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I’ve had so many birthdays in my life that I really don’t know how old I am. All I know is that I’m one year older than I was last year. I would not be able to remember when my life began if it wasn’t for paperwork.

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Perhaps it is human nature to put things off until we have a more convenient time. We may leave our Christmas decorations out longer than we should. We may even have a goal we had been wanting to achieve but have been unable to find the time to work toward it. Whatever our individual struggl…

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When it comes to flowers, I am the epitome of naivety. I have no expertise whatsoever in the plant world. All I see are red, blue and yellow.

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I must confess I sometimes get so busy that certain things have slipped my mind. I don’t do this intentionally, but I try to prioritize things in my life.

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Happy 4th of July! That’s what we say isn’t it? Sadly, many people know July 4 as only that, and not “Independence Day”. It seems to me changing the wording to something so simple has taken away the meaning, the intent of those who established it. One of the writers of the Declaration of Ind…

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Choices are a very important part of our everyday life. I am what I am today because of choices I made yesterday. I would like to blame someone else, but the truth of the matter is, I am what I am because of my choices.

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This Sunday is Independence Day, a national holiday that celebrates the Declaration of Independence of the colonies from English rule in 1776. It is the birth of this nation, and many have fought and died for the freedoms we still enjoy today as Americans.

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I must confess that I’m not always aware of everything that is before me. I admit I miss a lot of things. I don’t do this intentionally.

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As a pastor and as a person, my biggest failures have usually had something to do with a lack of listening on my part. Either I didn’t bother to clarify what another person was saying, I “filled in the blanks” with my own opinion and will or I closed my ears to God’s still, small voice by tu…

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Having recently arrived in Hiawatha, I subscribed to the newspaper to get familiar with the culture and what is happening. In the first paper I received, there was a letter to the editor entitled “A Patriot.” The article tied patriotism to defending our country and the constitution, but that…

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Several months ago, I had two cataracts removed from my eyes. How they got there, I don’t know. As far as I can remember, they never asked my permission, and furthermore, they never paid rent for being there.

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I cannot recall a day in my life where I thought to myself, it’s a beautiful day for a run. Now don’t get me wrong, I do like to exercise from time to time, but the exercise that I like revolves more around leisurely walking around the golf course while chasing a little white ball.

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The last several weeks have truly been hectic in every sense of the word. Trying to catch up can be a never-ending job. When I think I’m caught up, I see another thing I need to do.

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It may be a year later than planned, but Hiawatha’s Zion Lutheran Church is excited to celebrate their 125th anniversary (plus 1) on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. with a joint partnership service for members of the NEK Lutherans.

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Like everybody else, I have my share of trouble. It’s not that I want to get into trouble, but trouble always seems to be somewhere near where I am at the time. I regret that time when I was first introduced to trouble.

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When you think of the word “evil” there are certainly a good number of images that may come to mind. You might think of murder, sexual immorality, or even the devil himself. While all these images are certainly valid, evil is not limited to the most hideous acts of human behavior.

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One day this past week, I decided to stay home and catch up on a little bit of reading. It's not often that I take a day and not go to the office and just pander around the house.

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Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the number one threat today to racial harmony in our nation. While its supporters claim that it exposes and helps to heal the wounds of systemic racism in the USA, it, in practice, actually adds a huge chunk to the division and disapproval of one race for anothe…

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At each bend in the road, we peer cautiously around it, wondering where it will take us. Much the same in life. At each juncture we wonder where God is taking us. How can we be sure the plans and decisions we are making are in God’s Will?

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This week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage made a little slip. To her, it was a little slip, but to me, it was a big mistake.

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I have always appreciated shortcuts in life. If I can find a shortcut, I will take it because time is valuable to me. I take pride in coming up with a shortcut that actually saves me time.

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As farmers are getting the seeds planted, they are looking forward to the harvest, but truth be told everything a farmer does revolves around the harvest. Depending on the crop, there are many things a farmer does to prepare for a harvest that will be a blessing. From harvest to harvest many…

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For $7 US dollars, you can purchase 500 followers on Instagram. For $22, you can buy 1000 Facebook likes. And for $395.67, you can buy 30,000 likes on TikTok. This means you can give the impression that your social media content is really popular. Guaranteed instant delivery!

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U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D., will hold a public town hall from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 1 at the Morrill Public Library. The public is invited to attend the town hall to learn about federal legislative issues and ask questions of the Senator. The event is open to the press. “I look …

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Stress is not something new in my life or anybody else's, for that matter. The thing about stress is that you never get used to it, or at least I don't.

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Millions of Americans will gather at thousands of locations to pray for our nation on May 6, as they step into the 70th annual observance of the “National Day of Prayer.”

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How is it with your soul? Yes, you probably are saying to yourself, “How can Pastor Andrew ask such a question with the state of our society as it is?” This question was the focus of a devotional I read that I want to share with you by Pastor Joseph Yoo, who is associate pastor at First Unit…

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For the past month I have been engaging with my eye doctor. I’ve had two cataracts removed which isn’t a serious thing in itself. But what goes into this surgery is what baffles me.

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Growing up, my mom always had jobs for us kids to do around the house. It usually consisted of washing the dishes and taking out the trash. However the most dreaded job that any of us ever got was cleaning the garden.

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Did you ever have a week when it felt like something was missing, but you didn’t quite know what it was?

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As I get older, and my goal is to get as old as I can, I begin to realize some of the things I haven’t noticed in my life. You know how it is; things creep up little by little, and then all of a sudden, there it is.

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What if Jesus had come as the prophets said He would—born of a virgin, anointed as Messiah, wounded for our transgressions and slain as an innocent lamb? Let’s imagine that He fulfilled every prophecy concerning His life and death but failed to rise from the grave in three days as the Script…

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Between celebrations. We love to wave our palm branches on Palm Sunday. We love to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday; but…there was an awful lot of suffering, of pain, of hatred, between these 2 events.

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I am a student of smileology and have been just about all my life. If you can’t smile at something, it’s not worth thinking about.

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Romans 14:19 (NKJV) Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.

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This week finds us in the very middle of Lent – when we walk the 40-day journey with Jesus in the desert, which will culminate with his death on the Cross, and three days later, his glorious Resurrection. For many people, that desert region is all too familiar. The desert is where we experie…

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I am nowhere to be found when it comes to crafts, remodeling, and just plain fixer-uppers. My carpentry skills are nowhere to be found even though I’ve looked for a long time.

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For some reason, the last several weeks we have been getting many visitors at our door. I’m not sure if this is a general trend or if it is just our door.

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When I was in high school, I listened to all different kinds of music and in each genre, I has a specific band or artist that I enjoyed the most. When I was a senior in high school, my favorite country artist was a guy by the name of Travis Tritt. Now, I was not a huge concert-goer, but Trav…