Dec. 14, 2014  Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help-Mate

Dec. 14, 2014 Jane’s Heart to Heart … Pastor’s Help-Mate

Dec. 14, 2014  Jane’s Heart to Heart ….Pastor’s Help-Mate

Todays article is from Paul Harvey’s site…….   http://www.rubysemporium.org/harvey_birds.html

The Man and the Birds      (Paul Harvey)

Each CHRISTmas day at 12:00 noon where ever Paul Harvey’s Program is played on the radio, Paul tells this story in such a dynamic way that it is sure to touch the heart of any person who listens to it.

Unable to trace its proper parentage, I have designated this as My Christmas Story, of “The Man and the Birds”.

You know, “The” Christmas story, “God born a man in a manger”, and all that, escapes some moderns. Mostly I think because they seek complex answers to their questions, and this one is so utterly simple. So for the cynics and the skeptics and the unconvinced, I submit a modern parable.
Now the man to whom I’m going to introduce you was not a scrooge, he was a kind, decent, mostly good man. Generous to his family, upright in his dealings with other men, but he just didn’t believe all that incarnation stuff which the churches proclaim at Christmas time. It just didn’t make sense, and he was too honest to pretend otherwise. He just couldn’t swallow the Jesus story about God coming to earth as a man.

“I’m truly sorry to distress you”, he told his wife, “but I’m not going with you to church this Christmas eve”, he said he’d feel like a hypocrite, that he’d much rather just stay at home, but that he would wait up for them. So he stayed and they went to the midnight service.

Shortly after the family drove away in the car, snow began to fall. He went to the window to watch the flurries getting heavier and heavier and then went back to his fireside chair and began to read his newspaper. Minutes later, he was startled by a thudding sound. Then another. And then another; sort of a thump or a thud. At first, he thought someone must be throwing snowballs against his living room window. But when he went to the front door to investigate, he found a flock of birds huddled miserably in the snow. They had been caught in the storm and in a desperate search for shelter, had tried to fly through his large landscape window.

Well, he couldn’t let the poor creatures lie there and freeze, so he remembered the barn where his children stabled their pony. That would provide a warm shelter if he could direct the birds to it. Quickly, he put on a coat and goulashes, tramped through the deepening snow to the barn.

He opened the doors wide and turned on a light. But the birds did not come in. He figured food would entice them in. So he hurried back to the house, fetched bread crumbs, sprinkled them on the snow making a trail the yellow lighted, wide open door to the stable. But to his dismay, the birds ignored the bread crumbs and continued to flop around helplessly in the snow. He tried catching them. He tried “shooing” them into the barn by walking around them waving his arms. Instead, they scattered in every direction except into the warm lighted barn.

Then he realized that they were afraid of him. To them, he reasoned, I am a strange and terrifying creature. If only I could let them know that they can trust me. That I’m not trying to hurt them, but to help them. But how? Because any move he made tended to frighten them, confuse them. They just would not follow. They would not be led, or “shooed” because they feared him.

“If only I could be a bird”, he thought to himself “and mingle with them and speak their language. Then I could tell them not to be afraid. Then I could show them the way to the safe warm ———-

(Sudden recognition) —- to the safe warm barn, but I would have to be one of them so they could see and hear, and understand.”

At that moment the church bells began to ring. The sound reached his ears above the sounds of the wind. He stood there listening to the bells, Adeste Fidelis. Listening to the bells pealing the glad tidings of Christmas.

……. And he sank to his knees in the snow.

Dec. 7, 2014   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help-Mate

Dec. 7, 2014   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help-Mate

TREACHERY AT ITS WORST!

Seventy-three years ago this morning one of the worst acts of treachery ever foisted upon a body of people was carried out by the naval forces of the government of Japan: December 7, 1941.

At precisely eight o’clock on that Sunday morning hundreds of heavily armed Japanese aircraft swung in over our giant naval base in Honolulu in the Hawaiian Islands.

Though many warnings from various sources had been known to numerous American authorities in Washington as well as Hawaii, they were not taken seriously. It was thought nothing as audacious was within the capabilities of the Japanese. The entire Pacific Fleet of America was berthed there and American fire-power was assumed to be overwhelming.

In secret Japan had been working for years to develop military forces, far greater than any nation in Asia. Their aircraft were superior to those America possessed. Their pilots were among the best trained in the world.

The devastation left behind after hours of attack by the aircraft of the Rising Sun left the entire fleet of battleships of the American Navy either badly damaged or sinking. Nearly 3,000 Americans perished. Our government was left with years of rebuilding in the midst of a fight to the finish with Japan.

