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Local News 1.8.2018

A pedestrian suffered minor injuries when a Jasper County Sheriff’s Office patrol car collided with them at the Casey’s parking lot in Monroe.  According to law enforcement officials, the incident occured at 6:38 p.m. Jan. 4 when deputy Nick Aldrich was driving a vehicle in the east parking lot at Casey’s and struck an individual walking in the lot.  Monroe Fire and EMS were requested and the patient was transported to an area hospital for treatment; the accident is under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

The Iowa legislature gets back to work today, and  Senator Amy Sinclair has education as her main priority for 2018.  Sinclair, who is the Chair of the Senate Education Committee says an area for investigation is teacher leadership and compensation programs. Sinclair also wants to review studies on education and see how programs are working for rural people and make changes if needed. Sinclair also says tax reform will be a hot topic during the session as legislators will have to make changes to the Iowa tax code following the recent federal tax reform.




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How to Walk without Burdens
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. Psalm 24:4

The One who continues to ascend the mountain of God realizes it’s the hands of His purity which make marks along the way. These hands which have been kept clean by busy serving with obedience for the owner. The hands have not been idle serving their selfish needs and desires but have found others along the way to help and to see the Lord. These hands have found a reason to exist outside of selfish gain and have been there to help others up the mountain. These hands have been anointed with the Spirit of the Lord, and the purpose is to help others see the Light and walk in it.

When the hands are kept busy serving others, there is no time left to pick up the idols of this world. When tempted to lay hold of an appealing treasure of this world the heart testifies to its defilement for there is no purpose when climbing the mountain of the Lord for worthless idols. The weight of the obsession will hold us back from the goals of our hands and heart. When we must carry around worldly idols they can make it too complicated to continue climbing. But again, the owner of the mountain gives us the strength to let go of the worthlessness of any false idol which tries to detain our journey.

We make life way too problematic when we try and hold onto vanity but letting go of the things which are making our climb difficult will make for an abundant and adventurous journey. Keeping our hands clean by reaching out to the world around us with compassion will keep our heart pure and our eyes on the Lord of the mountain. There will never again be another dreary day because it is filled with hands that are busy serving and a heart that is pounding with adventure.

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