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I am currently serving as the Associate Minister at a Church in Earlham, Iowa, population about 1300. There are probably another 1300 folks who live outside the “city limits.” I am married to my lovely wife Heather. We moved from Mesa, AZ in January 2006. We have a dog (Sammy) and a cat (Daphne). We also have a 92 year old house the sucks the life out of me (Rex), and costs a whole lot of money to upgrade, and is generally a pain in my butt…but I am not bitter. So far I have set my arm on fire, broken my wrist, broken my toe, got tendonitis in my foot, fell out of the bucket of skid loader, captured and “removed” 13 bats from my attic, been to the chiropractor dozens of times and have more doctors on my payroll than I care to admit. I am not very handy! Iowa has been so life-changing for me, but I love the pace of life, pace of ministry and the quality of people. I went to college at Atlanta Christian College near Atlanta, GA where I recieved a Bachelors Degree in Christian Ministry/Preaching. I went to Seminary at Emmanuel School of Religion in Johnson City, TN., where I recieved a Master of Divinity degree with a specialization in Christian Care and Counseling. In addition, I have 2800 hours of post-graduate training as a Chaplain specializing in Crisis Care. I have served Churches in GA, KY, NC, AZ and now Iowa. I have also served as a Chaplain at hospitals in AL and AZ in addition to serving as a Corporate Chaplain with several companies in the metro Phoenix area for a short time. I was also blessed with the opportunity to serve as a Chaplain at the in-field hospital at a NASCAR race in Talladega, AL (once) and as a Chaplain to the Mesa Miners professional baseball team (six weeks). Rex L. Stancil Associate Minister Earlham Church of Christ www.earlhamchurch.org pastorex@gmail.com 515.867.8559 mobile 515.758.2020 home 515.758.2787 office

What You Hear

There’s another king that we’ve got to get our foot on, what you hear. Isn’t that a big one, what you hear? Jesus said “be careful what you listen to.” Be careful what you allow to come into your ear … Continue reading

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What Are You Looking At

Ramblings on Faith What We See 10/18/2009 Spiritual and emotional vulnerability can come from any of our senses: what you see, what you smell, what you touch, what you taste or what you hear. Any of your senses can be … Continue reading

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Sense of Taste

Sense of Taste 10.12.2009 Emotional vulnerability can come from any of our senses: what we see, what we smell, what we touch, what we taste or what we hear. Any of our senses can be faith killers if we let … Continue reading

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Your Stinky Emotions

God Can Overcome Your Smell 9/18/2009 Let me start by telling you how much I missed writing articles the last few months. I left you hanging in my last article by telling you about my life-long struggle with depression. I … Continue reading

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Focus On Your Faith, Not Your Feelings

Ramblings on Faith Sense of Touch/Feel 10.5.09 Last week I started a conversation about how important it is in my faith life to master my emotions. It is one of the struggles of my life and if you have read … Continue reading

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Can I Get A Little Help?

8.3.2009 Have you ever found yourself doing some chore or everyday task in front of others and realized that everyone around you was just sitting around watching? It occurred to you that you are the only one doing any work! Better … Continue reading

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The Lord Is Good

The Psalmist declares in Psalm 100: Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness: Come before him with joyful songs, Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us and we … Continue reading

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Meaningless Repitition

A Minister in Maryland named Ethan Magness wrote an article recently in The Christian Standard that began by saying: “Meaningless repetition can be a dangerous thing. Meaningless repetition can be a dangerous thing. Meaningless repetition can be a dangerous thing. … Continue reading

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The Last Thing He Told Me

I remember vividly the only two times my father spanked me. Luckily they were about 5 years apart and I had time to recover. My first fatherly beating was the result of “I don’t feel like it.” We were living … Continue reading

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Freedom To Fail

In Galatians 5:1 Paul wrote: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Another way to say that is “Christ has set … Continue reading

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Don’t Follow Me, You Will Get Lost

I had the opportunity to teach at a workshop this past Saturday for a Church in West Des Moines. They wanted me to share some of my experiences and expertise in the area of pastoral care. I only mention the … Continue reading

