The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and me recently celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary. It sure does not seem we have been married that long. I guess, as you get older, according to my grandmother, time goes faster. If that is true, I must be getting older.

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Psalm 16:8 “I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be moved.”

This week begins “Sweet Corn Season” at the Barnes home.

It is not that I do not like to travel; I just don’t like to leave home. I am quite comfortable at home where I have everything I need within easy reach.

I was having a rather down day recently. You know how it is; you are going along 100 miles an hour and finally you crash. I was experiencing one of those reality crashes.

“John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! There is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Soon a man is coming who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before I did. I didn’t know he was the one, but when God se…

John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “

This time we continue our investigation of what really happened on the cross, and its significance to you and me. One of Jesus’ last statements from that cross was, “It is finished”, which is a one word statement in the common Greek language of the day. This word, or statement would have mea…


Father James V. Schall, a prolific Jesuit priest, distinguished professor and scholar, died April 17 — a few days before Easter Sunday. He was 91.

We are about ready to celebrate Easter. All over the world churches will be filled with people anxious to hear the Easter sermon. Just as we welcome spring after a long harsh winter we yearn to be uplifted. The church pews will be filled with joyful voices singing about the death and the res…

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Vacation Bible School registrations for our community youth ages 3-years-old through fifth grade are available at First United Methodist Church and will be accepted up to July 24. It may be hot outside but it will be cool in Church. VBS runs July 24, 25, and 26 with a free light meal, for th…

The phrase in 2 Corinthians 10:12(MSG), “We’re not putting ourselves in a league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point.”

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It may be hot outside but it will be cool at the First United Methodist Church for Vacation Bible School. It is scheduled for the evenings of July 24, 25, and 26 with a free light meal for the families served from 5:30 to 6 p.m. VBS lasts till 8:30 p.m. Cokesbury’s Hero Central will be this …

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In the Bible, Canaan is the land of milk and honey. Canaan Township, which includes Mt. Union, used to be Mississippi River swamp ground. In the early 19th Century, the swamp was drained, exposing some of the most fertile, flat, black soil in Iowa. You can see for miles in any direction. Cor…

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We all have days we will never forget. Some of those days contain life-changing events — weddings, births, deaths, the first day of school, the moment we met a particular someone, news from the doctor. These unforgetful days run the spectrum of emotion. There are days filled with joy, some w…

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Ruth 2:16 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not. (KJV)

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May is here, and event calendars everywhere runneth over. It’s a time of celebration and ceremony. It’s a time for long robes and guest speakers. For many, it’s a time to dream new dreams and contemplate new challenges. It’s a busy time of year… and promising, too.

KNOXVILLE — Faith Baptist Church has a new lead pastor. Josh Spencer joined the church in February.

Have you considered lately that what you think may not line up with what God thinks? Maybe it would be good if we thought about it? Romans chapter 12, and verse 2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of Go…

KNOXVILLE — David Woodman has been named the new lead pastor at Community Foursquare Church.

Our next Wednesday evening community Lenten Services will be March 29. Mark your calendars to join us in the church basement at 5:45 p.m. for a light meal. We will have a personal witness of faith between 6:30-7 p.m.

Tuesday morning Ryan slept in while I went to scout an area on the edge of a bean field near our campsite. Both of us had uneventful starts to the day, so after a late morning photo session on the edge of an old cemetery we decided to go on a scouting walk on the bluffs north of us and along…

I remember my grandfather telling me that the older you get the faster time flies. Laughing at him at the time I thought it was another of his little stories he loved telling.

“A new command I give you: … As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34

An older man taking a walk through the park decides to have a seat on a bench near the playground; there is already a young woman sitting at one end. Thinking he would start up some conversation, he says, "Lovely day. The sky is such a beautiful blue."

Have you ever wondered if we had no holidays would people be in debt? I know that is an exaggeration; however, just think about the money we spend on holidays that we would not spend if that day were not a special event on the calendar.

I have been pondering a delicate question this week. Why is it I can only do one thing at a time? If only I could do several things at a time, I could get more accomplished.

He was smiling from ear to ear. The journey home to Iowa from Akron, Ohio where I had attended a national church meeting included a two hour layover in Chicago O’Hare Airport on Saturday night. The airport was busy, even packed in places.

Our victory is secure and it's found in our faith in Jesus. He has overcome and because we are His, we too overcome every obstacle, battle, and circumstance as we fix our faith on Jesus and His promises!

Wednesday, March 1 marks the beginning of a period of reflection and penance. In the Bible, sprinkling oneself with ashes has traditionally been a sign of one's sorrow for having committed sins. In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday also marked the beginning of preparation for the unders…

As we go through the Christian life, we experience life. There will be good days; there will be bad days. As the Bible says, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven ... A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance:" (Eccles…

Nothing smells better in the morning than a fresh pot of coffee in the kitchen. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage has it set so that at a certain time in the morning, the coffee begins brewing and we wake up to that wonderful aroma.

Looking for opportunities for cool activities with your friends on the weekends? Calling all students in 7th to 12th grade, come be a part of FUMC Youth. They will be meeting on Sundays, from 4-6 p.m. at the church.

On Valentine’s Day, and the days leading up to it, we are given a culturally acceptable platform to openly discuss love. Even though the concept defies any unified definition, it is seemingly universally desired. Love is often alluded to in the Bible. I Corinthians 13, traditionally known as…

Frank Laubach was a missionary who worked among Muslims at a remote village in the Philippines during the first half of the 20th century. While there he experimented with what he called “The Game with Minutes” in which he tried to bring God to mind for at least one second every minute. After…

“For in fact the body is not one member but many ... Now indeed there are many members, yet one body.” I Corinthians 12:14, 20

I do not like to complain (except on certain occasions when nobody is listening) but I am not too happy with the weather these days. I have never felt so cold before.

Corrie ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place and Tramp for the Lord, affirms God’s kind of forgiveness as stated in Psalm 103:11-12: “… as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” Drawing from her Dutch heritage of being close to the sea, she pictur…

Kids clothes getting too small but in good shape? Have household items or toys you now longer use? The Almost Free Shop, operated by volunteers, accepts donations during open hours on Monday 2-5 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m.- Noon, and Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. All profits from the shop are given to chari…

A Christian heart is a generous heart. It is not in the Christian spirit to be greedy or selfish. Everyone would agree that being a giving, benevolent soul is the way Christ intends for us.

New Year's Day was filled with lots of excitement, plenty of grandchildren running around and enough food on the table to eliminate world hunger. Actually, it did eliminate my ravishing hunger, at least for the day.

It was the second day of my first ever out of state hunt. I was camped on the edge of the Rebel’s Cove WMA in Northern MO, spending the Saturday afternoon scouting new areas. My brother would be coming in Sunday afternoon and I wanted to have some good spots scoped out. Neither of us had set…

As we begin this new year, I’d like for us to turn our thoughts to the subject of worship. It’s interesting how many different opinions there are out there about worship. Most of us will be attending a “worship service” this Sunday, so it’s important for us to understand what it means to worship.

As we exit the Christmas season and enter a new year, perhaps it would be helpful to contemplate the relationship between those two ideas. Now that the perennial celebrations have concluded, was there any meaningful purpose in them that we can now carry with us into 2017?

Many things in life have me in a tangle of confusion. I try to put on a good face so that nobody knows how confused I am at the time. I think I get away with it, at least most of the time.

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