January 15, 2017  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

This was posted in the MARBC Messenger website last week, a Note from Ken Floyd,

I suggest that a good phrase to adopt as a new year’s motivation is “godly imprint.” The following parable, penned by an unknown author, provides a wise illustration to motivate us towards achieving this goal.

The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting it into the box. “There are 5 things you need to know,” he told the pencil, “before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.”

1. You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone’s hand.

2. You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.

3.  You have an eraser. You will be able to correct mistakes you will make.

4. The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.

5. On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.

The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.

Now, imagine yourself as the pencil and God as the Pencil Maker. What kind of a story could God write using you as His instrument to make a godly imprint in the coming year?

1.  You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.

2. You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems, but you’ll need it to become a stronger person.

3. You will be able to make corrections to the mistakes you might make through forgiveness. You can also grow as a result of them through God’s sanctifying work.

4. The most important part of you will always be what’s on the inside.used of God

5. On every surface you walk, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to serve God in everything.

The principle of the godly imprint that one single life used by God can make was dynamically on display as Sharon and I recently participated in the “celebration/memorial service” for a dear sister saint who went to be with her Lord. She was a charter member of a church where I formerly served as pastor. She had faithfully served as a deacon’s wife, Sunday School teacher, Daily Vacation Bible School worker, nursery worker, and, along with her husband, a compassionate servant for over a half century.

Next week I will share about the life of this dear friend from a former ministry of the Floyds, named Rose.

2 Timothy 2:1-2 (KJV)

1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

January 8, 2017 JANE’S HEART TO HEART …  PASTOR’S HELP MATE

Helen Roseveare, Missionary to Africa shared this TRUE story.

THE HOT WATER BOTTLE

One night, in Central Africa, I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all that we could do, she died leaving us with a tiny, premature baby and a crying,  two-year-old daughter.  We had no incubator, no electricity to run an incubator, and no special feeding facilities. On the equator, nights were often chilly and drafty.  A student midwife went for a box of supplies for cotton wool to wrap the baby. Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle and came back in distress, the bottle had burst. Rubber perishes easily in tropical climates, “it was our last hot water bottle!”  I had them put the baby as near the fire as they could, and sleep between the baby and the door to keep it free from drafts.

The following noon I went to have prayers with the orphanage children who often gathered with me. I gave them suggestions of things to pray about and told them about the baby’s needs, the broken hot water bottle. The baby could die if it got chilled and told them about the two-year-old sister, crying, whose mother had died. During the prayer time, one ten-year-old girl, Ruth, prayed with the usual blunt way of our African children. “Please, God, send us a water bottle. It’ll be no good tomorrow, God, the baby’ll be dead; so, please send it this afternoon.” While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the prayer, she added to her prayer, ” …And while You are about it, would You please send a dolly for the little girl so she’ll know You really love her?” I was put on the spot. Could I honestly say, “Amen?” I just did not believe that God could do this. Oh, yes, I know that He can do everything: The Bible says so, but there are limits, aren’t there? The only way God could answer this prayer would be by sending a parcel from the homeland. I had been in Africa for almost four years at that time, and I had never, ever received a parcel from home. Anyway, if anyone did send a parcel, who would put in a hot water bottle? I lived on the equator! 

That afternoon as I taught the nurses’ training school, a message came that there was a car at my door. When I reached home, the car had gone, but on the veranda, was a large parcel! I felt tears as we carefully untied each knot.  All of those little eyes were focused on the large cardboard box. From the top, I lifted out brightly colored jerseys, knitted bandages, and the children began to look a little bored. Next, came a box of mixed raisins and sultanas. As I put my hand in again, I felt the…could it really be? I grasped it and pulled it out. Yes, “A new hot water bottle!” I cried. I had not asked God to send it; I had not truly believed that He could. Ruth was in the front row of the children. She rushed forward, crying, “If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent the dolly, too!” Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pulled out the small, beautifully dressed dolly. Her eyes shone: She had no doubts! She looking at me, she asked, “Can I go over with you, Mummy, and give this dolly to that little girl, so she’ll know that Jesus really loves her?”  That parcel had been on the way for five whole months, packed up by my former Sunday School class, whose leader had heard and obeyed God’s prompting to send a hot water bottle, even to the equator. One of the girls had put in a dolly for an African child — five months earlier in answer to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to bring it “That afternoon!”

