August 21,  2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

August 21, 2016 Jane’s Heart to Heart Pastor’s Help Mate

Our Grandson Chuk posted this on FaceBook this past week and I thought of the times that I have personally been guilty of this myself.

Chuk shared that there is  a delivery man that comes to his work daily. I have thought this man would complain about winning a million dollars. 

The other day his sales representative came in and I said, “Man, Don would complain if he was hung with a new rope.!” 

The salesman smiled and replied,  “Don had a son who was graduating from high school. He decided to have an open house the night before his graduation. While the party was going on inside his son drowned in the lake. Don hasn’t been the same since.”

Chuk said, “It hurt my heart. For a year I have made fun of Don for complaining. Never once did I think to contemplate his life or why he may be so destroyed on the inside.   No amount of Don’s complaining can come close to bothering me now.  Maybe if I had been more like Christ, to begin with, it never would have.”

When I was doing my Scripture writing this week I was guilty of judging David about how  he prayed, [ in my 30 Day  “Praise the Lord Anyway” Challenge]  Ps.35:26 “Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.”

Then I remembered that David did not have the New Testament to strengthen and challenge him in his faith and the importance of praying and showing love to the unlovely as in I Cor. 13…”Love…  is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil” and ”the Greatest of these is LOVE.”

August 14,  2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

8 Quotes about Faith in God from Elisabeth Elliot’s writings:

http://www.daringdaughters.org/elisabeth-elliot/

“Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.”

“Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next.”

“God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us  to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.”

“Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your Savior, your guide? If He is, you don’t need to search any further for security.”

“The life of faith is lived one day at a time, and it has to be lived — not always looked forward to as though the “real” living were around the next corner.”

“It is today for which are responsible. God still owns tomorrow.”

“Faith’s most severe tests come not when we see nothing, but when we see a stunning array of evidence that seems to prove our faith is vain.”

“God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will, a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to.”

August 7,  2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

This past Sunday we were with our son Kevin’s, family at Mt. Pleasant, MI.

The S.S. teacher presented a lesson from James Merritt’s video presentation and I would like to share what I gleaned from the lesson.  The lesson was based on Matthew 25: 14 – 26 on the parable of the Talents.

Faithful

How would you define  faithful?

Prov. 20: 6 “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?”  God is faithful.  Would you describe yourself as faithful”

The lesson from Matthew 25, demonstrates  living up to  these 5 words – “You Can Count on Me”.

Today, I encourage each of you to take stock of the God-given talents He has given you.  Every one of us has God-given gifts and abilities.  It is not important what we have, but what we do with what we have.   I would like to ask you to think seriously this week about this subject.

  1. What God-given abilities do I have? What am I doing with them to bring honor and glory to Him? sewing, baking, serving, teaching, musical talent, money, time, prayer….

2.  What material things do I have and how am I using those things that I have to       

     bring glory and honor to God?

God does not compare you with how others do, but he does compare you with what you do, with what He has blessed you.  There is no reason to compare yourself with others. I wish I could sing like that, or had more money to give, etc.  Just do your best and be faithful to Him to the best of your ability.  Verses 23 says he will say, “Well done thou good and Faithful servant.”

When we only use that with which He has gifted us, for  a corruptible crown, He will say as in verse 26,  “thou wicked and slothful servant“.

When I worked with music students, I prayed that the Lord would help me to teach those who were trying to polish their God-given talent, that they would use that talent  for Christ Alone.

Pray that the Lord will show you what you should do for the purpose of carrying out the Great commission: by winning  the lost to Christ and  teaching them to observe that Great commission too. This is called discipleship.  If what you are doing with your talent is not for that great purpose, it is not an investment , but as in  verse 26, he called that servant, wicked and slothful.   

Will the Lord say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”? Are there some things that you should change?                  

CAN HE COUNT ON YOU?

July 31,  2016   Melony’s Blog   …Preacher’s Helper

Article by our Daughter Melony Evans

“Little children, keep yourself from idols. “

This was the verse that kept playing in my head. It started earlier this week while we were on vacation.

Maybe the primitive living conditions of camping in the wild had gotten my attention. Whatever it was I wanted to know more about this verse. I took some time to read the other verses of this passage to help get a clearer picture of what God’s Word was presenting.

I was surprised to find this verse was at the very close of the chapter. It is the finale of  the book of 1 John.

For me, this verse was a warning, even a rebuke. It was saying to me, “Keep idols, keep the junk out of your life.”

An idol is anything that I am absorbed with. Whatever I spend my money on. Whatever consumers my thinking.

I need to focus instead on the One who is to be my all in all. I need to rip away all the things that I think about more than Him. I need to turn away from all the things I give myself to, dream about, worship more than Him. My other focus needs to be the lost and hurting people who are all around me. I dare not turn away!

