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Local News 1.9.2018

A 5k fun run and wheelbarrow race will be held this spring to help preserve the last remaining building of a long-gone town.  The Coal Ridge Church stands just north of Highway S71 and Lake Red Rock. The church and its adjacent cemetery are all that’s left of the town of Coalport.   The 5K (3.1 mile) event begins at 9 a.m. April 7, with the wheelbarrow race at 10:15 a.m. in the Whitebreast Beach parking lot.  Anyone signing up by March 1 will get a T-shirt and an early bird discount – you can register online at GetMeRegistered.com/CoalRidgeChurch5K 

Shouting erupted at Monday’s Ottumwa school board meeting when speakers from an overflow crowd were limited to seven in number and a total of 15 minutes.  The issue – problems with student discipline in classrooms.  Despite Board President Leisa Walker’s preemptive statements, parents became upset when public comments were cut off.  Many parents expressed their concerns that discipline was not consistent, with some claiming their children were afraid to go to school; teachers responded by saying staff were constantly being asked to do more with less.

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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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