May 1, 2016         Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

The Angel In the Cell by Elisabeth Elliot

My brother Dave Howard does a lot of traveling and comes back with wonderful stories. One summer when the six of us Howards with our spouses got together for a reunion, Dave told us this one, heard from the son of the man in the story.

A man whom we’ll call Ivan, a prisoner in an unnamed country, was taken from his cell, interrogated, tortured, and beaten nearly to a pulp. The one comfort in his life was a blanket. As he staggered back to his cell, ready to collapse into that meager comfort, he saw to his dismay that someone was wrapped up in it–an informer, he supposed. He fell on the filthy floor, crying out, “I can’t take any more! whereupon a voice came from the blanket: “Ivan, what do you mean, you can’t take any more?” Thinking the man was trying to get information to be used against him, Ivan didn’t explain. He merely repeated what he had said.

“Ivan,” came the voice, “Have you forgotten that Jesus is with you?”

Then the figure in the blanket was gone. Ivan, unable to walk a minute before, now leaped to his feet and danced around the cell praising the Lord. In the morning, the guard who had starved and beaten him asked who had given him food. “No one,” said Ivan.

“But why do you look so different?”

“Because my Lord was with me last night.”

“Oh, is that so? And where is your Lord now?”

Ivan opened his shirt, pointed to his heart–“Here.”

“OK. I’m going to shoot you and your Lord right now,” said the guard, pointing a pistol at Ivan’s chest.

“Shoot me if you wish. I’ll go to be with my Lord.”

The guard returned his pistol to its holster, shaking his head in bewilderment.

Later Ivan learned that his wife and children had been praying for him on that same night as they read Isaiah 51:14: “The cowering prisoners will soon be set free; they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread” (NIV).

Ivan was released shortly thereafter and continued faithfully to preach the gospel until he died in his eighties.

Perhaps you are imprisoned by pain and sickness. by  the job, or people you must deal with every day.  You may feel that all hope is lost.

Remember “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” I Cor. 10:13.

Hebrews 12:2  (KJV) “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

April 24, 2016 …Pastor’s Help Mate

KAREN WILSON’S STORY

A New Path

Most of us don’t like change. We don’t like new things and starting over. Simply stated, we don’t like the idea of changing the status quo. And yet God is forever stirring up our nest and redirecting our steps, and changing our circumstances. Change can feel good, and it can feel catastrophic at times. But through all of it, hopefully, growth happens, God gets the glory, and Jesus reflects more in our faces having walked that journey.

Philippians 4:11, 12, 13,
“Not that I speak in respect of want (Paul says) for I have learned (better translated, I am learning), in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

God has a vision for everyone. He has each day of our lives all scheduled for us before we even get started! (Psalm 139) One of my mother’s favorite sayings was this: “We make our plans, and then life happens.” And I’m grateful that a sovereign and a loving God is in control of that “life” and will walk with us each step of the way.

When I was in high school, I prayerfully made the decision to become a registered nurse. I took the classes in high school that would help me for college and then went to a good college to become a nurse. And I believe I became just that! A good nurse! I loved my career, and I loved the patients and the families. I remember working hard, often going the extra mile and doing the extra thing to make their lives better. I preferred working in geriatrics; felt it was my calling in life. I had a compassion for the elderly and a heart for the spouses and children of the old relative that had now become incapacitated. Many times I prayed with families, and even more, times prayed with the residents and ministered to them at their bedside during their final days.

Also, the simple fact I was a nurse, had a license, gave me the ability, “the power” to make life better for many, to see good things happen. It made me feel good, and I was rewarded so many times by the love and gratitude that was returned to me. I remember thinking, “Wow! I can really ‘be Jesus’ to these people, in a significant way!” And indeed, I was. And that was my projected plan for life. And yes, Mama, I made my plans, then “life happened.”

Circumstances as they were in my life, things got out of control. Big changes happened big losses. Big regrets and big tragedies. And I won’t make my list here. One of my most recent changes is I quickly became deaf. My “job” as a nurse, a healer, a Jesus-doer had ended. And I felt like a failure and useless. And I grieved about this! I remember being angry at God for allowing this. Finally, and by the grace of God, I had to come to a decision. I felt God say to me, “Karen, you have a choice here. You can curl up and die (which I already had tried a few years previous to this) or you can choose to LIVE, by My Grace.” So, trusting God, I made the choice to live, and to love, and to serve. No, I wasn’t going to be a nurse. I wouldn’t be making big money, and bringing forth change because of my college degree. But I could still love people, serve people, and touch people’s lives in a simple way.

