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Keokuk & Galilee

When I first moved to Keokuk, my brother-in-law (who grew up on a farm outside Ottumwa) bought me a Carhartt work coat and a John Deere stocking cap. I know he’ll be glad to hear my transformation into a true resident of S.E. Iowa is now complete. As of today, I am the proud owner…

Repeat After Me…

Closing Prayer Circle in CYF is tradition. It’s an unbroken circle where we encourage verbal prayer, even when all we have to offer is “Thank You God”. Sometimes, for the sake of time, I have been known to offer up a “repeat after me” prayer; it’s not my favorite way to end our night, because…

A Church for All Ages!

Something I have always loved about church is that it’s a place where all generations gather together. On a Sunday morning, it isn’t unusual to have people from 1 week to 101 years old in the same service. At church, older adults, youth and young children interact in so many beautiful ways. Living in a…

Curriculum in Christlikeness

This year our young adult Wednesday gathering group is doing a study together that is called a “Curriculum in Christlikeness.” I’m really excited about the possibilities for Christian growth among this fine group of Christians, and I feel like I already see some signs! In the midst of the busyness of our lives, and all…

Who Do You Work For? (A Parable)

The story goes that many years ago two men were working in a railroad yard swinging sledgehammers. They stopped a moment to notice a train moving slowly through the yard. The engine stopped and a man in a suit stuck his head out the window and said, “Charlie, is that you?” One of the workers…

Christ In Us

Romans 7: 19 “For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.” I heard an illustration lately that spoke to me: A good Christian man was having trouble with swearing. It would just slip out. Upon telling a friend about this, the friend…

Stewardship of Time

When I was in seminary, I had a professor of practical ministry named Loren Broadus who had written a book called, “How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Living.” It was required reading for first year seminary students. Loren Broadus did his best to impress on me and my classmates how important it is to be…

Enjoying My Job!

What a wonderfully fun time here at First Christian Church! You wonder what I might be thinking about? Well, last Wednesday the buzz around the church all day was about getting ready for our youth/adult groups, Simple Supper, our Heavenly Melodies Youth Choir and Adult Choir. Making sure all the rooms were ready, attendance sheets…