April 12, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart     ….Pastor’s Help Mate

April 12, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart     ….Pastor’s Help Mate

SPRING IS HERE! ?

Well some  of us think it is coming slowly…. We want it yesterday!

This is a time for planning for vacation.  I know we all look forward to getting away and for physical rest and often come home more tired out than when we left. Personally I always sing the little tune, as I come up the steps in the the kitchen “Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home”.

Are your plans for refreshing your body, such as going to the beach,  a ball park…an entertainment park,  maybe a famous or Historical site, even (God forbid) a casino. Have you noticed their ploy to advertise this wicked place to our children.  Yes, I repeat, “God Forbid”. To give you the definition of the word ploy =  “a cunning plan or action designed to turn a situation to one’s advantage.”  You surely don’t think they are trying to “Help” families. NOT! These places are all about money.

Have you ever thought about the fact that you might need spiritual refreshing.

Yes, I know that some of you may be sitting here saying, come on Jane, are you from another planet and I have to answer, “Yes I am”,  I am planning on going to heaven some day.

Have you planned ahead where you will attend a good Bible preaching church on  the Sunday or Wednesday night of your vacation -  or how many gospel tracts you will need with you to give out to the various people with whom you come into contact.  (clerks, ticket holders, gas station attendants, motels and restaurant workers). Remember Mat. 5: 14 says “Ye are the Light of the world….” 

Maybe we need to look heavenward and quote Psalm 23:3…… Help me out, what is that verse.  We all surely should have that Scripture memorized…..by now….  Hardly ever do we attend a funeral without hearing that passage quoted or read to us.  Why is it that we have to wait for the death of a loved one  to be reminded  that the Lord “restores our soul”?  Say it with me…..1. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want….2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside still waters.. 3. He restoreth my soul….He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, for His name sake.”

How about your soul?  Do you ever take a vacation with the idea in mind that you will refresh your soul and allow Him to lead you in the paths of righteousness for His name sake? 

What about a Bible Conference,  or a Christian camp for families or just  spend more time with the Lord in prayer and Bible Study.  Perhaps our need for refreshment is truly a spiritual need more than a physical need. Are you hungering and thirsting after righteousness? Mat. 5:6  “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

Ask the Lord for  Biblical Spiritual discernment.

Let’s consider more time with the Lord and allowing Him to fill us with Himself during your vacation this year. 

 Allow the Holy Spirit to refresh you from the inside out so that when you finish your “vacation” you will be ready to return to your work with a new “JOY” in your heart and a greater desire to win your neighbor or coworker to Christ.

Let’s try  to include the Lord and allow HIm to refresh our souls during our vacations this year.

My Desire for a Beautiful Trellis of Clematis

My Desire for a Beautiful Trellis of Clematis

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Ken and I often called on our Dear Friend  and member of the Jonesville Baptist Church, Blanche Dietz. She had such a precious testimony and often our church family provided meals for her in her shut-in years. She loved the Lord and had many video tapes of Adrian Rogers and Jack Van Impe.

Sometimes about 10 AM during school time Ken would run over to her house and whip her up some scrambled eggs.   She would devour them as if she had not eaten for a long time.  Many sweet memories of our dear sister in Christ.

She had a beautiful vine of Clematis which spread to the roof  on her front porch in Jonesville  at the Evergreen Estates  and I loved to see them in full bloom every year as we called on her so often.

Today in response to  a Group on FaceBook (I am participating) to  “Read the New Testament in a year” the leader of the group, Liza Miller asked us to comment on a favorite flower.  This triggered my memory about the above  picture which i took of the flower I had on the dining room table, of the one Clematis that I had purchased on the sale table at our WalMart store. Eventually  I planted it in the yard of the parsonage in Portersville OH while Ken was pastor there at the Zion Christian Union Church….. in 2007.  I wanted so much to see that vine grow but the Lord lead us back to Michigan and I keep thinking about trying again.

I told Ken today and he said, “Put it on the grocery list” so  this week I will try again. I also want to have a trellis with Clematis climbing to the top to enjoy in the summer.

I am excited about this venture.   Watch this site for progress and pictures.

