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An evening of live storytelling, the Des Moines Storytellers Project features community members coached by Des Moines Register journalists taking the mic to tell true, first-person stories. We believe everyone HAS a story and everyone CAN tell that story. Learn more at DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers.
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Des Moines and Dragons is a monthly podcast that features the city of Des Moines best and newest artists playing a variety of Tabletop Roleplaying Games. Each show's episode will be a continuation on the episode before until each game comes to a natural conclusion. We’ll do our best to stick to the rules as written, but occasionally our Game Master will adjust things as the scene requires.
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The goal of What's Up Des Moines is to keep the community informed by highlighting news, various events, and changes within the DSM Metro. Furthermore, Rob Newton plans to give a voice to people seeking to make a difference in the community through their business or non-profit with interviews. Follow Rob on social media @RadioRobNewton. New Episode Friday mornings
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REVIVE - Hope West Des Moines

Lutheran Church of Hope - West Des Moines

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Hope’s Young Adult Ministry, REVIVE, serves the young adult population of the Des Moines area. REVIVE is so much more than a weekly worship gathering. At REVIVE we connect with people through music, God's Word, community and serving others together. We are a welcoming, relevant, passionate, and Spirit-led community, focused on developing followers of Jesus. All young adults in their 20 & 30s are welcome!
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Des Moines Gospel Assembly

Des Moines Gospel Assembly

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Gospel Assembly Church is a pentecostal, non-denominational church located in the beautiful community of Urbandale, IA. This church strives to fulfill the call of God and influences lives world-wide through its various outreach ministries.
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Functional Obsolescence Unveiled: The Silent Value Killer in Real Estate Investments—and How to Defeat It! There's a often overlooked risk of investing in reale state: obsolescence. Whether we're focused on properties that are or will become functionally obsolete or drift directly into economic or physical obsolescence... these are real-world risks…
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How Des Moines Register reporter Phillip Sitter found himself in Ukraine in the midst of Russia's war to celebrate a friend's birthday. This story was first told during the Des Moines Storytellers Project's "Travel" on June 18, 2024, at Hoyt Sherman Place. The Des Moines Storytellers Project believes everyone has a story and everyone can tell it. D…
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Ryan Weldon continues Journey’s “Summer in the Minors” series by speaking on the book of Micah. Micah prophesied judgement on the Israelites for their hypocrisy and urged them to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. Ryan helps explain to us what that call means.על ידי Ryan Weldon
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Stories are important, especially when it comes to remembering God’s work in our lives. Although we are quick to forget all God has done, psalms like Psalm 78 demonstrate the importance of sharing one’s story. This particular psalm tells a story of God’s people and His relationship with them, reminding the author of the passage and its readers of G…
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How to Analyze an All-Cash Rental Property Purchase Deal analysis is important. Learning how to analyze deals is a critical skill for all real estate investors, whether you're financing 100% of the purchase or buying a property without a loan at all and paying all cash. In this class, we will look at how deal analysis changes when you plan to buy a…
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The doctor told Diane Kolmer she needed to take a break from her job to relearn to eat and live. A trip to Paris helped change her perspective. This story was first told during the Des Moines Storytellers Project's "Travel" on June 18, 2024, at Hoyt Sherman Place. The Des Moines Storytellers Project believes everyone has a story and everyone can te…
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Kory May found racial profiling didn't stop at the Canadian border. This story was first told during the Des Moines Storytellers Project's "Travel" on June 18, 2024, at Hoyt Sherman Place. The Des Moines Storytellers Project believes everyone has a story and everyone can tell it. Des Moines Storytellers Project events are filled with neighbors and …
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John Sorrell landed in Turkey quite literally in the middle of a coup. How he leaned on curiosity to make it home safely. This story was first told during the Des Moines Storytellers Project's "Travel" on June 18, 2024, at Hoyt Sherman Place. The Des Moines Storytellers Project believes everyone has a story and everyone can tell it. Des Moines Stor…
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Nicole Schrader overcame vacation paralysis to find something meaningful. Now she embraces that fear to live a full life. This story was first told during the Des Moines Storytellers Project's "Travel" on June 18, 2024, at Hoyt Sherman Place. The Des Moines Storytellers Project believes everyone has a story and everyone can tell it. Des Moines Stor…
