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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.

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William Gustin

What moves you?

What moves you? I’m not asking about what moves you emotionally because we’re all touched by the beautiful brand new baby or the lovely bride making her way down the aisle. No, I’m asking, what moves you.....deeply?

earning all we can from our sins and mistakes

Whenever we commit a sin or just make some sort of honest mistake, we will usually want to put that thing to the back of our mind and forget about it as soon as possible. After all, thinking about what we have got wrong is hardly a pleasant experience. 

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Continued fight against opioid abuse in Iowa

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Grand celebration

Through the valley

Grief is a universal experience. We all encounter death, but each individual is unique in how they experience it and how they grieve. A person who has experienced the death of a loved one cannot avoid grief – it is unhealthy to attempt to deny or go around grief. We can only go through it. Let me call your attention to that little word, “through.” In that familiar biblical passage, the 23rd Psalm, it says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thy rod and thy staff comfort me.” We cannot avoid the valley of the shadow of death, but we don’t pitch a tent and stay in the valley. We move through the valley; not alone, but with God as our companion as well as caring friends and family. As the be

Clarke County Fairground beginnings

According to records the first organizations of farmers in the county was formed in 1868 and out of this grew the first county fair. It was held at a fairgrounds northeast of Osceola. Prominent members in the organization and operation were O.P. Anderson, W. C. Gregg, T. H. Brown, James Brown, R. B. Parrott, John McDonough, A. H. Burrows, R. A. Dague and John Diehl. That organization no sooner failed and efforts started to revive the fair. The Clarke County Farmers & Mechanics Agricultural Society was organized under the leadership of McDonough and E. F. Riley July 1, 1872 continuing over 13 years. There is no record of when or why it eventually failed. There was no organized effort to reestablish it.

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Beginning life on an Iowa farm in the early part of 1900, William and Mary (Marytum) McGee Family, Part III - Final

Expect the unexpected

Life is full of unexpected surprises. The unexpected happens more often than we ever dream could happen. You see a person at 15 years old and that person turns out to be the person you live with for over 50 years. The month of June reminds me of many wonderful marriages.

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