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Local News 6.25.2018

Knoxville Fire and Rescue and the Knoxville Police Department responded to a house fire at 1510 East Marion St. in Knoxville shortly after 9:00 a.m. this morning.  The fire was extinguished in approximately 20 minutes, and the family occupying the home was able to get out safely. Unfortunately a dog in the building perished. No cause of the fire has been established, and an investigation is underway.

The victim in a June 22nd fire in New Sharon has been identified – 61 year old Karen Bunting of New Sharon died in a detached garage in the 100 Block of Elm Street. The cause of the fire, which remained isolated to the garage, remains under investigation, according to the New Sharon Fire Department.

Christian Opportunity Center Executive Director Rod Braun is retiring this week after 31 years of faithful service at the organization.  Braun began his career as Executive Director of Christian Opportunity Center in 1987. During his tenure, the organization has grown from a small program  in Pella to an organization serving over 250 people with disabilities; providing residential, vocational, and day services over a four-county area. Braun says he’s thankful for the time he spent working on behalf of individuals with disabilities and the people he worked with to support them.  An open house to thank Rod for his service will be held this Friday from 11am to 1pm at the Pella COC office.

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The Greatest Attitude
15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Psalm 31:15
David now proclaims to God that his life is in His hands. This kind of attitude will keep us walking steady without responding negatively to all the evil in the world. This perspective will also keep our heart bent towards God no matter what the cost. David remembers God is in control of not only his life but the very cosmos he is living in.

Many of us struggle through life because of our attitude towards our troubling situations as we grant the circumstances of life permission to guide our attitude. For most, if all threats are gone in life our attitude can remain positive and fortunate. However, the minute we experience an unfortunate occurrence, our attitude can plummet. We have to make daily choices of how we will remain by saying “my times are in your hands.”

It is a matter of choice of how we will or will not be provoked by our troubles. David’s attitude rose above his life-threatening circumstance to realize God is in control. I wonder if he knew deep in his heart, that if the current situation took his life, the battle would be over. God will carry us through all battles of life but only if we allow His involvement. If we choose to dwell on the negative, is there any room for God’s participation in our life? What would happen if we agreed with David and said, “My times are in your hands.”

Today in the Workplace
How is your attitude towards the troubles of life? Surrender control today and find the joy of the Lord.
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