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I am impressed by those whose faith is settled. They know all they need to know. Few questions remain unanswered. They have a Bible verse for any situation or question. They are quick to defend their position on just about anything proffered by way of discussion or challenge. They feel secur…

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We would like to thank everyone for all the wonderful acts of kindness that was given to us during Eugene's illness and his passing. It humbled us beyond words and will never be forgotten. Carolyn Johnson; Kenney and Genia Daniels; Rich and Kelli Johnson; Jordan, Shelby and Gracie Abercrombi…

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Your life has meaning. Your life has a purpose. God has a hope and a future for you, and it's incredible! God formed you and knitted you together in your mother's womb, and He did not make a mistake. God wants the very best for you. He loves you. But some days life is hard, really hard. We a…

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When fall turns blustery and the temperature drops, you can count on seeing birds gather around your feeders. They bounce around like balls of fluff, gleaning seeds other birds have dropped. They may be local residents or birds who have moved south for the winter, but most people call them s…

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Jim Haun recently purchased a 30-foot flagpole complete with a solar light. The new flagpole stands tall and straight and complements the already well-maintained place of rest for so many of our loved ones.

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In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians held a feast to celebrate the harvest they had had since forming their alliance. During this meal, they didn’t eat turkey, which we now consider a necessity during Thanksgiving, they ate ducks, deer, clams, lobster (yes, please!), pumpk…

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Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. (Phillipians 3:1 ESV)

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The screams were deafening, a stadium full of crazed fans, giving their best cheers. Some were taking their love of the band awkwardly far. People of all ages, young and old. Men and women, boys and girls. We had 20-somethings on one side of us and a great-granny in front of us — my 12-year-…

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Mark Wayne Casey. Scuba diving in underwater caves.

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“For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests.”—Philippians 2:-20-21a.

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I plopped down in my cozy chair after a long day. The middle of the week is often exhausting for this girl. Wednesday is one of my busiest days of the week, and I’m wiped out after the long days they tend to bring. But as I plopped down in my chair this Wednesday afternoon, I opened up my bi…

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Now that the leaves have all but fallen, it’s a good time to take a walk in the woods with a camera around area lakes. Casually walking through the woods with a camera in hand rarely results in more than blurred images and an occasional “luck” shot. There's a lot more to this kind of photogr…

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Thanksgiving, when I was a boy, was a Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover illustration, with a huge, golden turkey in the center of a long table surrounded by grandparents, children and grandchildren bowed in prayer to God — or at least something near that.

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Clay is commonly fed to dairy cows to prevent Sub-acute Ruminal Acidosis. SARA results in feeding too much grain, and not giving the cattle enough forage. SARA mainly affects cows who have just calved (being switched diets too quickly) and in feedlots. Due to this, many farmers and feedlot m…

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Have you ever woken up in the morning remembering snippets of a dream to make you wonder what’s wrong with your brain? Would a normal brain dream something as bizarre as this, you wonder?

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Have you ever gotten more than you bargained for? Maybe you took a new position at your job, but it’s turned out to be way more work than you expected. We’ve all had our moments where we can attest to this thought of getting more than we bargained for. Sometimes in the worst way, and sometim…

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Crissy Reeder. Fried eggs.

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I’m a self-proclaimed nerd. Always have been. And one of the things most of us nerds have in common is a love of trivia.

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Now comes early November and what is popularly dubbed the “Holiday Season,” encompassing Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve in a marathon of opportunities for shopping, gifting, partying, gluttony and a plethora of other excesses we won’t take stock of until the credit card bills arr…

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Things don't always appear like they really are. Do you agree? I bet we could both create a list of things that aren't what they seem, like our condo on our first trip to Maui years back. We walked into the room imagining the pictures we were shown and to our surprise (and not the good kind …

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Karen Grantham. Well... ? That's not the moon above the shed, there's snow in front of the image so it's not something on the lens.... And the face inside the Orb makes a person wonder.

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Agriculture is something we all know about, or most of us. In this article I’m going to talk about some facts about agriculture in the United States, Missouri, and even some about the world.

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I’m a rule follower. Always have been. I’m that person who upon counting items in her shopping cart sees there are 16 items and promptly leaves the “15 Items or Less” lane. My mattresses still have those annoying “do not remove” tags.

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“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” — Philippians 1:6

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This particular day in Minnesota the weather was not cooperating, and it snowed more than I have ever seen in all my travels. The roads were clear in both directions on the interstate but there were piles of snow over 20 feet high on either side of the road. It’s normal if you live in Minnes…

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When you live next to a wooded lot, you also live next to critters. Lots of them. Over the years we’ve seen deer, chipmunks, mice, armadillos, woodpeckers, rabbits and — horror of horrors — even a couple of snakes who nearly gave me cardiac arrest.

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Last Wednesday, my son Brad and I hit a farm pond we hadn't fished for several years. It is a small pond of less than a half-acre, but when we fished it before we caught some nice bass and bluegill.