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OIIITII NI Thursday, March 28, 2013 ,----*v--- Tri-Countv News * www. - ..... ............. David Milz Pastor, St. John's Lutheran Church, Kimball Yhe lorn Curtain The Progress Issue is done and out There is an odd detail in the want to be able to buy a gallon of milk, or a couple of flesh steaks, or some flowers or a gift, with- out having to spend an hour driv- ing and an extra $6-10 in gas, then SHOP LOCAL. By shopping locally, your money stays close to home. You are supporting (literally) your local businesses and their families and employees and their families. The best way to attract new businesses (and families) to our communities is to have strong local businesses here already. And the only way for that to happen, regardless of the economy, is for local people to shop in local stores and businesses. I don't think we explained the whole idea of a Progress Issue very well as we approached businesses to be included in it. And I know we didn't explain it at all in the Prog- ress Issue itself; we just ran out of time. There's always next year. Yes, we'll do it again next year. It will be a calmer and easier process then. (Please, God?) We've already begun the process for the 2014 Progress Issue, making sure we avoid the pitfalls that are avoid- able, and are better ready to face the ones that are not. Please keep sending us your updates for the paper, whether it be for your business, organiza- tion or school. Our readers (that is, YOU) love to read them through- out the year. And next year's Prog- ress Issue will summarize many of, them within its pages. Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy the 2013 Progress Issue, no mat- ter when or how you received it. And we hope that there is a lit- tle bit of mercy out there for us in the less-than-flawless way it came through. Truth be told, there were many MANY more things that went right with the Progress Issue than went wrong. It is an amazing paper, because we have outstanding businesses in wonderful communities. God has blessed us all incredibly to be able to live and work- and shop - here! P.S. There are a number of sto- ries and photos and more that are in the "works." We can't fit every- thing this week, but it will be com- ing. Meanwhile, we're stocking up on our Vitamin C, getting some rest finally, and gearing up for a whole new month ahead of us. As always, thank you for your support and kind words along the way. That is what bolsters us from one week to the next! story of Jesus' crucifixion. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke all draw attention to the fact that, at the moment Jesus breathed His last, a curtain in the temple - which was a pretty good distance from where He was cru- cified - tore in two from top to bot- tom. At a moment as dramatic as the death of Jesus, a set of ruined drapes in another location hardly seems to matter! You have to go way back into the Old Testament to find out why this was such a big deal. At the heart of the Israelites' house of worship - designed by God - was an empty room. It was called the "Holy of Holies," and contained only one piece of furniture - the Ark of the Covenant - a hollow, 4' x 2' rect- angular box. The Ark was overlaid in gold, including the lid called the "Mercy Seat." The entrance to the Holy of Holies was com- pletely blocked off by a floor-to- ceiling heavy curtain. The curtain was there to prevent anyone from wandering into the Holy of Holies - and dropping dead on the spot! You see, God filled that room with His presence, and sinful people (which are all of us!) can't be in the same room as Holy God. Think of God's holiness as a blazing, puri- fying fire - and we're the gasoline. When the two come into contact, the gasoline is utterly consumed. Every time. There was a single exception to the "No One Allowed in the Holy of Holies" rule. Once a year, on the Day of Atonement, the High Priest was allowed to go behind the cur- tain, bringing with him the blood of a spotless lamb. That innocent blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat of the Ark, to provide forgive- ness for the sins of God's people. Which brings us to the moment of Jesus' death. Do you get it now? That curtain was torn in two from top to bottom, as if God Himself reached down to rip it in half- which is exactly what He did! He didn't want us to miss the mean- ing of Jesus' death on the cross. The separation between Holy God and sinful man has been removed for good. The Spotless Lamb was sacrificed for every last sinner. His innocent blood washes away our sin. We don't have to be afraid to come into the presence of God anymore. We also don't have to pretend we're not sinners - or at least not as bad as other sinners. And we don't have to wonder if we've done enough to make up for our shortcomings. All we need do is come before God with faith that trusts that He - not us - has done enough to take care of our sin, once and for all. As one of the New Testament writers put it, "Since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened through the curtain ... let us draw near with a true heart in full assur- ance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil con- science" (Heb. 10:19-22). Who knew there could be so much meaning - and hope - in a torn curtain! Makes me want to go out this Good Friday and tear up some drapery somewhere - just for the joy of it! God bless you with sure faith and eternal confidence through the blood of Jesus, the Lamb sacri- ficed for you. Thank God. Literally. Seriously. Thank God it's done. And thank God we all survived. We've grown accustomed to the weekly glitches and bumps along our path to getting out this weeklly paper. Every week it's something. Last week, we had about a year's worth ofthose"somethings." From computer freezes to septic freezes, and illness, accidents and hospi- talizations. Both the newspaper and the Progress Issue itself had to be reprinted. The final bunch go out this week, with this paper. Even now that it's all done, we're still experiencing fallout from the now infamous 2013 Prog- ress Issue. (For instance, this col- umn has now been written twice, as the first draft literally vanished into thin, digital air. I'd better touch wood; I'm not finished with it yet.) I've often said that I'd much prefer to spend three weeks on each weekly paper. But I wouldn't get very far, would I? Given the option, I would have liked to have several months to get the Prog- ress Issue out. But, alas, we live in the real world, and know that just wasn't gonna happen. That said, there are some things that could have been done better, or more. This was the first Progress Issue we've done. We've put together Business Issues before, where the focus is on local business but with- out a particular theme. We've cer- tainly put out other themed spe- cial sections like the graduation booklet, the 125th anniversary of the train, and even the annual Resource Guide; all with a specific purpose. A Progress Issue focuses on communities and their businesses and organizations, specifically on what has changed or improved in the past year. This year, especially, the Prog- ress Issue was very important as it highlights much of what each of our communities have to offer. All too often, it would be easy to "blink and you miss" our towns as you drive through them. But there's so much more to our com- munities than what one can see at first. There is a rich and deep community of local businesses: our friends and neighbors and, often, family, who work incredi- bly hard to serve their customers. 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