SEPTEMBER 25, 2016   JANE’S HEART TO HEART …PASTOR’S HELP MATE

I have been reading, The Daniel Prayer, by Ann Graham Lotz.  Out of the sixteen verses of Daniel’s Prayer  in chapter 9, twelve of them confess sin, our sin. 

Looking at our nation today, could the problem be  our unconfessed sin.

While working on the first message of a seminar,  Ann said that she felt in her heart that the Holy Spirit was prompting her to talk about herself to the Lord.  She felt she was short on time and balked at that idea.  The silence in her heart was loud and she realized she needed to fall on her face before the Lord and spend time in the confession of her own sin and need.  After five days of humiliation and painful prayer and conviction of her sin, she came up with this  list she used from reading the book  “Preparing the Heart for Revival” C.G. Finney. It was suggested to take pencil and paper and go through the list three times to see that nothing is  left  out, reasoning that our sins come one at a time.

SIN TO CONFESS

Ingratitude – failure to thank God for favors given before and after salvation

Losing love for God – evidence of a loss of love for Him

Neglect Bible Reading – loss of delight in the Word, distracted by surroundings

Unbelief – lack of faith and trust that HE will answer prayer

Neglect of prayer – spiritual chatter, lack of fervency and focus

Lack of Concern for Souls    while family, friends & neighbors are without Christ

Neglect of Family – putting my wants and needs ahead of my family

Love of the World – my possessions are mine, money is mine to use as I choose

Pride – time spent on how I look more than preparing my heart for worship

Envy – jealousy of others who are more fruitful or gifted, or hearing others praised

A critical spirit – finding fault with others who don’t measure up to my standards

Slander – of others’ faults, real or imagined, discussed behind their backs

Lack Seriousness with God – sleepy prayers, late to church, how time is spent

Lying – anything but the truth, desire to impress,  exaggerated, high opinion of self

Cheating – not treating others as I would want to be treated

Hypocrisy – pretend to be something I am not

Robbing God – wasting time, your God  given talents for a fee, but not for God.

Temper – impatience, cross, emotional, abusive thoughts or words

Hindering Others – undermining others’ confidence by unreasonably high standards

Arrogance – accepting God’s forgiveness yet, not forgiving myself or others

Ann shared that after seven days of confession and conviction the Lord finally gave her a “sweet, blessed assurance that she was cleansed and filled and ready to begin her messages.

Please take the time  to evaluate  this list for yourself.  Make a list and prepare yourself for prayer for our nation.

Daniel 9:19   “O Lord, hear: O Lord forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.”

I just had to come into this post and add this note of praise of the work of the Holy Spirit in our service today….

Our daughter Melony Evans just got home from helping with her newest grandson  in MD and hadn’t really had time to prepare but when she got up to sing at her scheduled time this morning she sang this song.

What a blessing how well it went with this Heart to Heart and with her dad’s message….  The Lord did it all and put it all together.

Be sure to read the words of this song.


Glorious Freedom   –  J. Lincoln Hall

Once I was bound by sin’s galling fetters;
Chained like a slave, I struggled in vain.
But I received a glorious freedom,
When Jesus broke my fetters in twain.

Refrain

Glorious freedom! Wonderful freedom!
No more in chains of sin I repine!
Jesus the glorious Emancipator—
Now and forever He shall be mine.

Freedom from all the carnal affections;
Freedom from envy, hatred and strife;
Freedom from vain and worldly ambitions;
Freedom from all that saddened my life!

Refrain

Freedom from pride and all sinful follies;
Freedom from love and glitter of gold;
Freedom from evil temper and anger;
Glorious freedom, rapture untold!

Refrain

Freedom from fear with all of its torments;
Freedom from care with all of its pain;
Freedom in Christ, my blessèd Redeemer—
He who has rent my fetters in twain.

Refrain

or listen to the Gaither band

SEPTEMBER 18,  2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

SEPTEMBER 18,  2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

As you read this you might want to listen to  “Give Me Jesus”  Fernando Ortega

I love the early mornings

and the calmness that starts the day…

The quiet hush of fresh new beginnings…

The possibility that streams through…

The only sound I hear is the morning birds softly giving praise

and worshiping for yet another day…

The beautiful stream of light that trickles through the  window

as the wind softly blows the leaves in the trees.