Earlier in the book of 1 John there are repetitive directives about what real love is.  Real love for God is keeping His commandments. Real love is not a burden when it comes to obeying God’s commandments. We do not obey Him out of fear but because we truly love Him. Real believers really love. Real lovers of Jesus love others. The measure of our love for Him can be measured by the love we have for others.

Verses 16 & 17 of chapter 3 says, “By this we know love, that He laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide on him?”

Scary stuff. Am I really so connected to my Saviour that I can give up my life, my health, my happiness, my stuff, my time, my comfort for my brother who has a need? Do I really love Him? Or do I spend my life stockpiling goodies that I can enjoy with my children and closest friends?

My prayer is that God will be able to change my selfish heart. I pray that God’s Holy Spirit will take away all my foolish pretense and give me a hunger and thirst for a life that is free to follow God, free to give away what I hold dear, free to get to know those around me, free to lay down all the idols and be all I can be; be like Jesus.

July 17, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

Ruth Bell Graham….  says, in the preface of her book, “Sitting By My Laughing Fire”, that the poems in this book could well be termed the footprints of a pilgrim.

Ruth said, “I am, obviously, not a true poet and these poems were never written for publication.

However, I have always loved poetry.  As a child in China, I used to practice my piano scales while reciting, “Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight.” by Rose Hartwick Thorpe (1850–1939). http://www.bartleby.com/360/2/227.html

Her missionary father would often read to them after his hospital rounds, from Scott’s “The Lady of the Lake”.”

“China is  veritably  a country of graves…”   — Ruth read from an old book on China.Then she penned these words. A beautiful rendition is available on Utube that you might enjoy viewing.   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoPNPE8fkn4

Think of this Scripture as you listen to this poem…

” For the wages of sin is death,

but the gift of God is eternal life,

through Jesus Christ, our LORD.”

Romans 6:23

Look o’er the fields about you—

riveted, hilled with graves;

no one can count the number

of those who perished as slaves;

slaves to the sin they were born in,

knowing not God or His Light;

died without God’s great salvation,

died in the darkness of night.

Look o’er the people about you—

faces so furrowed with care,

lined and hardened by sorrow

sin has placed on them there;

think of the evil they live in,

hopes none and joys so few;

love them, pray for them, win them,

lest they should perish, too.

I, personally, am deeply troubled about the community surrounding Litchfield and often ask myself —    Are we as a church truly making a difference.  Are we busily shaking our heads at their lost condition, rather than praying and asking God to show us how to help them in their lost condition?

A song I love to sing….

The Peace Prayer …. by Saint Francis’s

http://www.shrinesf.org/franciscan-prayer.html

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is error, the truth;

Where there is doubt, the faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

Grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled, as to console;

To be understood, as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

July 10, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart    …Pastor’s Help Mate

A PSALM OF SWEET PEACE

Psalm 4 (KJV) has been a balm to me this past week….

1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. [Definitions: leasing: lies or falsehood.  Selah:  a word that escapes a clear definition… but perhaps is like a break in the music or Psalms…  A musical term… indicating a pause. or an Amen.]

3 But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear  when I call unto him.

4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.

6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

This first verse of this Psalm is like singing a song of God’s faithfulness to us,  in hearing as we call out to HIM for rest and mercy in our times of trouble.

If you are like me, in the past year, I have had to call out to the Lord,  many times, when our dear loved ones have gone on ahead of us.

The Second: the word ‘leasing’  refers to falsehood, vanity or folly;  a reminder of how we hang on to things we cannot keep: material things and personal relationships and things we idolize above our relationship with Christ alone.

The Third:  We who are  Godly are set apart unto Him and He hears our prayers.

The Fourth and Fifth:  Remind us not to tremble or sin by not Trusting His wisdom.

The Sixth and Seventh::  When many of us question His judgment and fear for our future and then remind the Lord of our JOY when we prosper.

The Eighth: And at last we can say to the Lord, I will trust in you and be able to lie down and sleep. 

  Ah! Yes, Lord, You alone give us PEACE….

JULY 3, 2016 Jane’s Heart to Heart …Pastor’s Help Mate

A PRAYER FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY

God bless America

And keep us safe and free,

Safe from “all our enemies”

Wherever they may be.

For enemies are forces

That often dwell within,

Things that seem so harmless

Become a major sin.

Little acts of selfishness

Grow into lust and greed,

And make the love of power

Our idol and our creed.

For all our wealth and progress

Are as worthless as can be,

Without the faith that made us great

And kept our nation free.

And while it’s hard to understand

The complexities of war,

Each one of us must realize

That we are fighting for

The principles of freedom

And the decency of man,

But all of this much be achieved

According to God’s plan.

And teach us So help us as Americans

To search deep down inside,

And discover if the things we do

Are always justified. to walk humbly

And closer in Thy ways,

And give us faith and courage

And put purpose in our days.

And make each one of us aware

That each must do his part,

For in the individual is where peace

Must have its start.

For a better world to live in

Where all are safe and free,

Must start with faith and hope

And love deep in the heart of “Me.”

