to find a specific snowball in the middle of a snowstorm, or a needle in a haystack. Not easy, right? For women with dense breast tissue, finding breast cancer in its early stages can be equally challenging. Thankfully, a new tool at Lexington Medical Center is
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got joy?

Heading into my final year of middle school, I expected it to be just like any other, but with more privileges. Thinking this would be an easy year, despite having to endure harder classes, I assumed I wouldn’t have to change any of my acquired middle school habits. I thought I
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Real Faith, Real Life & A Real Legacy

McKinsey Rebecca Cook THIS SECTION OF LIVING REAL is dedicated to the memory of a very special young lady whose life came to an abrupt halt at the tender age of 20. Through a single, fatal car accident, God rescued and ushered McKinsey Rebecca Cook into His eternal presence where
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To Practice or Not to Practice

To Practice Or Not To Practice

FROM THE TIME I WAS NINE YEARS OLD, I’ve always wanted to be my own version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. My desire is to become a master of the piano and to play the instrument as beautifully as light dances across a room floor. I’ve always enjoyed performing in front
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A Gardening Lesson

A Gardening Lesson

As I sit here at my keyboard, it’s spring. It’s the season for planting. In many places across the South, farmers and gardeners have already planted their vegetables and flowers, and are now awaiting the harvest. In the mountains where I live, spring is a little slower arriving,
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Remembering McKinsey Cook: the most beautiful piece of our puzzle

Remembering McKinsey Cook: the most beautiful piece of our puzzle

McKinsey Cook was not just another one of our friends. She was a part of us. We grew up with her. Together. I remember way back when we were just kids and we discovered we were cousins (by marriage, but it was all the same to us). We thought it was the coolest thing ever, because
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