Like a song I can’t help but feel God in everything…

I eagerly take up the cross and with anticipation

begin to explore what God already knows…

Like a flower that raises its head to the heavens…

I will look for You, Lord…

I lift my head too and give thanks for this new day…

I greet this day and surrender all I am…

All for You, Father…

May all I am and all I do bring You glory…

I quietly stand beside You, Lord…

Renew me…

Repair all I may not be…

Refresh my spirit…

Thank you, Lord, for this gift called life..

Amen

“Let the morning bring me word

of Your unfailing love

For I have put my trust in You.”

Psalm 143:8

~Birds of a Feather Always Flock Together 

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September 11, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

PAUL LEVIN and BOB FINDLEY were partners in evangelism since January 1934. They traveled from coast to coast and in Canada in their evangelistic campaigns and were also widely known on Bible Tract Echoes, a broadcast heard over 30 radio stations. They accompanied themselves on mandolin and guitar which enabled them to produce a style of their own which, across the years,  appealed to the hearts of thousands of listeners.

They traveled from coast to coast in evangelistic work and  made many appearances on radio and television, in the course of their travels. Evangelist Paul Levin was born in Rock Island, Illinois, in 1914, the youngest of a Swedish family of 12. His Mother led him to accept Christ as his Saviour at the age of four and he would preach at the piano stool. At the age of 15, he preached his first sermon and went into full-time evangelistic work at the age of 17. He was the author of “Bible Tracts” a personal tract ministry which has produced over 233 million tracts in 74 languages, some of them in Braille and a number on phonograph records and tapes for the blind.

Blind Singer Bob FindJey was born blind in Kewanee, Illinois, in 1903. He accepted the Lord as his Savior at the age of 20 and spent several years in radio work after that time. Paul and Bob met in 1932 and in  1934 they joined together in the gospel ministry.  They made one of first Gospel films for Baptista Films in addition to their recordings and wide-spread travels in evangelistic work.  Paul and Bob were known for their plain style of singing. They continued in ministry together until Bob’s death. Paul Levine died in Sept. 1996

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When I was in Jr and Sr. High, Paul and Bob came to Calvary Bible Church in Dowagiac, MI. for one or two weeks of evangelistic meetings.  We loved Paul’s preaching and hearing them sing and always looked forward to the times they came. 

Often at our fellowship suppers Paul would trick Bob, for the benefit of the youth  by putting a napkin in his sandwich or putting a straw in a catsup bottle and giving it to him for pop.   He probably did it everywhere they went and Bob was a great sport and played right along by acting shocked or surprised.

Today we will share with you, one of their songs I especially remembered and it was always requested on the closing “Request Night”, as one of the favorites.  It was called “The Hornet Song”.

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THE HORNETS

Sung to the tune of “This Is Like Heaven To Me.

HERE

When the Canaanites hardened their hearts against God
And grieved Him because of their sin,
God sent along hornets to bring them to time,
And help His own people to win.

The hornets persuaded them that it was best,
To go quickly, and not to go slow;
God did not compel them to go ‘gainst their will,
But He just made them willing to go.

Chorus

He does not compel us to go, No! No!
He does not compel us to go.
He does not compel us to go ‘gainst our will
But He just makes us willing to go.

If a nest of live hornets were brought to this room
And the creatures allowed to go free,
You would not need urgings to make yourself scarce,
You’d want to get out, don’t you see.
They would not lay hold and by force of their strength
Throw you out of the window, Oh No,!
They would not compel you’ to go ‘gainst your will,
But they’d just make you willing to go.

Chorus

When Jonah was sent to the work of the Lord,
The outlook was not very bright;
He never had done such a hard thing before,
So he backed and ran off from the fight.
But God sent a big fish to swallow him up,
The story I’m sure you all know;
He did not compel him to go ‘gainst his will,
But He just made him willing to go.

Chorus

When Moses was sent to lead Israel out,
To Canaan’s rich fruit-bearing land.
Resisting His Spirit they worshiped a calf,
But refused to obey God’s Command.
God did not compel them to go to the land,
Which with wine, milk, and honey did flow,
But fed them on manna for forty long years,
‘Till He got them all ready to go.

Chorus

When Balaam was sent to the Moabite king,
And wanted things run his own way,
His mule, ever faithful, spoke at the right time,
Made him willing God’s Will to obey.
God can use any man, since He used Balaam’s mule,
For He is Almighty you know;
He does not compel us to go ‘gainst our will
But He just makes us willing to go.