God showed many comparisons about Himself to me. Yes. He is the God of the universe that can snap His fingers and galaxies are created. One morning before breakfast He spoke the world into existence. His magnificence and power can be seen by all. But He is also the God whose gentle tenderness can soothe a tired soul, He weeps with us when we hurt, and He’s also a God who isn’t afraid to roll up His work sleeves right alongside us, and serve. And I believe that is what He has called me to do. He gave me the vision of becoming the “odd job girl.” And the jobs can get pretty odd! Pulling weeds, cleaning houses, pet-sitting your dog. And let me tell you! The work is often very hard, and my back hurts plenty by the end of the day and I more times than not come home looking like a drowned rat with mud plastered to my face. But I have a peace in my heart that has been missing a long time! I feel useful and needed. And no, the pay doesn’t compare to what I made as a nurse, but that doesn’t matter! I am becoming RICH in what really does matter.
I believe that working in this “common way” I’m touching lives of people that might be intimidated or put off by a college degree or someone with letters and titles after their name. But Karen; deaf, and sweaty? Yep. She understands! And people open up to me. And I’m still touching hearts and loving others. And I pray that I’m being that “everyday Jesus” to them. And I want God to always get the glory!

What is God calling you to be? To do?

Remember, it’s not the super talented, but the super dedicated that God uses. 1 Corinthians 1: Paul says, “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called]: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea], and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.”

God uses us because we are available and we’re clean; we’re anointed, we’re surrendered, and we’re dedicated to His purpose. God’s love is infinite, and He has a wonderful plan for our lives.

He wants people dedicated to loving and serving. He cares about changed lives for the sake of Christ, and that the good news of the gospel is shared.

In the life of a believer, nothing happens by chance, fate or fortune. There is nothing such as coincidence. There’s no such thing as luck. We are God’s servants and God has ordained us to look like His Son, Jesus. And we do not determine a man’s greatness by his talent, or his wealth as the world does, but rather, by what’s inside. I encourage each of us to continue on in Christ, to persevere, and to ever keep our eyes on Jesus.

May our lives make lasting footprints and a difference in the lives of others!

April 17, 2016   JANE’S HEART TO HEART    ….. PASTOR’S HELP MATE

FOX NATION 5th ANNIVERSARY CLASSICS: FLASHBACK: Paul Harvey,1965: ‘If I Were the Devil’ (Warning for a Nation)

If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would, of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about, however, necessary to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.”   To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is “square”.  In the ears of the young marrieds, I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be extreme in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to say after me: “Our Father, which art in Washington” . . .

If I were the devil, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull an uninteresting. I’d threaten T.V. with dirtier movies and vice versa. And then, if I were the devil, I’d get organized. I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing and less work  because idle hands usually work for me. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. And I’d tranquilize the rest with pills. If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects but neglect to discipline emotions . . . let those run wild. I would designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts in the land and I would get preachers to say “she’s right.” With flattery and promises of power, I could get the courts to rule what I construe as against God and in favor of pornography, and  thus, I would evict God from the courthouse, and then from the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress and then, in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and I would deify science because that way men would become smart enough to create super weapons but not wise enough to control them.

If I were Satan, I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg, and the symbol of Christmas, a bottle. If  I were the devil, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And then, my police state would force everybody back to work. Then, I could separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines, and objectors in slave camps. In other words, if I were Satan, I’d just keep on doing what he’s doing.

Paul Harvey, Good Day.

You’ll never be a victorious Christian until you understand your enemy, Satan, the father of lies. In his vital message, “Satan’s Four spiritual Flaws?, Dr. Rogers exposes four of Satan’s biggest lies and how each one assaults the character and nature of God. This message is a “must” for every believer.

Hebrews 12:2  (KJV)   Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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

On Friday,  David Jeremiah shared a story his teacher used to tell in one of his college classes.  There was a little boy who was sailing his little boat and it got out of reach.  He was pretty sad when a man came along and asked why he was crying.  Then he told the boy he would be glad to help him.   He picked up some rocks and began to throw  the rocks one at a time, at the little boat and when the little boy questioned him about throwing rocks at his boat the man told him to just wait and watch.   The man keep throwing the rocks just beyond the boat and gradually the ripples that the rocks made in the water began to push the boat closer and closer to shore.  When the little boy joyfully retrieved his little sail boat the man reminded the little boy that sometimes it looks like God is throwing rocks at you, when he really is just trying to get you back home. Sometimes God needs to send rocks our way to get us closer to him.

