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Local News 4.12.2018

The proposed South Central Regional Airport continues to move forward one step at a time; the most recently airport-related meeting took place last Thursday, when representatives from HDR, the engineering firm for the project, discussed the land acquisition process for the new airport.  No actual land purchases are taking place yet; Jerry Searle, an airport planner with HDR, said projects like this take years and that no formal approval to start purchasing land had yet been given.  Concerns from those in attendance revolved around the dispute between Mahaska County and the cities of Pella and Oskaloosa, and, in particular, 220th Avenue in rural Mahaska County.  Searle explained that an access road for farm equipment is part of the airport mitigation plan.  Also discussed was the funding of land acquisition and how each respective city would pay their share. Pella city council will determine how they fund their portion, while the city of Oskaloosa is planning on selling nonaeronautical portions of ground at their current airport to finance their portion.  A timeline was also discussed between Searle and the attendees. Searle says that the land acquisition process, once it begins, could take upwards of three years.  ohn DeRooi, a landowner who owns property within the proposed airport site, also questioned the layout of the airport, and how the acquisition could impact parcels of land, saying those impacted parcels would lose their value.

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Keeping it Clean
in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes. Psalm 26:10
David mentioned he washed his hands of all impurities, unlike the wicked whose hands are full of wicked schemes. But he also knew that his hands could easily lay prey, and he desired to keep his hands full of the love of God instead of participating in the wickedness around him.

How quickly we can become involved in the slightest offense when we take our cues from the world. There are many practices which may seem right in the world but don’t hold up in the Word of God. There are many ways which may even bring prosperity to our families, but our hands may have to become dirty. How quickly temptation may face us to tell a white lie or cheat to gain a bit of status, but once again we soon find our hands dirty.

It is a slippery slope, and it often starts with the small things, the ones easily justified. The question becomes, are we going to take the Word of God as our authority for the decisions we make or are we going to allow the influence of the world to guide our way? Seeking God’s Word as the authority may not always make us wealthy or the easy way, but it sure will bring abundance in the heart.

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Are there ways which may seem right in your life but don’t line up with the Word of God?
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