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Faith’s Framework

Faith’s Framework

MISS ELIZABETH E. MITCHELL

Miss Elizabeth Mitchell was born in Lucas County, Iowa in 1851 and came to Osceola with her family in 1866.  At the age of 16 she started teaching country school near Jamison.  She gained such education as was possible in a pioneer community by attending public school and later the subscription schools under the tutorage of Professor Scott, a teacher of much ability.

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CARRIE AND LOUISE BEVANS

Unbreakable…. Unshakable!

It was the last session of Sunday school for the year, and their teacher had challenged them to think of their favorite Bible story of the year’s classes. After worship, he described an amazing conversation he overheard between two of his students. He told me he’d been tired and ready for the time off from classes that summer would bring, but after hearing this conversation, he was counting the weeks until Sunday school would begin again. This is his recollection of the students’ conversation:

God is love

One day some religious leaders approached Jesus and asked, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40). In 1 John 4 we are told, “God is love … let us love one another, because love is from God … Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars …”

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MOONSHINE FAME-PART II

Prayer as a journey

Prayer is a vital part of our spiritual journey and spiritual growth. The disciples asked Jesus how to pray. From one source, I found that Jesus prayed 25 times in his ministry. St. Paul prayed over 45 times in his missionary work. In fact, there are over 650 prayers in Old and New Testament.

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MOONSHINE FAME - PART I

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Green Bay, Iowa

Jackie Robinson and faith

Most people know that in 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the “color line” and became the first African American to play major league baseball in the twentieth century. His life has been examined countless times in terms of his impact on both his sport and civil rights. Recently, however, two books have been published which focus on his Christian faith, which guided him throughout his adult life.