Archives for April 2015

April 26, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

April 26, 2015 Jane’s Heart to Heart …Pastor’s Help Mate

Bible Test On “Worldliness”

Today I want to share with you a small segment out of

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It is called:

Bible Test On “Worldliness”

Is it “of the World”? John 15:19     

19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Does it glorify God? I Corinthians 10:31 

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Is God’s blessing on it? Proverbs 10:22

The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

Is it an offense to others? Romans 14:21

It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

Does it appear evil? I Thessalonians 5:22

Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Is it a temptation? Hebrews 12:1

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

Is it wholesome? II Corinthians 6:14

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

April 19, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart            … Pastor’s Help Mate

April 19, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart            … Pastor’s Help Mate

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  Phil. 4:1

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thes. 5:18

In the light of this that Scripture read this thoughtfully twice….

“It is always possible to be grateful for what is given,

rather than resentful over what is withheld.

One or the other will become a way of life.”

  Mary Kassian

I have a little poem I would like to read to you that will perhaps put this thought into a different perspective.

The Cookie Thief  (Source Unknown)

A woman was waiting at an airport one night.

With several long hours before her flight.

She hunted for a book in the airport shop,

Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book, but happened to see,

That the man beside her, as bold as could be,

Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between

Which she tried to ignore, to avoid a scene.

She read, munched cookies, and watched the clock,

She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by,

Thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I’d blacken his eye!”

With each cookie she took, he took one, too.

When only one was left, she wondered what he’d do.

With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh,

He took the last cookie and broke it in half.

He offered her half, as he ate the other.

She snatched it from him and thought, “Oh brother,

This guy has some nerve, and he’s also rude,

Why, he didn’t even show any gratitude!”

She had never known when she had been so galled,

And sighed with relief when her flight was called.

She gathered her belongings and headed for the gate

Refusing to look back at the “thieving ingrate.”

She boarded the plane and sank in her seat,

Then sought her book, which was almost complete.

As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise.

There was her bag of cookies in front of her eyes!

“If mine are here,” she moaned with despair,”

Then the others were his and he tried to share!”

Too late to apologize, she realized with grief,

That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief!

“It is always possible to be grateful for what is given rather than resentful over what is withheld.    One or the other will become a way of life.”

YES,  we do need to be careful that a resentful attitude  does not become a way of life. Our grateful attitude can become contagious and the JOY of our Heart.

Chapter Three (Autobiography)  FIRST AND SECOND GRADE MEMORIES

Chapter Three (Autobiography) FIRST AND SECOND GRADE MEMORIES

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My mother’s parents, (Grandpa) Frank Porter Burch, and (Grandma) Bertha Marie Burch lived on the corner of West Railroad Street and Telegraph St. In Dowagiac, MI. We lived next door on Telegraph Street in what used to be  Grrandpa’s old grocery store.

My father was a builder and he had a lot to do with making it into a comfortable little place for us to live on Telegraph St. near West Railroad Street.

I attended the Oak Street Elementary school while in the first and second grade.

I  recall many times  we would go someplace or just be out for a drive and Daddy would  point out places he had helped build.  One place that I especially remember was a home that was on the road from Dowagiac to Niles.  The house was round and had two stories and he told us that the rooms were pie shaped.  I alway wanted to see the inside and was so proud, each time we passed  it over the years, to think that my Daddy had helped build this unique home.

Our next home was a few blocks across the railroad tracks to Sherwood St. My mother did interior decorating for a contractor  and it was one of the homes he built. I only remember four events during the time we lived on Sherwood Street. 

Once was when I was very sick with bronchial asthma and I also had problems with constipation so I had a tall glass of prune juice, which I really liked, sitting on my dresser next to the bed.  When the doctor made a house call to check me out and wanted to take my temperature he dipped the thermometer into my prune juice and said, “ Here, Jane, your coke will make this taste better”.   

He was pretty alarmed when I told him that it was prune juice and then he said, with great surprise, “Prune juice! That much!” and looked at my mother waiting for an explanation. My mother explained that I loved prune juice and that it also had medicinal purposes for my chronic bowel problem.

