December 4, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

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“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

The mark of an effective church is not how many people come but how many people live differently as a result of having been there.

So back to the question: How Effective is Your Church? No, not your pastor’s church – YOUR church.

How effective are you as a Christian? Forget the size of your church. Have you cooperated with the Spirit of God and the Word of God and seen any consistent spiritual change in your life? The effectiveness of your church will depend on the spiritual change in your life and the lives of the other people in your church.

During this Christmas season let’s consider just the dollars and time spent on getting a tree, decorating, entertainment, and travel in comparison to what money and time we’ve spent on ministry, missionary support, not to mention our regular monetary and physical commitment to the Lord’s work.  All over  many churches struggle for the same reason.  So few heed God’s call to surrender to God’s leading in their personal lives by receiving Christ as their own personal Saviour and Lord, Baptism and church membership, and become a part of the evangelistic outreach of the church.  Do You really believe in Christmas – Christ ’s Birth??

I am not suggesting, that decorating and family traditions are wrong, except when they outweigh the spiritual investment of our money and time to our Lord and Saviour. Over the years there has been a decline in faithful commitment to serving the Lord. People with talent, time and money who only serve God on their own terms rather than a full surrender of every part of their God-given resources and talent. 

Even the things that Christian people are posting on social media, definitely outweigh the most important truths about Christ’s birth and eternal life.

In our 50+ years of ministry we have met hundreds of people looking for a church but after many years of knowing them, they have yet to unite with any church or surrender to the Lord.   Let us each examine our own motives and commitment to the Christ of Christmas.

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever.  Hebrews 13:

Christ has not changed  – the church has. Ask yourself, “What does the Lord want me to do, that I am not doing to make  His church effective”, then tell the Lord, “I surrender all.” and do it.

As your pastor’s help mate, I do this daily and I am praying for you. Ladies, we need a revival. We need to be standing on tip-toe to serve our wonderful Lord

November 27, 2016 Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

Thanksgiving is past.  You have already had some leftover turkey sandwiches or pot pie. Yes, today some of you may still choose some turkey at our dinner.

But let’s remember that our Thanksgiving should be, an all year around event.

In the morning when I rise, Give me Jesus. You can have all this world but, Give me Jesus.

You can choose to say,In the morning, when I rise, Give Me Jesus.  When I am alone,   Give me Jesus…You can have all this world, Give me Jesus. When I come to die, Give me Jesus.”

Early in your life you can choose as Mrs Ruth Graham did,  you too can choose Christ for you center, your home, your purpose your example and your vision.   

Songwriters: Moses Hogan

Give Me Jesus lyrics © Hal Leonard Corporation

We can all make that choice today.

Psalm 72:18-19   “Blessed is the LORD God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things, and blessed be his glorious name forever and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen and Amen.

I Will Praise Him Still

When the morning comes on the farthest hill

I will sing His name, I will praise Him, still.

When dark trials come and my heart is filled

With the weight of doubt, I will praise Him, still.

(Chorus)

For the Lord, our God, He is strong to save

From the arms of death, from the deepest grave,

And He gave us life in His perfect will,

And by His good grace, I will praise Him, still.

Fernando Ortega

Album: This Bright Hour

Released: 1997

Genre: Christian/gospel

Today at our church was Gideon Sunday….

Gideon International  Motto

“Let.s Spread the Good News”              Judges 7

Gideon was a man who was willing to do exactly what God wanted him to do, regardless of his own judgment as to the plans or results. Humility, faith, and obedience were his great elements of character. This is the standard that The Gideons International is trying to establish in all its members, each man to be ready to do God’s will at any time, at any place, and in any way that the Holy Spirit leads.

November 20, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

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Forever Thankful

Being forever thankful,

Is what God wants from us,

Never forgetting from where we came,

Or His boundless, saving love

All of heaven’s blessings

Poured down from heaven’s gates,

Everything we have in life,

He’s given with extra grace

We need to always thank Him

For this, and so much more

Not only for tangible things,

But because He is our Lord

Thanksgiving is the key

For His blessings to increase,

If we’ve not got thankful hearts,

His blessings soon will cease

Don’t ever start complaining

At what you may not have,

Look around at what you see,

Then be thankful and glad

© By M.S.Lowndes

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.   1 Thessalonians 5: 18(NKJV)

And in that day you will say: “Praise the Lord, call upon His name; declare His deeds among the peoples, make mention that His name is exalted.”   Isaiah 12: 4(NKJV)

November 13, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

bike-free-vintage-clip-art-images-vintage-tandem-bicycle-clip-art-t9dftg-clipartJim and Melony Evans are moving Tuesday, to Ohio, to  a new ministry. Melony and her dad have worked all week doing all they could to lighten the load while Jim was finishing his last days of work in Lansing. I sat here in my office and prayed for them as I  heard both of them literally running up and down the steps bringing box after box to the garage from the upstairs and the basement.  

