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.   

May 8, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart      …Pastor’s Help Mate

May 8, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart      …Pastor’s Help Mate

Happy Mother’s Day, Dear Ladies

The importance of  being in God’s house with your family.

My greatest desire as a mother was

  • to raise our children to trust Christ at an early age
  • to Love and memorize the Scriptures
  • to love being in church in fellowship with other Christians.
  • to love Singing His Praises!

I found Saturday as a most important time of preparation for the Lord’s day.

  • making sure those shoes can be found, shined and clothes are laid out before bedtime, a little money for the Lord and a Bible  in their hand.

Be sure that your attitude about being in the Lord’s house, during the week, is one of excitement and enjoyment. 

This can be catching!

Born 1918, Billy Graham will be 98 this year in Nov.  This was Billy Graham’s Prayer For Our Nation on September 4, 2015  at 95 yrs. old 

HE  SURELY HAS A GOOD VIEW OF WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR COUNTRY

Ladies this truly would be a  great prayer for us to pray in our homes.

Heavenly Father,

We come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance.

We know Your Word says, “Woe to those who call evil good,” but that is exactly what we have done.

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from sin and set us free. Amen!’

With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we once again can be called:

‘One nation under God!’

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?