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The First Test

by Pastor Steve Ellison

The first half of Colossians tells how Christ is preeminent in all things: creation, redemption, the church, wisdom and knowledge, even life itself. This is an important doctrine. If Christ is first and last in all of these things, then surely He must be preeminent in my life.

The second half of Colossians provides a test to let us know if we have in fact made

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Hard to Fight When You Hug

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

Chicken in the breadpan pickin’ out dough

One more girl and on you go.

Don’t be fast and don’t be slow,

Chicken in the breadpan pickin’ out dough.

And so went the old square dance as I’d watch my folks parade around the old Legion Hall on Saturday nights, petticoats flying and laughter fending off the chill of a Midwest winter. There was

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Capitol Perspectives: Macks Creek and Hidden Taxes

by Phill Brooks

The Supreme Court’s recent hearing on the legislature’s efforts to deal with the Macks Creek issue reminded me of the complicated history of the legislature’s approach to hidden taxes and budgets. Macks Creek no longer exists, but it has left a legacy that has lasted for decades.

Running through the Camden County town was U.S. 54 that carries heavy traffic of tourists driving to the restaurants and

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Daviess County Connection More than Trivial

Do you like trivia?

My latest smart phone addiction is something called Trivia Crack. The app is aptly named; six categories of short questions tease and taunt me to try just one more time whenever I miss my guess. Thus, I can waste time while under the guise of learning tidbits about all sorts of stuff that essentially don’t matter.

But trivia gets you thinking. Sometimes takes you to unexpected

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Capitol Perspectives: A Passing Era at the Auditor’s Office

by Phill Brooks

The two deaths in the state auditor’s office mark, I fear, the passing of an era for Missouri statehouse reporters.

State Auditor Tom Schweich and his spokesperson, Spence Jackson, were among the most helpful, open, candid and friendly major state figures I have covered in recent years. They displayed a deep respect for journalism and went out of their way to help reporters.

Schweich often dropped by

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Bark If You Love Life

He was a community dog. Many communities have them. They make the rounds of the residences to visit with neighbor dogs and their owners. Residents pet and sometimes feed community dogs so they keep coming around. Our community dog was a beagle. I called him, “Snoopy,” and other folk followed suit.

ShepherdCalls_WPNo one seemed to know “who Snoopy belonged to.” The usual answer to that query was “He belongs to

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I Serve a Risen Savior

by Pastor Steve Ellison

In 1933, A.H. Ackley wrote, “I serve a risen Savior; He’s in the world today. I know that He is living, whatever men may say. I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, And just the time I need Him, He’s always near. He lives, He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!… You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within

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Good Thinking: Three Things for Certain!

by Dr. Don Kuehle

“…in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes!” So wrote Benjamin Franklin in 1789.

TAXES are a sure thing! Since the beginning of civilization, people have paid taxes. Taxes are seen as a burden. We try every tactic to avoid paying taxes. We hate to pay taxes. We are prosecuted if we do not pay our taxes! Yet, taxes are the price we pay

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Education: Then and Now

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from Poosey.

PooseyDigest_WPMy high school band teacher was a madman. I mean that in the kindest possible way, but he was the terror of our little high school. I doubt we had much over a hundred kids in the school but around forty of them were in the music program. It was just the thing to do. Math, civics, and English were all necessary, but

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