Forty-four months of war ensued with Germany and Italy joining on the Japanese side in the western world. World War II was a fact, the most costly in money and lives in the history of humanity. These treacherous allies of Japan were beaten first.

On September 2, 1945 representatives of the Japanese government filed aboard the American Battleship “Missouri” and before an old mess table on her main deck surrendered that government to ours “unconditionally.” The most treacherous act ever perpetrated against America was now but a matter for apology by the Japanese. Millions of innocent people had died.

As a result of this heinous sin against America, what did our country do to repay the Japanese for their unspeakable deed? Does anyone still remember? The answer is that our country rebuilt their nation and today it is a peaceful and secure democracy, the strongest in the eastern world. And why did we do that? Because of our Christian heritage, let the record show. 

II Chr. 7:14 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Nov. 30, 2014   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help-Mate

Nov. 30, 2014   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help-Mate

Praise and Thanksgiving….for Delayed Blessings.

Often on Face Book I come across and connect with dear friends, parishioners and students from past ministries Pastor and I have been privileged to know.  Sometimes it is a sad reunion when I find that some of them are not serving the Lord at all and their lives are ruined.  But many times it is a JOY to connect with those who are still faithfully serving our Lord and raising their families for Christ.

A few months ago I was able to connect with a former  student of ours and a pastor’s daughter. She is teaching in the public school and is an adjunct professor at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids. She has a sweet testimony and in the course of our conversation she wrote this note to me. 

She very respectfully said, Mrs. Pierpont, your husband gave me a “motivational speech” when I was goofing off in high school (imagine that) and it really meant the world to me.  He said some very positive things that I still remember, and it really inspired me to get my act together, earlier.  I’ve been married for 25 years (with God”s grace) and have four children.  I met my husband in college, and he is so wonderful.  My parents both passed away in the last couple of years.  My dad was in poor health for quite a while, he had a bad heart from his youth.  My mother died unexpectedly in her sleep, she was 82.  I miss them both terribly.  As we have such a big family, I am quite young to have lost both parents.  However, I rejoice in the hope of heaven and “I don’t sorrow as those who have no hope” (I Thess. 4:13). 

I would love prayer for my oldest son who was honorably discharged from the Navy due to illness, but it was a huge blow to his self-esteem and now he is “searching” for who he is.  Definitely struggling with the Lord and with us  - parenting young adults who don’t live with you is hard!  Would greatly appreciate prayer- you raised three sons too so I know you understand!  Thank you for praying!! 

Then she added, “How can I pray for you?”  This was encouraging to me because it told me where she was herself, spiritually.  Someone desiring her loved one to be right with the Lord and concerned and praying for others  - wonderful!

Perhaps another time I can share other examples of those who are faithfully serving the Lord that we have been honored to influence for Christ’s Glory   Thank you Lord for such delayed blessings!

NOV. 23, 2014   JANE’S  HEART TO HEART  …Pastor’s Help Mate

NOV. 23, 2014   JANE’S  HEART TO HEART  …Pastor’s Help Mate

This is Thanksgiving week and It is Always Time to Praise the Lord

God tells us to praise Him.   Psalm 147:1 states that it is good to sing praises to our god.  As I praise the Lord and thank Him in all circumstances, I find that I focus my attention on who He is and His power; on His characteristics and not my circumstances.  It is good to praise the Lord; as I praise Him, He is glorified.  

There are many Scriptures in the Bible that you can pray back to Him.

Revelation 4:11   “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”  NIV

Phil. 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Exodus 15:2  “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Ps. 59:17  “O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.”

Eph. 1:3 “Praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”

Ps. 145:3 “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.”

Luke 19:37 “Luke 19:37-40 (NIV) ”When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 

Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!. Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “ I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

Psalm 34:3  “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.”

Prayer: God, I praise You, You alone are worthy to receive glory, honor, and power for you created all things. Help me to be obedient, to praise Your name, and to give you all honor and glory.  I desire to be thankful in all circumstances, even those that are difficult.  When I do not understand all that is happening, My desire is to be obedient and  praise You thankfully.   You alone are my strength and song, I exalt You.  You are worthy of praise that if I do not praise You, the rocks will cry out.  Hallelujah!  In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.

#3   LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SAY THESE WORDS….

#3 LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SAY THESE WORDS….