I thought of when I taught Children’s ministries, of Paul’s missionary journeys. I felt a tug in my heart as I thought  of the changes that new  ministries bring.

This little story speaks of this Cautious Journey toward real JOY.  I found IT in Juanita Purcell’s,  “Joyous Journeys,   Around the Detours” RBP.

THE BIKE RIDE

At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited Heaven or Hell when I die. He was out there sort of like the President. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I didn’t really know Him.  But later on when I recognized Christ, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride; but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal. I don’t know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since…  life with Him as LORD, that is. He makes life exciting.

When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points. But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places and at breakneck speeds. It was all I could do to hang on! Even though it looked like madness, He said, “Pedal!”

I worried and was anxious and asked, “Where are You taking me?” He laughed and didn’t answer, and I started to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure; and when I’d say, “I’m scared, ” He’d lean back and touch my hand. He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance, and joy. They gave me their gifts to take on my journey; our journey, my Lord’s and mine.

And we were off again. He said, “Give the gifts away. They’re extra baggage, too much weight.” So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.

I did not trust Him at first, in control of my life. I thought he’d wreck it. But He knew bike secrets, knew how to make it bend to take sharp corners, jump to clear high places filled with rocks, fly to shorten scary passages.

And I’m learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, my Higher Power.

And when I’m sure I can’t do anymore, He just smiles and says, “PEDAL!”

-Author Unknown

Phil.3:14     “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

God Is Still On The Throne….

flag-63f6642b64e106a8947daafa44e52b21Reminder to us all…. God is Still on the Throne.
Many Christians prayed and now we are trusting Him.
 
Isaiah 26:3-4
 
“3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in Thee.
4.Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”
We can have peace and JOY in these hard times.
Now it is our job to continue to pray for our leaders…. Many Christian leaders have emphasized PRAYER to the Lord JEHOVAH and I am especially thankful for Franklin Graham, Ann Graham Lotz and Nancy DeMoss and many others who raised awareness of Christian’s need to pray and get out and vote.
 
I am thankful also for the strong testimony of Vice Pres. elect, Mike Pence.
 
I personally want to encourage all of my friends to pray fervently for our leaders, and fellow Christian to strive to make a difference for Christ, in your homes, churches, and communities.
1. to personally pray more (not like a rabbit’s foot) but for His perfect will in your own personal life.
2. to read your Bibles
3. to go and take every member of your family, faithfully to a solid Bible preaching Church.
 
For many years I have heard professing Christians saying, “we need the 10 Commandments, the Bible, and God back in our schools, etc.”, yet there is very little evidence that there is Bible reading and instruction in the Word, nor Church attendance, in those homes.
 
Often when we talk with those who say they are saved it is very obvious that Christ is not first, Bible reading is not first, church attendance is not first. If you love God and truly want to serve God, you will want to run to church, you will want to share Him with others. You will want to choose the things for your children that will make them better servants of Christ. Some parents do not even know if their children are saved nor do they pray for them. Many professing Christians put far more emphasis and money, sports, travel, and entertainment, watching “dancing with the falling Stars”,  you name it; than they do on seeing to it that their children give their talent to him for His glory.
 
We seem to be better at using the Scriptures to prove the questionable practices we can participate in.
 
These things are caught, faster than they are taught… Be an Example.
Parents: read Deuteronomy 6:6-9

October 30, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

2013-06-02-08-58-09Fighting Fear…..

Beverly LaHaye (born April 30, 1929) is an American Christian conservative activist and author who founded Concerned Women for America (CWA) in San Diego, California in 1979 and is the organization’s current chair. She was the wife of the late evangelical Christian minister and prolific author of the Left Behind series Timothy LaHaye. They had been married over 60 years.