 

April 5, 2015,   JANE’S HEART TO HEART  … Pastor’s Help Mate

April 5, 2015, JANE’S HEART TO HEART … Pastor’s Help Mate

OUR WORTH

Kristyn Getty said….”We can be easily fooled into thinking that our worth is found in the things that we have, in the successes and failures of life, how we look, how we don’t look and it’s important to remind ourselves continually that those who know the Lord find their worth supremely and ultimately in Christ.

My Worth Is Not in What I Own      

1.  My worth is not in what I own    Not in the strength of flesh and bone     

But in the costly wounds of love           At the cross

2.  My worth is not in skill or name    In win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed     At the cross

3.  As summer flowers we fade and die    Fame, youth and beauty hurry by    

But life eternal calls to us                      At the cross

4’  I will not boast in wealth or might     Or human wisdom’s fleeting light
But I will boast in knowing Christ           At the cross

5.  Two wonders here that I confess     My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed,   my ransom paid           t the cross

Refrain:
I rejoice in my Redeemer    Greatest Treasure,
Wellspring of my soul       I will trust in Him, no other.
My soul is satisfied in Him alone.

By Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, and Graham Kendrick
© 2014 Getty Music Publishing and Make Way Music (admin by MusicServices.org)

What a reminder that our lives are not ultimately in the hands of people—even sinful or wicked people. Our lives are not in the hands of circumstances, even painful or difficult ones. And our lives are not in the hands of fate or chance. Our lives are in the hands of God. If we are children of God, then our lives are in His hands, and there is no safer place to be in all of creation than in the hands of God.

There is a song of Getty’s that  I love to sing and our praise team will be singing this today…. And I would like to quote a few lines from that song for you to pay attention to as they sing it today.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,    This is the power of Christ in me;

From life’s first cry to final breath,    Jesus commands my destiny.

Matthew 6:26   “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

March 29, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart     …Pastor’s Help-Mate

March 29, 2015 Jane’s Heart to Heart …Pastor’s Help-Mate

Devotion  

What is Devotion.  Websters says- a feeling of strong love or loyalty, the quality of being devoted, the use of time, money, energy, etc. for a particular purpose.

Devotions: prayer, worship, or other religious activities that are done in private rather than in a religious service

Ann Graham Lotz….in ”I Saw The Lord” 2006, Zondervan.   The founder of AnGeL Ministries and award winning author of eight books, and has carried the gospel message to more than twenty foreign countries.  In her “Just Give Me Jesus” revivals held in major cities throughout the world, she urges listeners to share “the cry of  her heart for a fresh vision of Jesus.” An encounter with God that will bring heaven down into your everyday life.

She shares drawing from the experiences of Isaiah, and inspires Christians to hear God’s wake-up call and experience revival for themselves so that, Like Isaiah, they can say “I Saw the Lord”.

Is.6:1   In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.”

Verse 5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.

Luke 12:34  “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  What is another word for your treasure? Money? Food? Things? Entertainment? It might be interesting to use a computer application to show us where we spend our money or maybe a calendar to show how we spend our time. 

As one who has trusted Christ as your Saviour, being baptized, reading the Bible, praying, coming to church is obedience and should be normal for a Christian to do.  More important is that while doing these things are we asking the Lord to show us what our real treasure should be. The Lord wants 100% of our time, talent and treasures totally dedicated to Him.

Are you on the wrong side of God? What change of thought will it take to correct your thinking? Have you had an experience in which you resisted God’s will? What do you think He was trying to tell you or get you to change?  “True happiness and peace do not exist apart from God”

When you start your day or enter the church or step out the door of God’s house today ask the Lord,  “What would you have me to do?”  Keep your eyes opened and you will “See the Lord” as you set about daily to do HIS bidding. Have you considered that He may have a plan for you different than you have chosen for yourself?

Does the Lord truly have our devotion?

March 15, 2015, Jane’s  Heart to Heart    …Pastor’s Help Mate

March 15, 2015, Jane’s  Heart to Heart    …Pastor’s Help Mate

PRESENTATIONS ON THE DIANE BISH SHOW  - JOY OF MUSIC

On Sunday evenings at 9 PM I love to listen to one of my favorite programs on PBS, Joy of Music, by Diane Bish.

She is a master of the organ and has played some of the most magnificent organs in the World, recording her performances and often giving a little history of the Cathedrals in which the organs are housed.