November 2, 2014     JANE’S HEART TO HEART  …Pastor’s Help-Mate

November 2, 2014 JANE’S HEART TO HEART  …Pastor’s Help-Mate

I have to say with Billy Graham….”Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life”.  Someone else said, “Old age is not for sissy’s”.

Now I do not want to be a Whiney, Wimpy Woman, so I will not dwell on my losses, but with me perhaps some of you have experienced some of your own losses or you are realizing that you just don’t have the stamina that you once had: Sunday School teaching, teaching school, leading choral and handbell choirs and musicals, singing solos, walking and standing,  dressmaking, crocheting, carving. Losses like having to be separated from your dear children, grandchildren, parents 

and siblings, these loses can define who we really are.

Be faithful in prayer for your children and grandchildren. Keep in touch on a regular basis. They are God’s gifts to you. Think about the impression that you will leave. Write to them, give them your time even if separated by miles they need to know you are a person of prayer and faithful in service for the Lord.  ”Encourage one another and build each other up” I Thes. 5:11.  That verse says encourage, not lecture.  Mend broken relationship if you have any.   Daily we can wait upon the Lord and look forward to what He has in store for us by staying in the Word and focusing on the promises found therein. Then we we can truly say, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:   And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” John 10: 27-28  KJV).  It is like when the phone rings and it is a member of the family or a close friend.  You know their voice, because you  talk together a lot and they belong to you. You will know the Lord’s voice when you stay close to HIm.

J. Pierpont Morgan, perhaps the most influential banker in history. penned these words into his will in 1913.. “I commit my soul into the hands of my Saviour, in full confidence that having redeemed it and washed it in His most precious blood, He will present it faultless before the throne of my Heavenly Father; and I entreat my children to maintain and defend, at all hazard, and at any cost of personal sacrifice, the blessed doctrine of the complete atonement for sin through the blood of Jesus Christ, once offered, and through that alone.”   What powerful dying words.

Remember the greatest legacy you can give your heirs is not your money nor the things you have accumulated in your lifetime but your character and your faith  and your testimony of JOY in the Lord to the very end.

Old age does not exempt us from fulfilling our purposes in Life. “When I am old and gray-headed,

O God, do not forsake me,

Until I declare Your strength to this generation.”  Ps. 71:18

October 26, 2014               HEART TO HEART      … PASTOR’S HELP – MATE

October 26, 2014            HEART TO HEART      … PASTOR’S HELP – MATE

Pastor Saeed Abedini wrote this letter to his daughter for her 8th birthday, which was on September 12. This is the third birthday of Rebekka’s that Pastor Saeed has missed while he languishes in an Iranian prison for his faith.

My Dearest Rebekka Grace,    HAPPY 8th BIRTHDAY!

You are growing so fast and becoming more beautiful every day. I praise God for His faithfulness to me every day as I watch from a distance through the prison walls and see pictures and hear stories of how you are growing both spiritually and physically.

Oh how I long to see you.  I know that you question why you have prayed so many times for my return and yet I am not home yet. Now there is a big WHY In your mind you are asking: WHY Jesus isn’t answering your prayers and the prayers of all of the people around the world praying for my release and for me to be home with you and our family.     The answer to the WHY is WHO. WHO is in control? The LORD JESUS CHRIST is in control.  I desire for you to learn important lessons during these trying times. Lessons that you carry now and for the rest of your life. The answer to the WHY is WHO. The confusion of “WHY has all of this happened?” and “WHY your prayers are not answered yet” is resolved with understanding WHO is in control…LORD JESUS CHRIST, our GOD!

God is in control of the whole world and everything that is happening in it is for His good purpose, for His glory, and will be worked out for our good (Romans 8:28). Jesus allows me to be kept here for His glory. He is doing something inside each of us and also outside in the world. People die and suffer for their Christian faith all over the world and some may wonder why? But you should know the answer of WHY is WHO. It is for Jesus. He is worth the price and His  plan to be glorified through our lives.

Please read the book of Habakkuk. He had the same question as you. But see that the Lord answered him in Habakkuk 2:3, “for the vision is yet for the appointed time, wait for it.”   Mommy and I always had big desires to serve Jesus and had great vision to be used for His Kingdom and for His Glory. So today we pay a cost because God, who created us, called us to that, so I want you to know that the answer to all of your prayers is that God is in control, and He knows better than us what He is doing in our lives and all around the world.  Therefore declare as Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-­‐Nego did in Daniel 3: 17-­‐18!…” If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”…  learn and declare as Habakkuk did that even if we do not get the result that we are looking for, God is still good and we WILL praise His Holy Name.  Then my dear beloved daughter Rebekka Grace, I pray God will bring me back home soon. But if not, we will still sing together as Habakkuk did, HALLELUJAH, either separated by prison walls or together at home.