The second thing was the time that some of the children in school had head lice of which I was unaware and needless to say, some of those little varmints lodged in my very curly long hair.  Before we realized what was wrong I thought I would absolutely go crazy with my head itching. I asked Mother to wash my hair which she did, but I still complained  even more and she  was quite disturbed when she realized that I had head lice.  She contacted the school in the morning and they said that I must have gotten them at school because there were several cases of them. Mother was upset about that because of my tangly long curls. We had quite a time getting rid of the lice and eggs. In those days we did not have the preparations that are available to us  these days. 

Mother used a black tarry like ‘gunk’ and it seemed like she washed my hair more times than I could count and each time using a really fine toothed comb to try to remove the eggs from my curly tresses.

Years later when I was teaching school and some of the students who had hamsters came in with head lice so bad that I saw them in the hair of one of the girls while listening to her oral reading.  At first I though she had mosquitoes in her hair and then I saw a lot of them.  That night I went home and gave myself a permanent, not that I needed curl, just thought that would kill them for sure.   For the next few weeks every time that I felt the least little tickle in my hair I was fearful that I might have head lice.  Thankfully that never transpired.

The third thing I remember was when I was doing my home work while learning to address an envelope. When it came time to put the stamp on I remember learning from my mother that the three on the stamp meant that it  cost three cents.  That was when I learned that it actually cost something to send a letter.

Finally, I remember when my mother was at work and daddy was home with us and we had just retired for the evening and my daddy came into our rooms and asked me, my sister, Sue and  my brother, Larry to get up and come to the bathroom.   Went we got there he asked each of us if we had flushed something down the toilet earlier that day. We each look innocently at one another of and then each of us pleaded complete innocence.   My daddy always spoke very softly and he told us that if someone did not tell the truth he would spank all of us.  Of course when each of us denied it continually he finally paddled us and sent us to bed. It wasn’t a very hard spanking that I recall.  Perhaps he felt he would get a confession and since none of us took the responsibility for the deed he had some doubts himself and felt he must do as he said he would.

Then what seemed to me the middle of the night he awakened us and  with tears on his face he apologized to each of us. When mother got home and he told her what had happened she informed him that she was the one who had plugged the stool earlier that day and then thought it was okay when she left for work.

Truthfully, the thing that I remember most about that incident was the fact that my father felt so badly about it and apologized to us. This caused me to have a great  respect for him and no hard feelings at all about the spanking. I loved my “Daddy”.

My parents both had jobs and were hard workers and provided well for us. I do not recall attending church anytime during those early years but I learned the importance of an apology when necessary and forgiveness when wronged.

Proverbs 25:11-13 (KJV)    “11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.  12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.”

MOTHER’S DAY JOYS

MOTHER’S DAY JOYS  (started this on Thursday, May 7, 2009)

Today I finally ventured out to take a walk very casually since my toe nail removal and then two weeks later I walked into a chair and got a hairline fracture of one the small bones above my fourth toe.

I keep telling myself that I am going to start walking.  Not a hard fast walk, just a chance to get out and enjoy the beautiful our-of-doors.

Several  trees are in bloom now, There are forsythia blossoms on both sides of the entry to our little village and a few flowers are popping there heads out.  It was  a blessing to be able to breath in the fresh air.

There is a nice little playground over by the Riverside apartments, and I decided to take the sidewalk to that and walked out on the basketball court over to the edge of the woods.  The birds were singing joyfully and I could see the water standing in the woods (probably the source of  mosquitos who torture us when we try to sit out in the swing in the evening).

I returned home after about forty-five minutes and sat down to do some bookwork and our grand-daughter, Hillary, called and asked if she and sister Lois could bring some dresses to alter for a wedding for which they will be bridesmaids on the 16th of May.

They said they would pay me, but having them come with Hillary’s two little boys, Riley and Wyatt,  Lois and her friend Ben was pay enough for me.  As a matter of fact I should pay them for the enjoyment that I would receive.