The News, FaceBook, Twitter and basic conversations are focused on caustic dissension and problems. Worldliness has taken the place of Godliness. It is immensely important that we as Christians began again to adorn ourselves with the doctrine of our God and Saviour. (Titus 2:10 (KJV) “Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.” (def.not stealing).

Being lovely and beautiful in our daily habits and temper, has been far too much overlooked.  People in  the world rightly complain that people who claim Christ are often worse than those who make no claims to  Christianity.

Sound Doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life.  It is actually harmful. It is considered unreal and hollow and causes contempt.  Satan knows well the power of true holiness and the injury which true attention to it can do to his kingdom. We are therefore pleasing satan when we choose the world rather than the leading of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps all the evil around us will  stir a desire in us to search the Scriptures, pray more and become more diligent in trying to find out what “the mind of the Spirit” is. 

Galatians 2:20 (KJV) “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

I am sure you have heard the line,  “I can’t do anything without my coffee?”  What about my filling of the Holy Spirit.  Look at the Sermon on the Mount.  Mat. 5….this afternoon or look at the later Epistles of Paul. to see what the Christian’s priorities should be. With the emphasis on prayer we need to keep in mind  Psalm 37:4  “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” 

Can we truly expect an answer to prayer without the prerequisite of “Delighting in Him” more important than what big event is coming up in our lives,  where we are going on  vacation, or our next “cup of coffee”,  Help us, Lord!

“The chief danger that confronts

the coming century will be

religion without the Holy Ghost,

Christianity without Christ,

forgiveness without repentance,

salvation without regeneration,

politics without God,

heaven without hell.”

― William Booth the founder of the Salvation Army 1829-1912.

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

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

Romans 8:28 (KJV)

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

A Precious  Letter given to Pastor and me last Sunday.

I would like to take this time to thank you and the congregation for prayer, on my cousin George Geer’s behalf. Within a few days of being hospitalized his condition changed, from probably needing a heart transplant to an improvement that allowed open heart surgery instead.  He is home now and vowing to follow all doctor instructions to the letter.

I also need to thank you, Pastor, and the congregation of South LItchfield Baptist for kindness and warmth toward a new attendee. 

It was not easy to walk out the doors of St.  Joe Baptist, a church I returned to after years away.  A church, in which I shared a pew with my mother, sitting among neighbors.

St. Joe Baptist had a heart beat I grew to know.  I knew the patience  of Pastors’ wives with the children.  I knew the sound of Catherine’s Bible during the service, hitting the floor, when she fell asleep.  I knew that if Clare gave the final  prayer, no matter how hard we tried to hear his softly spoken words, only the “amen” would let us know he had ended. The Amen was always strong.

I knew that none of us would be mistaken for professional singers, but a joyful noise was still made.  I knew the stories of St. Joe. The Story of the man who moved the church to its current location, and when finished reduced by half the amount he had intended to charge.  My father told me the story of the member who, when he had no money, put a button in the collection plate.

I miss the heartbeat of St. Joe Baptist, but I found another church, South Litchfield Baptist.  It had a strong and welcoming rhythm with its own history and stories.  Thank you for the time I spent, sitting on another church pew and listening to the heartbeat. I have heard that God is in the details.  Thank God, He is in the heartbeat.

Thank you,     

Kolleen Geer

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

AN EASTER PRAYER FOR PEACE

Our Father up in heaven,

hear this Easter Prayer:

May the people of ALL NATIONS

BE UNITED IN THY CARE,

For earth’s peace and man’s salvation

can come only by Thy grace

And not through bombs and missiles

and our quest for outer space…

For until all men recognize that

“THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S”

And peace on earth can not be won

with strategy and swords,

We will go on vainly fighting,

as we have in ages past,

Finding only empty victories

and a peace that can not last…

But we’ve grown so rich and mighty

and so arrogantly strong,

We no longer ask in humbleness—

“God, show us where we’re wrong”…

We have come to trust completely

in the power of man-made things,

Unmindful of God’s mighty power

and that HE IS “KING OF KINGS”…

We have turned our eyes from HIM

to go our selfish way,

And money, power and pleasure

are the gods we serve today…

And the good green earth

God gave us to peacefully enjoy,

Through greed and fear and hatred

we are seeking to destroy…

Oh, Father, up in heaven,

stir and wake our sleeping souls,

Renew our faith and lift us up

and give us higher goals,

And grant us heavenly guidance

as Easter comes again—

For, more than GUIDED MISSILES,

all the world needs GUIDED MEN.