As one of her presentations she stands among the ruins and reads this memorial:

The Litany of Reconciliation

( litany is the french word for Prayer or supplication)

Following the bombing (in West Midlands, England) of the mediaeval Cathedral in 1940, Provost Howard had the words ‘Father Forgive’ inscribed on the wall behind the Altar of the ruined building. These words are used as the response in the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation, which is prayed in the new Cathedral every weekday at noon (in the Ruins on Fridays), and is used throughout the world by the Community of the Cross of Nails.

The Litany in the ruins on 14 November 2008, the anniversary of the bombing of the old Cathedral

“All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

The hatred which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class,    Father Forgive.

The covetous desires of people and nations to possess what is not their own,     Father Forgive.

The greed which exploits the work of human hands and lays waste the earth,    Father Forgive.

Our envy of the welfare and happiness of others,   Father Forgive.

Our indifference to the plight of the imprisoned, the homeless, the refugee,      Father Forgive.

The lust which dishonors the bodies of men, women and children,        Father Forgive.

The pride which leads us to trust in ourselves and not in God,
Father Forgive.

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Eph. 4:32

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Surely, we who know Christ should be able to sincerely breathe this prayer of supplication and praise Him for His gift of forgiveness as he hung dying on the cross  Jesus looked down upon a most unworthy lot and said in Matthew 23:34,    “Father, forgive them.”    How could this be?  Amazing LOVE.

March 8, 2015 JANE’S HEART TO HEART….. Pastor’s Help Mate

Word’s of Love # 5

In Nancy DeMoss’s Devotional Study – The Power of Words are many gems about the tongue which I have found helpful.

Some of the headings she has used are as follows with the corresponding Scripture truths:

Hold the Tongue -  Prov. 15:28           A Guarded Tongue -  Psalm 141:3

Silence is Golden – Prov. 10:19          Words of Restraint  – Prov. 17:27

Soft Answers  -  Prov. 15:1

Have you felt a convicting tug on you heart, as I have the last few weeks while presenting Word’s of Love”?  The Bible has been a mirror for us to look at our own need for improvement?   These things do not come to us naturally, but  by His power as we fill our lives with His Word and allow the Holy Spirit to speak wise, kind words through us. Let us not be temped to respond as the world does with vulgarity and taking the Lord’s name in vain.

Psalm 141:3 “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.”  This would indicate that the tongue is dangerous and we need to guard it.  Adrian Rogers said on one of his Sunday AM broadcast , “ Talk less and Bless others.”

The Scriptures describe the tongue as a fire, often we ladies complain because our husband does’t listen to us but perhaps they would listen more attentively if we had less to say and said it with love.

If you have liked this study about Word’s of Love and would like to have Nancy’s book you can go to reviveourhearts.com and see what is available…. CD $16.00, Workbook $6…or I would be willing to order some.

To quote Fenelon in The Seeking Heart,Try to practice silence as much as general courtesy permits. Silence encourages God’s presence, prevents harsh words, and causes you to be less likely to say something you will regret. Silence also helps you put space between you and the world. Out of the silence that you cultivate, you will find strength to meet your needs…..Accept what God chooses for you. This is more important than what you choose for yourself, for you are much too easy on yourself. Day by day give yourself to God. He carries you in His arms like a mother carries her child. Believe, hope, and love like a child. Look with love and trust to your heavenly Father.”

I Peter 3:3-4

Do not let your adorning be external…….. but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

Here are a few comment from  our daughter, Melony, who is a mother of eleven children and a pastor’s wife at Bear Lake, MI. She had some good insight on these articles on Words of Love.

She says: I have often said something and  later wondered if I had been offensive when I had no mean thoughts. I was just not sure how what I said had been taken.

I pray that God will change the way the person felt about what was said and that the Lord would erase what I have said from their thinking.

I like to ask God to examine my motives and bring out the best.

 Good Reading on this subject by John Piper…. Desiring God.

March 1, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help-Mate

March 1, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help-Mate

Words Of Love #4

The Reflection of Our True Heart Condition

“The heart of the wise man makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his life.”Proverbs 16:23

As God’s children our words need to be truth.  Another word for exaggeration is lying.  

“He is the way, the truth and the life” John 14:6a. Jesus is truth.  “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.” Pr. 12: 22a.

Others may fail us and we may become disenchanted by the things going on  around us but spiritual victories can be won when we teach ourselves how to react to those things with “words of love” and truth.  