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Pastor David Wanat speaks on the story of Jonah and the conflict Jonah felt being God’s messenger to Nineveh. Pastor David helps us see the beauty in God’s compassion while challenging us to accept God’s desire to save all people, whether we like them or not.על ידי David Wanat
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Why do bad things happen to good people, and why do good things tend to happen to bad people? It’s a fair question that the author of Psalm 73 considers in an authentic way. When we meet with God, however, He often gives us a new perspective on the circumstances of our lives, revealing who we are, who God is, and what it actually means to be prospe…
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How Return on Investment Changes Based on Credit Score With PMI Does your credit score really matter when you're buying rental properties? Sure, your credit score impacts the mortgage interest rate you can get with traditional mortgages. And yes, your credit score affects how much private mortgage insurance (PMI) will cost. Your credit score can al…
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We spend most of our day looking down, distracting ourselves with technology and the things of life that ultimately don’t satisfy us. Psalm 121 encourages us to lift our eyes to the Lord, the One who watches over us by day and by night. Listen as Pastor Steve explores this psalm and encourages us to look to Jesus!…
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So, are you stressing out over higher mortgage interest rates and properties not cash flowing as well as they used to, or in some markets, not having positive cash flow at all... even with 25% down? What's a real estate investor seeking financial independence to do? In this class, we will compare two strategies. In both strategies, you first buy an…
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So, you're considering Nomading™. Excellent! But as you dig into the details, you may wonder what the impact would be if you chose to buy a more desirable, higher quality, but maybe less optimal property at full price (without a discount), versus focusing on finding a slightly less desirable, slightly lower quality, but slightly more optimized rent…
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Deal Alchemy™ - Black Box Cash Flow Deal Alchemy™ is all about manipulating returns to get the returns you desire most. One variation of Deal Alchemy™ has you think about your rental property investment as a black box. You put money into the black box, some magical things happen over the next few years and out pops profit which you can spend like c…
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The book of Psalms teaches us how to walk with God in a broken world. As we explore this beautiful book of Scripture throughout the summer, Pastor Brent begins by looking at Psalm 1. Here, we ask ourselves what consumes our minds, hearts, and actions. Whatever shapes your thinking shapes your life and walk with God.…
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Warning - Risks of Rental Demand Declining When Investing in Real Estate Risk, risk, risk... Life is full of risks. To a limited degree, we get to choose which risks we voluntarily take on. For example, if you choose to invest in real estate, you choose to take on some additional risks that you might not—directly—face if you opt to invest in someth…
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Private Mortgage Insurance Myths Reputation can be a challenging thing. I have found, through many conversations with clients over the years, that Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) has a questionable reputation with home buyers in general and investors in particular. However, much of its reputation is based on half-truths, bad information, lies, and…
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As we rediscover who Jesus is, we may also need to rediscover what His message was. Jesus spoke about the Kingdom of God more than just about anything else. Pastor Brent explores His message, ultimately encouraging us to remember that Jesus does and will still move among us as we work to establish the Kingdom of God.…
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Warning - Risks of Neighborhood Decline When Investing in Real Estate Everything in life has risks. Not investing adds certain types of risks, while investing adds other risks. One risk that some real estate investors face is the possibility that the neighborhood they're investing in will decline, causing values and/or rents to drop. So, how do we …
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Politics consume us. They tend to inform the way we see ourselves, our neighbors, and the world around us. What does Jesus have to say about our political leanings, though? Was Jesus even political? Listen as Pastor Brent shares about this divisive subject, teaching us that no political party or politician can save the world—only Jesus can do that.…
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How to Analyze a Duplex Some real estate investors are sensitive to their ability to get ten 30-year fixed rate financing loans and would prefer to fill those loan spots with larger purchases than just single family rental homes. One way to do that is to buy more expensive properties like duplexes, triplexes or fourplexes. In this class, James will…
