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Meditations – May 22, 2019

By Associate Pastor Chad Adelmund  Heartland Community Church, La Porte City
This week in “The Bible Doesn’t Say That” we are looking at the phrase “Follow Your Heart.” “You just need to follow your heart!” How many times have we been given this statement as a piece of good advice? Culture tells us this is the ultimate determiner in making decisions: “What is your heart telling you to do?”
In seeking out help, wisdom and guidance, we’ll speak to loved ones, people we look up to and respect, or even professional counselors, and all the conversations normally end with the same sort of counsel: “At the end of the day, you just need to do what your heart tells you to.”
Now that advice may be well-meaning by someone who believes it’s true, or perhaps by someone who doesn’t know what else to say, or even worse, it’s a last response given by someone with a dismissive attitude wanting to move on from the conversation.
However, if this is how we make life-altering decisions about topics like career path, which school to attend, relationships, when to speak up or when to stay silent, shouldn’t we really consider what that overused statement really means?
So, what does it really mean to “follow your heart”? First of all, we must ask ourselves, “What is the heart? And is it something beyond the muscle that pumps blood through our veins to the rest of the body?” According to Hebrew and Greek cultures, the heart actually represents the location of our feelings, desires and emotions. So if we break down the statement “follow your heart”, it would go something like this: Follow: Implies that something/someone is going to lead me. Your heart: According to this statement, what’s going to lead me is my heart. My feelings, desires and emotions are going to be my guide.
The simple truth is, sometimes our hearts cannot be trusted. For the person who has never trusted in Jesus, the Bible warns us that their heart is a very untrustworthy source of solid direction. Jeremiah 17:9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?”
God warns us not to simply trust our hearts because they are full of deceit and wickedness. The reason why our hearts are so depraved is that every human being is born with a sinful nature that corrupts everything about them. This doesn’t mean that no one has ever done a good deed in their life, but that even the good things we do are tainted with the stain of sin. And because of this sin, our hearts are infected and broken and can easily lead us astray. This means that the advice to simply follow your heart is foolish because a sinful heart cannot be trusted. Romans 3:9-12 “No one is righteous, not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.”
We need a new heart for the person who has trusted in Jesus, the good news is that the Bible says you have been given a new, redeemed heart as a part of your salvation experience. When we put our faith in Christ, everything about us is new, including our hearts. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.” Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” So because a Christian’s sin has been forgiven and they have been given a new heart, God can and does work through the desires of their heart.
However, the Christian should still be very careful with the leading of their heart because we are still able to be deceived. The Bible warns us that Satan is a deceiver and is actively seeking to lead people astray by getting them to believe lies. It also warns us that some of Satan’s lies can seem very appealing. It says in 2 Corinthians 11:14 “Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” So just because you pray about something and feel one way or the other doesn’t necessarily mean that feeling can be trusted.
We need a better source of truth. So, while the Christian can and should seek God through prayer and be sensitive to the leading and desires God put’s on their heart, this cannot be the final say when it comes to making decisions and understanding the truth. The feelings of our heart should always be tested first and finally by the words of Scripture. The Bible is the unchanging word of God, it never changes, isn’t affected by mood swings, isn’t susceptible to lies and will always lead us on the right path. The Bible can cut through all the mixed feelings and questions of our heart and expose the truth. Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive and powerful.
It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. When making a decision or seeking truth, it’s a good thing for a Christian to pray and ask God to move their heart. And if what a person’s heart feels goes against the Bible, ignore the heart…and trust the God’s Unchanging Word. Look for part 2 of “Follow Your Heart” next week!

Freckles’ Adopt a Pet – May 22, 2019

Freckles and The Progress Review encourage potential pet owners who are loving and responsible to consider adopting a pet from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
My name is Elsie and I am an owner surrender. I am about two years of age and a Domestic Short Hair (white & caramel color) who is declawed, spayed and up-to-date on vaccinations. My adoption fee includes microchip and start on a flea/tick prevention program. Come out for a visit!
For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887
cbhsadoption@mchsi.com  –  www.cedarbendhumanesociety.com

Hawkins’ Happenings – May 22, 2019

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
For the final Storytime program of the school year, preschoolers read about summer on Thursday, May 23. At 10:30 AM we break out stories reminding us of the summer fun we have when warm weather arrives.
Hawkins’ Handcrafters is 1 to 3 PM, on Thursday, May 23. Bring your knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, quilting, or other handwork.
Remember to pick up books, movies, and magazines for the long holiday weekend. The library will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 27.
The library is thrilled to have La Porte City Elementary students visiting on Tuesday, May 28, and Thursday, May 30, to learn about the library.Look for our booth at the Health & Safety Fair on Sunday, June 2, from 11 AM to 2 PM in downtown La Porte City.
LEGORAMA! is on Thursday, June 7. Join us from 2 to 4 PM for LEGO building fun. The theme will be summer.
May is Get Caught Reading Month. Thousands of items to read – books, magazines, and newspapers – are available to you at the library!
The library has great programs all summer long. Stop in for a schedule, find it online at www.laportecity.lib.ia.us (Upcoming Events), or on our Facebook page (Events). Take advantage of these free, fun, and educational activities.
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. SYNC is giving away two complete audiobook downloads a week – based on weekly themes. Sign-up to get notifications when the FREE audiobook downloads are available by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. Titles change every Thursday at 7am ET when the program is running. Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only). Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep.

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