Their Motto: “Protecting the rights of the family through prayer and action. LaHaye represents the  CWA on family issues at congressional hearings, rallies and seminars throughout the country.  Early  in her ministry she struggled with fear…. One time she relates  how she feared her  husband’s desire to be an airplane pilot,  and after a reasonable time passed,  he challenged her to ask the Lord to take away the fear.  She prayed and reminded the Lord that she felt she was right about her fear of his learning to fly and that she had been praying that he  would change. Then she prayed, “Lord, I’m ready for you to change my heart if that is what needs to be changed.”

She also struggled with the fear of speaking publicly as a young pastor’s wife and after 15  years in  ministry with her  husband their pastor shared

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  Then without trying to spare her feelings, he told her that she was wrapped up with fear  and  a poor self-image, and that it is caused by selfishness.

To make a long story short, Beverly learned the truth of Romans 14:23, “for whatsoever is not from faith is sin.”   God wants us to walk by faith.

We must learn that fear is a sin and we must confess that sin to the Lord and expressing that to Him in prayer is a very significant step in overcoming those fears. 

Memorize 2 Timothy 1:7 above and make it a determined prayer to confess that sin to the Lord. The wonderful consequence of confronting your fears and trusting God to take care of you is such a JOY.   Beverly LaHaye never dreamed when she surrendered her fear of flying to the Lord that God was preparing her for many missionary journeys over the jungles right up to the Nicaraguan border in a little plane with just one engine. 

While flying in a commuter plane with one of their attorneys a turbulent  storm blew up.  As the sky outside grew darker and more ominous that little plane bounced and tossed around in the air. The attorney asked later, I don’t get it.  How could you two sleep so peacefully with that terrible storm going on outside?”     

Fear is sin…… ask God to give you the victory over  whatever sin is besetting you.

October 23, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

karen7-2-20Karen Wilson is a very dear friend of mine on the internet who is deaf and has had many heartaches in her life… but knowing Karen as I do she would not want me to talk about her, but her wonderful Saviour.  I asked her to submit something which I could post this week.

The Fruit of the Spirit        Karen Wilson

Dear Heavenly Father,

As I reach out to You today, help me to be fruitful.

May I show love today, especially to those who are not  loving towards me.

May I show joy from You to others who are hurting inside. Help me to uplift and encourage that person!

May I rest in peace today, amidst a crazy world where wrong seems right and chaos rules. May others be calmed by Your peace in me.

May Your Spirit teach me long-suffering…and to rest in your perfect will for me. Remind me how your timing is always perfect in all circumstances.

May I be gentle and good to all I meet, so that they may see the gentleness and goodness of Christ through my life. And may they realize that it is only through Christ living in us, that the fruit of the Spirit can be revealed to others.

Give me the fruit of meekness, that I will not be easily provoked and that I will have a calm mind to face today’s challenges.

May I have the fruit of faith…to trust in You no matter what, and to rest in knowing that you have all the answers to my questions already worked out. Remind me that You were there in the past, You are here with me now, and You are already in the future, waiting for me there.

Finally, Lord, give me the fruit of temperance that I may live with moderation and self-restraint.

Lord, I pray all these things from my heart and for my life today, knowing that this is only possible when I release my will to Yours and allow Your Spirit to work in me. Amen

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,

goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Galatians 5:22-23

October 16, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate  

Thank you to  our daughter Melony Pierpont Evans for helping me out this week….

         I want to be healed and I wanted it right now. Why was I having to go through this again? I prayed for healing. I prayed that the Lord would show me mercy by lessening my pain. I begged. I pleaded. I bargained.   I was having another kidney stone.

Why? Was God trying to tell me something I was not hearing or I was I overlooking something?

Maybe you have been there.    Well, after a couple of weeks the pain has left and there are no other indications that the stone is still there. But looking back and thanking God for deliverance made me also wonder, why? Why does God allow suffering? I read some articles about God’s healing. They gave some answers. Sometimes our healing comes immediately. Sometimes slowly. Sometimes healing is eternal. As I was pondering the whole thing again this morning the words came to me as clearly as if God himself had whispered in my ear.   They were the words to the song “Blessings”.

