The Ring Master

Sermon: “The Ring Master” by Mark Batterson
Sermon Date: January 22, 2017
Overview: You aren’t the mistakes you’ve made. You are who God says you are.
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Here’s an excerpt.

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Chapter 1



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Jack Staples and The Ring of Time


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Chapter 1


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