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.

June 5, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart     … Pastor’s Help Mate

MY STORY: ROSALIE (Jovan) Quiambao of the Philippines.

We were born Catholic. My sister became a Christian first. It was in April 1990 when my sister invited me to come to church, and  I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Since then I wanted to know Christ more and eventually my parents became Christians too. We love our first church. It came from a church planting. Even up to now I still miss them.

God has always been faithful to us all of our lives.   Even when I was a kid I really didn’t have any plans to leave my country. When I grew up and started my own family, I still didn’t want to go anywhere else. My father, my grandma and I argued about it, because  it was their plan for me, especially my father, it was his dream for me to come to the USA.  Our family went through a great trial of our faith when a church leader betrayed our trust. The church and our family were greatly hurt and affected, but my husband and I continued to serve the Lord. I couldn’t forget what my father told me… He said…”Why do you still go to church? You don’t get anything  from it,” and I told him that I would prove to him that it was not worthless to serve my God. That time I prayed to God and asked Him to help me prove God to my father.

It wasn’t an easy journey, but I started applying to go to the USA, which I knew would never be easy for me, I had so much fear. I didn’t have enough money for all the exams that I had to take.  I didn’t feel I was intelligent enough to take it, but I kept holding on  to God’s promises to me in Isaiah 41:10  “ Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” and Joshua 1:9  “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”  And God showed me and helped me in every step I took. 

It was a long process, it took me three years until August 5, 2005 when we finally came to the USA. But, I knew it shouldn’t end there, I started processing my parents’ papers to come here also. In Sept. 2007  my parents finally arrived here in the states.  Then I reminded my father… “Now I can tell you that it is not worthless to serve our God because he’s always been faithful to us”,  and he said, “Yes I agree.”   And now, they are staying here with me and going to church with me which I always enjoy doing. My father could not remember what he told me before, but it affected me so much. I always wanted them to have a stronger faith in God and to continue serving Him whatever happened, whatever the price it may be and to whatever this life would lead us, because I know that God is always in control and He will be with us wherever we go. We do serve a great God, who is greater than our problems, greater than our hurt and stronger to carry all the loads we are carrying. We just have to trust Him.

All praises and glory to God alone. May my story be a blessing to everyone.

God bless.

May 29, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

May 29, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

Memorial Day 2006 (taken from our son Ken’s web-site to see more stories)

It’s Memorial Day and today I would like to have the ability to go back in time just once. Since my grandfather served in WWII, he was a patriot and he and grandmother always commemorated “Decoration Day.” Grandpa had been injured in the line of duty he had seen others die. Everyone had sacrificed for the war effort and rejoiced at its end.

On Memorial Day, the morning was always devoted to remembrance. We attended parades and listened to speeches. We bought poppies from veterans and visited family. We listened with interest to old war stories, even if we had heard them so often we could tell them ourselves.

In the  afternoon , we gathered on the farm for a huge picnic. Memorial Day was the official beginning of summer school was days from dismissing for the summer, and the first cutting of hay was often ready to bail. So we burned off our picnic calories putting up hay all afternoon. In the evening it was fishing, chasing fireflies, corn-on-the-cob, and watermelon. I would like to re-live just one of those days with my children, but life doesn’t work like that.

We just returned from a month in Mexico. It was a good experience. We all observed so many things. The people were beautiful. The climate was enviable. The hospitality was sweet. I’m glad we went. But when we crossed back into the United States of America and saw Old Glory snapping in the breeze over the welcome center just north of the Rio Grande, My heart was stirred with love and gratitude that I was born in the U. S. A.

Now more than ever it is clear to me that God has blessed America. And I pray, now more than ever, that God will withhold the judgment we deserve and instead send a latter rain of revival and reformation to our land before it is too late.

Ken L. Pierpont

Nashville, Tennessee

Memorial Day

May 29, 2006

MAY 22, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

Some time back when we first began Jane’s Heart to Heart I shared 12 lessons on the 23rd Psalm.

