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Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!  
 

 

I saw this recently posted on Facebook. 

 

“Life is like a helicopter.  I don’t know how to operate a helicopter.”

 

Life does not come with an owner’s manual.  Wash your hands, wear a mask, and stay 6 feet away from each other are good rules for surviving a pandemic, not thriving within one. 

 

We are living in difficult times.  Obviously.  But we have lived through pandemics and riots before.  We have survived tough times.  The challenge is not to survive, but to thrive.

 

How do we thrive?  Jesus says all the laws ever written can be fulfilled this way: Love God and love your neighbor.  Problem solved.  Not hardly.

 

I personally do not know a single person that does the love God and neighbor thing well.  I find most people are content to survive tough times, not thrive in them.

 

The Beatles reminded us that “all you need is love”.  In the present day it seems that the world is driven by greed, envy, hate, and bitterness.  Love does not seem to be driving anything.

 

But it should.  Shouldn’t it?  We may not know how to operate a helicopter, but we know that it is love that makes life worthwhile.  It’s what the world needs now.  It’s the only thing that there is just too little of.  Love, no not just for some, but for     everyone.

 

Ready to thrive?  Love will get the helicopter of your life off the ground.

 

 

Pastor John

 

 

 

  

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COVID APPLICATION FORM 2020 is found under the Info Center tab


Virtual VBS found under Info Center tab


Church Service-September 13, 2020

https://www.facebook.com/john.hougen/videos/10223037054777784


Church Service-September 6, 2020

https://www.facebook.com/john.hougen/videos/10222976757110380


Church Service-August 30, 2020

First part of service:  https://www.facebook.com/john.hougen/videos/10222861139460011/

Message:  https://www.facebook.com/john.hougen/videos/10222918071003264/


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