January 1, 2017 JANE’S HEART TO HEART … PASTOR’S HELP MATE

MY 2017 CHALLENGE  Motto:

  The Way Up…  is Down

This new challenge for myself I share from  the chapter Bend Your Knees!  in the Ann Graham Lotz book, I SAW THE LORD….. 2006

But does it matter whether we sit, stand, or kneel to pray? Of course not, there are people who physically cannot do that.…Joni Earekson Tada  who is wheelchair bound….

A soldier who lost his legs…. even his arms…It is most importantly,  our heart attitude,  a person bedridden can utter a prayer even though he or she cannot speak aloud.

Why kneel,  in your heart?

It is an attitude of humility in your heart and mind and your trust in the Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ who loved us and gave himself for us.

Ephesians 3:14

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

2017 Song:  Give Me Jesus

 by Jermey Camps

Give Me Jesus
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus
When I am alone
When I am alone
Oh, when I am alone
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus
Jesus
Give me Jesus
When I come to die
When I come to die
Oh, when I come to die
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu2E2FUcIiE&list=PL05B763E33237346C&index=2

Ask yourself each day this year, is there anything holding me back from saying, Give Me Jesus. Then allow Jesus Christ to come into the center of your life. Repent of any unconfessed sin.  Trust Jesus alone as the sacrifice of the Cross for you. Claim Him as Lord, Master, and Teacher: Ruler and King.

December 18, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

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December 11 and 18, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

“God never uses a person greatly until

He has wounded him deeply.

The privilege He offers you is greater than the price you have to pay.

The privilege is greater than the price.”

Helen Roseveare

Helen Roseveare 1925 – December 7, 2016)

Helen Roseveare was a famous English missionary to the Congo. This Thursday, Helen passed away at the age of 91.  Helen was born in 1925 at Haileybury College (Hertfordshire, England), where her father taught mathematics.

Raised in a high Anglican church, Helen’s Sunday school teacher once told their class about India, and Helen resolved to herself that she would one day be a missionary. Despite the Christian heritage of her family, and faithful attendance at church, Helen sensed a void in her life and distance from God.

She enrolled in Newnham College at Cambridge University to study medicine. There she joined the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (CICCU) through the invitation of a fellow student.  She became an active participant in the prayer meetings and Bible studies, reading the New Testament for the first time. It was then that she became a Christian and, later said that her understanding of Christianity was more head knowledge than heart engagement.

Helen was an English Christian missionary, doctor and author. She worked with Worldwide Evangelization Crusade in the Congo from 1953 to 1973, including part of the period of political instability in the early 1960s. She practiced medicine and also trained others in medical work.

In 1953, she went to the Congo, where she was assigned to the north-east provinces. She built a combination hospital/ training center in Ibambi in the early 1950s, then relocated to Nebobongo, living in an old leprosy camp, where she built another hospital. In 1964 she was taken prisoner by rebel forces and she remained a prisoner for five months, enduring beatings and rapes. She survived all of this during the Congolese civil war because of the intervention of the villagers she had helped previously. She left the Congo and headed back to England after her release but returned to the Congo in 1966 to assist in the rebuilding of the nation. She helped establish a new medical school and hospital, as the other hospitals that she built had been destroyed, and served there until she left in 1973.

After her return from Africa, she had a worldwide ministry speaking and writing. Her life of service was portrayed in the 1989 film “Mama Luka Comes Home,” her touching story about the prayer of a 10-year-old African girl, for a hot water bottle to save a premature newborn baby after its mother died.   

Next week we will share that story.

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