So, let Daddy hear you sing a loud Hallelujah that I can hear all the way here in the prison!  I am so proud of you my sweet courageous daughter. Glory to God forever,

Amen.        Kisses and Blessings,      Daddy

October 19, 2014,   Jane’s Heart to Heart    Pastor’s Help Mate

October 19, 2014,   Jane’s Heart to Heart    Pastor’s Help Mate

Amy Carmichael, an Irish missionary and writer who spent fifty-three years in south India without furlough was called to missions as a young woman, she responded joyfully first traveling to Japan, then China, Ceylon, and finally, India. There she founded the Dohnavur Fellowship, a work for children in moral danger.  Elizabeth Elliot shows how one woman offered up her singleness for God’s service and found true fulfillment. Elisabeth visited Dohnavur Compound in India where she had access to Amy’s correspondence and photographs.    Through research and interviews and forty years of reading her books,  she became intimately acquainted with this devoted soldier of God.  The result is a reverent biography, which traces the entire life of this missionary to India entitled: A Chance to Die, The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael.

On my little lap desk, hand painted in 1993, by our daughter-in-law, Lois Pierpont, I penned this poem (inside the cover) by Amy, who saved many from a life of slavery, whom she called her children.

FOR OUR CHILDREN
Father, hear us, we are praying, Hear the words our hearts are saying;  We are praying for our children.

Keep them from the powers of evil, From the secret, hidden peril;  Father, hear us for our children.

From the whirlpool that would suck them,  From the treacherous quicksand, pluck them;  Father, hear us for our children.

From the worldling’s hollow gladness,  From the sting of faithless sadness,  Father, Father, keep our children.

Through life’s troubled waters steer them;  Through life’s bitter battle cheer them;  Father, Father, be Thou near them.

Read the language of our longing,  Read the wordless pleadings thronging,  Holy Father, for our children.


And wherever they may abide,  Lead them Home at eventide.

http://www.crossroad.to/Victory/poems/amy_carmichael/children.htm

October 12, 2014   JANE’S HEART TO HEART   PASTOR’S HELPMATE

I decided today to talk to you about why I feel Christian Biblical Counseling is so important.  Having been in the ministry for over 50 years and while working in education and administration in our Christian schools  I decided to pursue additional training in the Christian counseling area to better equip myself to the task of counseling parents, children, friends and family.

My goal as a Christian counselor is to empower the counselee to live a life of enduring commitment to Christ, faithfulness to the Word of God,   moral integrity,  intellectual growth and a lasting contribution to  spreading the Gospel. My heart’s desire is to encourage and help those who want help in their walk with the Lord.

Commitment to Christ, as displayed by:

–Acceptance and acknowledgment of Christ as Lord and Savior

–Unreserved worship of God –Pursuit of Christlikeness in word, deed and attitude.

The first of these, knowing that  that person has accepted Christ as his or her own personal Saviour and Lord. Secondly, that that person is determined to worship God by faithful church attendance as a testimony to others and a means of outreach.   Thirdly, to live a life above reproach so that others watching will see Christ in the way he or she talks, behaves and responses to others.

Often the world view of things overlooks the spiritual while some “worldly authorities” are beginning to come to the realization that true counsel needs to also address the spiritual level and  even prayer.  Yet, if the counselor is not born again and does not know the Word of God it is impossible for true spiritual counsel to take place.   I Cor. 1:18   “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  20 …hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? Chap.2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

This is why it is important for the Christian counselor to be as well informed as possible yet realizing that the information learned must be Scriptural…. In other words in harmony with the Word of God. Anything that does not clear that criteria is not truth and should not be used.

Often the unsaved and even the professing Christian resists receiving counsel  from  Christian   Counselors  such as their pastor or pastor’s wife because they do not want to make the necessary changes that becoming a Christian involves or as a Christian are not living the Christian life according to the Scriptures and don’t want to change, which often can be the reason for  the need for counsel.

It is also important for Christians to pray fervently for their fellow Christian when they have times of depression, discouragement or times when they are just not right with the Lord….  This is not a time for talking about them but praying that God will help them in their need.

I would truly like to encourage each of you ladies if there is a topic that you would like to have me cover in my Heart to Hearts, please send a short note to me and I will respond as soon as possible.  Your name will not be published. 

             You may read the comments on these topics at  jane@wpatch.com.

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