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Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – November 25, 2015


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.

Delilah is a 2-year-old Abyssinian Guinea Pig with a pretty calico and white coat. She’s a pretty chill little pig, and enjoys poking her nose up against her cage to watch the passersby in our lobby. She also enjoys napping in her castle, and eating fresh hay. Delilah is a great pig, come meet her today! Delilah’s adoption fee is $15 without her cage, or $45 with her cage.

For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887

Meditations – November 25, 2015

By Rev. Ray Atwood,   Prince of Peace Cluster


“Depart from me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mt. 25:41).

When I think of Hell, I think of a fiery furnace, smoking lava pits, and red demons with pitchforks screeching and howling as they run around like chickens with their heads cut off. Hell is a dark and scary place.
The modern person does not like to hear about the subject of Hell for one simple reason, namely, that the modern person denies sin. If you deny human guilt, then you must deny the right of a state to judge a criminal, or to sentence him to prison. Once you deny the sovereignty of God, you must deny Hell. The existence of Hell is God’s eternal guarantee of human freedom.
The punishments of Hell are twofold: first there is the pain of sense, which is spiritual suffering for our sins. If you disobey nature’s laws, you suffer a corresponding punishment. For example, if you abuse alcohol, you end up with a headache called a “hangover.” Nature rebels against abuse. So too, the fiercer the grip that sinful pleasures have on a soul in this life, the more fiercely will the fires of torment are in eternity.
The other punishment is called the pain of loss. This is the loss of Divine Love. We are separated from the One who created and loved us. Hell has indeed been called “the hatred of the things you love.” Like a sailor who drinks salty ocean water when he becomes lost at sea (hating the water as poison but mad with thirst for it), so too, the soul hates God whom it is meant to love above all things. Hell is eternal self-hatred. When you do evil and never repent before you die, you will end up becoming something God never meant you to be, namely, his enemy. You will live forever in the state of rebellion against God.
Hell is a difficult topic, but a reality for humans, who are made to love and serve God. Someone once said: “Hell is at the foot of the hill of Calvary, and no one of us can go down to hell without first passing over the hill where there is a God-man enthroned with arms outstretched to embrace, head bent to kiss, and heart open to love.” Hell is prepared by us in this life, when we refuse to respond to the Lord’s love and reject the love shown on the cross.
May we dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell and repent of sin.

Adventures at the Museum – November 25, 2015

By Jan Erdahl

Happy Thanksgiving! This marks the official start of the holiday season. The Museum invites you to come “Home for the Holidays” on Sat., Dec. 5th from 9-2. We will host a holiday boutique that will feature over 20 booths offering specialty items. If you are looking for a unique gift for a special friend or perhaps a treat for yourself this is the place to be! Be sure to register for the free family pass that we will be giving away.
The Museum will also be collecting canned goods for the Lord’s Pantry (our local food bank). You may drop off items anytime. We hope to fill our sleigh.
There is also still time to donate to our wishing tree. Just pluck a tag from the tree and donate a small item from the library or the museum’s wish list. Your small donation makes a BIG difference for us. Help to make our wishes come true. This week’s featured items include: tall kitchen bags (13 gal.), large garbage bags (33 gal.), Windex ammonia free, HP ink get cartridges-black=950xl, liquid hand soap and white card stock 8.5×11. To see our complete list, visit us on Facebook or stop by the museum.

Meditations – November 18, 2015

By Reverend Ray Atwood, Prince of Peace Cluster


“But if someone’s work is burned up, that one will suffer loss; the person will be saved, but only as through fire” (1 Cor. 3:15). Paul is indicating that salvation comes through a purging fire. Catholics call this purging fire “Purgatory.”
Jesus also refers to Purgatory in Matthew’s Gospel, when He says: “Whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come” (Mt. 12:32). Some translations use the word “world” instead of “age.”
Saint Peter in his first Letter refers to faith, “more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire” (1 Pet. 1:7). Fire is part of the testing experience.
The Book of Wisdom talks about “the souls of the just” being in the hand of God (3:1). Saint John in Revelation talks about those “who wash their robes so as to have the right to the tree of life and enter the city through its gates” (references to the heavenly Jerusalem (22:14).
All these passages refer to a purging that precedes Heaven. The good news is that the souls in Purgatory are destined for salvation. The bad news is that they are not yet perfectly purified in order to enter it.
Purgatory is a tough concept for many Christians to grasp. The problem is, in part, the lack of clear biblical references to this spiritual reality, but nothing as clear as the Lord’s command to baptize (Mt. 28:19) or to celebrate the Eucharist (Mk. 14:22-23). Nevertheless, the notion of a final purging of those souls destined for Heaven is part of Christian revelation and has been for centuries.
There are couple things to keep in mind when discussing Purgatory. First, Purgatory is a final cleansing. It is meant for those who will enter Heaven, but are not yet prepared. Second, Purgatory is God’s work, not ours. The souls in Purgatory are totally helpless. We can help them and they can help us with their prayers, but they cannot help themselves. God purifies them. Third, Purgatory is an expression of God’s mercy because if there were no cleansing, it is unlikely that many souls would be purified sufficiently to stand face-to-face with almighty God. And we know what the alternative is! May the good Lord make holy and pleasing in His sight in this life and the next.

Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – November 18, 2015


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.

Bear is a 7-week-old Boxer/Bull Terrier puppy who gives new meaning to “puppy dog eyes.” This sweet boy currently lives in a foster home with his 3 sisters, Autumn, Tippy and Sipsy. Bear is the biggest of the litter, but he’s also the biggest baby. Submit an application on them today, and our adoption counselors will set up a meet and greet.

For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887