Chorus

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September 4, 2016 Jane’s Heart to Heart ….Pastor’s Help Mate

The Labor of Prayer

Jer. 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty  things, which thou knowest not”

I Thes. 5:16-18   “16.  Rejoice evermore. 17. Pray without ceasing. 18. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

I would like to tell you of Edith Schaefer, a great prayer warrior, in her book The Art of Life,  crossway Books, Westchester, IL.

Conscientious Prayer, Devotional #24

Edith shared how as a small child she was skipping along beside Mr. Hoste, the director of the China Inland mission ( he had followed Hudson Taylor.)   He told her she could walk along if she wished but that it was his prayer time. She walked with him a number of times and learned that he prayed aloud, and counted it his responsivility to pray for four hours a day for each missionary, in the China Inland Mission, for each one and their children by name and about specific personal things. He carried the list with him. He prayed aloud and encouraged he to pray too.  She learned a great respect for the “work” of prayer.

She also shared how a farming friend who also prayed with a list for the L’Abri ministry as he drove his tractor and farmed his fields.  This too impressed her of the farmer in his tractor or the head of a mission both considered prayer more important than other things they might do.

We might not be able to pray for four hours, but there are times when we could spend a great deal of time in prayer.

She also said that there is a cumulative freedom of communication as you read and pray for a variety of needs in other people’s lives, as well as your own.

As time goes on there is a sense of quietness, like having been in the home of a very calm person, separated from your own pressures.  It can be like a protected quiet place. We all need to try this Conscientious Prayer time.

This will be a blessing for you and for those for whom you pray.

This was her  losing prayer:

“Lord, Give us the longing to spend tme with You, give us the time and give us the longing.  Through an extended period of time with you, inspire me to make this the norm of my Chrisitan life., Amen.”

August 28, 20016, Jane’s Heart to Heart… Pastor’s Help Mate

On August 28, 1946, it was a beautiful summer day as two little girls made their way to the big tent that was just in sight of their house.

The Bertrand Bible Church of Niles, Michigan was having Vacation Bible School and my sister and I went into the big tent and after hearing the flannel graph lesson about how Jesus came to earth and died on the cross to save sinners. My sister and I responded to the invitation to ask the Lord Jesus Christ to save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

Although I was just a little girl in the third grade I knew that I was a sinner in need of forgiveness and at that time there was a great deal of upset in our home.

My parents were not Christians and decided to separate and eventually divorced.

hope on a swingDuring this tumultuous time, I loved to go outside in the swing and lay on my stomach in the swing. I would put a hymnal on the ground and sing hymns… (even though I didn’t know the tunes, I would make up my own).

One song which I did know was the song “Beyond the Sunset”. Because I was praying for my mother and father and though I really didn’t understand everything that was going on at the time, in my childish way I claimed that song as a prayer.

I claimed the verse which stated, “In that fair Homeland we’ll know no parting” as a promise that my parents would not be divorced.

Well, PRAISE THE LORD. He brought my parents back together after one year and they remarried and they were saved and lived faithful Christian lives until God took them home to be with Him.

[God took my mother home to be with Him on October 12, 1998, and my father went to be with the Lord on November 10, 1999.]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faithful

How would you define  faithful?

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

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

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

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

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

     bring glory and honor to God?

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

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

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

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

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

CAN HE COUNT ON YOU?

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

Article by our Daughter Melony Evans

“Little children, keep yourself from idols. “

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Think of this Scripture as you listen to this poem…

” For the wages of sin is death,

but the gift of God is eternal life,

through Jesus Christ, our LORD.”

Romans 6:23

Look o’er the fields about you—

riveted, hilled with graves;

no one can count the number

of those who perished as slaves;

slaves to the sin they were born in,

knowing not God or His Light;

died without God’s great salvation,

died in the darkness of night.

Look o’er the people about you—

faces so furrowed with care,

lined and hardened by sorrow

sin has placed on them there;

think of the evil they live in,

hopes none and joys so few;

love them, pray for them, win them,

lest they should perish, too.

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

A song I love to sing….

The Peace Prayer …. by Saint Francis’s

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

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is error, the truth;

Where there is doubt, the faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

Grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled, as to console;

To be understood, as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

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