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

If my people, which are called by my name,

shall humble themselves,

and pray, and seek my face,

and turn from their wicked ways;

then will I hear from heaven,

and will forgive their sin,

and will heal their land.

II Chor. 7:14

SCRIPTURE WRITING TOOLS

SCRIPTURE WRITING TOOLS

Ideas for writing the Scriptures….

This year of 2016 I decided to write Scriptures…. even in Nov. of 2015 I began writing in a journal the suggested Thanksgiving 30 Day Scriptures Writing Plan.   and then the Christmas Plan .

Then after writing those, I decided to begin in January 2016  Writing Scripture as part of my daily Bible reading Plan.

I was also directed by a friend to try Journibles which I truly loved but decided on my budget that I would just purchase a quantity of composition books on sale for 50 cents each.

Along with writing, I also tried a bit of calligraphy and art but with my tremor that did not work out..

In March I developed a serious bout with Vertigo and I have had to reduce my writing to about 6-10 Scriptures a day.  Yet, I still enjoy this exercise in the Word so much.

My vertigo has made it hard for me to find my place and today I made a template, to frame the verse to make it easier to focus on the verse I am writing.

THY WORD HAVE I HIS IN MY HEART THAT I MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST THEE.

PSALM 199:11

June 19, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart….   Pastor’s Help Mate

Adrian Rogers

“Artificial insemination is the ideal method of producing a pregnancy, and a lesbian partner should have the same parenting rights accorded historically to biological fathers.” Quoted from the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, summer of 1995.

You did not see a few isolated reports. There is an international agenda seeking to render fathers legally obsolete. Regardless of their legal success, fathers will always be critical to a healthy society. The United States is becoming overrun with fatherless homes, and suffering the consequences. This epidemic is causing our society to disintegrate and succumb to rampant crime, drug abuse, and poverty.

Fathers are critical to both sons and daughters. Sons need fathers to learn about being a godly man; how to fear God (Proverbs 1:7), have self-control, work hard, and respect women, just to name a few. Try as she might, mom alone will be hard-pressed to teach a son these valuable lessons. For daughters, their entire self-image comes from how they are treated by their fathers. A woman’s relationship with men will likely mirror her relationship with her father. The future of kids, regardless of gender, is firmly anchored in their relationship to their fathers.

Fathers, you have a tremendous responsibility. It’s not just your job to teach children how to become adults. Nearly everything they know about God they will learn from watching you (Acts 16:31). “ Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

You are a representative of God, don’t let Him down.

Now for the wives and mothers…

Voice Your Gratitude – say it out loud

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. —Proverbs 31:11–12

Look for His Servant’s Heart

Through love serve one another. —Galatians 5:13

Cultivate Patience toward Your Husband – – Adjust your expectations.  Praise him for the work he does.

Let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands. —Ephesians 4:28

What’s on Your Tongue?—Tell your family why you love your husband.  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. —Ephesians 4:29

Take Time to Listen   Ladies this is hard… Pray for this.

Be quick to hear, slow to speak. —James 1:19

Demonstrate respect: Part of showing respect includes submission to his authority.

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. —Ephesians 5:22.

  “For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior” Eph. 5:23.

Children, Young people, adults….. God’s way is the best way to rebuild our nation…. and that is through obedience to God’s instructions with regard to  Fathers Leading, Wives respecting and Children’s obedience…. and that obedience is learned from the Father, ultimately.

Oh the Joy we can have in our Hearts and our Homes when we follow the Saviour’s instructions.

June 12, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

Youth Sunday

It Depends On Whose Hands It’s In    

A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.

A basketball in Michael Jordan’s hands is worth about $33 million.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6.

A baseball in Mark McGuire’s hands is worth about $19 million.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A tennis racket is useless in my hands.

A tennis racket in Pete Sampras’ hands is a Wimbleton Championship.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal.

A rod in Moses’ hands will part the mighty sea.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

A sling shot in my hands is a kid’s toy.

A sling shot in David’s hand is a mighty weapon.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches.

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in God’s hands will feed thousands.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse.

Nails in Jesus Christ’s hands will produce salvation for the entire world.

It depends whose hands it’s in.

As you see now it depends whose hands it’s in. So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your families and your relationships in God’s hands, because It depends whose hand it’s in.

“This is Psalms 31:5 with one word added–Father. “Into thy hands I commit my spirit.” However, when Jesus said it on the cross He not only made it exceptionally lovely, but showed something very significant when He added the word Father. He proclaimed relationship and He even showed us while on the cross. –

http://www.godisgroovy.com/poems/whoshands.shtml

Jewish Mothers always taught their children to say, “I pray the Lord my soul to keep..”

Joseph Addison in an essay  in

The Spectator on March 8, 1711.

When I lay me down to Sleep,

I recommend my self to His care;

when I awake, I give my self up to

His Direction,

Amen.