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Behind the Scenes from the Staff

An afternoon of cooking led to the special occasion of an entire family dinner. Extra hands made the meal happen and gave me time with our granddaughters! Additional hands handled after dinner details, giving Papa time with the “girlies”. When the day was over, I was not exhausted, I was exhilarated! As Nominating Committee work heads into full swing, I am reminded…

The Last Word

On January 6 we celebrated Epiphany, the day the wisemen traditionally caught up with the Holy Family. One of the details Matthew includes in his nativity story is that after giving the baby Jesus their gifts, “the wisemen returned by another road.” (Matt. 2:12) Like the magi in the story, I believe we also stand at a crossroads. We now stand at…

A NEW BEGINNING!

January 1 of each year brings to our attention that we can have a new beginning. We Christians know that we each have had a new beginning when we accepted Christ into our lives, repented, and began all anew. As far as He is concerned our slates are clean and there is no memory of our sins. What a wonderful word is…

The Last Word

The New Year is upon us! Of course, for most Americans, New Years has become another excuse to eat, drink and watch football (and I’m right there with you!). However, for the ancient Hebrews, the New Year was a deeply spiritual occasion. It was at this festival Israel crowned her kings and rededicated themselves to their covenant with God. In the elaborate…

The Last Word

Apparently the flu virus is making the rounds and it’s not one for which I (or anyone else) have been inoculated. Unfortunately, the person I sleep with every night has come down with it. As we all know, the flu virus is highly contagious. But then again, so are a lot of other bad things – like negativity, despair, and depression. The…

The Last Word

A few weeks ago I saw the movie “Interstellar” starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. It’s a movie in which science is front and center. In fact, the director made sure the science behind black holes and space travel was as accurate as possible. But there was another overarching theme that really stole the show: love. At one point Anne Hathaway’s character,…

The Last Word

Right after my first Christmas in Keokuk, I took a week of vacation and our Administrative Pastor, Cathie Courtois, filled the pulpit. The scripture reading that week was the story of the slaughter of the innocents (Matthew 2:13-23). It’s the story of how King Herod, having heard from the wise men about a newborn king, had all of the baby boys two…