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Meditations – September 18, 2019

By Pastor Chad Adelmund  Heartland Community Church, La Porte City
God has given us a simple word. And if we learn it, share it, teach it, and live by it, then God is glorified, people benefit, and we fulfill the mission of the church! That’s why we do what we do. That’s the why behind the but. If your BUT is bigger than your WHY, then your BUT is too big!
This is nothing new. Even people in Jesus’ day had BIG BUTS, or big excuses as to why they couldn’t follow Jesus. The question we want to ask ourselves is: When it comes to my Christian life, do I have big buts?
Asking to be excused doesn’t EXCUSE. Like the one reclining at the table with Jesus on that day, we LOVE to celebrate God the Father’s great mercy, His great love, his wonderful invitation to all of us. However, if we’re not careful we can carry this great openness and acceptance into the realm of our obedience to God’s call in our lives. We think we’ll be easily excused. (Luke 14:19, 21 ‘Please have me excused.’ … So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry.”)
Don’t fool yourself into thinking, God will understand. This is a trap we can easily fall into. We never want to be guilty of taking advantage of God’s goodness and grace. We never want to take God for granted. Anytime we find ourselves explaining away our bad behavior to Christ’s CEO role in our life, because God will surely understand my priority with my family? We can read Luke 14:27 “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” This also may explain for some of us, our reluctance to enter into this daily walk with Christ, where we focus our attention on prayer and reading God’s Word. When we do this, we are continuously confronted with the difference between our own creation of God, and THE CREATOR GOD!
Thinking that God will understand and accept something or a priority different than what is explained in His Word is foolish. This is why Jesus asks us to consider the cost of being his follower, of being his disciple.
God’s Kingdom will be filled with a Misfit crew! Luke 14:21 “[The master] said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’” I like to joke sometimes about Heartland being filled with a misfit group of people. Really, I mean this as a compliment. I love our family here at Heartland because we truly love and accept everyone no matter where you are in life! We do church, for people that don’t do church, and that is because we remember where we were when Jesus found us, and the mess we were! We know we are far from perfect and we don’t need perfect people here, and just between me and you, there are none.
And we learn from the parable that God chooses to have his kingdom filled! And we learn that he chooses those who answer the invitation, over those who look good on the outside. Please note that it’s not just the poor and crippled and blind and lame, but it’s those who were brought in, who followed, who answered the invitation with obedience and presence, rather than with excuses.
When it comes to God’s kingdom, both here on earth, as well as heaven someday, we must constantly remind ourselves that God does not take into account human credentials! God has a whole different way of seeing people than you and I do. We see people and we judge people by what’s on the outside. We find ourselves naturally drawn to the gifted, the talented, the attractive, the successful. All that seems important to us, but not to God, “As for those who seemed to be important … God does not judge by external appearance.” Galatians 2:6. Don’t misunderstand this. It’s NOT that you have to be poor, or crippled, or blind, or lame or unacceptable to today’s society. The point here is that God looks on the inside of a man’s or woman’s heart to see if there is the desire to serve Him more than self.
Ask God to help us. This is a big job both seeing the real condition of our thoughts and then truly doing something about it. And honestly, this is not something that we can do without the power of God’s Holy Spirit working in us. We need to be honest about our desire to change and honest about our inability to make the changes. None of us on our own can take the very natural priority of work (for most men) or family (for most women) and REALLY change those priorities to the Lordship of Christ. We just make excuses to ourselves and to God. However, if we are honest with God about our own inabilities to change and ask Him for His help, He will gladly come in and begin to change us in ways we could never fathom.

Hawkins’ Happenings – September 18, 2019

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. We have books, eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, newspapers, computers, programs and more. If you are not already a patron, come in, sign-up, and start using your library. The library has a lot to offer – for free.
Preschoolers can join us for Story Time at 10:30 AM on Thursday, September 19, to read about the purrrr-fect topic…cats and kittens!
The coffee is hot and free on Mondays from 8 to 10 AM. Everyone is invited.
In The Land of Second Chances, by George Shaffner, is the Book Club selection for September. Stop at Hawkins Memorial Library to pick up a copy and join this group at 1 PM on Monday, September 23, for the discussion.
Think fall and bring your preschooler to the library at 10:30 AM to celebrate autumn on Thursday, September 26. Children will read books and participate in fall activities for Story Time.
Banned Books Week 2019, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held September 22-28. The theme of this year’s event is “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On!” Check out banned and challenged books from our display, read freely, and judge the content for yourself.
Tuesday, October 1, is our next LEGORAMA building program. Show up and build from 3:30 to 5:30 PM that afternoon. The theme is towers.
Designate Hawkins Memorial Library as your favorite charitable organization on AmazonSmile. This is an automatic way to support the library at no cost to you when you shop on Amazon. Sign in and order on, select “Change your Charity” in your account, type Hawkins Memorial Library, and select City of La Porte City.

Hawkins’ Happenings – September 11, 2019

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
The library has a lot to offer – for free. If you are not already a patron, come in, sign-up, and start using your library. We have books, audiobooks, magazines, movies, newspapers, computers, programs and more. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month.
Reading books about books at Preschool Story Time – how novel is that! This program starts at 10:30 AM on Thursday, September 12.
Bring any type of craft or handwork and get together with others at the library for inspiration and conversation from 1 to 3 PM on Thursday, September 12, for Hawkins’ Handcrafters.
If you’re going out for coffee on Mondays, you might as well come to the library from 8 to 10 AM.
The next Color and Connect program is on Tuesday, September 17, from 6 to 8 PM. Wouldn’t it be great to get together with others and color?
Magformers are magnetic building toys that will be featured with monthly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) programs at the library. You can build with Magformers on Wednesday, September 18, 3:30 to 5:30 PM.
International Read an eBook Day is observed on September 18. The most obvious way to celebrate is by reading an eBook. Enjoy the lightweight convenience of reading your book on an electronic device. You can carry dozens or even hundreds of them around on a single compact electronic mobile device. Borrow your eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library through the BRIDGES program, Iowa’s eLibrary. Click the BRIDGES link on our website, and browse the BRIDGES library. E-Books and eAudiobooks are loaned for two weeks at no cost to you.
Children read about cats and kittens at Story Time on Thursday, September 19. Preschoolers can join us at 10:30 AM.
In the Land of Second Chances by George Shaffner, is the September 23, Book Club selection. Stop at the library to pick up the book so you can participate in the next discussion.

Freckles’ Adopt a Pet – September 11, 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.
Hi, my name is Comet and I am a Pit Bull Terrier mix whose vaccinations are up-to-date and looking for a new home. I arrived here at Cedar Bend as an owner surrender and am about a year old. I am full of energy and ready for any adventure, full of pep with a sweet, playful nature. Stop out and visit anytime!
For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887  –

Staying Safe Online – September 4, 2019

Get a one-ring call? Don’t call back.
By Michael Atleson, FTC Acting Assistant Director,
Division of Consumer & Business Education
A while back, we warned you about the “one ring” scam ( ding-vour-wallet). That’s when you get a phone call from a number you don’t know, and the call stops after just one ring. The scammer is hoping you’ll call back, because it’s really an international toll number and will appear as a charge on your phone bill – with most of the money going to the scammer. Well, the scam is back with a vengeance, and the FCC just issued a new advisory ( ring-call-back-scam) about it. Read the FCC’s advisory for more detail, but the advice from both agencies remains the same if you get one of these calls:
Don’t call back
Report the robocall to the FTC at (http:!/ and to the FCC at (
Always check your phone bill for suspicious or unusual charges
A Public Service Announcement Courtesy of Cedar Valley Bank & Trust


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