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God Is Great…People Are Crazy

I recently make a trek across some of our Country to visit my mother. Or, as we like to say in the South, “I had to get out ‘n see momma.” I drove from Earlham to Atlanta, GA. I stayed … Continue reading

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Repentance Requires Action

I remember during college and graduate school dreading Christmas because I was so poor. I didn’t have a bit of spare change to buy people gifts and I knew for sure that people were out buying me stuff. Most of … Continue reading

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Gaffe: A Foolish Error

Have you ever made a gaffe? Literally, the word gaffe means: “a foolish error, especially one made in public.” I am not sure what constitutes public, but in my case I figure anytime I am talking to another person then … Continue reading

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God On A Budget

Have you noticed that the word budget has become a bad word in our society? You might here a consumer advocate or a news person talking about shopping on a budget and their point is doing less with more and … Continue reading

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Cradle-to-Grave Health Center

I have been praying that most of you were not offended by my last article. Perhaps there was one or two that needed to find a little offense at the things I said, but I mean that in the best … Continue reading

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I Hate Hypocrites

Ramblings April 11, 2009   “I Hate Hypocrites!” At least that is what I hear so often, especially when I am talking to a person who doesn’t care for the Church. A hypocrite is loosely defined as a person who … Continue reading

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A Credit To Sin

Using credit may be a sin. I suspect that got your attention. It pains me to say it as much as it pains me to hear it. The use of credit can easily become a sin. Proverbs 22:7 says, “The … Continue reading

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Starting Over is Harder than Starting

Being a realist can sometimes be detrimental if your reality is based too much upon “your reality” and not “reality.” If your reality is that you have tried and failed enough then there are good chances you don’t try anymore. Continue reading

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God Cures

I am working on an unfinished thought this week. I may not have any answers for you and I may not even be able to bring any resolution to the idea I present, but I want to be obedient to … Continue reading

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Vulnerable Just Feels Yucky

Let me just say that I hate asking for help when I am helpless. It’s so much easier to ask for help when I am in control. I feel so vulnerable when I am helpless and vulnerable just feels yucky Continue reading

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That’s Life

The FBI agent respectively and compassionately says: “that’s life.” Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning in January

The dust bunnies were getting aggressive and threatening to form a Union Continue reading

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Happy New Year

My three favorite electronic advances are my cell phone, my computer and my TIVO Continue reading

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It’s Christmas 2008

There is no better news than this. There is no dark cloud that can withstand the light of the world. There is no despair that cannot be penetrated by the power of God. Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. And don’t take my word for it; these are the words of angels. Continue reading

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It’s Just A Dream Joseph

In ignorance and in humility we are called to obey. We are called to seek the wholeness of others by giving ourselves away to them. We are called to follow God even when it makes no sense, when it’s not easy or practical. Continue reading

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Room at the Table

Maybe you need to reach out to someone else so that you aren’t eating alone. Continue reading

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It’s Not Who, It’s Whose

Have you noticed how you can have a hundred things going right for and one negative comment can completely devastate you? Continue reading

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Obey Tomorrow

Ramblings on Faith 11/5/2008                   Have you noticed that every now and then you say something, and as it rolls out of your mouth, you think “Wow, that’s pretty good!”? If you’re like me, you may have even said … Continue reading

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Tolerate This!

Boundary stretchers are always testing the limits. It’s not that they are intentionally bad people who love to break the law, rather it is just the way they are created and explore life. Continue reading

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Broken Toes are Still Broken

A crazy thing happened on the way to bed the other night…I think. My wife tells me I tripped. Continue reading

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A Good Woman Is Hard to Get Rid Of

Good Women Are Hard To Find and Even Harder To Get Rid Of! Continue reading

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All Tuckered Out

Ramblings on Faith July 2008 It’s been a crazy few weeks around Iowa. Between the tornadoes and the floods, God has been throwing in some heavy stuff like divorce, disease and death. Add a few surgeries on top of that … Continue reading

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