Today I want to share this Question which I was reminded of in a daily devotional which I received from The Pocket Testament League this past week.

Who is in Your Flock?

Acts 20:28  “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Spirit hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

Paul instructed us to “keep watch” over ourselves; now he adds to this “and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.” In secular terms the word “overseer” would mean superintendent or supervisor, in church terms it is typically translated as “bishop” or “elder.” Therefore, we could interpret the word  to include both those people who we are responsible for physically as well as spiritually.

The authority to be an overseer is given by the Holy Spirit and is not based on bloodline, order of birth, financial condition or work relationship. Some of us might have difficulty with this concept. After all, why would my boss at work or co-workers listen to me about my faith — what authority do I have?

The point is, the only authority you need is the Holy Spirit’s.

Ask yourself who the Lord has placed in your care? Yet never without prayer and obedience.

Certainly, children come immediately to mind, but who else?

  • your co-worker
  • fellow student
  • your boss
  • bus driver
  • stewardess
  • baby-sitter
  • customers
  • waitress
  • relatives
  • parents
  • husband

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal who He — based upon His own sovereignty — has placed within your domain as spiritual overseer. It might surprise you. How does it change your attitude toward this relationship? Can you guide another’s spiritual development with humility? What needs to change within you to do so?

Our favorite passages about evangelism is the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-10

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

May 15, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart    …. Pastor’s Help Mate

The Lord’s Angels

As our children Jim and Melony Evans finished up their move last week, Jim also worked delivering trucks all over several states. Ken decided to help them by returning our son Nathan’s trailer Sunday afternoon. Nathan was at home with a few of the children,  because one was ill, so Jennifer had gone to Ohio to see her folks for Mother’s Day, with Audrey Jayne.  So Ken decided to do him a favor and go to see Nathan Sunday afternoon to be company to Nathan and help Jim catch some rest so that he could spend his Monday off on some of his unpacking and setting up his workshop.

Melony had sweetly gotten up early and prepared our dinner. We were planning on leaving around 3 PM so that we could stop by the funeral home for a visitation of our former neighbor friend near the Jonesville Baptist Church.  George Schutes’  home bordered the property and he used a small portion of the church property to put  his horses out to graze.  http://www.eaglefuneralhomes.com/Obituary/5070/George_Schutes.   We started out toward Hillsdale on Sterling Rd. and right away I realized that I might have a problem because the trailer caused the car to lurch a bit and I mentioned to Ken that perhaps I should go back home.  Ken assured me that it would not be bad once we were on the state route.  Indeed, when we reached  route 49 it was not as bad and we decided not to go to the visitation and we would go to the funeral on Mon. So we turned and went to Litchfield to follow route 99 north to Homer and then follow route 60 west.  As we traveled toward Tekonsha  the trailer suddenly lurched hard and we realized that we had a very serious problem.  I immediately called out to the Lord for help and safety for everyone around us. With the Lord’s help, Ken was able to pull the car off to the side of the road without event. 

Thank you, Father!  Now what?  Ken stepped out of the car and went back to survey the situation and made an attempt to work on it and came back to the car and asked me to call Jim to come and help us get the trailer reattached, because he was not strong enough to do it alone.  While I was calling, a young man with a truck stopped behind us and offered his help. Shortly, they were able to reattach the trailer after realizing the pin was improperly inserted. While they were working another young man stopped to help. It turned out that they were friends on the way to the same place.  They dated sisters. The three of them were scratching their heads and hoping the pin stayed put. Ken reached in his pocket for a  gospel tract and offered the young men money. Immediately the first one thanked him with a big smile and said, “Oh. thank you, I am a Christian”, and pointing to this friend  said, “He is too”.  As Ken offered them money the first young man said, “This is enough”, as he pointed to Ken’s cross. Not only that, but the second young man said, Aren’t you the preacher from the church over on Sterling Road? My dad goes there.”

Yes, the Lord brought us through what could have been a very serious event and not only that,  he sent “Two Angels” to help us.  Thank You, Lord.