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Tornado-damaged church to open on Christmas Day

FOUNTAIN LAKE - All Pastor Tim Forrest wanted after a tornado damaged his Fountain Lake church was to reopen on Christmas Day. A local construction company has granted that wish.

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Longtime pastor retires

PARAGOULD - William Steeger, or Brother Bill as he prefers, will preach his final Sunday sermon as pastor of First Baptist Church on Christmas day, ending a 5-year tenure at the church and beginning life as a retiree.

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Tebow is top religion author of 2011

Critics have hammered Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow for everything from his throwing style to his trademark professions of evangelical faith. But this much is now beyond dispute: the guy has a gift for selling books.

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Abstinence funding restored in federal budget

WASHINGTON (BP) - Funding for abstinence education has returned to the federal budget in the spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. The $1 trillion budget, which staves off another potential government shutdown, allocates $5 million for abstinence-based Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) programs that were slashed by the Obama administration beginning in 2009.

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Survey says most people prefer 'Merry Christmas'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Nearly two-thirds of Americans prefer the greeting of "Merry Christmas" over "Happy Holidays," according to a new survey.

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