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Emerging Voices | 4 Truths I Discerned When the Wild Geese Honked

By Kelly Moreland Jones | October 14, 2019

It was an unforgettable week filled with prophetic preaching, informative panel discussions, interactive small groups and powerful praise and worship. As the geese honked during my meditations, the Spirit gave me 4 lessons.

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