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Local News 5.9.2018

After nearly 44 years, Christian Opportunity Center (COC) has closed the doors to the Sheltered Employment Program for the final time.  COC’s Sheltered Employment Program began in 1974 when the organization recognized a need for adult vocational services. On April 27th ,COC employees, persons supported, and families joined together to honor its success.  Executive Director Rod Braun says the closing of the Sheltered Employment Program is part of state and federal regulations encouraging persons with disabilities to be fully integrated into community employment.  What will COC do next?  They’ll be opening a Life Skills program in Knoxville this month – Life skills is a non-work-oriented day habilitation program that focuses on teaching independent living skills, social skills and communication skills in an integrated community setting. COC will also expand its residential services in Oskaloosa this summer with a new group home.

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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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