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Local News 4.5.2018

 While Newton and the other seven overnight host cities may have the spotlight for RAGBRAI this summer, the thousands of cyclists shouldn’t count out the surrounding cities they pass through on their trek through Iowa.  The towns  may be small, but city leaders said they are ready to make an impression.  RAGBRAI organizers named Baxter, Reasnor, Sully and Lynnville among the pass-through towns in this year’s Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. This followed January’s announcement that Newton will be one of the overnight stops.  Reasnor is no stranger to the oldest, longest and largest week-long bicycle touring event in the world. The city of nearly 200 was a pass-through town in the first RAGBRAI event back in 1973, and continued the tradition in 1975, 1984, 2000 and 2006.

Should a microbrewery be allowed to set up shop in Pella’s downtown business district?  The City Council once again took up the issue this past Tuesday, with the city asking the Council for guidance as to whether they wanted to entirely exclude placing the microbrewery within the central business district, or if they only wanted to exclude placing the microbrewery in specific areas of the CBD.  The council had previously stated their support for the microbrewery as long as it was outside the CBD.  If approved, the microbrewery would be limited to 10,000 barrels of beer or ale annually and would need to have 30% or more of gross income would need to be food sales.

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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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