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Local News 11.1.2017

STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a tool school districts around the country are using to raise awareness about the importance of promoting competitiveness in science and technology development, and Newton High School is being recognized for its excellence in these subjects.  Newton High School was selected as a STEM BEST award recipient this year, and will receive a $25,000 grant for the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. STEM BEST, an acronym for Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers, is a program which aims to connect high school students with local businesses.  NHS was one of 19 schools selected for the grant out of a pool of 31 schools.

“Fly Ottumwa” could become more than the name of an air show if new plans come together.  As of yesterday, the Ottumwa Convention and Visitors Bureau began surveying residents about their desire for commercial flights from Ottumwa Regional Airport.  Discussions between airlines and community leaders have already taken place; if started first flights would likely go to Minneapolis, Chicago, and St. Louis.

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What to do with a Troubled Heart
Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Psalm 25:17

There is no greater answer for our troubles than to have a conversation with our Lord. Not a one-sided conversation but truly enter a time of listening. Often, we want to share our anguish but how regularly do we want to hear feedback. This prayer takes more than sharing our troubles for it takes waiting in His presence and receiving instruction.

We all have a trusted friend we share the troubles of our heart with but what if we looked towards God as a trusted friend and confidant. He is ready to hear from us and will help us as our friend with the problems we carry.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

He calls us his friends and His desire is to sit with us in our troubles and anguish. His friendship is motivated by love for us for His very essence is love for us. When He approaches our problems, he hears them through love, so I’m not sure why we wait to carry all our difficulties to our friend.

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What trouble do you have that you can take to your friend?
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