“Blessings” – by Laura Story

We pray for blessings    We pray for peace

Comfort for family, protection while we sleep

We pray for healing, for prosperity

We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering

All the while, You hear each spoken need

Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops

What if Your healing comes through tears

What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom    Your voice to hear

We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near

We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love

As if every promise from Your Word is not enough

All the while, You hear each desperate plea

And long that we’d have faith to believe

When friends betray us   When darkness seems to win

We know that pain reminds this heart   That this is not our home–

I hope you can be encouraged when you suffer or are part of the suffering of those you love by remembering the words of this song and even more – remember that God loves each of us with divine love. He loves us with a love that has been moving us through this earthly life with His total devotion and protection. He will never allow anything to touch us that has not passed through His son. All suffering has been allowed to prepare us for His work and our eternal home, home with Him. That’s what will make it heaven.

October 9, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

2013-06-02-08-58-09JOHNATHAN EDWARDS: (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758) was a revivalist preacher, philosopher, and Congregationalist Protestant theologian.    He  gained some early success entering Yale at age 13 and graduated at the top of his class. But he wasn’t satisfied. He wrote out 70 resolutions to guide his process of spiritual maturity.

Needless to say, I am not planning on quoting all 70.

GOALS [PREFACE WITH RESOLVE]:

4. – never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.

8. – to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my  own sins and misery to God

10. – when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell.

21. – never to do anything, which if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise him for, or to think any way the more meanly of him.

25. – to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.

Nancy DeMoss’s “The Quiet Place”  Devotional, on July 9-18 she shared about her father’s 10 Goals which she called “A 24/7 Calling.” She also shares on her website the following comment.  “The scene is indelibly etched in my memory. I was 19 years old. My family was on a mission trip in Haiti—my parents’ (and my) favorite type of family “vacation.” We were worshiping in a small Haitian church, sitting on hard wood benches. In the middle of the service, my dad leaned over to me and whispered, “Honey, what are your 50-year goals?”

December 1977 She penned these for herself.

1st Priority: To love God with all my heart, soul, mind, body

2nd Priority: To love God’s people (encouraging, affirming, exhorting)—building them into committed reproducers.

3rd Priority: To love God’s work in the world (i.e., evangelism)—to build disciples (committed reproducers) in every nation.

Let’s take some time this week to step back and set a goal for what you want to accomplish for the Lord in the next 10 years.

Proverbs  16:3

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and he will establish your plans.”

I converted my vanity dresser into a desk and while ago and when I was painting it and decorating it I thought of removing the mirror.  Finally, I decided to leave it on because it reflected the light and made my small office seem larger and I could even see out the windows from all directions.  When I look into te mirror.

I also found it a revealing way of seeing myself as others see me when I talk on the phone or work there.

When I look into the mirror in the morning, I ask myself, Is my life an accurate picture of God???

I pray that my Lord will help my attitude, words and behaviour, to give a true reflection of HIM.

October 2, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

I have been especially blessed by the song  “Fall On Your Knees” from the Cantata Night of the Father’s Love, (The Awe and Mystery of God with Us) Pepper Choplin – Lorenz Corporation. the song quotes from the old familiar carol.“O Holy Night”.  I believe it was the last musical I directed in 2011.

The song speaks of looking into the face of the Christ child and seeing the world’s salvation and Holy Peace. It reminds us to see the glory and the wonder and to know the peace that comes from being in fellowship with the Lord.   We can experience this in prayer together.

It comes to my mind so often when I am going to prayer for those for whom   I have promised to pray.  Sometimes it is overwhelming to me. I cry out to the  Lord, asking Him to help me to be sure to remember those in need and to ask for the right thing;  To ask for the Lord’s will and not mine nor the person’s desire for whom I am praying .

I am humbled when someone asks me to pray for  him/her and saddened when I say to him/her that I am praying for you or a loved one and that person responds with a concerned or dismayed look and will ask, “What is wrong or why are you praying for me?  I have even had someone react, with, “Don’t pray for me!” With fear in their eyes.

I wonder Is the fear  conviction or concern of having to turn from some besetting sin? Matt. 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

We need to “Fall on our Knees” and cry out to the Lord seeking first HIS will for us and our loved ones.  This is hard to pray when we see someone heading the wrong direction in his/her life, but even harder to see the result  that  follows disobedience.   

Here in our church, we should have a great desire to be prayed for and to pray for others, just because it is right, according to the Scriptures. The doors of our church on prayer meeting night should be swinging wide each week. 

Matthew 18:19-20  KJV) 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.  20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Please come and join us on Wednesday night  to call out, in prayer for our Nation, Come to praise and experience the wonderful peace we can experience in Prayer.