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How to Calculate PMI If you're a house hacker, Nomad™, investor buying properties with less than 20% down, or buying creatively where the seller has PMI, you'll want to make sure you know how to analyze deals that have Private Mortgage Insurance. In this mini-class, James will cover how to analyze deals that have PMI, with an emphasis on doing it u…
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In many cases—not all, but many cases—real estate investors can speed up the time it takes to become financially independent by choosing to pay off the mortgages on their properties early. Sometimes it makes sense to take every extra dollar beyond a healthy amount of reserves and aggressively pay off properties as quickly as possible. Other times, …
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Deal Alchemy™ - Residential vs Commercial Property Deal Alchemy™ is all about manipulating the returns you're earning on your investments. Often, this is done through the choices we make when selecting the investment property and the strategies we choose to implement. For example, you could choose to invest in residential properties where your tena…
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Despite the power money holds over us as individuals and a society, Jesus calls us to live differently. The invitation to follow Jesus is also an invitation to live as generously as He did. Pastor Brent continues our Rediscovering Jesus series, challenging our obsession with wealth and calling us to follow the authentic Jesus.…
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Warning - Risks of Loan Called Due When Investing in Real Estate Investing in real estate adds some risk to an already risk-filled life. However, certain activities and strategies when investing in real estate create additional risks that other strategies and activities do not have. For example, choosing to utilize strategies where the lender has t…
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How to Analyze Buying a Rental Property at a Discount in Des Moines Some real estate investors insist on only buying properties where they can purchase them at a significant discount. While not mutually exclusive, other investors insist on buying quality properties at a fair price as long as it gets them their desired returns and will stand the tes…
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Will the real Jesus please stand up? In a world of counterfeits, it’s difficult to determine who the real Jesus is. This Easter Sunday, Pastor Brent explores the resurrection of Jesus. Who was there? How did it happen, and what does this pivotal moment tell us about who Jesus is?על ידי Brent Clark
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How to Calculate PMI If you're planning to buy a property and put less than 20% down, you're likely to be required to pay Private Mortgage Insurance. Lenders prefer that you put at least 20% down, but if you insist on putting less than 20% down, they may still make the loan. However, they will usually do so at a slightly higher mortgage interest ra…
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As we conclude our journey through Joseph’s life as told in the book of Genesis, we learn that God can take the brokenness of our world and lives and turn it into something positive. Our story is one piece of the larger story God is writing, and that’s a beautiful thing!על ידי Brent Clark, Amy Becker
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There are a large number of investing strategies you could pursue as a real estate investor: Nomad™, house hacking, fix and flip, buying 20% down rentals, buying 25% down rentals, saving up to buy free and clear rentals and many, many more options. Which is the best? Which gets you to financial independence fastest? Which gives you the highest net …
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Deborah Svec-Carstens found herself by being vulnerable with a tight-knit community in a foreign country after an assault. This story was first told during the Des Moines Storytellers Project's "Community" on Feb. 27, 2024 at Hoyt Sherman Place. The Des Moines Storytellers Project believes everyone has a story and everyone can tell it. Des Moines S…
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Deal Alchemy™ - Increasing Down Payment There are four primary returns from investing in rental properties: appreciation, cash flow, debt paydown, and the tax benefits of depreciation. Additionally, there is a secondary return in the form of the interest earned on the reserves required to make the investment in the first place. Many real estate inv…
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Kenny Gaskin spent his childhood looking up to his teachers. Now he's a teacher with DMPS inspiring students and building a classroom community. This story was first told during the Des Moines Storytellers Project's "Community" on Feb. 27, 2024 at Hoyt Sherman Place. The Des Moines Storytellers Project believes everyone has a story and everyone can…
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Jordan Brooks felt like he didn't belong — until he discovered art. Now he uses it to help others build their communities. This story was first told during the Des Moines Storytellers Project's "Community" on Feb. 27, 2024 at Hoyt Sherman Place. The Des Moines Storytellers Project believes everyone has a story and everyone can tell it. Des Moines S…
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