Archives for March 2015

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