October 16, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate  

Thank you to  our daughter Melony Pierpont Evans for helping me out this week….

         I want to be healed and I wanted it right now. Why was I having to go through this again? I prayed for healing. I prayed that the Lord would show me mercy by lessening my pain. I begged. I pleaded. I bargained.   I was having another kidney stone.

Why? Was God trying to tell me something I was not hearing or I was I overlooking something?

Maybe you have been there.    Well, after a couple of weeks the pain has left and there are no other indications that the stone is still there. But looking back and thanking God for deliverance made me also wonder, why? Why does God allow suffering? I read some articles about God’s healing. They gave some answers. Sometimes our healing comes immediately. Sometimes slowly. Sometimes healing is eternal. As I was pondering the whole thing again this morning the words came to me as clearly as if God himself had whispered in my ear.   They were the words to the song “Blessings”.

“Blessings” – by Laura Story

We pray for blessings    We pray for peace

Comfort for family, protection while we sleep

We pray for healing, for prosperity

We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering

All the while, You hear each spoken need

Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops

What if Your healing comes through tears

What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom    Your voice to hear

We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near

We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love

As if every promise from Your Word is not enough

All the while, You hear each desperate plea

And long that we’d have faith to believe

When friends betray us   When darkness seems to win

We know that pain reminds this heart   That this is not our home–

I hope you can be encouraged when you suffer or are part of the suffering of those you love by remembering the words of this song and even more – remember that God loves each of us with divine love. He loves us with a love that has been moving us through this earthly life with His total devotion and protection. He will never allow anything to touch us that has not passed through His son. All suffering has been allowed to prepare us for His work and our eternal home, home with Him. That’s what will make it heaven.

October 9, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

2013-06-02-08-58-09JOHNATHAN EDWARDS: (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758) was a revivalist preacher, philosopher, and Congregationalist Protestant theologian.    He  gained some early success entering Yale at age 13 and graduated at the top of his class. But he wasn’t satisfied. He wrote out 70 resolutions to guide his process of spiritual maturity.

Needless to say, I am not planning on quoting all 70.


4. – never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.

8. – to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my  own sins and misery to God

10. – when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell.

21. – never to do anything, which if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise him for, or to think any way the more meanly of him.

25. – to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.

Nancy DeMoss’s “The Quiet Place”  Devotional, on July 9-18 she shared about her father’s 10 Goals which she called “A 24/7 Calling.” She also shares on her website the following comment.  “The scene is indelibly etched in my memory. I was 19 years old. My family was on a mission trip in Haiti—my parents’ (and my) favorite type of family “vacation.” We were worshiping in a small Haitian church, sitting on hard wood benches. In the middle of the service, my dad leaned over to me and whispered, “Honey, what are your 50-year goals?”

December 1977 She penned these for herself.

1st Priority: To love God with all my heart, soul, mind, body

2nd Priority: To love God’s people (encouraging, affirming, exhorting)—building them into committed reproducers.

3rd Priority: To love God’s work in the world (i.e., evangelism)—to build disciples (committed reproducers) in every nation.

Let’s take some time this week to step back and set a goal for what you want to accomplish for the Lord in the next 10 years.

Proverbs  16:3

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and he will establish your plans.”

I converted my vanity dresser into a desk and while ago and when I was painting it and decorating it I thought of removing the mirror.  Finally, I decided to leave it on because it reflected the light and made my small office seem larger and I could even see out the windows from all directions.  When I look into te mirror.

I also found it a revealing way of seeing myself as others see me when I talk on the phone or work there.

When I look into the mirror in the morning, I ask myself, Is my life an accurate picture of God???

I pray that my Lord will help my attitude, words and behaviour, to give a true reflection of HIM.

October 2, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

I have been especially blessed by the song  “Fall On Your Knees” from the Cantata Night of the Father’s Love, (The Awe and Mystery of God with Us) Pepper Choplin – Lorenz Corporation. the song quotes from the old familiar carol.“O Holy Night”.  I believe it was the last musical I directed in 2011.

The song speaks of looking into the face of the Christ child and seeing the world’s salvation and Holy Peace. It reminds us to see the glory and the wonder and to know the peace that comes from being in fellowship with the Lord.   We can experience this in prayer together.

It comes to my mind so often when I am going to prayer for those for whom   I have promised to pray.  Sometimes it is overwhelming to me. I cry out to the  Lord, asking Him to help me to be sure to remember those in need and to ask for the right thing;  To ask for the Lord’s will and not mine nor the person’s desire for whom I am praying .

I am humbled when someone asks me to pray for  him/her and saddened when I say to him/her that I am praying for you or a loved one and that person responds with a concerned or dismayed look and will ask, “What is wrong or why are you praying for me?  I have even had someone react, with, “Don’t pray for me!” With fear in their eyes.

I wonder Is the fear  conviction or concern of having to turn from some besetting sin? Matt. 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

We need to “Fall on our Knees” and cry out to the Lord seeking first HIS will for us and our loved ones.  This is hard to pray when we see someone heading the wrong direction in his/her life, but even harder to see the result  that  follows disobedience.   

Here in our church, we should have a great desire to be prayed for and to pray for others, just because it is right, according to the Scriptures. The doors of our church on prayer meeting night should be swinging wide each week. 

Matthew 18:19-20  KJV) 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.  20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Please come and join us on Wednesday night  to call out, in prayer for our Nation, Come to praise and experience the wonderful peace we can experience in Prayer.


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.


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.


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!


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


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.


or listen to the Gaither band

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..


“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 

Posted August 20, 2016  ~on FaceBook

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


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”.



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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




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

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:


“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.”