Courtney Holbrook’s Story

I grew up in the Baptist church all my life, got up and sang numerous Sundays, was in the choir, and rejoiced every time some one asked Jesus to “come into their heart”. I was active in the children’s ministry, and thought I was a model christian. On the weekends I would party with friends […]

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Melissa Rachels’ Story

I was brought up in a Baptist home in southeast Missouri. Went to church every Sunday and Wednesday. I started going to church camp when I was eight. My second year at church camp I said the sinners prayer. I truly believed I was saved. When I was 12 my sister decided she wanted to […]

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Gabrielle Miller Baptized!

Dear Mike, Tonight, October 23rd, 2013, Gabrielle Miller was baptized into Christ! She had been thinking about it for a while, but a couple of days ago her mother-in-law Donna (a faithful member of our church) shared Muscle and a Shovel with her. She was moved by your story and came after church tonight and […]

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Brooke and Andrew Adcock’s Story

Michael, Three members of Kensington Woods church of Christ, Roger, Lori, and my wife Kim own a local restaurant in Hattiesburg. Andrew is one of the cooks and Brooke is a waitress. Roger bought several copies of Muscle and a Shovel and gave one to Andrew with some words about of all the things that […]

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Jacob Rutledge’s Story

If you’ll remember back a few issues ago a young lady named Ariel Lafleur was baptized into Christ after being taught the gospel by her boyfriend, Jacob Rutledge. You’ll need the back-story to really appreciate what happened. Jacob found Muscle and a Shovel in a local library, picked it up, read the back cover, checked […]

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Jordan Butler’s Story

Dear Mr. Shank, First and foremost I would like to thank you for sharing your story. It is incredibly inspiring and it’s because of your honesty and courage that I can call myself a Christian today. You see, my entire life I’ve known two things. The first being that Jesus loves me: always has and […]

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