Just before they arrived I received a call on our alert phone and one of the residents needed an ambulance, so a hurriedly contacted “911” and gave them directions, then hurriedly grabbed my let-in key and went to direct the squad to the correct apartment.   By the time I was finished and was on the way back to our apartment, Hillary drove into the parking lot.

After fitting the girls and marking the hem it was about time for lunch so I quickly made up some chicken salad and we had lunch together.

Our apartment is pretty small so I had offered Lois my old cedar chest, which her father is going to refinish for her. I had it standing on end in the corner in our bedroom.
I was happy when Ben took opportunity to flex his muscles as he picked it up and once he was outside raised it over his head and took it out to the van.

After they left I checked my email and followed a link to our son, Ken’s, site
and read a beautiful mother’s day greeting which he wrote to me in 2005 and posted again today.

Then this evening our son Nathan contacted me through chats for a video chat and I was able to see and chat with all of them. They also came for a visit Thursday and we had a sweet visit.

Today we also heard from each of the other children by email.

My children and grandies are bringing me more JOY than I could have ever imagined and as I have said many times when the children ask what I want or need for a special day I truthfully had to say and will repeat again at this Mother’s day season.  “My greatest JOY is for them to serve God and be in the very center of His will every day”.

They always interpreted that as “Be Good”.

I pray for all of them every day and though I would love to have them all closer geographically, I am thankful that they are close to God and faithful to HIM.  This is my JOY.

Some might interpret being in the center of HIS will, as being a preacher or a missionary or in full-time Christian ministry, but I mean being close to God everyday… There is no such thing as a “part time child of God”. It must be all or nothing.

Lord, Make me an Instrument  of love, peace, and joy and an example to all my children and grandchildren.

On Mother’s day I sang “To Be Like Jesus”, praying that I could encourage mother’s to live in such a way that their children would see Jesus in their daily lives and then the children too would have a desire to honor HIM in their own lives.

Genesis 1:27
So God created man in HIS own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

TO BE LIKE JESUS
Dick and Melody Tuney

A LITTLE GIRL IS BEGGING FOR AFFECTION
A LITTLE BOY NEEDS A HAND TO HOLD
AND OH, HOW HE LOVES THOSE LITTLE CHILDREN;
HOW HE LONGS TO BE A FRIEND
TO YOUNG AND OLD.

HIS TENDER SPIRIT WELCOMES ALL WHO SEEK HIM;
HIS GIVING HEART ASKS NOTHING IN RETURN.
AND I HAVE FOUND HIS PROMISES FAITHFUL;
I SEEK TO LIVE MY LIFE THAT I MAY LEARN

TO BE LIKE  JESUS,
TO BE LIKE JESUS,
TO BE THE ONE I WAS CREATED TO BE
TO BE LIKE JESUS, TO BE LIKE JESUS,
MAY ALL WHO SEE MY HEART
FIND HIM IN ME.

WHEN I RECEIVED HIS SALVATION;
HIS HEAV’NLY LOVE FILLED MY EARTHLY SOUL,
AND I BECAME A NEW CREATION
MY BROKENNESS HE MADE COMPLETELY WHOLE

AND THRO’ THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD
I’VE BEEN COMMISSIONED.
TO BE A LIGHT THAT SHINES 
FOR HIM ALONE
SURROUND BY HIS INFINITE MERCY,
MAY MY LIFE ALWAYS BE KNOWN.

TO BE LIKE  JESUS,    TO BE LIKE JESUS,
TO BE THE ONE
I WAS CREATED TO BE
TO BE LIKE JESUS,
TO BE LIKE JESUS,
MY ONLY EARTHLY GOAL FULFILL
WHEN I’M CENTERED IN HIS WILL
MAY ALL WHO SEE MY LIFE
FIND HIM IN ME

IN ME

Oh,  yes, they all called me on Mother’s day too.

Every one at church greeted one another with a “happy Mother’s Day” . and I said…..” Oh I certainly am, it is a wonderful Mother’s day.”

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?”