*******

The Lord is good,

a strong hold

in the day of trouble;

and he knoweth

them that trust in him

Nahum 1:7

Quoted from:

“Loving Thoughts”

P. 90

by Helen Steiner Rice

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

This is the testimony of Liza Miller who has a BS in Biblical Counseling from Bob Jones University and is a wife and a mother of two little boys. She and her husband Phil are now members at Northeastern Baptist in Kalamazoo, serving the Lord faithfully.

LIZA’S TESTIMONY

In the last week of January of 1993, I was attending a revival meeting at Northwest Valley Baptist Church in Glendale, Arizona. Although I had grown up believing in God the Father, in His Son Jesus’ death and resurrection, and in the Holy Spirit, it was all a head knowledge that did not affect my life very much. Also, I grew up thinking that, in addition to believing in God, it was necessary for me to do certain good works in order to earn my way into heaven.

While attending Northwest Valley for a couple years as a preteen, I learned many truths from the Bible that I had not previously understood. I learned that God is the holy Creator of all things and that my sin separated me from God. I also learned that the punishment for my sin was eternal death in hell and in the lake of fire. The Scriptures also teach that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life fulfilling all of God’s laws and that He died on the cross for our sins and that Christ rose again to life three days later. In addition, I learned that God offers eternal life to those who trust in His Son by FAITH, by faith alone. “For by grace are you saved through FAITH, and that not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God, NOT of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Since I really did want to be saved from my sin, I asked God to save me. However, I wasn’t sure if I was praying the right words, so I kept on asking God to save me again and again.

Then, in January of 1993, during revival week at Northwest Valley, everything changed! As I sat listening to Evangelist Steve Pettit, he said that God is not a liar. Steve said that God promises, “Whosoever calls upon the name of the LORD shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). He said that if we call on the Lord to be saved, he will save us; and then . . . as we grow in Christ, the assurance of our salvation will grow. IT ALL MADE SENSE THAT EVENING! God gave me the understanding that it was NOT the prayer that I prayed that saved me but it was only BELIEVING and TRUSTING in Jesus’ death and resurrection which would grant me eternal life. No good works could ever save me, including the prayers I prayed. So, that evening I asked God to forgive me of my sins and trusted in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I called on the Lord, and He saved me. I have not had one single doubt of my salvation since that night. It has been crystal clear to me from so many Scriptures that God is the One who saved me and the One who keeps me; my salvation is based on what Jesus Christ did for me, not because of anything that I have ever done.

I praise the Lord for the new birth that He provided for me 23 years ago!!

Have you been born again?

March 6, 2016     Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

March 6, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

Faith

The word “faith” is sometimes misunderstood. Faith is not static, it does not remain the same. It is not just a one time event that occurs at conversion. Let’s look at the Biblical definition of faith in II Peter together. We’re talking about Growing in Grace and Truth For Life

2 Peter 1:1-7  (KJV)

1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:   2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,   3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:   4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.   5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;   6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;   7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.   8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The words barren and unfruitful are talking about you  leading a person to  Jesus Christ as their Saviour.  Do you witness to others, have you lead your children to Christ.   What if I asked for those to raise their hands today who have led someone to trust Christ as their own personal Savior?   What if I asked do you know what to do if someone asked you to show them how to be saved?  Can others see the fruit on your spiritual tree? Do they want some of that fruit?  We need to be able to share the truth of the Gospel. What are you doing for the Lord?  Or is you tree barren?

9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

This verse is saying that if you could not say yes to the above questions that you are blind and you have forgotten that you personally have been born again.

10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

What things?  The statements in verse eight. You are going to have spiritual children so to speak.  And you are going to be out there sharing the gospel daily.

11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the

everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

I see this verse saying, that  this is how we have Peace and JOY in our daily lives,

by sharing the Gospel and winning others to Christ.  

The time is short, we need to win the lost, before it is eternally too late.

February 28, 2016 JANE’S HEART TO HEART … Pastor’s Help Mate

While Ken and I were ministering at Jonesville Baptist Church, the church supported Annette Williams, a registered Nurse and instructor in Togo West Africa with ABWE.

This past week Annette, who is in Kentucky settling her mothers estate, sent a letter asking prayer for her co-worker, Dr. and missionary.

I wish I had much better news than this. Todd DeKryger has fallen desperately ill again this afternoon since his surgery Monday to see if he had perforated typhoid. His abdomen was OK visually. He rallied on Tuesday but today he has taken a big turn for the worse. He is on IV drugs to keep his blood pressure up, and has very labored respirations, and in and out of consciousness.