I have found it helpful to use a small note book to make notes of things that I say that perhaps I wish I had said another way or not said at all.  Then I re-write my “words of love” so that I will be prepared ahead of time for those moments when the right words fail me. 

In dealing with our family and loved ones sometimes the truth hurts, so this is an especially important time to bathe our words in prayer and plan ahead.   If we do have a time when we have spoken hastily, it is important to remember to ask forgiveness for not being as sensitive as we should have been. The Lord will help us through these times when we stay in the Word and pray without ceasing.

Often on FaceBook people post without a thought and  others  put a great deal of thought into being as obtuse (annoyingly insensitive) as they can get away with.  This only succeeds in showing the Scripture truth that we referred to last week;

 “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”Mat. 12:34.  

We can ask the Lord to change our hearts so that we can speak words of truth and words that heal.   We who know Christ can respond as one who is filled with the Holy Spirit and truly be a reflection of His LOVE.

Let us be your Delight, O LORD

Feb. 15 & 22, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart    .. . Pastor’s Help-Mate

Feb. 15 & 22, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart    .. . Pastor’s Help-Mate

Word’s of Love #3

Power and Wisdom from Above

“Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me!” Unfortunately, that childhood refrain couldn’t be further from the truth.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” Philippians 4:8.

We don’t have what it takes to control our tongues.  We need the power and wisdom that comes from above.

Ps. 119:11 “I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” We can change our words by changing our hearts.

Luke 6:45  “the good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good…. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”  If we ask the Lord to help us with our words He will convict us when our words do not please Him.  We might say, I didn’t mean that or It just came out, when truthfully  what comes from our mouth is from our heart.

James 2:3 says “We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.”

We need to be honest with ourselves and allow God to transform us by the power of HIS Holy Spirit.  When our hearts are filled with Him, His wisdom and His grace, we will speak in such a way as to bless others.

Merciful Lord, I praise you that we can call out to You when we need Your help to know how important it is to encourage and pray for others.   Help us to confess the wrong of our hurtful words when they really reflect a heart issue.  Help us to be better and not bitter. Give us  repentant hearts. Fill us, Lord, with Your Holy Spirit that our words will be words of love. Help us Father to think of others and how we can encourage and bless them and to forget about ourselves. Thank you Lord for youR forgiveness and blessing and for the JOY that only YOU can give. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Feb, 1, 2015   JANE’S HEART TO HEART            …Pastor’s Help-Mate

Feb, 1, 2015   JANE’S HEART TO HEART            …Pastor’s Help-Mate

Words of Love #2

Prov. 16:24  “Gracious words are like a honey comb,

sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”

The body and soul are in close relationship. We can not separate them. Sweet kind words will lend help spiritually and physically.

Words of encouragement will lift the spirit and have a true healing affect on the recipient. It is important that we are not just the recipient of encouraging words but the givers.

I cannot explain the joy and encouragement that I receive when someone in our ministry introduces me as “this is our pastor’s wife”.   This spurs me on to a fresh desire to do the job of pastor’s wife even better for God’s glory and honor.

I was studying for this article and the phone rang and it was our sister Becky who wanted help with a hymn arrangement in the Key of C and I mentioned to her that some of the newer hymnals have transposed a lot of the hymns to lower keys because (in my opinion) “people are lazy”.   I stopped….  Ooops!  I am here writing about being encouraging and using positive talk… and I caught myself….being negative…. I should have said, “because peoples voices are lower than in years past.”

By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted”. Prov. 11:11a

Think of someone who needs to be encouraged. Write out your plan  and the words you will use and then put that plan to use. If you don’t have a plan you probably won’t do it.

Prov.10:20  “The tongue of the righteous is choice silver.”

We ladies tend to be more verbal so we need to guard our tongues. There are over 100 references to the tongue in the Proverbs.. And there are twelve of them which refer to the heart.  How do we get tongues of righteousness? By being connected to the source of wisdom, the Scriptures, the Word of God.  The heart that is bathed in the Word of God will come forth with rich words of silver, highly refined. Thus our tongue will flow with words that are of superior quality. Help us Lord.

We will not need to use negative comments, minced oaths or slang expressions of crudity. Because we are filled with the Holy Spirit. He will give us the words to say out of hearts of love.  “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.”  Ps. 119:11