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Over In Otley

Five Reasons to Send Your Child to VBS

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  The Fun Crafts. Activities. Snacks. Chalk. Food. Enough Said. The Freedom I don’t know about you, but my kids love summer. Krys and I love having the kids home, but there are times where they have simply had too much time together and not enough time alone. He hit me. He took my ...

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Why I Got General Synod All Wrong

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  I Got General Synod all Wrong In 1914, British Author H.G. Wells wrote a book which was a compilation of newspaper articles entitled “The War that will End War.” Wells, of course, was writing these articles with a perspective that if the Allies dethroned and destroyed the ...

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The Summer Selfie You Must Get!

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  When was the last time you took a "selfie"? I honestly cannot say I remember the last time I took a “selfie.” Perhaps some of us do not even know what a “selfie” looks like. A “selfie” is a picture taken of someone or a group by themselves generally with ...

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5 Simple Ways to Plug In this Summer

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  We all like summer, don’t we? We like summer because the weather is nice, the kids are out of school, the colors are wonderful and we don’t have to put on a coat, mittens, and hats to go outside. We can grill, we can go swimming and of course, we can go on vac...

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Six Steps to Sabotage Your Prayer Life

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So you really want to sabotage your prayer life, right? If you are really excited about minimizing prayer and stunting your walk with Christ, do not delay, implement these 6 practices immediately!     Not setting a consistent time and a place   Good Morning, Lord. I want to pray, ...

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Don't make the same 5 mistakes I did

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  In just over two weeks (June 8-13), the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) is gathering at Hope College in Holland, Michigan for a series of meetings. At Otley Church, we are members of the Central Iowa Classis of the RCA. For those who are less familiar with the RCA, ...

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Why am I here?

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Read Scripture John 17:4-9   It says in the scriptures for everything there is a time and a purpose under heaven. I can see the purposes of many things, but there is one animal I cannot fathom it’s purpose. Do you want to know what it is? Mosquitos. When we get to heaven one of the ...

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Don't Fear Culture

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One of our boys' favorite movies is the Croods. Have you ever seen it? The Croods is about a cave family whose lifestyle is turned upside down and taken on an adventure by a newcomer. At the beginning of the film, Grug (voiced by Nicholas Cage) implements all kinds of rules which his daughter, Eep ...

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Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman   Read Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20   I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the story of Wonder Woman. This film is a remake of an earlier film, intended to catch a new generation of followers. For those who don’t know, wonder woman leaves her ...

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Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

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Our Third installment of God on Film, Pastor Mike looks at the Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.

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