I just received a call from the surgeon that operated on him and they are very worried that he may not survive the night to catch his evacuation plane to Europe tomorrow AM leaving from Niamtougou (Niger Republic) at 8 AM (3 AM EST). We are trying to find a government helicopter to fly him to the plane.

They tried to transport him to the airport to take him to Germany and the ambulance broke down and a truck towed them to the airport….and then to the hospital but they were not able to save him.

MARBC Messenger – posted this letter February 26, 2016

“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:8-9

Missionary Todd DeKryger is now in the presence of His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

The following is a letter from Jennifer DeKryger, the wife of ABWE missionary Todd DeKryger, medical director at the new ABWE hospital, Hospital of Hope in Mango, Togo. The DeKrygers are missionaries sent out by Forest Hills Baptist Church in Grand Rapids. Please join us in prayer for these dear co-laborers in the Lord’s harvest field.

The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! John 4:36

Here’s the update from Jennifer:

Today, Jesus called Todd home from the work he was doing planting and harvesting in Togo. In the mystery of His will, God chose this day to reward Todd with the unequaled joy of heaven. This is the promise of God that we as believers cling to through tears and pain. Todd poured out his life as an offering to God in Togo. I know that Todd would similarly encourage us who remain here for a little while longer to also be faithful in our service to our King (Philippians 2:17).

Please continue praying and ask Jesus to bring comfort to William, Grant, Luke, and Drew. Ask that His Spirit would provide peace that is beyond the knowledge of this world. Keep praying that the boys grow strong in their knowledge of God’s Word so they can live out the legacy that their father has given to them. Also, pray that our Father in heaven would send more workers like Todd to the beautiful fields of Togo where the harvest is so great!

My heart is overwhelmed with unspeakable grief – for myself, our boys, our extended family, our spiritual family and the Hospital of Hope team. I cling only to the gospel and the certain hope of our salvation through Jesus Christ. I long for the men, women and children of Togo to know the Savior that Todd served so faithfully.

Even in my pain, I am confident that our sacrifice – that Todd’s sacrifice – was worth it. I believe that the great commission is a cause worth dying for. And in the midst of my grief, I fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. The outpouring of prayers and support in recent days has been overwhelming. And I can’t begin to thank all those who have shown kindness to our family. There are many decisions to be made and I will update you again in the days to come. Please be patient as I will not be able to respond to every call, message or e-mail personally. Thanks for standing with us through this time.

In Christ Alone we find our strength,    The DeKryger and Benefiel families

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February 21, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

February 21, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

 

Couples in the Bible by Robert & Bobbie Wolgemuth is a one-year Devotional Study to Draw you Closer to God and Each other. (Bobbie went to be with the Lord after her battle with cancer in 2014)

Key Scripture: Genesis 6:1-22.

Let’s look at Noah and his wife, (whose name was not given in the Bible). Noah was a man of integrity, who walked righteously, in an evil world. Though he was mocked, she supported him while he followed the Lord’s detailed instructions on building the ark in preparation for the great flood. Perhaps people smiled and talked about them and their three sons, as they gathered the materials for the Ark. Noah warned them of their need for repentance. Perhaps she assured him, “Noah, God knows your heart. This is God’s battle.” Some onlookers may have even lent a hand, yet did  not believe.

Think of the task ahead of them with such a huge wooden craft, approximately the size of one and a half football fields and four stories high, to save Noah’s family and no-one knows how many  pairs of animals (est. tens of thousands) and enough space to store food for the time on board.  I sure wish Noah would have swatted those two mosquitos.

They chose to live holy lives in a corrupt society. Noah preached and I would think that his wife prayed as he warned the people and pled with them to turn from their sins. They carried the burden of knowing God was about to punish the wicked.  Perhaps they prayed daily for these people, and even feared that they may have missed someone.

The account of faithful Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives is strong evidence that they discipled their children by living and teaching them to love and obey God. These girls from lost families were counted among the righteous.

Noah’s family made a clear choice in spite of temptations to conform to the world they  chose to serve the Lord.   You and your family can do the same.

Josh. 24:15 “As for me and my house we will Serve the Lord.”

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Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah’s Ark

  1. Don’t miss the boat.
  2. Remember that we are all in the same boat.
  3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
  4. Stay fit. When you’re really old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
  5. Don’t listen to the critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
  6. Build your future on high ground.
  7. For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
  8. Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
  9. When you’re stressed, float a while.
  10. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
  11. No matter the storm, when you’re with God, There’s always a rainbow waiting.

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